The Alaska State Personnel Board is considering including same-sex partners of state employees in the definition of "immediate family" for purposes of leave.
A proposed change in rules also would allow state employees to take leave due to a serious health condition of a same-sex partner.
Researchers at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University-Bloomington won a two-year grant to study the medical accommodation and care of transgender servicemembers in the U.S. military
The institute announced the grant on Aug. 22, the same day that Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the soldier convicted and sentenced in the WikiLeaks case, officially came out as transgender and announced her plans to begin hormone therapy.
Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman attacked in Harlem, N.Y., over the weekend, has died, according to The New York City Anti-Violence Project.
Nettles, according to the AVP, was out with a group of friends on Aug. 17 when a group of men began throwing punches and yelling anti-gay and anti-transgender slurs.
Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Aug. 24, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.
The event was an homage to a generation of activists that endured fire hoses, police abuse and indignities to demand equality for African Americans. But there was a strong theme of unfinished business.
A coalition of businesses and activist groups who launched a push this week to defeat an amendment that would write Indiana's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution warned that if it passes it would set the state back and undermine the rights of its gay and lesbian residents.
The push by the new Freedom Indiana coalition heralds an expected battle in Indiana's next legislative session, not just between same-sex marriage opponents and gay rights advocates, but also big corporations who contend such a ban would be bad for business.
Wentworth Miller is declining an invitation to be an honored guest at a film festival in Russia because he is gay.
The 41-year-old actor said in a letter Wednesday to organizers of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival that he is "deeply troubled" by the attitudes toward and treatment of gay people by the Russian government, which passed a law in June against representations of "nontraditional sexual relations."
The Homeland Security Department says an employee who runs a racist website predicting and advocating a race war has been put on paid administrative leave.
An acquisitions officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who deals with small businesses, Ayo Kimathi, operates the website War on the Horizon. It includes descriptions of an "unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race." Kimathi is black.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed that demonstrations and rallies will not be allowed in Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, before, during and after the games.
The government newspaper, The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, published Putin's decree on Aug. 23, which was issued according to the president to tighten security. Putin's decree said "gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets" that are not part of the Olympics or the Paralympics will be prohibited in Sochi Jan. 7-March 21, the decree said.
When they announced the 2013 March on Washington, organizers planned a commemorative event marking the 50th anniversary of the historic demonstration that climaxed with Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” speech.
The Russian government told the IOC on Aug. 22 that it will not discriminate against gays during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, while defending the law against gay "propaganda."
The Associated Press reported this morning that the IOC received the letter from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, which provided reassurances that Russia will comply with the Olympic Charter's provision against discrimination.