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Archive for July 2010

Six gay couples file suit in HI for the rights of marriage

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Six gay Hawaiian couples are suing the state for the same rights as married couples. Gay rights group Lambda Legal announced there WOULD BE a lawsuit the night Republican Governor Linda Lingle vetoed the Civil Unions bill that had been passed by state lawmakers. On Thursday, they made it official. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 30, 2010 at 10:30 AM

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Transgender activists form new alliance

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Transgender activists this week announced the launch of a new alliance of advocacy organizations. Founders of the “Trans Advocacy Network” say it’s the first such alliance since “It’s Time, America” in the 1990s. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 30, 2010 at 7:30 AM

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LGBT active-duty troops get organized

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An organization of active-duty LGBT servicemembers went public this week. The group “OutServe” has been active online under the name “Citizens for Repeal” – but launched as an official organization on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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UT gay community laments recent suicides

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Gay activists in Utah are struggling to make sense of a recent rash of suicides among young gay Mormons. The latest was 28 year-old Todd Ransom, whose body was discovered last week. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 27, 2010 at 8:49 AM

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Antigay GA counseling student sues university

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A conservative student at a Georgia University has filed suit against the school–claiming it told her that her anti-gay beliefs are incompatible with the standards of her desired profession.

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July 23, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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New gay buying power estimate: $734B

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An updated analysis shows that — after falling a bit in the teeth of the recession — the projected buying power of the gay market for 2010 is growing again. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 21, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Posted in Business

Hawaii Civil Unions: Lambda Legal and ACLU to file lawsuit

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Gay rights groups didn’t spend much time licking their wounds after Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle vetoed a civil unions bill — announcing plans for a lawsuit against the state almost immediately. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 8, 2010 at 8:00 AM

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Activists praise HUD’s new FHA guidelines

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The Obama Administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development announced last week a new policy aimed at protecting LGBT people and people with HIV/AIDS from housing discrimination. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 5, 2010 at 2:27 PM

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MA D.A. must turn over juvenile rape data

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Massachusetts’s highest court has ruled that prosecutors must provide evidence that they’re not engaging in “selective prosecution” of the state’s statutory rape law, against gay youth. Prosecutors from Norfolk County have charged a boy with delinquency for allegedly having sex with a thirteen year-old boy, when he was sixteen. But lawyers for the youth say he wouldn’t have gotten into trouble if the alleged victim had been female. A juvenile court judge ruled last year that the district attorney must provide data on statutory rape cases, which the D.A. appealed. The Universal Hub reports that last week, the state’s highest court upheld the ruling–although it did narrow the scope of the evidence that must be turned over. Neither the teen’s attorney nor the D.A.’s office returned calls for comment.

–Aaron McQuade

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July 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

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LGBTs greater risk for lung disease

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The most recent study from the American Lung Association suggests that the LGBT community smokes at a higher rate then the general population, and is at greater risk for lung disease. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM

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