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Justin Utley music video urges LGBT Americans to vote

Openly gay singer Justin Utley dropped us a note to say that he has released his new music video titled "Stand For Something."

"Got it out in time to push it to get people to VOTE," Utley said.

Poll: Majority of Americans don't believe in anti-gay discrimination

Twenty years after its introduction, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is still being debated in Congress and across the United States. While most Americans continue to give the bill strong support, a new national survey shows that most Americans simply don't believe that employer exemptions are justified when it comes to basic workplace safeguards for LGBT Americans.

No hate crime charges likely for man who shouted anti-gay, racist slurs in assault at DFW Airport

Even though an YouTube viral video showed him attacking people at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport while screaming anti-gay and racist slurs, a Tennessee man apparently will only face charges of disorderly conduct and simple assault.

Prosecutors remain mum about whether they will pursue hate-crime charges under the federal law, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

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LGBT Americans struggling more than straight peers

A new study estimates that LGBT individuals, particularly LGBT women, are less likely to be thriving across a range of measures of their health and well-being.

The study shows that these differences persist even when demographic and geographic characteristics (gender, age, race and ethnicity, educational attainment, state of residence, population density) are taken into account.

Study author Gates notes that,

Leader of gay pilots group dies in fiery plane crash

BOULDER, Colorado -- The leader of the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) died Monday when his plane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff from Boulder Municipal Airport in Colorado.

Steven Moore, 35, executive director of the NGPA, was the lone occupant of a Mooney M-20C that crash-landed propeller-first and caught fire, according to authorities and eyewitnesses.

Tributes poured in on the NGPA's Facebook page, including this posting by board chairman Scott Shatzer:

Fifth Circuit to hear Texas, Louisiana marriage cases in January

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has finally set a tentative schedule for hearing gay marriage cases involving Texas and Louisiana.

The court, based in New Orleans, posted online a notice that the oral arguments are planned for the week of Jan. 5. Because this court leans far to the right, all eyes will be focused on these oral hearings.

In the case involving Texas, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio ruled in February that the Lone State State's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage violated the U.S. Constitution.

HRC leader stumping for votes in four key Senate races

On the eve of a crucial election that will determine the shape of the next Congress, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin will travel to four states with critical races to mobilize thousands of LGBT voters and their allies to get out and vote for equality.

As part of HRC’s unprecedented ongoing national effort, Griffin will anchor events for candidates whose wins are important to maintaining a majority of pro-equality leaders in the U.S. Senate, including in Oregon, Colorado, Georgia and New Hampshire.

Westboro Baptist seeks to intervene in Kansas gay marriage case

TOPEKA, Kansas -- The anti-gay hate cult, the Westboro Baptist Church, on Sunday filed a 22-page legal brief seeking to intervene in the gay marriage case in Kansas.

The rambling brief is loaded with dire fire-and-brimstone warnings that Kansas will face the wrath of God should marriage equality come to the Sunflower State.

Methodist court decides fate of pastor who officiated at son's gay wedding

MEMPHIS, Tennessee -- The United Methodist Church’s highest court ruled today that the Rev. Frank Schaefer will remain an ordained minister even though he violated official Church policy by officiating at his gay son’s wedding in 2007.

The Judicial Council decided in favor of the pastor purely on a technicality, saying that a Church jury in Pennsylvania had erred by defrocking the Rev. Schaefer last year. By taking this “safe” route, the Judicial Council managed to ignore the pink elephant in the room: gay marriage.

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Ed Breeding tackles a "Prescription for Addiction"

Pills, pills and more pills. Doctors can prescribe a pill for anything that bothers us. And for some people, that is a "Prescription For Addiction."

That's also the apt title of the latest documentary by Ed Breeding, also known for his photography and paintings.

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