gay rights

Public faces: The gay rights movement's key advantage

In the cascade of comparisons made recently between abortion and same-sex marriage — and the specter of a political backlash arising from a Supreme Court ruling advancing gay marriage — one glaring distinction between the two issues has been largely overlooked by prognosticators: the power of coming out.

Sixty percent of Americans now say they have a close friend or family member who is gay, an 11 percent jump from 2010. In the 1990s, most Americans said exactly the opposite.

Why Pam Spaulding is ending Pam's House Blend blog

A jolt was sent through the LGBT blogosphere when the groundbreaking lesbian blogger, Pam Spaulding, “blogmistress” of Pam's House Blend, announced this week that after 9 years she is closing down her blog on July 1.

Idaho GOP wants local non-discrimination ordinances voided

Idaho Republican Party leaders are calling on the state Legislature to invalidate local city ordinances that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation - like the one Coeur d’Alene passed after an emotional community debate just two weeks ago.

Six Idaho cities have passed such non-discrimination ordinances in the past year and a half, and a seventh, Idaho Falls, is looking into one now; the Idaho GOP wants them halted.

World’s largest study on gay parents finds the kids are more than all right

According to preliminary findings from the world’s largest study on the issue, the children of gay parents are doing equally well or better than the children of straight parents on a number of key health and well-being indicators. (Not that it’s a competition or anything!)

Conversion-therapy survey reveals real harm in gay "cure"

In a new survey of people who have undergone a controversial treatment seeking to change their sexual orientation, a gay man described his eight-year marriage to a woman as a "scam." Another survey respondent reported self-hatred, isolation, depression and flashbacks enduring long after the therapy was concluded. A third described an attempted exorcism.

LGBT rights activist attacked in alleged anti-gay hate crime in NYC

A New York teen has been charged in an alleged attack on a local rights activist in what appears to be the latest in spate of disturbing assaults targeting the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Puerto Rico approves LGBT non-discrimination and domestic violence measures; governor to sign

International lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are praising Puerto Rico's decision to advance "sweeping" nondiscrimination measures.

New gay-rights battleground: Virginia

Welcome to the gay rights battleground of Virginia.

Yes, you read that right. In the 2013 off-year elections, a state that once leaned solidly to the center-right has become the newest focal point in the national debate over same-sex relationships. A gubernatorial race already defined partly along culture-war lines has grown even more contentious since last weekend, when Virginia Republicans nominated as their lieutenant governor candidate a firebrand minister who has called gays “very sick people psychologically” and suggested a connection between homosexuality and pedophilia.

Call for increased respect for human rights of LGBT in Asia

Experts and youth from East and Southeast Asia called on the government and other authorities to protect the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people during a forum marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) at the University of the Philippines(UP)-Diliman.

For the gay and undocumented, stakes are high ahead of court ruling | VIDEO

Eric Manriquez and Juan Rivera's marriage stands at the intersection of two of the most controversial social issues of the year and of our era: gay marriage and immigration reform. As the nation awaits the Supreme Court's highly anticipated ruling on the former, the following "Bravery Tapes" video shows how Manriquez and Rivera are publicly fighting for what they believe in rather than hiding in the shadows:

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