Nine anti-gay preachers arrested at Southern Decadence in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS -- Using a city law passed just last year, police in New Orleans arrested nine preachers for an anti-gay demonstration during Southern Decadence festivities in the French Quarter over the weekend.

Eight of the men were arrested on suspicion of aggressive solicitation under an ordinance that prohibits 'any person or group of persons to loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.'

Gay teen sues school for failing to protect him from bullies

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — An openly gay Indiana teen, who was expelled from school earlier this year because he brought a stun gun to school to ward off bullies, has filed a lawsuit claiming the school district did nothing to prevent the “relentless, severe harassment.”

Lawmaker who thinks gays a threat to children crashes boat into children

BALTIMORE, Md. -- A homophobic Maryland lawmaker has admitted to being drunk when he accidentally crashed his boat into a boat full of children.

Maryland delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr. was drinking with another man on his boat on the Magothy River in Pasadena around 7pm when his boat struck a smaller vessel with five children on board.

Four of the children were injured with one, a 5-year-old girl, taken by helicopter to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Two adults on the boat were unharmed.

The smash was so severe that Dwyer’s boat sunk in the river.

Homophobic pastor convicted of masturbating in public

A prominent Louisiana-based Christian pastor known for his anti-gay stance was convicted of obscenity Wednesday after being caught masturbating at a public park near a children's playground last year.

Federal grand jury indicts FRC gunman

WASHINGTON — A Virginia man who entered the the lobby of the conservative anti-gay group, the Family Research Council, on August 15 and shot a security guard, was indicted Wednesday on federal charges related to the incident.

Floyd Lee Corkins II, of Herndon, Va., was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition and two District of Columbia offenses: assault with intent to kill while armed and possession of a handgun during a crime of violence.

Gay rights debate in Germany goes nuclear

BERLIN -- Germany may be one of the more tolerant places on Earth, where lawmakers are poised to broaden rights for gays and lesbians in civil unions. But this week, the debate on gay rights exploded after a conservative politician and a commentator for the country's largest newspaper made controversial comments.

Body shop restores bullied gay student’s vandalized car for free

ROANOKE, Va. — A local body shop has come to the rescue of an openly gay college student who has had a tough time this year as vandals have defaced his car four times.

Radford University student Jordan Addison told WDBJ-TV that between March and May of this year his car was vandalized four times — once at his home and three times on-campus.

GOP platform cuts gay rights in military

President Obama's expansion of gay rights in the military, including on-base same sex marriage and wearing uniforms in gay pride parades, would be radically yanked back in a Mitt Romney administration, according to Republican platform positions taking shape in Tampa and OK'd by the candidate.

"We're pushing back," said Elaine Donnelly, of the conservative Center for Military Readiness. "This is pretty big."

Top Romney surrogate compares LGBT people to drug users, polygamists

TAMPA, Fla. — Kansas Secretary of State and Mitt Romney surrogate Kris Kobach compared LGBT people to drug users and polygamists while debating the GOP platform’s marriage equality language in Tampa on Tuesday.

While arguing against an amendment that would have ended the party’s support for the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, Kobach said:

MSMGF condemns repeated police raids and violence targeting human rights advocates in Zimbabwe

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) strongly condemns the repeated police violence and intimidation directed at human rights advocates in Zimbabwe.