US LGBTQ group backtracks, will hold event with Israeli leaders

The National LGBTQ Task Force, a US umbrella organization, announced Tuesday it was reversing an earlier decision to cancel an event hosted by A Wider Bridge, an NGO that seeks to build ties between the US and Israeli gay communities.   “Having taken in a range of information and seeing what has happened over the […]

Salt Lake City’s first openly gay mayor sworn into office

Jackie Biskupski was sworn in Monday as Salt Lake City’s first openly gay mayor, a landmark the former state lawmaker acknowledged shortly after taking the oath of office.   Biskupski, 49, said the historic moment should not be taken lightly, and noted great strides have been made for LGBT people in the state.   “I […]

Judge drops student’s free speech lawsuit

A University of New Mexico student who was kicked out of class for objecting to a lesbian-themed film has lost her court case.   Monica Pompeo filed suit, claiming her First Amendment rights were violated when she was punished for an essay that called homosexuality “perverse” among other observations.   The lawsuit, filed in 2013, […]

Resolute Obama Marks 5 Years After ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

A female Iraq veteran whose children can use her benefits and whose wife can receive her flag at her funeral.   A man who gave up his dream of joining the military because he was gay, and another who kept his relationship with a man secret so he could serve.   These were among the […]

ABC Developing Gay Rights Miniseries Chronicling ‘Triumphs’ of LGBT Movement

Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and director Gus Van Sant are developing an eight-hour miniseries for ABC, which will chronicle the history of the gay rights movement.   Black and Van Sant helmed the 2008 Harvey Milk biopic Milk, which won Academy Awards for Best Writing (Black) and Best Actor (Sean Penn).   Van Sant […]

New York: Cross-Dressing Men May Use Ladies’ Lavatories

In a series of new regulations, New York City human rights officials have threatened sanctions to landlords, employers, and businesses who prevent cross-dressing men from using the ladies’ room, under provisions against transgender discrimination.   Yet knowing who is cross-dressing and who is not has also become more complicated, since the same new guidelines also ban […]

Doctor ousted for talking about risks of LGBT behavior

The decision by the board of directors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center regarding Dr. Paul Church, who also is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, was reported by Mass Resistance, a team of activists who have been monitoring the long-running case.   WND recently reported the board was holding a hearing on Church’s […]

Houston faith leaders gear up for new transgender fight

The coalition of pastors from Houston who defeated lesbian Mayor Annise Parker’s transgender-rights ordinance – a fight that included her subpoenas of sermons – now are volunteering to help pastors in Dallas oppose a similar measure.   “We will work with Dallas pastors to determine how to appropriately respond to the wholesale catering by city […]

First VA transgender clinic opens in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKYC) – The Cleveland VA Medical Center will open the first VA clinic specifically dedicated to the healthcare needs of transgender veterans.   It will provide transgender veterans with primary care, hormonal therapy, mental health care and social work services. All of the providers in the clinic have a special interest in transgender […]

Obama supports altering Civil Rights Act to ban LGBT discrimination

The White House endorsed legislation Tuesday that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.   White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration had been reviewing the bill “for several weeks.”   “Upon that review it is now clear that the […]