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August 14, 2012
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  • Paul Ryan’s LGBT votes reviewed
    Other than a vote in 2007 in favor of an employment non-discrimination bill, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has consistently voted against major pro-equality legislation and in favor of bills that would restrict LGBT rights, according to reviews of his legislative record. The presumptive Republican nominee for vice president opposed ending “don’t ask, don’t tell,” voted in favor of banning adoption by gays in the District of Columbia, opposed adding sexual orientation and gender identity to federal hate crimes laws and twice voted to ban marriage equality nationwide through a constitutional amendment. Ryan has earned mostly 0% ratings from the Human Rights Campaign on its legislative scorecards. (8/11), BuzzFeed (8/11), ABC News (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Wis. voters set to choose Baldwin’s opponent
    Primary voters in Wisconsin on Tuesday will select the Republican nominee who will face Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., in the general election race for the U.S. Senate this fall. The Washington Blade reviews the LGBT records of the four main contenders, including Mark Neumann, a former member of Congress who once said “homosexuality wouldn’t be permitted” if he were "elected God for a day." Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • REI backs marriage equality
    Outdoor equipment retailer REI has come out in favor of marriage equality. The company's president, Sally Jewell, said in a blog post that committed couples should have the same benefits and legal protections that she and her husband of 34 years take for granted. REI is based in Washington state, where voters this fall will decide whether to keep or overturn a marriage equality law passed by the state Legislature. JoeMyGod blog (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FAA drops extra psychological tests for trans pilots
    The Federal Aviation Administration has stopped requiring extra psychological testing for transgender pilots, under a policy revision in the FAA's Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners. Transgender advocates said the tests were unnecessary and expensive. "It was as though somebody had said, 'OK, we don't know a lot about transgender people, but we think something might be wrong with them,'" said Harper Jean Tobin, director of public policy for the National Center for Transgender Equality. (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lebanese police conduct anal exams on suspected gays; protest follows
    HELEM, an Arabic LGBT advocacy group, has called for an end to what it calls "tests of shame," after an incident in which authorities in Beirut arrested 36 men and subjected them to anal exams to determine if they had engaged in gay sex. "We're here because we want a clear statement from the ministry of justice that these kind of tests should be completely abolished and punished by the law," said one protester who attended a demonstration against the practice. Google/Agence France-Presse (8/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 5 pro-equality measures that could help Romney win
    David Lampo argues Mitt Romney could broaden his appeal to independent voters by embracing five specific policies, including adding sexual orientation to federal employment non-discrimination laws and establishing domestic partner benefits for federal workers. The Huffington Post (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • Meet the Army’s first out general
    Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith has become the highest-ranking openly gay member of the U.S. Army. Smith is married to Tracey Hepner, who took part in a promotion ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery last week. Los Angeles Times/Nation Now (tiered subscription model) (8/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Beyond Politics 
  • 10 out Olympians take home medals
    Seimone Augustus, an out member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's basketball team, joined nine other openly LGBT Olympians who medaled at the 2012 Games in London. A total of 23 out athletes participated in the Games this year. SB Nation (8/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Support for marriage equality and ENDA, as well as against DOMA, in the draft platform is good politics and makes good sense."
--Darlene Nipper, deputy executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, speaking about the Democratic Party platform, as quoted by the Washington Blade

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