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November 20, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • Is LGBT progress possible in the next Congress?
    Some LGBT advocates are hopeful about inserting pro-equality language into legislation expected in the House next year, particularly on immigration and tax issues, but the Human Rights Campaign estimates that more than half of all representatives elected this year are "solidly anti-LGBT." Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., this week called for comprehensive immigration reform that includes remedies for binational LGBT couples and families, but Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., warned against getting too optimistic. "[W]ith the Republicans controlling the House there’s zero chance of anything good happening," Frank said. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (11/16), Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)/Poliglot blog (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Marriage-equality push is eyed in 7 states
    LGBT advocates who sense they have the momentum in the fight for marriage equality are considering new efforts to enact marriage equality in at least seven states, including Oregon, Illinois, Delaware and Hawaii, according to this article. Other priorities include expanding employment protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Anti-gay activists say it's wrong to assume the American electorate has changed its mind irreversibly on LGBT issues. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New marriage research beat anti-gay scare ads
    Campaigns to expand marriage equality this year used new, in-depth research conducted by the group Third Way to combat previously successful anti-gay ads, which were designed to scare parents of school-age children, according to this analysis. BuzzFeed (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Navy allows HIV-positive personnel to serve abroad
    The U.S. Navy last year quietly changed its policies to allow HIV-positive sailors to serve overseas and on large ships, according to this report. The new regulations recognize that outdated views on HIV needlessly kept some personnel from work experience that could advance their careers. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GOP at rock bottom, conservative activists say
    Gay conservatives say the Republican Party's losses on Election Day are proof that the party's harsh rhetoric on LGBT issues is scaring away people who otherwise could accept simple disagreement on hot-button social issues. Some are hopeful that the loss could be a turning point. "Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can fix what's wrong. And I think the Republican Party is about there," said Jimmy LaSalvia of the group GOProud. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • What's at the top of your legislative agenda for LGBT progress?
Banning employment discrimination
Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act
LGBT-inclusive immigration reform
Marriage equality in more states
Federal tax parity for same-sex couples
I'm not sure

  • Commentary: GOP base drove Romney to the right
    Albert R. Hunt writes that the extreme views of Republican primary voters drove Mitt Romney to embrace positions that general election voters were not comfortable with, including anti-immigrant and anti-gay policy stances. "The Republican political base is intolerant, stridently so, on issues like immigration, religion and gay rights," Hunt writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Winning over anti-LGBT Americans is important
    Having made remarkable headway in influencing the “movable middle,” LGBT advocates now must expand their efforts by reaching out to those who subscribe to irrational and rigid homophobic ideologies, writes Nathaniel Frank, a visiting scholar at Columbia's Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. “We can’t afford to leave the antigay beliefs of over 100 million Americans intact. We don’t have the luxury to write off the last third of the American population,” he argues, citing the damage that population still inflicts on LGBT youth. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GOP squandered LGBT votes
    The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart writes that a new study of exit polling data shows Mitt Romney would likely have won the presidential election "if the Republican Party and Romney had views on gay rights that were in line with the American people." The Washington Post/PostPartisan blog (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Beyond Politics 
  • New 1-pill therapy is available for HIV patients
    Stribild, a new combination drug from Gilead, could make HIV undetectable in most users, studies show, though the drug is specifically for those who have not previously been on AIDS drugs. About 1 in 5 American gay and bisexual men are HIV positive, but about half do not know it, according to the Greater Than AIDS. Stribild's side effects can include kidney damage, fat redistribution, nausea and headaches. The Advocate (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Friday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., Gay Politics Report will not be published Friday, Nov. 23. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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