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March 19, 2013
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  • GOP considers LGBT exclusion in "autopsy" of 2012 performance
    A failure to appear inclusive is among the reasons the GOP fell out of favor with some voters in 2012, according to a report from the Republican National Committee that reviews the party's performance last year and seeks to identify ways to broaden its appeal. "Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays -- and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be," the report said, concluding that Republicans should campaign among gay Americans, "and demonstrate we care about them too." In announcing the report's findings, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus did not directly address policy changes that might attract more LGBT support. "I think it's about being decent. I think it's about dignity and respect," he said. Talking Points Memo (3/18), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/18), BuzzFeed (3/18), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conservative panel on gay issues draws crowd: A panel on LGBT inclusion at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference drew a standing-room-only crowd. "We have tolerated something in our movement for far too long -- anti-gay bigotry," said Jimmy LaSalvia, founder of the group GOProud, who was joined on the panel by conservative commentators and columnists Jonah Goldberg, Margaret Hoover and Jennifer Rubin. A separate CPAC panel that included anti-gay conservatives railing against marriage equality was sparsely attended. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GOP leader stands by Republican who now supports marriage: Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus this week said Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's change of heart on legal marriage for same-sex couples in no way affects his standing with the party. "If that's his opinion, then I support him having that opinion," Priebus said. Portman last week said he dropped his opposition to marriage equality in part because his son came out to him as gay. Meanwhile House Speaker John Boehner, also of Ohio, said he "can't imagine" changing his own opposition to marriage equality. The Washington Times (3/18), Reuters (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Vt. House approves equal-benefits bill
    The Vermont House has voted 139-5 to approve legislation that requires out-of-state employers to provide equal benefits for gay and straight employees in Vermont. The move came on the 13th anniversary of the passage of the state's then-controversial civil unions law. "[W]hen I look back at that, I think I probably voted the wrong way," said House Minority Leader Don Turner, a Republican who voted against the civil-unions legislation but supported the new benefits bill. "I think the Republican Party, myself included, needs to be more inclusive," he added. The Times Argus (Barre-Montpelier, Vt.) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • With conservative opposition collapsing, marriage fight may be ending
    BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner analyzes the LGBT- and marriage-related discussions that took place at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "[A]lthough the Republican Party is nowhere near done with its internal debate -- the die is cast and the once incredible notion of gay couples getting married has become a growing norm," he writes. BuzzFeed (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Harvey Milk was right
    Jonathan Capehart, noting the effect that LGBT people coming out has had on public opinion, writes about the prescient words of Harvey Milk, who in 1978 urged LGBT people to be honest about themselves in order to change society. "Nearly 35 years later, we are seeing the incredible impact of those words," Capehart writes. The Washington Post/PostPartisan blog (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • LGBT group leaders to learn nonprofit management at Duke
    The Victory Institute this week launched the LGBT Movement Leaders Fellowship, a program that aims to provide the executive directors of LGBT organizations a solid foundation in the principles of nonprofit management. Applications to participate this year are due April 15. The Fellowship is funded by a $250,000 grant from the LTR Lewis Cloverdale Foundation, whose chairman, Terrance P. Baggott, said the program is intended to help participants prepare for the challenges of operating LGBT organizations in an era when competition for talent and resources is tight. (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Despite hate mail, Texas' only out state legislator gets to work
    Texas state Rep. Mary Gonzalez came to her job with some experience in politics and policy, having been raised by a politically active and conservative Republican father, but the capital's only out lawmaker says she had to overcome hate mail and negative reaction to her sexual orientation in order to focus on issues such as education and water resources. "While I'm proud of all the barriers we've broken, it has not come without a lot of ugliness attached to it," Gonzalez said. El Paso Inc. (Texas) (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Beyond Politics 
  • Influential evangelical pastor supports marriage equality
    Rob Bell, an evangelical pastor once hailed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, this week criticized evangelicals who turn people away from religion with their narrow focus on cultural issues that can't be changed, adding that he embraces the rights of same-sex couples to marry. "I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs -- I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are," Bell said at an Episcopal church in San Francisco. (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACLU readies suit against Calif. school district
    A school district in San Bernardino County, Calif., has systematically discriminated against its LGBT students, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which informed school officials it planned to file suit unless they remedy the situation. School officials have banned prom attire that falls outside gender norms and ignored student complaints of bullying and harassment, according to the ACLU. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Media Mix 
  • Anderson Cooper accepts GLAAD award
    Madonna presented CNN's Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo Award at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Media Awards event in New York City on Saturday. "I've had so many blessings in my life, and being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings," Cooper told the crowd. Madonna, who appeared dressed as a Boy Scout, opened her remarks by saying, "I think they should change their stupid rules, don't you?" (3/17), USA Today (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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