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March 12, 2013
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  Politics and Policy 
  • OutServe-SLDN chief envisions trans-friendly military
    In her first "State of LGBT Military Service Address," OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson told an audience at a fundraising dinner in Washington, D.C., that one of the group’s top goals is to change a policy that forbids military service by openly transgender Americans. "Qualified Americans who are transgender and who want to serve in uniform are still forbidden from doing so by medical regulations that have become ridiculously obsolete," Robinson said. Among other agenda items is overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the Pentagon from extending certain benefits to the same-sex spouses of gay and lesbian troops. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)/Poliglot (3/11), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: More than 32,000 bi-national same-sex couples in U.S.
    A report from the The Williams Institute at UCLA estimates there are 32,300 same-sex couples living in the U.S. where one partner is not a U.S. citizen. Of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America, 267,000 adults identify as LGBT, the report found. Advocates want Washington to remedy immigration laws that do not recognize same-sex couples for purposes of gaining residency or citizenship. Talking Points Memo (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DOMA win could expose some to higher taxes
    If the Supreme Court strikes down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, some legally married same-sex couples filing joint federal tax returns could get hit with a heftier tax bill known as the "marriage penalty," depending on their income. "Equality is not always a net fiscal positive," said Brian Moulton, legal director at the Human Rights Campaign. Reuters (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chinese PFLAG chapter advocates for marriage equality
    Nearly 200 members of a Guangzhou, China, chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays have signed an open letter urging government officials to allow their gay and lesbian children to marry and have children. The move comes as the Chinese LGBT community emerges from the shadow of government-sanctioned repression, which saw homosexuality classified as a mental disorder until 2001. ABC News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Queen Elizabeth II still silent on LGBT rights
    The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, this week lent her support to a new commonwealth charter that expresses a rejection of discrimination on the bases of "gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds." Some news outlets reported that the phrase "other grounds" was meant to include sexual orientation, but others pointed out that the Queen has never publicly uttered the words "gay" or "lesbian" during her more than 60 years on the throne. Advocate.com (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll finds most Russians hostile to LGBT rights
    Eighty-seven percent of Russians are opposed to LGBT Pride events in their cities, according to a poll from the Levada Public Opinion Center, and 85% are opposed to allowing same-sex couples to marry. Twenty-two percent say homosexuals should be made to enter treatment, while 5% want them exterminated, the poll found. The results come as the Russian parliament considers legislation to outlaw promotion of homosexuality. RT.com (Russia) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nondiscrimination bill dies in Utah Senate
    Utah state senators pushing a bill that would ban LGBT discrimination in employment and housing say they had constructive dialog with the Mormon church, but could not come to an agreement that would have earned the church's support of the measure. Church officials pointed out that they have supported municipal LGBT non-discrimination laws. FoxNews.com (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership Spotlight 
  • Gay W. Va. lawmaker intros partner on House floor
    West Virginia state Delegate Stephen Skinner asked his partner to stand and be recognized in the state House chamber this week, a simple gesture that nonetheless drew applause. "There are all these little important points. We're breaking barriers," Skinner said. He is the first openly LGBT member of the West Virginia Legislature, and among his priorities will be passage of a statewide law banning employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation. Charleston Daily Mail (W.Va.) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Anderson Cooper opens up about being gay
    CNN’s Anderson Cooper talks to Michelangelo Signorile about being honored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and about always knowing that he was gay. "Being gay is a blessing," Cooper said, adding that he "couldn’t be more proud" of his sexual orientation. The Huffington Post (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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--Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council and a candidate for mayor, as quoted by Gay City News

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