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April 24, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • "A big leap forward" for transgender employment rights
    In a development hailed as a major breakthrough for transgender rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled unanimously this week that employment bias based on transgender status is tantamount to discrimination based on sex, which violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The ruling will likely influence federal courts as they consider employment discrimination claims, according to Shannon Minter, legal director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. "This is huge. This is a real sea change," Minter said. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Young voters in N.C. want Obama's help on marriage amendment
    Those working to defeat North Carolina's Amendment 1, which would ban marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples, say an appearance by President Barack Obama today in Chapel Hill is an opportunity for him to draw attention to the measure. Instead, Obama intends to focus on college loans, his aides say. "I didn’t expect him to talk at length about it. I know he has come out publicly against it. But I sort of hoped he would at least name-drop a little bit. It’s disappointing," said Josh Orol, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Washington Post (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama includes gay victims in speech about Holocaust
    President Barack Obama, in a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, urged an audience to teach future generations about those who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust, including those victims who were gay. "We must tell our children about a crime unique in human history. The one and only Holocaust -- 6 million innocent people -- men, women, children, babies -- sent to their deaths just for being different, just for being Jewish. We tell them, our children, about the millions of Poles and Catholics and Roma and gay people and so many others who also must never be forgotten," Obama said. Washington Blade (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Missouri bill would bar classroom discussion of sexual orientation
    Legislation introduced in the Missouri House would forbid teachers from discussing sexual orientation in public schools except in relation to scientific discussion of reproduction. The bill has the backing of Republican leaders, though it's unclear if it will be considered before the Legislature adjourns in May. PROMO, a statewide LGBT rights group, joined with Progress Missouri to launch the website The site will feature videos from those opposed to the measure. Springfield News-Leader (Mo.) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Soulforce asks Mormon church to stop funding anti-gay groups
    Participants in the Soulforce 2012 Equality Ride spent more than two hours this week meeting with Mormon church officials in Salt Lake City, Utah, with one rider describing the experience as "overall positive." The group asked that the church cease funding groups opposed to marriage rights for same-sex couples, among other requests. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Was Romney sending a message with gay hire?
    Mitt Romney’s hiring of an openly gay man to be his campaign spokesman on national security issues probably wasn’t intended as a slap at anti-LGBT activists, writes Autostraddle blogger Rachel. In fact, the only message Romney may have been intending to send is “vote for me,” she writes. (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • New GLAAD president comes out swinging
    Herndon Graddick, the new president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said the group will adopt a more aggressive stance under his leadership. Speaking at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Graddick spoke using uncensored language about the damage done to LGBT children by a "bigoted society." "The new GLAAD is going on the offensive and not just sitting back and waiting for somebody to say something negative about us but really fighting back," Graddick said. Gay Star News (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Beyond Politics 
  • Iowa newspaper uses front page to call for end to bullying
    The Sioux City Journal dedicated the entire front page of its Sunday edition to an editorial calling on the community to combat bullying in schools. The move comes on the heels of the suicide of a local teenager who was bullied after coming out as gay. “A lot of newspapers shy away from putting editorials on the front page, but we feel we have to be a strong advocate for our community. And if we don't do that, we're not sure who else is,” said the paper’s editor, Mitch Pugh. The Huffington Post (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LGBT collegiate athletes find more acceptance
    College sports is becoming more accepting of openly LGBT student athletes, but major league sports officials will have to do more to make their players comfortable enough to come out, according to people interviewed for this article. “Those who organize and run the sport -- that's who gay athletes are afraid of,” said Eric Anderson, a sociologist who studies gay athletes in sports. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Media Mix 
  • GLAAD honors Chaz Bono, Josh Hutcherson
    Cher presented a an award to her son, Chaz Bono, and 19-year-old actor Josh Hutcherson became the youngest-ever honoree at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles this past weekend. Hutcherson, star of the "The Hunger Games," said the honor meant more to him than making movies. E! Online (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The ‘evolving’ position does frustrate people, especially young people, because it’s such a no-brainer to us."
--Jeff DeLuca, 21, speaking about President Barack Obama's position on marriage equality, as quoted by the Washington Post

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