Gay Rights

Sexual-orientation discrimination May Cost Twin Peaks’ School Charter

Sexual-orientation discrimination May Cost Twin Peaks’ School Charter
Twin Peaks Charter Academy blocked senior and valedictorian Evan Young from giving his graduation speech because he refused to remove his gay identity from the script. The decision has triggered a debate about the role that schools – particularly charter schools – can play in limiting students’ freedom of expression.
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Florida Gay Rights PAC Slams (Wait, What?) Democratic Rep

Florida Gay Rights PAC Slams (Wait, What?) Democratic Rep
American Unity PAC, the high-powered super PAC founded by major GOP donor and gay rights activist Paul Singer, has entered a new congressional race — cutting a new round of ads slamming Democratic incumbent Joe Garcia as a scandal-prone Washington hypocrite.
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Banner Day: NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade Allows Gay Group to March

Banner Day: NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade Allows Gay Group to March
Organizers of the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade say they're ending a ban and allowing a gay group to march under its own banner for the first time. The prohibition on identified gay groups in the centuries-old New York parade had made participation a political issue. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to march this year, and Guinness beer dropped its sponsorship.
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The Next Generation: Star Trek Actor Says Japan Needs to Get Angry About Gay Rights

The Next Generation: Star Trek Actor Says Japan Needs to Get Angry About Gay Rights
George Takei said he needed courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal. Takei said he has noticed a movement beginning in Japan, though the country of his ancestry has a long way to go. He said Japanese people need to fight for their own rights and they need to be a bit angry, too.
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Mari Yamaguchi
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Obama in Speech: Media Shouldn't Give Equal Weight to Crazy (And Very Wrong) Positions on the Right

Obama in Speech: Media Shouldn't Give Equal Weight to Crazy (And Very Wrong) Positions on the Right
President Barack Obama lambasted the media's penchant for false equivalency in a speech in Chicago Thursday night. We have a group (Republicans) who deny science, who continue to race bait, who's intractable political obstinance has caused the government to grind to a screaming halt. These positions are empirically wrong, plain and simple.
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Tea Party Blogger: Gays Worse Than White Supremacists Ever Were

Tea Party Blogger: Gays Worse Than White Supremacists Ever Were
Mary Baker, a right wing activist with the Tea Party Express and leader of Conservative Moms for America, wrote an article for Tea Party Nation explaining how "Gay Supremacists" are worse than white supremacists.
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MI Gov Rick Snyder's Gay Marriage Quandary

MI Gov Rick Snyder's Gay Marriage Quandary
Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who keeps mostly silent on social issues in favor of focusing on the economy, is stepping carefully on the issue of gay marriage after a judge's declaration that the state's ban is unconstitutional. His detachment is exasperating critics who say he should take more of a leadership role, even if it's an issue he would prefer go away.
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David Eggert
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Biden Calls on Congress to Pass ENDA, Says It's 'Close to Barbaric' to Discriminate Against LGBT Workers

Biden Calls on Congress to Pass ENDA, Says It's 'Close to Barbaric' to Discriminate Against LGBT Workers
Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject. Speaking to supporters of the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, Biden said it's "close to barbaric" that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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Gay Rights Cause Natural Disasters? This and Other Gems from Rep. Susanne Atanus

Gay Rights Cause Natural Disasters? This and Other Gems from Rep. Susanne Atanus
Autism and dementia are punishments from God, said the Illinois Republican who narrowly won her 9th district primary. Oh yeah – and gay rights cause natural disasters. Susanne Atanus is a real piece of work.
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Oh, Boycott: FOX CEO Murdoch Angry at Guinness' Support of LGBT Community

Oh, Boycott: FOX CEO Murdoch Angry at Guinness' Support of LGBT Community
Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, much like his news channel Fox News, is unhappy that the LGBT community wants equality. He's so unhappy that Guinness beer chose to stand behind the LGBT community and boycott the St. Patrick's Day parade, that he's calling for Irish people to boycott the beer company.
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