Advocates and opponents of marriage equality held separate rallies Sunday in Iowa ahead of the November elections, which could bring a showdown on same-sex marriage.
According to the Sioux City Journal, Mari Culver, the wife of Gov. Chet Culver, spoke to about 300 people in Des Moines, where she made her first public remarks in defense of the marriage equality decision by the state supreme court last year. Governor Culver, a Democrat, is up for reelection this fall.
I remember being at one of the first Pink Saturday events in the early 1990's.There were about 5000 of upon Castro between Market and 19th. Greg Taylor, an event promoter, drove a trucking with a sound system and hoisted a mirror disco ball at the intersections at 18thand Castro Streets. Many of us went into Walgreens and purchased rolls of toilet paper to throw over the MUNI bus electric lines to create a party effect. We were there to celebrating gay pride.
The event has been held the evening of last Saturday of June ever since. Pink Saturday has been growing in popularity such that this year there were far more than 100,000 people attending the event which stretched from 19th and Castro to Market and Sanchez. I was at this past Pink Saturday few weeks ago and had a great time, mostly hanging out on Castro and 18th. As many of you have already heard, there were members of gangs that showed up for my community's party and didn't have the celebration of gay pride on their minds.
(New York) MTV held a solid lead among 15 networks for its representation of gay characters last season, according to a report released Friday.
In its fourth annual Network Responsibility Index, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found that of MTV's 207.5 hours of original prime-time programming, 42 percent included content reflecting the lives of gay, bisexual and transgender people. This earned MTV the first-ever "Excellent" rating from GLAAD.
"MTV programs like 'The Real World' and 'America's Best Dance Crew' have offered richly diverse portrayals of gay and transgender people that help Americans better understand and accept our community," said GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios.
Among broadcast networks, the CW was on top with 35 percent, while Fox ranked a close second with 30 percent. ABC, with 26 percent, got a "Good" rating, while NBC was "Adequate" with 13 percent. CBS' 7 percent earned that network a "Failing" grade from the report.
Scoring high on cable along with MTV were ABC Family (37 percent), TNT (34 percent), Showtime (32 percent), Lifetime (31 percent) and HBO (26 percent), which all received a "Good" rating. The report assigned a "Failing" grade to USA (4 percent), A&E (3 percent) and TBS (2 percent).
GLAAD reviewed all prime-time programming – totaling 4,787.5 hours – on the major broadcast networks between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010. The study also examined all original prime-time programming – 1,227.75 hours – on 10 prominent cable networks. This included dramas, comedies, unscripted fare and newsmagazines.
GLAAD noted, with approval, the parenting role played by gay couple Mitchell and Cameron on ABC's "Modern Family," and the story line on Fox's "Glee" where high school student Kurt comes out as gay to his father.
The total buying power of the adult LGBT community in the U.S. is projected to be $743 billion. This is up from the 2009 projections of $732 billion.
Bob Witeck, CEO of Witeck-Combs Communications, the group who published the estimate, said that the study gives the nation a snapshot of the economic activity of the LGBT community, even in the recession.
Witeck said that this estimate should not be interpreted as any evidence that gays, lesbians, and transgender individuals are wealthier than others. He said that was "little more than a stereotype."
Marriage equality foes were dealt a blow Thursday morning; the D.C. court of appeals ruled against allowing an initiative on the ballot to invalidate same-sex marriages entered into in the district.
Gay marriage foes — led by antigay bishop Harry Jackson of Maryland and groups that include the National Organization for Marriage — were attempting to get a Prop. 8–like initiative on the ballot in D.C.
The court of appeals ruled 5–4 that the proposed initiative would permit discrimination against gays and lesbians in the district, which is prohibited by the D.C. Human Rights Act.
Move over, Carrie Prejean. Claire Buffie, crowned Miss New York in June, is the first Miss America contestant to compete on a gay rights platform. A trained dancer and Apple employee, she knows her profile may seem unusual for a pageant contestant, and that's exactly why she believes she can win over America in the competition this January.
In her first interview with the gay press, the 24-year-old Indianapolis native spoke with The Advocate about her platform of improving the climate for LGBT youths in schools, misconceptions about beauty pageant contestants, and the real lesson of Prejean, the 2009 Miss USA runner-up.
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While other San Francisco neighborhoods struggle to fill empty storefronts, the Castro district has managed to put a lid on the revolving door of retailers at the height of the recession.
The neighborhood boasts a low vacancy rate, estimated at 5 percent, compared with other areas such as the Bayview district, where empty storefronts skyrocketed to 20 percent at the end of last year, according to city officials.
The Castro neighborhood credits its 3-year-old Business Attraction Program, which connects landlords with potential tenants — quickly.
(Boston) A key part of a law denying married gay couples federal benefits has been thrown out the window in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage. The ball now lies in the White House's court, which must carefully calculate the next move by an administration that has faced accusations it has not vigorously defended the law of the land.
President Barack Obama has said repeatedly that he would like to see the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, repealed. But the Justice Department has defended the constitutionality of the law, which it is required to do.
The administration was silent Friday on whether it would appeal rulings by U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro. Spokespeople for the White House and the Justice Department said officials are still reviewing the rulings.
In a first for the United States, President Barack Obama will outline a new national AIDS strategy on Tuesday that is expected to call for redirecting money to groups most at risk, including gay and bisexual men and African-Americans.
According to The New York Times, the strategy, which is the first of its kind and took 15 months to develop, will seek to mitigate the AIDS epidemic by curbing the number of new HIV infections and increasing the numbers of people who receive care and treatment. The administration will make a call to reduce annual new HIV infections, which total about 56,000, by 25% within five years, and reach a greater number of the more than one million Americans living with the virus.
Minnesota-based retail chain Target gave $150,000 to support the political action committee of the state's ultra-conservative gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.
Target has a history of conservative donations, but Emmer has supported a Christian rock band that has applauded calls for the execution of gay people.
Emmer is the only Minnesota candidate for governor who is against gay marriage; in 2007 he wrote a constitutional amendment barring both gay marriage and civil unions, but the bill did not pass. Emmer also regularly tries to narrow LGBT rights by, for example, trying to replace the word "parents" with the words "mother and father" in a surrogacy bill.