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Among Gay C.E.O.s, the Pressure to Conform
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/27/14
In 2007, John Browne, Lord Browne of Madingley, resigned as chief executive of the British oil giant BP after being outed as gay by the tabloid The Mail on Sunday: “The True story about Lord Browne — by ex-rent boy lover.”

Mr. Browne said then, “I have always regarded my sexuality as a personal matter,” tacitly confirming that he was gay.

Now, he has written a candid and unsparing book about his tortured life as a closeted gay chief executive, “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good for


United Church of Christ Joins Sponsors of Gay Games
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/25/14
A PROTESTANT denomination known for its longtime support of religious diversity and inclusion has agreed to become a sponsor of the 2014 edition of the Gay Games, to be held in northeast Ohio from Aug. 9 to 16.

The denomination, the United Church of Christ, has its headquarters in Cleveland, which, along with Akron, is one of two cities that will play host to the more than 35 sporting and cultural events scheduled to be part of Gay Games 9. Geography, however, is only one reason the church ag


Appeals Court Rejects Utah’s Ban on Gay Marriage, Prodding Supreme Court
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/25/14
Expanding a streak of legal victories for same-sex marriage, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that states may not deny same-sex couples their “fundamental right” to marry, overturning Utah’s voter-approved ban on such unions.

Advocates for same-sex marriage hailed the 2-1 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit here in Denver as a historic win. It had special resonance because it sprang from a legal challenge that brought jubilant scenes of gay nuptials t


Methodist Panel Reinstates Defrocked Pastor
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/24/14
A onetime Methodist pastor who was stripped of his clerical credentials because he presided at the wedding of his gay son is being reinstated, a startling reversal for a large Protestant denomination that, like many, is riven by divisions over same-sex relationships.

A United Methodist Church appeals committee — a nine-member panel made up of laypeople and clergy — said Tuesday that it had decided to overturn the punishment of Frank Schaefer, who with three gay children and a determination to


Bill Clinton Adds Voice to Wife’s Support of Gay Rights
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/23/14
Former President Bill Clinton, in a video message to be broadcast this week, says he was “honored and grateful to be among the voices urging” the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act, the measure he signed into law in 1996 that barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Mr. Clinton’s remarks will be included in a special program to honor gay rights activists that will be shown on Thursday on Logo TV, a cable channel aimed at gay and lesbian viewers. The special, called “Trailblaz


Finally, an Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/17/14
Workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity “needs to stop,” President Obama said last November, “because in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.” But November came and went, as did 2013, and the first quarter of 2014, without the president heeding the rising calls for executive action.

Finally, on Monday, a White House official disclosed that Mr. Obama is prepared to issue an order barring federal contracto


At the Cutting Edge of Gay Family Law
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/17/14
We always thought our story would be pretty typical: Boy meets girl; girl asks boy for sperm to impregnate her wife; boy relinquishes parental rights so girl can second-parent adopt. You know, just a run-of-the-mill beginning to your average American family.

While maybe not typical for most families, this process will at least sound familiar to many same-sex couples. For years, lawyers have strongly encouraged same-sex parents to obtain second-parent adoptions in the states where they are ava


Coast Cleared by Others, W.N.B.A. Finally Finds Its Gay Pride
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/10/14
When Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 W.N.B.A. draft, heard about her league’s new campaign to market games to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, she said, “What are we going to have, T-shirts, shoes?”

It was about time, Griner said she thought, and then wondered what she could do to help.

The W.N.B.A., which has been around for nearly two decades, is trumpeting its marketing strategy, saying that it is the first major sports league to specifically appeal to


Supreme Court Rebuffs Call to End Same-Sex Marriages in Oregon
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/4/14
The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon. The court’s order gave no reasons.

Many gay and lesbian couples have gotten married in Oregon since a May 19 decision from Judge Michael J. McShane of the Federal District Court in Eugene, Ore., struck down the state’s ban on such marriages.

State officials declined to appeal Judge McShane’s decision. Oregon’s attorney general, Ellen F. Rosenblum, told the court that “there is no rational basis on which


Life Out Loud
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/30/14
When Brittney Griner was a senior in high school, a 6-foot-8 center on her way to an all-­American basketball career at Baylor University, she feared telling her father that she was a lesbian. His explosive, curse-filled response upon finding out, Griner writes in a painful, searing and ultimately liberating memoir, “In My Skin: My Life on and Off the Basketball Court,” was exactly what she had dreaded.

He wasn’t raising a gay girl in his house, her father told her. She could pack and get out