In the News

Richmond, Va., Makes a Bold Appeal for L.G.B.T. Tourists
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/15/14
The cry “Come out, come out, wherever you are” has taken on new meaning as more Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) come out of the closet, telling friends and family about their sexual orientation. A regional tourism organization is now echoing the process a person goes through in coming out to present a city as a welcoming destination for L.G.B.T. visitors.

The organization, known as Richmond Region Tourism, is declaring that Richmond, Va., is “coming out” as


Social Worker Spreads a Message of Acceptance to Mormons With Gay Children
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/12/14
Late on election night in 2008, Caitlin Ryan sat in her apartment here, cat in her lap, computer at her side, watching the results on television. Sometime after Barack Obama was declared president, briefly lifting her mood, she saw the news she had been dreading: Proposition 8 was going to win, striking down same-sex marriage in California.

Dr. Ryan’s despair came partly from being a lesbian who had been thrilled to see the San Francisco mayor performing gay weddings during the brief window o


Corner Closet Opens Up a Bit Wider
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/5/14
After C1 Financial’s chief executive, Trevor Burgess, rang the opening bell and posed outside the New York Stock Exchange with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders on Aug. 14 to celebrate his Florida-based company’s first day of trading, he received a message from Jason Grenfell-Gardner, the chief executive of the pharmaceutical company IGI Laboratories:

“And then there were two.”

So far as is known, Mr. Grenfell-Gardner and Mr. Burgess are the only publicly gay chief executives of public


Justice Dept. Promotes Lawyer to No. 3 Post
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/5/14
A senior Justice Department lawyer who defended same-sex marriage, President Obama’s health care law and the government’s right to collect bulk phone records has been promoted to the department’s No. 3 position, officials said Friday.

As acting associate attorney general, the lawyer, Stuart F. Delery, will oversee civil rights, antitrust and environmental cases, among other matters, the Justice Department said. He is replacing Tony West, who announced this week that he was leaving the departm


Gay-Marriage Bans Fall in Wisconsin and Indiana
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/3/14
Only nine days after hearing arguments in the case, a federal appeals court in Chicago declared the bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin to be unconstitutional on Thursday, adding to the list of marriage cases that could wind up before the Supreme Court in the year ahead.

“The grounds advanced by Indiana and Wisconsin for their discriminatory policies are not only conjectural; they are totally implausible,” said the unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel of the United States C


Federal Judge, Bucking Trend, Affirms Ban on Same-Sex Marriages in Louisiana
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/3/14
A federal judge here upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, going against what had been a unanimous trend of federal court decisions striking down such bans since the Supreme Court ruled on the matter last year.

In his ruling, Judge Martin L. C. Feldman of Federal District Court said that the regulation of marriage was left up to the states and the democratic process; that no fundamental right was being violated by the ban; and that Louisiana had a “legitimate interest ...


Gay Groups to March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade as a Ban Falls
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/3/14
The organizers of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade said on Wednesday that they were lifting a ban on openly gay groups marching under their own banner, bringing to a close more than two decades of bitter protests and controversy that thrust an annual celebration into the national gay rights debate.

The decision is a striking reflection of the evolution of gay rights in the city and in American society, and is a measure of changing attitudes in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Chu


Robin Roberts Forms TV Production Company
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/3/14
The “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts on Wednesday announced the formation of Rock’n Robin Productions, an independent company that will focus on creating documentaries, lifestyle reality series and live special events for ABC and other broadcast and digital networks.

Although Ms. Roberts did not provide many specifics, she said her new projects include a news-driven documentary, a Thanksgiving-themed ABC special and two reality show pilots. A new Rock’n Robin website will feature b


Community Makes Itself Known, With Discretion
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/30/14
The rainbow flag did not fly at Lubbock’s fourth gay pride festival on Aug. 23. Instead it was tied to a chain-link fence behind a community center east of Interstate 27 in a rundown industrial part of town. Despite the humble location, the daylong event with speakers and live music attracted about 400 people and was a milestone for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in this mostly conservative and religious Panhandle city.

For the last three years, Lubbock Pride has been or


Rams Cut Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player Drafted in N.F.L.
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/30/14
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an N.F.L. team, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

The move came as teams across the league reduced their squads to 53 players.

In May, Sam was drafted at the end of the seventh round despite being named a co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference his senior year at the University of Missouri. He was taken with the 249th pick out of 256 players drafted.

He gave a mediocre performance at the scouting combine