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Finding Comfort and Safety as a Gay Traveler
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/30/14
Nearly every same-sex couple has experienced that awkward moment on vacation. It usually comes at hotel check-in, when you find yourself on the receiving end of a quizzical or disapproving look as you explain that yes, you did intend to book just one bed for you and your “friend.”

When my partner, Brett, and I visited Jamaica several years ago, we hadn’t even gotten to the check-in point at the all-inclusive Royal Decameron Club Caribbean in Runaway Bay, when things became uncomfortable. “Wha


Oregon: Gay-Marriage Supporters See No Need for Referendum
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/23/14
Advocates for same-sex marriage in Oregon, fresh from a court victory, said Friday that they no longer plan to put the issue of gay marriage on the November ballot. A federal judge on Monday struck down Oregon’s constitutional amendment that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The state’s attorney general declined to mount a legal defense of the ban. With the court ruling, a ballot initiative became unnecessary, said Oregon United for Marriage, an advocacy group.

Pennsylvania Governor Won’t Fight Ruling That Allows Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/21/14
Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania said Wednesday that he would not appeal a judge’s ruling striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.

With the decision, Pennsylvania became the 19th state, along with the District of Columbia, where same-sex couples are able to marry. Judge John E. Jones III of Federal District Court on Tuesday became the latest judge to throw out a series of state bans around the country, writing, “It is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Mr. Co


Uncovered Papers Show Past Government Efforts to Drive Gays From Jobs
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/20/14
Days after President Lyndon B. Johnson’s election to his first full term, an administration official asked a subordinate to explain the policy on firing gays. In particular, he wondered whether someone with a history of gay liaisons could, through years of marriage, be “rehabilitated” into a trustworthy civil servant.

The response came quickly, and in language that would be shocking by today’s standards. Technically, rehabilitated gays could keep their jobs. But John W. Steele, a staff member


Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/19/14
The cheers erupted at exactly 12:08 p.m. as word filtered through the line of couples, friends and family members, some of whom had been on the sidewalk outside the Multnomah County building here since 5:30 a.m. on Monday.

Judge Michael McShane of Federal District Court — having promised to file his ruling on a challenge to Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage at noon — had met his deadline. And to Ken Brashier, the roar of the crowd said the rest. The ban had fallen.

“Sounds like we’re getti


There Are Still No Openly Gay Major C.E.O.s
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/16/14
When the National Football League this month drafted its first openly gay player, Michael Sam, he joined a roster of recent firsts — from the first out nightly news and morning-television anchors, United States senator and pro basketball player.

But one major realm of society lags behind: corporate America. There is not a single openly gay chief executive at the nation’s 1,000 biggest companies.

It may seem incongruous that corner offices trail, say, the testosterone-fueled world of N.F.L.


In Historic Pick, Rams Take Michael Sam in Final Round of Draft
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/10/14
Over seven rounds of the National Football League draft, teams chose more than 200 players, from surefire stars to kickers and all-but-anonymous players from tiny Division II programs.

One player who was repeatedly passed over was Michael Sam, a consensus all-American at Missouri and The Associated Press’s defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference, considered college football’s most competitive conference. Sam was also the first publicly gay player waiting to be drafted.


The Morning Muse of Television
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/9/14
This is the current state of play in the high-stakes world of morning TV.

When Amanda Knox gives her first interview the day after it is announced that Italian courts have re-convicted her of murder, she does so with Robin Roberts of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” saying the ruling hit her “like a train” while Ms. Roberts looks on sympathetically and, at one point, reaches across the table to hold the young woman’s hand.

When Brittany Daniel, an actress who has overcome Stage IV non-Hodgkin


Compromise on Gays Pleases No One, Scouts Are Learning
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/8/14
Pascal Tessier is a 17-year-old Eagle Scout in suburban Maryland who says scouting made him who he is today, with its lessons about morality, leadership and responsibility. And those very strengths, this openly gay high school senior said, are what compel and equip him to fight back now against Scout policies on gays that he believes are wrong.

After long, anxious debate, the Boy Scouts’ national board voted a year ago to allow openly gay youths to participate in scouting, while continuing to


Travel Companies Boycott Brunei-Owned Hotel Group
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/6/14
Travel companies are boycotting the Dorchester Collection of hotels this week after Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of Brunei, the small, oil-rich country on the island of Borneo that owns the hotel group, began implementing a new criminal code that will allow for homosexuals and adulterers to be stoned to death.

The code, based on Islamic, or Shariah, law, also calls for the severing of limbs or flogging as a punishment for theft, among other penalties. Implementation of the code has prompted p