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Advocates Seek Civil Rights Bill for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans
source: The New York Times
posted: 12/4/14
As barriers to same-sex marriage fall across the country, gay rights advocates are planning their next battle on Capitol Hill: a push for sweeping legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination, similar to the landmark Civil Rights Act that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed in 1964.

Plans for a so-called comprehensive lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights bill are still in their infancy, and advocates say the campaign could take a decad

A Gay Mayor in Poland? No Big Deal
source: The New York Times
posted: 12/2/14
In the end, the fact that Robert Biedron is one of Poland’s most prominent gay-rights activists seemed to play almost no role in his election as the new mayor of Slusk, a conservative city of 97,000 near the Pomeranian coast.

“There is no reason to think that Mr. Biedron’s private life was an advantage, but it looks like it wasn’t a disadvantage, either,” said Jaroslaw Flis, a sociologist and political commentator. “Sexual orientation didn’t matter for the voters in Slusk.”

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Dale Scott, Baseball Umpire, Comes Out as Gay
source: The New York Times
posted: 12/2/14
As a Major League Baseball umpire for 29 years, where going relatively unnoticed means that you are doing your job well, Dale Scott has kept a low profile.

He has umpired three World Series and three All-Star Games. He recently worked as the crew chief for the National League division series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

But Scott, 55, now will be known as the first publicly gay active major league umpire. He has not hidden the fact that he is gay for many ye

Jason Collins, N.B.A.’s First Openly Gay Player, Retires
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/19/14
Jason Collins, who last season became the first openly gay player in the N.B.A., announced his retirement from basketball on Wednesday in a news conference at Barclays Center.

Collins, 35, said that he made the decision over the summer and that he would focus on his work supporting organizations devoted to promoting diversity and inclusion.

“The past 18, 19 months have been incredible,” said Collins, who did not sign with a team after finishing the 2013-14 season with the Nets. “I’ve grown

Moment Resonates, Quietly, at UMass
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/14/14
As Derrick Gordon’s name was announced during the introduction of the Massachusetts basketball team’s starting lineup Friday, a spotlight swung around the arena, and cheerleaders waved their pompoms. The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” played. There was a loud cheer at the sound of Gordon’s name. Yet nothing signified the occasion as anything extraordinary.

At 7:05 p.m., the ball was tipped at UMass’s Mullins Center, and Gordon became the first openly gay athlete to play a game in Division I men’s baske

Same-Sex Couples Petition Supreme Court on Right to Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/14/14
Gay and lesbian couples filed a petition on Friday asking the Supreme Court to decide whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. It arrived eight days after the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

The fast pace of the filing was an effort to ensure that the justices be able to hear and decide a case before the current Supreme Court term ends in late June.

On Oct.

Supreme Court Lets Gay Marriages Proceed in Kansas
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/12/14
The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed same-sex marriages to proceed in Kansas, lifting a temporary stay issued Monday by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The two-sentence order was similar to recent ones from the court, which has repeatedly declined to intercede in the legal battles over same-sex marriage. But there was one difference: The earlier orders had apparently been unanimous, while this one noted that Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay.

In urging the

Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive, Says He Is ‘Proud to Be Gay’
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/30/14
Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said he was “proud to be gay” in an essay published early Thursday, becoming by far the most prominent executive of a public company to come out.

“Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Mr. Cook wrote in the essay, published by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Mr. Cook, 53, has never spoken publicly about his sexual orientation in the many years he has worked in the spotlight at Apple.


Taiwan Shines as Beacon for Gays in Asia
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/29/14
Waving rainbow flags and banners demanding same-sex marriage, the revelers set off from Taiwan’s presidential palace, drawing cheers and thumbs-ups from spectators along the way. For the 13th year in a row, the gay pride march took over the streets of the capital on Saturday in a boisterous, freewheeling demonstration of how far Taiwan has come in the two decades since multiparty democracy replaced martial law and authoritarian rule.

But the loudest applause rose up when a Malaysian flag or a

Cowboys Release Michael Sam From Practice Squad
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/24/14
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by the N.F.L., was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday after spending seven weeks on their practice squad.

Sam has not appeared in a regular-season game. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Rams but cut in training camp before being signed to the 10-man practice squad for Dallas on Sept..3.

The team announced the move on its website, explaining that it was intended to open a spot for linebacker Troy Davis, a second-year pl