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San Diego to get a gay mayor
source: SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle
posted: 8/23/13
San Diego has a long reputation as a mecca of political conservatism, but that image could crumble after the resignation Friday of its mayor, Bob Filner, in the face of allegations of sexual harassment. His replacement will be a gay man, making San Diego the nation's second-largest city to be led by an openly gay person.

The City Council voted 7-0 Friday to approve a deal to accept Filner's resignation in exchange for covering some of his legal expenses related to the harassment allegations i


Russia says gay athletes will be welcome at 2014 Winter Olympics
source: Los Angeles Times
posted: 8/22/13
The Russian government, facing mounting pressure over its new anti-gay law, said Thursday that athletes of all sexual orientations would be welcome at the 2014 Sochi Games.

In a letter to the International Olympic Committee, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Russia would comply with the Olympic Charter, which states that discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic movement.

"In particular, legislation of the Russian Federation does not stipulate any restrictions or differentiati


GLAAD finds few gay characters in movies
source: Los Angeles Times
posted: 8/21/13
For nearly two decades GLAAD has tracked the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on television. Now, the organization is turning its attention to the movies.

The "Studio Responsibility Index," released by the media monitoring group Wednesday, found a significant lack of LGBT characters and story lines in movies released by the six top-grossing film studios in 2012.

GLAAD staffers reviewed the 101 films released by 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony's Colum


County Clerk in New Mexico Issues Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/21/13
Saying he was upholding New Mexico’s Constitution — amended four decades ago to guarantee equal rights to all — a county clerk here began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday, magnifying a fight that could become one of the key issues in next year’s elections for governor.

The clerk, Lynn Ellins, said he had exhausted his patience waiting for the courts to resolve the ambiguity between the state’s definition of marriage, which makes no mention of gender, and the marriag


Would a Gay Man Be Welcomed Home in Montana?
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/19/13
A few years ago, the band Little Big Town had a hit song called “Boondocks.” It was a twangy, boot-stompin’ ditty about the raptures of rural living: “I feel no shame. I’m proud of where I came from. I was born and raised in the boondocks.”

If only I felt that way about my home state, Montana.

When you live in Los Angeles as I do and people learn that you grew up in Montana, the reaction is always the same. “Absolutely gorgeous, right?” I always widen my eyes and nod yes. “Jaw dropping,”


Petition Wants Met Gala Dedicated to Gay Rights
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/19/13
The furor over Russia’s new law placing restrictions on the discussion of homosexuality has spread to the world of classical music, with some opera fans calling on the Metropolitan Opera to dedicate its opening-night gala performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” to the support of gay people.

The long-planned new production of “Eugene Onegin,” which will open the Met season on Sept. 23, is to be conducted by Valery Gergiev, the artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg


Christie Signs Bill Outlawing a Gay ‘Cure’
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/19/13
Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday outlawing therapy that aims to convert gay children to heterosexuals, making New Jersey the second state to ban the controversial practice.

Mr. Christie, a Republican, waited until the last possible minute to make his decision on the bill. If he had not signed or vetoed it by Monday, it would have gone into law automatically.

Before the Legislature approved the bill by a wide margin this summer, Mr. Christie had said he was “of two minds” on it: h


Dartmouth nixes hire of African bishop on past gay rights stance
source: Chicago Tribune
posted: 8/15/13
Dartmouth College has rescinded the appointment of Bishop James Tengatenga of Malawi as dean of a foundation at the Ivy League school in New Hampshire over his past comments about homosexuality.

Reached by e-mail on Thursday, Tengatenga said he was
"disappointed" by the decision.

Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon said the school revoked
the appointment because "the controversy (Tengatenga's comments)created have compromised his ability to serve effectively."

Tengatenga had been named


Russian Pole-Vaulter Backs Scrutinized Law
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/15/13
The intensifying debate over a new Russian law that has been criticized in the West as antigay moved into the realm of global sports on Thursday when one of Russia’s most prominent athletes publicly backed the measure even as competitors from other nations at the world track and field championships here criticized it.

Yelena Isinbayeva, the world champion pole-vaulter and the biggest star in Russian track and field, said she supported the law, which bans “propaganda on nontraditional sexual r


California: Court Rejects Challenge to Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/14/13
The State Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stop same-sex marriages in California, tossing out a challenge by supporters of Proposition 8, the ballot measure passed by voters that banned same-sex marriages in the state. A United States Supreme Court ruling in June left in place a trial judge’s order striking down the measure as unconstitutional. Gov. Jerry Brown ordered county clerks to begin issuing the marriage licenses. Ballot supporters had asked the State Supreme Court to stop the weddi