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Same-sex spouses may get military benefits
source: SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle
posted: 8/8/13
Same-sex spouses of military members could get health care, housing and other benefits by the end of August under a proposal being considered by the Pentagon. But earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married may be reversed.

A draft Defense Department memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press says the department instead may provide up to 10 days of leave to military personnel in same-sex relationships so they can travel to states where they can marry legally.


Russia: Rights Will Be Respected At Sochi Games
source: NPR
posted: 8/8/13
Urging critics of Russia's new anti-gay law to "calm down," the country's sports minister said Thursday that the rights of all athletes competing at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi will be respected.

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko did insist that athletes would "have to respect the laws of the country" during the Feb. 7-23 games in the Black Sea resort in southern Russia.

The law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in June, bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and impose


Activists confront Russian envoy over anti-gay law
source: SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle
posted: 8/8/13
Gay rights activists confronted Russia's U.N. ambassador Thursday and tried to hand over a petition with more than 340,000 signatures urging world leaders to help eliminate anti-gay laws in Russia ahead of next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Ambassador Vitaly Churkin arrived at his residence on New York's Upper East Side in the late afternoon to find 10 activists from the international gay rights group All Out outside the wrought iron gates holding red placards saying: "340,457 worldwide sa


President Obama has “no patience” for Russia’s anti-gay stance
source: The Washington Post
posted: 8/7/13
President Barack Obama played the straight man Tuesday night on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” using the platform show to outline his expectations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in light of Russia’s new anti-gay law.

Saying that he had “no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them,” Obama criticized a law, enacted in June, that prohibits public events promoting gay rights and public displays of affecti


Athletics-U.S. runner Symmonds attacks Russia's anti-gay law
source: Chicago Tribune
posted: 8/7/13
Multiple American 800m champion Nick Symmonds has become the first competitor at the world athletics championships to criticise Russia's anti-gay propaganda law but maintains he will say no more out of respect for the host nation.

Symmonds, fifth in last year's Olympic 800m final and a
medal prospect in Moscow next week, wrote in his blog for
Runner's World magazine that he "disagreed" with the
controversial new legislation, which outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and has become a pol


IAAF calls on Russia to reconsider views on gays, yet wants to stay out of politics
source: The Washington Post
posted: 8/7/13
The IAAF called on Russia to reconsider its views on gays, yet said Wednesday that it does not want to raise political issues about the country’s new anti-gay legislation at the world track championships.

IAAF deputy general secretary Nick Davies said it would be good for the Russian government to see people with “alternative lifestyles, and this may serve as an impetus for them to reconsider their views instead of just living in an isolated society.”

At the same time, Davies insisted the


In Some Cities, Gays Face Greater Risk Of Becoming Homeless
source: NPR
posted: 8/7/13
Tim Oviatt was once a successful businessman. For 32 years, he owned an apparel store in San Francisco called All American Boy.

"If you wore my logo T-shirt, people knew you were gay all over the world," he says.

Now, Oviatt finds himself symbolizing something stark about the gay community. Having lost his , his longtime partner and finally his home, Oviatt, who is 64, has mostly been sleeping in his car the past nine months.

He's not alone. A recent of the homeless population in San Fr


TCA press tour: Billie Jean King a PBS 'American Masters' 'she-ro'
source: Los Angeles Times
posted: 8/6/13
Not only is Billie Jean King arguably the greatest female tennis player the world has ever seen, she's also considered, along with Gloria Steinem, one of the godmothers of modern-day feminism. And now, she's the first sports figure to ever be given the "American Masters" documentary treatment by PBS (Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.).

"She's my hero," said series' creator Susan Lacy, upon introducing King at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. "Or as she likes to say, my 's


Gay couple may sue Church of England to wed in church
source: The Washington Post
posted: 8/6/13
The British government’s promise that no religious organization will be forced to conduct same-sex weddings following the passage of a gay marriage bill may soon be tested.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 42, and his partner, Tony, 49 — millionaires who run a surrogacy company in Britain and the U.S. — have been a high-profile couple since 1999 when they became the first gay couple to be named on the birth certificate of their child.

Now they have five children by five surrogate mothers. All the c


IOC presidential candidate Ng Ser Miang: ‘quiet diplomacy’ at work on Russian anti-gay law
source: The Washington Post
posted: 8/5/13
The International Olympic Committee is engaged in “quiet diplomacy” with Russian leaders to make sure the Winter Games in Sochi are not affected by the country’s new anti-gay legislation, IOC presidential candidate Ng Ser Miang said Monday.

Ng, an IOC vice president from Singapore, said Vladimir Putin’s government has much at stake in the 2014 Olympics and won’t want to do anything that jeopardizes the success of Russia’s first Winter Games.

“The IOC has made a very strong point that they