LGBTQ Nation The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:24:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Charlie Crist urges Fla. governor not to appeal same-sex marriage ruling Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:30:49 +0000 Staff Reports Former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who won this week's Democratic primary in his bid to return to the governor's office, sent a letter Friday to GOP Gov. Rick Scott, urging him not to appeal the recent federal court declaring Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.]]> 0 A gay dad’s open letter to the homophobic parents who threw away their gay son Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:00:54 +0000 [rwatson] Another young person has been thrown out of his home for coming out as gay. I have written about this on a number of occasions covering such events in the United States, Nigeria and Uganda. This time the event was recorded. Trying to imagine the evil some people can impart on their children is no longer necessary. Now we can hear them in their own self righteous voices... ]]> 0 Daughter: Longtime LGBT ally Joan Rivers is in ‘serious condition’ Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:30:25 +0000 JAKE PEARSON [ap] NEW YORK -- Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Friday that her mother was "receiving the best treatment and care possible." She also thanked Rivers' fans and friends for their support. ]]> 0 The Waiting Game begins anew for Michael Sam Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:00:49 +0000 Associated Press MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- For Michael Sam, it's time for another waiting game, another chapter of waiting for the phone to ring and seeing what someone on the other end says about his future. And as was the case on NFL draft weekend, Sam is confident things will work out as he hopes. Sam's preseason came to an end Thursday night, with a team-best six tackles ...]]> 0 Jamaican activist ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law amid fears for his safety Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:00:18 +0000 DAVID McFADDEN [ap] KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about his safety. Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica's 1864 law that bans sex between men. ]]> 0 Transgender candidate misses making Oklahoma history by 22 votes Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:00:37 +0000 Staff Reports OKLAHOMA CITY -- A former Oklahoma City police officer who sought to become the state's first transgender lawmaker has conceded defeat in the Democratic primary runoff for a seat in the state House of Representatives. Paula Sophia lost the runoff by a razor thin margin of only 22 votes. ]]> 0 I’m an otherwise straight man (who fell in love with his best friend) Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:00:52 +0000 THE GOOD MEN PROJECT I’ve always prided myself on being open. I’ll try any new therapy or modality or New Age idea—and, believe me, I’ve tried them all. I’ve done the self-work. I’ve “found myself.” I’ve even practiced my affirmations. I knew who I was, without a doubt. That’s why I found myself in unfamiliar territory when I—the open guy, the “figured out” guy, the unquestionably straight guy—realized that I was in love ...]]> 0 Detroit police arrest man accused of shooting partner, burning down house Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:30:43 +0000 Staff Reports DETROIT – Police in Detroit, Mich., have arrested a man who allegedly shot his partner and burned down their house to hide the evidence. The suspect, identified by police as Edwardo Ross, allegedly shot his 42-year-old partner, James Foxhall, in their Detroit home on Aug. 15, then dumped Foxhall's body in the city's Palmer Park. ]]> 0 ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ airs its first romantic same-sex routine Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:30:16 +0000 Staff Reports After 11 years on the air, FOX’s hit show “So You Think You Can Dance,” has finally featured a romance-themed same-sex dance performance. For the show’s opening number Wednesday, top four finalists Valerie Rockey, Ricky Ubeda, Jessica Richens, and Zack Everhart Jr. performed the routine to the song “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and choreographed by Travis Wall.]]> 0 San Diego man accused of intentionally infecting dozens of men with HIV Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Staff Reports SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A California gay man who is alleged to be HIV positive is accused of intentionally infecting at least two dozen men in and around the San Diego area. Two men say 29-year-old Thomas Guerra infected them with the HIV virus, and one man who spoke to KFMB-TV says he’s speaking out to warn others about the alleged actions of his former partner.]]> 0 Lesbian worker says Iowa casino fired her for not dressing feminine Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:00:39 +0000 Associated Press DUBUQUE, Iowa -- A former employee for Mystique Casino in Dubuque has sued the casino, claiming she was fired because she didn't dress more feminine. The civil lawsuit by Brandy Welter, a former marketing manager, seeks an unspecified amount of damages for lost wages and emotional distress, among other things. ]]> 0 Bozeman, Mont., residents sue over LGBT non-discrimination ordinance - Mayor: “I’d much rather the people decided not to discriminate, rather than go to the trouble to go to court to get the authority to discriminate." Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:30:54 +0000 Associated Press BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Five Bozeman residents are suing the city, the mayor and city commissioners arguing the city did not have the legal authority to enact an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The complaint, filed in District Court, asks the court to declare the non-discrimination ordinance invalid. ]]> 0 Linda Harvey attacks Target for ‘pushing deviance and perversion’ Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:00:02 +0000 MIRANDA BLUE [e]Right Wing Watch[m] On her “Mission America” radio program Wednesday, Linda Harvey weighed in on the National Organization for Marriage’s boycott of Target in response to the company’s filing of a court brief in support of marriage equality. Harvey echoed NOM in taking particular issue with Target’s characterization of same-sex marriage bans as “bans” and “discrimination.”]]> 0 Australian Rugby Union announces measures to tackle discrimination Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:30:04 +0000 Associated Press SYDNEY -- World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Friday for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament. ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said the "inclusion policy" ensures "every individual, whether they're players, supporters, coaches ...]]> 0 ESPN apologizes for report on Michael Sam’s shower habits with Rams Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:45 +0000 VIA: ESPN has apologized for airing a segment by reporter Josina Anderson that focused on how members of the St. Louis Rams are dealing with showering with openly gay teammate Michael Sam. The report greatly angered Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who called it unethical, reports ]]> 0 Colombia allows lesbian partner to adopt child born via artificial insemination Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:30:10 +0000 Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country's constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its mothers. Ana Leiderman gave birth to two children via artificial insemination. Her longtime partner Veronica Botero however doesn't have any custodial or legal rights ...]]> 0 Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case ask for Supreme Court review Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:00:00 +0000 BRADY McCOMBS [ap] SALT LAKE CITY -- Attorneys for three Utah gay and lesbian couples formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to take Utah's appeal of a favorable same-sex marriage ruling, following through on what they said they would do earlier this month. The plaintiffs say they are taking this somewhat unusual step of asking for a review even though they won at ...]]> 0 Report: Marriage equality would add $78 million, new jobs to Georgia economy Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:00:13 +0000 Staff Reports Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Georgia would generate an estimated $78.8 million in spending to the state’s economy and could generate more than 900 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data -- 21,318 same-sex ...]]> 0 Brad and Angelina getting married is a slap in the face to gay Americans Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:00:51 +0000 TIME Magazine Brian Moylan at TIME: "I’m sorry, Brangelina, but real fighters for civil rights don’t buckle under pressure when it gets hard. The couple says that their legal union means a lot to the children and that’s why they did it. What about teaching their children about standing up for what you believe in, even when it’s tough and unpopular? ..."]]> 0 Mo. fire department blocked from granting same-sex spousal benefits Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:00:44 +0000 Staff Reports OZARK, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri fire department that was considering extending benefits to an employee who is in a same-sex marriage has been told that the state constitution won't allow it. Last week, the Ozark Fire Department's board appeared ready to change its policy so that it could offer the benefits to Capt. Andi Mooneyham, whose out-of-state ...]]> 0 Orange County, Fla., Catholic GOP mayor supports marriage equality Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:30:01 +0000 Staff Reports ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orange County, Fla., mayor Teresa Jacobs has voiced her support for marriage equality. "I support it," said Jacobs, who is both a Republican and Catholic. "People should be able to share their lives with the person they love. Government should treat these couples the same. Once you establish that, it takes you to marriage equality." ]]> 0 Fla. court rejects Bondi’s request to delay same-sex marriage appeals Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:00:14 +0000 Associated Press MIAMI -- A Miami-based appeals court has rejected Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's request that two same-sex marriage cases be delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue nationally. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the cases from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties will move forward. ]]> 0 Judge allows ‘X-Men’ director’s accuser to drop sex abuse lawsuit Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:00:06 +0000 JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER [ap] HONOLULU -- A former child model can drop his lawsuit accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii and has the option of refiling it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, not because it lacks merit but because he can't find a new lawyer to represent him. ]]> 0 Calif. man sues Little Caesars for denying health coverage to same-sex spouses Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:00:21 +0000 Staff Reports LOS ANGELES -- A California man has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination by Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza for denying health insurance benefits to employees' same-sex spouses. Frank Bernard, 47, filed the action in state Superior Court in Orange County, Calif., on Wednesday against the nation's third-largest pizza chain...]]> 0 No longer waiting for marriage equality: Jolie and Pitt marry in France Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:00:38 +0000 JAKE COYLE [ap] NEW YORK -- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says. Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Provence's Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a local California judge...]]> 0