[ SUPPORT FOR CIVIL UNIONS GROWS AMONG MARYLAND DEMS ] - Annapolis, Maryland - Top state Democrats say they are warming to the idea of civil unions for same-sex couples in Maryland but the idea is being met with opposition from both LGBT rights groups and Republicans. The latest to sign on to civil unions is Democratic House Speaker Michael Busch. - Support For Civil Unions Grows Among Maryland Dems
[ LIZA MINNELLI: BRITNEY SPEARS HAS A DISEASE ] - Liza Minnelli talked to the St. Petersburg Times on Tuesday about hip replacement, drag queens, being famous...and Britney Spears: "I just feel horrible for her. You know, she’s got a disease. And when you have a disease, you cannot help it. So it’s not your fault, but you’re responsible for it. I just feel so bad for her because I don’t think anybody really understands what’s going on. - Liza Minnelli on Britney Spears: She's Got a Disease
[ LAW FIRMS LGBT HIRING IS SCRUTINIZED ] - About one-fifth of large New York law firms do not have any LGBT partners or associates, according to new data by Building a Better Legal Profession, a grassroots organization of law students. The findings, released Wednesday in Washington, D.C., while law students around the country are engaged in the hiring process with employers, are part of a larger report rating law firms in six markets -- New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Northern California and Southern California -- on the diversity of their partners and associates. - Law firms' LGBT hiring scrutinized
[ PEDIATRICIANS NEED TO WATCH FOR FOR SUICIDAL GAYS TEENS ] - The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for helping doctors identify potential signs of suicide among teenagers. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for adolescents 15 to 19 years olds the Academy says in its updated guidelines, published in the journal Pediatrics. - Pediatricians Told To Be On Lookout For Suicide Signs In Gay Teens
[ TEN GREAT "COMING OUT" SCENES ] - "The coming out scene is a staple of gay stories, as it's an important moment gay people experience repeatedly in their lives. In honor of National Coming Out Day, here's a few of my favorite coming out scenes" - Ten great coming out scenes
[ IRAN LEADER NOW SAYS HE WAS MISQUOTED ON GAYS ] - Tehran - Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's press secretary Wednesday blamed an interpreter for misquoting Ahmadinejad as saying there are no gays in Iran. Ahmadinejad drew laughter and jeers with the remark last month when he told students at Columbia University.- Iran Leader Now Says He Was Misquoted On Gays
[ SITE NAMES 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL GAY & LESBIAN AUSTRALIANS ] - Australian gay and lesbian website Same Same held an event at the Art Gallery of NSW on Tuesday night where they announced the results of a four week nomination process held to determine the 25 most influential gay and lesbian Australians. Among those on hand for the awards were Senior Sergeant Joy Murphy of Victoria Police, Justice of the High Court of Australia Michael Kirby, Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull and photographer William Yang. - Site Names 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians
[ NIP/TUCK/SIGH: - NEW SEASON MORE GAY TOUCH & GO ] - I'll admit, I've never given Nip/Tuck a full run for its money, but I've certainly tried. The leering unpleasantness of it all just doesn't appeal to me. It's odd, because gay creator Ryan Murphy's previous series, Popular, is still one of my favorite series of all time. I guess I'd rather watch Leslie Grossman play identical twins separated at birth and Tammy Lynn Michaels run down the prom queen than see transgender teens have their genitals hacked off by homophobic fathers. - Nip/Tuck/Sigh: New season promises more gay touch-and-go
[ RIGHTS GROUP ACCUSES BUSH OF FUNDING AFRICAN VIOLENCE ] - New York City - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said Thursday that it has uncovered evidence that the Bush administration has funded groups in Uganda that actively promote violence and discrimination against lesbians and gay men. In a letter to U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Mark Dybul, IGLHRC criticized the funding and asked for assurances that future will not be used to support homophobic organizations anywhere in the world. - Int'l Rights Group Accuses Bush Admin. Of Funding African Violent ...
[ OPENLY GAY JUDGE TAKES OATH IN PHILADELPHIA ] - The Philadelphia judicial system will unofficially celebrate National Coming Out Day today when Daniel Anders takes the oath of office at City Hall, becoming the city's first openly gay judge. - Openly Gay Judge Takes Oath in Philadelphia
[ BLACK PASTORS STEP UP TO HIV/AIDS FIGHT ] - Black ministers called on the federal government Tuesday to declare HIV/AIDS among blacks a public health emergency and proposed legislation to address the disease in their community. Almost half of all new HIV diagnoses are among blacks. Black men were diagnosed with the disease at a rate eight times that of white men, while black women were diagnosed at a rate almost 23 times that of white women, according to 2005 figures, the most recent available, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. - Black pastors step up to HIV/AIDS fight
[ PROBE CONTINUES IN DEATHS OF TWO GAY D.C. VISITORS ] - D.C. police are awaiting results of toxicology tests conducted by the city?s Medical Examiner?s office in their investigation into the unexplained deaths of two gay men whose bodies were found four days apart in an apartment in Washington. The men, who did not know each other, had traveled separately last month from New York City to stay with Steven Saleh, who resides in a one-bedroom apartment at the upscale Envoy Towers at 2400 16th St., N.W., according to a police affidavit in support of a search warrant for the apartment. - Probe continues in deaths of two gay D.C. visitors
[ GAY ARISTOCRAT DIED OF MASSIVE COCAINE OVERDOSE ] - London - An inquest into the death of Count Gottfried von Bismarck was told Wednesday that he died of a massive overdose of cocaine and morphine. Bismarck, the openly gay great-great-grandson of Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who unified Germany, was found dead at his apartment in London's tony Chelsea district in July. - Gay Aristocrat Died Of Massive Cocaine Overdose
[ VICTIM'S FRIENDS SAYS HIT & RUN WAS ANTI-GAY CRIME ] - The friend of a hospitalized hit-and-run victim in Wilton Manors, Florida says he believes that 31-year-old Tommy Davis was targeted by a driver because he is gay. The hit-and-run occurred on September 18 outside of the Ramrod bar where Davis works as a bartender. - Victim's Friend Says South Florida Hit-and-Run Was Anti-Gay Crime
[ TWO GAY GUYS: NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY EDITION ] - To help celebrate National Coming Out Day, Brent and I shot a special episode of Two Gay Guys to mark the occasion. The idea for the vlog came about when Brent had a terrible nightmare about a world where rightwing fundies got their way and there were no gay people anywhere in the world! - Two Gay Guys: National Coming Out Day Edition!
[ GAY TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS FOR OCTOBER 11TH ] - Queerview television guide for October 11