Category: News

GLAAD Study Reveals Slow But Steady Increase in Number of LGBT Characters for 2009-2010 Broadcast TV

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today released the14th annual “Where We Are On TV” study, a comprehensive review of scripted LGBT primetime characters in the 2009-2010 television season. After more than doubling last year,the overall number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on broadcast networks continues a steady rise.

New Online Tools, Videos for National Coming Out Day

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today announced new online tools and videos to mark National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 – an annual celebration that encourages LGBT people and their supporters to live open and honest lives.  Centered on the theme “Conversations from the Heart,” the campaign features videos of LGBT individuals and supportive people in their lives as well as a new Facebook application that allows users to “donate” their status leading up to Oct. 11, share the campaign with friends, create a personalized t-shirt and find coming out resources.

SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH

Longtime gay activist David Mixner, who in May called for a national march on Washington “to empower our young and to show the nation that anything less than full freedom is unacceptable,” is among the featured speakers at the October 11th National Equality March (NEM) in Washington, organizers announced today.

Human Rights Campaign PAC Endorses Lieutenant Gov. John Garamendi For U.S. Congress

The Human Rights Campaign PAC, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, announced the endorsement of Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi for U.S. Congress.  Garamendi is a strong supporter of marriage equality for same-sex couples and has been a vocal critic of Proposition 8, which stripped away state marriage rights last November.  Garamendi is running in the November 3, 2009, special election for California’s 10th Congressional District.

Culberson Puts Health Care Bill Online for Public Comment

On January 20th, 2009 the White House promised to publish legislation on their website “for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President sign it.” Nine months later, the President has not lived up to his promise. Since the President has failed to live up to his word, I am making H.R. 3200 available for public comment through a new technology called Sharedbook.

Cleve Jones Invites Obama to National Equality March

Prominent gay activist Cleve Jones has invited President Barack Obama to speak at the National Equality March on October 11, event organizers revealed today.  Jones’ letter was delivered to the White House on Friday, September 25.  In it, Jones compares the event with the Civil Rights March of 1963, and asserts that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people “have a dream too.”  Jones offers Obama an opportunity to “remind the world that we are welcome members of this nation.”  The full text of the letter follows.

Prominent Religious Leaders, Faith Communities Endorse National Equality March

Seventy religious leaders added their names this week to the growing list of endorsements for the National Equality March.  The March has provided leaders from America’s broad religious spectrum a vehicle to demand full and equal protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Vaccine Prevents Some HIV Infection; Results “Very Promising,” Says Gay Men’s Health Crisis

For the first time in almost three decades since the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) emerged, a vaccine trial in Thailand has found rates of HIV infection 31 percent lower among trial volunteers who received the vaccine versus those who received a placebo.