For the first time in Gallup’s tracking of the issue, a majority of Americans (53%) believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages. The increase since last year came exclusively among political independents and Democrats. Republicans’ views did not change. […]
In a win for the ACLU’s fight against schools that selectively target gay websites, Web filter provider Lightspeed Systems has decided to drop the category that allowed schools to filter students’ access. This is a huge victory, and should lead to a sea change among other Web filtering companies. The […]
In a continuing trend that underscores just how out of touch socially conservative Republicans are, the majority of Americans believe homosexuality should be accepted by society. In a May 4 Pew Research Center Poll, it was found that 58% of people polled say that homosexuality should be accepted, rather than […]
In a surprising twist, the majority of the cash coming in to support the legalization of gay marriage in New York is coming from a group of conservative, wealthy donors to the Republican Party! You read that right: some of the GOP’s most visible and deep-pocketed donors are supporting gay […]
Our beloved gay blog readers straight up lost their minds over our United States of Shame last week. We’re still scratching our heads over why you nerdy Ohioans were more upset with your state’s shame than us animal-loving Washingtonians or the rape-crazy folks in South Dakota. But enough about that […]
WTOL reports: ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A lesbian cadet who resigned from West Point last year has been rejected for readmission to the academy even as the military moves toward ending its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Officials at the U.S. Military Academy say they reached the only decision they […]
Things are looking mighty desperate for the bigots across the gay marriage pond. The Associate Press reports: The sponsors of California’s same-sex marriage ban said Monday that the recent disclosure by the federal judge who struck down Proposition 8 that he is in a long-term relationship with another man has […]
The United States’ census data from 2005-2009 has finally been analyzed giving insight into various LGBT issues (Uhh, from 2-6 years ago…). The data has been used to determine the ten cities/regions in the nation with largest population of gay and lesbian couples. San Francisco tops the list, hardly a […]
There may not be only one gay in the village, but there are certainly less people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered than most of us queers would like. A recent study, How Many People Are LGBT?, released by demographer Gary Gates at UCLA’s Williams Institute, has determined that: […]
The Real Life Superhero Movement has been big news on our gay blog and in Seattle over the past 6 months. Phoenix Jones (Pbthhhh!) and his Justice League of Seattle, Avengers West Coast, associates have been patrolling the city to clean up crime. Or at least they say they are. […]
The address 575 Castro in San Francisco was once the location of the Castro Camera shop owned by Harvey Milk, the man who became the first openly gay man elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He ran his campaign from his apartment above Castro Camera, and after he was assassinated, […]
The United States of America touts itself as a land of opportunity and a cultural melting pot, but the USA has a long history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination. While the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in June 2015, many states in America still allow employers to fire someone for being LGBTQ and parents to send their LGBTQ children to harmful “conversion therapy”.
Nevertheless, the USA news isn’t all bad. Though many US states could do more to protect LGBTQ people, many state and federal judges, city governments and businesses have begun pursuing policies to protect LGBTQ rights. Plus, American media has generally incorporated more LGBTQ characters into TV, film and even video games — media that ends up being distributed worldwide. But US media still has a long way to go for true inclusivity, especially for women, bisexual and transgender people, people with disabilities, Black people and other people of color.