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Gay US soldiers must still hold fire on sexuality

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers have voted to allow gays to serve openly in the military for the first time, but troops must wait months before they can reveal their sexual orientation without facing dismissal. Amid concerns over unit cohesion at a time when the United States is still heavily embroiled…

UN votes against protecting gays from execution

The UN has removed a reference to sexual orientation from a resolution condemning arbitrary and unjustified executions. The UN General Assembly resolution, which is renewed every two years, contained a reference opposing the execution of LBGT people in its 2008 version. But this year’s version passed without any reference to…

Openly gay former soldier Dan Choi reenlists in Army

Lt. Dan Choi, a 29-year-old West Point educated Iraq veteran and Arabic translator, was separated from the army in 2008 due to what the military saw as an unacceptable personality flaw: he’s gay. Tuesday afternoon in New York’s Times Square, Choi triumphantly walked into a military recruiting station and reenlisted…

Singer Lady Gaga rallies Maine activists in fight against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Singing sensation Lady Gaga threw the full weight of her stardom Monday behind efforts to repeal a US ban on gays serving openly in the military, decrying it as “against all that we stand for as Americans.” The pop provocateur electrified a crowd of several hundred in a park here…

Gay candidates for Congress draw interest, hope

Candidates in RI, Calif., bolster advocate hopes of boosting ranks of gays in Congress Laure Rondeau, an 82-year-old Catholic, supports Providence Mayor David Cicilline for Congress because he wants to get the troops out of Afghanistan and says Washington is losing sight of what’s happening to regular people. The sexual…

Rights groups, doctors condemn ‘anti-gay’ hormone treatment

A treatment for a rare birth disorder has been found to have a controversial side-effect: It evidently reduces the likelihood that treated girls will become gay. Rights groups and medical experts are coming out against the treatment, saying it amounts to “engineering in the womb for sexual orientation.” The rare…

King: Gays wrong if they ‘wear their sexuality on their sleeve’

Rep Steve King (R-Iowa) told Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act would allow gays to harass employers. The Republican congressman argued that the Act is not necessary if gays and transvestites would just appear straight. At the Iowa Independent, Jason Hancock notes, King “told a story…

Virginia AG orders colleges to stop protecting gays

Officials and student leaders at Virginia colleges are reacting mutedly, so far, to an order from state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that the schools stop protecting LGBT students. In a letter (PDF) sent to the state’s public colleges and universities and obtained by the Washington Post, Cuccinelli declared that the…

Virginia gov. curtails protections for gay workers

Gays and lesbians in Virginia have lost specific protection from discrimination in the workplace after Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) reissued the state's non-discrimination policy with one group conspicuously absent from the list.…

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