LGBT News Roundup: 08.28.12

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Gay Conservatives See Progress Beyond 2012 Platform

Despite backward-looking views in the Republican Party platform, gay conservatives and their allies report significant progress toward equality over the past decade.

Snoop Says Hip Hop Is Ready For a Gay Rapper

Legendary rapper Snoop Dogg (who really goes by Snoop Lion these days) said it’s time that the music world had an openly gay rapper.

Zimbabwe Rejects Calls for LGBT Rights

During United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s first-ever visit to Zimbabwe, country officials have rejected calls for basic LGBT rights in the African nation, the Associated Press reports.

Bill O’Reilly Defends Hate Group’s Connections Between Homosexuality And Pedophilia

Last night, Bill O’Reilly invited Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center onto his show to refute claims by the Family Research Council that “hate group” labels incite violence. 

Catholic Church Condemns Gay Marriage in Scotland

Last month, the Scottish government announced that it would introduce legislation that would legalize gay marriage in both civil and religious ceremonies. The announcement sparked outrage from some religious leaders, most notably the Catholic church, despite the fact that Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon emphasized no one would be coerced into performing ceremonies because of the new legislation.

Los Angeles School Districts Fail To Comply With State’s Anti-Gay Bullying Law

A California law requiring school districts to update their anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies has been seemingly ignored by five Long Beach area school districts, according to a Long Beach Press-Telegram investigation.

Obama’s Gay Marriage Nod Blasted In NOM Radio Ads

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Monday began airing an ad in North Carolina that blasts President Barack Obama for his endorsement of gay marriage.

Republicans For Gay Marriage Take To ‘Tampa Tribune’ To Protest GOP Platform, Demand LGBT Rights

After participating in the drafting process for the Republican Party platform last week, the Log Cabin Republicans, a LGBT rights advocacy group, roundly lost the debate over what should be featured in the platform regarding marriage equality. 

Anti-LGBT Equality Cardinal Will Give Closing Prayer at Dem Convention

New York’s archbishop and one of the Catholic Church’s leading voices against marriage equality, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, will be delivering the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week. 

Biden Applauds Gay Activists in Provincetown

When Vice President Joe Biden visited Provincetown, Mass., during for his campaign last weekend, he made sure to discuss LGBT issues. Not only that, but he specifically thanked gay activists for “freeing the soul of the American people,” the Cape Cod Times reported.

What A Gay Blogger Learned Undercover At A NOM Anti-Gay Student Conference

Equality Matters blogger Carlos Maza regularly tracks the anti-gay rhetoric of the National Organization for Marriage, but last month he had a special opportunity to go behind the scenes at the “It Takes A Family To Raise A Village” (ITAF) conference, organized by NOM’s Ruth Institute.

Penn State earns highest LGBT-friendly campus climate score

Penn State has once again come out on top in the Campus Pride Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender-Friendly Campus Climate Index.

VIDEOS: Bishop targeted for leading Methodists toward LGBT inclusion

When the General Conference of the United Methodist Church closed in Tampa without voting to include gay and lesbian people in the life of the church, Bishop Melvin Talbert stood in front of a crowd of about 200 supporters of full inclusion and called for United Methodists to join him in performing pastoral duties to gay and lesbian people, including enacting marriages.

Harrods praised for arranging ‘Toy Kingdom’ by theme, not gender

Like many parents, Carrie Goldman was thrilled to learn that Britain’s biggest department store recently reopened its toy department with a fresh look: dolls and trucks side by side.

‘That’s So Gay’ Phrase Has Lasting Impact For LGBT Youth, Study Finds

“That’s so gay” has been part of the adolescent lexicon for some time, but a new University of Michigan study has revealed the phrase could have deep consequences for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.

Former Equality California Head Joins NCLR

Geoff Kors, a leader in the campaign against Proposition 8, takes a new post with the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Pat Robertson: Democratic Party ‘Out Of Its Mind’ To Support Gay Marriage

The Democratic party might be “out of [its]mind” to support same-sex marriage, Pat Robertson has declared.

 

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