As France gears up to embrace marriage equality and perhaps even same-sex adoption, the nation has also seen a rise in anti-gay hate crimes and homophobic speech.
In its annual report, SOS Homophobie said it recorded 1,977 calls on its helpline in 2012, a 27 percent increase over the previous year.
The group’s head Elisabeth Ronzier said the last few months of 2012 and the start of this year were “intense” with hate speech increasing sharply, especially on the Internet.
She said incidents had doubled in October and November when compared to the previous year and tripled in December.
Yeesh. Wherever there’s progress there will also be people who aren’t ready to face the facts, and so they react in the worst possible ways. Keep yourselves and each other safe.
Gov. Pat Quinn says it’s time for the state House to vote on the marriage bill, already approved by the state Senate. Quinn has promised to sign it into law.
When radio host Alan Colmes asked American Family Association leader Bryan Fischer if he’d ever had a gay impulse, he repeatedly dodged the question.
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In prison, Mychael Patterson learned the true meaning of rehabilitation.
Although most reactions to Collins’s coming-out have been positive, nearly a quarter of those surveyed strongly or somewhat oppose Collins’s announcement.
The city extends additional brotherly (and sisterly) love to LGBT residents.
Writer Victoria A. Brownworth believes San Francisco Pride’s messy grand marshal debacle makes a mockery out of the tradition of pride in general.
Talking to Rachel Maddow, the gay immigrant journalist voiced his objections to a controversial Heritage Foundation report.
Roger Goodell has encouraging words for any player who might come out. Also, Jets linebacker DeMario Davis says he’d accept a gay teammate, even though he thinks homosexuality is a sin.
The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a marriage equality bill in a bipartisan vote following three hours of debate.
Scoutmasters and former members say they will pull their families out of the BSA if the organization allows gay members.
Religious leaders said Wednesday that adding a gay rights proposal to immigration legislation could risk their support for the bill, setting up a potential Senate showdown.
“We’re extremely hopeful that this bill will remain an immigration bill and not get tangled up with the issue of…
Gov. Markell promptly signed the bill into law this afternoon, telling the gathered crowd, “I do not intend to make any of you wait one minute longer”.