• Researchers testing 97 meds

    Washington, D.C.— America’s pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies are testing 97 medicines and vaccines to treat or prevent HIV/AIDS and related conditions, according to a report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. “We are greatly encouraged by these critically important medicines and vaccines in development to treat and prevent HIV infection,” said.... Read More
  • Alabama legislator seeks to block benefits

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama legislator is picking up support for his bill to stop the state’s public universities from offering employee benefits to same-sex couples. Rep. DuWayne Bridges, R-Valley, said he has prepared a bill for the legislative session beginning in January. The bill would prohibit public universities from receiving state funds if they offer benefits to same-sex partne.... Read More
  • N.Y. court upholds benefits to married same-sex couples

    NEW YORK CITY (WiG) — The New York Court of Appeals ruled that the State Department of Civil Service and Westchester County could extend government benefits to same-sex couples in out-of-state marriages. A four-judge majority ruled that the government defendants had discretion to extend benefits to domestic partners and could do so to married same-sex spouses as well. A three-judge concurrence s.... Read More
  • Lutheran body to form in U.S. after gay pastor vote

    NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. (AP) — The split over gay clergy within the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. has prompted a conservative faction to begin forming a new church body separate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Leaders of Lutheran CORE said that a working group would immediately begin drafting a constitution and taking other steps to form the denomination, with hopes to h.... Read More
  • Tampa Council Protects Transgender Citizens

    TAMPA, Fla. (WiG) — The City Council recently voted 5-1 to expand non-discrimination protections. The council added “gender identity” to the city’s existing human rights ordinance that bans discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. The action came at the request of the Tampa Human Rights Council. Equality Florida worked closely with the council in the months leading u.... Read More
  • N.J. residents support gay marriage

    MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) — New Jerseyans surveyed narrowly favor allowing gay marriage, while one in eight are undecided on the issue. The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll of 903 New Jersey adults finds that voters support allowing gay marriage by a 46 to 42 margin. Just over half said they would accept a law. But 40 percent — nearly all those who oppose gay marriage — said they would support a state co.... Read More
  • Thousands hold vigil for murdered gay teen

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Thousands of people marched through Puerto Rico’s capital Nov. 25, celebrating the life of a gay teenager whose dismembered, burned body was found dumped along a road in a small mountain town. The crowd, many of them carrying candles as a breezy dusk settled over San Juan, were also demanding that authorities invoke a law for the first time covering crimes based on sexu.... Read More
  • Hate crimes based on sexual orientation rise

    WASHINGTON — Hate crimes based on sexual orientation increased 11 percent in 2008, the FBI reported in its annual survey of bias-related offenses. The increase marked the third year in a row that anti-LGBT offenses have risen. The report also found a nearly 9 percent increase in hate crimes based on religion. Overall, the number of hate crime incidents increased about 2 percent. An FBI analysis .... Read More
  • LA Times sports writer dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Times sports writer Mike Penner, who announced two years ago he was a transsexual and was changing his name to Christine Daniels, died at age 52, the newspaper reported. Penner was pronounced dead Nov. 27 at a hospital, said Los Angeles County coroner spokesman Lt. Brian Elias. He said coroner’s officials hadn’t yet performed an autopsy or issued an official ca.... Read More
  • Transgender Remembrance Day observed

    MILWAUKEE — Vigils took place Nov. 20 in Madison and Minsk. Remembrance programs took place in Eau Claire and Edmonton. The 11th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance took place Nov. 20. The first remembrance day honored Rita Hester — she was killed Nov. 28, 1998, and her slaying remains unsolved. A year after Hester’s death, activists organized a vigil in San Francisco to call.... Read More