- Why Republican Leader Opposes Hate Crime Protections for Gays (CBS News)
"In an email, Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said Boehner 'supports existing federal protections (based on race, religion, gender, etc) based on immutable characteristics.' "
"It should be noted that the current law does not include gender, though the expanded legislation would cover gender as well as sexual orientation, gender identity and disability."
"Boehner's position, then, appears to be grounded in the notion that immutable characteristics should be protected under hate crimes laws. And while religion is an immutable characteristic, his office suggests, sexual orientation is not."
- Councilman's Plea for Teens (CBS News)
"An openly gay Fort Worth, Texas city councilman says a dramatic speech he gave this week -- a video of which has gone viral and been viewed more than a half-million times on YouTube - has kept some gay teens who are being bullied from committing suicide." 10-10
- -05-18-07 The Science of Sexual Orientation (CBS News)
"Psychologists used to believe homosexuality was caused by nurture namely overbearing mothers and distant fathers but that theory has been disproved. Today, scientists are looking at genes, environment, brain structure and hormones. There is one area of consensus: that homosexuality involves more than just sexual behavior; its physiological." 05-07
- -Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Fine (CBS News)
"Children growing up in same-sex parental households do not necessarily have differences in self-esteem, gender identity, or emotional problems from children growing up in heterosexual parent homes." 05-07
- A Transsexual Vs. the Government: What Is Gender? (Time.com)
"At the trial last month, Schroer's expert witness, a University of Minnesota psychologist named Walter Bockting the incoming president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health testified that sex is a multifaceted notion comprised of several elements, one of which is one's mental gender identity. Part of his evidence was that thousands of babies are born each year with uncertain sex. They have XY chromosomes but no visible male sex organs. Or they have XX chromosomes but do not appear, outwardly, to be normal girls. Or they have even more complicated chromosomal constructions XXY, for instance which render their sex entirely indeterminate."
"These individuals, who are called intersexed, are usually assigned a gender by the obstetricians who deliver them. As intersexed children grow up, they and their parents must decide whether they agree with the sex assigned to them at birth."
"It seems likely that sex is some combination of chromosomes, psychology and environment." 09-08
- J. K. Rowling Announces that Dumbledore Is Gay (ABC News)
"Harry Potter fans' favorite magical, wand-wielding headmaster is gay, says the series' author, and as it turns out, many bookworms don't love him any less because of it." 02-07
- -01 Supreme Court Allows Same-Sex Marriage Laws to Stand (CBS News)
"The Supreme Court on Monday turned away seven same-sex marriage cases in five states, refusing for now to take up the basic question of whether same-sex couples have a right to marriage."
"While the decision is a setback for the gay rights movement's goal of achieving marriage equality nationwide, it does allow the lower court rulings in those five states to stand -- all in favor of marriage equality." 10-14
- -Arizona Governor Vetos Anti-Gays Bill (CBS News)
"In a decision watched across the nation, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday she has vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse to serve gays on religious grounds." 02-14
- -Court: Lesbian High School Girl's Rights Violated (CNN News)
"A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a lesbian high school student's First Amendment rights were violated when school officials told her she could not attend her prom with her girlfriend, but also ruled that he would not order the school district to hold the event." 03-10
- A Gay Non-Issue Race for Congress (Time.com)
"Jared Polis has a chance to make history on Tuesday as Colorado goes to the polls and not just because he has poured more than $5 million of his own money into one of the country's costliest primary campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives. If he wins Tuesday's closely contested race for the seat Senate-contender Mark Udall is vacating in Colorado's second congressional district, the 33-year-old Internet mogul will almost assuredly join Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank as just the third openly gay member of Congress and become the first openly gay man elected to the House." 08-08
- Boy Scouts Lose Appeal Over Their Ban (CNN News)
"The Boy Scouts of America lost a U.S. Supreme Court appeal over its exclusion from sharing in the proceeds of a state-run charity campaign because it bans homosexuals."
"Connecticut says it excluded 29 other organizations from the charitable campaign because they didn't meet the non-discrimination requirement." 3-04
- Dissent Among Episcopalians Over Gay Bishops Continues (CBS News)
"Top British Anglican leaders are bringing new pressure on the Episcopal General Convention to enact a ban on electing gay bishops before the assembly ends next week." 06-06
- Eagle Scouts Return Medals (CNN News)
"The protest is the latest sign of unrest in the century-old organization after its announcement in July that it would not change its policy of 'not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals.' " 08-12
- Editorial: The Limits of Tolerance (New York Times)
"For us, gender equality is a fundamental value. But we also profess tolerance for other peoples culture and religion. Which principle should prevail? Should we respond to these developments with tolerance?"
"We should not. Tolerance ends where harm begins." 04-09
- Epigenetic Roots of Lesbian or Gay Individuals (Time.com)
"The new theory is important because it synthesizes well-tested and well-developed evolutionary principles with cutting-edge research in molecular biology and biological computation. Epigenetics is not a new concept exactly, but the field has exploded within the past decade. Where once it seemed that genes and environment were distinct, or that nature and nurture were distinct, now it seems clear that environment itself may change the ways in which our genes function even though the genes themselves are essentially fixed over time, barring occasional mutations, and conserved across generations."
"To be specific, the new theory suggests that homosexuality is caused by epigenetic marks, or 'epi-marks,' related to sensitivity to hormones in the womb." 12-12
- Gay Marriage Debate Could Be Driving Young Christians From Church (U.S. News)
"A 2011 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute shows the generation gap between young Christians and their elders is large, with 44 percent of white evangelicals aged 18-29 in support of marriage equality compared to only 12 percent of those 65 and older." 07-12
- Hollywood and 'Coming Out of the Closet' (CNN News)
"There are still many performers and industry notables, he says, who threaten to sue if their sexuality is revealed. Others live gay social lives but don't talk about their sexuality -- the so-called 'glass closet.' And, as Bragman notes, gay stars are generally from the second tier: 'There are still no A-list movie stars out of the closet, there are still no superstar athletes,' he said." 09-08
- Is Gender "Hard-Wired?" (CNN News)
"In fact, one study found that when 18-month-old boys and girls were shown pictures of a doll and a vehicle, for example, most of the girls opted for the doll, while the majority of the boys chose the vehicle. And while 18 months is old enough to have been influenced by stereotyped gifts, research suggests that many of the differences we see are evident from birth, and may even be hardwired. And that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gender research." 08-08
- Jim and Tammy Faye's Son Preaches Tolerance (Time.com)
"The son of televangelists Jim Bakker and the late Tammy Faye Bakker would surely have been forgiven if he had decided to shun religion for the rest of his life. But while Jay Bakker lost his faith and became an alcoholic in the wake of his parents' scandal, the 35-year-old is now a self-described 'evangelical punk preacher' whose church meets in a Brooklyn bar called Pete's Candy Store. He spoke with TIME about his book, Fall to Grace, and his controversial stance urging full acceptance of gays and lesbians in Christian churches." 03-11
- Lesbian Student Sues School Over Cancelling Prom (CNN News)
"A Mississippi high school faces a lawsuit over its decision to cancel its prom rather than allow a lesbian high school student attend with her girlfriend." 03-10
- Obama Signs "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal (Time.com)
"Declaring that members of the military will no longer be asked to lie, President Barack Obama fulfilled a campaign promise Wednesday and signed a landmark law repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the armed services." 12-10
- Parents Sue for Surgically Making a Child Female (CNN News)
"The adoptive parents of a child born with male and female organs say South Carolina mutilated their son by choosing a gender and having his male genitalia surgically removed."
"The child, now 8 years old, feels more like a boy and 'wants to be a normal boy,' said Pamela Crawford, the boy's adoptive mother."
"But the adoptive father said the real intent of the lawsuit 'is just to uphold these constitutional principles -- integrity of a person's body, and some kind of due process for infants where people around them in power are considering doing surgeries like this.' " 05-13
- The Science of Sexual Orientation (CBS News)
"There are few issues as hotly contested and as poorly understood as the question of what makes a person gay or straight. It's not only a political, social, and religious question but also a scientific question, one that might someday have an actual, provable answer." 03-06
- Transgender Girst-Grader Wins Court Case (CNN News)
"A transgender first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl has won the right to use the girls' restroom at her Colorado school." 05-13
- Worms Hard-Wired for Sexual Orientation (MSNBC News)
"Sexual orientation seems to be wired into the brains of nematode worms, and tweaking this sexual wiring can result in worms attracted to members of the same sex." 10-07