Officials: Pentagon extends some benefits for gays

Officials: Pentagon extends some benefits for gays

WASHINGTON — The military is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of servicemembers, U.S. officials said Tuesday, about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on gays serving openly.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has not made a final decision on which benefits will be included, the officials said, but the Pentagon is likely to allow same-sex partners to have access to the on-base commissary and other military-subsidized stores, as well as some health and welfare programs. Read more »

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Howard Fleischmann elected President of Red Means Stop 2013

Howard Fleischmann elected President of Red Means Stop 2013

Howard J. Fleischmann Sr. has been elected President of the Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance for 2013. Red Means Stop is a non-profit organization providing education and awareness programs on the dangers and consequences of red light running. Howard is co-owner and active manager of Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair with various locations in Phoenix and Glendale. Howard’s stepson Manuelito Joseph Patton was killed by a red light runner on October 17, 2008. “Mano” was a proud Marine preparing for his second tour of duty in Iraq. Read more »

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Bullying study suggests it subsides as gay, lesbian, bisexual teens get older

Bullying study suggests it subsides as gay, lesbian, bisexual teens get older

It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time.

The seven-year study involved more than 4,000 teens in England who were questioned yearly through 2010, until they were 19 and 20 years old. At the start, just over half of the 187 gay, lesbian and bisexual teens said they had been bullied; by 2010, that dropped to 9 percent of gay and bisexual boys and 6 percent of lesbian and bisexual girls.

The researchers said the same results likely would be found in the United States. Read more »

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Says Scouts Should Keep Ban On Gays

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Says Scouts Should Keep Ban On Gays

Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants the Boy Scouts of America to maintain its strict anti-gay policy and made that clear today when he addressed the Texas Scouts' 64th annual Report to State, where (as explained by The Associated Press) hundreds of Scouts from around Texas filled the state House of Representatives to announce their delegation's recent accomplishments.

He argues that the group should hold onto its "traditional conservative values" rather than "bending to the whims of popular culture."

Cute.

More after the jump.

Perry, an Eagle Scout, also authored the 2008 book On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For. Read more »

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Healing Rainbows: LGBT Support Group

Healing Rainbows: LGBT Support Group

Healing Rainbows: LGBT* Support Group
Hospice of the Valley, Administration Building 1
1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday starting March 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
For more information, call 602.530.6970.
*Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender community
See flyer for details. Map/directions.

Hospice of the Valley is sponsoring a bereavement support group for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community who have experienced the death of a partner, family member, or friend. This group will offer education and support in a caring and comfortable space. It will be facilitated by Hospice of the Valley counselors. Read more »

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Boy Scouts' Repeal Of Gay Ban Mirrors Its Approach To Racial Integration

Boy Scouts' Repeal Of Gay Ban Mirrors Its Approach To Racial Integration

As Boy Scouts of America mull over whether to allow gay members to openly join, their approach might mirror the leave-it-to-the-locals tack the organization once took in deciding how to tackle the issue of desegregating its Scout troops.

"The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents," Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America, said yesterday. "This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization's mission, principles, or religious beliefs." Read more »

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Chris Culliver, 49ers Cornerback, Says Gay Players Not Welcome On NFL Team

Chris Culliver, 49ers Cornerback, Says Gay Players Not Welcome On NFL Team

A player for the Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers gave a controversial, anti-gay interview just days ahead of the NFL's championship game.

Speaking with shock jock Artie Lange, cornerback Chris Culliver said he's not OK with gay players in the NFL or on his team.

"I don't do the gay guys man," Culliver said, according to Yahoo. "I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do."

Culliver went on to say that gays would not be welcomed in the locker room, but if they remained closeted, he might be all right with them playing.

"Yeah, come out 10 years later," he said. Read more »

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