How the advent of AIDS advanced gay rights

How the advent of AIDS advanced gay rights

The deadly disease, renamed acquired immune deficiency syndrome after the virus was identified, travelled quickly through the gay community, but fear travelled even faster in mainstream society.

Gay men, even men suspected of being gay, lost their jobs – they were evicted from apartments and they were ostracized. Newspapers carried earnest stories about the risks of catching AIDS from a toilet seat in a public restroom. Funeral homes refused to handle bodies, and hospitals turned patients away, or placed them in isolation. There was talk of quarantining the sick in modern-day leper colonies and tattooing the infected to warn prospective sex partners of the danger. Read more »

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Tempe voters weigh discrimination against gay people

Tempe voters weigh discrimination against gay people

Cities have become the battleground that pits individuals who advocate for religious liberties against those who struggle to secure equal rights for gay and transgender Americans.

The local clashes come after a more than 20-year effort by gay-rights groups to push the United States Congress to pass a federal law that would ban employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Last year, the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) 64-32, bolstering gay-rights advocates' hopes for sweeping change. The measure stalled in the House.

Gay-rights leaders have increasingly sought success on a more local level. Read more »

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Brittney Griner Proposes To Girlfriend Glory Johnson

Brittney Griner Proposes To Girlfriend Glory Johnson

Grab the tissues!

One of our favorite openly lesbian athletes, Brittney Griner, proposed to her girlfriend, Tulsa Shock’s Glory Johnson, this week and documented the whole experience using Instagram.

Griner, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, posted this photo with the following caption: “Last Night was a Night to Remember. I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life."

Adorable! We couldn't be happier for these two. Johnson also shared the news through her own Instagram by posting this picture with the caption, "What I get to wake up to @brittneygriner #LoveMakesYouDoTheCraziestThings.”

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Arizona Appeals Court: 'Pregnant Man' can get a divorce

Arizona Appeals Court: 'Pregnant Man' can get a divorce

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that "Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie could get his Hawaiian marriage dissolved in an Arizona court.

The ruling means that, in Arizona, transgender persons who have legally changed their birth certificates to reflect their new gender are afforded the same rights to get driver's licenses and marriage licenses as any other individuals.

Beatie, 40, was born female, but in 1997, he began testing to determine his psychological gender, and in 2002 underwent the first of his gender-reassignment surgeries. Under Hawaiian law, he was able to have his birth certificate amended and be legally recognized as male. He subsequently married. Read more »

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ASU football player Chip Sarafin announces he is gay

ASU football player Chip Sarafin announces he is gay

One thing that's been made clear throughout Arizona State University's first two weeks of practice: The Sun Devils' theme of brotherhood.

And that's no different today, when the news broke nationally that Chip Sarafin, a non-scholarship offensive lineman, has come out publicly as gay.

In this month's issue of Tempe-based Compete magazine, Sarafin tells writer Joshua Wyrick that he is gay.

According to Wyrik, ASU offered up the story, telling the magazine's editor-in-chief about Sarafin being open with his teammates. Then the university suggested Wyrik, a recent ASU graduate, come out as soon as possible for an interview on campus. Read more »

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63 Texas Lawmakers: Gay Marriage Will Lead to Incest, Pedophilia, Polygamy

63 Texas Lawmakers: Gay Marriage Will Lead to Incest, Pedophilia, Polygamy

Dozens of Texas lawmakers believe that overturning the state’s ban on same-gender marriage will lead to the legalization of incest, pedophilia and polygamy, and are using that argument to try to convince a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban.

In an amicus brief filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 63 members of the Texas legislature claimed that a federal court overstepped its bounds in ruling the state’s same-gender-marriage ban unconstitutional. Read more »

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Four Top 50 Companies Sign Amicus Brief Supporting Marriage Equality

Four Top 50 Companies Sign Amicus Brief Supporting Marriage Equality

Four DiversityInc Top 50 companies are among 23 employers that have signed on to an amicus brief in support of same-gender marriage.

The four are Cummins (No. 15), Marriott International (No. 16),Target (No. 22) and WellPoint (No. 29). In addition, Pfizer, one ofDiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies, also joined.

The brief has been submitted as part of an appeal that will be heard on Aug. 26 in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago regarding the legality of same-gender-marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. The court initially was scheduled to hear separate cases when federal judges overturned bans in both states, but it combined the two cases into one. Read more »

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Big businesses still fighting for same-sex marriage

Big businesses still fighting for same-sex marriage

For many of the nation's largest businesses, the fight for same-sex marriage didn't end when the Supreme Court decided to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act last year.

While the federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage, individual states still get to make their own rules. And since many states continue to prohibit it, navigating through this patchwork of laws can be extremely complicated for national companies. Read more »

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