Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Morning Sweep (Recap Edition)

Since we've been so focused on preparing for yesterday's Equality & Justice Day, we wanted to update you on everything else going on in the news that we've neglected to mention in the last few days. And we'll be posting soon with pictures and news coverage from E&J Day!

Obama has released a statement urging the passage of the federal hate crimes act.

The New York Times reports that as many Republicans are shifting their views on marriage for same-sex couples, the party is searching for ways to accommodate changing attitudes.

Politico reports that while Beltway Republicans may be searching for a more moderate stance, many state-level Republicans are taking a harder line against same-sex marriage.

Marriage for same-sex couples began on Monday in Iowa, with nearly 400 couples applying for licenses on the first day.

A former Army Special Forces commander has won her lawsuit against the Library of Congress, where she was rejected from a job while transitioning.

Fortune Small Business (via CNN News) has a great, comprehensive story on issues surrounding employees transitioning in the workplace, especially at small businesses. Click here to read the Pride Agenda’s recently-released report on transgender issues in the workplace, including success stories from employers and employees across New York State.

Last weekend’s Modern Love column in the New York Times dealt with issues that transgender parents face.

Executive Directors of The Trevor Project and GLSEN discuss anti-gay bullying in schools in the wake of the tragic suicides of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover and Jaheem Herrera.

Efforts to allow gays and lesbians to serve as clergy in the Presbyterian church have been defeated again, but the vote was closer than in past years.

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