The House voted yesterday to expand the federal definition of violent hate crimes to include those committed based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The defense authorization conference report in which the measure resides now moves to the Senate, where it appears to have solid support.
GLAAD's blog has a great recap of Wednesday's panel on transgender hate crimes in Brooklyn, which was sponsored and moderated by the Pride Agenda.
Lesbians make up a disproportionate number of the discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," but the Pentagon won't comment on why.
Although AIDS deaths in the U.S. are the lowest in 20 years, the New York Times reminds us that African Americans continue to be disproportionately impacted, and the biggest single group dying remains gay men.