Thursday, April 15, 2010

News Sweep

The New York Attorney General's Office has unveiled a new website that tracks data on hate crimes reported in the state and provides resources and educational materials.

One of the rainbow flags that hangs outside of NYC's LGBT Community Center was found burned yesterday. Executive Director Glennda Testone said, "Hate and intolerance against LGBT New Yorkers will not be accepted, and we as a community must stand strong and together in the face of these hateful incidents."

A Brooklyn man who is fighting multiple assault charges in a 2009 altercation and faces deportation to Mexico says he was defending himself from an anti-gay attack.

A suspect has been charged in the strangling death of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, a transgender Queens woman. Police have not yet discovered a motive in the murder.

Constance McMillen, the lesbian teenager from Mississippi who challenged her school district’s ban of same-sex prom dates, has been named a grand marshal of New York City's annual pride parade.

It's not too late to fill out your Census! Gay City News explains why doing so is so important.

A group that supported putting a repeal of Prop. 8 on this year's ballot (in opposition to the majority who supported waiting) will now move toward supporting efforts to repeal the ban in 2012.

With a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act expected later this month, openly gay Rep. Barney Frank says the most effective way to make a difference is to contact members of Congress directly.

Sen. John McCain isn't willing to speak with gay troops to get a more complete picture of military life under the current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. "Why should I? That would be nuts,"he said.

The Vatican is trying to quell growing anger over remarks by the Pope's top aide that the "problem'' behind the pedophile priest scandals is homosexuality and not to the church's celibacy requirement for clergy.

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