Monday, April 9, 2007

Morning Sweep

The AP reports on the difficulties that some black college students have in being out on historically black college and university campuses.

One of the Kevin Aviance attackers was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to the crime. Interestingly enough, the charge he plead guilty to was not classified as a hate crime.

A Federal District Court Judge has ordered a Florida school to allow a Gay-Straight Alliance, proving what this writer has always believed: better to live in Florida than in Utah (for now, at least).

Because it's still perfectly legal in many states for LGBT people to be fired from their jobs simply for being gay, lesbian, bi or transgender, the possibility of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passing is cause for excitement. Read about the history of the bill here.

The Oregon State Legislature will be debating key LGBT bills today, including an LGBT non-discrimination act and a civil unions bill. In California, legislation legalizing same-sex marriage is also expected to once again pass through the State legislature, with Gov. Schwarzeneggar again threatening to veto it.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stayed gay families wanting to take part--for the second year in a row--in the White House Easter Egg Roll. 75 tickets were secured for LGBT families this year.

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