Monday, July 14, 2008

Morning Sweep

Rochester City Council VP William Pritchard presides over the city's first LGBT flag-raising during Pride week. A picture of the rainbow flag in its prominent display here.

Here's an update in today's New York Times on the Queens LGBT youth shelter incident.

Newsday financial columnist Lynn Brenner takes a question from a gay couple on the issue of New York's recent out-of-state marriage recognition.

The Washington Post covers the widening gap between schools and their responsibility protect LGBT students from harassment, bias and violence.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. McCain restates his opposition of same-sex marriages, but says he would not interfere in a state's right to decide on the issue if elected. He also stands by his belief that gay couples don't make good parents.

The 2010 U.S. census will omit tens-of-thousands of gay married couples per the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Two-spirit Native Americans are regaining respect in tribes, though ostracism and a rise in HIV/AIDS diagnoses continue to threaten the rare population within the LGBT communities.

Plans to exclude openly gay U.S. Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson from the once-a-decade Anglican Lambeth Conference backfires. Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who supported Bishop Robinson's election, defends his attendance as well as their Church's tolerance of LGBT people at the Anglican meeting.

Stonewall, the LGBT rights organization in the United Kingdom, says it will work with the British army to promote recruitment and retention of gay service members. The top British Army general calls gay military personnel "vital for our success in operations."

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