Friday, December 5, 2008

Morning Sweep

Tis the season to be busy! We apologize for no Sweep yesterday. Here’s an update on what we missed and today’s news:

The Ali Forney center for homeless LGBT youth, formerly in danger of closing due to loss of NYC funds, will be able to stay open thanks to new Ryan White funding.

A NYC firefighter who was critically injured in a 2003 fight with a colleague after being targeted with anti-gay slurs for years has reached a $3.75 million settlement with the city.

Huffington Post provides an update on the progress in repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Mark Begich, Alaska’s new Democratic Senator, opposes amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and supports same-sex partner benefits.

A new poll finds that religion and economic status were the biggest factors in voters’ decisions for or against Prop. 8. Age and race played a less significant role.

GLSEN’s “That’s so gay” ad campaign, which aims to educate young people about homophobic language, has won an award from the national Ad Council.

For the first time ever, the U.K. will collect information on sexual orientation in its next population survey.

An Iraqi journalist has been jailed for violating public decency laws by writing a story about homosexuality.

India’s federal government has told the Delhi High Court that homosexuality is the result of a “perverse mind” and should not be decriminalized.

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