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First federal hate crimes conference held in Atlanta

Dennis Shepard, father of Matthew Shepard, speaks at an Atlanta conference on hate crimes

More than 300 law enforcement and community organization representatives attended the inaugural Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act community conference at Georgia State University on May 18.

Hosted by the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office, the conference was designed to detail the new federal hate crimes act signed into law by President Obama on Oct. 28, 2009.

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White House endorses plan to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

In what national gay rights activists called “a dramatic breakthrough,” the White House issued a statement May 24 that supports Congress repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy this year.

The repeal, which at press time May 25 was expected to see votes in the U.S. House and Senate as early as May 26-28, would be enacted after the Pentagon completes a study on how best to implement it.

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By the numbers: Episcopal Church

2 - Openly gay bishops in the Episcopal Church, after Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool was consecrated May 15. 7 - Years since the Episcopal Church consecrated its first openly gay bishop, Rev. Gene Robinson, setting ...