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Gay teen takes boyfriend to prom in small Ga. town


Derrick Martin, a senior at Bleckley County High School in Cochran, Ga., is taking his boyfriend to the prom next month. And unlike a similar situation in rural Mississippi, school officials in the small mid-Georgia town have approved the date, the Macon Telegraph reported Tuesday.

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Ga. student suicide blamed on bullying

The parents of a student with special needs who hanged himself are suing the school district in U.S. federal court claiming the system failed to protect him when he was constantly being bullied by other students, including being called "gay."

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Frank: ENDA will get House committee vote this month

Barney Frank (D) and Tammy Baldwin (D)

Legislation can be like a train: It runs on a track, makes certain stops along the way, and is often attached to other trains. But in Congress, the train doesn’t run on time.

Last September, gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would likely get a House committee vote in September and a floor vote that fall. Didn’t happen.

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McCain challenger compares gay weddings to marrying a horse

WASHINGTON — A former Republican lawmaker who wants to replace Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made headlines this week when he drew a comparison between gay marriages and bestiality.

CNN reported March 15 that in an interview with a Florida radio station, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth chided Massachusetts for being the first state to legalize gay marriage, then continued with an equine analogy.


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Furor continues over Miss. high school that dumped prom rather than allow lesbian couple

Constance McMillen pushes for gay couples to attend prom

FULTON, Miss. — The media whirlwind continues for Constance McMillen, the Mississippi student whose desire to take her girlfriend to the high school prom led to the cancellation of the event and a lawsuit from the ACLU against the school district.

McMillen’s media appearances have included “The Wanda Sykes Show,” the CBS Early Show, MSNBC and “The Joy Behar Show,” according to the Facebook page “Let Constance Take Her Girlfriend to the Prom!” set up by the ACLU. At press time, the page had almost 290,000 fans.

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Couples say ‘I do’ in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Both smiles and tears of joy were in plentiful supply earlier this month as the nation’s capital became the latest jurisdiction in the United States to recognize same-sex marriage.

The District of Columbia’s Religious Freedom & Marriage Equality Amendment Act took effect on Wednesday, March 3, according to the DC Agenda, an LGBT media outlet. Couples who receive marriage licenses must wait three business days to wed, so with the weekend, March 9 was the first day for gay marriages in the district.

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Bullying bill on hold at General Assembly

Lobby Day at the Georgia Assembly

In a year where a growing budget shortfall casts a long shadow across every conversation at the Georgia Capitol, one bill aimed at protecting Georgia students faces an uncertain future in the House.

State Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) made a last-minute floor maneuver March 11 to save a bill that would expand the definition of bullying while requiring schools to develop strict guidelines tailored to curb bullying in elementary through high schools.

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Georgia lesbian lawmaker brings power to the people from within the Gold Dome

Simone Bell, Georgia's first lesbian African-American state lawmaker

An activist with Lambda Legal, the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative and numerous other organizations, Simone Bell was familiar with rallying outside of the State Capitol, chanting and urging legislators inside the building to listen to their concerns.

“It’s really interesting being on the other side of the table,” said Bell (D-Atlanta), who took her seat as the state representative for District 58 in January after winning a special election and runoff last November and December.

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Atlanta’s Stonewall?

The Eagle raid has been compared to the 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar, that is credited with sparking the modern gay rights movement.
How do the two raids really stack up? We asked Scott Titshaw, professor at Mercer University School of Law, who teaches “Sexual Orientation and the Law.”


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Focus turns to federal lawsuit over Eagle raid

Atlanta Eagle employees were found 'not guilty'

It seemed like business as usual that Thursday night last September, as patrons of the Atlanta Eagle tossed back beers and enjoyed the dancers on the gay leather bar’s popular Underwear Night. But whether what happened next can remain “business as usual” for the Atlanta Police Department is part of a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by several of the men in the bar that night.