5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 1

1. A federal appeals court just ruled in favor of Ashton Whitaker, a transgender student in Wisconsin, allowing him to use the men's room. LGBT advocates say this decision sets precedent for other similar cases...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Aug. 3

1. “Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house. Couldn’t be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys.” Vice President Joe Biden presided over his first wedding ceremony Monday. 2. “We are liv...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, March 9

1. “Every ridiculous assertion from Dr. Carson on — I mean Jesus, God. Oh God. I mean, it’s kind of hard to fathom, isn’t it?” Vice President Joe Biden at a loss for words about Ben Carson at the Human Rights C...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 25

1. "I don't care what your culture is. Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice." Vice President Joe Biden at a forum yesterday on U.S. and international LGBT rights. 2. Th...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, May 2

1. “Give Madelynn and Jean and others like them a break. Stop finding reasons to make life - and in this case, death - harder than it needs to be.” The Idaho Veteran's Cemetery denied Madelynn Taylor's request ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, March 24

1. “So I should come back tomorrow for my stoning?” This Harlem church, who you might have read about in 5 LGBT Things last week, posted the messages “Jesus would stone homos” and “Harlem is a homo free zone” o...
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Georgia’s LGBT delegates revel in Democratic National Convention

Democratic National Convention

For the LGBT delegates representing Georgia and its congressional districts at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week has reignited their  passion for the political process.

Seven members of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Georgia are in attendance in Charlotte, according to Georgia Democrats, including LGBT Caucus Chair Jim Taflinger and Caucus Secretary Bob Gibeling.

Reese McCranie, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's deputy director of communications, called the convention atmosphere “electrifying” in a telephone interview with GA Voice. McCranie is one of the seven delegates from Georgia's Fifth Congressional District.

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Romney VP pick Paul Ryan backed bans on gay marriage, adoption

GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s chosen running mate, supports amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and has voted to stop gay couples in Washington, D.C., from adopting children.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee, announced Ryan as his vice presidential nominee Aug. 11. The sparked criticism from LGBT political groups concerned about Ryan’s record as a U.S. congressman from Wisconsin.

The Romney-Ryan ticket “could roll back much of the progress we’ve seen toward full equality,” the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT political group, argued in a press release.

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Romney names Paul Ryan as VP nominee; Wisc. congressman scores low on LGBT rights

Paul RyanFormer Massachusetts governor and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney today announced that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin would join him atop the Republican ticket to run against President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden this November.

Ryan represents Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, a position he's held since 1999, and chairs the House Budget Committee.

No friend to the LGBT rights movement, Ryan has continuously scored at or about zero on the Human Rights Campaign congressional scorecard. Ryan voted for the proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman and fought to ban same-sex adoptions in Washington, D.C.

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Outspoken: Joe Biden, CM Punk, Caroline Kennedy and more…

“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”

— Vice President Joe Biden on Meet the Press, touching off debate over whether he had gone beyond President Obama, who does not support gay marriage but has said his views are “evolving.” (Meet the Press, May 6)

“There are few things in life more important than being able to marry and build a family with the person you love. This fundamental right should be available to all Americans, including gay and lesbian couples.”