gay rights

Persecution
10:51 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Flee Or Die: Olympia Quakers Support Uganda's Underground Railroad

In this Feb. 10, 2014, file photo, a Kenyan gay wears a mask to preserve his anonymity during a rare protest against Uganda's anti-homosexuality law.
AP Photo/Ben Curtis

In March, Talcott Broadhead received a call from a friend. Weeks earlier, the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act was signed into law, and a crisis was emerging in the small nation in East Africa.

The act calls for the imprisonment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, and was inspired in part by three American evangelical Christians

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Activism
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Geoffrey McGrath: The Inadvertent Spokesman For Gay Rights

Geoffrey McGrath delivers a petition bearing more than 125,000 signatures, urging Amazon to stop donating money to the Boy Scouts on May 21.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattleite Geoffrey McGrath about his path from a hiking/biking software engineer  to international spokesperson for gay rights after his membership from the Boy Scouts of America was revoked for his sexual orientation.

Around The Northwest
10:08 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Pocatello Vote Seen As Test Of Gay-Rights Measures In Idaho

File photo of the Pocatello City Council hearing testimony from gay rights supporters at one of several public hearings in April 2013.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 4:57 pm

Voters in Pocatello, Idaho will decide the fate of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance Tuesday.

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Equality In Sports
3:22 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

How The First Openly Gay NFL Player Could Open Doors For Others

Michael Sam runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in February. He was drafted to the St. Louis Rams last weekend.
AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Ross Reynolds talks with Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation, about Michael Sam — the first openly gay football player to be drafted by a National Football League team.

Same-Sex Marriage
9:11 am
Thu April 24, 2014

No Quick Ruling Expected In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Ben West, right, and Paul Rummell are two of the plaintiffs in the case.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:00 am

Attorneys for four same-sex couples called Oregon's gay marriage ban a "state imposed badge of inferiority" during arguments in federal court Wednesday.

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:17 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Judge Won't Issue Immediate Decision In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

File photo of the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Ore.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 5:50 pm

A federal judge in Oregon will not issue an immediate decision Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Boy Scouts of America
2:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Rainier Beach Pastor: We Can't Serve The Community Without Welcoming Everyone

Credit Flickr Photo/rocket ship (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Reverend Monica Corsaro of the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church about the future of Boy Scout Troop 98.

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:07 am
Tue April 22, 2014

National Group Attempts 11th-Hour Intervention In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:03 pm

A national group that opposes same-sex marriage is trying to intervene in a case scheduled to go before a federal judge in Oregon this week.

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Boy Scouts of America
1:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Meetings Will Continue At Rainier Beach Church Despite Revocation Of Boy Scout Charter

The Boys Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult, Geoff McGrath, to continue leading a troop. McGrath, pictured here on April 1, 2014, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File

The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church in Seattle after the church's youth program allowed a gay adult to continue leading the troop.

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Membership Controversy
10:09 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Boy Scouts Of America's Policy On Gay Troop Members And Leaders

Credit Flickr Photo/torbakhopper (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Richard Ellis, the author of "Judging the Boy Scouts of America," about how and why the Boy Scouts of America developed its current policies on gay troop members and gay troop leaders.

Gay Discrimination
8:29 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Arizona Gov. Brewer Vetoes Controversial Bill

Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., on Monday at the White House when she and other state executives met with President Obama.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 5:10 pm

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she has vetoed controversial legislation that would have allowed business owners in her state to refuse to serve gays and others if those customers somehow offended the proprietors' religious beliefs.

Brewer, a Republican, announced her decision at a news conference held Wednesday afternoon, following a flurry of meetings between the governor and state legislators.

Update at 7:52 p.m. ET Brewer's Comments

"I call them like I see them," Brewer said of the proposal, "despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd."

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Gay Rights
9:39 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Seattle Catholic Students Form Underground Clubs For LGBTQ Youth

Holy Names students Audrey Long and Theresa Edwards at a December rally outside the Archdiocese of Seattle in support of former Eastside Catholic Vice Principal Mark Zmuda.
Credit Courtesy of Audrey Long

Clarification 2/12/14: The text of this story has been edited to include a response from Audrey Long’s parents. They say they never attempted to take their daughter to a Christian gay conversion therapist.

Four years ago, as a freshman at Holy Names Academy, an all-girls Seattle Catholic school, Audrey Long came out to her family. It wasn’t a positive experience.

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Gay Rights
2:47 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

'The Games Have Always Been A Little Gay': Video For Gay Rights At The Olympics Goes Viral

Flickr Photo/Serena Epstein (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Michael Bach, founder and CEO of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion, about a viral video advocating for gay rights in Russia.

RadioActive Podcast
9:20 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Stepping Outside Of The Box, And Onto The Stage

Zerrin McLaughlin performs as Columbia in the Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast.
Courtesy of Zerrin McLaughlin

We throw toast at the Rocky Horror Picture Show, hear what people on the street think about the movement for LGBTQ rights, and learn about the fight to integrate LGBTQ support groups into local Catholic schools. This month's podcast features stories about people who are stepping outside of their comfort zones and finding supportive communities.

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Civil Rights
8:35 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans

File photo. The Pocatello City Council took public comment on an anti-discrimination ordinance in April 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 3:42 pm

Gay rights advocates say legislation introduced this week in Idaho would undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances passed in seven Idaho cities.

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