Another civil rights defeat on voting rights; marriage decisions come tomorrow

June 25, 2013

In another 5-4 defeat for the progressive Justices, the Supreme Court today effectively eliminated the pre-clearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act.  In an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts in Shelby County v. Holder, the Court ruled that the pre-clearance process used to inhibit states with the worst history of discriminatory voting laws from passing […]

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Data refute myth of “rich gays”

June 10, 2013
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The Williams Institute has released a study on the demographics of poverty among LGB Americans, demonstrating that the image of a monolithically or predominantly wealthy gay community is a myth. Like other Americans, LGB persons are most likely to live in poverty if they are persons of color or raising children. Unlike heterosexual couples, for […]

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Gallup reports LGBT Americans more likely to be non-white

October 19, 2012

That was just one of the surprising findings based on the largest number of survey responses from LGBT men and women ever collected. The Gallup results both confirm and call into question earlier studies. Among the results that differ from previous research: LGBT Americans are more likely to be people of color  (33%) than are straight […]

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Worse than you thought

July 20, 2012

The impact of AIDS on the African-American community is even worse than most people think it is. As the International AIDS Conference prepares to begin, new reports detail the statistics. A study from the Black AIDS Institute – Back of the Line: The State of AIDS Among Black Gay Men in America –  states that […]

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NAACP moves on lgbt rights, seeks greater lgbt reliability on racial justice issues

September 23, 2011

In case you haven't noticed, there is a new generation in evidence at the traditional insitutional icon of civil rights, the NAACP. NAACP President Benjamin Jealous embodies the shift: he grew up in an interracial, middle-class, left-of-center, northern California family and became a Rhodes Scholar. He's open about his openly gay brother. Jealous brings with […]

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The other gay life: raising children in the South

January 19, 2011

From today's NY Times, excerpted: Being gay in [Jacksonville, FL] was once a lonely existence. Most people kept their sexuality to themselves, and they were reminded of the dangers of being openly gay when a gay church was bombed in the 1980s. These days, there are eight churches that openly welcome gay worshipers. One even […]

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