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Gay Student Sues China Over Textbooks

Many medical textbooks in China classify homosexuality as a curable disease

(Newser) - A Chinese student is suing her government over medical textbooks that classify homosexuality as a mental disorder that can be cured through shock therapy. Twenty-year-old Qui Bai—whose family turned away from her when they found out she was gay—was looking for answers about her sexuality two years ago... More »

Judge Orders Gay Foster Parents to Give Up Baby

'We are shattered'

(Newser) - A Utah judge has ordered a 1-year-old girl removed from her foster parents after only three months simply because they are gay, KUTV reports. "We are shattered," April Hoagland says. According to the Salt Lake Tribune , the law allows any legally married couple to be foster parents, and... More »

Mo. County Orders Year of 'Mourning' Over Gay Marriage

Dent County officials vote to lower flags below half-staff to protest gay nuptials

(Newser) - When Alex Sellers saw the story in his local paper, he thought it was an Onion article. But the 26-year-old Missouri man was horrified to find out what he was reading was true: Three Republican commissioners in Dent County voted yesterday to lower county flags to half-staff to observe a... More »

Judge Shoots Down 'Kill the Gays' Bill

Calif. measure a waste of resources, judge decides

(Newser) - There's no need for California to waste any more time or energy on a ballot measure that proposes legalizing the murder of gay people , a judge has decided. The Sacramento County judge ruled yesterday that allowing the "Sodomite Suppression Act" to move forward "would be inappropriate, waste... More »

Teacher Resigns Amid Outcry Over Story About Gay Princes

Parents in NC didn't like story for third-graders

(Newser) - A teacher in a small North Carolina town has resigned after reading his third-graders a story about a gay couple, which sparked an outcry from some parents. Omar Currie resigned this week after reading his students in Elfland "King & King," a children's story about a prince... More »

JK Rowling Shuts Down Homophobes (Again) on Twitter

This time it was Westboro Baptist Church protesting Gandalf/Dumbledore wedding

(Newser) - The Westboro Baptist Church protests against pretty much everyone and everything, so any shock value they may have had wore off long ago. But one person they shouldn't have set their sights on is JK Rowling, who effectively owned the anti-gay group after members started sparring with her on... More »

Woman Files Federal Suit Against All Gays

She asks federal judge in Nebraska to decide whether homosexuality is a sin

(Newser) - The gay-marriage question before the Supreme Court isn't the only court case involving homosexuals making headlines. This one's a little less weighty, though: In Nebraska, a woman has filed a federal lawsuit against all gay people because she believes them to be sinners. In her seven-page petition written... More »

Calif. AG Will Try to Block Act Legalizing Gays' Murder

Kamala Harris seeking court order to avoid title and summary

(Newser) - California's AG is doing her best to ensure a proposed ballot measure that would legalize the murder of gay people never makes it off her desk. Kamala Harris yesterday declared she's seeking a court order that would allow her to stop the Sodomite Suppression Act , proposed by lawyer... More »

'Intolerant Jackass' Act Counters 'Shoot Gays' Act

Advocating murder would be punished with sensitivity training

(Newser) - Activist Charlotte Laws says she is "fighting fire with fire"—and fighting an intolerant jackass with the Intolerant Jackass Act. With California Attorney General Kamala Harris unable to halt the progress of lawyer Matt McLaughlin's Sodomite Suppression Act ballot initiative, which calls for homosexuality to be punished... More »

Measure to Legalize Gays' Murder May Move Forward

Proposed California initiative seems destined for signature-gathering phase

(Newser) - At some point this spring, it appears that Californians will be asked to sign a petition legalizing the murder of gay people. And it will be perfectly legit. As the Sacramento Bee reports, a lawyer named Matt McLaughlin has filed the proper paperwork, along with his $200 fee, to propose... More »

Barney Frank Recalls Decision to Come Out in 1987

In memoir, he writes he was tired of trying to hide it

(Newser) - Barney Frank is out with a memoir this month in which he writes about his decision to come out as the first openly gay member of Congress in 1987. The impetus? "I was ashamed of myself for hiding my membership in a universally despised group,” he writes in... More »

Ben Carson: Sorry About My Comments on Gays

But he says it's still not clear whether homosexuality is a choice

(Newser) - Ben Carson is once again apologizing for remarks about gay people. This time, he's walking back a comment in which he argued that prison proved homosexuality was a choice, reports CNN . (He argued that people went in straight and came out gay.) “I do not pretend to... More »

Critics Question Gay Romance's 'R' Rating

There's no sex or violence in Love Is Strange

(Newser) - You won't see any sex or violence in the new R-rated film Love Is Strange. What you will see is a love story between two men—which has critics wondering whether homophobia might explain the MPAA's rating decision. The movie is about a couple who must live apart... More »

Grammar Blogger Fired Over 'Homo' in 'Homophones'

Boss thought confused students would think of gay sex

(Newser) - You've heard of homophobia. Now comes homophonia. The Salt Lake Tribune has the strange story of a social-media specialist who got fired after writing a blog post about homophones—the grammatical term referring to words that sound the same but are spelled differently, like too and two. It seems... More »

Ex-Kicker Chris Kluwe Suing Vikings

Says team deliberately hiding its homophobia investigation from public

(Newser) - Chris Kluwe— disgruntled former Vikings kicker and outspoken gay rights champion —is unsurprisingly suing his old team, alleging that the team refused to make public its investigation into homophobic comments he says a special teams coach made, reports NBC . "It’s outrageous to me that the Vikings would... More »

Straight People Need to See More Gay Kisses

Mark Joseph Stern on the reaction to Michael Sam's smooch

(Newser) - There was a distinct outpouring of disgust when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend after being drafted on Saturday night. Some of it was just outright bigotry, but Mark Joseph Stern at Slate was interested to see many people saying they supported Sam in theory, but were nonetheless uncomfortable with the... More »

Dolphins Fine Player for Tweet-Bashing Michael Sam

Don Jones suspended from play after draft comments

(Newser) - The Miami Dolphins have fined cornerback Don Jones after a pair of homophobic tweets. Jones tweeted "omg" and "horrible" after Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL , reacting by kissing his boyfriend on-air, NBC Sports reports. Jones will undergo "educational training for... More »

Barney Frank Film Pairs Him With 'Gay Slur' Actor

Alec Baldwin produced new documentary on ex-lawmaker

(Newser) - Barney Frank may be retired, but a new documentary has him back in the spotlight—and pairs him with an actor some would call an unlikely ally, the Daily Beast reports. The gay, retired Massachusetts lawmaker will be interviewed at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Compared to What by... More »

Mom Accused of Killing Son She Thought Was Gay

Jessica Dutro trial begins

(Newser) - An Oregon mom is on trial for allegedly beating her son to death, which she did, prosecutors told the court this week, because she believed the 4-year-old was gay. On Wednesday the judge in the case ruled that prosecutors could introduce as evidence a Facebook message in which Jessica Dutro,... More »

Lobbyist Pens Bill to Ban Gay NFLers

'Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man'

(Newser) - The NFL might seem to have other , seemingly more pressing problems , but a Republican lobbyist has decided to first tackle gay men in the league. Jack Burkman's proposed bill, which he says was inspired by openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam , would ban gay players from the NFL, the... More »

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