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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 »

Arizona's Brewer Faces Decision on Gay Rights

Bill would give businesses right to refuse service to homosexuals

(Newser) - Arizona is once again at the center of a hot-button national issue, but this time it's gay rights instead of immigration. The state Legislature this week passed a bill that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs and refuse service to gay people, reports AP . Now Gov.... More »

Homophobic? You'll Die Sooner

Study finds link between anti-gay bias, shorter life expectancy

(Newser) - If you're homophobic, here's one reason to rethink that: It might send you to an earlier grave. A new study looked at social attitudes in America over two recent decades, compared them with death rates, and found that subjects with high levels of anti-gay prejudice had a life... More »

Tycoon Axes $128M Reward for Marrying Gay Daughter

Chao grudgingly accepts her sexuality

(Newser) - Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao has had a sudden change of heart after offering a $128 million reward to any male suitor who could marry his lesbian daughter. The tycoon—who recently doubled his original offer of $64 million —appears to have been moved by an open letter from... More »

Putin: Gays Are Fine—If They Steer Clear of Kids

Russian president seeks to reassure, as best he can

(Newser) - He was apparently trying to be magnanimous toward gay people, but it didn't quite come out that way. Asked today about Russia's views toward homosexuals, Putin said those in his country should "feel calm and at ease," reports the Washington Post . And then he added, "... More »

NFL Punter: Homophobic 'Bigot' Coach Fired Me

Former Viking Chris Kluwe speaks out

(Newser) - Chris Kluwe made a name for himself not only as an NFL punter but as a (very) outspoken advocate for gay marriage. Now Kluwe has taken to Deadspin to allege that he got cut from the Minnesota Vikings after eight years by special teams coach Mike Priefer, "a bigot... More »

Baldwin Defuses Anti-Gay Uproar ... by Pretending to Be Gay

Yes, make a gay joke, Alec, that'll certainly do the trick

(Newser) - Today's entry in the annals of ill-advised ideas: Alec Baldwin, currently the subject of controversy over his recent use of at least one anti-gay slur , tried to defuse the situation yesterday ... by jokingly pretending to be gay. At a tech conference in San Francisco, Baldwin expressed remorse over his... More »

Stop Asking Gay People How They Came Out

For some, it's a topic they don't want to revisit: Mark Joseph Stern

(Newser) - It's National Coming Out Day, and Mark Joseph Stern marks it with a message for straight people: Please, don't ask your gay friends to tell you their coming out stories. "On television, coming out is usually greeted with celebratory affection at best, distressed confusion at worst,"... More »

Russian Lawmaker: Ban Gays From Giving Blood

But he offers free 'conversion therapy'

(Newser) - As a follow-up to Russia's internationally condemned anti-gay law, a senior lawmaker wants to bring back the country's ban on gay people giving blood. Mikhail Dyegtyaryov says the move would help stem the country's HIV/AIDS epidemic, reports Reuters , though experts say the vast majority of the country'... More »

Gay Reporter Stuns Kremlin-Funded Network

He dons rainbow suspenders, blasts anti-gay laws

(Newser) - An American reporter brought onto the state-funded Russia Today network to discuss Bradley Manning decided the chance to blast Russia's repressive anti-gay laws was too good to pass up. As cameras rolled, James Kirchick donned rainbow suspenders and said, "Being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network, I’m... More »

Transgendered Jamaican Teen Brutally Beaten, Shot by Mob

Murder shines light on rampant anti-gay culture

(Newser) - Dwayne Jones was kicked around and harassed for much of his young life. His father booted him from his house at age 14 for being effeminate, and along with neighbors, ran Dwayne out of the Jamaican slum in which he was raised. He was teased to the point where he... More »

Why It's Weird That the Pope's Acting Like a Christian

Kirsten Powers thinks other Christian leaders could learn a thing or two

(Newser) - Pope Francis' unorthodox actions— washing the feet of women and Muslims, extending an olive branch to atheists , and so on—have drawn worldwide attention, with some wondering if he's the most liberal pope ever. Kirsten Powers at USA Today sees it a different way: "Yep, Pope Francis is... More »

As 'Gay Conversion' Ministry Folds, Good Riddance

Exodus International just another awful piece of gay history: essayist

(Newser) - Up until this week, Exodus International was the biggest Christian ministry still trying to "cure" gay people though prayer and counseling. And then leader Alan Chambers apologized "for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced" and announced he was shutting the group down. (Read his full... More »

Harry Came to Gay Soldier's Rescue

Soldier reveals 2008 incident in new book

(Newser) - If you're the type to swoon over every little thing Prince Harry does, prepare your tizzy now: One of his fellow soldiers in the British Army revealed over the weekend that Harry came to his aid when he was being bullied over his sexuality by other soldiers. "I... More »

Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Scouts

But gay adults still barred as leaders

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America's National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts. Of the local Scout leaders voting at their annual meeting in Texas, more than 60% supported the proposal. Under the proposal drafted by the Scouts'... More »

Man Arrested in Hate Killing Was Laughing: NYC Cops

Elliot Morales charged with murdering Mark Carson because he was gay

(Newser) - A man has been charged with a hate crime in the murder of a gay man in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Elliot Morales, 33, was "laughing on the ground" as police arrested him in the killing of Mark Carson, 32, officials say. "Yeah, I shot him in the... More »

Homophobia Drove Statutory Rape Charge: Mom

Slams 'religious zealots' seeking to 'destroy my daughter'

(Newser) - A Florida teen has been charged with statutory rape and kicked out of school, and her mother says the case hinges on homophobia, the Raw Story reports. The parents of the alleged victim—some three years younger than suspect Kaitlyn Hunt, 18—"are bigoted, religious zeolites (sic) that see... More »

Homophobia Drove Russian Man's Savage Murder: Cops

Attack follows ban on 'homosexual propaganda'

(Newser) - Russian authorities seldom blame violence on homophobia, the New York Times notes, but police say it was behind the vicious murder of a 23-year-old man in Volgograd. A group of men were in a park drinking on Thursday when they heard the victim say he was gay, say investigators, per... More »

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