May 29, 2011 |
CAIRO - While many of their compatriots savor a new political era, gays in Egypt and Tunisia aren't sharing the joy, according to activists who wonder whether the two revolutions could make things worse for an already marginalized community. In both countries, gays and their allies worry that conservative Islamists, whose credo includes firm condemnation of homosexuality, could increase their influence in elections later this year. "Our struggle goes on - it gets more and more difficult," Tunisian gay-rights and HIV/AIDS activist Hassen Hanini wrote to the Associated Press in an e-mail.
January 11, 2013 |
ONE DAY in April 1972, Jeanne Manford received a call from the hospital. Her 21-year-old son, Morty, had been beaten at a Hilton Hotel in New York City. Witnesses later testified that his alleged attacker punched, stomped and kicked him as he lay on an escalator. Morty Manford was gay. He had gone to the Hilton with other activists to storm a glitzy banquet attended by public officials and reporters in protest against what he viewed as the rampant bigotry and wanton neglect of gay rights.
April 22, 2003 |
Outraged gay-rights groups yesterday called on Senate Republicans to consider removing Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) from his leadership post after comments in which he compared gay sex to incest. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay advocacy group, and several Pennsylvania-based gay-rights organizations said Santorum's remarks, concerning a challenge to a Texas sodomy law under review by the Supreme Court, were an affront to millions of Americans. "It is stunning, stunning in its insensitivity," said David Smith, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign.
June 4, 2007 |
A university class from the Midwest passed through Philadelphia yesterday on a two-week tour of historic sites in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender equal-rights movement. When their red-and-white bus, adorned with the University of Wisconsin badger mascot, pulled up in front of Independence Hall, Mark Segal, publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News, had a surprise for them. He passed out hand-drawn picket signs, and asked the class to reenact the nation's first gay-rights protest, which was staged on that site in 1965.
July 18, 2010
Polanski attends Swiss jazz festival MONTREUX, Switzerland - Roman Polanski has made his first public appearance since being released from house arrest last week, attending the Montreux Jazz Festival on Saturday to watch his wife perform on stage. The 76-year-old film director arrived at the Lake Geneva festival Saturday evening in an SUV with tinted windows. Security personnel protected him from a crush of photographers. Polanski's wife, the actress and singer Emmanuelle Seigner, performed shortly after his arrival.
January 22, 2012 |
Legalizing same-sex marriage is the first priority for legislative leaders in Trenton this session, which they made clear by numbering the bill "1" in both the Assembly and the Senate. A majority of New Jersey residents support gay marriage, but residents are far more concerned about the sluggish economy and unemployment, polls show. So why is the Democratic-led Legislature pushing the issue now, when Republican Gov. Christie has said he opposes same-sex marriage and could veto the bill?
January 25, 2006 |
ALMOST TWO years ago, the Massachusetts Supreme Court cleared the way for lesbian and gay couples in the state to marry, ruling that no constitutionally adequate reason denied them that right. The decision drew considerable public criticism. Accepting same-sex marriage is a test of America's guarantees of justice and equality. Notwithstanding affirmative action and abortion, the leading edge of civil-rights law involves gays and lesbians. As with abortion, privacy rights underpin the acceptance of homosexuality.
March 31, 1986
Do adults have the legal right in this country to engage in private, consensual sex? Do the states have the right to police bedrooms and arrest individuals for sexual infractions? Is there one legal standard of privacy for heterosexuals and another for homosexuals? Today the U.S. Supreme Court is to hear arguments in a case that should provide the answers - answers that clearly should be yes to the first and no to the latter two. The case, Bowers vs. Hardwick, originated in Georgia when an Atlanta police officer, serving an unrelated warrant (which, the officer was unaware, was obsolete)
May 22, 1996
The U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling striking down Colorado's anti-gay-rights Amendment 2 isn't that big a deal - although a ruling to the contrary would have been. In upholding the Colorado Supreme Court, the high court majority basically decided that you can't be kept from going to court to try to protect your rights just because you belong to a certain group of human beings. That's not a sure shield against discrimination on sexual orientation. Amendment 2, which was enacted by ballot initiative, repealed state and local laws in Colorado barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
October 30, 1998 |
A headline in the recent profile of Bill Devlin in the Philadelphia Gay News caught the nature of his bipolar approach neatly: "Christian fights gay rights with lawsuit and love," it said. The article summarized Devlin's leadership of the campaign against the domestic partners ordinance passed by City Council, including his lawsuit challenging it. It recounted his belief that homosexuality is unnatural and that the domestic partners legislation dilutes the meaning of marriage. And it told of his willingness to talk about the matter with gays, sometimes over dinner in his home (or theirs)