That Ed Oakley's status as an openly gay man is unlikely to affect his chances of becoming Dallas' first out mayor reflects a combination of factors, including the success of individual gay and lesbian candidates for other local offices and the city's shift from Republican to Democratic control, according to this article.
The eight Democratic presidential contenders agree that same-sex couples that meet "certain federal standards of commitment," should receive the 1,100 federal benefits of marriage, according to a scorecard from the Human Rights Campaign. However, only Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska, who was not among the eight candidates on the scorecard, support marriage in name for gay and lesbian couples.
"Persistence," "education" and a gay-friendly governor, coupled with LGBT activism, have helped Colorado begin to overcome its reputation as the "hate state," state Sen. Jennifer Veiga, Colorado's only out legislator, tells columnist Deb Price. Some 15 years after voters approved the state's infamous anti-gay Amendment 2, Colorado recently has approved measures to protect gay and transgender workers from job bias and to allow same-sex couples to adopt.
Ad revenue at LGBT publications grew almost three times more than the mainstream during the past 10 years, according to the Gay Press Report, an annual survey from ad agency Prime Access Inc. and Rivendell Media. The survey found ad spending increased 5.2% last year from 2005 to reach a record $223.3 million, more than three times the figure from 1996.
Some 250 friends, family and supporters of Sean Kennedy, a gay Greenville, S.C., resident who was killed May 16 in what authorities say was a hate crime, on Sunday attended a candlelight vigil in his memory. One attendee said the community should lobby the Greenville council to repeal a 1996 resolution declaring homosexuality incompatible with community standards.