President Barack Obama made history Tuesday in his State of the Union address, becoming the first president to refer directly to the lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities during his speech. "As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we're threatened," Obama said. "That's why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender."
In a new study by GLAAD ranking gay characters in films, male gay characters appeared more often than female lesbian characters, 63% to 37%, in films. The study also looked at how the major studios are failing to full represent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters.
A&E Network has ordered 11 episodes of "Obsessed," a documentary series about people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and other phobias. Each episode of the show, which is expected to debut in the second half of the year, will examine two individuals whose lives have been disrupted by their disorder.
The Coalition of Gays and Lesbians of Quebec (Coalition Gaie et Lesbienne du Quebec), which sought United Nations credentials, has been turned down by a U.N. committee. A decision on another LGBT group, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, has been put on hold.
A&E has ordered 20 half-hours of "Airline," a docusoap about Southwest Airlines employees, and has picked up a new pilot, "Interventions," a reality show that follows families and friends as they organize an intervention with a loved one who has a serious problem, such as alcoholism.