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– Michigan gay teenager Josh Pacheco is the latest young person to commit suicide after enduring substantial bullying, none of which was apparently reported to school officials.
– The White House still refuses to issue an Executive Order implementing LGBT nondiscrimination protections for federal contractors.
– Watch the Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver be tame on CNN after being horrifically anti-gay on his own organization’s radio show, a clear reminder of why cable news anchors must do more to hold such commentators accountable.
– Seattle is considering offering a stipend to employees in same-sex marriages to compensate for the extra tax burden they have because of the Defense of Marriage Act.
– United We Dream, a network of undocumented young people who advocate for the DREAM Act, have developed a platform that includes advocacy and inclusion for other groups, including the LGBTQ communities.
– Minneapolis has appointed its first lesbian police chief.
– An Ohio lesbian couple is petitioning the head pastor of the Christian school they send their daughter to stop punishing her because she defended her same-sex parents.
– A Jamaican activist is suing Trinidad and Tobago to challenge a law banning “homosexuals” from entering the country.
– An entire Swedish soccer team has been suspended for hurling homophobic insults at their opponents, a team that encourages LGBT players to join it.
– Meet Gabrielle Ludwig, who at age 50 finally has the opportunity to play on a college basketball team after decades of struggling through her gender transition.