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Out lesbian Jane Castor was named chief of the Tampa Police Department
by Mayor Pam Iorio on Wednesday. Castor will be the first woman in
Tampa’s history to hold the office once she is sworn in on October 1, but
the future chief hopes her legacy does not end there.

September 17 2009 3:30 PM

South Carolina’s supreme court has ordered Fortis Insurance to cough up $10 million for wrongly revoking coverage of a 17-year-old college student after he tested positive for HIV.

September 17 2009 2:20 PM

Democratic sources on the Hill say the Department of Defense reauthorization legislation -- to which an amendment is currently attached that would include LGBT citizens under federal hate-crimes protections -- could reach the president’s desk as early as mid October.

September 17 2009 11:50 AM

Despite considerable controversy, an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against LGBT municipal employees in Nashville passed the city council on Tuesday.

The bill passed by the Nashville metro council bans discrimination against city employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

September 17 2009 10:00 AM

A Malawi official said on Tuesday that recognizing the rights of
gay citizens is essential to success in the fight against AIDS.
The statement from Mary Shawa, secretary for nutrition, HIV, and AIDS in
the president's office, marked the first public comment from a
government official about gay issues in the conservative country.

September 17 2009 9:00 AM

The case of elite South African runner Caster Semenya brought international focus to the issue
of intersexuality, for better or for worse. This
Saturday, the National Geographic Channel examines the topic of gender
ambiguity on its Explorer series, including an account by
Gulf War veteran Rudy Alaniz, who discovered through an MRI that he
possessed ovaries and a womb.

September 17 2009 8:40 AM

The Akron visitors bureau committed $100,000 on Wednesday to help nearby Cleveland sweeten its bid to host the 2014 Gay Games.

The pledge from the Akron/Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau would be spent on marketing and promotion only if the sporting event comes to Cleveland. Estimates suggest the Gay Games would bring significant benefits to the northeast Ohio region, in which the two cities reside, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. 

September 17 2009 7:55 AM