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A high school in conservative Orange County, Calif., has settled a lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect a female student from homophobic and sexist harassment.

September 09 2009 4:50 PM

Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen is scheduled to go before the Senate Armed Services Committee on September 15 to be reconfirmed, according to a spokesperson in Sen. Carl Levin's office.

The hearing does not have a set agenda, but advocates for repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" are anticipating some senators will ask Mullen about the policy in advance of the Senate hearings on the subject this fall.

September 09 2009 4:00 PM

South African track star Caster Semenya graces the cover of You magazine sporting a new, more feminine look. Amid testing following accusations that the 800-meter world champion may not be biologically female, Semenya emphasizes how much she likes her stylish outfits, glamorous jewelry, and stiletto heels.

"I'd like to dress up more often and wear dresses but I never get the chance," she says, according to The Guardian, a U.K. newspaper. "I'd also like to learn to do my own makeup."

September 09 2009 3:00 PM

A group of Democrats in Congress, including New York representative Jerry Nadler, are reportedly preparing to introduce a repeal to the law that restricts the federal government from recognizing gay and lesbian marriages or partnerships legally recognized in certain states.

September 09 2009 1:00 PM

A former top adviser to the Obama campaign expressed his frustration with the pace of gay rights change in an interview on Tuesday.

Steve Hildebrand, the gay man who served as deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama, expressed his frustration with the pace of the gay rights agenda and other progressive items on Tuesday, telling Politico’s Ben Smith in an interview that he was “losing patience” with the White House.

September 09 2009 6:35 AM

As the New York City political season enters full swing, three openly gay candidates from Queens have been endorsed by The New York Times in their potentially historic bids for the New York City council. Democratic candidates Danny Dromm, Lynn Schulman, and Jimmy Van Bramer (pictured) each could become among the first openly gay elected officials to represent the city’s second most populous borough.

September 09 2009 6:05 AM

Organizers of the National Equality March are holding an American Idol-style contest to select two citizen advocates for the speakers platform at the event in Washington, D.C., on October 10 and 11.

September 09 2009 5:20 AM