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The attempt to block Referendum 71 from appearing on the November ballot in Washington State was rejected by a judge for the second consecutive week, making a public vote on expanded domestic partnerships for same-sex couples more likely.

September 09 2009 4:40 AM

Former president Bill Clinton gave an extensive interview to Esquire magazine in which he advised President Barack Obama to forge ahead on health reform without the Republicans.

September 08 2009 5:00 PM

In one of the most conservative counties in conservative Idaho, a 58-year-old transgender woman is vying to become mayor of the city of Nampa.

Melissa Sue Robinson, who transitioned 11 years ago, has a husky voice and a large build, the Idaho Statesman reports. But apparently it's not Robinson's gender identity that makes her a longshot for mayor of this southwestern Idaho town -- it's the fact that Robinson is a Democrat.

September 08 2009 4:15 PM

Iowa governor Chet Culver, up for reelection in 2010, may face
Republican challenger Bob Vander Plaats (pictured), who is vowing to reverse the
state supreme court's April 2009 marriage equality ruling.

Vander Plaats announced he would run for office on Monday, telling reporters that he would hand down an executive order to put the issue up to the legislature and to a ballot initiative.

September 08 2009 3:50 PM

Last week a group of Fire Island gays paid tribute to Miley Cyrus in their highly viral YouTube take on "Party in the USA." Now a
group of gays from Jersey have done their own video -- to Whitney
Houston's comeback single, "Million Dollar Bill." 

The Cyrus tribute caught the eye of the teen pop star, who tweeted that she was "obsessed" with the video. Wonder if Whitney will have the same warm feelings about this?

Watch the video here.


September 08 2009 3:15 PM

More than two thirds of LGBT people feel optimistic about the nation's
progress, while less than half of their straight counterparts share
their positive outlook, according to a new poll.

A national
survey conducted online shows that 67% of LGBT adults say that the
country is going in the right direction, compared to 45% of straight
adults. The poll shows an 11-point increase in approval among LGBT
respondents from June to August.

September 08 2009 3:10 PM

John Waters says the end of his filmmaking career is quickly approaching.

"I want to do two more movies -- that’s enough," the gay writer/director/actor/artist said to Modern Painters magazine. "I hope I can make two more."

Waters said he will continue to focus on writing, art, and his one-man show that he performs across the country about 25 times each year.

September 08 2009 2:00 PM