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Could one of the most reliable friends of gays and lesbians be retiring
from the Supreme Court? According to, it’s looking that

September 03 2009 6:05 PM

 A sailor stationed in Bahrain was brutalized for two years after his unit mates started to suspect that he is gay.

Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Rocha was assigned to the Bahrain Military Working Dogs Division, according to Youth Radio, which uncovered military documents chronicling the abuse.

September 03 2009 1:25 PM

Top Gun star Kelly McGillis, who came out in an interview with in April, reportedly has joined the cast of Stake Land, a vampire road movie directed by Jim Mickle.

Horror aficionado site Bloody Disgusting described the film, written by Mickle and Nick Damici, as “a post-apocalyptic vampire story in the style of The Grapes of Wrath."

September 03 2009 12:40 PM

 A set of international sex-education guidelines proposed by the United Nations for the purpose of preventing HIV infections among young people was delayed by criticism from conservative American groups who called the draft recommendations too explicit because of their discussion of topics such as homosexuality, abortion, and masturbation.

September 03 2009 12:10 PM

Antigay organization Focus on the Family announced it will downsize its workforce for the third time in the past year, effective September 18.

The Colorado-based group will completely shut down its advertising department's creative division by eliminating 30 positions, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. It will also hand over its "ex-gay" ministry, Love Won Out, to a similar organization in Florida. Seventy-five total jobs will be lost.

September 03 2009 11:20 AM

Photographer and longtime Marc Jacobs collaborator Juergen Teller reminisces about their exploits together, and reveals that a 2006 advertisement of a gay couple kissing proved even more controversial than a photo in which Teller grabbed Cindy Sherman’s clothed breasts. Men’s Vogue rejected the gay ad.

Teller spoke with The Moment, the fashion blog of The New York Times, in anticipation of next week’s publication of his book Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998–2009.

September 03 2009 9:05 AM

No on 1: Protect Maine Equality launched its first television ads on Thursday seeking to defend the new marriage equality law from a repeal attempt, which officially qualified for the November ballot on Wednesday.

Two new ads from the leading organization fighting the repeal include the one shown below featuring Bill Witten of Yarmouth. The former college football player and U.S. marine explains that he has two daughters, one gay and one straight, and he wants both of the women to be treated equally.

September 03 2009 8:30 AM