1:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

City’s First Center For Homeless LGBT Youth Has Opening Delayed

When the shelter is operational it will be hosted at Travis Park United Methodist Church
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

 A homeless shelter for LGBT youth is nearly ready and was slated to open downtown this November. However, city zoning issues have forced it to push back matters to next year.

Around 40 percent of the country’s 1.6 million homeless youth identify as being LGBT, according to a 2012 Williams Institute study. The Thrive Youth Center, which is in the process of becoming a nonprofit, is aiming to open the city’s first shelter for LGBT Youth; specifically between the ages of 17 to 24.

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Reparative Therapy
9:55 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Mental Health Professionals Request New Rules Outlawing Gay-Reparative Therapy

Mental health experts are asking that a Texas regulatory agency bans the use of so-called ‘reparative therapy’ for gays and lesbians, the request follows a major effort by some leading Republicans to leave the controversial therapy untouched.

Reparative therapists believe they can change a person’s sexual orientation through counseling. And this summer, during the Texas Republican Party Convention, a faction of the state party took that belief further, adding a resolution supporting reparative therapy as a plank in the party’s 2014 platform.

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The Two-Way
8:04 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves to a crowd before he is honored by the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Alabama state Capitol on Monday.
Brynn Anderson AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 3:15 pm

Tim Cook, the head of the world's most iconic technology company, has come out today in an op-ed on Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he's never denied his sexual orientation but "I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now.

"Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day," Cook writes.

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3:15 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

For Italy's Gay Rights Advocates, It's 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back

Counterdemonstrators in favor of LGBT rights wear pink triangles, reminiscent of those homosexuals were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps.
Sylvia Poggioli NPR

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 7:19 pm

Ancient Rome may have been open to all sorts of sexual mores, but modern Italy is less so. The country lags far behind its European Union partners in guaranteeing equal rights for homosexuals.

Gay couples have no legal recognition or adoption rights in Italy, and a bill presented last year outlawing discrimination on the grounds of homophobia has been bogged down in parliament by right-wing opposition.

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All Tech Considered
4:15 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

San Francisco City Supervisor David Campos (right) walks with drag queen Sister Roma to a news conference on Sept. 17 about a Facebook policy that requires people to use their "real" names on their profiles. The site said Wednesday it will modify how the policy is enforced.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 3:34 pm

Facebook has apologized for a policy that drew criticism from LGBT groups after it led to the deactivation of dozens of accounts belonging to drag queens. While the policy itself will stay in place, Facebook says, it will be changing how the rule is enforced.

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5:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Human Rights Campaign Won't Budge On AT&T's Perfect Equality Score

AT&T has earned a perfect score since 2004 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

The Human Rights Campaign says it'll take a lot more than a petition to convince them that a company's Corporate Equality Index Score, which measures how a company treats lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, should be lowered.

But that's exactly what Matt Hileman, a San Antonio transgender man, wants to happen with AT&T's perfect score. It was last year when Hileman, who worked at AT&T, said he overheard two of his co-workers talking about transgender people in a threatening way.

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4:02 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Ugandan LGBT Activist Recommended For Asylum In U.S.

Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere, right, embraces attorney Janson Wu, after announcing his application for asylum in May. The U.S. government has now formally recommended Wambere's application for approval.
Josh Reynolds AP

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 7:31 pm

This past week, John Abdallah Wambere finally heard the seven words he had been waiting for:

"Your application has been recommended for approval."

Wambere, a prominent Ugandan LGBT-rights activist, had applied for asylum in the United States, due to anti-gay persecution in his home country.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Bucking Legal Trend, Federal Judge Upholds La.'s Ban On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 5:00 pm

Bucking a long judicial trend, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Louisiana's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman acknowledged that his ruling "runs counter to all but two other federal decisions," but he goes on to say that other judges went too far in their opinions.

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Movie Interviews
4:50 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Longtime Friends Lithgow And Molina Play Longtime Couple In 'Love Is Strange'

Alfred Molina (left) and John Lithgow play George and Ben in Love Is Strange, a film about two men who have shared four decades of their lives.
Clay Enos Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 6:53 pm

When actors John Lithgow and Alfred Molina came by NPR's New York studios, they brought with them a loose, joking rapport — the shorthand of longtime friends. "Fred and I had known each other for 15-20 years," says Lithgow — who calls Molina "Fred."

"If anyone says, ... 'I know Alfred really well,' they're lying!" Molina tells NPR's Melissa Block.

"You can call him Freddie Teacups; that's his mob name," Lithgow says with a laugh.

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Around the Nation
2:33 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights group, launched a grass-roots effort to make the Deep South's culture more accepting of gays and lesbians. Brad Clark discusses the group's work in Mississippi.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 3:04 pm

Mercedes Ricks may be the perfect candidate to help launch a new cultural push in Magnolia, Miss. The 50-year-old native of Colombia ended up in this tiny south Mississippi town by way of New Orleans nine years ago.

"I met these ladies from here," Ricks says after greeting guests in the barroom next to her Mariposa restaurant. "They invited me to come spend a weekend in Magnolia. We were going to go to the river and drink beer, and Katrina happened that weekend."

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