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Drag community wins as Facebook apologizes for "real name" policy

MENLO PARK, California -- Drag queens, drag kings, transgender rights advocates and the queer community have won the great battle over Facebook's "real name" policy.

Chris Cox, the Chief Product Officer for Facebook, posted this to his personal account:

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ABC Family, HBO, MTV earn Excellent grades in GLAAD's TV reports

GLAAD today released its two annual television reports – the 8th annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI) and the 19th annual Where We Are on TV report. These reports map the quantity, quality, and diversity of images of LGBT people on television.

Justice Department to ask U.S. Supreme Court to uphold marriage equality

WASHINGTON DC -- Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will soon ask the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold marriage equality, indicating that he believes the country is ready for it.

The nine justices are scheduled to meet Monday to discuss whether to review any of the gay marriage cases that have been appealed to the high court.

Holder's pronouncement drew the applause of the Human Rights Campaign.

"Once again, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama Administration have stood up for marriage equality at a critical moment," HRC president Chad Griffin said.

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Say "nay" to gay slurs: Cartoon Network takes on bullying

A San Diego, California sixth-grader, who wishes to remain anonymous, says he felt bullied when he was called “gay” by another classmate simply because he was using a pink pencil to do his classwork.

When asked why it bothered him, he said, “Because I’m not gay and I don’t want to be called that.” To make the situation more complicated, the 11-year-old wasn’t sure how to handle the situation because he has two dads and didn't want to offend them. But he told them about the incident, and they spoke to his teacher.

Anti-gay hate groups to campaign against marriage equality Republicans

Conservative activists are launching “an unprecedented campaign” against three Republican candidates — two of whom are out gay men — because of their support for marriage equality and abortion.

The National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council Action, and CitizenLink “will mount a concerted effort to urge voters to refuse to cast ballots” for Republican House candidates Carl DeMaio in California and Richard Tisei in Massachusetts and Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby in Oregon, according to a letter sent to Republican congressional and campaign leaders on Thursday.

Judge to rule 'as quickly as possible' in Missouri same-sex marriage case

The Kansas City judge hearing a case that could recognize the marriages of thousands of gay couples in Missouri said this morning his decision will come "as quickly as possible."

In a packed courtroom, including seven of the 10 plaintiff couples suing to have their out-of-state marriages recognized, Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs said he knows any ruling he makes will be appealed.

"My job is to get everybody down the road," Youngs said, after a 90-minute hearing. "Nothing I say will be the last word."

Gay bashing suspects out on bail as female's trouble escalates

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – The three suspects charged in a shocking gay bashing in Center City have posted bail and been released from jail, but one of them has already been disciplined by her employer.

Kathryn Knott, 24, of Southampton, who has been charged in the case, has been suspended from her job as an Emergency Room technician at Abington Health-Lansdale Hospital, according to local media reports. The hospital issued this statement:

HRC celebrates distinguished service of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

WASHINGTON DC – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today praised the distinguished service of Eric Holder upon learning that he will be stepping down as U.S. Attorney General pending confirmation of his successor.

HRC urges President Barack Obama should use this opportunity to appoint the nation’s first out LGBT cabinet member.

Suspect in Seattle syringe stabbing: "Welcome to the HIV club"

SEATTLE, Washington -- A man visiting Seattle as a crewmember on a large yacht currently moored in Lake Union was stabbed with a syringe in an unprovoked attack outside a Fremont bar last week, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim and his girlfriend -- both citizens of the United Kingdom and crewmembers on the yacht -- were standing outside a bar in the 500 block of North 36th Street around 12:15 am Sept. 17 when the victim felt a sharp prick on his arm.

Gay bashing suspects surrender, including police chief's daughter

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- Three people surrendered to police today in connection with the brutal beating of a gay couple on Sept. 11 in Center City in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

They are Kevin Harrigan, 26; Kathryn Knott, 24; and Philip Williams, 24, all from Bucks County, a wealthy suburban community of Philadelphia.

The three suspects face charges of aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy.

Knott, 24, is the daughter of Chalfont, Bucks County, Police Chief Karl Knott.

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