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LGBT Americans struggling more than straight peers

A new study estimates that LGBT individuals, particularly LGBT women, are less likely to be thriving across a range of measures of their health and well-being.

The study shows that these differences persist even when demographic and geographic characteristics (gender, age, race and ethnicity, educational attainment, state of residence, population density) are taken into account.

Study author Gates notes that,

Leader of gay pilots group dies in fiery plane crash

BOULDER, Colorado -- The leader of the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) died Monday when his plane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff from Boulder Municipal Airport in Colorado.

Steven Moore, 35, executive director of the NGPA, was the lone occupant of a Mooney M-20C that crash-landed propeller-first and caught fire, according to authorities and eyewitnesses.

Tributes poured in on the NGPA's Facebook page, including this posting by board chairman Scott Shatzer:

Fifth Circuit to hear Texas, Louisiana marriage cases in January

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has finally set a tentative schedule for hearing gay marriage cases involving Texas and Louisiana.

The court, based in New Orleans, posted online a notice that the oral arguments are planned for the week of Jan. 5. Because this court leans far to the right, all eyes will be focused on these oral hearings.

In the case involving Texas, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio ruled in February that the Lone State State's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage violated the U.S. Constitution.

HRC leader stumping for votes in four key Senate races

On the eve of a crucial election that will determine the shape of the next Congress, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin will travel to four states with critical races to mobilize thousands of LGBT voters and their allies to get out and vote for equality.

As part of HRC’s unprecedented ongoing national effort, Griffin will anchor events for candidates whose wins are important to maintaining a majority of pro-equality leaders in the U.S. Senate, including in Oregon, Colorado, Georgia and New Hampshire.

Westboro Baptist seeks to intervene in Kansas gay marriage case

TOPEKA, Kansas -- The anti-gay hate cult, the Westboro Baptist Church, on Sunday filed a 22-page legal brief seeking to intervene in the gay marriage case in Kansas.

The rambling brief is loaded with dire fire-and-brimstone warnings that Kansas will face the wrath of God should marriage equality come to the Sunflower State.

Methodist court decides fate of pastor who officiated at son's gay wedding

MEMPHIS, Tennessee -- The United Methodist Church’s highest court ruled today that the Rev. Frank Schaefer will remain an ordained minister even though he violated official Church policy by officiating at his gay son’s wedding in 2007.

The Judicial Council decided in favor of the pastor purely on a technicality, saying that a Church jury in Pennsylvania had erred by defrocking the Rev. Schaefer last year. By taking this “safe” route, the Judicial Council managed to ignore the pink elephant in the room: gay marriage.

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Ed Breeding tackles a "Prescription for Addiction"

Pills, pills and more pills. Doctors can prescribe a pill for anything that bothers us. And for some people, that is a "Prescription For Addiction."

That's also the apt title of the latest documentary by Ed Breeding, also known for his photography and paintings.

Social Security sued over spousal benefits in major test

WASHINGTON DC -- Lambda Legal today filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee), arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate against their marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.

With no chance in hell, Idaho's anti-gay governor tries to stop the gays from marrying

BOISE, Idaho -- Gov. Butch Otter is staking out claim as the nation's most homophobic state leader, today declaring that he will try to stop gay and lesbian couples from continuing to marry in the Gem State.

Idaho failed to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay that would have halted gay marriages in that state, so the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved its temporary stay and allowed gay weddings to resume a week ago.

Gay marriages begin Tuesday morning in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyoming -- The State of Wyoming said today that it will file a notice stating that it will not appeal a U.S. District Court ruling that found the state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. As a result, same-sex couples can begin marrying at 10 am MDT Tuesday.

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