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Missed On Our Gaydar – National Coming Out Day, Gay Rights Pioneer Passes In His Sleep

Missed On Our GaydarHappy National Coming Out Day!

National Coming Out Day was on Tuesday, October 11th. Did you come out of the closet for the first time? For the nth time? Did you follow this year’s Facebook trend in rainbow-izing your profile picture? We want to know! Sound off in the comment area!

Ke$ha came out with a new song, “We R Who We R” and she also designed T-shirts for HRC’s National Coming Out Day. What do you think?

We always welcome people who come out as our allies, and we’re grateful to the Harvard wrestlers that did it on National Coming Out Day.

Speaking of brave athletes, a gay rugby player came out to his team on MTV.

Rest in peace: Noted gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny passed in his sleep.

Making Progress

A US Presbyterian church in Wisconsin ordains its first gay minister.

Anderson Cooper 360° Town Hall “Bullying: It Stops Here” week-long series started airing this week. Have you seen it? What do you think?

Google removes “Is My Son Gay” app from the Android Market

The Senate panel will be pressing ahead to repeal an anti-gay law in 1996 that banned federal recognition of gay families.

My home state, California brings two transgender rights bills into law: the Gender Nondiscrimination Act (exactly as it sounds) and the Vital Statistics Modernization Act (makes it easier for transgender people to get a court-ordered gender change and updated birth certificate).

We didn’t exactly “make” progress, but we’re happy that it happened anyway: The opponents of the FAIR Education Act (mandates age-appropriate LGBT history to be taught in California classrooms) failed to gather enough signature for their petition by the deadline.

Along the same lines, NYC has begun its fight for LGBT-inclusive education!

Gay Muslim man co-founds a mosque that welcomes all genders and sexual orientations

Alison Nathan will be the second out lesbian federal judge with lifetime tenure in the country. Woot!

OutServe Leadership Summit, the nation’s only professional group for active-duty gay military personnel, is holding its first conference in Las Vegas this weekend! This event was only made possible by the lifting of DADT. Yay for progress!

Action Needed

Howard Brown Health Center recently teamed up with the LGBT Community Fund, an initiative of @The Chicago Community Trust. Please help paint a clearer picture of the needs and issues that are facing our community today by filling out their LGBT Community Needs Assessment Survey!

A couple weeks ago, we reported that the Australian government will likely make it possible for transgender folks to identify with the gender of their choice without requiring a prior diagnosis of gender identity disorder. This is not exactly true.

A Four Seasons hotel in St. Louis, MO kicked a lesbian couple out of their hotel for kissing.

Topeka, KS decriminalized domestic violence.

Miscellaneous

Times are tough, and we all know it. Bilerico offered 10 tips for the LGBT job applicant.

Fun Stuff!

Whether you loved it or not, HBO will be developing The Kids Are All Right into an hour-long series! We at The L Stop are always happy about more LGBT media.

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About JT

JT is originally from San Francisco, CA. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in psychology, focusing primarily on gender and sexuality research. Seeking a change in 2008, she moved to Chicago, and what a change it has been! She can been seen walking and yelping about various Chicago neighborhoods. JT identifies as queer and bisexual, and she is currently dating a straight man. She has an unapologetic love for civil rights, whether it’d be for racial, gender, sexual, or political socioeconomic equality. Occasionally, she volunteers with Howard Brown Health Center to promote safer sex in Boystown.

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