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Transgender Woman's Slaying in Philadelphia Believed to Be 20th This Year in US
Keisha Jenkins, a 22-year-old transgender woman from Philadelphia, was recently beaten and shot to death by a group of men, according to police, who said they are investigating whether her gender identity played a role in the slaying. Jenkins is at least the 20th trans woman killed in the United
AOL Tech Guru Steve Johnson Seeks Justice for Gay Brother's Killing
Boston Internet pioneer Steve Johnson said he was convinced early on that his younger brother's death more than two decades ago was not a suicide, but murder –- the result of a gay-bashing incident in Australia. In December 1988, Scott Johnson was celebrating the completion of his doctorate in
Are Secret Clinton White House Tapes Lost to History?
Among the thousands of pages of documents released by the Clinton Library recently, two had this tantalizing notation at the top: “Tape One, Side One.” That stamp appeared on transcripts of two conversations Bill Clinton had behind closed doors with aides inside the Oval Office. They...
Bill Clinton in 1999: 'Every Time I Mention Gays, My Numbers Go Down'
On Jan. 11, 1999 — a little more than a week before Bill Clinton was set to deliver the last State of the Union Address of the 20th century — he huddled in Oval Office with a group of advisers and worried. “Mark always says...
National Coming Out Day: Key Moments in Fight For Equal Rights
Twenty-five years ago today, half a million people participated in a historic march on Washington, D.C., for gay rights. Fired up from the march, organizers found a way to keep the march alive. The first National Coming Out Day was celebrated on Oct. 11, 1988. The goal of the day is for lesbian,
Amish Beard-Cutting Trial: Jury Selection Underway in Cleveland
Jury selection began today in the hate crimes trial of Samuel Mullet Sr. and 15 followers of his breakaway sect, who are accused of forcibly cutting the beards and hair of other Amish men and women. U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster began the morning interviewing 81 people in the jury pool,
Amish Hair-Cutting Hate Crime Trial Set to Begin
The trial of members of a breakaway Amish sect charged with hate crimes for cutting off the beards and hair of other Amish men and women is set to begin Monday in an Ohio court. The government revealed Friday that horse mane shears, along with hair samples, recorded jailhouse phone calls, and a
Obama on Hate Crimes Legislation Signing: “the bells of freedom ring out a little louder"
President Obama today held a separate reception to note the signing of the hate crimes legislation, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, within the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.
President Obama Heralds Spending Cuts, Elimination of “Wasteful” Projects in Defense Bill
ABC News’ Sunlen Miller and Karen Travers report: This afternoon at the White House, President Obama signed into law the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act and said the bill reaffirms the nation’s commitment to the men and women in uniform...