As always, parenting/youth related news will show up in my separate LGBT Parenting Roundup. Here are some of the top general LGBT news stories of the week.
- It’s been a period of ups and downs for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday granted an emergency order temporarily reinstating its earlier stay of an order to halt DADT enforcement. Did you follow that? It means the order to halt DADT discharges has been stayed, at least until the court issues a final ruling later this month—but the court also said the government should not investigate or discharge anyone because of DADT in the meantime.
- More news analysis than breaking news, but this New York Times piece on the role of clergy in winning marriage equality in New York is worth a read.
- New York Council Speaker Christine Quinn could become the first lesbian mayor of New York City. She’s beating her rivals in fundraising, with $1.32 million so far.
- U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin is also doing well on the fundraising front, raising $502,000 in the second quarter, giving her $1.1 million towards a potential run to be the first out U.S. senator.
Around the world:
- In the Most Perverse News of the Week category, Irish proposals designed to expand transgender rights state that for transgender people to be recognized as having the gender with which they identify, they must divorce or legally separate if they are married, even if they and their spouse wish to stay together. Ireland doesn’t recognize marriages of same-sex couples, you see. Interestingly, two women recently married in France, allowed to do so only because one is legally a man.