Adam Lambert, gay history, West Point lesbian
Out singer honored by gay group, California passes bill requiring gay history in schools, Obama appoints gay vet to military academy board, Lady Gaga denies using gay fans, NOM loses bid to keep donors anonymous, and more LGBT headlines.
• Obama names gay Army veteran to West Point advisory board. The White House on Wednesday announced the appointment of Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton (photo), a co-founder of the gay groups Knights Out and OutServe, to the panel, which advises the president on issues related to the U.S. Military academy.
• California lawmakers pass bill to teach gay history. Gov. Jerry Brown has not said whether he will sign the bill into law. The measure would make the state the first to require textbooks and history classes to include the contribution of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans.
• Equality California to honor Adam Lambert. The out singer (second photo) will receive one of the group’s annual Equality Awards at a ceremony set to take place Aug. 13. The award hails Lambert’s work for the Trevor Project and the It Gets Better campaign.
• National Organization for Marriage loses bid to keep donors secret. The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board rejected the legal effort to keep corporate donors anonymous in the state’s gay marriage fight, which NOM argued was to protect the donors from “harassment, property damage, a chilling effect.”
• Late gay teen’s mom sues school district over son’s suicide. Wendy Walsh, whose son committed suicide after years of anti-gay bullying, filed suit against the Tehachapi, Calif., school district for not working to stop the harassment after her son complained. The feds have already found that the school district failed in the matter, opening the door for Walsh’s case.
• Marines caught in marriage scam. Three Marines at San Diego’s Camp Pendleton are facing several charges after it was revealed that they entered fraudulent marriages to collect financial assistance so that one of the Marines, lesbian Cpl. Ashley Vice (third photo, left), could live with her girlfriend Jaime Murphy (right).
• Parole granted for killer in attack on gay man. John Buice, serving a 45-year sentence for a Houston murder he committed while on a 1991 joy ride to “beat up some queers,” will be released on parole after 18 years behind bars. Buice, now 37, was convicted of beating 27-year-old Paul Broussard to death with a two-by-four. He is the last of 10 men jailed in the incident to be freed.
• Prosecution lays out case in trial of teen in gay classmate killing. Brandon McInerny, now 17, “carefully planned” the 2008 shooting death of Lawrence King because the victim was gay, jurors heard on Tuesday. The defense told them that McInerny was troubled and reacted poorly to sexual advances by the victim.
• Lady Gaga offended at claims she exploits gay fans to sell records. “My love for my gay fans is just pure, authentic love for them as supporters of me from the beginning, and me feeling connected to their struggles as someone who is a part of their fight,” the singer (bottom photo) says in an interview.
• Obama backs gay rights as human rights, even in Pakistan. The president Tuesday endorsed the recent hosting of a Pride event at the American Embassy in Islamabad, saying the U.S. will continue to speak up for LGBT rights globally. Pakistani’s took to the streets Monday to protest the event.
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