Catholics for Equality Launches NationwideLogo

WASHINGTON – Sept. 14, 2010

Catholics who support LGBT equality have launched a new organization to mobilize the 62 percent of American Catholics who support freedoms for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Catholics for Equality and an affiliated foundation will channel that support into action for legislative, political and cultural change.

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LGBT Cigarette Use Remains HighSmoking Out a Deadly Threat

by Boyce Hinman

A new report from the American Lung Association says that smoking in the LGBT community is much higher than among the general population.

According to the report, Smoking Out a Deadly Threat, gay men are two and a half times as likely to smoke as straight men. Lesbians are twice as likely to smoke as other women and Bisexuals have the highest rate of smoking in the LGBT community.

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Judge Overturns Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

By Boyce Hinman and Charles Peer

In the third of three recent court victories for the LGBTI community, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips has ruled that the U.S. Military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is unconstitutional. She did so in a suit brought by the Log Cabin Republicans against the policy of the U.S. military.

In her decision, released Thursday, Sept. 9, Judge Phillips said "The Log Cabin Republicans have demonstrated the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Act, on its face, violates the constitutional rights of its members. Plaintiff is entitled to the relief sought in its First Amended Complaint: a judicial declaration to that effect and a permanent injunction barring further enforcement of the Act."

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Beetlejuice Actor Glenn Shadix DiesGlenn Shadix

Actor Glenn Shadix, 58, died Tuesday, Sept. 7 from a fall in his Birmingham, Alabama condo. Shadix was best known for his role as Otho in Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and appeared in more than 70 films and TV shows.

Shadix was also active in the LGBT community and served as an Advisory Board Member of Truth Wins Out, an organization that fights the “ex-gay” myth.

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Make a Difference – Join the 10th Annual AIDS Run/Walk

The Sacramento Valley AIDS Run/Walk is this Sunday, Sept. 12, and if you haven’t yet joined a team or registered on your own to make this vital walk to help support HIV/AIDS services in Sacramento, you can still come on down to the West Steps of the Capitol on Sunday morning and make a difference.

State cutbacks are taking a huge a huge toll on HIV/AIDS service providers throughout the Sacramento region. Agencies are closing. Testing sites are drying up. Education efforts have gone by the wayside. Meanwhile, infection rates are on the rise.

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