HUD Adds Civil Rights Protections to Grant Programs

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will require grant applicants seeking HUD funding to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT individuals.

On June 7, HUD published a notice detailing the general requirements that will apply to all of the Department’s competitively awarded grant programs for Fiscal Year 2010.

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New Technology Can Improve Your GaydarBandana

If you’ve been fretting that you were born without the Gaydar Gene and never quite sure if that passing glance from the jock at the gym meant “come-hither” or “you gonna wipe that down?,” a new Bluetooth Gaydar app may make life a whole lot easier for you.

Developed by ACME AtronOmatic, the new application “Bandana - The Gaydar App” for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, is a cool social networking application for the gay and bisexual community.

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An AIDS Golden Oldie, Spinning AgainBinder2

By Mark S. King
We can turn it around in our minds, trying various reasons on for size, but nothing ever fits. In the end, it doesn’t matter how much he was adored by his friends or whether he ignored his better judgment or if he secretly hated himself. Steven is, simply and shockingly, dead.

It was one of those late nights a few weeks ago, when obscure videos posted on Facebook held more interest than getting to bed. Steven sent me a chat message. “How are you?” he began. “Guess where I am.” I had no idea. “The hospital,” he said.

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Supreme Court Upholds University Non-Discrimination Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Hastings College of Law at the University of California may deny official recognition and funding to any student club that violates its non-discrimination policy, as long as that policy is applied equally to all clubs.

The policy was challenged by Christian Legal Society (CLS), a student group that requires members to sign a Statement of Faith that, among other things, states that sexual activity should not occur outside of marriage and then only between a man and a woman.

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HUD Awards $30 Million to HIV-AIDS Housing Programs

More than a thousand extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS will continue to receive permanent housing as a result of $30.2 million in grants announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

None of the announced grants were awarded to Sacramento or Northern California agencies, although grants were given to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency ($1,430,000) and the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center in San Francisco ($508,420). The City of San Jose Housing Department also received a grant of $1,262,800.

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