Jesse Levey, a 29-year-old Republican activist who believes family values should include granting his lesbian moms the right to marry, is among the children of LGBT parents speaking out against those who criticize gay parenting. "I believe in family values, but family is about taking care of your children and respecting one another," Levey said. "It doesn't matter what your sexual orientation is."
Same-sex couples raising children in California are more diverse and have a smaller median household income than their straight, married counterparts, according to a report by the Our Family Coalition, the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center and Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere. The study, based on census data for San Francisco and Alameda counties, found 69% of same-sex couples raising children were female, and that households of families with same-sex parents had a median household income that was 17% less than straight households.
The military gay ban, which began as an "unsatisfactory" compromise and now threatens our national security because of the loss of dozens of qualified gay linguists, must end now, according to a Los Angeles Times editorial. "There is no moral basis for discriminating against gays in military service, and there are practical consequences as well," the Times writes. "Nothing could make that clearer than the damage this peacetime compromise is wreaking on our wartime capabilities."
Gay rights groups, some physicians and lawmakers are lining up to oppose the nomination of Dr. James W. Holsinger to be surgeon general, citing his anti-gay views as a top lay official in the United Methodist Church. But Holsinger's allies within the church and the medical profession defend him as one who is not prejudiced against people, whether in a church or medical setting.
Dallas city councilman and mayoral candidate Ed Oakley talks to 365Gay.com about his plans for the city, his thoughts on the city's changing demographics and how his being out has impacted his campaign.