Gay USA - September 25th, 2013

The Pope says we need a new balance on gay and women’s issues and while some are saying this marks a new era for the church, his own bishops remind us that nothing has changed—and an Australian Catholic priest is defrocked and excommunicated for speaking up for women and gay people

An LGBT religious coalition condemns the overbroad religious exemption in ENDA

The Metropolitan Opera opening gala, headlined by Russian artists close to Vladamir Putin, is protested inside and out when they refuse to dedicate the show to the plight of Russian gay people

The highest-ranking out gay judge ever is confirmed by the US Senate

The US Labor Department says all employees with same-sex spouses—no matter where they live—can participate in employee benefit plans

The leader of South Carolina’s fight against same-sex marriage repents

A debate over gay rights in the Italian parliament includes a kiss-in

Andy reviews an old play by a gay writer you may not know but who was Grace Kelly’s uncle

CORRECTION: This week we report on a demonstration led by Russian gay activist Nikolai Alexeyev (who is himself being condemned for anti-Semitic tirades). The demonstration was in Moscow, not Sochi as we reported.

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