Recently by Daniel Burnett

Despite 78 percent of Americans believing that gays can parent at least as well as straight parents, only 61 percent say they support allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt a child, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The eyebrow-raising discrepancy is just one of the gems in the poll: it also found that most Americans in the ... [Read]

Welcome to Washington, America's gayest city: Advocate

By Daniel Burnett
January 6, 2014 4:06 PM |
Kudos, Washingtonians! You live in the gayest city in the country. America’s Gayest City: Washington, D.C. Kudos, Washingtonians. You’re a part of the gayest city in the country. The Advocate recently ranked cities based on criteria such as openly gay elected officials (we have 17), number of gay bars from Out Magazine’s list of the top 200 (two: Duplex Diner ... [Read]

On Monday, the Supreme Court ordered same-sex marriages in Utah to stop until a federal appeals court can further examine the issue.  The decision is sure to please Trestin Meacham, a 35-year-old Utah man who began a hunger strike on Dec. 21. Meacham has lost 25 pounds since his strike began.  Meacham took to Twitter with the news, tweeting ... [Read]

Just consider him a modern, equality-hating, historically confused Gandhi. A 35-year-old Utah man has decided to fast until the state nullifies marriage equality. Trestin Meacham has lost 25 pounds since starting his fast, and vows to remain vigilant on his crusade to end same-sex marriage in Utah. "Actions speak louder than words, and I'm taking action," Meacham told Utah ... [Read]

Same-sex civil marriages underway in Hawaii

By Daniel Burnett
December 2, 2013 10:51 AM |
Aloha, Hawaii, and welcome to the club. Hawaii joined Washington, D.C., and 14 other states in allowing marriage equality – with Illinois's new law set to take full effect in June 2014 – just after midnight (5 a.m. Eastern) this morning, with same-sex couples wedding in legally recognized ceremonies.   Between 30 and 40 same-sex couples at the Sheraton Waikiki ... [Read]

Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors. So few gay people. Just 17 percent of religious congregations in the United States report having openly gay or lesbian worshippers, according to a report previewed this week. The National Congregations Study will be released later this year, but the initial findings suggest that while there is improvement among religious congregations, ... [Read]

Betty White is going purple for GLAAD's Spirit Day

By Daniel Burnett
October 9, 2013 6:22 PM |
“Call me Betty Purple.” Actress, role model and all-around adorable human being Betty White is joining other celebrities in showing their support for GLAAD’s Spirit Day on Oct. 17. The former star of NBC's hit show The Golden Girls joined her current TV Land Hot in Cleveland co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves in spreading the word in a ... [Read]

One in three Americans say gays can turn straight

By Daniel Burnett
August 22, 2013 2:15 PM |
One in three Americans believe gays can choose to be straight, according to a segment of a survey rereleased from the Pew Research Center Tuesday. According to the survey, 51 percent of all Americans believe an LGBT person cannot change his or her orientation, while 36 percent think they can. More than half of conservative Republicans and black respondents said ... [Read]

Who’s happier than a gay student at Grove City College in Pennsylvania? Just about everyone, apparently. Princeton Review released its list of the top – and bottom – colleges for LGBT students. According to the list, Grove City College (pictured below), a Christian liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students, is the least-friendly campus for LGBT students. Most of the findings ... [Read]

Gay marriage could boost Hawaiian economy by $200 million

By Daniel Burnett
July 29, 2013 12:05 PM |
Hawaii stands to gain $217 million in additional visitor spending if the state’s Legislature passes a marriage-equality law, according to a new report by the University of Hawaii Economics Research Organization (UHERO). UHERO’s Sumner La Croix, the lead author of the report, added that state and county tax revenues would also increase by more than $10 million between 2014 and ... [Read]