Can You Be Blocked From Jury Duty if You’re Gay?

Imagine that you’re called for jury duty. Maybe you’re excited – you’ve always wanted to see the justice system from inside. Maybe you’re bummed out – you’ve already been through this routine more times than you can remember. Whatever you feel, you’re likely to trust in a system that is supposed to be fair to all – including prospective jurors. And because you’re over 50 years old, you’re more likely to be selected for a jury than others in the …

Affordable Housing for LGBT Older Adults on the Rise

Until recently, if you were older, gay, and low-income, finding housing would have proven elusive. That is beginning to change. This month, a six-story affordable housing apartment building for gay, lesbian and transgendered adults over age 62 has opened in downtown Philadelphia. It offers heath services and events under its roof to residents who live in the 56 one-bedroom units. The John C. Anderson Apartments, as it is known, is part of a growing trend of similar LGBT senior housing …

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Stirs Controversy With Remarks About Gays, Blacks

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Generation by Generation, Where Voters Stand on Same-Sex Marriage

As the U.S. Supreme Court took up two seminal cases on same-sex marriage, the media speculated about whether the justices were in step with public opinion. But what is the public’s opinion? When you look at the issue by generation, there’s a wide divide. More members of Generation X (born 1965-1980) and Millennials (born after 1980) favor marriage equality than oppose it, according to a Pew Research Center poll in March. Not so for the Silent Generation (born 1928-1945) or boomers …

Jeanne Manford: She Raised the Flag for Tolerance

Back in the early 1970s, when being gay was still widely considered both a mental illness and a crime, Jeanne Manford got a phone call late one night in Queens, N.Y. It was a police officer, who informed her that her son Morty, a student at Columbia University, had been arrested. “And you know,” the officer told her in an ominous tone, “he’s homosexual.” The response from Manford, a normally soft-spoken schoolteacher, was blunt. “I know that,” she said. “Why …

The Takeaway: Marriage Ruling Is Welcome News for Older Gay and Lesbian Couples

The following is a guest post by Kim Keister. The ruling by a federal appeals court on May 30 that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the Constitution by limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman brings at least some gay couples a step closer to sharing federal benefits long enjoyed by heterosexuals. The ruling, which won’t be enforced before the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in, has particular importance for older gay and lesbian couples. Many …