A Roman Catholic high school teacher is caught in a conflict between anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and the religious freedom protestations of conservative faith-based organizations -- but lesbian CARLA HALE and her allies are fighting back. The COLUMBUS, OHIO physical education teacher returned from bereavement leave following her mother's death only to be fired because an anonymous parent had complained that Hale's partner was named in the obituary. EVAN DAVIS at WCRS in Columbus filed this report for "Free Speech Radio News" [www.fsrn.org]
The whole world heard the sound of another glass ceiling breaking last week when the National Basketball Association's JASON COLLINS became the first male pro athlete to publicly come out during his career. The fanfare surrounding Collins' revealing essay in "Sports Illustrated" reached from the basketball courts to the nation's capitol. ABC's GEORGE STEPHANAPOLOUS scored the first exclusive broadcast interview with Collins the day after his announcement
Ersatz "news commentator" STEPHEN COLBERT satirically laments the growing acceptance of "out" gay people in professional sports on his "Comedy Central" "Colbert Report"