Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage by popular vote on Saturday in a landmark victory for the gay-rights movement.
A short film depicting two parents’ coming to terms with their son’s homosexuality has gone viral in China, garnering over 100 million views on QQ, a popular video streaming site in China.
Once classified as a “mental illness”, homosexuality has been legal in China for almost twenty years. Same sex marriage remains illegal, however, and the cultural emphasis on continuing family lines has placed a stigma on homosexual behavior. Continue reading
For gays living in Uganda, just walking outside of their homes can be dangerous. And today, long-standing prejudice has been institutionalized into law with the country’s “Anti-Homosexuality Act,” which calls for harsh sentences for gay acts. Offenders convicted of “aggravated homosexuality” face life in prison. NewsHour Weekend special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports from Kampala. Continue reading
On a flight home from a trip from Brazil, Pope Francis directly answered a range of questions from the press. To one question the pontiff responded: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Judy Woodruff reports on what his comments suggest a shift in acceptance for gay Catholics. Continue reading
The pope’s remarks on gay Catholics may suggest a shift in acceptance, but not a change in church policy or teaching. Judy Woodruff talks to John Allen of The National Catholic Reporter, who has been covering the pontiff’s trip to Brazil, to discuss how Pope Francis has started to change the perception of the Catholic church. Continue reading
Author and journalist Jeff Chu joins Ray Suarez to talk about his personal journey coming to terms with being Christian and gay. In his book, "Does Jesus Really Love Me?", Chu discusses the choices made by gay Christians trying to reconcile their lives, identities and faith. Continue reading
A new survey by the Pew Research Center offers a complex view of what it’s like to be an LGBT American. The survey found that while 92 percent of LGBT Americans say society is more accepting, 53 percent say they still face discrimination. Ray Suarez talks with Paul Taylor, co-author of the survey, and Gary Gates of UCLA. Continue reading
Judy Woodruff talks with newly elected Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is also the first openly gay person to serve in the Senate. Sen. Baldwin and Judy discuss immigration reform, gun control and the record number of women in the Senate. Continue reading
A PBS “Independent Len” documentary, “We Were Here,” recalls the largely gay Castro District of San Francisco of the 1980s and chronicles the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Spencer Michels speaks with the filmmaker David Weissman. Continue reading
Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in prison for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate, who later jumped to his death from a bridge. Jeffrey Brown and The New York Times’ Kate Zernike discuss the ruling and its implications. Continue reading