· A bill to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban preventing gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, will be re-introduced next week in Congress. Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) says more than 120 members from both parties have signed on to co-sponsor the Military Readiness Enhancement Act—such as Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the über neo-conservative Florida Republican. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen says she has a stepson and daughter-in-law deployed to Afghanistan and "our country needs linguists versed in foreign languages yet we are firing them from service if they are gay. What a waste of valuable talent.''
· New hate crimes bill introduced in the Georgia senate that could add up to five years to felony convictions when the victim was targeted based on “race, religion, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation.” The Georgia General Assembly passed a bias crimes law in 2000, later struck down by the state Supreme Court as "unconstitutionally vague."
· Merck makes its anti-retroviral drug Atripla more widely available in developing nations with higher HIV prevalence. No profit is expected.
· New Jersey Supreme Court: Schools must protect LGBT students from discrimination and bullying. "Isolated schoolyard insults or classroom taunts" are not covered, only persistent bullying based on a student's "perceived sexual orientation" and when the school district fails to reasonably address the issue.