newyorker_berternie_sm‘Moment of Joy’

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The New Yorker celebrated the Supreme Court rulings on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 with a distinctive and special cover for its July 8 & 15, 2013, print edition. The cover was released by the magazine on June 28. “It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” Jack Hunter, the artist of the image, entitled “Moment of Joy,” told the publication. “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”

— Matt Comer

Ga. men sentenced in hate crime

ATLANTA, Ga. — Two men have been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for their part in an anti-gay hate crime attack.

Christoper Cain, 19, and Dorian Moragne, 20, were sentenced in late June. Both were involved in the Feb. 4, 2012, beating of Brandon White. The attack on White occurred outside of a neighborhood store. The incident was caught on videotape and posted on the website in a post entitled, “Dead Wrong: Man Wearing Skinny Jeans Gets Sucker Attacked & G’z Throw a Tire On Him for Being Gay.”

The case marked the first time a federal court filed hate crime charges for an anti-gay crime in the state of Georgia.

Read more about the case and see a video via LGBTQ Nation at

— Matt Comer

Quick Hits…

— Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into a law a measure that prohibits pro-LGBT advocacy. The measure is meant to stop “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.”


— Gay Pennsylvania House Rep. Brian Sims is sponsoring a same-sex marriage bill in his state. Sims was also prevented from speaking about marriage equality on the House floor by a fellow legislator, whom he has asked to be reprimanded.


— Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy was none-too-pleased with the June 26 Supreme Court rulings on marriage. “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies,” Cathy wrote on Twitter before deleting the message.


— Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in late June that he was “the first Prime Minister of Australia to be a full signed up supporter of marriage equality.” But, he has a suggested a national referendum on the issue, upsetting some LGBT advocates.


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Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.