November 13th, 2012
07:30 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Should a state employee fired for misconduct get benefits?

In the fall of 2010, Anderson Cooper confronted Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell about his actions against a student who attended the University of Michigan at the time. Shirvell launched a relentless and personal campaign on the internet and targeted Chris Armstrong in person claiming he had a "radical homosexual agenda" he was pushing as student body president.

Subsequently, Shirvell was fired from his job and denied unemployment benefits because he was let go due to misconduct. He also lost in a federal court in August when a jury reached a verdict in Armstrong's favor, awarding him $4.5 million.


Filed under: 360º Follow • Bullying • Gay & Lesbian Issues
October 24th, 2012
03:53 PM ET

Gay teen fights for Eagle Scout rank

Ryan Andresen says his Scout troop knew he was gay, but a policy prevented him from getting the certification he earned. Anderson Cooper talked with Ryan and his mom about his fight for equality.

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Filed under: Gay & Lesbian Issues
September 25th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

Same-sex marriage and the election

Anderson Cooper talks to John King, Jessica Yellin and Gloria Borger about how the issue of gay marriage will impact the election, and how the candidates have presented their views.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Gay & Lesbian Issues
September 24th, 2012
11:28 PM ET

Author: Morals matter to my two moms

"My Two Moms" author Zach Wahls says he "doesn't get it" when other people are offended by same-sex marriage. His profile is part of AC360's series "What Keeps You Up at Night," which focuses on election issues.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Gay & Lesbian Issues
September 24th, 2012
06:25 PM ET

Tonight on 360: "My Two Moms" author talks about gay marriage in America

With 43 days until the election, all this week we're focusing on the social issues most important to voters.

Tonight we'll discuss gay marriage, which was number five on our poll of top domestic issues for registered voters.

You'll hear from Zach Wahls of Iowa, whose speech entitled "What Makes a Family" in support of gay marriage to his state legislature went viral on the internet last year.

He's the son of two lesbian mothers and author of the book "My Two Moms."

"My family really isn’t so different from any other Iowa family," Wahls told state lawmakers. "We just hope for equal and fair treatment for our government," he added.

Most recently, Wahls spoke last month at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Gay & Lesbian Issues
March 29th, 2012
09:24 PM ET

Julian Bond: Gay rights are civil rights

Dr. Julian Bond, former NAACP Chair, reacts to the National Organization for Marriage's efforts to drive a wedge between black people and same-sex marriage activists.

July 21st, 2011
12:50 AM ET

Video: School district's neutrality policy impacting bullying?

Editor's note: Rosalind Wiseman and Candi Cushman weigh in on a Minnesota school district's neutrality policy on homosexuality.

Related: Minnesota school district investigated after civil rights complaint

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Bullying • Gay & Lesbian Issues
July 20th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Feds investigate Minn. school district after civil rights complaint

Editor's note: For more on this story, watch AC360 tonight at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. For a full investigation into the Anoka-Hennepin student suicides, watch "CNN Presents" on Sunday, July 24, at 8 p.m. ET.

(CNN) - Federal authorities are investigating "incidents involving harassment and bullying" in Minnesota's largest school district, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed in an email to CNN.

The civil rights investigation is currently underway in the suburban Minneapolis school district, Anoka-Hennepin, a community already embattled in a culture war over homosexuality in the classroom.

The Justice Department together with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights are looking into "allegations of harassment and discrimination in the Anoka-Hennepin School District based on sex, including peer-on-peer harassment based on not conforming to gender stereotypes," according to a district memo provided exclusively to CNN.

The party filing the complaint was not named due to privacy concerns.

The district said the joint investigation included interviews with staff members by federal authorities.

"The Department is committed to investigating allegations to determine whether there are violations of federal civil rights laws and will use the enforcement tools at our disposal to protect the safety of students," wrote a Justice Department spokeswoman in an email to CNN.

The federal investigation comes after a string of seven student suicides in less than two years, which stirred public debate over the district's sexual orientation curriculum policy.

Parents and friends say four of those students were either gay, perceived to be gay or questioning their sexuality, and they say, at least two of them were bullied over their sexuality.

It's unclear whether the suicides or the policy are a significant part of the federal investigation. The controversial policy, adopted in 2009, states that staff must "remain neutral on matters regarding sexual orientation" and that "such matters are best addressed within individual family homes, churches, or community organizations."


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Gay & Lesbian Issues
July 13th, 2011
12:07 AM ET

Video: Dr. Drew on controversial therapy

Editor's note: HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky weighs in on a controversial form of therapy that aims to change a patient's sexual orientation.

Related on the CNN Political Ticker: What's going on at the Bachmann clinic?

July 13th, 2011
12:02 AM ET

Video: Ex-patient on Bachmann clinic's therapy

Editor's note: Jim Acosta reports on a controversial therapy provided at a clinic run by the husband of GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Related: Questions raised about Bachmann clinic

Related on the CNN Political Ticker: What's going on at the Bachmann clinic?

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