Just when you think there might be a lull in LGBT news — bam! — breaking news all over the place.

This week, the judge in the federal discrimination case in which the local Boy Scouts chapter is suing the city publicly disclosed that he had been a Scouting official in the early 1980s, just after he was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas.

Many are closely watching the debate over same-sex marriage right now, particularly last week’s defeat of a marriage-equality bill in the New Jersey Senate and the start of the Proposition 8 trial this week in California.

Over the past week, the LGBT community witnessed several key events: Houston swore in a lesbian mayor — her partner at her side; same-sex marriages went into effect in New Hampshire; Salt Lake City swore it its first openly gay councilman; and the first transgender individual presidentially appointed to an executive branch position started work.

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