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    Tenn. Lawmakers Advance Don t Say Gay Bill by Jason St. Amand Web Producer / Staff Writer Thursday Feb 16, 2012 A Tennessee House subcommittee this week has
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      Tenn. Lawmakers Advance ’Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Thursday Feb 16, 2012

      A Tennessee House subcommittee this week has given the green light to the "Don’t Say Gay" bill, the Tennessean reported.

      The bill, which was introduced by Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield, would prohibit public school teachers from mentioning homosexuality and LGBT issues to students until they enter the ninth grade. Additionally, the measure would mandate that only "natural human reproduction science" be taught in public schools.

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      [Called Out Editors’ Note:  This item comes from Pink News, based in the UK.  In UK English, “tabled” usually means “brought up for action” rather than “let’s quietly kill this” (US sense.)]

      Liberian senator tables ‘gay death penalty’ bill

      by Stephen Gray
      17 February 2012, 1:58pm

      The former first lady of Liberia has reportedly tabled a bill which could make homosexuality in the country punishable by death in her new capacity as a senator.

      The article is here:



      St Petersburg lawmaker dismisses ‘fake’ mothers’ plea over anti-gay law

      by Stephen Gray
      17 February 2012, 12:51pm

      A letter sent by the mothers of gay children to St Petersburg lawmakers asking them to reconsider their ‘gay propaganda’ law has been dismissed as a fake by a senior official who reportedly said “no one cares about offending the gay community”.

      The article is here:




      Nebraska Law Would Overrule Local LGBT Legal Protections

      by Grant Schulte

      Associated Press

      Monday Feb 20, 2012

      Gay rights advocates are preparing to fight a bill in the Nebraska Legislature that would prevent cities from enforcing local rules to protect gays and transgendered people from discrimination.

      Omaha Sen. Beau McCoy says his proposal would ensure that businesses are not subjected to piecemeal regulations by cities and counties. But opponents claim it’s designed to pre-empt an Omaha anti-discrimination measure.

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      Malawi s President Vows to Repeal Gay Ban Associated Press Friday May 18, 2012
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        Malawi’s President Vows to Repeal Gay Ban

        Associated Press

        Friday May 18, 2012

        BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) - Malawi’s new president has announced she will repeal her southern African country’s ban on homosexual acts.





        NAACP Supports Same-Sex Marriage As Civil Right

        by The Associated Press

        May 19, 2012

        The NAACP passed a resolution Saturday endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right and opposing any efforts "to codify discrimination or hatred into the law."

        The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's board voted at a leadership retreat in Miami to back a resolution supporting marriage equality, calling the position consistent with the equal protection provision of the U.S. Constitution.





        Guyana Activists Call for Repeal of Sodomy Law

        Associated Press

        Tuesday May 22, 2012

        GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) - Gay rights activists in Guyana are calling for the South American nation to repeal cross-dressing and sodomy laws.




        Zimbabwe rejects gay rights, says gay people will be imprisoned

        by Edmund Broch
        21 May 2012, 8:44pm

        After meeting with the UN human rights chief, the justice minister of Zimbabwe vowed not to recognise any gay rights, and also rejected all allegations that the country harbours state-sponsored violence.





        Zimbabwe’s President Dismisses Gay Rights

        by Gillian Gotora

        Associated Press

        Friday May 25, 2012

        HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Zimbabwe’s president said Thursday that homosexuality doesn’t belong in Zimbabwe and it violates women’s rights by denying the union of men and women needed to bear children.

        Robert Mugabe, 88, speaking at a women’s HIV/Aids and gender rights conference in Harare, said the "gay world" goes against nature.





        NY Court Rules Calling Someone Gay Isn’t Slander

        by Michael Gormley

        Associated Press

        Friday Jun 1, 2012

        ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A court says it’s no longer slander in New York to falsely call someone gay.

        A mid-level appeals court on Thursday wiped out decades of rulings, including its own, to say that society no longer treats false comments that someone is gay, lesbian or bisexual as defamation. Without defamation, there is no longer slander, the court ruled.



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        We do apologize. We were starting to get caught up, then had to concentrate on getting out the newsletter. This Civil Rights topic covers June 10 to present.
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          We do apologize.  We were starting to get caught up, then had to concentrate on getting out the newsletter.  This Civil Rights topic covers June 10 to present.



          IMF and Britain announce aid to Malawi after plans to legalise homosexuality

          by Edmund Broch
          10 June 2012, 12:34pm

          In the wake of proposals to decriminalise homosexuality and to improve human rights at large in Malawi, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UK government have both announced increase in aid for the country.





          Malawi: President Joyce Banda U-turns on gay rights

          by Scott Roberts
          1 October 2012, 1:36pm

          Malawi’s President Joyce Banda believes her country isn’t ready to repeal a law which outlaws homosexuality, despite her pledge after taking office to work to overturn the legislation.





          June 14, 2012 4:18PM
          Exodus Declares Opposition to Criminalization of Homosexuality
          Post by Warren Throckmorton

          Today, Exodus International issued a statement denouncing the criminalization of homosexuality worldwide. The statement on the organization’s website reads:

          Exodus International believes that every human life, regardless of sexual orientation, is of inestimable and equal worth to God and that defending this principle is foundational in offering a Christian response to any issue. As such, Exodus International has not supported and will not support any legislation that deprives others of life and dignity based on their sexual orientation or the expression of such within the confines of a consensual adult relationship. We stand with all who are defending this basic, biblical tenet and remain committed to sharing the compassion, hope and life-giving grace and truth of Jesus Christ.

          Finally, we stand with the LGBT community both in spirit, and when necessary, legally and physically, when violence rears its head in Uganda, Jamaica or anywhere else in the world.




          Costa Rica: Human rights commission head ‘believes sexual orientation can be changed’

          by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
          14 June 2012, 5:37pm

          The leader of Costa Rica’s Commission on Human Rights has reportedly described homosexuality as a sin and said sexual orientation can be changed.





          Uganda: Police interrupt training workshop for gay rights activists

          by Edmund Broch
          19 June 2012, 10:09pm

          Police officers in Uganda raided a gay rights training session near Kampala yesterday, alleging that the assembly was illegal.





          June 20, 2012 7:49PM

          Southern Baptist Convention Declares Gay Rights Are Not Civil Rights

          Post by Candace Chellew-Hodge

          Apparently, my “distinguishing feature” of being in a relationship with another woman is enough to be discriminated against in marriage, employment, and housing, but not distinguishing enough to make my fight for eliminating that discrimination a “civil rights” movement.

          According to the Southern Baptists, anyway.





          Southern Baptists: Gay Rights Not Civil Rights

          by Travis Loller

          Associated Press

          Thursday Jun 21, 2012

          NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A day after electing their first African-American president in a historic move that strives to erase its legacy of racism, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue.

          Thousands of delegates at the denomination’s annual meeting in New Orleans on Wednesday were nearly unanimous in their support for the resolution that affirms their belief that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and that "all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful."




          Malta: Gender identity and sexual orientation included in hate crime laws

          by Stephen Gray
          21 June 2012, 12:53pm

          The Maltese parliament has extended its hate crime laws for the first time to protect citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.




          Targeting Private Groups, Uganda Continues Its LGBT Terrorism Campaign

          by Jason St. Amand

          Web Producer / Staff Writer

          Thursday Jun 21, 2012


          Uganda officials said that 38 non-governmental organizations would be eliminated because they claim the groups were promoting homosexuality and recruiting children, Reuters reported.

          Ugandan Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo told the news service that the groups that are being banned were receiving support from other countries for Uganda’s LGBT community and claimed that gay men and women were "recruiting" Uganda’s children into homosexuality.




          Ethiopia: Newspaper warns of gay ‘infestation’

          by Dan Littauer
          21 June 2012, 9:56am

          A popular Ethiopian daily newspaper alleges the United States and Europe are plotting to export, spread and promote homosexuality in Ethiopia.




          Ethiopian Newspaper: U.S. and Europe are Spreading Homosexuality

          by Jason St. Amand

          Web Producer / Staff Writer

          Friday Jun 22, 2012

          A popular Ethiopian daily newspaper claims that the United States and Europe are planning to "export, spread and promote homosexuality" in the country.

          The article, which was published in Yenga Daily on June 18, says that homosexuality was an "infestation" that is increasing and that an estimated 16,000 people are carriers of homosexuality.




          Iran shuts publisher for ‘promoting’ gay sex and immorality

          by Dan Littauer
          24 June 2012, 1:45pm

          Iranian authorities have shut a famous publishing house for allegedly promoting ‘homosexuality, incest, and sexual relations between men and women outside marriage’




          Ugandan minister: Gays have freedom of assembly

          by Stephen Gray
          22 June 2012, 4:37pm

          The Ugandan government has issued a statement following reports of gay rights workshops being broken up and NGOs being dissolved saying gay people have the right to freely assemble in the African state.




          New Archbishop of Uganda called gays ‘unacceptable’ but opposed death penalty bill

          by Stephen Gray
          25 June 2012, 6:22pm

          The new Archbishop of Uganda has been announced as the Rt Rev Stanley Ntagali, who has spoken out against the death penalty for people convicted of homosexuality in the African state while also calling the sexual orientation “categorically unacceptable”.





          Uganda Says Gays Now Free to Meet

          by Rodney Muhumuza

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jun 26, 2012

          Kampala, UGANDA (AP) - Responding to growing international criticism of anti-gay efforts in Uganda, the government said in a statement Friday that it does not discriminate against people "of a different sexual orientation."

          "No government official is (supposed) to harass any section of the community and everybody in Uganda enjoys the freedom to lawfully assemble and associate freely with others," the statement said.





          IDAHO founder begins hunger strike for UN resolution on decriminalising homosexuality

          by Stephen Gray
          28 June 2012, 11:38am

          The founder of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia has launched a hunger strike this week calling on the new French president to honour a promise to introduce a UN resolution on the decriminalisation of homosexuality.





          Egyptian diplomat suggests gays are ‘not real people’

          by Benjamin Weinthal
          27 June 2012, 3:11pm

          Egypt’s chief diplomatic representative to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva declared last week at a meeting about the universal right to association that gays do not warrant protections and are considered not to be “real people” in the Middle East.





          Lawmaker Backs Spousal Benefits for Military Gays

          by Donna Cassata

          Associated Press

          Thursday Jun 28, 2012

          WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic congressman wants same-sex benefits for spouses of veterans and service members.





          June 29, 2012 3:13PM

          Orthodox Priest Encourages Violence Against Pride Marchers

          Post by Peter Montgomery

          Tomorrow, Saturday, June 30, a gay pride parade is scheduled to take place in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. International LGBT rights group All Out reports that Father Evgenii Yanakiev, an Orthodox priest, encouraged locals to “throw stones” at the participants and called for politicians who support the march to be “drowned in the sea with millstones tied around their necks.”




          Video: Imagine if you could face execution for being blond, bald, short, elderly or blue eyed


          In a compelling new viral video, international LGBT rights organisation Kaleidoscope Trust asks viewers to imagine if it were illegal to be themselves.






          Feature: Decriminalising homosexuality in Belize

          by Stephen Gray
          6 July 2012, 11:34am

          Caleb Orozco is the executive president of the United Belize Advocacy Movement, UNIBAM, and is part of a constitutional challenge to overturn the law in Belize which criminalises homosexuality. Visiting London, he briefed PinkNews.co.uk on the case.





          8 Gay Activists Arrested in St. Petersburg

          Associated Press

          Monday Jul 9, 2012

          ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Russian police have broken up attempts to hold two gay rights rallies in St. Petersburg, which this spring adopted a law against spreading "homosexual propaganda."





          Effort to Undo California Gay History Law Fails

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

          SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Opponents of a law that requires California public schools to cover the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have again failed to qualify a ballot measure that would have overturned the requirement.





          Homophobic Nations Not Allowed to Enter European Union

          by Jason St. Amand

          Web Producer / Staff Writer

          Wednesday Jul 18, 2012

          Officials from the European Commission, the executive body that governs the European Union, announced in a statement that it would no longer accept anti-gay countries as members, EUobserver reported.





          Anti-Gay Bill Sparks Outcry in Ukraine

          Associated Press

          Monday Jul 23, 2012

          KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - If a group of lawmakers have their way, TV shows and movies depicting gay people could be banned in Ukraine.





          US Religious Right Presses Anti-Gay Laws in Africa

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jul 24, 2012

          CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - A new report says conservative U.S. Christian groups are setting up fronts in Africa to fight for anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation.





          Activists Pressure Liberian Leader Over Gay Bill

          Associated Press

          Wednesday Jul 25, 2012

          JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Gay rights activists are starting an online petition calling for Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to lose her Nobel Peace Prize if she signs into law a bill criminalizing same-sex marriage.





          Africa: New report accuses US evangelical Christians of promoting homophobia

          by Liam Murphy
          26 July 2012, 10:53am

          A liberal think tank has claimed that right wing US Christian evangelical groups are targeting Africa with an anti-gay agenda.





          Bid to decriminalise gay acts in Northern Cyprus at European court

          by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
          1 August 2012, 6:00pm

          The European Court of Human Rights has registered a case to decriminalise homosexuality in Northern Cyprus, the last place in the Council of Europe where being gay is a criminal offence.





          1st Gay Pride Celebrated in Ultra-Homophobic Uganda

          by Jason St. Amand

          Web Producer / Staff Writer

          Tuesday Aug 14, 2012

          Last week Uganda’s LGBT community held the country’s first Gay Pride Parade, which took place in Entebbe, a major city in the center of the East African country, Global Voices reported.





          August 14, 2012 12:20PM

          Photo of the Day: Uganda’s First Gay Pride Parade

          Post by Peter Montgomery






          Pro-life group say marriage equality could lead to an increase in abortions

          [This one really has us scratching our heads over the logic.  – Called Out editors.]

          by Christopher Brocklebank
          21 August 2012, 2:08pm

          The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), a pro-life and anti-LGBT group, have issued a flyer urging people to write to their MP in protest at the government’s plans for marriage equality because they believe it could lead to an increase in abortions.





          ‘Gay Hate Day’ taking place in Cameroon today

          by Christopher Brocklebank
          21 August 2012, 12:15pm

          African human rights campaigners and leaders are uniting to denounce a ‘Gay Hate Day’ taking place today in Cameroon.





          Nepal: Religious leaders remain silent over legalisation of LGBT rights

          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
          27 August 

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          Suit Brought on Behalf of Boys Seeking Gay Therapy Associated Press Friday Oct 5,
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            Suit Brought on Behalf of Boys Seeking Gay Therapy

            Associated Press

            Friday Oct 5, 2012

            SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A second federal lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn California’s new ban on psychotherapy aimed at making gay or lesbian teenagers straight.




            Limits Placed on St. Petersburg’s ’Gay Propaganda’ Law

            by Jason St. Amand

            Web Producer / Staff Writer

            Monday Oct 8, 2012

            Russia’s Supreme Court recently upheld St. Petersburg’s controversial law that bans "gay propaganda," after a gay rights activist challenged the measure. The court was specific in the way it can be applied, however, Think Progress reported.

            The ruling states that the law can only be "enforced against direct appeals to minors to engage in homosexual activity," the website writes. This means that gay pride parades and LGBT right rallies are still legal.




            UN: Ukraine Must Rethink Anti-Gay Law

            Associated Press

            Tuesday Oct 9, 2012

            UNITED NATIONS - The U.N.’s human rights office has urged Ukraine to rethink a much-criticized bill that envisions jail time for people who disseminate positive information about gays.




            Ugandan parliamentary speaker blasts Canada over gay rights criticism

            by Scott Roberts
            24 October 2012, 12:03pm

            The Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament claims that Canada has refused to grant visas for several of the country’s politicians due to its ban on same-sex marriage.


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            Malawi commits U-turn over gay rights pledge by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk 9
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              Malawi commits U-turn over gay rights pledge

              by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
              9 November 2012, 1:33am

              Malawi has back-tracked on its decision to suspend its anti-gay laws after churches and powerful conservative lobby groups fiercely criticised the move.




              Nigeria anti-gay law within striking distance of approval

              by Scott Roberts
              13 November 2012, 6:47pm

              A bill to further criminalise same-sex relationships in Nigeria has reportedly passed through a second reading in the country’s House of Representatives.




              Gay ‘cure’ therapy is harmful says UK government

              by Scott Roberts
              13 November 2012, 1:13pm

              Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller has responded to a parliamentary question on gay conversion therapy by instructing Health Minister Norman Lamb to outline the government’s official position.




              Effort Seeks to Prohibit Anti-Gay Discrimination in Mo.

              Associated Press

              Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

              ST. LOUIS - A Missouri group may soon start circulating petitions for a ballot measure aimed at making it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the state.

              Aaron Malin, director of Missourians for Equality, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/UAjpr5 ) that the goal is to get the issue before voters in 2014. The effort must still pass several administrative hurdles with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office before supporters can begin collecting signatures.




              Nigeria Advances Anti-Gay Bill, Latest African Nation to Try to ’Ban’ Homosexuality

              by Jason St. Amand

              Web Producer / Staff Writer

              Thursday Nov 15, 2012

              Lawmakers in Nigeria have been pushing through an anti-gay bill that would radically push back on equal rights in the West African country.

              The bill is dangerously close to becoming law, according to the Daily Nation. Nigeria’s Senate has already approved it. It recently passed a second reading in the House of Representatives with a unanimous vote. It is now set to go through a clause-by-clause review in the chamber, with the date yet to be announced.




              UN calls for gay rights protection in Cameroon ahead of court appeals

              by Scott Roberts
              16 November 2012, 7:29pm

              The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is calling on Cameroon to end the enforcement of homophobic laws ahead of an appeal involving three men.




              US: Nebraska city council implements protections for LGBT city employees

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              14 November 2012, 9:41pm

              In a change of direction from a decision last month, the Grand Island City Council has overridden a mayoral veto, and granted protections for LGBT people working for the city.




              12 Gay Men Face Execution by Libyan Militia

              by Jason St. Amand

              Web Producer / Staff Writer

              Tuesday Nov 27, 2012

              Startling reports out of Libya have surfaced and according to Gay Star News, 12 men may be mutilated and executed by an extremist Libyan Islamist militia group for allegedly being gay.

              The militia busted the men’s private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of the country’s capital of Tripoli, on late Thursday night. They allegedly captured the men and took them hostage. Though the men’s identities have not been revealed, the group posted pictures of the men on Facebook and describes them as the "third sex" -- a term used in the Arab Gulf area to denote gay men and lesbians.




              Singapore Couple Challenge Law on Gay Sex

              Associated Press

              Friday Nov 30, 2012

              SINGAPORE - A gay couple filed a constitutional challenge in a Singapore court on Friday aimed at repealing a long-standing law that criminalizes gay sex.




              US: Gay “conversion therapy” advocates seek injunction to halt ban in California

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              1 December 2012, 1:15am


              When signing the ban into law, Governor Jerry Brown said gay conversion therapy had “no basis in science or medicine"

              The yet to be implemented law banning discredited “gay cure” therapy in the state of California has been challenged by a Christian legal group, which said it violates privacy, and freedom of speech.




              California representative calls on US Congress to ban gay ‘cure’ treatments for kids

              by Scott Roberts
              29 November 2012, 12:50pm

              California Democratic Representative Jackie Speier has introduced a resolution in the US Congress calling for a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors.




              California: Judge blocks new ban on ‘gay cure therapy for young people

              by James Park
              4 December 2012, 9:03am


              Campaigners say conversion therapy is fraudulent

              A federal judge has temporarily blocked California from a new law that bans licensed psychotherapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation of young people. The judge’s actions only apply to three providers that appealed to him to overturn the legislation.




              Calif. Gay Therapy Ban Sparks Competing Rulings

              by Lisa Leff

              Associated Press

              Wednesday Dec 5, 2012

              SAN FRANCISCO - Two federal judges in California have arrived at opposite conclusions on whether the state’s first-of-its-kind law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientations of gay minors violates the Constitution. The measure remains clear to take effect on Jan.1.

              U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller on Tuesday refused to block the law after concluding that opponents who have sued in her Sacramento court to overturn it were unlikely to prove the ban on "conversion" therapy unfairly tramples on their civil rights.




              Trinidad and Tobago facing legal action by gay activist over homophobic ban

              by Scott Roberts
              5 December 2012, 5:40pm


              Gay relations remain banned in Trinidad and Tobago

              A gay rights activist from Jamaica is planning to sue the neighbouring country of Trinidad and Tobago because of a law that prevents gay people from setting foot on the twin island.




              Russian Prime Minister says there is no reason to “regulate” homosexuality

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              7 December 2012, 3:39pm

              The Russian Prime Minister has said that he doesn’t see any reason why homosexuality should be banned legally in the country, and that it is not an big issue for many Russians.




              European Parliament puts pressure on Russia and Ukraine to drop anti-gay laws

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              13 December 2012, 2:05pm

              The European Parliament today adopted two resolutions calling on Russia and Ukraine to abandon their LGBT censorship plans.




              Source: Uganda’s anti-gay bill misses Christmas deadline as parliament breaks for recess

              by Scott Roberts
              14 December 2012, 8:16pm


              Uganda’s Parliament has closed for the end of year recess without passing the country’s pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill, according to LGBT campaign group AllOut.




              Cameroon Upholds 3-Year Sentence for Gay Conduct

              Associated Press

              Monday Dec 17, 2012

              A court in Cameroon has upheld a conviction against a man found guilty of homosexual conduct last year for sending a text message to another man saying: "I’m very much in love with you."




              Equality Virginia Pushes Antidiscrimination Bill

              by John Riley

              Metro Weekly

              Tuesday Dec 18, 2012

              LGBT rights groups, led by Equality Virginia, the largest such group in the state, are rallying around an antidiscrimination bill ahead of the 2013 legislative session - just 30-days long, starting Jan. 9.

              The bill, SB701, would prohibit employment discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, defining ’’sexual orientation’’ as a person’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality or homosexuality, and also as gender identity or expression. Ahead of the 2013 session, the bill has already been introduced by Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Richmond, Henrico, Charles City), and co-sponsored by the General Assembly’s sole out gay legislator, Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Arlington, Alexandria).




              Uganda’s president: Gay people should not be killed or persecuted

              by Scott Roberts
              17 December 2012, 4:44pm

              Uganda’s president has said gay people should not be killed or persecuted as the country’s parliament runs out of time to pass the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill for this year.




              Court Blocks California Law Banning Gay Therapy

              by Lisa Leff

              Associated Press

              Saturday Dec 22, 2012

              SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.

              A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order putting the law on hold until the court can hear full arguments on the measure’s constitutionality. The law was set to take effect Jan. 1.




              US court suspends California’s ban on therapies to turn gay teenagers straight

              by James Park
              22 December 2012, 3:33pm


              A three-judge panel in the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals has suspended the implementation of a new law banning therapists offering treatment to young gay people to turn themselves straight.




              Moldova: Anti discrimination law passes second stage of parliament

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              28 December 2012, 12:27am

              An anti-discrimination law, which could mean that crimes against LGBT people would be punishable by fines, or prison, has passed the second stage of parliament in the Republic of Moldova.




              [Called Out Editors’ Note – He’s either lying, or blind.]

              Ugandan bishop: I have never seen homosexuality in my country — only in Europe

              by Scott Roberts
              28 December 2012, 11:12am

              An Anglican bishop in Uganda has said there are more pressing issues in the country than debating ways to further outlaw homosexuality.




              [Called Out Editors’ Note – We almost feel like we should segregate Uganda articles in their own email.]

              Ugandan preacher issues anti-gay New Year’s message at large-scale rally

              by Scott Roberts
              2 January 2013, 6:37pm

              A preacher in Uganda decided to ring in 2013 by urging the country to pass its lingering Anti-Homosexuality Bill at a major Christian rally.




              California’s governor seeks to restore gay ‘cure’ ban

              by Scott Roberts
              3 January 2013, 11:33am


              California Governor Jerry Brown has now appealed a court injunction that has so far prevented the enforcement of a new law designed to ban gay conversion therapy for children.





              Second gay youth worker arrested in Uganda on charges of homosexuality

              Staff Reports

              In a heightened ramp up of persecution of gay Ugandans, a second man has been arrested while visiting a co-worker who had been taken into custody on Monday and charged with crimes relating to homosexuality.




              Scott Mills: I want to go back to Uganda — but can’t because it’s too dangerous

              by Scott Roberts
              3 January 2013, 5:28pm

              Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills has ruled out returning to Uganda in order to make a follow-up programme about the amount of violent homophobia in the country.




              US: Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively to stand trial for ‘crimes against humanity’

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              4 January 2013, 8:20am

              An anti-gay evangelist will face trial starting on Monday for the first sexuality-based lawsuit using a statute which allows foreign parties to sue in American courts, for allegedly playing a part in the controversial Ugandan ‘kill the gays’ bill.


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              Brown appeals injunction blocking enforcement of conversion therapy ban SAN FRANCISCO - California Gov. Jerry Brown this week appealed a U.S. District Court
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                Brown appeals injunction blocking enforcement of conversion therapy ban

                SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Jerry Brown this week appealed a U.S. District Court injunction that has blocked the enforcement of a new state law that prohibits providing controversial “gay-to-straight” conversion therapy to LGBT youth.

                The notice of appeal was filed Wednesday on behalf of Brown and the Medical Board of California by state Attorney General Kamala Harris with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled Dec. 21 to block the law pending a decision on its constitutionality.




                Cameroon: ‘Gay sex’ Bailey’s pair released from jail

                by Scott Roberts
                7 January 2013, 6:51pm

                Two men in Cameroon, who were jailed under homophobic laws; based on their appearance and their enjoyment of drinking Bailey’s, have been released from prison.




                Facebook removes page designed to out gay Ugandans

                by Scott Roberts
                8 January 2013, 12:20pm

                A homophobic Facebook page aimed at outing gay Ugandans has been removed.



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                Peter Tatchell: Ugandan leader pulls back on Kill the Gays bill? by Peter Tatchell 9
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                  Peter Tatchell: Ugandan leader pulls back on ‘Kill the Gays’ bill?

                  by Peter Tatchell
                  9 January 2013, 2:02pm


                  Amid fears that Uganda’s notorious ‘Kill the Gays’ Anti-Homosexuality Bill will soon be revived in parliament, the country’s Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, has appeared to distance himself from aspects of the proposed legislation. He has implied that the government may not support the bill in its present form. This may be the reason it was not passed, as expected, in the run-up to Christmas.





                  January 8, 2013 5:00PM

                  Scott Lively Defends Anti-Gay Uganda Work in Federal Court

                  Post by Peter Montgomery


                  On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor held a hearing in Springfield, Massachusetts on whether to dismiss a case brought against notorious anti-gay activist Scott Lively by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda. The suit uses the Alien Tort Statute to charge Lively with crimes against humanity for his activism encouraging persecution and denial of basic rights to LGBT people in Uganda.




                  Jeanne Manford: A Mother First, Gay Rights Activist Second

                  by Lily Percy

                  January 12, 201312:38 PM


                  President Obama spoke about Jeanne Manford in a speech he gave at the annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in 2009. Her son, Morty, was an important figure in New York City's gay community during the turbulent 1970s.


                  "Soon after the protests at Stonewall 40 years ago, the phone rang in the home of a soft-spoken elementary school teacher named Jeanne Manford," he said. A police officer told her Morty had been arrested.

                  "And then the officer added one more thing," the president continued. " 'And you know he's homosexual?' Well, that police officer sure was surprised when Jeanne responded, 'Yes, I know. Why are you bothering him?' "





                  South African arts academy claims it can ‘cure’ students of being gay

                  by Scott Roberts
                  14 January 2013, 11:21am


                  A Christian arts academy in the South African city of Bloemfontein claims it can “cure” gay students of their sexuality and has likened its approach to a drug rehabilitation programme.





                  Scott Lively Defends Anti-Gay Uganda Work in Federal Court

                  Post by Peter Montgomery


                  On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor held a hearing in Springfield, Massachusetts on whether to dismiss a case brought against notorious anti-gay activist Scott Lively by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda. The suit uses the Alien Tort Statute to charge Lively with crimes against humanity for his activism encouraging persecution and denial of basic rights to LGBT people in Uganda.




                  Ugandan journalist notes how children enjoy ‘gay character’ SpongeBob SquarePants

                  by Scott Roberts
                  15 January 2013, 2:29pm


                  In a country whose media often provides a megaphone for unchallenged anti-gay rhetoric, journalist Patience Akumu has highlighted the inquisitive nature of Uganda’s children – and how they are often miles apart from the homophobic views of their parents.





                  Puerto Rican Officials May Approve Anti-Discrimination Bill

                  Associated Press

                  Wednesday Jan 16, 2013


                  Puerto Rico’s legislature is expected to approve a long sought-after bill that would make it a crime to discriminate against people based on their gender or sexual orientation.

                  The bill was submitted Tuesday by Senator Ramon Luis Nieves of the Popular Democratic Party, which gained control of the Senate and House of Representatives after November’s general election.





                  Hong Kong activists angered by government’s stalled LGBT rights reform

                  by Corinne Pinfold
                  16 January 2013, 5:35pm


                  The refusal of Hong Kong lawmakers to carry out a public consultation on improving LGBT rights has sparked outrage in the local community.



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                    South Africa: Justice ministry requests that ‘gay cure centre’ is investigated

                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                    18 January 2013, 5:58pm


                    The South African justice ministry has requested that the Human Rights Commission investigate a Chrisian arts centre which operates to attempt to “cure” people of their homosexuality.





                    Montana to consider bill to repeal outdated law that criminalizes gay sex

                    Staff Reports


                    HELENA, Mont. — LGBT advocates said Monday they hope the Montana state legislature will finally repeal an obsolete state law that criminalized gay sex before it was struck down by the courts in the 1990s.


                    The Montana Supreme Court in 1997 ruled as unconstitutional the portion of the “deviate sexual relations” law that includes “sexual contact or sexual intercourse between two persons of the same sex” in the same definition that also includes bestiality.





                    Russia Moves to Enact Anti-Gay Law Nationwide

                    by Mansur Mirovalev

                    Associated Press

                    Tuesday Jan 22, 2013


                    Kissing his boyfriend during a protest in front of Russia’s parliament earned Pavel Samburov 30 hours of detention and the equivalent of a $16 fine on a charge of "hooliganism." But if a bill that comes up for a first vote later this month becomes law, such a public kiss could be defined as illegal "homosexual propaganda" and bring a fine of up to $16,000.

                    The legislation being pushed by the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church would make it illegal nationwide to provide minors with information that is defined as "propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism." It includes a ban on holding public events that promote gay rights. St. Petersburg and a number of other Russian cities already have similar laws on their books.





                    Obama Asserts Gay Rights in Inaugural Speech

                    Monday Jan 21, 2013


                    President Barack Obama emphasized three prongs of civil rights, declaring, "We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths - that all of us are created equal - is the star that guides us still."

                    He went further, with direct mentions of equality regardless of race, gender and sexual orientation. He referenced both Selma and Stonewall - landmark events for black and gay Americans, respectively - and talked of our country finally seeing its wives and mothers earning an "equal living" for the work that they do.





                    Activists Applaud Gay Rights Inclusion in Inaugural Address

                    by Winnie McCroy

                    EDGE Contributor

                    Monday Jan 21, 2013


                    LGBT activists welcomed President Barack Obama’s historic speech given Monday, Jan. 21, in which he became the first President ever to reference Stonewall and gay rights in an inaugural address. Many saw it as a civil rights watershed along with key moments in the struggles for blacks and women.


                    In his speech, Obama said, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law -- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."





                    Stonewall? Explaining Obama's Historic Gay-Rights Reference

                    by Liz Halloran

                    January 22, 2013 1:54 PM


                    President Obama made history in his inaugural address when he mentioned Stonewall in the same breath as Selma, the Alabama town considered the birthplace of the black-rights movement, and Seneca Falls, the upstate New York site of the first women's-rights convention.


                    But Obama's reference was very likely lost on many in the generations that have come of age long after gay men resisted police harassment at the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York City.





                    News Analysis: What Obama’s ’Stonewall’ Moment Means

                    by Steve Weinstein

                    EDGE Editor-In-Chief

                    Tuesday Jan 22, 2013


                    While President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address addressed a range of issues, his dramatic assertion that same-sex marriage was firmly in the mainstream of American ideals is quickly emerging as the most memorable moment. Major media, bloggers and commentators across the political spectrum zeroed in on it; but whether for praise or censure, no one could ignore it.


                    Whether his alliterative reference to three landmark sites in struggles for equality will become as oft-quoted as John Kennedy’s "Ask not what your country can do you for you -- ask what you can do for your country" may be up in the air. Including Stonewall with Seneca Falls, the Upstate New York town where America’s feminist movement was born; or Selma, Ala., where the police attack on peaceful marchers galvanized the Civil Rights movement, was a rhetorical assertion of the singular importance of the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement as part of the American "journey," as he called it.





                    Nepal to Issue ’Third Gender’ IDs

                    Associated Press

                    Tuesday Jan 22, 2013


                    An official says Nepal’s government will begin issuing citizenship certificates with the category "third gender" for people who do not wish to be identified as male or female.





                    Nepal introduces gender neutral citizenship documents

                    by Scott Roberts
                    22 January 2013, 5:58pm


                    An official says Nepal’s government will begin issuing gender neutral citizenship documents for people who do not wish to be identified as male or female.





                    Italian teacher gives students handout that states gay people can be ‘cured’

                    by Corinne Pinfold
                    22 January 2013, 5:47pm


                    A religious studies teacher in Venice has attracted the attention of the Italian media after a handout on sexuality from his class was posted on Facebook.





                    Egypt: Campaigners say life has gotten worse for gay people since the Arab Spring

                    by Corinne Pinfold
                    24 January 2013, 12:11pm


                    Homophobia is on the rise in Egypt since the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak, according to the Egypt Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).





                    US: Campaigners call on President Obama to legally protect LGBT workers

                    by Scott Roberts
                    24 January 2013, 5:36pm


                    Gay rights advocates are renewing their push for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.





                    Amnesty International releases report on ‘horrid’ state of LGBT rights in Cameroon

                    by Corinne Pinfold
                    24 January 2013, 2:03pm


                    Amnesty International are renewing their pressure on Cameroon to abolish its anti-gay laws after publishing a report on human rights abuses.





                    Russian Police Detain 20 at Gay Rally

                    Associated Press

                    Friday Jan 25, 2013


                    Police say 20 gay rights campaigners and militant Orthodox Christian activists have been detained near Russia’s parliament during a protest against planned anti-gay legislation.





                    India: Report declares that ‘all sexual identities deserve protection’

                    by Corinne Pinfold
                    26 January 2013, 2:00am


                    A committee formed to investigate how to curb sexual violence in India following the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman has recommended education about same-sex relationships and respect for LGBT identifying people.





                    Russian national anti-gay law passes first reading

                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                    25 January 2013, 4:25pm


                    On Friday, the Russian State Duma adopted the first reading of a homophobic censorship bill which would impose federal sanctions for the promotion of “gay propaganda”.





                    Scouts Considering Retreat From No-Gays Policy

                    by David Crary

                    Associated Press

                    Monday Jan 28, 2013


                    The Boys Scouts of America is considering a dramatic retreat from its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.





                    Obama Expected to Include Same-Sex Couples in Immigration Overhaul

                    by Julie Pace

                    Associated Press

                    Tuesday Jan 29, 2013


                    Seeking swift action on immigration, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will try to rally public support behind his proposals for giving millions of illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, as well as making improvements to the legal immigration system and border security.

                    The president will launch his push in a campaign-style event in Las Vegas, a day after a bipartisan group of senators unveiled their own plan for addressing an issue that has languished in Washington for years.





                    European Union High Representative pushes Russia to drop anti-gay law

                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                    30 January 2013, 5:51pm


                    The High Representative for the European Union has condemned a Russian draft law, which would make the “promotion” of homosexuality illegal, and urged the country to “protect” the rights of gay people.





                    Tennessee Bill Would Require Schools to Report Gay Activity to Parents

                    Associated Press

                    Thursday Jan 31, 2013


                    A Republican lawmaker is proposing legislation that would require schools to inform a student’s parents if the child is engaging in homosexual activity.





                    President of Cameroon: People may change their minds on ‘crime’ of homosexuality

                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                    30 January 2013, 11:55pm


                    The President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, said on Wednesday that he could see that attitudes about his country’s criminalisation of homosexuality were changing.





                    Mali: Two men saved from execution for being gay, following French intervention

                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                    4 February 2013, 3:21pm


                    Two men were saved from execution for being gay, after French, and other international forces intervened in Mali to end Islamist Rule.





                    Harry Reid: Immigration Reform Needs to Protect Gay Couples

                    by Jason St. Amand

                    Web Producer / Staff Writer

                    Tuesday Feb 5, 2013


                    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) told ABC’s "This Week" on Sunday that he wants President Barack Obama’s immigration reform to include protections for LGBT families, Think Progress reports.





                    Wyoming Lawmakers See Movement on Gay Issues

                    by Ben Neary

                    Associated Press

                    Tuesday Feb 5, 2013


                    To say merely that Wyoming is a conservative state doesn’t begin to capture it.

                    Republicans hold nearly every elected office. Lawmakers squirrel away much of the revenue from the state’s mineral wealth in a multi-billion-dollar savings account they can’t touch without voters’ OK. And gun ownership and hunting are as much a part of a cherished way of life as are ranching and rodeo.





                    French Troops Save 2 Gay Mali Men From Execution

                    by Jason St. Amand

                    Web Producer / Staff Writer

                    Wednesday Feb 6, 2013


                    Two men from Mali who were scheduled to be executed for allegedly having gay sex were saved by the French military, Gay Star News reports.


                    Islamist extremists took over northern territories of the landlocked West African country last year but its former colonial ruler, France, along with neighboring African nations, sent their military to Mali to intervene. France deployed 3,500 troops to help clear northern Mali of extreme Islamic rule.



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                      Uganda: ‘Kill the Gays’ bill back on table as Parliament reconvenes

                      by Corinne Pinfold
                      6 February 2013, 5:41pm


                      The Ugandan Parliament reconvened on Tuesday following its Christmas break and announced a packed agenda, including picking up its so-called “Kill the Gays” bill.




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                        by NPR Staff

                        February 09, 2013 5:31 PM

                        Listen to the Story

                        All Things Considered

                        11 min 30 sec


                        From the sparks lit at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 to the whirl of same-sex marriage laws, the gay rights movement has made a lot of advances. But has it now reached a plateau?


                        Nine states and Washington, D.C., now legally recognize gay marriage, and the Supreme Court will take up same-sex marriage cases this session. American support for gay marriage has crossed a threshold, the Pew Research Center finds, and now more people support it than oppose it.





                        Anti-gay evangelical group receives funding from the Canadian government

                        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                        11 February 2013, 1:41am


                        An anti-gay evangelical organisation which describes homosexuality as a “perversion” has been receiving funding from Canada’s government for work in Uganda.





                        Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gays

                        By JIM ABRAMS
                        Associated Press


                        WASHINGTON — By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the act’s anti-domestic violence programs.


                        The 78-22 Senate vote to reauthorize the two-decade-old act that has shielded millions of women from abuse and helped reduce national rates of domestic violence turns the focus to the House, where Republican leaders are working to come up with their own version.





                        Harkin says ENDA ‘will move this year’ in the U.S. Senate

                        Staff Reports


                        WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Tuesday said that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) “will move this year” in the Senate.





                        Canada Reviews Aid for Evangelical Group in Uganda

                        Associated Press

                        Tuesday Feb 12, 2013


                        The Canadian government is reviewing humanitarian funding for an evangelical group that works in Uganda and has described homosexuality as perverted and sinful.





                        Canada: Foreign Affairs Minister slams anti-gay statements by government funded group

                        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                        13 February 2013, 1:56am


                        The Canadian Minster for Foreign Affairs has attacked what he deemed ”offensive” and “mean-spirited” statements on the website of a Christian group which receives federal funding for work in Uganda.





                        Senate Approves Anti-Violence Against Women Act

                        by Jim Abrams

                        Associated Press

                        Wednesday Feb 13, 2013


                        By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the act’s anti-domestic violence programs.





                        Will the Next Pope Support Uganda’s ’Kill the Gays’ Bill?

                        by Jason St. Amand

                        Web Producer / Staff Writer

                        Wednesday Feb 13, 2013


                        One of the leading candidates to replace Pope Benedict XVI apparently supports Uganda’s controversial "Kill the Gays Bill," Gay Star News reports.






                        Leahy Wants Immigration Benefits for Gay Couples

                        by Alicia Chang

                        Associated Press

                        Thursday Feb 14, 2013


                        Sen. Patrick Leahy want the government to start affording same sex, married couples the same immigration benefits that heterosexual couples now enjoy.





                        Singapore Gay Couple Seeks to Abolish Gay Sex Law

                        by Heather Tan

                        Associated Press

                        Thursday Feb 14, 2013


                        A gay couple in Singapore seeking to abolish a long-standing law banning gay sex had their case heard in court Thursday, just days after a former department store manager sued his boss for alleged discrimination against homosexuals.





                        US: Legal action threatened over school district’s policy banning same-sex prom dates

                        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                        15 February 2013, 2:26am


                        Legal action was threatened on Thursday against a school district in Missouri, after it was accused of discrimination for its policy banning same-sex dates for students attending school proms.





                        VA Grants Burial Rights for Same-Sex Ore.Couple

                        by Steven DuBois

                        Associated Press

                        Friday Feb 15, 2013


                        The Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to allow the same-sex spouse of a member of the military to be buried in a U.S. national cemetery.





                        Gays in Belarus Face Reprisals For Activism

                        by Yuras Karmanau

                        Associated Press

                        Friday Feb 15, 2013


                        Police in Belarus are going after gays, raiding their clubs and locking up clubbers overnight, and summoning gay activists for questioning. One activist accuses police of beating him during questioning, while others say they were interrogated about their sex lives. The leader of a gay rights organization was stripped of his passport just ahead of a planned trip to the United States.





                        Plans For Prom Barring Gays Rocks Ind. Community

                        by Pamela Engel

                        Associated Press

                        Friday Feb 15, 2013


                        A small Indiana community best known for its parks and corn festival has become the center of a national discussion about intolerance over a group’s plans to host a "traditional" prom that bans gay students.





                        Southern Missouri District Revises Prom Policy on Same-Sex Dates

                        Associated Press

                        Friday Feb 15, 2013


                        A southern Missouri school district has rescinded a policy that prohibited same-sex couples from attending prom, a day after a national anti-discrimination group threatened to sue.





                        37 US Senators urge President Obama to outlaw homophobic discrimination by federal contractors

                        by Scott Roberts
                        14 February 2013, 10:19pm


                        37 US Senators have urged President Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.





                        Ukraine promises to ban anti-gay discrimination

                        by Lewis Rees
                        13 February 2013, 9:42pm


                        The Ukrainian foreign minister, Leonid Kozhara, has promised that the country will soon ban all anti-gay discrimination in an interview with a Polish newspaper.





                        Gay Jamaican man challenges country’s anti-sodomy law

                        February 12, 2013

                        By Michael K. Lavers on February 12, 2013


                        A Jamaican gay rights activist last week filed the Caribbean island’s first domestic challenge to its anti-sodomy law.


                        AIDS-Free World on Feb. 7 filed the complaint with the Jamaica Supreme Court on behalf of Javed Jaghai, who said his landlord kicked him out of his home because of his sexual orientation. The Dartmouth College graduate talked about his case in a Facebook post on Tuesday.





                        UK: Anti-abortion group claims extending IVF to gay couples is ‘social engineering’

                        by Scott Roberts
                        18 February 2013, 11:18am


                        The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has denounced plans to provide gay couples with greater access to IVF treatment and says it amounts to “politically correct social engineering.”




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                          David Cameron to discuss Nigeria’s new anti-gay law with country’s politicians and leaders

                          by Scott Roberts
                          17 June 2013, 2:15pm


                          Following the decision of Nigeria’s lawmakers to pass a new anti-homosexuality law, Prime Minister David Cameron says “nothing should be off the table” when it comes to foreign aid and protecting equal rights.





                          Bermuda: Anti-discrimination law adopted amid equal marriage controversy

                          by Corinne Pinfold
                          15 June 2013, 5:13pm


                          A change to Bermuda’s Human Rights Act prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexuality was passed on Friday, despite concerns that it would override the country’s ban on same sex marriage.





                          German Cabinet adopts bill to give gay couples equal tax benefits

                          by Corinne Pinfold
                          15 June 2013, 2:30pm


                          The German cabinet has adopted a bill granting same-sex couples in civil partnerships the same income tax benefit as married opposite-sex couples, which will now be considered by parliament.





                          US: Psychotherapists slam ‘gay cure’ app still available from Google app store

                          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                          13 June 2013, 5:56pm


                          An app still available in the Google Play app store, despite an international outcry, which prompted Apple to remove it from its app store in under 24 hours, has been condemned by LGBT psychotherapists as dangerous.





                          Obama Urges LGBT Acceptance at Brandenburg Gate

                          Wednesday Jun 19, 2013


                          President Barrack Obama returned to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin today nearly 50 years to the day after John F. Kennedy’s famous "ich bin ein Berliner" speech at the height of the Cold War. In an address with topics ranging from U.S. and Russian nuclear disarmament to closing Guantanamo Bay, Obama drew cheers from the crowd of thousands when speaking of the need to fight intolerance, specifically mentioning anti-LGBT discrimination.





                          LGBTs A Focus of World Refugee Day

                          by Will O’Bryan

                          Metro Weekly

                          Saturday Jun 22, 2013


                          Outside, it was a seasonally sunny day in D.C., with spring giving way to summer. Inside, in a meeting room of the Open Society Institute, on Pennsylvania Avenue a stone’s throw from the White House, there were tears and turbulence, as well as bright spots.


                          The June 17 occasion was ’’Pathways to Protection: The unseen struggles of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex refugees and asylum seekers,’’ a panel discussion presented by the San Francisco-based Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM), marking World Refugee Day, June 20.





                          Malta: Bill introduced to increase protections against sexual orientation discrimination

                          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                          20 June 2013, 6:28pm


                          A private member’s bill has been introduced in Malta in order to amend the country’s Constitution to increase protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation.





                          Survey: Quarter of San Francisco’s Homeless Identify as Gay

                          Associated Press

                          Sunday Jun 23, 2013


                          SAN FRANCISCO -- More than one-quarter of the homeless people counted in San Francisco this year identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, a proportion that surprised veteran advocates for the homeless who say that gays are overrepresented in the ranks of homeless youth and elderly.





                          Jamaica Church Leaders Rally For Anti-Sodomy Law

                          by David McFadden

                          Associated Press

                          Sunday Jun 23, 2013


                          KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Several church pastors in Jamaica led a revival meeting Sunday to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country’s anti-sodomy law and turn back what they see as increasing acceptance of homosexuality.


                          Roughly 1,500 people in their Sunday best gathered in a central Kingston park for a spirited religious service two days before a rare court challenge to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law. The island’s Supreme Court is scheduled to begin hearing on Tuesday a petition by a gay rights activist who hopes to challenge the constitutionality of the 1864 law under a charter of rights revamped in 2011.





                          Poll: Majority of Americans support discrimination protections for gay and lesbian people

                          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                          22 June 2013, 6:10pm


                          A new poll has found that a majority of Americans support laws banning workplace discrimination against gay and lesbian people.





                          Column: Acceptance and Pragmatism, American Style

                          by Liz Sidoti

                          Associated Press

                          Monday Jun 24, 2013


                          WASHINGTON -- It’s a counterintuitive notion in an era where it’s easy to feel like Americans are sitting in judgment of one another every day. Yet here it is right in front of us: When it comes to social policy in the United States, a new pragmatism prevails in a number of surprising ways.


                          In a relatively short span, American views have shifted on everything from gay marriage to marijuana legalization to illegal immigration and, perhaps, more. New laws, predictably, have followed. And, today, parts of this country now allow gays to wed and people to smoke marijuana for fun, while Congress is debating whether to permit millions of people in the country unlawfully to stay.





                          Obama Walks Tightrope on Gay Rights in Africa

                          by Robbie Corey-Boulet

                          Associated Press

                          Monday Jun 24, 2013


                          ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- A young man wearing rainbow suspenders entered the heavily-guarded residence of the United States ambassador to Ivory Coast. So did a transgender woman in a ruffled, purple gown, as well as seven men wearing matching baby blue pants and neckties.


                          The U.S. embassy here made history earlier this month by hosting a gay pride reception attended by about two dozen openly gay Ivorians. Despite the groundbreaking nature of the event, reporters were barred from attending, and the only mention of it was a short blurb on the embassy website posted the following week.





                          UK: Muslim group seeks mosques for all sexualities

                          by Corinne Pinfold
                          15 June 2013, 5:51pm


                          A group called the Inclusive Mosque Initiative (IMI) are looking to set up mosques in the UK that would be open to LGBT members and women.





                          News Summary: Africa’s Anti-Gay Legislation

                          Associated Press

                          Monday Jun 24, 2013


                          In December 2011, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum instructing federal agencies to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people overseas. The memorandum coincided with a speech by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Human Rights Council in Geneva declaring that "gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights." Here are some developments concerning anti-gay legislation in Africa since the memorandum was issued:

                          UGANDA: A bill originally calling for the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality" was re-tabled in February 2012. "Aggravated homosexuality" includes engaging in gay sex three times or while HIV-positive. The bill would also punish Ugandans who fail to turn in homosexuals to the authorities. President Obama called the bill "odious" in 2010. Its author has since said the death penalty provision has been removed.

                          LIBERIA: Lawmakers introduced two bills in 2012 that would strengthen existing anti-gay provisions in the criminal code. A bill banning same-sex marriage was unanimously passed in the Senate but has yet to be taken up by the House of Representatives. A bill in the House of Representatives is broader, and includes a provision banning the "promotion" of gay sex. The bill has yet to be voted on.





                          A Long Way From Stonewall, and Sometimes a Slog

                          by Calvin Woodward

                          Associated Press

                          Thursday Jun 27, 2013


                          From Stonewall in New York in 1969 to the marble walls of the Supreme Court, the push to advance gay rights has moved forward, often glacially but recently at a quickening pace. A look at episodes in the modern history of that movement and how attitudes have changed along the way in the larger culture:





                          Obama Promotes Gay Rights in Africa, Praises Court

                          by Nedra Pickler

                          Associated Press

                          Thursday Jun 27, 2013


                          President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage as a "victory for American democracy" but clashed with his African host over gay rights in a sign of how far the movement has to go internationally.

                          Obama said recognition of same-sex unions in the United States should cross state lines and that equal rights should be recognized universally. It was his first chance to expand on his thoughts about the ruling, which was issued Wednesday as he flew to Senegal, one of many African countries that outlaw homosexuality. Senegalese President Macky Sall rebuffed Obama’s call for Africans to give gays equal rights under the law.





                          Court Rejects Gay Rights Cases From Ariz., Nev.

                          Associated Press

                          Thursday Jun 27, 2013


                          The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from Arizona and Nevada involving the rights of same-sex couples.



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                            Sunday Jun 30, 2013


                            Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a measure that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality.

                            The lower house of Russia’s parliament unanimously passed the Kremlin-backed bill on June 11 and the upper house approved it last week.





                            Lebanon: Human Rights Watch details anti-LGBT police brutality in new report

                            by Aaron Day
                            28 June 2013, 5:57pm


                            A report issued by Human Rights Watch this week has revealed abuse, torture and ill-treatment of both trans and gay people by Lebanese internal security forces, including physical violence, intimidation, humiliation, and forced confessions.





                            Ugandan Bishop calls for end to ‘punishment’ of HIV positive LGBT people

                            by Corinne Pinfold
                            28 June 2013, 2:46pm


                            A Bishop from Uganda has warned that LGBT people living with HIV/AIDs face hardship and prejudice because of their identity, leading many to hide their health conditions and avoid proper treatment.





                            Russia: Putin signs anti-’gay propaganda’ bill into law

                            by Corinne Pinfold
                            30 June 2013, 4:09pm


                            An official publication has reported today that President Vladimir Putin has signed into law an anti-”propaganda” bill targeting non-traditional relationships, which was recently approved by both house of the Russian Parliament.





                            UN condemns Nigeria’s Parliament for passing anti-gay law

                            by Scott Roberts
                            1 July 2013, 1:37pm


                            The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned Nigeria’s Parliament for passing a law that further criminalises homosexuality by punishing those who try to enter same-sex marriages.





                            Feds To Process Same-Sex Immigration Benefits

                            Associated Press

                            Monday Jul 1, 2013


                            WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will start reviewing applications for green cards and other immigration benefits for same-sex couples.

                            Napolitano says her agency is taking the action in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling last week that extends federal benefits to same sex couples in states where they are legally married.





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                            From Voting Rights Act to Today’s DOMA Repeal—LGBT Orgs Are Missing the Rainbow

                            Post by Pamela R. Lightsey


                            Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


                            The legislation prohibiting voting practices that discriminate against persons based on their race was signed into law after relentless work of civil rights advocates such as the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Julian Bond, the late Rev. Bruce Klunder, the late James Earl Chaney, the late Andrew Goodman and the late Michael Henry Schwerner.


                            The law—which has helped stop recent discriminatory voter identification mandates—is the very law that helped put into office President Obama and the numerous and remarkable women and people of color who serve as leaders on Capitol Hill and who have helped usher in this great moment in United States history.





                            Russia’s Putin Signs Law Limiting Adoption By Gays

                            Associated Press

                            Wednesday Jul 3, 2013


                            President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill that sharply limits the adoption of Russian children by people from countries that allow same-sex marriage.

                            The new law prohibits adoption by same-sex foreign couples whose homeland recognizes their union as marriage, as well as by single people or unmarried couples from those countries.





                            The Top 5 LGBT Court Cases

                            by Lisa Keen

                            South Florida Gay News

                            Wednesday Jul 3, 2013


                            The two high-profile opinions pending release this month from the U.S. Supreme Court could end up being as historic as the Loving v. Virginia decision, which struck down laws against marriage for interracial couples in 1967. They could be as dramatic as Roe v. Wade, which struck down most restrictions against abortion in 1973. And, they’re already getting as much attention now, if not more, than pending decisions on the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action.





                            Russia: Putin signs same-sex adoption ban into law

                            by Aaron Day
                            3 July 2013, 4:12pm


                            Vladimir Putin has banned same-sex couples from adopting children in Russia, the Kremlin Press Service announced on Wednesday.





                            Gay Married Man Gets Green Card

                            by Sue O’Connell

                            Bay Windows

                            Thursday Jul 4, 2013


                            Late Friday, just two days after the US Supreme Court released their decision gutting the Defense of Marriage Act, a permanent visa, aka green card, was issued to Traian Popov, a Bulgarian man married to Florida-based club DJ Julian Marsh.


                            According to published reports, the notice of approval came via email. The New York Times reports that the approval is "evidence that the Obama administration was acting swiftly to change its visa policies in the wake of the court’s decision on Wednesday invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA."





                            Lithuania: Court overturns ban on Baltic Pride

                            by Scott Roberts
                            5 July 2013, 1:57pm


                            Campaigners have welcomed a decision to reverse this month’s ban on Baltic Pride in Lithuania.





                            Australia: Bill will stop faith schools from expelling students based on sexual orientation

                            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                            6 July 2013, 7:36pm


                            A private members bill will soon be introduced in the New South Wales State Parliament, which would remove the right of religious schools to expel students who come out as gay.





                            Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban

                            July 09, 2013 6:00 PM


                            With new momentum for same-sex marriage from the , gays and lesbians are hoping for progress in another sphere: the workplace. In more than half the country, it's still legal to fire people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

                            On Wednesday, Senate lawmakers will once again debate a bill that would change that.





                            African religious leaders reject Obama’s call to decriminalize homosexuality

                            Fredrick Nzwili | Jul 5, 2013


                            NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Religious leaders in Africa strongly rebuked President Obama’s call to decriminalize homosexuality, suggesting it’s the reason why he received a less-than-warm welcome during a recent trip to the continent.


                            In a news conference in Senegal during his three-nation tour, just as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on same-sex marriage, Obama said African nations must grant equal protection to all people regardless of their sexual orientation.





                            July 5, 2013 2:01AM

                            LGBT in Africa: Persecution and Persistence

                            Post by Peter Montgomery


                            While some LGBT equality advocates settled in for a night on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on the eve of its marriage rulings, others gathered in the Capitol Visitors Center for a screening of Born this Way, a new documentary about LGBT people in Cameroon, a country with laws that criminalize homosexuality.


                            The documentary introduces viewers to several courageous gay men and lesbians willing to go on camera to share their stories and the lives that leave them vulnerable to threats of violence, arrest, and jail time for the crime of being gay. Also prominently featured is Alice Nkom, a prominent human rights lawyer who advocates on behalf of people who are prosecuted under anti-gay laws. 





                            Senate Panel OKs ENDA

                            by Sam Hananel

                            Associated Press

                            Wednesday Jul 10, 2013


                            Gay rights advocates won another victory Wednesday after a Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.


                            The measure won support from all the Democrats and three Republicans on the 22-member committee, signaling it has a strong chance of passage in the full Senate.





                            Lebanon: Being gay is not a disease and needs no treatment

                            First Arab country to declassify being gay as a ‘disease’

                            DAN LITTAUER | LGBTQ Nation

                            Friday, July 12, 2013


                            BEIRUT, Lebanon — Homosexuality is not a mental disorder and does not need to be treated, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society (LPS) said Thursday in a statement published by the Ministry of Information.


                            “Homosexuality in itself does not cause any defect in judgment, stability, reliability or social and professional abilities,” LPS said, in response to recent arrests and mistreatment of LGBT people in Lebanon.


                            “The assumption that homosexuality is a result of disturbances in the family dynamic or unbalanced psychological development is based on wrong information.,” the organization said.




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                              Gay man faces deaths threats in Zambia after UK civil partnership

                              by Scott Roberts
                              12 July 2013, 3:51pm


                              An Englishman living in Zambia has been forced to leave the country for good after details of his civil partnership in the UK generated a storm of controversy.




                              Former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith to challenge Singapore over its anti-gay laws

                              by Scott Roberts
                              11 July 2013, 3:15pm


                              Tony Blair’s former attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, is to challenge the government of Singapore over its laws banning sex between men.




                              Prominent Gay Rights Activist Killed in Cameroon

                              Associated Press

                              Tuesday Jul 16, 2013


                              A rights group says a prominent gay rights activist in Cameroon has been tortured and killed just weeks after issuing a public warning about the threat posed by "anti-gay thugs."




                              Sinn Fein criticises Russian Government for passage of anti-gay laws

                              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                              16 July 2013, 6:08pm


                              A spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora from Sinn Féin has criticised the Russian Government for introducing anti-gay legislation, including a law banning homosexual “propaganda”.




                              Australia: Sister of PM Kevin Rudd calls for Russian-style anti-gay propaganda law

                              by Corinne Pinfold
                              14 July 2013, 11:39am


                              The sister of recently re-established Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has told journalists she believes the law should protect Australian children from being told that homosexuality is “normal”.




                              Groups Condemn Threats Against Haiti’s Gay Society

                              Associated Press

                              Wednesday Jul 17, 2013


                              Watchdog groups in Haiti on Wednesday condemned what they say has been a series of threats targeting the Caribbean nation’s small gay community.

                              Attorney Mario Joseph and gay rights advocate Charlot Jeudy told a news conference that people who are gay or lesbian should be able to live freely without being harassed or attacked.




                              July 16, 2013 10:30AM

                              Arson, Torture and Murder Devastate LGBT Activists in Cameroon

                              Post by Peter Montgomery


                              Earlier this month we reported on Born this Way, a documentary about LGBT rights activists working in Cameroon amid denunciations from religious leaders and threats of violence. Today comes the crushing news, via Human Rights Watch, that LGBTI activist Eric Ohena Lembembe has been tortured and killed, and that the headquarters of Alternatives-Cameroun, the HIV services organization featured in the documentary as a refuge for so many people, has been burned down.




                              Cameroon Blasts Reporting of Gay Activist’s Death

                              by Divine Ntaryike

                              Associated Press

                              Friday Jul 19, 2013


                              Cameroon lashed out at the media on Friday for its reporting on the recent killing of a prominent anti-gay activist and warned that future "provocative commentary" on the case would be illegal.


                              In the first official response to the killing of Eric Ohena Lembembe, government spokesman Issa Tchiroma said in a statement that journalists had engaged in "speculation and witch-hunting" in their coverage of the case, which has drawn expressions of concern from the U.S., France, Britain and the U.N.





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                                President Mugabe attacks Obama for tying aid for Africa and the decriminalisation of homosexuality

                                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                23 July 2013, 5:14pm


                                Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has criticised US President Barack Obama for tying aid for African countries to the decriminalisation of homosexuality.




                                SPLC Report: U.S. Groups Fan Anti-LGBT Hate in Caribbean

                                Booth Gunter on July 25, 2013

                                Caleb Orozco is a gay man in the tiny Caribbean country of Belize who is bringing an important legal challenge to a criminal statute that can land people in prison for 10 years for having gay sex.


                                He has been threatened. He has been physically assaulted. Now, he fears for his life. “I cannot walk the streets among a crowd anymore,” he said.




                                Archbishop Tutu: South Africa must reject homophobic discrimination

                                by Scott Roberts
                                26 July 2013, 2:36pm


                                Archbishop Desmond Tutu, famous for his role in ending apartheid, has called on South Africa to reject homophobic discrimination as part of a new LGBT global public education campaign by the United Nations Human Rights Office.




                                President Robert Mugabe: We should ‘chop off’ gay men’s heads

                                by Scott Roberts
                                26 July 2013, 11:28am


                                Zimbabwe’s president has reportedly urged for the heads of gay men to be chopped off and now says gay people are worse than “pigs, goats and birds”.




                                UN Human Rights Office Unveils Gay-Rights Campaign

                                by David Crary

                                Associated Press

                                Sunday Jul 28, 2013


                                Amid a surge of anti-gay violence and repression in several countries, the United Nations’ human rights office on Friday launched its first global outreach campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals.

                                Called Free & Equal, it’s an unprecedented effort by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to change public attitudes around the world on issues that have bitterly divided the U.N.’s own member states.




                                Zimbabwe President Threatens to Behead Gay Citizens

                                by Michael  Cox

                                EDGE Contributor

                                Monday Jul 29, 2013


                                Addressing a rally of thousands of Zimbabwe African National Union supporters in Mutare, Zimbabwe last week, President Robert Mugabe vowed to continue to criminalize homosexuality, saying gay men and women "worse than pigs, goats and birds" and threatening to behead them, reported News Day.




                                President Mugabe: ‘Never, never, never will we support homosexuality in Zimbabwe’

                                by Scott Roberts
                                29 July 2013, 11:18am


                                Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has denounced Archbishop Desmond Tutu for speaking in support of LGBT rights and says his country will “Never, never, never” support homosexuality.




                                LGBT Fairness Film to be Shown in Eastern Panhandle

                                Associated Press

                                Wednesday Jul 31, 2013


                                A group devoted to fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender West Virginians is screening a film that features 14 personal stories. The film will be shown at two communities in the Eastern Panhandle.

                                Fairness West Virginia Institute is launching the "Faces of Fairness" tour Thursday at Musical Grounds European Coffeehouse in Fayetteville, W.Va.





                                [Called Out Editors’ Note:  Russia will enforce its laws against gay propaganda during the winter Olympics.  Russia will not enforce is laws against gay propaganda during the winter Olympics.  There have been two complete flip flop cycles at this point, if we’re keeping track properly.]

                                Russia Will Enforce Anti-Gay Law During Olympics

                                by Laura Mills

                                Associated Press

                                Thursday Aug 1, 2013


                                Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country’s sports minister said Thursday, appearing to contradict assurances to the contrary from the International Olympic Committee.




                                US Eases Process for Same-Sex Couples to Get Visas

                                by Deb Riechmann

                                Associated Press

                                Friday Aug 2, 2013


                                The U.S. State Department on Friday began processing visa applications from same-sex spouses in the same way that it handles those from heterosexual spouses.

                                The change, announced by Secretary of State John Kerry while on diplomatic travel in London, comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage.




                                US: Same-sex couples to be given equal immigration rights

                                by Aaron Day
                                2 August 2013, 4:58pm


                                The policy means a foreign citizen married to a US citizen can more easily obtain a US entry visa.


                                The United States is set to begin giving visa applications from same-sex spouses the same preferential treatment granted to opposite-sex spouses.




                                Australia: LGBT and intersex anti-discrimination laws come into effect

                                by Aaron Day
                                2 August 2013, 12:58pm


                                New Australian laws protecting LGBT and intersex people from religious discrimination by aged-care providers have come into effect, commencing August 1.




                                IOC Official Calls for Diplomacy on Anti-Gay Law

                                by Stephen Wilson

                                Associated Press

                                Saturday Aug 3, 2013


                                WASHINGTON -- International Olympic officials should use "all the avenues possible" with the Russian government to ensure that athletes competing at next year’s Winter Games in Sochi aren’t affected by a new anti-gay law, IOC presidential candidate Richard Carrion said Friday.




                                Olympic Gold medalist Matthew Mitcham: Russia’s treatment of gay people is horrific

                                by James Park
                                3 August 2013, 7:16pm


                                Australian Olympic Gold medalist, Matthew Mitcham, who is openly gay, says Russia’s anti-gay law that could see athletes jailed if they take part in any gay rights related activities is “horrific”.



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                                  DC Mayor Signs LGBT-Backed Bills

                                  by John Riley

                                  Metro Weekly

                                  Thursday Aug 8, 2013


                                  Surrounded by activists, Mayor Vincent Gray signed two pro-LGBT bills, the JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act and the Marriage Officiant Act, into law Tuesday afternoon  (Source:John Riley)


                                  Mayor Vincent Gray (D) signed into law Tuesday afternoon two measures aimed at expanding opportunity and choices for District’s LGBT community.


                                  With Gray’s signature, the JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act of 2013 and the Marriage Officiant Act of 2013 - both unanimously passed by the D.C. Council earlier this summer - will become law if, as expected, they pass the required 30-day congressional review period.

                                  Surrounded by activists, Mayor Vincent Gray signed two pro-LGBT bills, the JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act and the Marriage Officiant Act, into law Tuesday afternoon.




                                  Armenia: Police seek to ban discussion of gay and lesbian relationships

                                  by Aaron Day
                                  8 August 2013, 1:55pm


                                  Armenia has become the latest former Soviet state to seek to ban discussion of “non traditional sexual relationships”.




                                  ND US Attorney to LBGT Community: You Have An Ally

                                  by Dave Kolpack

                                  Associated Press

                                  Monday Aug 12, 2013


                                  North Dakota’s U.S. attorney told members of the Fargo area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community Sunday that they will have a friend in government as long as he’s the top federal prosecutor in the state.




                                  Pakistan: New website helps gay men find ways to get around harsh anti-gay laws

                                  by Daniel Carter
                                  13 August 2013, 6:31pm


                                  In one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be gay, the gay community is finding ways to get around Pakistan’s anti gay laws.




                                  Puerto Rico to Debate New Gay Rights, Gender Bills

                                  by Danica Coto

                                  Associated Press

                                  Wednesday Aug 14, 2013


                                  Religious groups gathered Wednesday in front of Puerto Rico’s seaside capitol to protest proposed laws that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children and would establish a public school curriculum examining gender issues including sexual discrimination.



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                                    President Mugabe attacks Obama for tying aid for Africa and the decriminalisation of homosexuality

                                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                    23 July 2013, 5:14pm


                                    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has criticised US President Barack Obama for tying aid for African countries to the decriminalisation of homosexuality.




                                    ABA Unanimously Passes Resolution Curtailing "Gay Panic" Defense

                                    by Bobby McGuire

                                    EDGE Contributor

                                    Tuesday Aug 13, 2013


                                    As reported in the ABA Journal, yesterday during the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in San Francisco, the House of Delegates - the ABA’s governing body, unanimously passed a resolution urging federal, state, local and territorial governments to pass legislation curtailing the availability and effectiveness of the use of "gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses by criminal defendants.




                                    Judge: Uganda Gay Rights Suit can Continue

                                    Associated Press

                                    Thursday Aug 15, 2013


                                    A federal judge won’t dismiss a Ugandan gay rights group’s lawsuit against a Massachusetts evangelical minister.




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                                      N.J. Gov. Christie To Sign Bill Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

                                      by Eyder Peralta

                                      August 19, 201311:44 AM


                                      New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to eschew convention: The Associated Press reports that he will sign a bill banning therapy that seeks to turn gay teens straight.




                                      US: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to sign bill banning gay ‘cure’ therapy for minors

                                      by Daniel Carter
                                      19 August 2013, 1:54pm


                                      New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie is today expected to sign into law a ban on therapist attempting to turn teenagers straight. New Jersey will be the second state to enact such a law after California.




                                      The 41 Commonwealth Nations where being gay can land you in prison

                                      by Daniel Carter
                                      20 August 2013, 11:35am


                                      The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth of Nations, the international body that was created out of what was formerly the British Empire. The Commonwealth states that its core values are “democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law and opportunity for all.” However, freedom, peace and the opportunity for all are clearly denied to LGBT people in 41 of the 54 countries that are member states.




                                      Sexual Minority March in Nepal to Demand Rights

                                      by Binaj Gurubacharya

                                      Associated Press

                                      Thursday Aug 22, 2013


                                      KATMANDU, Nepal -- About 1,000 gays, lesbians, transgender people and their supporters, many dressed in colorful clothes and holding banners, marched through Nepal’s capital on Thursday to celebrate and demand rights for their community, in what has become an annual festival.




                                      President Mugabe uses inauguration speech to say: ‘Homosexuality a filthy, filthy disease’

                                      by Daniel Carter
                                      23 August 2013, 10:40am


                                      Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has launched a new attack on the West and Zimbabwe’s LGBT community.




                                      Cameroon: Over a hundred take part in anti-gay rally targeting suspected gay friendly bars

                                      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                      21 August 2013, 6:33pm


                                      Over a hundred have taken part in a rally against suspected gay friendly bars in Cameroon’s capital, and posted anti-gay messages on schools and bars.






                                      Kenya criminalises homosexuality but allows for straight polyandry and polygamy

                                      by Scott Roberts
                                      27 August 2013, 12:43pm


                                      When opponents claim same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy maybe they should look at Kenya – the country criminalises homosexuality – yet two Kenyan men have signed an agreement to marry the same woman.




                                      Federal Court Backs Calif. Ban On Conversion Therapy For Minors

                                      August 29, 2013 3:53 PM


                                      California's pioneering law that prohibits treating young gay people with psychotherapy in an attempt to change their sexual orientation has cleared a constitutional challenge in federal appeals court. The in San Francisco ruled that the ban does not violate essential rights.




                                      Michigan Town Approves Non Discrimination Ordinance

                                      Associated Press

                                      Thursday Aug 29, 2013


                                      OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Another southwestern Michigan community has approved an LGBT-inclusive ordinance that would ban discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing practices.

                                      The measure passed on a 6-1 vote Tuesday night by trustees in Kalamazoo County’s Oshtemo Township, reported the Kalamazoo Gazette.




                                      Calif Court Upholds 1st Ban on Gay-to-Straight Therapy

                                      Associated Press

                                      Thursday Aug 29, 2013


                                      A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the nation’s first-of-its-kind law in California prohibiting health practitioners from offering psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight.


                                      The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the state’s ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors doesn’t violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.




                                      US: Appeals court upholds California ban on ‘gay cure’ therapy

                                      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                      29 August 2013, 7:12pm


                                      A federal appeals court in the US on Thursday upheld a ban in the US state of California on the extremely controversial practice of gay ‘”conversion” therapy for minors.




                                      Procter and Gamble announces support for federal US employment nondiscrimination legislation

                                      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                      29 August 2013, 7:44pm


                                      consumer goods company Procter and Gamble has joined a coalition of businesses backing a bipartisan effort of end workplace discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity.




                                      Obama cites gay rights progress in Martin Luther King anniversary speech

                                      by PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer
                                      29 August 2013, 12:52am


                                      President Barack Obama addressed the United States today in a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech with a gay reference.




                                      Man Killed For Being Gay in Yemen: Al-Qaeda Suspected

                                      Friday Aug 30, 2013


                                      A security official in Yemen told sources at AFP that a Yemeni man was shot and killed Thursday by Al-Qaeda gunmen. The official said that the man was targeted because the assassins believed that he was gay.




                                      South Africa plans to introduce hate crime legislation to protect LGBT people

                                      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                      2 September 2013, 2:45pm


                                      South Africa is set to introduce hate crime legislation, which would protect LGBT people against hate crimes, including laws to prosecute following physical or verbal attacks.




                                      Jamaican police: Gay people are no more victims of crime than ‘the ordinary citizen’

                                      by Aaron Day
                                      3 September 2013, 10:53am

                                      A Jamaican Assistant Commissioner of Police has said LGBT are no more at risk of criminal abuse than any other group in the country, despite its current upsurge of homophobic hate crimes.




                                      Oman: Newspaper issues front page apology for publishing a sympathetic article about gay life

                                      by Aaron Day
                                      3 September 2013, 12:26pm

                                      A newspaper in Oman has printed a front page apology for a sympathetic article it published last week on the story of a young gay man in the country.




                                      Comment: With all eyes on anti-gay Russia, there are three countries with a shocking need for coverage

                                      by Paul Canning
                                      3 September 2013, 6:44pm


                                      Paul Canning looks critically at media coverage of the LGBT situation in Russia, highlighting other areas around the globe where hate crimes and violence have also soared, yet where media coverage is still minimal.


                                      It’s Russia, Russia, Russia when it comes to ‘foreign gay news’ these days. But it’s a much bigger and badder gay world out there.


                                      Although the video footage of gays being tormented by Russian Nazis is mainstream news, worse footage from Jamaica is failing to attract anything like the same attention. The Jamaican situation is getting so bad, with the government doing nothing about what seems to be a wave of murders and violent attacks, that the veteran, exiled gay leader Maurice Tomlinson is on the verge of calling for economic sanctions.


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