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  • UMAffirmation
    Vatican diplomat: Anti-gay opponents are being vilified for their views by Scott Roberts 26
    Message 1 of 6 , Oct 27, 2012

      Vatican diplomat: Anti-gay opponents are being ‘vilified’ for their views

      by Scott Roberts
      26 September 2012, 7:29pm

      A Vatican diplomat has told the United Nations Human Rights Council that people who criticise same-sex relations are increasingly being attacked and vilified for their views.




      Teenage Boy Scout Denied Organization's Top Rank Because He's Gay

      by Eyder Peralta

      October 05, 201212:56 PM

      Ryan Andresen spent 12 years as a Boy Scout. Now that he's 17 and about to graduate from high school, he completed the final requirement to receive the Eagle Scout award, which signifies the highest rank in the organization.

      Except, according to his mother, Karen, when he submitted the paperwork, the scoutmaster for Troop 212 in the San Francisco Bay Area told him he could not give him the Eagle Scout honor because Andresen is gay.




      Australian Rugby Star Jason Ball Comes Out to Fight Homophobia

      by Ryan Dixon

      South Florida Gay News

      Tuesday Oct 16, 2012

      Sports in the United States have been making strides, albeit small ones, in combating homophobia inside the lines. On another hemisphere, Australian rugby has been proven a leader in acceptance and respect - both athletically and socially.

      Australian Rules footballer Jason Ball was the spearhead for change when he became the first player in his sport to come out of the closet.




      Gallup Study: 3.4 Percent of US Adults Identify as LGBT

      by David Crary

      Associated Press

      Friday Oct 19, 2012

      NEW YORK - A new Gallup survey, touted as the largest of its kind, estimates that 3.4 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

      The findings, released Thursday, were based on interviews with more than 121,000 people. Gallup said it is the largest study ever aimed at calculating the nation’s LGBT population.




      Video: Preacher in Missouri gives speech on LGBT rights with a surprise ending

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      21 October 2012, 11:18am

      A video of a speech by a preacher in Springfield Missouri has gone viral because it contains a twist, where he uses the example of speeches by pro-segregation preachers from the 1960s, replacing the word ‘integration’ with the word ‘gay rights’.



      Missouri Pastor Goes Viral on Gawker: “Separation of Church and Hate”

      Reverend Phil Snider compared sermons on segregation to today’s anti-equality preaching

      By Sarah Morice-Brubaker

      Over the weekend, Rev. Dr. Phil Snider—a Missouri pastor and alumnus of my institution, Phillips Theological Seminary—discovered that a speech he’d given to the City Council in August had been picked up by Gawker and gone viral. Like, over-a-million-views, posted-by-George-(Sulu)-Takei viral. 


    • UMAffirmation
      Poll: Majority of US voters would like the Boy Scouts to drop its gay ban by Joseph Patrick McCormick 7
      Message 2 of 6 , Feb 9, 2013

        Poll: Majority of US voters would like the Boy Scouts to drop its gay ban

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        7 February 2013, 2:58am


        A new poll has found that a majority of US voters think the Boy Scouts of America should drop its ban on gay scouts, volunteers and staff.





        Video: CNN host challenges defender of scouts gay ban who likens homosexuality to paedophilia


        A CNN host has challenged the head of a Christian right-wing group who, in defending the Boy Scouts of American’s ban on gay members, linked homosexuality to paedophilia, and said that being gay was a choice.





        Religious sponsors loom large in Boy Scouts’ policy debate

        Adelle M. Banks | Feb 6, 2013


        (RNS) The decision by Boy Scouts of America to postpone any change in policy about gay membership was fueled by an “outpouring of feedback.” Much of that reaction came from a sector with strength in numbers: the religious groups that comprise the majority of the Scouts’ chartered organizations.


        On Monday (Feb. 4), two days before the BSA’s announcement, the Religious Relationships Task Force met for a regularly scheduled meeting with an unexpected topic on its agenda: a possible drop of the Scouts’ ban on gay members and leaders.





        A Look at What’s Ahead for the Boy Scouts and LGBT Community

        by Nomaan Merchant

        Associated Press

        Friday Feb 8, 2013


        A final decision on the Boy Scouts of America’s policy of excluding gays has been pushed to a larger, more representative sample of Scouting: the organization’s national council, with 1,400 voting members.

        Earlier this week, the BSA’s national executive board met for three days without reaching a decision on the policy, so the board assigned its committees to draft a resolution that will be considered at a meeting in May, to be held in Grapevine, Texas, outside Dallas.





        Ellen DeGeneres criticises Boy Scouts of America for stalling on removing anti-gay ban

        by Scott Roberts
        8 February 2013, 6:28pm


        Ellen DeGeneres is the latest celebrity to urge the Boy Scouts of America to change its anti-gay policy.





        US: Two of founder’s granddaughters quit ‘God Hates Fags’ church and express remorse

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        7 February 2013, 3:31pm


        Two granddaughters of the founder of the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, also known as the ‘God Hates Fags’ church, appear to have quit the organisation, and expressed regret at “inflicting pain on others” whilst still members.



      • Affirmation: United Methodists
        Australia: Children with same-sex parents have better overall health than national average by Aaron Day 28
        Message 3 of 6 , Jul 16, 2013

          Australia: Children with same-sex parents have ‘better overall health’ than national average

          by Aaron Day
          28 June 2013, 6:54pm


          An Australian report on the children of same-sex couples has revealed that they have higher self-esteem, greater family cohesion, and better overall health than the national average.





          With Law Against Him, Singapore Pol Says He’s Gay

          by Satish Cheney

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jul 2, 2013


          SINGAPORE -- This conservative city-state convicted men for homosexual behavior as recently as seven years ago, and the British colonial-era law it used is still on the books. The government shows no interest in making a change: The prime minister’s advice has been to just let things be.


          Opposition official Vincent Wijeysingha isn’t taking that advice. On his Facebook page last week, he became the first Singaporean politician to come out of the closet, and he is advocating for the law to be scrapped.





          Op-ed: Ex-Gay Isn't Exactly Over

          Is the 'new' Exodus International a kinder, gentler 'ex-gay' ministry?

          BY Rev. Mel White

          June 25 2013 2:17 PM ET


          In the past few days, many have celebrated the headline “Exodus International Closes Down.” And we should rightfully thank Alan Chambers for his confession that “ex-gay therapy” does not work and for his apology for the “pain and hurt” it has cost so many of us. I saw Alan issue his apology at the last Exodus conference. He was sincere and contrite. Even if you don’t trust Alan’s motives, you have to admit that his confession and apology are a giant step forward in undermining the credibility of those who continue to hold out the false promises made by the ex-gay movement.





          Brazil: Gay ‘cure’ bill withdrawn before vote in Parliament

          by Scott Roberts
          3 July 2013, 4:24pm


          A politician in Brazil who proposed legislation that would allow psychiatrists to treat homosexuality as a disease has withdrawn the bill before giving representatives a chance to vote on it.





          Nepal: 62 LGBT candidates to run for seats in November election

          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
          5 July 2013, 3:20pm


          This year’s race for seats in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly will see 62 LGBT candidates run, in the hope of better representing the LGBT community in the country.





          Gay Pride Banner Could Prompt South Louisiana Flag Limit

          Associated Press

          Sunday Jul 7, 2013


          LAFAYETTE, La. - A south Louisiana official says he’s drafting a proposal to limit the types of flags that can be flown on government property after hearing complaints about a gay pride flag being hoisted temporarily in a local park.


          Andy Naquin, a Lafayette City-Parish councilman, told The Daily Advertiser (http://bit.ly/12jcHDK) that he was contacted by a military veteran who was offended that a gay pride group flew the rainbow flag June 30 in Girard Park, which is Lafayette Consolidated Government property.





          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.




        • Affirmation: United Methodists
          Some Gay-Rights Activists Regret Focus on Marriage by David Crary Associated Press
          Message 4 of 6 , Jul 22, 2013

            Some Gay-Rights Activists Regret Focus on Marriage

            by David Crary

            Associated Press

            Thursday Jul 18, 2013


            Even as it celebrates victories in the push for same-sex marriage, America’s gay-rights movement is experiencing self-criticism and internal divisions over its approach to other thorny issues.

            Some activists say the nationwide marriage campaign, while worthwhile, has diverted energy and resources from causes that may be harder to market - such as rights for transgender people and advocacy to combat HIV and AIDS.




            Zimmerman Verdict Sparks LGBT Groups’ Calls for Justice

            by Justin Snow

            Metro Weekly

            Friday Jul 19, 2013


            "Every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be able to walk the streets without fear for their safety," 35 LGBT-rights groups, including the National Black Justice Coalition, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Human Rights Campaign, wrote in the open letter released yesterday.



          • Affirmation: United Methodists
            Pew Republishes Sobering Statistic As Christie Signs Gay Conversion Ban by Jason St. Amand National News Editor Thursday Aug 22, 2013 In spite of the numerous
            Message 5 of 6 , Sep 5, 2013

              Pew Republishes Sobering Statistic As Christie Signs Gay Conversion Ban

              by Jason St. Amand

              National News Editor

              Thursday Aug 22, 2013


              In spite of the numerous advances made by the LGBT rights movement over the past decade, and the widely held impression that American public’s attitudes towards LGBT citizens have greatly shifted for the better, a new poll finds that still more than 30 percent of people believe gay men and women can change their sexual orientation.




              Israel to honour gay Holocaust victims with first monument

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              23 August 2013, 2:05pm


              Israel has announced that it is to erect a monument in the honour of gay victims of the Holocaust, the first of its kind in the country.




              Evangelicals Becoming More Accepting of LGBTs, Study Finds

              by Megan Barnes

              EDGE Contributor

              Monday Aug 26, 2013


              Evangelical Christians are becoming more tolerant of gays and lesbians and supportive of civil unions, according to a new study by Baylor University.

              The study, conducted by researchers at the Christian college in Waco, Texas, surveyed more than 1,700 respondents across the country and found that almost a fourth of evangelicals surveyed were not opposed to civil unions, even though they morally opposed homosexuality.




              Macmillan Dictionary revises definition of ‘marriage’ to include same-sex couples

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              24 August 2013, 6:56pm


              Macmillan Dictionary has become the first dictionary in Britain to revise the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.




              Israel to Build Monument to Gay Nazi Victims

              by Sergio N. Candido

              South Florida Gay News

              Monday Aug 26, 2013

              The city of Tel Aviv, in Israel, will build the country’s first monument dedicated to the homosexual victims of the German Nazi regime.





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