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    Malawi commits U-turn over gay rights pledge by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk 9
    Message 1 of 17 , Jan 5, 2013
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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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/11/09/malawi-commits-u-turn-over-gay-rights-pledge/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/11/13/nigeria-anti-gay-law-within-striking-distance-of-approval/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/11/13/gay-cure-therapy-is-harmful-says-uk-government/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?138939

       

       

      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.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?138964

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/11/16/un-calls-for-gay-rights-protection-in-cameroon-ahead-of-court-appeals/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/11/14/us-nebraska-city-council-implements-protections-for-lgbt-city-employees/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?139287

       

       

      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.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?139439

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/12/01/us-gay-conversion-therapy-advocates-seek-injunction-to-halt-ban-in-california/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/11/29/california-representative-calls-on-us-congress-to-ban-gay-cure-treatments-for-kids/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/12/04/california-judge-blocks-new-ban-on-gay-cure-therapy-for-young-people/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?139609

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/12/05/32467/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/12/07/russian-prime-minister-says-there-is-no-reason-to-regulate-homosexuality/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/12/13/european-parliament-puts-pressure-on-russia-and-ukraine-to-drop-anti-gay-laws/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/12/14/source-ugandas-anti-gay-bill-misses-christmas-deadline-as-parliament-breaks-for-recess/

       

       

      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."

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?139906

       

       

      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).

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?139924

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/12/17/ugandas-president-gay-people-should-not-be-killed-or-persecuted/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?140093

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/12/22/californias-ban-on-therapies-to-turn-young-gay-people-straight-suspended-by-court/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/12/28/moldova-anti-discrimination-law-passes-second-stage-of-parliament/

       

       

      [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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/12/28/ugandan-bishop-i-have-never-seen-homosexuality-in-my-country-only-in-europe/

       

       

      [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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/02/ugandan-preacher-issues-anti-gay-new-years-message-at-large-scale-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.

       

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/03/californias-governor-seeks-to-restore-gay-cure-ban/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/01/second-gay-youth-worker-arrested-in-uganda-on-charges-of-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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/03/radio-1s-scott-mills-i-want-to-go-back-to-uganda-but-cant-because-its-too-dangerous/

       

       

      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.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/04/us-anti-gay-evangelist-to-stand-trial-for-crimes-against-humanity/

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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
      Message 2 of 17 , Jan 8, 2013
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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.

        http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/01/brown-appeals-injunction-blocking-enforcement-of-conversion-therapy-ban/

         

         

        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.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/07/cameroon-gay-sex-baileys-pair-released-from-jail/

         

         

        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.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/08/facebook-removes-page-designed-to-out-gay-ugandans/

         

      • UMAffirmation
        Peter Tatchell: Ugandan leader pulls back on Kill the Gays bill? by Peter Tatchell 9
        Message 3 of 17 , Jan 16, 2013
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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.

           

          http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/09/peter-tatchell-ugandan-leader-pulls-back-on-kill-the-gays-bill/

           

           

          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.

           

          http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/petermontgomery/6750/scott_lively_defends_anti_gay_uganda_work_in_federal_court

           

          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?' "

           

          http://www.npr.org/2013/01/12/169223070/remembering-pflag-founder-and-mother?sc=17&f=1001

           

           

          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.

           

          http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/14/south-african-arts-academy-claims-it-can-cure-students-of-being-gay/

           

           

          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.

           

          http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/petermontgomery/6750/scott_lively_defends_anti_gay_uganda_work_in_federal_court

           

          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.

           

          http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/15/ugandan-journalist-notes-how-children-enjoy-gay-character-spongebob-squarepants/

           

           

          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.

           

          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?140685

           

           

          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.

           

          http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/16/hong-kong-activists-angered-by-governments-stalled-lgbt-rights-reform/

        • UMAffirmation
          South Africa: Justice ministry requests that gay cure centre is investigated by Joseph Patrick McCormick
          Message 4 of 17 , Feb 6, 2013
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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.

             

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/18/south-africa-justice-ministry-requests-that-gay-cure-centre-is-investigated/

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/01/montana-to-consider-bill-to-repeal-outdated-law-that-criminalizes-gay-sex/

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?140833

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?140835

             

             

            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."

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?140836

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/01/22/169984209/stonewall-explaining-obamas-historic-gay-rights-reference?sc=17&f=1001

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?140845

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?140851

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/22/nepal-introduces-gender-neutral-citizenship-documents/

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/22/italian-teacher-gives-students-handout-that-states-gay-people-can-be-cured/

             

             

            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).

             

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/24/egypt-campaigners-say-life-has-gotten-worse-for-gay-people-since-the-arab-spring/

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/24/us-campaigners-call-on-president-obama-to-legally-protect-lgbt-workers/

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/24/amnesty-international-releases-report-on-horrid-state-of-lgbt-rights-in-cameroon/

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?140993

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/26/india-report-declares-that-all-sexual-identities-deserve-protection/

             

             

            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”.

             

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/25/russian-national-anti-gay-law-passes-first-reading/

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141100

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141131

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/30/european-union-high-representative-pushes-russia-to-drop-anti-gay-law/

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141209

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/30/president-of-cameroon-people-may-change-their-minds-on-crime-of-homosexuality/

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/02/04/mali-two-men-saved-from-execution-for-being-gay-following-french-intervention/

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141318

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141335

             

             

            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.

             

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141357

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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.

               

              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/02/06/uganda-kill-the-gays-bill-back-on-table-as-parliament-reconvenes/

               

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                Amid Daily Struggles, Gay Rights Movement Embraces Watershed Moments

                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.

                 

                http://www.npr.org/2013/02/09/171585896/amid-daily-struggles-gay-rights-movement-embraces-watershed-moments?sc=17&f=1001

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/02/11/anti-gay-evangelical-group-receives-funding-from-the-canadian-government/

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/02/breaking-senate-approves-gay-inclusive-anti-violence-act/

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/02/harkin-says-enda-will-move-this-year-in-the-u-s-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.

                 

                http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141568

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/02/13/canada-foreign-affairs-minister-slams-anti-gay-statements-by-government-funded-group/

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141606

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141629

                 

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141658

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141659

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/02/15/us-legal-action-threatened-over-school-districts-policy-banning-same-sex-prom-dates/

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141701

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141704

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141705

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?141728

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/02/14/37-us-senators-urge-president-obama-to-outlaw-homophobic-discrimination-by-federal-contractors/

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/02/13/ukraine-promises-to-ban-anti-gay-discrimination/

                 

                 

                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.

                 

                http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/02/12/gay-jamaican-man-challenges-countrys-anti-sodomy-law/

                 

                 

                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.”

                 

                http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/02/18/uk-anti-abortion-group-claims-extending-ivf-to-gay-couples-is-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.

                   

                  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/17/david-cameron-to-discuss-nigerias-new-anti-gay-law-with-countrys-politicians-and-leaders/

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/15/bermuda-anti-discrimination-law-adopted-amid-equal-marriage-controversy/

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/15/german-cabinet-adopts-bill-to-give-gay-couples-equal-tax-benefits/

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/13/us-psychotherapists-slam-gay-cure-app-still-available-from-google-app-store/

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146029

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146099

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/20/malta-bill-introduced-to-increase-protections-against-sexual-orientation-discrimination/

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146183

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146198

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/22/poll-majority-of-americans-support-discrimination-protections-for-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.

                   

                  http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146202

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146218

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/15/uk-muslim-group-seeks-mosques-for-all-sexualities/

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146221

                   

                   

                  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:

                   

                  http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146362

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146367

                   

                   

                  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.

                   

                  http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146369

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                    Russia’s Putin Signs Anti-Gay Measures into Law

                    Associated Press

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146503

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/28/lebanon-human-rights-watch-details-anti-lgbt-police-brutality-in-new-report/

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/28/ugandan-bishop-calls-for-end-to-punishment-of-hiv-positive-lgbt-people/

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/30/russia-putin-signs-anti-gay-propaganda-bill-into-law/

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/01/un-condemns-nigerias-parliament-for-passing-anti-gay-law/

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146572 

                     

                     

                    June 26, 2013 5:55PM

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/guest_bloggers/7176/from_voting_rights_act_to_today_s_doma_repeal_lgbt_orgs_are_missing_the_rainbow

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146661

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146670

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/03/russia-putin-signs-same-sex-adoption-ban-into-law/

                     

                     

                    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."

                     

                    http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146673

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/05/lithuania-court-overturns-ban-on-baltic-pride/

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/06/australia-bill-will-stop-faith-schools-from-expelling-students-based-on-sexual-orientation/

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.npr.org/2013/07/09/200376538/gays-and-lesbians-turn-fight-to-workplace-discrimination-ban?sc=17&f=1001

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.religionnews.com/2013/07/05/african-religious-leaders-reject-obamas-call-to-decriminalize-homosexuality/

                     

                     

                    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. 

                     

                    http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/petermontgomery/7165/lgbt_in_africa__persecution_and_persistence

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146848

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

                    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/07/lebanon-being-gay-is-not-a-disease-and-needs-no-treatment/

                     

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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.

                      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/12/gay-man-faces-deaths-threats-in-zambia-after-uk-civil-partnership/

                       

                       

                      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.

                      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/11/lord-goldsmith-to-challenge-singapore-over-its-anti-gay-laws/

                       

                       

                      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."

                      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147056

                       

                       

                      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”.

                      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/16/sinn-fein-criticises-russian-government-for-passage-of-anti-gay-laws/

                       

                       

                      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”.

                      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/14/australia-sister-of-pm-kevin-rudd-calls-for-russian-style-anti-gay-propaganda-law/

                       

                       

                      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.

                      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147132

                       

                       

                      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.

                      http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/petermontgomery/7197/arson__torture_and_murder_devastate_lgbt_activists_in_cameroon

                       

                       

                      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.

                      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147230

                       

                       

                       

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                      President Mugabe attacks Obama for tying aid for Africa and the decriminalisation of homosexuality by Joseph Patrick McCormick
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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.

                        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/23/president-mugabe-attacks-obama-for-tying-aid-to-africa-and-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.

                        http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2013/07/25/splc-report-u-s-religious-right-groups-fanning-flames-of-anti-lgbt-hate-in-caribbean/

                         

                         

                        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.

                        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/26/archbishop-tutu-south-africa-must-reject-homophobic-discrimination/

                         

                         

                        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”.

                        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/26/president-robert-mugabe-we-should-chop-off-gay-mens-heads/

                         

                         

                        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.

                        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147450

                         

                         

                        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.

                        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147540

                         

                         

                        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.

                        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/29/president-mugabe-never-never-never-will-we-support-homosexuality-in-zimbabwe/

                         

                         

                        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.

                        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147607

                         

                         

                         

                        [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.

                        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147654

                         

                         

                        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.

                        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147738

                         

                         

                        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.

                        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/02/us-same-sex-couples-to-be-given-equal-immigration-rights/

                         

                         

                        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.

                        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/02/australia-lgbt-and-intersex-anti-discrimination-laws-come-into-effect/

                         

                         

                        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.

                        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147758

                         

                         

                        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”.

                        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/03/olympic-gold-medalist-matthew-mitcham-russias-treatment-of-gay-people-is-horrific/

                         

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                        DC Mayor Signs LGBT-Backed Bills by John Riley Metro Weekly Thursday Aug 8, 2013
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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.

                          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147955

                           

                           

                          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”.

                          http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/08/armenia-police-seek-to-ban-discussion-of-gay-and-lesbian-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.

                          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148030

                           

                           

                          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.

                          http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/13/pakistan-new-website-helps-gay-men-find-ways-to-get-around-harsh-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.

                          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148143

                           

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                          President Mugabe attacks Obama for tying aid for Africa and the decriminalisation of homosexuality by Joseph Patrick McCormick
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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.

                            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/23/president-mugabe-attacks-obama-for-tying-aid-to-africa-and-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.

                            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148120

                             

                             

                            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.

                            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148198

                             

                             

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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
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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.

                              http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/19/213486890/nj-gov-christie-to-sign-bill-banning-gay-conversion-therapy?sc=17&f=1001

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/19/chris-christie-to-ban-gay-conversion-therapy-for-minors/

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/20/the-41-commonwealth-nations-where-it-is-illegal-to-be-gay/

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148469

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/23/president-mugabe-uses-inauguration-speech-to-say-homosexuality-a-filthy-filthy-disease/

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/21/cameroon-over-a-hundred-take-place-in-anti-gay-rally-targeting-suspected-gay-friendly-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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/27/kenya-criminalises-homosexuality-but-allows-for-straight-polyandry-and-polygamy/

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/29/216892126/federal-court-backs-calif-ban-on-conversion-therapy-for-minors?sc=17&f=1001

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148752

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148783

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/29/us-appeals-court-upholds-california-ban-on-gay-cure-therapy/

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/29/procter-and-gamble-announces-support-for-federal-us-employment-nondiscrimination-legislation/

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/29/obama-cites-gay-rights-progress-in-martin-luther-king-anniversary-speech/

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148817

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/09/02/south-aftrica-plans-to-introduce-hate-crime-legislation-to-protect-lgbt-people/

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/09/03/jamaican-police-gay-people-are-no-more-victims-of-crime-than-the-ordinary-citizen/

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/09/03/oman-newspaper-issues-front-page-apology-for-publishing-a-sympathetic-article-about-gay-life/

                               

                               

                              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.

                              http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/09/03/comment-with-all-eyes-on-anti-gay-russia-there-are-three-countries-with-a-shocking-need-for-coverage/

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