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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 1 of 18 , Jan 8, 2013

      Brown appeals injunction blocking enforcement of conversion therapy ban

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

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




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

      by Scott Roberts
      7 January 2013, 6:51pm

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




      Facebook removes page designed to out gay Ugandans

      by Scott Roberts
      8 January 2013, 12:20pm

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



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      Peter Tatchell: Ugandan leader pulls back on Kill the Gays bill? by Peter Tatchell 9
      Message 2 of 18 , Jan 16, 2013

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

        by Peter Tatchell
        9 January 2013, 2:02pm


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





        January 8, 2013 5:00PM

        Scott Lively Defends Anti-Gay Uganda Work in Federal Court

        Post by Peter Montgomery


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




        Jeanne Manford: A Mother First, Gay Rights Activist Second

        by Lily Percy

        January 12, 201312:38 PM


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


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

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





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

        by Scott Roberts
        14 January 2013, 11:21am


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





        Scott Lively Defends Anti-Gay Uganda Work in Federal Court

        Post by Peter Montgomery


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




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

        by Scott Roberts
        15 January 2013, 2:29pm


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





        Puerto Rican Officials May Approve Anti-Discrimination Bill

        Associated Press

        Wednesday Jan 16, 2013


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

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





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

        by Corinne Pinfold
        16 January 2013, 5:35pm


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



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        South Africa: Justice ministry requests that gay cure centre is investigated by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        Message 3 of 18 , Feb 6, 2013

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

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


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





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

          Staff Reports


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


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





          Russia Moves to Enact Anti-Gay Law Nationwide

          by Mansur Mirovalev

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jan 22, 2013


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

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





          Obama Asserts Gay Rights in Inaugural Speech

          Monday Jan 21, 2013


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

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





          Activists Applaud Gay Rights Inclusion in Inaugural Address

          by Winnie McCroy

          EDGE Contributor

          Monday Jan 21, 2013


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


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





          Stonewall? Explaining Obama's Historic Gay-Rights Reference

          by Liz Halloran

          January 22, 2013 1:54 PM


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


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





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

          by Steve Weinstein

          EDGE Editor-In-Chief

          Tuesday Jan 22, 2013


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


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





          Nepal to Issue ’Third Gender’ IDs

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jan 22, 2013


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





          Nepal introduces gender neutral citizenship documents

          by Scott Roberts
          22 January 2013, 5:58pm


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





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

          by Corinne Pinfold
          22 January 2013, 5:47pm


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





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

          by Corinne Pinfold
          24 January 2013, 12:11pm


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





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

          by Scott Roberts
          24 January 2013, 5:36pm


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





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

          by Corinne Pinfold
          24 January 2013, 2:03pm


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





          Russian Police Detain 20 at Gay Rally

          Associated Press

          Friday Jan 25, 2013


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





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

          by Corinne Pinfold
          26 January 2013, 2:00am


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





          Russian national anti-gay law passes first reading

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


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





          Scouts Considering Retreat From No-Gays Policy

          by David Crary

          Associated Press

          Monday Jan 28, 2013


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





          Obama Expected to Include Same-Sex Couples in Immigration Overhaul

          by Julie Pace

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jan 29, 2013


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

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





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

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


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





          Tennessee Bill Would Require Schools to Report Gay Activity to Parents

          Associated Press

          Thursday Jan 31, 2013


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





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

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


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





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

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


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





          Harry Reid: Immigration Reform Needs to Protect Gay Couples

          by Jason St. Amand

          Web Producer / Staff Writer

          Tuesday Feb 5, 2013


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





          Wyoming Lawmakers See Movement on Gay Issues

          by Ben Neary

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Feb 5, 2013


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

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





          French Troops Save 2 Gay Mali Men From Execution

          by Jason St. Amand

          Web Producer / Staff Writer

          Wednesday Feb 6, 2013


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


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



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          Uganda: Kill the Gays bill back on table as Parliament reconvenes by Corinne Pinfold 6
          Message 4 of 18 , Feb 9, 2013

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

            by Corinne Pinfold
            6 February 2013, 5:41pm


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




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            Amid Daily Struggles, Gay Rights Movement Embraces Watershed Moments by NPR Staff February 09, 2013 5:31 PM Listen to the Story
            Message 5 of 18 , Feb 18, 2013

              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.





              Anti-gay evangelical group receives funding from the Canadian government

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


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





              Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gays

              By JIM ABRAMS
              Associated Press


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


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





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

              Staff Reports


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





              Canada Reviews Aid for Evangelical Group in Uganda

              Associated Press

              Tuesday Feb 12, 2013


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





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

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


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





              Senate Approves Anti-Violence Against Women Act

              by Jim Abrams

              Associated Press

              Wednesday Feb 13, 2013


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





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

              by Jason St. Amand

              Web Producer / Staff Writer

              Wednesday Feb 13, 2013


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






              Leahy Wants Immigration Benefits for Gay Couples

              by Alicia Chang

              Associated Press

              Thursday Feb 14, 2013


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





              Singapore Gay Couple Seeks to Abolish Gay Sex Law

              by Heather Tan

              Associated Press

              Thursday Feb 14, 2013


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





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

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


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





              VA Grants Burial Rights for Same-Sex Ore.Couple

              by Steven DuBois

              Associated Press

              Friday Feb 15, 2013


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





              Gays in Belarus Face Reprisals For Activism

              by Yuras Karmanau

              Associated Press

              Friday Feb 15, 2013


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





              Plans For Prom Barring Gays Rocks Ind. Community

              by Pamela Engel

              Associated Press

              Friday Feb 15, 2013


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





              Southern Missouri District Revises Prom Policy on Same-Sex Dates

              Associated Press

              Friday Feb 15, 2013


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





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

              by Scott Roberts
              14 February 2013, 10:19pm


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





              Ukraine promises to ban anti-gay discrimination

              by Lewis Rees
              13 February 2013, 9:42pm


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





              Gay Jamaican man challenges country’s anti-sodomy law

              February 12, 2013

              By Michael K. Lavers on February 12, 2013


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


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





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

              by Scott Roberts
              18 February 2013, 11:18am


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




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              David Cameron to discuss Nigeria s new anti-gay law with country s politicians and leaders by Scott Roberts
              Message 6 of 18 , Jun 30, 2013

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

                by Scott Roberts
                17 June 2013, 2:15pm


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





                Bermuda: Anti-discrimination law adopted amid equal marriage controversy

                by Corinne Pinfold
                15 June 2013, 5:13pm


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





                German Cabinet adopts bill to give gay couples equal tax benefits

                by Corinne Pinfold
                15 June 2013, 2:30pm


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





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

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


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





                Obama Urges LGBT Acceptance at Brandenburg Gate

                Wednesday Jun 19, 2013


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





                LGBTs A Focus of World Refugee Day

                by Will O’Bryan

                Metro Weekly

                Saturday Jun 22, 2013


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


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





                Malta: Bill introduced to increase protections against sexual orientation discrimination

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


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





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

                Associated Press

                Sunday Jun 23, 2013


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





                Jamaica Church Leaders Rally For Anti-Sodomy Law

                by David McFadden

                Associated Press

                Sunday Jun 23, 2013


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


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





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

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


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





                Column: Acceptance and Pragmatism, American Style

                by Liz Sidoti

                Associated Press

                Monday Jun 24, 2013


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


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





                Obama Walks Tightrope on Gay Rights in Africa

                by Robbie Corey-Boulet

                Associated Press

                Monday Jun 24, 2013


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


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





                UK: Muslim group seeks mosques for all sexualities

                by Corinne Pinfold
                15 June 2013, 5:51pm


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





                News Summary: Africa’s Anti-Gay Legislation

                Associated Press

                Monday Jun 24, 2013


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

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

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





                A Long Way From Stonewall, and Sometimes a Slog

                by Calvin Woodward

                Associated Press

                Thursday Jun 27, 2013


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





                Obama Promotes Gay Rights in Africa, Praises Court

                by Nedra Pickler

                Associated Press

                Thursday Jun 27, 2013


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

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





                Court Rejects Gay Rights Cases From Ariz., Nev.

                Associated Press

                Thursday Jun 27, 2013


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



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                Russia’s Putin Signs Anti-Gay Measures into Law Associated Press Sunday Jun 30,
                Message 7 of 18 , Jul 14, 2013

                  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.





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

                  by Aaron Day
                  28 June 2013, 5:57pm


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





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

                  by Corinne Pinfold
                  28 June 2013, 2:46pm


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





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

                  by Corinne Pinfold
                  30 June 2013, 4:09pm


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





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

                  by Scott Roberts
                  1 July 2013, 1:37pm


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





                  Feds To Process Same-Sex Immigration Benefits

                  Associated Press

                  Monday Jul 1, 2013


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

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





                  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.





                  Russia’s Putin Signs Law Limiting Adoption By Gays

                  Associated Press

                  Wednesday Jul 3, 2013


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

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





                  The Top 5 LGBT Court Cases

                  by Lisa Keen

                  South Florida Gay News

                  Wednesday Jul 3, 2013


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





                  Russia: Putin signs same-sex adoption ban into law

                  by Aaron Day
                  3 July 2013, 4:12pm


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





                  Gay Married Man Gets Green Card

                  by Sue O’Connell

                  Bay Windows

                  Thursday Jul 4, 2013


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


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





                  Lithuania: Court overturns ban on Baltic Pride

                  by Scott Roberts
                  5 July 2013, 1:57pm


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





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

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


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





                  Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban

                  July 09, 2013 6:00 PM


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

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





                  African religious leaders reject Obama’s call to decriminalize homosexuality

                  Fredrick Nzwili | Jul 5, 2013


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


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





                  July 5, 2013 2:01AM

                  LGBT in Africa: Persecution and Persistence

                  Post by Peter Montgomery


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


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





                  Senate Panel OKs ENDA

                  by Sam Hananel

                  Associated Press

                  Wednesday Jul 10, 2013


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


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





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

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

                  DAN LITTAUER | LGBTQ Nation

                  Friday, July 12, 2013


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


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


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




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                  Gay man faces deaths threats in Zambia after UK civil partnership by Scott Roberts 12
                  Message 8 of 18 , Jul 22, 2013

                    Gay man faces deaths threats in Zambia after UK civil partnership

                    by Scott Roberts
                    12 July 2013, 3:51pm


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




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

                    by Scott Roberts
                    11 July 2013, 3:15pm


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




                    Prominent Gay Rights Activist Killed in Cameroon

                    Associated Press

                    Tuesday Jul 16, 2013


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




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

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


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




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

                    by Corinne Pinfold
                    14 July 2013, 11:39am


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




                    Groups Condemn Threats Against Haiti’s Gay Society

                    Associated Press

                    Wednesday Jul 17, 2013


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

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




                    July 16, 2013 10:30AM

                    Arson, Torture and Murder Devastate LGBT Activists in Cameroon

                    Post by Peter Montgomery


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




                    Cameroon Blasts Reporting of Gay Activist’s Death

                    by Divine Ntaryike

                    Associated Press

                    Friday Jul 19, 2013


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


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





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                    President Mugabe attacks Obama for tying aid for Africa and the decriminalisation of homosexuality by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                    Message 9 of 18 , Aug 4, 2013

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

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


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




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

                      Booth Gunter on July 25, 2013

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


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




                      Archbishop Tutu: South Africa must reject homophobic discrimination

                      by Scott Roberts
                      26 July 2013, 2:36pm


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




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

                      by Scott Roberts
                      26 July 2013, 11:28am


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




                      UN Human Rights Office Unveils Gay-Rights Campaign

                      by David Crary

                      Associated Press

                      Sunday Jul 28, 2013


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

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




                      Zimbabwe President Threatens to Behead Gay Citizens

                      by Michael  Cox

                      EDGE Contributor

                      Monday Jul 29, 2013


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




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

                      by Scott Roberts
                      29 July 2013, 11:18am


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




                      LGBT Fairness Film to be Shown in Eastern Panhandle

                      Associated Press

                      Wednesday Jul 31, 2013


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

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





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

                      Russia Will Enforce Anti-Gay Law During Olympics

                      by Laura Mills

                      Associated Press

                      Thursday Aug 1, 2013


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




                      US Eases Process for Same-Sex Couples to Get Visas

                      by Deb Riechmann

                      Associated Press

                      Friday Aug 2, 2013


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

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




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

                      by Aaron Day
                      2 August 2013, 4:58pm


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


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




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

                      by Aaron Day
                      2 August 2013, 12:58pm


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




                      IOC Official Calls for Diplomacy on Anti-Gay Law

                      by Stephen Wilson

                      Associated Press

                      Saturday Aug 3, 2013


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




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

                      by James Park
                      3 August 2013, 7:16pm


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



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                      DC Mayor Signs LGBT-Backed Bills by John Riley Metro Weekly Thursday Aug 8, 2013
                      Message 10 of 18 , Aug 18, 2013

                        DC Mayor Signs LGBT-Backed Bills

                        by John Riley

                        Metro Weekly

                        Thursday Aug 8, 2013


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


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


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

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




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

                        by Aaron Day
                        8 August 2013, 1:55pm


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




                        ND US Attorney to LBGT Community: You Have An Ally

                        by Dave Kolpack

                        Associated Press

                        Monday Aug 12, 2013


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




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

                        by Daniel Carter
                        13 August 2013, 6:31pm


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




                        Puerto Rico to Debate New Gay Rights, Gender Bills

                        by Danica Coto

                        Associated Press

                        Wednesday Aug 14, 2013


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



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                        President Mugabe attacks Obama for tying aid for Africa and the decriminalisation of homosexuality by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                        Message 11 of 18 , Aug 18, 2013

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

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


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




                          ABA Unanimously Passes Resolution Curtailing "Gay Panic" Defense

                          by Bobby McGuire

                          EDGE Contributor

                          Tuesday Aug 13, 2013


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




                          Judge: Uganda Gay Rights Suit can Continue

                          Associated Press

                          Thursday Aug 15, 2013


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




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                          N.J. Gov. Christie To Sign Bill Banning Gay Conversion Therapy by Eyder Peralta August 19, 201311:44 AM New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to eschew
                          Message 12 of 18 , Sep 5, 2013

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

                            by Eyder Peralta

                            August 19, 201311:44 AM


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




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

                            by Daniel Carter
                            19 August 2013, 1:54pm


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




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

                            by Daniel Carter
                            20 August 2013, 11:35am


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




                            Sexual Minority March in Nepal to Demand Rights

                            by Binaj Gurubacharya

                            Associated Press

                            Thursday Aug 22, 2013


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




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

                            by Daniel Carter
                            23 August 2013, 10:40am


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




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

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


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






                            Kenya criminalises homosexuality but allows for straight polyandry and polygamy

                            by Scott Roberts
                            27 August 2013, 12:43pm


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




                            Federal Court Backs Calif. Ban On Conversion Therapy For Minors

                            August 29, 2013 3:53 PM


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




                            Michigan Town Approves Non Discrimination Ordinance

                            Associated Press

                            Thursday Aug 29, 2013


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

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




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

                            Associated Press

                            Thursday Aug 29, 2013


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


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




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

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


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




                            Procter and Gamble announces support for federal US employment nondiscrimination legislation

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


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




                            Obama cites gay rights progress in Martin Luther King anniversary speech

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


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




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

                            Friday Aug 30, 2013


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




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

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


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




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

                            by Aaron Day
                            3 September 2013, 10:53am

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




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

                            by Aaron Day
                            3 September 2013, 12:26pm

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




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

                            by Paul Canning
                            3 September 2013, 6:44pm


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


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


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


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                            American Counseling Association Condemns Passage of Tennessee Hate Bill http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?197038 Tennessee Gov Signs Anti-Gay Religious
                            Message 13 of 18 , Jul 4, 2016

                              American Counseling Association Condemns Passage of Tennessee Hate Bill




                              Tennessee Gov Signs Anti-Gay Religious Counseling Bill Into Law

                              by Shelia Burke and Erik Schelzig

                              Associated Press

                              Thursday Apr 28, 2016




                              Alabama City Passes Anti-Transgender Bathroom Ordinance

                              Associated Press

                              Wednesday Apr 27, 2016




                              LGBT Editor In Bangladesh Murdered by Islamists—and More, In this Week’s Global LGBT Recap

                              By Peter Montgomery May 1, 2016




                              LGBT Rights Protesters Vow to Keep Fighting Mississippi Law

                              by Jeff Amy

                              Associated Press

                              Monday May 2, 2016




                              NC’s “Bathroom Bill” Shows Problem With “Religious Freedom” Label

                              By Stephanie Russell-Kraft May 3, 2016




                              Chicago: Students Can Access Bathrooms By 'Gender Identity'

                              Associated Press

                              Tuesday May 3, 2016




                              Education Secretary Calls for Repeal of 2 Transgender Laws

                              by Jennifer C. Kerr and Christine Armario

                              Associated Press

                              Tuesday May 3, 2016




                              Defense Bill Contains Stealth Attack on LGBT Rights

                              By Patricia Miller May 4, 2016




                              US Government: North Carolina LGBT Law Violates Civil Rights

                              Associated Press

                              Wednesday May 4, 2016




                              Charlotte Mayor Meets with NC State Lawmakers About Anti-LGBT Law

                              Associated Press

                              Thursday May 5, 2016




                              North Carolina Leaders Denounce Federal Threat on LGBT Law

                              by Gary D. Robertson and Emery P. Dalesio

                              Associated Press

                              Thursday May 5, 2016




                              Alabama Chief Justice Faces Ouster After Gay Marriage Fight

                              by Kim Chandler

                              Associated Press

                              Friday May 6, 2016




                              LGBT Community Braces for Impact of New Counseling Law (Tennessee)

                              by Sheila Burke

                              Associated Press

                              Friday May 6, 2016




                              LGBT community braces for impact of new counseling law

                              By SHEILA BURKE

                              May. 6, 2016 4:22 AM EDT





                              North Carolina Sues DOJ Over LGBT Law; DOJ Sues Back

                              May 9, 201610:06 AM ET




                              Another Challenge Filed to Mississippi Gay Marriage Law

                              by Emily Wagster Pettus

                              Associated Press

                              Tuesday May 10, 2016




                              ACLU Sues Mississippi Over 'Religious Rights' Law

                              by Emily Wagster Pettus

                              Associated Press

                              Monday May 9, 2016




                              Mich. School Board Meeting on LGBT Issues Attracts More Than 100 People

                              Associated Press

                              Wednesday May 11, 2016




                              Counseling Group Cancels Conference to Target Tenn. Anti-LGBT Law

                              by Sheila Burke

                              Associated Press

                              Wednesday May 11, 2016




                              NH Senate Passes Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

                              Associated Press

                              Friday May 13, 2016




                              World Congress of Families Blessed By Georgian Orthodox Patriarch and George W. Bush; Global LGBT Recap

                              By Peter Montgomery May 15, 2016




                              Will “Do No Harm Act” Do Any Good in Religious Lib Battle?

                              By Stephanie Russell-Kraft May 19, 2016



                              From the Ashes of Freedom to Marry, A New Group Emerges to Replace It

                              by Christiana Lilly

                              South Florida Gay News

                              Sunday May 22, 2016




                              Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Gay Marriage for Clergy

                              Associated Press

                              Saturday May 21, 2016




                              Mexican President Proposes Legalizing Gay Marriage

                              Associated Press

                              Tuesday May 17, 2016




                              Church of Scotland votes to allow gay marriage for clergy

                              May. 21, 2016 9:53 AM EDT




                              Competing Visions of Family & Freedom at UN; Methodists Try to Avoid Schism on Sexuality; Catholic Cardinal Denounces LGBT ‘Demonic Ideology’; Global LGBT Recap

                              By Peter Montgomery May 21, 2016




                              Will “Do No Harm Act” Do Any Good in Religious Lib Battle?

                              By Stephanie Russell-Kraft May 19, 2016




                              Northwestern Indiana City Approves LGBT Protections

                              Associated Press

                              Wednesday May 25, 2016




                              A state-by-state look at proposals dealing with LGBT rights

                              By The Associated Press

                              May. 26, 2016 1:19 PM EDT




                              Vermont Gov Signs Bill to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

                              Associated Press

                              Thursday May 26, 2016




                              Tutu’s Daughter Marries Woman & Loses Anglican Priest License; Romanian Anti-Marriage Activists Get 3 Million Signatures; Australian State Apologizes For Harmful Sodomy Laws; Global LGBT Recap

                              By Peter Montgomery May 27, 2016



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