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    Russia’s Putin Signs Anti-Gay Measures into Law Associated Press Sunday Jun 30,
    Message 1 of 17 , Jul 14 7:40 PM
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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/

       

    • Affirmation: United Methodists
      Gay man faces deaths threats in Zambia after UK civil partnership by Scott Roberts 12
      Message 2 of 17 , Jul 22 7:40 PM
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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
        Message 3 of 17 , Aug 4, 2013
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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/

           

        • Affirmation: United Methodists
          DC Mayor Signs LGBT-Backed Bills by John Riley Metro Weekly Thursday Aug 8, 2013
          Message 4 of 17 , Aug 18, 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
            Message 5 of 17 , Aug 18, 2013
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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
              Message 6 of 17 , Sep 5, 2013
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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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