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    Australia: Children with same-sex parents have better overall health than national average by Aaron Day 28
    Message 1 of 6 , Jul 16 7:11 PM
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      Australia: Children with same-sex parents have ‘better overall health’ than national average

      by Aaron Day
      28 June 2013, 6:54pm


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





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

      by Satish Cheney

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Jul 2, 2013


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


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





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

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

      BY Rev. Mel White

      June 25 2013 2:17 PM ET


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





      Brazil: Gay ‘cure’ bill withdrawn before vote in Parliament

      by Scott Roberts
      3 July 2013, 4:24pm


      A politician in Brazil who proposed legislation that would allow psychiatrists to treat homosexuality as a disease has withdrawn the bill before giving representatives a chance to vote on it.





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

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


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





      Gay Pride Banner Could Prompt South Louisiana Flag Limit

      Associated Press

      Sunday Jul 7, 2013


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


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





      July 16, 2013 10:30AM

      Arson, Torture and Murder Devastate LGBT Activists in Cameroon

      Post by Peter Montgomery


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




    • Affirmation: United Methodists
      Some Gay-Rights Activists Regret Focus on Marriage by David Crary Associated Press
      Message 2 of 6 , Jul 22 7:19 PM
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        Some Gay-Rights Activists Regret Focus on Marriage

        by David Crary

        Associated Press

        Thursday Jul 18, 2013


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

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




        Zimmerman Verdict Sparks LGBT Groups’ Calls for Justice

        by Justin Snow

        Metro Weekly

        Friday Jul 19, 2013


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



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        Pew Republishes Sobering Statistic As Christie Signs Gay Conversion Ban by Jason St. Amand National News Editor Thursday Aug 22, 2013 In spite of the numerous
        Message 3 of 6 , Sep 5, 2013
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          Pew Republishes Sobering Statistic As Christie Signs Gay Conversion Ban

          by Jason St. Amand

          National News Editor

          Thursday Aug 22, 2013


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




          Israel to honour gay Holocaust victims with first monument

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


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




          Evangelicals Becoming More Accepting of LGBTs, Study Finds

          by Megan Barnes

          EDGE Contributor

          Monday Aug 26, 2013


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

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




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

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


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




          Israel to Build Monument to Gay Nazi Victims

          by Sergio N. Candido

          South Florida Gay News

          Monday Aug 26, 2013

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





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