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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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.