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Cameroon LGBT activist granted asylum in US after receiving death threats for taking part in film

A Cameroonian LGBT activist has been reunited with her family in San Francisco after receiving death threats for appearing in a documentary on LGBT rights. The film documents how the LGBT community in Cameroon is forced to remain at the margins of society. The activist in the film, known only as Gertrude, has been granted… Read more »

Hawaii makes history with first gay marriages taking place at midnight

Dozens of gay and lesbian couples exchanged vows in the middle of the night to celebrate Hawaii becaming the 16th state to allow same-sex marriages As Hawaii’s new gay marriage law came into effect Monday (2 December), couples rushed to tie the knot at midnight. Same-sex couples in Hawaii are now able to register for… Read more »

8th US Native American tribe allows same-sex couples to wed

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe have become the 8th federally recognized Native American tribal grouping to allow same-sex couples to marry, wedding Arnold and Matthew Dahl-Wooley on their reservation Friday afternoon 8 US federally recognized Native American tribes now allow same-sex marriage, with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe marrying their first same-sex couples… Read more »

Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Passes As State Poised To Become 15th To Legalize Same Sex Marriage

Springfield — The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill legalizing same sex marriage Tuesday, putting the Land of Lincoln on course to be the 15th state to legalize same sex marriage. The House of Representatives narrowly passed the bill 61-54-2 shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday and the state senate concurred a little more than an… Read more »

Illinois Becomes 15th State To Legalize Gay Marriage

Illinois on Tuesday became the 15th state to legalize gay marriage. The marriage bill approved stalled out twice – in the Senate in late 2012 and in the House in May – before finding sufficient support to clear both the House and the Senate in one day. With one vote to spare (61-54) the House… Read more »

Justice presides over gay wedding ceremony at U.S. Supreme Court

Washington (Reuters) – Four months after the U.S.Supreme Court issued two major rulings on gay marriage, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on Tuesday presided over a same-sex wedding ceremony at the court building. Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg confirmed that O’Connor, appointed to the court by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1981, oversaw the… Read more »

New Jersey Supreme Court Won’t Delay Start Of Gay Marriage

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Friday unanimously denied a request to delay a lower court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey on Monday. “The state has advanced a number of arguments, but none of them overcome this reality: Same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today,” the court… Read more »

U.S. Olympic Committee Adds Sexual Orientation To Charter

The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) board on Thursday voted in favor of adding sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policy. The move comes as Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Over the summer, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed laws which prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting Russian-born children and the public promotion… Read more »

Senate confirms Todd M. Hughes as first openly gay federal appeals judge

The Senate voted 98 to 0 on Tuesday to confirm the appointment of a Justice Department lawyer as the nation’s first openly gay judge on a federal appeals court. Todd M. Hughes, who has served as deputy director of the commercial litigation branch of Justice’s Civil Division since 2007, will join the U.S. Court of… Read more »

6th US Native American tribal nation allows same-sex marriage

Washington state’s Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation council has voted to legalize same-sex marriages on their lands, becoming only the 6th US Native American tribal nation to do so The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has become only the 6th US Native American tribal nation to allow same-sex marriage on their territories. On… Read more »

Chelsea Manning, Formerly Bradley, Comes Out Transgender

Wikileaks source Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, on Thursday came out transgender. Manning made her announcement a day after he was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, read a statement on NBC’s Today show. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know… Read more »

US WikiLeaks soldier comes out as trans: ‘My name is Chelsea Manning’

Wikileaks soldier who was sentenced to 35 years in prison will live the remainder of her life as a woman The US WikiLeaks soldier sentenced to jail for 35 years has come out as transgender and will live the rest of her life as a woman. ‘I am Chelsea Manning,’ the 25-year-old revealed today (22… Read more »

Chris Christie Signs Bill Banning ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy To Minors

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Monday signed a bill banning “ex-gay” therapy to minors, making New Jersey the second state after California to prohibit so-called conversion therapy that attempts to turn gay teens straight. Christie, a Republican, waited until the last possible moment to sign the legislation. The bill would have become law within… Read more »

Gay Ambassador to Australia Marries in D.C.

John Berry, U.S. ambassador to Australia, married his partner of 17 years, Curtis Yee, on Saturday. John Berry, the newly confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Australia, married his longtime partner in Washington, D.C., Saturday, reports the Washington Blade. Berry and his partner, Curtis Yee, have been together for 17 years, and married in a ceremony at… Read more »

Gay Russian man seeks refugee status in Vancouver

Maxim Zhuravlev says stay at Vancouver homeless shelter safer than life in Russia A gay refugee claimant living in Vancouver says he fled to Canada from his native Russia to escape being persecuted for his sexual orientation. Maxim Zhuravlev is staying at a homeless shelter in downtown Vancouver, but says the conditions are far safer… Read more »

US: Minnesota and Rhode Island legalise same-sex marriage

Minnesota and Rhode Island have become the 12th and 13th US states to recognise same-sex marriage after recently passing laws permitting weddings to begin from midnight on Wednesday. The law for Minnesota came into effect yesterday allowing weddings to begin just after midnight, and 42 couples were expected to be married at Minneapolis City Hall… Read more »

Gay marriages resume in California after five-year hiatus

Same-sex couples – some in shorts and jeans, some in their work clothes – rushed to be wed in California on Friday after a court abruptly ended the state’s five-year ban on gay marriage in the wake of landmark rulings at the Supreme Court. San Francisco (Reuters) – On a balcony overlooking the grand staircase… Read more »

Gay Americans who want to marry are now better off than Europeans

30% of US citizens now live in a place where gay marriage is legal, compared to 23% of Europeans The average gay or lesbian American is now more likely to live in a place where they can marry than a European. The death of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California and was struck… Read more »

Video: Montreal a human rights ‘hot spot’

  Montreal – There are no gays in Yemen. That’s the Middle Eastern republic’s official position on homosexuality. But in the event that a person is caught committing a homosexual act in one of Yemen’s southeastern provinces, two kinds of punishment are meted out: flogging and death. In the face of the country’s profoundly homophobic… Read more »

Obama Nominates Two Openly Gay Ambassadors

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated two openly gay ambassadors. Obama named James Costos to be ambassador to Spain and Rufus Gifford to be ambassador to Denmark. The nominations come less than a week after the president named Daniel Baer, who is also gay, to be ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in… Read more »

US Secretary of State releases video in honor of Gay Pride Month

Secretary of State John Kerry declares US foreign policies include gay rights and equality The face of US foreign policy honored June as LGBT Pride Month and asserted a commitment to gay rights around the world. Secretary of State John Kerry released a video on the State Department website. He connected gay pride celebrations to… Read more »

US: High School ‘cutest couple’ finds internet fame and inspire other teens to come out

A gay high school couple who were voted “cutest” in their yearbook, became an internet sensation, finding a huge wave of support, and saying they had received messages saying they had inspired people to come out. Carmel High School students Bradley Taylor and Dylan Meehan, attended their senior prom on Monday, and said they were… Read more »

Mississippi Tops States With Gay Parents

A new report found the highest percentages of gay and lesbian couples who are raising children are located in socially conservatives states where such families are less likely to be recognized. According to new estimates from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, Salt Lake City and its suburbs have the nation’s highest… Read more »

Boy Scouts to allow gay youths to join

(CNN) – Openly gay youths will be allowed to join scouting, a historic decision the Boy Scouts of America says will keep it unclouded by “a single, divisive, and unresolved societal issue.” More than 60% of the group’s 1,400-member national council voted Thursday at an annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, for the change, which takes… Read more »

Peace Corps will accept same-sex couples

AP-The U.S Peace Corps says it will begin accepting applications from same-sex domestic partners who want to serve together as volunteers overseas. Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet says the change will diversify the pool of applicants who want to help improve the quality of education, health care and economic development in host countries around… Read more »

The Neurology of Disgust

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below. Growing up believing you are an abomination is strange. But, if you are gay and grew up in Kansas (or many other parts of the world) — like I did — it’s not all that… Read more »

Minnesota gay-marriage law signed

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday signed a bill making gay marriage legal in Minnesota, the 12th state to take the step, as thousands of onlookers cheered. “What a day for Minnesota!” Dayton, a Democrat, declared moments before putting his signature on a bill. “And what a difference a year and an election can make in… Read more »

Minnesota State Senate passes gay marriage bill by a close vote of 37-30

Becomes the 12th state in the US to pass marriage equality After more than four hours of debate, the Minnesota State Senate passed a bill that will make their state the 12th in the US to make gay marriage legal. The bill passed by a margin of 37-30. Minnesota is the first state legislature in… Read more »

Minnesota Senate Approves Gay Marriage Bill

The Minnesota Senate on Monday approved a gay marriage bill, paving the way for Minnesota to become the 12th state to legalize such unions. After a roughly four-hour debate, the Senate approved the measure with a 37-30 vote, four days after the Minnesota House approved the measure. It was a dramatic reversal for the chamber… Read more »

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee Signs Gay Marriage Bill

Moments after a gay marriage bill cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, an independent, signed it into law on the steps of the State House. The measure cleared the Senate last Wednesday with the help of all 5 of its Republican members. It returned to a House committee on… Read more »

Why Still So Few Use Condoms

With the “next-generation condom” initiative, Bill Gates is acknowledging that the practical reasons people don’t use condoms warrant honest conversation. As the late author Norman Mailer put it, “The only thing you can depend on with condoms is that they will take 20 to 50 percent off your f***.” In a conversation with Madonna on… Read more »

With the Words ‘I’m Gay,’ an N.B.A. Center Breaks a Barrier

In 12 seasons as an N.B.A. player, Jason Collins has never been an All-Star or a scoring leader or even a full-time starter, but on Monday he shattered one of the last great barriers in professional sports. “I’m a 34-year-old N.B.A. center. I’m black and I’m gay,” Collins, who finished this season with the Washington… Read more »

Scouts to allow gay members, not leaders

Los Angeles – Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America agreed on Friday to admit gay youth members while maintaining a ban on adult leaders, drawing criticism from both homosexual groups and conservatives. The executive committee of the organisation – which launched a review of the contentious issue in February – passed a resolution that… Read more »

UN chief Ban Ki-moon to lead global campaign for gay rights

UN Secretary-General says ‘culture, tradition or religion’ is no excuse, governments have to protect gay, bisexual and trans people in strongest speech yet on issue The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has promised to lead a global campaign for LGBT rights. And he has told governments around the world that they have a… Read more »

USAID launches partnership to promote LGBT rights

The U.S. Agency for International Development on Monday unveiled a public-private partnership designed to promote LGBT rights around the world. USAID will work with the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law and Olivia Companies on… Read more »

Loving Uganda to Death: The Global Reach of Far-Right Christian Hatred

While conservative evangelical and Catholic leaders complain loudly about the “persecution” they suffer in the United States, the culture wars they are igniting and supporting around the world subject LGBT people and their allies to very real persecution. The role that American religious right leaders have played in fomenting anti-gay bigotry in Uganda has been… Read more »

Who Wanted to Take the Case on Gay Marriage? Ask Scalia

Washington — Why did the Supreme Court agree in December to hear a major same-sex marriage case and then seem to think it had made a terrible mistake on Tuesday when it came time for arguments? The answer lies in the gap between two numbers. It takes four votes to hear a case and five… Read more »

Supreme Court pursues pragmatism, not justice in LGBTQ rights

The Supreme Court of the United States, if oral arguments heard on Tuesday and Wednesday are an indication, is not likely to expand civil and human rights for LGBTQ Americans in all 50 states. It reflects pragmatism, not justice. Polls show increasing support among Americans for marriage equality. Telling Alabama, Mississippi, or Kentucky, however, that… Read more »

Gay people live in 50 Americas

(CNN) – Three years ago, when Scott Hamilton moved from New York to Oklahoma for work, his marriage, and all the rights that went with it, dissolved in the transition. That’s because Oklahoma — a deeply conservative place — is one of 38 states that bans marriages between same-sex couples. To make the move, Hamilton,… Read more »

Indigenous LGBT political leaders bring concerns to D.C.

On Saturday, March 16, indigenous LGBT elected officials and candidates from North and South America provided testimony at a public hearing at the Inter American Commission on Human Rights at the Organization of American States. Three leaders representing indigenous populations in Bolivia, Mexico and the United States testified at the panel “Situation of the Human… Read more »