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United Nations Marks Human Rights Day With Campaign On Social Costs Of Anti-LGBT Discrimination [VIDEO]

As part of Human Rights Day, United Nations delegates will today be shown the below Zachary Quinto-narrated video about the social costs of anti-LGBT discrimination. This is the first such campaign for the UN. Watch below.

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POLL: Houston Voters Would Reject LGBT Rights Ordinance Even Without “Bathroom” Issue

Houston Public Media reports: Experts agreed that HERO lost on Nov. 3 because voters were convinced by the opponents’ message that it would lead to men dressed as women going into women’s bathrooms. The ordinance protected 15 different characteristics from discrimination, including gender identity. A reasonable conclusion then could be that the ordinance would have passed if you only take ...

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White House: LGBT Refugees To Get Priority

The White House has rejected any quota for LGBT Syrian refugees but says their asylum requests will get priority attention due to their status as a persecuted minority. Stand by for Teabagistan to completely lose their shit. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: White House Press Josh Earnest explained the administration’s position in response to a question from the ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Federal Lawsuit Challenges Marriage Opt-Out For County Magistrates

A team of North Carolina attorneys has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law which allows officials to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses in the name of Jesus. The Charlotte Observer reports: Attorneys Jake Sussman, Luke Largess and John Gresham are part of the legal team that filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday. They claim ...

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IOWA: Hotel Calls 911 Over Trans Patrons [AUDIO]

The ACLU has filed a complaint. They write: “911, what’s your emergency?” There are a lot of situations that may warrant calling 911. But seeing a transgender person is not one of them. But that’s exactly what a hotel manager in West Des Moines, Iowa, did when Meagan Taylor and her friend, both Black transgender women, checked into the hotel. ...

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Legendary AIDS Activists: End PrEP Profiteering

Last night a group of noted AIDS activists including Peter Staley and Larry Kramer met in the very apartment where the Gay Men’s Health Crisis was formed 33 years ago to denounce the “abusive pricing” and “profiteering” which continues to put cost of PrEP beyond the means of much of the world. The group has issued a statement: We – ...

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New Hillary Clinton Pro-LGBT Campaign Ad Is First To Show Same-Sex Kissing [VIDEO]

Mark David Stern applauds at Slate: On Sunday, Hillary Clinton released a campaign ad touting her record as an advocate for LGBT rights. The 70-second spot is a pretty low-budget affair, interweaving Clinton’s pro-LGBT speeches (including her landmark Geneva address) with clips of lovey-dovey gay couples. Democratic candidates release stuff like this all the time, and the ad would be ...

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Marco Rubio Pledges To Reverse Obama’s “Sinful” Executive Order On LGBT Employment Protections

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has pledged to reverse President Obama’s executive order barring anti-LGBT workplace discrimination among federal contractors, saying faith-based businesses are “being compelled to sin by government in their business conduct.” Rubio made the remarks during Thanksgiving week in the same interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network in which he ...

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NETHERLANDS: Gay Refugees Moved To Separate Housing After Attacks By Fellow Refugees

Dutch News reports: Five gay asylum seekers in Amsterdam have been moved to a new location after they were spat on and attacked by other people in their refugee centre, the Parool says on Friday. The five – three from Syria, one from Iran and one from Iraq – have been moved to a house owned by housing corporation Rochdale. ...

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CDC: HIV Infections Dropped 19% Over Last Decade

The CDC today reports that new HIV infections dropped by 19% in the years from 2005 to 2014. But as their headline glumly notes, “progress is uneven” in some communities, especially for black and Latino gay and bisexual men. From their report: Annual HIV diagnoses in the United States fell by 19 percent from 2005 to 2014, driven by dramatic ...

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Gay Dads Star In Touching New Allstate Ad [VIDEO]

“Danny and Andrew had a lot of memorable firsts in 2015. See what’s made the year so special for their family.” You know who will be ever so pissed. Watch below.

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Breitbart Has The Ireland Sadz

A few days ago Ireland made it illegal to fire teachers for being gay. As it turns out, that action was an attack against the Baby Jesus. Breitbart wails: Ireland has stripped away laws which protected the rights of people to freedom of religion when in conflict with gay rights. The move comes just weeks after the first Irish gay ...

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Pharma Douche Martin Shkreli: I Just Wish I’d Raised The Cost Of That AIDS Drug Even More

Pharma douchebro Martin Shkreli has told Forbes that he regrets not having raised the cost of his AIDS drug even more than he did. From the interview: Martin Shkreli hasn’t changed. If anything, the provocative pharmaceutical CEO — who became “the most hated man in America” earlier this year — thinks he didn’t go far enough when he hiked the ...

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NORTHERN IRELAND: Belfast Court To Issue Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit “After Christmas”

The BBC reports: Judgement in a landmark legal case challenging Northern Ireland’s ban on same-sex marriage will be delivered after Christmas. The case has been taken by two same-sex couples who were the first people in the UK to enter civil partnerships in 2005. Their lawyer claimed they are suffering state discrimination as a result of the ban. Judgement was ...

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Emerald City Is Burning [VIDEO]

NBC really ramped up the gay for The Wiz Live last night, serving Emerald City realness complete with voguing Munchkins who chant “Slay! Fierce!” and characters who accuse each other of throwing shade. The A. V. Club raves: And that’s how you put on a show! The Wiz Live! may be NBC’s third attempt at staging a live musical, but ...

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Homocon Jimmy LaSalvia: I’m Voting For Hillary

After years of mocking progressives and the gay left, (possibly reformed) homocon GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia says he is voting for Hillary Clinton. Via the Washington Blade: Jimmy LaSalvia, author of “No Hope” and political commentator who has bolted the Republican Party, declared his support for Clinton as “an independent voter and former GOP activist” in an op-ed for the ...

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MARYLAND: Gay Republican Runs For US Senate

Tuesday night openly gay Maryland Republican Chrys Kefalas formally announced his bid for the US Senate on Fox News. DCist reports: Maryland has an interesting candidate for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Democrat Barbara A. Mikulski when she retires in 2017. Chrys Kefalas served as a speechwriter for U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, is engaged to the “Ryan ...

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Guinness World Records Recognizes World’s Oldest Performing Drag Queen, Michelle DuBarry, Age 84

Guinness World Records has made it official. Toronto’s Michelle DuBarry, 84, is the world’s oldest performing drag queen. The Toronto Star reports: As she twirls around a stage belting out Doris Day lyrics, you’d never think Michelle DuBarry is 84. But along with her birthday this week came the title of World’s Oldest Performing Drag Queen. Russell Alldread — Michelle ...

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IRELAND: Approved Bill Protects LGBT Teachers

Big news for LGBT teachers in Ireland, where the Catholic Church runs most public schools. From the Irish Journal: The Dail has passed a Bill that will make it illegal for religious-run schools to discriminate against LGBT teachers over their sexuality. The Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 amends the provisions of Section 37(1) of the Employment Equality Act. It has ...

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ARKANSAS: Man Applies To Place “Gay Pride Festivus Pole” On Grounds Of State Capitol Building [VIDEO]

Arkansas Matters reports: A Florida man applied on Monday afternoon to place a “Gay Pride Festivus Pole” at the state Capitol grounds in Little Rock. Executive Director for the Humanity Fund Chaz Stevens said he sent in an Arkansas Secretary of State Temporary Display application around 1 p.m. on Monday. Stevens said that he erected his first Festivus pole in ...

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