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Marco Rubio Blasts Chechnya’s Violent Crusade Against Gay Men, Calls On US Government To Act [VIDEO]

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) denounced on the Senate floor Monday the ongoing reports of anti-gay arrests and detention in Chechnya, blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for allowing them to happen. Rubio, who previously denounced the alleged atrocities on Twitter, called on the U.S. government to “do more to ensure that all people are ...

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Pastor Who Said Pulse Victims Got What They Deserved Gets Sentenced To 35 Years For Child Molestation

ABC News reports: A judge has sentenced Brunswick Pastor Kenneth Adkins to life for aggravated child molestation Tuesday morning. Adkins’ sentencing states he must serve a minimum of 35 years in prison, with the rest served on probation. He also faces up to 20 years for every additional charge, all to run concurrently. Adkins turned himself in on one count ...

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FRANCE: Partner Of Slain Paris Police Officer Delivers Moving Remarks At Memorial Ceremony [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The two candidates in France’s hotly contested presidential election called a brief truce Tuesday to honor a police officer gunned down last week on the Champs-Elysees. Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and the far-right’s Marine Le Pen attended an emotional memorial ceremony for Xavier Jugele, a 37-year-old officer who was gunned down Thursday while sitting in a ...

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Caitlyn Jenner Tells Fox News: I Never Outwardly Supported Trump, The Media Did That For Me [VIDEO]

Via Breitbart: On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Caitlyn Jenner said, “I’m not a one-issue voter.” But that there is a lot of pressure to be a single-issue voter, and “A lot in our community are…were very upset that I, you know, I was a Republican, and I said at the Republican National Convention, I ...

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TAIWAN: Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Due May 24th

The China Post reports: Taiwan’s grand justices are poised to make a landmark ruling concerning the constitutionality of a bar on same-sex marriage May 24, its secretariat confirmed Monday. 14 justices heard the arguments from gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei [photo], his attorneys and other government officials last month, over whether the Civil Code’s description of marriage as between a ...

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New York Times Warns Trump Administration: Time Is Not On The Side Of Gays Living In Terror In Chechnya

From the editorial board of the New York Times: Moscow is unlikely to take meaningful action against Chechnya, or to rethink its broader policy toward gay rights, in the absence of strong and sustained international pressure. In recent years several countries from the Americas and Europe have promoted equality for gay and transgender people as universal human rights. The Obama ...

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New Los Angeles Times Reporting Guidelines Call For Avoiding The Usage Of “Openly Gay” And “Homosexual”

From the Los Angeles Times: The Times has updated its guidelines for covering the LGBTQ community. As our understanding of gender and sexual orientation evolves, so does language. The Times’ goal is to be contemporary, clear and flexible, while maintaining consistency of style. “Queer” previously was considered a term to avoid because of its history as a pejorative. However, “queer” ...

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FORT LAUDERDALE: Activists Slam Mayor For Coming Prayer Breakfast With Anti-LGBT Hate Group Leader

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Calling his message hate speech, critics have unleashed a torrent of opposition against one of the speakers for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast — and against the Fort Lauderdale mayor himself. Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, a conservative Christian who has spoken out against same-sex marriage and adoption of children by same-sex couples, is ...

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TEXAS: Haters Sue Over Plano’s LGBT Rights Ordinance

Back in early 2015 a Texas coalition of haters that included Rafael Cruz and Texas Values head Jonathan Saenz failed to qualify a ballot measure to repeal Plano’s brand new LGBT rights ordinance. This week another attempt was launched in the courts. Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: If Plano leaders want to legislate in secret, then ...

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Matt Baume’s Weekly LGBT News Debrief [VIDEO]

Clip recap: Alabama’s anti-gay Chief Justice Roy Moore is lashing out against his colleagues on the Alabama Supreme Court, who this week told him, essentially, “get out and stay out.” A lawmaker says he wants to expand opportunities for adoption, but his solution is to prevent gay couples from adopting. We’ll cover the latest from Chechnya, including new measures from ...

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REPORT: Gay British MP Claims Chechnya’s President Has Vowed To Eliminate All Gay Men By Ramadan

Even though gays don’t exist there? Gay Star News reports: Chechnya’s president has vowed to ‘eliminate’ all gay men by the end of May. Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, threatened to rid the area of homosexuality ‘by Ramadan’. Ramadan, Islam’s holy month, begins on 26 May this year. Speaking to Gay Star News, a Foreign and Commonwealth Office ...

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Caitlyn Jenner Breaks With Trump And GOP: You Mess With My Community And I’m Coming After You [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Caitlyn Jenner is clear about what matters most to her — and it’s no longer her Republican views. The transgender reality TV star said despite voting for Donald Trump, she no longer supports him and is instead dedicated to standing by her community. “Here’s the deal: Yes, I did vote for Trump, but here’s ...

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FRANCE: Cop Killed In Last Night’s Paris Terror Attack Was Member Of French LGBT Police Officers Group

The Independent reports: The police officer killed by a gunman in Paris has been identified as a man who responded to ISIS’ previous attacks on the French capital in November 2015. Xavier Jugelé, 37, was one of hundreds of officers deployed to the Bataclan as militants massacred 90 people with guns and suicide vests. He returned to the concert hall ...

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Hillary Clinton Slams Trump On LGBT Rights, Calls For Administration To Demand Action In Chechnya [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump’s administration for what she said were moves against LGBT rights during a fundraiser for an LGBT community center in New York City on Thursday. “Each time this administration elevates an outspoken opponent of LGBT equality — sometimes in particularly cruel ways like replacing the first openly gay Secretary of the Army ...

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Kremlin Spox Dismisses Reports Of Chechen Murders Of Gay Men After Putin Meets With Chechen Leader

Radio Free Europe reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman sought to downplay evidence of a campaign of abuse targeting gay men in Chechnya, saying the Kremlin has “heard no confirmation” of reports that have prompted outrage in the West. Speaking to journalists on April 20, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin has no reason to doubt regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s ...

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NIGERIA: 53 Charged With Attending Gay Wedding

The BBC reports: Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding. The accused, arrested last Saturday, have denied the allegations, with their lawyers saying they were illegally detained. The court released the group on bail and the case was remanded to 8 May. Homosexual acts are ...

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TEXAS: Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals Orders State To Pay $600K In Legal Fees To Marriage Equality Plaintiffs

The Dallas News reports: Two Texas couples who fought to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage were awarded more than $600,000 in attorneys fees and other costs, a federal appeals court decided this week. Mark Phariss and husband Vic Holmes and Cleopatra DeLeon and wife Nicole Dimetman waged a years-long legal battle to do away with Texas’ anti-gay-marriage laws. ...

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CANADA: Activists Issue Request For Emergency Visas To Evacuate Endangered Gay Men From Chechnya

Via press release: With recent reports of abductions, detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and deaths targeting gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, a Canadian non-profit human rights organization announced today an emergency response plan to assist those in danger. Founded in 2006, Rainbow Railroad actively assists LGBTQ people escape danger through its global network of safe routes. “Since we first received ...

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Demands Investigation Into Murders And Torture Of Gay Men By Chechen Police

Via press release: We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association. If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored – Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses. We are ...

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TEXAS: New Tourism Study Pegs Potential Annual Bathroom Bill Losses At $3.3B And 35,000 Jobs

The San Antonio Express-News reports: A proposed law to prevent transgender Texans from using bathrooms tied to their gender identity could cost the state more than $3 billion in annual tourism business, according to an economic impact study published Monday. The state’s nearly $129 billion tourism industry would take a $3.3 billion hit each year and see an annual loss ...

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