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GERMANY: Government To Annul Convictions Of 50K Men Charged Under Old Anti-Homosexuality Laws

The compensation aspect is intriguing. The BBC reports: Germany is set to annul the convictions of gay men under a law criminalising homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-war Germany. Justice Minister Heiko Maas is to overturn the convictions and create a “right to compensation”. About 50,000 men were convicted between 1946 and 1969, under a 19th Century law that ...

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EUROPE: Scotland Tops List Of Gay-Friendly Nations

From the Herald Scotland: Scotland would be rated as the most gay-friendly and tolerant nation in Europe if it was separate from the rest of the UK, new research has found. A survey measuring equality and human rights found that Scotland would top a European league table after meeting 90 per cent of the criteria laid down by campaigning group ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Democrats Introduce Bill To Replace HB2 With Full LGBT Anti-Discrimination Protections

Via press release: Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, commended North Carolina Representatives Chris Sgro, Pricey Harrison, Susan Fisher, and Kelly Alexander for introducing a comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill in the North Carolina General Assembly. This bill would be a companion to HB 946, sponsored by Representatives Jackson, ...

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Dan Savage Talks LGBT Rights With Colbert [VIDEO]

Dan Savage appeared on The Late Show last night to talk about transgender rights, North Carolina, and Caitlyn Jenner with host Stephen Colbert, who spun the segment into an amusing tangent when he questioned Savage about the ever-increasing LGBTQIA-etc nomenclature. Savage also expounded on the “complicated” situation with Donald Trump and LGBT rights. Watch below and take note of Savage’s ...

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CALIFORNIA: Assembly Approves Ban On State-Funded Travel To All States With Anti-LGBT Laws

The ban was approved by a 54-21 vote and now moves to the state Senate. Via press release from Equality California: AB 1887, authored by Asm. Evan Low (D-Campbell), would prohibit state-funded or sponsored travel to a state that, after June 26, 2015, has enacted a law that voids or repeals existing state or local protections against discrimination on the ...

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Justice Department Announces Lawsuit Against North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Over Hate Law

The Human Rights Campaign recaps what just happened: Today, HRC and Equality NC responded to an announcement by Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, the state’s Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina and Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina. ...

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper Slams Gov. Pat McCrory’s Lawsuit: Enough Is Enough [VIDEO]

Posted this afternoon to the YouTube channel of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper: Since Governor McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law just weeks ago, there has been a real and devastating impact on North Carolina’s economy and reputation. Already we have lost thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in economic activity. And now the governor ...

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LIVE VIDEO: AG Loretta Lynch Announces “Law Enforcement Action” Against North Carolina’s Hate Law

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch is due to announce “law enforcement action” against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law at 3:30PM. Embedded below is the Department Of Justice’s live stream. Grab your popcorn and watch with us. UPDATE: WOW, what a great speech. I’ve posted her remarks below.

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LIVE VIDEO: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Speaks On Anti-Trans Lawsuit Filed Against Federal Government

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is speaking to the press about the anti-trans lawsuit he filed this morning against the federal government. UPDATE: The live stream has concluded. Below is a recording of the press conference.

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BOOM: Attorney General Loretta Lynch To Unveil “Law Enforcement Action” Against North Carolina At 3:30PM

Quick reaction from the feds! Via Talking Points Memo: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is slated to announce law enforcement action related to North Carolina Monday at 3:30 p.m. E.T., according to a Justice Department statement. The press conference comes after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced a lawsuit against the federal government in response to a Justice Department letter ...

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s Lawsuit: Transgender Americans Have No Rights Under Under Federal Law

CNN reports: North Carolina’s lawsuit, filed by McCrory and state Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry, calls the Justice Department’s position a “radical reinterpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.” Title VII, among other things, outlaws discrimination in federally assisted programs and authorizes Lynch to file lawsuits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities. North Carolina attacks ...

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HIV/AIDS Activist Michael Rajner Explains What Is Expected From Clinton And Sanders [VIDEO]

Earlier today I reported that Bernie Sanders canceled his meeting with HIV/AIDS activists, despite his denouncement of Hillary Clinton’s ahistorical recounting of Nancy Reagan’s role in the early years of the pandemic. Clinton will meet with activists later this week. Yesterday activist Michael Rajner appeared on MSNBC to explain what they are hoping to hear from both candidates. Watch this.

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MISSISSIPPI: ACLU Sues State Over Hate Law

Via press release from the ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi today filed a lawsuit to challenge an anti-LGBT law passed this spring that allows public officials and businesses to refuse to serve gay and transgender individuals. The lawsuit, which targets the registrar of vital records, was filed on behalf of ACLU of Mississippi members ...

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Sanders Cancels Meeting With HIV/AIDS Activists

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Bernie Sanders has cancelled a meeting with HIV advocates his campaign affirmed days before the crucial New York Democratic primary he would attend, according to the activists who sought to arrange the meeting. The 30-minute meeting between Sanders and HIV advocates was set for May 13 in Indianapolis. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton also ...

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FEDERAL D-DAY: Co-Sponsor Of North Carolina’s Hate Bill Says Law Is Reasonable, Opposes Repeal [VIDEO]

Today is the federal deadline for North Carolina to repeal or rescind the anti-trans portion of its anti-LGBT hate law. This morning state Rep. Don Bishop, one of the law’s co-sponsors, appeared on CNN where he told host Chris Cuomo that HB2 is a “very common sense and reasonable law.” Bishop did allow for the possibility of “tweaking” the law, ...

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CNN POLL: Whopping 75% Support Transgender Rights, Majority Oppose North Carolina’s Hate Law

Let’s see Tony Perkins spin THIS: Americans broadly oppose laws that would require transgender people to use facilities that correspond with their gender at birth rather than their gender identity, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, and three-quarters favor laws guaranteeing equal protection for transgender individuals. Overall, 57% say they oppose laws requiring transgender individuals to use facilities that do ...

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Denounces “Unrealistic Federal Bullies” For HB2 Repeal Demand [VIDEO]

To his credit, host Chris Wallace points out that there are no cases of trans people assaulting people in restrooms. Fox News reports: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Sunday that he will comply with the Justice Department’s Monday deadline to either scrap its transgender bathroom law or face legal action and risk losing federal funds. “I’ll make a decision ...

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Dan Savage Schools Coulter On Trans Rights [VIDEO]

Last night Dan Savage and Ann Coulter battled over transgender rights on Bill Maher’s HBO show, with Coulter making the familiar and widely-debunked claim that predators will use so-called “bathroom laws” to assault women and children. Andy Towle has Savage’s best line: “They couldn’t demagogue anymore about gays and lesbians because too many of us are out and too many ...

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ITALY: Civil Unions Bill Nears Final Vote

The Local reports: The justice committee of Italy’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved the Senate version of a hotly-contested same-sex unions bill, paving the way for the lower house to begin examining the bill’s full text on May 9th. The bill, which Prime Minister Matteo Renzi put his government on the line for after resorting to a confidence ...

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BREAKING: Alabama Commission Files Ethics Charges Against State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore

UPDATE BELOW: Moore Has been suspended.  Earlier….. Just in from the SPLC: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore could once again be removed from the bench as the result of judicial ethics complaints filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after he instructed state court judges to defy a federal court order and enforce the state’s unconstitutional ban on same-sex ...

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