Tag Archives: LGBT rights

Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Gay Arkansas Birth Certificate Law, Neil Gorsuch Among Dissenting Votes

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court has ruled for same-sex couples who complained an Arkansas birth certificate law discriminated against them. The justices on Monday issued an unsigned opinion reversing an Arkansas high court ruling that upheld the law. Under the law, married lesbian couples had to get a court order to have both spouses listed as parents on ...

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SCOTUS Agrees To Hear Anti-Gay Colorado Baker Case

The Washington Examiner reports: The Supreme Court decided Monday to hear a case involving a Colorado baker’s refusal to design and make a cake for a same-sex marriage. The baker, Jake Phillips, declined to make the custom cake and said it conflicted with his religious beliefs. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission decided that Phillips’ actions amounted to sexual orientation discrimination ...

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LIVE VIDEO: New York City Pride Parade

From New York City’s ABC affiliate: Thousands are expected to take part in the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March on Sunday. The march in Manhattan, which starts on Fifth Avenue, ends in the West Village. WABC-TV will be its official television partner and broadcast the march. The NYC Pride March started in 1970 as a civil rights demonstration on the ...

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ISTANBUL: Governor Bans LGBT Pride Parade For Second Year After Threats From Ultra-Nationalist Group

Reuters reports: Istanbul’s governor has banned a gay and transgender pride march which was due to take place in the city on Sunday, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group. It will be the second year running that Istanbul’s LGBT march, described in the past as the biggest in the Muslim world, has been blocked by city authorities. ...

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Tony Perkins Celebrates “Good News” That Federal Court Approved Mississippi’s License To Discriminate

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: It’s rare to get good news from the courts these days, but in Mississippi, Governor Phil Bryant (R) got exactly that. Before the ink had even dried on his Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, a group of liberal activists at the ACLU filed suit. In one of the ...

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New York City Declares “Laverne Cox Day” [VIDEO]

Mic reports: June 22 is now officially Laverne Cox Day in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, made the surprise announcement on Thursday when the actress made an appearance at his official residence, Gracie Mansion. “Can you believe that a black transgender woman from Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother has a day in New ...

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CALIFORNIA: Government Restricts Publicly Funded Travel To Four More States Over New Anti-LGBT Laws

The Sacramento Bee reports: California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that leaders here view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states. The new additions to California’s restricted travel list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota. They join Kansas, Mississippi, North ...

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GERMANY: Parliament Annuls Nazi-Era Convictions For Homosexuality, Offers Compensation To Survivors

Germany’s The Local reports: Germany’s parliament voted Thursday to quash the convictions of 50,000 gay men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war and offer compensation. After decades of lobbying, victims and activists hailed a triumph in the struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under ...

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Jeff Sessions On DOJ Pride Event Honoring Transgender Student: We’ll Protect And Defend Trans Rights [VIDEO]

THIS was expected. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A day after an LGBT employee group at the Justice Department announced plans to honor lawyers and a student seeking to advance transgender rights at a pride month program next week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke positively to staff Thursday about the upcoming event. “We are going to have a pride group, ...

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GALLUP: 61% Of Cohabiting Gay Couples Are Married

Gallup reports: Two years after the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that states could not prohibit same-sex marriages, 10.2% of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) adults in the U.S. are married to a same-sex spouse. That is up from 7.9% in the months prior to the Supreme Court decision in 2015, but only marginally higher than the ...

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BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Gives Go-Ahead To Mississippi Law Legalizing Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The Associated Press reports: A federal appeals court says Mississippi can start enforcing a law that will let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a judge’s decision that had blocked the law before it could take effect last July. U.S. District Judge Carlton ...

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At The Inaugural Village Voice Pride Awards

Last night longtime JMG photographer Dr. Jeff Smith and I headed to downtown Manhattan’s swanky Capitale to work the red carpet at the inaugural Village Voice Pride Awards, where emcee Alan Cumming feted the cast of Sense8, Edie Windsor, pop duo Tegan & Sara, Bob The Drag Queen, Ali Forney Center founder Carl Siciliano, transgender youth activist Gavin Grimm, designer ...

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Joe Biden At Democratic LGBT Gala: Hold Donald Trump Accountable To His Claim To Be Your Friend [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden, warning of transgender Americans “under attack” in Republican-led states, on Wednesday challenged the nation’s LGBT community to push back against President Donald Trump’s administration. “Hold President Trump accountable for his pledge to be your friend,” Biden declared at a private LGBT gala hosted by the Democratic National Committee in New York. ...

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ISTANBUL: Ultra-Nationalists Vow To Disrupt Pride Because Gays Want To Stop Straights From Having Sex

Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reports: The Alperen Hearths, an ultra-nationalist youth organization linked to right-wing nationalist Great Union Party (BBP), has threatened the LGBT Pride March set to take place on June 25 in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, vowing to prevent the march from taking place. “If the state allows it, we will not. We will not allow them to walk. ...

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Queen Vows UK Will Protect Gays From Discrimination As Tories Seek Coalition With Anti-LGBT Party [VIDEO]

Gay Star News reports: Queen Elizabeth II has vowed the UK will protect people based on sexual orientation. The Conservative party, in an attempt to claw back after their failed bid to win a bigger majority in the UK election, has agreed to work with the homophobic DUP from Northern Ireland. Written by the Government, the Queen’s Speech was heard ...

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RUSSIA: Vice News Reports From Inside The Chechen Prison Where Gays Were Tortured And Killed [VIDEO]

Via press release from HBO: VICE News has obtained exclusive access to Argun Prison in Chechnya where it is alleged that gay men were rounded up and tortured as part of an unprecedented ‘anti-gay purge’ by Chechnya’s law enforcement. VICE News is the first international news organization to be allowed into the location, capturing images and footage from the now ...

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FRANCE: European Court Of Human Rights Rules Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” Law To Be Discriminatory

The Guardian reports: A Russian law that bans gay “propaganda” encourages homophobia and discrimination, the European court of human rights has ruled, in a sharply worded rebuke to the Kremlin. Three Russian gay rights activists brought the case against the 2013 federal statute, widely known as the “gay propaganda” law, after they were arrested between 2009-12 for protesting against local ...

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BRAZIL: Millions Attend Sao Paulo Pride [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Revelers gathered in Sao Paulo on Sunday for one of the world’s largest gay pride parades with this year’s event focusing on the threat of religious fundamentalism to Brazil’s LGBT community. Under a giant rainbow-colored flag, revelers of all ages, many wearing bright wigs, turned the city’s Paulista avenue into a multicolored sea of people filling ...

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GERMANY: Green Party Demands Marriage Equality As Their Condition For Joining Coalition Government

Reuters reports: Germany’s Greens are open to working with any party except the right-wing Alternative for Germany after a September vote but will list gay marriage as a condition, which could make it tricky to work with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. The Greens, which also named climate protection as their price for participating in government, could be a kingmaker in ...

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UKRAINE: Thousands Of Riot Police Flank Pride Parade To Protect Attendees From Ultra-Nationalists [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Thousands of people attended a gay pride parade in Ukraine’s capital amid tight security Sunday. A counter-demonstration by a few hundred ultra-nationalists resulted in scuffles with police in which two officers were injured and six people arrested, Kiev police chief Andrei Krishchenko said. Much of downtown Kiev was cordoned off and about 5,000 police officers were ...

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