LGBT News

TEXAS: Bakery Refuses Wedding Cake For Gay Couple

This being a small town in Texas the couple has no legal recourse. From the Longview News-Journal: A same-sex couple says they were saddened last week when a Longview bakery refused to bake their wedding cake, and the business owner said it would have offended her faith for the business to be linked to the event. Ben Valencia and Luis …

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GERMANY: First Major LGBT Refugee Center Opens

As reported here several times, LGBT refugees from Syria and other nations continue to face abuse and violence in Europe’s burgeoning refugee centers. Yesterday authorities in Germany did something about it. Via The Local: Germany will on Tuesday open a shelter for homosexual refugees with space for more than 120 people, the association behind the project said. Speaking at a …

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“Molecular Scissors” Seek Out Lingering HIV

A fascinating development via ArsTechnica: As long as there’s lingering HIV, patients must keep taking the drugs, which cause side-effects, make for high prescription bills, and raise the threat of drug resistance. At least, that’s the case for now. In a new study, scientists reveal a possible way to literally hack those lurking viruses out of a person’s DNA strands. …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Pat McCrory Vows To Undo Charlotte’s LGBT Rights Law And All Others In The State

Before the Charlotte City Council even voted to approve its LGBT rights law last night, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had vowed “immediate intervention” if it were to pass. Tonight McCrory and state GOP leaders are moving to make that promise come true and then some. Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Gov. McCrory said legislators …

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NEW YORK: Alliance Defending Freedom Surrenders, No More Appeals For Anti-Gay Wedding Venue

Last month the appellate division of the New York Supreme Court told Alliance Defending Freedom to take a hike when they affirmed New York’s public accommodations laws in the case of an upstate wedding venue that had been fined for turning away a same-sex couple. Today the ADF announced that they are surrendering. The Associated Press reports: The owners of …

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AUSTRALIA: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Orders Investigation Into Pro-LGBT Safe Schools Program

Remember the nutters from Australia’s “Stop Safe Schools” group whose protest backfired, resulting in a financial windfall for an LGBT prom? Now those haters are celebrating after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered an investigation into the entire program. From the Sydney Morning Herald: Turnbull has ordered a review into a controversial school education program aimed at promoting acceptance of gay, …

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GEORGIA: Gov. Nathan Deal Promises Changes To Bill Which Legalized Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Deal is being pressured by Georgia’s business leaders but he hasn’t said what the changes might be. Via the Associated Press: Georgia’s governor indicated Monday that changes are coming to a bill allowing faith-based organizations to refuse service to gay couples without repercussion. Supporters say it’s intended to prevent religious adoption agencies, schools and other organizations from losing licenses, state …

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WEST VIRGINIA: State Sen. Craig Blair Introduces Bill To Nullify All Local LGBT Rights Ordinances

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports: A Republican lawmaker introduced a resolution on Saturday to amend the state Constitution to prevent cities and towns from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances that extend protections to the LGBT community. Sen. Craig Blair, the Majority Whip, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 13, which would prohibit a city or town from adopting any ordinance that creates a protected classification …

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CHARLOTTE: Man Mocks Trans People By Proclaiming Himself “Gender Royal” At Rights Hearing [VIDEO]

Dominic Holden recaps last night’s insanity at Charlotte’s hearing on LGBT rights: More than 100 people packed a council hearing before the vote. Self-identified Christian conservatives, many furious, expressed fear the nondiscrimination law would allow transgender people — and men posing as trans — to sexually assault women in restrooms. They also worried about their religious freedom, saying the bill …

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BREAKING: Charlotte Approves LGBT Rights Bill!

After hours of public testimony which included the usual ranting plus some literal screaming about Jesus, and an actual half-rapped anti-LGBT poem presented by a 12 year-old, tonight the Charlotte City Council approved an LGBT rights ordinance. From the Human Rights Campaign: Tonight, TurnOut! Charlotte, a partnership of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Equality North Carolina, and MeckPAC, hailed the …

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CANADA: Justin Trudeau To Become Nation’s First Sitting Prime Minister To March In Pride Parade

Via press release from Pride Toronto: Pride Toronto, the city’s most vibrant and inclusive arts and cultural festival and North America’s largest Pride celebration, unveiled today its 2016 Pride Month theme, announcing to the world that this June, “YOU CAN SIT WITH US.” The campaign for Canada’s first-ever Pride Month, features Canada’s top political leaders: noted “sexiest man alive” and …

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POSTED: My Second Column For Pride Life

Two weeks ago I launched a twice-monthly column for the website of Britain’s Pride Life magazine, a quarterly LGBT rights and lifestyle magazine. Today’s second installment picks up on last week’s rundown of the leading GOP presidential candidates, their varying anti-LGBT positions, how they fared in the early primaries, and their unified calls to block President Obama from appointing the …

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CHARLOTTE: Crackpot Pastor Flip Benham Waves Bible, Crashes Petition Delivery Event By LGBT Activists

This morning as LGBT activists turned in petitions in support of the Charlotte City Council’s vote tonight on LGBT rights, crackpot Pastor Flip Benham crashed their photo op for the local press, waving a bible over their heads. The Twitter account for the anti-LGBT side, which calls themselves Don’t Do It Charlotte, is crowing that the group and the media …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Pat McCrory Vows “Immediate Intervention” If Charlotte Approves LGBT Rights Bill

Groups from both sides will rally today in advance of an LGBT rights ordinance to be considered tonight by the Charlotte City Council. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory last night warned council members that if the ordinance passes, there will likely be “immediate state legislative intervention.” The Charlotte Observer reports: McCrory is concerned about a provision in the proposed expanded …

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HRC Calls For LGBT SCOTUS Justice

Yesterday Human Rights Campaign head Chad Griffin urged President Obama to appoint an LGBT person as Antonin Scalia’s successor. He writes: To have a representative on our nation’s highest court would send a powerful message to the millions of LGBT people who have struggled for recognition — and respect — for many decades. Today, we have other legal champions who …

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PORTUGAL: President Signs Gay Adoption Bill

He doesn’t like it but he had no choice. The Perchy Bird reports: Portugal was once the only country with gay marriage but no adoption rights for couples. That changed today when news emerged that out-going President, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, signed the same-sex adoption bill ushered in by a new Left-leaning Parliamentary majority. The Portuguese Assembly approved the adoption bill …

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