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Senegal: 11 Men Arrested For “Homosexual Acts”

The Associated Press reports: Residents in the Senegalese town of Kaolack say police have arrested 11 people accused of homosexual acts. Boukhari Ndiaye said the arrested were among 20 people attending a celebration of a gay marriage at a school in the town about 200 kilometres southeast of the capital, Dakar, on Friday. He said the 11 remain at the …

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MISSOURI: GOP Attorney General Candidate Proposes Formal Legalization Of Anti-LGBT Discrimination

In Missouri, as in many other states, it’s already completely legal to refuse to serve LGBT citizens as no such protections exist in state law. But that’s not good enough for GOP state attorney general candidate Josh Hawley. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports: Hawley wrote to legislative leaders urging them to pass exemptions for ministers, churches and businesses that do …

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Psychiatrist Robert Spitzer Dies At 83, Led Drive To Declassify Homosexuality As Mental Illness

The man who convinced the APA to stop classifying homosexuality as a mental illness died on Friday at the age of 83. Via the Washington Post: In the tumult of the 1960s, psychiatry found itself under siege. Critics said the field lacked scientific standards — failing to help many truly troubled people while medicating or institutionalizing others who suffered from …

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Queen Panti Issues Holiday Message [VIDEO]

Yesterday Queen Elizabeth issued her holiday message. Today we get a holiday message from Ireland’s monarch, Queen Panti Bliss, which was delivered via the national broadcaster, RTE.  The Independent reports: The Queen of Ireland, Panti Bliss, has delivered a rousing alternative Christmas Day Message to rival the Queen of England’s annual message. Panti’s ten minute speech called on the nation …

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INDIANA: Bill From GOP State Sen. Jim Tomes Would Criminalize Bathroom Use By Trans Citizens

Indiana. Again. Via the Associated Press: An Indiana lawmaker has proposed a bill that would make it a crime for transgender people to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that do not conform to their gender at birth, threatening to draw Indiana further into a national debate over transgender rights. “We’ve walked through a doorway we’ll never go back through. …

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HIV Antibody Curbs Virus In Trial Study

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports: A new medicine to control HIV infection may soon become available, if promising results from a Phase 1 clinical trial are confirmed. The drug is an antibody that neutralizes a broad range of HIV strains. The broadly neutralizing antibody, called VRC01, reduced the level of circulating virus more than 10-fold in 6 of 8 HIV-positive …

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Lawyers For Convicted Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott Seek Mistrial Over Juror’s Online Comments

Last week following the conviction of Kathryn Knott in the gay-bashing of a Philadelphia couple, one of the jurors conducted an “Ask Me Anything” thread about the trial on Reddit. This might have been contrary to the judge’s orders and Knott’s attorneys are hoping to capitalize on that. Via LGBTQ Nation: In the thread, which has since been deleted, [Ari] …

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Federal Judge Rules That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Covered By Landmark Title IX Law

The Los Angeles Times reports: A federal judge in California has ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation falls under the purview of the landmark Title IX law, giving a broader interpretation to the 1972 statute that prohibits sex discrimination in the nation’s schools and colleges. In his 22-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson said that discrimination …

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GREECE: Parliament Approves Civil Unions

Over the loud objections of the Orthodox Church and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, the Greek Parliament just approved same-sex civil unions by a wide margin. Earlier this month an Orthodox bishop called on his followers to literally spit on any lawmaker who votes in favor of civil unions, saying, “Deprecate them! Vote against them! They are not human! They …

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TRAILER: 4th Man Out

This was a big winner at film festivals earlier this year. Clip recap: Evan Todd (“Switched at Birth”) stars as Adam, a small-town, blue-collar mechanic who likes beer and hockey but surprises his buddies when he tells them he’s gay. Well meaning but perhaps fated to trip over themselves, hilarity ensues when said buddies all try to help Adam find …

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CALIFORNIA: Hate Group Fails To Qualify Ballot Measure To Repeal Transgender Rights

Suck it, haters! Via the Associated Press: Backers of a proposed ballot initiative that sought to require transgender people to use the public restrooms that correspond with their biological sex say they have failed to qualify the measure for the California ballot. Monday was the deadline for the initiative’s sponsors to submit voter signatures to county election offices for verification. …

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Adele: I Can’t Wait To Meet My Son’s Boyfriend

In her cover story interview with TIME Magazine, Adele looks forward to meeting her toddler son’s future girlfriend OR boyfriend. From the interview: Releasing the biggest album of the year comes along with a demanding promotional schedule, but Adele says having her son Angelo, 3, along for the ride actually helped. “The other day I was saying, ‘Oh God, I’m …

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CHINA: Gay Man Sues For Marriage Rights

Radio Free Asia reports: A gay man in the central Chinese province of Hunan has filed a lawsuit against the government for refusing his application to marry his male partner, in a move that has been hailed as a major test case for LGBT rights in the country, his lawyer told RFA on Monday. Sun Wenlin, 26, filed the complaint …

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FDA Lifts Lifetime Gay Blood Ban

The Associated Press reports: The nation’s three-decade-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men was formally lifted Monday, but major restrictions will continue to limit who can donate. The Food and Drug Administration said it is replacing the lifetime ban with a new policy barring donations from men who have had sex with a man in the previous …

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Miss Austria As Conchita Wurst At Miss Universe

Lost in all the hoopla about Steve Harvey’s big “oops” moment last night is that Miss Austria dressed as drag performer and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst during the national costume portion of the Miss Universe pageant. Austria’s The Local reports: While not the bookies’ favourite, Amina Dagi has captured global attention with her witty and elegant rendition of Austria’s national …

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AUSTRIA: Court Rules Against Same-Sex Marriage

Last month lawyers for five children of gay parents sued the Austrian government, saying that the children were being stigmatized because their parents could not marry. Today the Administrative Court in Vienna ruled against the children, saying in part that children of unwed parents no longer face much social criticism. The lawsuit was not supported by HOSI Wien, Austria’s main …

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ROMANIA: Parliament Rejects Civil Unions

On Friday the Romanian Parliament resoundingly defeated a civil unions bill put forward by Green Party president and 2009 presidential candidate Remus Cernea [INSET].  In 2013 Cernea introduced a similar bill, spurring a denouncement by the Orthodox Archbishop of Tomis, who said that Cernea is controlled by Satan. Cernea’s latest attempt failed after an MP suggested that civil unions would …

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Pew: More Christians Now Accept Homosexuality

Via Pew Research: Acceptance of homosexuality is rising across the broad spectrum of American Christianity, including among members of churches that strongly oppose homosexual relationships as sinful, according to an extensive Pew Research Center survey of U.S. religious beliefs and practices. Amid a changing religious landscape that has seen a declining percentage of Americans who identify as Christian, a majority …

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