LGBT News

J.J. Abrams: Gay Characters Are Coming To Star Wars

From the Daily Beast: Two months and two billion box office dollars later, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reaped huge returns for Disney with its most progressive episode yet. Now that Daisy Ridley’s Rey and John Boyega’s Finn have given the Star Wars franchise its first female Jedi and black lead, respectively, does its fearless director J.J. Abrams see …

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INDONESIA: Member Of Parliament Tweets Then Deletes Call For Homosexuals To Be Put To Death

Things just continue to get worse in Indonesia. J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed: On Friday, Indonesia’s former Information and Communications Minister Tifatul Sembering, tweeted, “A saying of the Prophet [Mohamed]: Whomever you find committing the acts of the community of Lot (homosexual) should be put to death.” Sembering is now a member of Parliament from the Islamist Prosperous Justice …

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NORTH CAROLINA: House Speaker Considers Special Session To Overturn Charlotte’s LGBT Rights Law

From the Charlotte News & Observer: N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday he’s exploring a possible special legislative session to deal with a controversial provision of Charlotte’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance. Moore and others object to the so-called bathroom provision that would allow transgender people to use the restroom of their choice, depending on the gender with which they identify. …

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Apple Shareholders Asked To Vote For Corporate Policy On Operating Where Homosexuality Is Illegal

Via press release: At today’s Apple shareholder meeting in Cupertino, California, shareholders will vote on a resolution submitted by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a shareholder, requiring Apple’s management to prepare a report identifying Apple’s criteria for operating in regions with significant human rights violations. Apple operates in 17 nations in which homosexual activity is illegal. In four …

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Man On PrEP Contracts HIV

Some of the most ardent proponents of PrEP have warned that few medications are 100% effective. Today, sadly, comes proof. Poz.com reports: Researchers have for the first time documented a case of an individual contracting HIV, a multi-drug resistant strain, while apparently adhering well to the daily regimen of Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The scientists concluded that it …

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BREAKING: Italian Senate Approves Civil Unions!

By a vote of 173-71, moments ago the Italian Senate approved civil unions. The bill now moves to the House of Deputies where easy passage is expected. LGBT groups are calling the win a bitter victory as it comes without the formal legalization of stepchild adoptions by same-sex parents. Big thanks to JMG reader Andrea for help with the translations …

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LIVE VIDEO: Italian Senate Debates Civil Unions Bill

The Italian Senate has begun its hearing on the hotly-contested civil unions bill, which no longer contains a provision for stepchild adoption by same-sex parents. Watch below. Italian speakers, help us out please. If the bill passes in the Senate today, it moves to the House Of Deputies where it’s expected to gain easy approval and then be signed into …

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INDONESIA: Mayor Tells Young Mothers That Instant Noodles & Canned Milk Will Make Their Baby Gay

Coconuts Jakarta reports: We seriously do think that Indonesian politicians are competing to see who can say the craziest, most scaremongering thing possible about LGBT issues. After Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu recently declared that the pro-LGBT movement was more dangerous than nuclear warfare, today we have Tangerang Mayor Arief Wismansyah saying that feeding your baby canned milk and instant noodles …

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SOUTH DAKOTA: State Senate Judiciary Committee Kills Bill To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

South Dakota’s Senate Judiciary Committee this morning killed a bill which would have legalized anti-LGBT discrimination by businesses. The bill’s chief sponsor was state House Rep. Scott Craig (above left). Lambda Legal celebrates but cautions that other anti-trans bills remain active in South Dakota:  “The Senate Judiciary Committee did the right thing today. House Bill 1107 was a harmful and …

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John Kasich Rejects Anti-LGBT Business Discrimination: If Gays Ask For Cupcakes, Make Them Cupcakes

Speaking earlier this week at the University of Virginia, Ohio Gov. John Kasich rejected anti-LGBT discrimination by Christian-owned businesses. From the anti-gay Christian News: Kasich, who identifies as an Anglican, and personally believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, was asked a variety of questions ranging from the topics of climate change, religious freedom, immigration and creationism. …

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AUSTRALIA: Government Apologizes For Mistreatment Of Gay Activists At Historic 1978 March [VIDEO]

From the Sydney Morning Herald: After a wait of nearly 40 years, “78er” Julie McCrossin​ says she was thrilled and emotional to learn that the NSW [New South Wales] government is to apologise for the discrimination and mistreatment that she and other gay rights activists suffered in 1978. The commentator and broadcaster said she understood that she and a group …

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NEW YORK CITY: Elliot Morales, Confessed Killer Of Gay Man, Says Victim “Instigated” His Own Slaying [VIDEO]

As I reported yesterday, confessed killer Elliot Morales is finally on trial for the May 2013 hate crime slaying of Mark Carson, a black gay man Morales shot to death on a West Village corner. Morales, who is representing himself in the trial, yesterday questioned Carson’s companion on the night of the murder, declaring that the pair had instigated the …

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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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CANADA: Crowd Roars As Returning Gay Sailor Shares Ceremonial First Kiss With Boyfriend [VIDEO]

And what a kiss it was! The CBC reports: The first kiss for a returning sailor after a long deployment at sea is a sweet and memorable tradition. But in what is believed to be a first for the Royal Canadian Navy, that time-honoured ceremonial kiss was between two men. There were loud cheers today when Master Seaman Francis Legare …

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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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NEW YORK CITY: Trial Finally Begins For Elliot Morales, Accused In West Village Hate Crime Slaying Of Gay Man

The trial has finally begun for Elliot Morales, who bragged and laughed to arresting officers after gunning down a gay black man, Mark Carson, on a West Village corner in May 2013. The New York Daily News reports: The best friend of a 32-year-old gay man killed by a hate-filled sicko in the West Village in 2013 tried in vain …

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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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