LGBT News

AHF Launches Yet Another Anti-PrEP Campaign

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation today announced that it has placed full-page anti-PrEP ads in gay newspapers all over the country. The full ad is below. They write: A new advocacy ad by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) takes aim at the failure of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the use of Gilead Sciences’ AIDS treatment Truvada to prevent HIV transmission in uninfected …

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MASSACHUSETTS: Court Rules That Catholic Prep School Broke Law In Gay-Hiring Retraction

ABC News reports: An all-girls Catholic prep school in Massachusetts violated state anti-discrimination law by rescinding a job offer to a man in a same-sex marriage, a judge ruled. Matthew Barrett was offered a job as Fontbonne Academy’s food services director in 2013, but the offer was withdrawn days later after he listed his husband as his emergency contact. Barrett …

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PHILADELPHIA: More Jury Questions In Bashing Case

This morning the jury in Philadelphia’s trial for accused gay-basher Kathryn Knott once again sent requests to the judge. The Philly Voice reports: The jury requested police statements given by Knott and Elizabeth Foley, a defense witnesses who was among Knott’s group of 15 people on the night of the incident. However, Knott never gave a statement to police. Her …

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PHILADELPHIA: Jury On Gay-Bashing Case Asks To Review Surveillance Videos And Victims’ Statements

The Philadelphia jury in the case of alleged gay-basher Kathryn Knott began its deliberations today. According to reporters tweeting from inside the courtroom, this afternoon the jury asked to re-watch surveillance videos that captured Knott and her group on the Center City sidewalk near where the attack took place. The jury also wants to review the victims’ statements to police.  …

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FLORIDA: Hungarian National Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison For Human Trafficking Of Gay Men

The Miami Herald reports: Lured to the United States with the promise of easy money, the slender young man from Hungary spent more than a year confined to bedrooms in New York and Miami — forced to have sex with men around the clock. His captors raped him. One of the ringleaders, who sometimes wielded a sword, threatened him and …

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PHILADELPHIA: Trial Concludes For Alleged Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott, Jury Deliberations Begin Tomorrow

On the final day of her trial, today accused gay-basher Kathryn Knott denied having taken part in the September 2014 attack on a Philadelphia gay couple. Via Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate: Knott, leaving a birthday celebration with a large group of friends, said that she ran toward the fight initially to try to defuse it. Two male co-defendants have pleaded guilty …

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Lesbian Proposal At NBA Game [VIDEO]

From Athlete Ally: “We love these basketball fans! Watch this adorable gay couple get engaged at this weekend’s Atlanta Hawks game.” Hit the link if the video won’t display for you.

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NBA Referee Bill Kennedy Comes Out Days After League Suspends Player For Calling Him A “Faggot”

Via Yahoo Sports: Bill Kennedy, one of the NBA’s top referees, has revealed he is gay. “I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man,” Kennedy told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. “I am following in the footsteps of others who have self-identified in the hopes that will send a message to …

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SCOTUS Blocks Alabama Supreme Court: Estranged Lesbian Mom Can Visit Her Adopted Children

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court has sided with a lesbian mother who wants to see her adopted children, blocking an Alabama court’s order that declared the adoption invalid. The justices issued an order Monday in a case that puts on display legal challenges facing gay and lesbian parents even after the Supreme Court decided that same-sex couples have …

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Empire State Pride Agenda To Shut Down

In an unanticipated announcement, New York state’s leading LGBT rights organization has revealed its plan to shut down. Paul Schindler reports at Gay City News: Citing its success in winning new state regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination, the Empire State Pride Agenda has announced it will close down major operations in early 2016. In a press release issued …

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AUSTRALIA: Fourth State Recognizes Foreign Marriages

Gay Star News reports: Same-sex couples who have married overseas will now have those marriages given legal recognition when they return home to the Australian state of Victoria after lawmakers passed the Relationships Amendment Bill. Same-sex marriage is still not legal in Australia despite overwhelming support from the Australian people so many Australian states have created relationship registers so that …

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Cyndi Lauper – Hard Candy Christmas [AUDIO]

Last weekend I had the pleasure of hearing Cyndi Lauper perform this Dolly Parton classic at her annual Home For The Holidays concert for homeless LGBT kids. Cyndi has now released the track. Rolling Stone reports: While recording her upcoming country album in Nashville, Cyndi Lauper’s hotel featured an inspirational phrase above the artwork. In lights, it said, “What Would …

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PHILADELPHIA: Witnesses Implicate Alleged Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott As Trial Continues

Alleged gay-basher Kathryn Knott had a bad day in court today. Philly.com reports: A second witness to a group assault on a gay couple in Center City last year Friday implicated Kathryn Knott as the woman who punched one of the victims. Knott, 25, of Southampton, Bucks County, who is not in custody and has pleaded not guilty, is on …

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ARKANSAS: State Supreme Court Halts Birth Certificate Recognition For Same-Sex Parents

Arkansas continues to battle gay families and yesterday the state Supreme Court agreed with them. Reuters reports: The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a lower court order that allowed same-sex parents throughout the state to be listed as parents on the birth certificates of their children. It let stand the certificates obtained by three lesbian couples who had …

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JAMAICA: Top Paper Denounces “Buggery” Law

Several days ago a Jamaican activist filed a lawsuit which seeks to overturn his country’s colonial-era criminalization of homosexuality. Today Jamaica’s most-read newspaper endorsed his attempt. From their editorial: Hopefully, Maurice Tomlinson has greater insulation than was available to Javed Jaghai, so as to allow him to sustain, to the final tier of the court system, if necessary, his constitutional …

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CALIFORNIA: Longtime Palm Springs Activist George Zander Dies Weeks After Brutal Gay Bashing

The Desert Sun reports: George Zander, who was a prominent activist in the Coachella Valley’s LGBT community, died Thursday, his husband said. Zander, 71, died “in loving arms and in very little pain,” his husband, Chris Zander, said in a Facebook post. “His passion and strength has paved the road for many of us to follow and build from. His …

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GREECE: Orthodox Bishop Calls On Greeks To Spit On Lawmakers Who Vote For Civil Unions Bill

The Greek Parliament, at long last, is due to consider a civil unions bill. And that has a bishop with the Greek Orthodox Church ready to literally spit with rage. Via the Greek Reporter: The Holy Synod decided to adhere to its previous position, namely that the Church of Greece denounces alternative family forms because they are a devaluation of …

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CINCINNATI: City Council Bans Ex-Gay Torture [VIDEO]

Over the loud complaints of religious leaders, last night the Cincinnati City Council voted to ban ex-gay torture. The move was taken partly in memory of Ohio transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, who committed suicide last year by throwing herself into the path of a truck. Cincinnati.com reports: Almost two dozen pastors and citizens packed Cincinnati Council Chambers on Wednesday in …

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NEW YORK: Attorney General’s Office To Investigate Boner Pill Purchases By Former St. Patrick’s Chairman

The New York state Attorney General’s office has opened an investigation into the finances of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade organization. Last month it was reported that the group’s notoriously anti-gay former chairman, John Dunleavy, had used parade funds to buy “male enhancement” drugs and has made other questionable purchases. The Irish Voice reports: A letter sent last …

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United Nations Marks Human Rights Day With Campaign On Social Costs Of Anti-LGBT Discrimination [VIDEO]

As part of Human Rights Day, United Nations delegates will today be shown the below Zachary Quinto-narrated video about the social costs of anti-LGBT discrimination. This is the first such campaign for the UN. Watch below.

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