Tag Archives: activism

ITALY: Thousands Of LGBT Activists Protest In Rome Against Watered Down Civil Unions Bill [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Thousands of gay rights activists and LGBT families rallied in Rome to protest against the watering down of Italy’s civil unions bill, which no longer envisages adoption rights for homosexual couples. Protesters carried banners that read “We want equality” and sported the gay pride rainbow on their faces, with one man naked apart from a cardboard fig …

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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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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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PERU: Lima Police Use Batons And Water Cannon To Break Up LGBT Valentine’s Kiss-In Protest [VIDEO]

Gay Star News reports: Police in Lima, Peru broke up a peaceful gay kiss protest with water cannons on Saturday (13 February). Dozens of people gathered together to protest against homophobia. They held hands, kissed, embraced and waved rainbow flags. Sin Eqiguetas, a LGBTI website in Lima, posted pictures that showed same-sex couples kissing as armored police trucks loomed in …

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American Bar Association Honors Evan Wolfson

From the American Bar Association: Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, was a recipient of the 2016 Stonewall Award from the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity during an award ceremony on Feb. 6 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego. Wolfson is considered by many as the father of the same-sex marriage movement. …

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Sanders Supporters March In Manhattan [VIDEO]

Yesterday thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters gathered in Manhattan’s Union Square and then marched down Broadway to Zuccotti Park, the location of 2011’s Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Similar marches took place yesterday in about three dozen cities around the country to little to no mention by the press, including the New York Times, which yesterday endorsed Hillary Clinton. The video …

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Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker Named Co-Chair Of Democratic National Committee LGBT Board

Last year the DNC created the LGBT Advisory Board to elevate “grassroots LGBT Democratic voices.” Today they announced that former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and longtime New York City HIV/AIDS activist Rev. José M. Román have accepted positions as the board’s co-chairs. Annise Parker:  “The LGBT community has made huge strides the past 7 years under Democratic leadership, but with …

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Sweethearts Candies Celebrates Gay Love With Contest Featuring Couple Together 55 Years [VIDEO]

Jack and George have been “sweethearts” for 55 years and they married in Texas after the Obergefell ruling. Another great story from AdWeek: Candy maker Necco is expanding the definition of “sweetheart” to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its heart-shaped confections stamped with messages of love and affection. A new campaign from Hill Holliday seeks to give the brand a …

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TORONTO: PFLAG Launches School Posters With Special Pro-LGBT Message Visible Only With Camera Flashes

AdWeek approves: New posters have gone up in Toronto District School Board schools, which include 76,000 middle school and high school students. Launched by LGBTQ advocacy group Toronto Pflag, the posters depict a rainbow that spells out the LGBTQ acronym: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Straight, Queer and 2-Spirited. When students use the flash on their camera phones to take a …

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NEW SITE: Stop Hate Dump Trump

A huge coalition of bold-face names have already signed on to a just-launched anti-Trump movement. Among those celebrities are Lily Tomlin, Rosie O’Donnell, Jane Fonda, Cynthia Nixon, Rosanne Barr, Cornel West, and Harry Belafonte. Via press release: A diverse coalition cutting across race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and party affiliation has organized to give voice to Americans calling out Donald …

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ALABAMA: Protesters Chant “Love Already Won” Outside Madison County Courthouse

Huntsville’s NBC affiliate is live-streaming a protest against Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who earlier today ordered a halt to same-sex marriage. The small group of protesters are outside the Madison County Courthouse where they are chanting “love already won.” Hit the link and watch.

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Media Matters: The Worst Of 2015 [VIDEO]

“For over a decade, Media Matters has fought conservative misinformation in the media. As another year comes to an end, we take a look back to just some of the inanity we’ve seen this year.” Watch this.

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VIRAL VIDEO: Pennsylvania Man Fired After Lobbing N-Word At Anti-Fracking Protesters

Unsurprisingly, the YouTube comments are full of Trump fans praising the man. Via Raw Story: A Pennsylvania man who was caught on video harassing and shouting racial epithets at activists was reportedly fired this week. In a video posted to YouTube on Monday by photojournalist Tom Jefferson, a man wearing work clothes and a camouflage hat is seen approaching anti-fracking …

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ABC Greenlights LGBT Rights Miniseries

Deadline reports: ABC is reassembling the team of the 2008 movie Milk for another project about the gay rights movement, eight-hour miniseries When We Rise. Milk director Gus Van Sant has joined the mini, written/executive produced by Milk writer Dustin Lance Black and executive produced by the film’s producer Bruce Cohen. The project, which had been in development at ABC …

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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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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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Legendary AIDS Activists: End PrEP Profiteering

Last night a group of noted AIDS activists including Peter Staley and Larry Kramer met in the very apartment where the Gay Men’s Health Crisis was formed 33 years ago to denounce the “abusive pricing” and “profiteering” which continues to put cost of PrEP beyond the means of much of the world. The group has issued a statement: We – …

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HARLEM: Hate Pastor Screams “Faggots!” At Protesters, Tells Press He Can’t Pay City Fines [VIDEO]

Harlem Against Homophobia protested outside the church of James David Manning on Monday night, where he once again appeared to scream homophobic and racist slurs in the name of Jesus. Also this week Manning’s church was served with notices of heavier zoning fines, which Manning says he can’t pay. DNAinfo reports: Atlah Worldwide Church could be fined as much as …

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It Gets Better Celebrates Five Years [VIDEO]

Five years already! Via the Huffington Post: Five years after its launch, the It Gets Better Project is looking toward the future and continuing its work countering anti-LGBT bullying and suicide rates among queer youth. The organization announced today the “5 Years Better” campaign in honor of the five-year anniversary of founder Dan Savage posting the first-ever It Gets Better …

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Equality Case Files Is Now A Non-Profit

As many of you surely know, for the last few years Kathleen Perrin at Equality Case Files has provided this site and other LGBT news outlets with virtually instantaneous reporting on breaking legal developments critical to advancing our movement. DOMA, state marriage rulings, gay adoption, ex-gay torture bans, court recordings, Kim Davis, Obergefell – you name it and Equality Case …

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