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SUNDAY: Global Protests Planned In Support Of Indian LGBT Community

On Sunday there will be protests of the Indian Supreme Court ruling in major cities around the world. The list of cities so far: Sydney, Toronto, Cambridge, London, Delhi, Ann Arbor, Chennai.  More locations will be added at this link, at which you can find details for each city.

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TODAY: Queer Nation To Protest At NBC

Queer Nation will today crash the holiday party for NBC staffers at a hotel in downtown New York City. They write: This is the not at all inspiring tale of the International Olympic Committee and eleven of the top Olympic sponsors’ Road to Sochi. This coalition of some of the biggest mega-corporations on Earth dutifully and unfortunately followed the lead …

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Gentlemen Against Homophobia: German Male Celebs Kiss Against Russian Hate

The German edition of GQ Magazine has launched a campaign in which straight male celebrities kiss in protest against Russia’s campaign against its LGBT citizens. Gay Star News reports: Lifestyle monthly GQ, generally known for advertising fast cars and hot women to its readers, launched the Gentlemen Against Homophobia campaign. 13 celebrities puckered up for the pics. While relatively unknown …

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Indian LGBT Community Protests Ruling

More photos of the protests are at Vocativ.  See my full report on today’s shocking Supreme Court ruling.

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ACLU’s Big Gay Illegal Wedding Contest

The New York Times explains: The A.C.L.U. is sponsoring a contest for same-sex couples who live in states that prohibit gay marriage but are next to where it is legal, places like Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Those couples are being asked to submit imaginative ideas for weddings — balloon rides, kayak trips and so on — that involve crossing …

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SAN FRANCISCO: Google Employee Bus Blocked By Protesters Who Demand $1B

Yesterday protesters in San Francisco blocked a shuttle bus for Google employees and demanded that the company pay $1B in fines for using the city’s infrastructure without paying. The buses have, for some, become a symbol of tech-fueled gentrification, economic inequality and soaring housing prices in the city. The bus, which was headed to Google’s Mountain View campus, had riders …

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LGBT Groups React To Mandela’s Death

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to the millions of people who yearn for freedom across the world. With great personal sacrifice, he fought Apartheid and state-sanctioned racism. His principled approach, his willingness to reach out to former enemies, led to the introduction of multi-party democracy and real change in South Africa. Indeed, South Africa’s …

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It Gets Better Sends Message To Russia

Via press release: With the Olympics approaching, Russia will be the site of one of the most celebrated international gatherings in the world. At the same time, the former Soviet country will also be ground zero for an evolving human rights crisis, often resulting in violent discrimination. With a network of It Gets Better Project affiliates throughout the world, IGB …

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HomoQuotable – Johnny Weir

“I was speaking at a university and called a small group of people protesting my speech, idiots, for no other reason that my tongue getting away from me. This kind of talk is usually relegated to the safety of my own friend groupings and family but for some reason, I felt like a threatened underdog and needed to take a …

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Johnny Weir: Gay Activists Are Idiots

Andy Humm reports at Gay City News: Former Olympic skater Johnny Weir was picketed by Queer Nation outside his talk at Barnard College December 2 for his position that “the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement” about Russia’s anti-gay laws and “you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting.” During his talk …

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American Prospect Profiles Dan Choi

American Prospect senior editor Gabriel Arana has published a lengthy profile on Dan Choi, who has largely dropped out of the public eye since the repeal of DADT and his high-profile trial for chaining himself to the White House fence.  An excerpt: By the time “don’t ask, don’t tell” was abolished, Dan had been interviewed scores of times, appearing in …

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Thousands Of HIV/AIDS Activism Posters Are Now Viewable Online

Via press release: In time for World AIDS Day on Sunday, Dec. 1, one of the world’s largest collections of AIDS posters is now complete and available online, marking the culmination of a multiyear project launched in 2011 during the 30th anniversary year of the identification of HIV/AIDS. Thanks to catalogers at the University of Rochester, more than 6,200 posters …

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About The Real HIV/AIDS Buyers Clubs

Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club continues to perform strongly in theaters, moving up to #10 on last weekend’s list of top grosses as the release widened to more than 650 houses. Focus writes: Jean-Marc Vallée’s DALLAS BUYERS CLUB dramatizes the story of Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey), a real man who, after being diagnosed as HIV+ in 1986, did …

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KENTUCKY: Gay Couple Fined One Cent For Trespassing During Marriage Protest

A Louisville, Kentucky gay couple has been found guilty of trespassing for refusing to leave the county clerk’s office after being denied a marriage license. But the sympathetic jury fined them only one penny. After three hours of testimony in which their lawyers hailed them for their civil disobedience, while the prosecution urged jurors to stick to the facts, Blanchard …

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Radio Free Europe Interviews Rainbow Flag Creator And Activist Gilbert Baker

Radio Free Europe has posted a great chat with rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker, who these days is a major force with Queer Nation here in New York City. The clip takes you inside Baker’s Harlem apartment and you even get a look at his sewing machines. He’s a JMG reader! (Tipped by JMG reader Ken)

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Queer Nation Wins With NYSE

More from the Moscow Times: During last year’s event, the Russian flag was raised on the NYSE building together with a banner announcing “2012 NYSE Russia Day.” Amid this year’s protests against the Russian law, neither the flag nor any other sign commemorating Russia appeared outside the NYSE building. “Apparently, the NYSE is embarrassed by their association with the Russian …

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NEW YORK CITY: Queer Nation Protests Russian Investment Event

Photos by Scott Wooledge. That’s activist Ken Kidd in the bottom photo. Queer Nation is posting more photos and Vine clips on their Twitter account, where you’ll see other noted activists such as Gilbert Baker, Bill Dobbs, and Ann Northrop.

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BRITAIN: Activist Peter Tatchell Leads Protest At Commonwealth Headquarters

Via press release: Gay campaigners and allies rallied today outside the Commonwealth’s London HQ to protest against “Commonwealth collusion with homophobia.” Commonwealth leaders from around the world meet in Sri Lanka on Friday. Yet again they plan to ignore the criminalisation of lesbian and gay people in 80% of Commonwealth member states, including the current wave of homophobic persecution in …

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Petition Of The Day

From the petition: The New York Stock Exchange and Goodwin Procter are lending their credibility to the effort to entice American investors into investing in the Russian economy. On November 18, 2013, the NYSE will host Russia Day, when leading Russian government officials — some of them the very architects of Russia’s homophobic law banning any gay-positive speech and tacitly …

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NEW MEXICO: Plaintiff In Marriage Equality Lawsuit Dies Of Cancer At Age 44

One of the plaintiffs in the New Mexico marriage equality lawsuit currently before the state Supreme Court has died of cancer at the age of 44. Jen and Angelique Neuman-Roper of Nambe were married in August during an impromptu ceremony in the lobby of the Christus St. Vincent Cancer Center in Santa Fe, the same day a judge granted their …

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