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Connecticut Supreme Court rules gay marriage rights retroactive

Hartford - In what LGBT rights advocates are hailing as the first decision of its kind, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's 2005 approval of civil unions and 2008 legalization of gay marriage.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins

Same-sex couples rush to marry in Wisconsin after judge's ruling

Milwaukee - Hundreds of same-sex couples rushed to marry in Wisconsin's largest cities over the weekend after a federal judge ruled the state's voter-approved constitutional amendment banning gay marriage unconstitutional.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 1 comment

Texas Republicans push 'reparative therapy' to 'heal' gays

Fort Worth - The proposed platform of the Texas Republican party would endorse so-called 'reparative therapy' to "heal" gays and lesbians, a discredited 'treatment' that has been banned in two states because of the harm and indignity it can inflict.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

Furore as male pupils invited to wear skirts to school in France

Nantes - Education authorities in the city of Nantes, western France are under fire after critics suggested a school's campaign against sexism meant 27 high schools in the Nantes area were inviting male pupils to wear skirts to classes Friday, May 16.
In the Media by Robert Myles

New Brunei penal code punishes gay sex with death by stoning

Brunei - The tiny, oil-rich southeast Asian nation of Brunei has implemented a harsh new Islamic penal code that punishes a range of "crimes" with execution, including death by stoning for individuals who engage in gay sex acts.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 1 comment

World Bank holds back $90m loan to Uganda over anti-gay law

The World Bank has halted a $90 million loan to Uganda, for now, over its anti-gay law that has drawn worldwide criticism from governments, the UN and civil rights groups.
In the Media by Kev Hedges - 4 comments

Ugandan president signs law punishing gays with life in prison Special

Kampala - A highly controversial bill punishing LGBT Ugandans with up to life in prison has been signed by the East African nation's Christian president.
Digital Journal Report by Brett Wilkins - 8 comments

Utah takes fight against same-sex marriage to US Supreme Court

Washington - Utah has taken its fight against LGBT marriage equality to the highest court in the nation, asking Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to suspend a lower court's ruling permitting same-sex couples to legally wed in the staunchly conservative state.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 4 comments

CA schools prepare to implement new school transgender laws

Sacramento - The law allowing transgender K-12 students to choose what bathroom they want to use, what gender-specific sports they want to play, and what dress code they adhere to is set to go into effect, and public schools are gearing up to comply with the law.
In the Media by Sean Fraser - 10 comments

Review: 'I Have A Secret' by Justin B-Terry Smith Special

A small voice of awareness can open up a world of acceptance. In the case of “I Have a Secret” it does more than aware kids about the importance of HIV acceptance.
Digital Journal Report by Robert Kingett

Fox News airs false transphobic report

Fox News has been promoting a false story claiming a transgender student at a Colorado high school has been harassing female students in the girls' restroom, republishing word-for-word a bogus report from an anti-gay Christian 'news' site.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 9 comments

Campbell Mayor rejected from donating blood because he is gay

Campbell - Campbell Mayor Evan Low along with and Vice Mayor Rich Waterman were rejected from donating blood at a blood drive the city was hosting because they are openly gay.
In the Media by Stan Rezaee - 1 comment

Op-Ed: I cannot walk away from my own moral compass

Phoenix - I can't walk away from my moral compass and supporting the Defense of Marriage Act or any Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage would have me do just that. When you use laws to deny Americans their civil rights, you have some soul searching to do.
In the Media by Duane Buell - 6 comments

Lesbian couple finally marry 47 years after first meeting

Greensboro - After 47 years, almost to the day they met, lesbian couple, Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin wed under the chuppah ignoring the North Carolina laws that disallow same sex marriage.
In the Media by Lesley Lanir - 7 comments

The Riddle: LGBT criminalisation throughout the world (video)

As many progressive politicians in Western countries focus on achieving equality between their citizens by supporting same-sex marriage, worldwide, gay people are still criminalised in 76 countries. Now a new video called The Riddle exposes this violence.
In the Media by Mathew Wace Peck - 1 comment

New Zealand legalizes gay marriage

Wellington - New Zealand has become the 13th nation and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage after parliament voted to amend the nation's marriage act on Wednesday.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 1 comment

38 Montana Republicans vote to keep gay sex a felony

Helena - More than three dozen Republican state lawmakers in Montana voted against advancing a bill that would decriminalize gay sex in the state.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 25 comments

Zambia gay rights activist arrested

Lusaka - A prominent Zambian gay rights activist has been arrested after appearing on television to call for the decriminalization of homosexuality.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 9 comments

Who's ready for marriage equality? Special

The debate over equal marriage rights in the US is reaching its peak. Canada was ready to grant marriage equality over 13 years ago, the UK hasn't got there yet, and the US is certainly amid a fiery discussion on the topic.
Digital Journal Report by Jody-Lan Castle

Op-Ed: On the Pope's immunity from hate speech backlash

The 266th sovereign of The Vatican City State, Jorge Mario Bergogli, better known now as Pope Francis, seems to share more with his predecessors than just a peculiar Popemobile.
In the Media by Jeff Campagna - 8 comments

Arizona bill would jail trans people for using 'wrong' bathrooms

Phoenix - Reflecting conservative backlash against Phoenix's new anti-discrimination law, a Republican state lawmaker in Arizona has introduced a bill that would jail transgender individuals who use public restrooms not designated for their birth gender.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 12 comments

GOP Sen. Rob Portman backs gay marriage after son comes out

Washington - A leading Republican senator has come out in support of marriage equality two years after his own son came out of the closet and told him he's gay.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 4 comments

France: Sandwich bar's ‘Homophobic’ Valentine’s menu sparks row

Angers - A Subway sandwich restaurant in the city of Angers, Pays de la Loire was forced to close after its posters advertising Valentine’s day ‘specials’ were slammed as being homophobic and caused outrage on social media.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 4 comments

Indiana teacher, students, parents & pastors back prom gay ban

A group of students from Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana, backed by parents, some local pastors and even a teacher, are calling for a separate prom that bans lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students from attending.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 5 comments

US Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage arguments on March 26

On March 26 and 27, the United States Supreme Court will listen to arguments in regard to the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.
In the Media by Can Tran

Former Navy Chaplain blasts Gingrich's new stance on gay marriage

Former US Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt said that former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich's new stance on same-sex marriage is "giving into sin" and makes him "worthy of death."
In the Media by Can Tran - 3 comments

Protesting Pope Benedict XVI, Catholics become 'Un-Catholics'

In response to the message about the gay community made by Pope Benedict XVI at the annual Christmas address, Catholics in the Netherlands are becoming "Un-Catholic."
In the Media by Can Tran

Gay & Bisexual men in Mexico now allowed to donate blood

Mexico has lifted the ban on blood donations coming from gay and bisexual men. Instead of looking at the donors' sexual preferences, donors' sexual and health histories would be examined in place.
In the Media by Can Tran

GOP Rep. Akin targets LGBT troops with provision to defense bill

Representative Todd Akin (R-MO), before leaving the US House of Representatives, has added a provision called the "conscience clause" to the House version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
In the Media by Can Tran - 1 comment

Same-sex marriage to retake front seat in US social issues

As the 2012 United States Elections, the issue of same-sex marriage has once again taken the front seat. On November 30, the US Supreme Court is due to take up DOMA.
In the Media by Can Tran - 1 comment
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