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Tag: Lgbtq

U.S. to Punish Chelsea Manning After Suicide Attempt in July

Manning’s attorney (pictured) said officials are arranging further miserable conditions for the convicted leaker, including solitary confinement and indefinite detention.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Meet the Trans Women Making History as Major-Party Primary Winners

“The only thing that should matter is, can you do the job? Nothing else,” says Colorado’s Misty Plowright, a military veteran who ran as a Democrat.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Dustin Lance Black on the Orlando Massacre: ‘It Is Time to Disarm Hate’

The “Milk” screenwriter offered his reasons to pause and consider the ongoing stories behind the LGBT nightclub tragedy.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: Reading Between the Lines

We detected a pattern in this week’s roundup of noteworthy comments on Truthdig.

Posted on Jun 19, 2016 READ MORE



Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives

All queer people are equally in the crosshairs of homegrown hatred. Our straight families and friends need to recognize this openly and explicitly.

Posted on Jun 19, 2016 READ MORE



Making Sense of Orlando

Although mainstream media outlets and presidential candidates rushed to make sure their interpretation of the Pulse Orlando massacre prevailed, the story and significance of the tragedy are more complex and deserve careful consideration.

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 READ MORE



Gun Store Owner Says He Tipped FBI Off About Suspicious Customer Weeks Before Orlando Shooting

The FBI has some explaining to do. A gun store owner in Jensen Beach, Fla., has said that he alerted the intelligence agency’s West Palm Beach outpost about an incident involving a suspicious customer who turned out to be Pulse Orlando shooter Omar Mateen.

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 16, 2016 ENLARGE



Opportunists Exploit LGBTQ Issues to Demonize Islam and Justify Anti-Muslim Policies

“[T]he standard group of hateful polemicists who literally seem to devote their lives to exploiting every news event to attack Islam wasted no time [Sunday]—before any facts were known, while the bodies were literally still in the club—squeezing the horrific slaughter in Orlando to depict Muslims as uniquely hateful of LGBTs,” writes Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 15, 2016 ENLARGE


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Posted on Jun 15, 2016 ENLARGE


The Heartbreakingly Beautiful Responses to the Orlando Massacre You Have to See (Multimedia)

All over the internet, responses to the Pulse nightclub tragedy have been painfully moving. Here are just some of the most powerful tributes—in the form of videos, photos and written pieces—we found.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Live Blog: 50 Dead at LGBT Nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

The gunman who launched an attack at the Pulse bar early Sunday was identified, and the death toll broke a horrific record. President Obama addressed the nation, and state, city and law enforcement officials have commented from Orlando. (Updated late Sunday.)

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE



Has America Reached an Age of Sexual Experimentation?

Same-sex experiences are increasingly common among Americans these days; Paul Ryan wants to turn the GOP into Uber; meanwhile, American Jews are rethinking their relationship with Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE



Loretta Lynch Accuses NC of ‘State-Sanctioned Discrimination’ as DOJ Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

The state’s Republican governor has also filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice in defense of the anti-LGBTQ bathroom law.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 7, 2016 ENLARGE



Why North Carolina’s New Anti-LGBT Law Is a Trojan Horse

It’s not just bathrooms. Lawmakers also took away the right to sue under state law for all kinds of employment discrimination.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



North Carolina: Flush Your Bathroom Bill Down the Toilet

The bathroom ban is a symptom of systemic, institutionalized discrimination against transgender people.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



Number of Americans Who Identify as Bisexual Is on the Rise

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that women are far more likely to identify as bisexual—and it cuts across racial lines.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Vatican Says Pope Francis’ Meeting With Kim Davis Was Misinterpreted

Media commenters mistakenly cast the pope’s meeting with the clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples as an endorsement of her views, the Vatican says.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE



Colorado Court Says Baker Can’t Refuse to Make Cakes for Gay Couples (Updated)

Now that gays and lesbians have Supreme Court backing to get married, it’s getting harder for wedding-industry workers like Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, to refuse to do business with same-sex couples.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald: Victory for Marriage Equality ‘Exposes the Myth of Defeatism’

Friday’s Supreme Court decision recognizing the legal right of same-sex couples to marry “demonstrates that real political change typically comes from citizens, not leaders,” writes Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Undocumented Trans Activist Challenges Obama at White House Event

President Obama’s immigration policy was challenged at the White House on Wednesday when undocumented trans activist Jennicet Gutiérrez interrupted him from the crowd and called for an end to deportations.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Jun 11, 2015 ENLARGE


VIDEO: Gay High School Student Delivers Valedictorian Speech He Was Barred from Giving

The administration of Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont, Colo., prevented 2015 class valedictorian Evan Young from giving his graduation speech after learning he would announce he is gay. Two weeks later he made his speech to an audience of hundreds. “Democracy Now!” airs Young’s full address and speaks with him about the experience.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Companies’ Pro-Equality Rhetoric Belied by Their Campaign Donations

Last week, corporate America appeared to take a rare stand on principle.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Supports Ban on ‘Conversion’ Therapies for LGBT Youths

Remember when President Obama wasn’t making the strongest case for securing the civil rights of LGBT Americans and wouldn’t, for example, come out in favor of gay marriage? Looks like things are a bit different for our 2015-edition POTUS.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE



Boycott Indiana—for Imprisoning a Woman Who Miscarried

It’s baffling why the outrage over the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act isn’t carrying over to the case of Purvi Patel.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



Pope Francis Likens Transgender People to Nuclear Weapons

The head of the Catholic Church is quoted in a new book as saying that nuclear weapons and “the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory … does not recognize the order of creation,” GayStarNews reports.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



Chelsea Manning Given Go-Ahead to Legally Change Her Name

Wednesday was an “exciting day” for Chelsea Manning, who was granted the right to a legal name change by a judge in Kansas.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



Ugandan Anti-Gay Law Sparks Newspaper Exposé, Backlash from U.S. Lawmakers

In the aftermath of the passage of Uganda’s new law sanctioning severe penalties, including life in prison, for homosexual acts, a local newspaper printed a list of the country’s “Top 200 Homosexuals.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



Todd Andrew Clayton

Marriage Equality and White Supremacy

The danger in the Supreme Court’s dismantling of the Defense of Marriage Act is of the LGBTQ community being seduced into the mainstream and forgetting the plight of the oppressed just as it becomes more broadly accepted.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy Banned in California

Same-sex marriage is still not legal in California, but the Golden State took a positive step for gay rights over the weekend when it became the first in the U.S. to ban a controversial form of therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of children and teens.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE


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youtube.com

Britain Refuses Lesbian Iranian Filmmaker’s Asylum Request

Iranian filmmaker, LGBTQ activist and actress Kiana Firouz is facing what could well be a not-so-warm welcome home now that the British government has reportedly rejected her request for asylum after Firouz was driven to flee her native country and seek safety in the UK.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


hate crimes
fbi.gov

There’s More to Hate Crime Stats Than Meets the Eye

Upon first glance, the FBI’s news that hate crimes based on sexual orientation were up 11 percent in 2008 from the previous year suggests a giant uptick in violence against America’s LGBTQ population. However, as Andrew Sullivan and Mark Thompson remind us ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


Lambert
AP / Chris Pizzello

Adam Lambert Facing ‘How Gay Is Too Gay?’

What are the responsibilities of an openly gay celebrity to the LGBTQ community? There are no easy answers, but “American Idol” runner-up and newly minted gay proto-icon Adam Lambert has to grapple with them by virtue of his visibility, and opinions vary widely about how to be out and proud as a public figure.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE


Hubby Hubby
benjerry.com/hubbyhubby/

Ben & Jerry’s Rolls Out Gay Marriage-Themed Ice Cream

Left-leaning ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s is temporarily changing the name of its popular “Chubby Hubby” ice cream to “Hubby Hubby” to serve up support for same-sex couples, who as of Sept. 1 can marry in the company’s home state of Vermont.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


Bishop Gene Robinson
gayspirituality.typepad.com

Episcopal Church Making Progress on LGBT Rights

Although it doesn’t look like the Church of England is getting with the program at the moment, its American counterpart, the Episcopal Church, is preparing to officially perform same-sex marriages and to approve gay and lesbian bishops. One openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, was ordained in 2003.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009 READ MORE


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