Gay Rights

Angry Mob Ransacks Gay Rights Organization in 'Gay Friendly' African Country

Angry Mob Ransacks Gay Rights Organization in 'Gay Friendly' African Country
An angry mob "ransacked" the headquarters of Ivory Coast's most prominent gay rights organization, an official said Monday, following days of anti-gay protests in a country generally seen as moderate on the issue. Nearly 200 people stormed the offices of Alternative Cote d'Ivoire, breaking windows with stones and stealing computers and other equipment.
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Robbie Corey-Boulet
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Methodist Pastor on Trial for Officiating Gay Son's Wedding

Methodist Pastor on Trial for Officiating Gay Son's Wedding
Supporters held signs and sang hymns on Monday outside of a church trial in southeastern Pennsylvania for a United Methodist pastor who could be defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding. The Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to suspension to losing his minister's credentials if a jury composed of fellow Methodist clergy convicts him of breaking his pastoral vows by presiding over the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts.
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Michael Rubinkam
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Do-Sin-Dos: Bigoted CO Pastor Claims Girl Scout Cookies Promote Lesbianism

Do-Sin-Dos: Bigoted CO Pastor Claims Girl Scout Cookies Promote Lesbianism
CO "shock pastor" Kevin Swanson claimed on his radio show and a subsequent TV interview that Girl Scout cookies are tied inextricably with lesbianism and 'individualism'. It remains unclear whether he is completely delusional, or just totally insane.
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Olympic Committee Caves on Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Olympic Committee Caves on Russia's Anti-Gay Law
The International Olympic Committee has dismissed concerns over Russia's law banning gay propaganda, saying it doesn't violate the Olympic charter's anti-discrimination clause, and pronounced Russia ready to host the 2014 Winter Games.
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Texas Gay Man Left Beaten and Bloody After Possible Hate Crime Near Fort Worth

Texas Gay Man Left Beaten and Bloody After Possible Hate Crime Near Fort Worth
Police in the small Texas town of Springtown, located northwest of Fort Worth, are investigating a possible hate crime in a brutal and bloody attack on a gay man after he arranged a meeting with another young man using the mobile app called MeetMe.
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GOP Candidates in TX: It's Our Religious Right to Legally Deny Your Sexual Freedoms

GOP Candidates in TX: It's Our Religious Right to Legally Deny Your Sexual Freedoms
The Associated Press sent six questions on gay rights to Texas's Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Their survey shows that all GOP candidates support the state's gay marriage ban and most say local ordinances that prohibit gay discrimination violate other people's freedom of religion. Some also still believe "the gay" is a disorder.
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Antitrust Case Turns Into Fight for Gay Juror Protections

Antitrust Case Turns Into Fight for Gay Juror Protections
During an hour of arguments in San Francisco on Wednesday, a panel of three 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal judges left unclear whether they would give gays the same status race and gender play in jury selection. Lawyers are allowed to remove prospective jurors without any legal reason, but are barred from removing potential jurors based on race and gender. Now, the court must decide whether sexual orientation deserves the same protection.
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Paul Elias
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San Antonio City Council Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

San Antonio City Council Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance
The San Antonio City Council voted to pass the non-discrimination proposal authored by City Councilman Diego Bernal and Mayor Julian Castro. Starting at least 15 years ago, the local LGBT community has sought to add sexual orientation and gender identity to groups protected from discrimination. Two serious attempts in 1998 and 2011 to get non-discrimination laws to cover LGBT rights failed to pass.
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Jose Julio Sarria: The LGBT Community Loses a Trailblazer

Jose Julio Sarria: The LGBT Community Loses a Trailblazer
Jose Julio Sarria, the first openly gay candidate in U.S. history, was a trailblazer in the LGBT community. That word is tossed around lightly sometimes, but it would be hard to imagine a more perfect moniker for Mr. Sarria. And today, the LGBT community has lost a legend.
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Darren Young, First Openly Gay WWE Wrestler

Darren Young, First Openly Gay WWE Wrestler
WWE Superstar Darren Young became the first ever openly gay WWE wrestler who is on the active wrestling roster...
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