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LGBT rights stripped from UN development goals

LGBT rights stripped from UN development goals

The 193 Member States of the United Nations reached a provisional agreement on Sunday on the new sustainable development agenda that is set to be adopted by world leaders in September. The agreement includes 17 new sustainable development goals – aiming to end poverty, reduce inequality and combat climate change by 2030. However, despite calls from some countries for a…
Gambia arrests three men for gay sex

Gambia arrests three men for gay sex

They could face up to life in prison under a new anti-gay law Gambian authorities have arrested three men for gay sex, state television reported yesterday. The men, whose faces were covered, were detained following a security operation and confessed they are gay, according to the broadcast. "We go around in search of suspected individuals and in the course of…

A quarter of a million rally for same-sex marriage in Paris and Lyon

As many as a quarter of a million people have gathered in the French cities of Paris and Lyon to support plans to introduce same-sex marriage equality. Two days before the French Parliament debates a same-sex marriage bill that has divided politicians. Police initially estimated the total number who attended as 125,000 while organisers claimed that 400,000 people attended. Third parties…

Blaming Homophobia on Higher Powers

The Republican who took the long-standing Democratic seat previously held by Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts was ask point-blank his thoughts on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The guy obviously is a smooth politician. He refuses to come out and say he supports the ban on gays serving openly in the military, even though his scorecard from the anti-gay Massachusetts Family…

Count Us In: Queer the Census!

From Queer The Census: We know it’s a little clichéd – but here’s what we want to tell the census: We’re here. We’re queer. And we want you to ask us about it. It’s crazy – the U.S. Census Bureau wants an accurate count of everyone in the country – but there’s no question in the survey that asks if…

Congressman John Lewis On MLK Jr Day

Courtesy of Democrats.org: Today our nation will commemorate the life and work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Over 40 years ago, Dr. King’s words inspired Rep. John Lewis to join the civil rights movement — and sparked an amazing journey. This year, Rep. Lewis has recorded a short message about what Martin Luther King Day means to him —…

Gay Marriage Coming to Portugal?

From 365Gay.com: Portugal’s Socialist government has drawn up a proposal that would make Portugal the sixth European country to allow gay marriage. The law is almost certain to pass, as the center-left Socialist government has the support of all left-of-center parties, who together have a majority in Parliament. Right-of-center parties oppose the measure. The proposal changes Portuguese law to remove…

Marriage Equality Comes to DC!

Today, D.C.’s Council made it official and same-sex marriage is now legal in the district by a final vote of 11-2! The victory for equal rights prompted public witnesses in the Council chambers to cheer and applaud. The bill, which may be signed into law by D.C.’s mayor as early as tonight, will go before Congress for a review period…

Gaining LGBT Equality: Should We Be Purple?

Here’s a simple, yet perhaps effective method of gaining equality. Visibility is key and the more people who realize they actually know (and maybe even love) someone who is LGBT, the faster acceptance and inclusion will come to our community. According to a post on news-journalonline: Experts estimate 5-10 percent of the population is gay. Assuming that’s about right, there…

Same-Sex Marriage: A Basic Civil Right

Last Wednesday, as the New York State Senate voted down a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in New York, they were, in essence, voting to require discrimination in the State of New York. That they did it, in part, with the guiding hand of the Catholic Church–who called the defeat, incredibly, “a victory for the basic building block…
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