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November 21, 2013

Trans murders are ignored and transgender people who speak out are persecuted by Russia’s FSB security service, claims lawyer

A Russian lawyer has stripped off to defend transgender people’s rights.

While naked protests against Putin’s regime are not uncommon, Masha Bast’s protest may still raise some eyebrows in the legal profession.

But as chairwoman of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, she wanted to take a stand for Transgender Day of Remembrance yesterday (20 November).

She is renaming it Transgender Day of Defense.

June 7, 2013

Over 100,00 participants are said to be enjoying Tel-Aviv biggest ever gay pride, an event that highlighted gay marriage and tolerance

Tel Aviv's 15th annual gay Pride parade kicked off earlier today with well over 100,000 participants.

The event commenced at 1pm local time, and was the culmination of Israel’s Pride Month events, with tens of thousands of LGBT tourists arriving to participate.

Gay marriage was highlighted in an event in Meir Park just before pride, where thousands gathered at makeshift mock gay wedding.

Two male friends, Lior and Assad, ‘tied the knot’, to express their support of marriage equality.

April 27, 2013

The Federal Election Commission ruled that gay couples can’t make a single political donation under both spouse's names

Gay couples are not allowed to make joint political donations like straight couples, said the Federal Election Commission (FEC) this week.

The agency that regulates campaign finance legislation in the US said unanimously this week that their ‘hands were tied’ because of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

April 3, 2013

Jokes that Sue Everhart thinks Adam Sandler comedy with same premise 'was a documentary'

Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart's suggestion that gay marriage will lead to straight people teaming up to commit marriage fraud was ridiculed by comedian Jimmy Kimmel on his late night show Tuesday (2 April).

'From as straight guy's perspective, marrying another guy is a lot to go through for free dental,' Kimmel joked.

April 2, 2013

Sue Everhart also says 'it is not natural for two women or two men to be married'

Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart called gay marriage unnatural, said it could influence kids to be gay, and claimed it will lead straight people to pretend to be gay in order to commit fraud.

Everhart acknowledged to The Marietta Daily Journal that 'Lord, I’m going to get in trouble over this,' and went on to say: 'It is not natural for two women or two men to be married. If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.'

February 17, 2013

Linda Johnson Rice, life long resident of Chicago and publisher, writes an op-ed in support of marriage rights

The publisher of the iconic Ebony and Jet magazines is standing up for marriage equality.

December 5, 2012

Germany's leader sides with her Christian Democratic Union party on extending married tax benefits to same-sex couples

German chancellor Angela Merkel voted against treating gay couples equally with straight partners in tax law.

The chairwoman sided with the majority of Christian Democratic Union members who favored protecting traditional marriage and family during the party's two-day congress in Hannover.

The motion to modernize the party's policies was flatly rejected after a heated debate on the thorny issue.

September 14, 2012

With only two openly gay male footballers worldwide, the German leader tells soccer players they have 'nothing to fear'

German chancellor Angela Merkel is telling gay footballers they should have no fear of revealing their sexuality.

The chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union met officials at a forum in Berlin to discuss integration and diversity in sport yesterday (13 September).

She said: ‘I am of the opinion that anyone who sums up the strength and bravery – and we have a long tradition of this behind us in politics – should know that they live in a land where they have nothing to fear.

August 9, 2012

GOProud leaders say a who's who of the conservative movement' is expected

GOProud, a gay conservative group, said Thursday (9 August) that it will be holding an event called Homocon 2012 during the Republican National Convention later this month.

The group, which says it seeks to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government and a respect for individual rights, has pushed for inclusion in Republican and conservative circles since 2009.

July 6, 2012

A former Reading Pride chairwoman is hoping to persuade the town to let her carry a pink Olympic Torch

A lesbian is hoping to persuade her English town to use a pink Olympic torch to raise awareness of gay rights.

Lorna McArdle, 43, will be Reading's first torchbearer on 10 July as it makes it way around British towns and cities, local newspaper Get Reading reports.

She hopes a sea of pink clothing and decorations will greet the flame when it comes to southern English borough.

McArdle, former chairwoman of Reading Pride, says her aim is to help bring a new diversity and acceptance of sexuality within the community of Reading.

July 1, 2012

Democratic and Republican party local branches are sending out strong messages on LGBT rights ahead of both parties' national conventions later this year

A Democrats party branch in the US state of Kentucky has voted to call on the Democratic National Committee to formally endorse same-sex marriage and add it to the platform at the party’s 2012 national convention.

The Louisville/Jefferson County Democratic Party executive committee voted 16 to 3 to send the message to the national convention, to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the North American summer.

June 19, 2012

Uri Ariel, right-wing member of Israel's Knesset parliament, slammed for 'primitive and dangerous' outburst

A right-wing member of Israel’s Knesset parliament has sparked outrage after saying he wouldn’t enlist gays in the military.

Uri Ariel MK said in an interview ‘If I were the decision maker, I wouldn’t enlist homosexuals into the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), because some things interfere in the military's ability to fight.’  His comments sparked condemnation from across the Israeli political spectrum.