Dutch men hold hands in protest against anti-gay violence In The News 

Dutch men hold hands in protest against anti-gay violence

REUTERS LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Dutch men around the world are holding hands to campaign against homophobic violence, days after a married gay couple was beaten up in the Netherlands for walking together hand-in-hand. Using the Twitter hashtag #allmenhandinhand, Dutch men from Britain, Cuba and Australia posted photos and videos of themselves on social media holding hands with other men to condemn violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Dutch politicians Alexander Pechtold of the D66 party and colleague Wouter Koolmees were the first public figures…

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Nigeria ‘gay wedding’ bust leads to charges In The News 

Nigeria ‘gay wedding’ bust leads to charges

BBC News Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding. The accused, arrested last Saturday, have denied the allegations, with their lawyers saying they were illegally detained. The court released the group on bail and the case was remanded to 8 May. Homosexual acts are banned in socially conservative Nigeria and are punishable by up to 14 years in jail. During a court appearance in Chediya-Zaria, the group pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, unlawful…

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Chechen police ‘kidnap and torture gay men’ In The News 

Chechen police ‘kidnap and torture gay men’

-BBC newS   Gay men are fleeing brutal persecution in Chechnya, where police are holding more than 100 people and torturing some of them in an anti-gay crackdown, Russian activists say. Natalia Poplevskaya of the Russian LGBT Network said “we are working to evacuate people”. A government spokesman called the reports “lies” and said homosexual people “simply don’t exist in the republic”. Homophobia is widespread in Chechnya. The mainly Muslim region is run by Ramzan Kadyrov, an authoritarian leader with a notorious private militia, fiercely loyal to Russian President Vladimir…

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Gilbert Baker, Creator of Iconic Gay Pride Rainbow Flag, Has Died at 65 In The News 

Gilbert Baker, Creator of Iconic Gay Pride Rainbow Flag, Has Died at 65

PEOPLE The man who tie-dyed and hand-stitched the rainbow flag that has become the worldwide symbol for gay pride and the LGBTQ community has died. He was 65. Gilbert Baker, who described himself as a “gay Betsy Ross,” was found dead on Friday in his New York City home, the New York Times reports. “Gilbert Baker was a pioneer in the gay rights movement,” LGBT Network CEO Dr. David Kilmnick said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “It is a great loss to the LGBT community and all Americans and…

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Texas ordered to pay $600,000 to same-sex couples who defeated state ban In The News 

Texas ordered to pay $600,000 to same-sex couples who defeated state ban

REUTERS   A federal appeals court ordered Texas on Wednesday to pay about $600,000 to cover the legal fees for two same-sex couples who defeated the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a protracted court battle.   The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit awarded $585,470 in attorneys’ fees and about $20,000 in costs arising from the challenge to the plaintiffs in the case, Cleopatra DeLeon, Nicole Dimetman, Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss.   “We’re thrilled. Our lawyers did an outstanding job,” Phariss said in an interview.  …

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More gay, bi men with HIV receiving care, disparities remain In The News 

More gay, bi men with HIV receiving care, disparities remain

REUTERS Gay and bisexual men in the United States who are diagnosed with HIV are promptly receiving the necessary treatments more often than in the past, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   Still, black gay and bisexual men are less likely than their white counterparts to receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) to keep the human immunodeficiency virus in check, the researchers found.   They write in the Journal of Infectious Diseases that one goal of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy was to get…

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U.S. court rules 1964 civil rights law protects LGBT workers from bias In The News 

U.S. court rules 1964 civil rights law protects LGBT workers from bias

REUTERS A U.S. appeals court, for the first time ever, on Tuesday ruled that federal civil rights law protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace.   The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago represents a major legal victory for the gay rights movement.   In its 8-3 decision, the court bucked decades of rulings that gay people are not protected by the milestone civil rights law, because they are not specifically mentioned in it.   “For many years, the courts…

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Federal judge rules fair housing law protects Colorado LGBT couple In The News 

Federal judge rules fair housing law protects Colorado LGBT couple

REUTERS   A U.S. district judge ruled on Wednesday that a Colorado landlord’s refusal to rent a townhouse to a lesbian couple, one of whom is transgender, violates federal housing law, marking the second legal victory for LGBT people in as many days.   The ruling by Denver federal Judge Raymond Moore is the first in which a court has extended protections to people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity under the federal Fair Housing Act, lawyers for the couple said. The act bars housing discrimination because of…

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LGBT advocates seek to label opponents as U.S. hate groups In The News 

LGBT advocates seek to label opponents as U.S. hate groups

REUTERS   A liberal coalition on Thursday started a campaign to label socially conservative organizations that oppose transgender rights as hate groups, ratcheting up the antagonism between opposing sides on one of America’s most contentious debates.   The Eliminate Hate Campaign seeks to draw attention to groups it sees as extreme and hateful against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, accusing them of hiding behind ostensibly Christian or family values.   Alarmed by a surge in reported hate crimes tied to the 2016 presidential campaign, the campaign will pressure…

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NCAA returns to North Carolina after transgender bathroom law repeal In The News 

NCAA returns to North Carolina after transgender bathroom law repeal

-REUTERS The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday formally reversed course and scheduled championship games in North Carolina, returning to the state after previously stripping it of events to protest a law on transgender use of public bathrooms.   Transgender advocates immediately criticized the decision, saying although the bathroom law was repealed last month, North Carolina still discriminated against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and did not deserve to be rewarded.   The controversy started with the March 2016 approval of House Bill 2, which required transgender people…

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OUT AND ABOUT: THE EDGE OF, MANCHESTER, BY MOONLIGHT Out and About 

OUT AND ABOUT: THE EDGE OF, MANCHESTER, BY MOONLIGHT

Not to be confused with the classic 1998 gay movie Edge of Seventeen, The Edge of Seventeen (STX/Universal), now available in a double-disc Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD version, is the directorial debut by writer/filmmaker Kelly Fremon Craig. t is a good example of a movie that, upon its initial 2016 theatrical was well-received by critics, so much so that one might be led to believe that it’s better than it is. Mostly it’s sloppy and meandering, beginning with the narration near the opening of the film that is abandoned shortly thereafter. As a…

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Transgender students decry ‘dangerous’ Trump decision Uncategorized 

Transgender students decry ‘dangerous’ Trump decision

AFP – Activists, parents and transgender students vowed to resist the Trump administration’s “dangerous” reversal of federal protections of bathroom rights, warning it risked exposing young people to hate-fueled violence. The White House decision to allow states and school districts to decide whether students can access bathrooms of their choice violates civil rights that should be enshrined at the national level, they said. Fewer than half of all states currently ban public accommodation discrimination based on gender identity while four Republican states actively restrict bathroom access or restrict laws that…

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