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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   Transgender advocates immediately criticized the decision, saying although the bathroom law was repealed last month, North Carolina still discriminated against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and did not deserve to be rewarded.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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Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue In The News 

Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue

Reuters – PAWHUSKA, OKLA. A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has voted to allow same-sex marriage, joining a small group of prominent tribes changing their law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2015 decision making the practice legal in all states. The same-sex case known as Obergefell v Hodges has rippled through the 567 federally recognized Indian Nations. As sovereign entities, they are not necessarily bound by the Supreme Court decision, leaving many in the precarious position of trying to decide whether to make the hot-button issue part…

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Teen advocate Jazz Jennings inspires first transgender doll In The News 

Teen advocate Jazz Jennings inspires first transgender doll

CNN WIRE – NEW YORK Like any other girl, 16-year-old Jazz Jennings always loved dolls and dresses. But unlike many others, Jazz, who is transgender, couldn’t find one that truly represented her. That’s all about to change. As one of the youngest transgender people to be extensively documented on social media, Jazz has garnered a large following that includes nearly half a million Instagram followers, and the latest installment of this appreciative fandom is a doll version of the teen. The Tonner Doll Company, which specializes in adult collectibles and high fashion…

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Americans oppose bathroom laws limiting transgender rights In The News 

Americans oppose bathroom laws limiting transgender rights

The majority of respondents to a new U.S. poll opposed laws barring transgender people from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identities and indicated growing acceptance for gay rights, a nonpartisan research group said on Friday. Fifty-three percent of the Americans surveyed oppose laws requiring transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to their sex at birth, according to the national poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. The survey showed that 39 percent of respondents favored such laws, and almost one in 10 of the 2,031 adults surveyed in…

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US sends “pro-family” group to UN  fueling fears over LGBT rights In The News 

US sends “pro-family” group to UN fueling fears over LGBT rights

REUTERS – NEW YORK, March 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United States has sent a pro-family lobbying group listed as a “hate group” by civil rights activists in its delegation to key United Nations meetings, advocates said on Wednesday, fuelling fears over rolling back gay rights. The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) was named this week by the U.S. State Department to attend the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women, an annual set of high-level meetings on women’s equality and empowerment. C-FAM has been listed as…

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Disney to feature first gay scene in Beauty and the Beast In The News 

Disney to feature first gay scene in Beauty and the Beast

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Disney will feature its first gay scene when a character is seen struggling with his sexuality in the live-action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, according to the film’s director. The film’s stars will be heterosexual – British actors Emma Watson and Dan Stevens play the title roles – and manservant LeFou, sidekick to the film’s macho main man Gaston, will grapple with his own sexuality. “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,”…

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Thai contestant crowned Miss International Queen in transgender pageant In The News International News 

Thai contestant crowned Miss International Queen in transgender pageant

REUTERS – Thai contestant Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was crowned Miss International Queen 2016 at a contest billed as the world’s largest and most popular transgender pageant. The 25-year-old beat 24 other contestants for the crown, with the second and third place going to contestants from Brazil and Venezuela, respectively. The pageant, which brings together transgender people from around the world, was launched over a decade ago to help transgender women feel more accepted by society. “It’s like a new category, but the gender already existed a long time ago,” said Jiratchaya,…

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Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens press for same-sex marriage In The News International News 

Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens press for same-sex marriage

REUTERS – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), junior partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition, said on they would launch a new push to legalize same-sex marriage in Germany, a move opposed in the past by Merkel’s Christian Democrats. Thomas Oppermann, who heads the SPD’s parliamentary faction, told Der Spiegel magazine his party would raise the issue at the next meeting of the right-centre coalition, a move welcomed by the pro-environment Green party. The issue could help the SPD differentiate itself from Merkel’s conservatives as the uneasy coalition partners ramp up…

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YouTube admits that LGBT videos are hidden in its  “restricted mode”, apologies for confusion In The News International News 

YouTube admits that LGBT videos are hidden in its “restricted mode”, apologies for confusion

INDEPENDENT TECH The Google-owned video company offers a “restricted mode” that aims to “screen out potentially objectionable content”. But a number of prominent YouTubers noticed that LGBTQ videos appeared to be hidden as part of that rule – provoking huge protests. Now YouTube has admitted that such videos are being hidden, but says that it only does so to ensure that people don’t see videos that deal with “more sensitive issues”. “We are so proud to represent LGBTQ+ voices on our platform – they’re a key part of what YouTube…

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LGBT Refugees Endangered by Trump’s Executive Order In The News 

LGBT Refugees Endangered by Trump’s Executive Order

Glamour-President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order halting all U.S. refugee admissions for 120 days, while suspending Syrians indefinitely, has thrown scores of people hoping to enter the U.S. into uncertainty. Yet for LGBT refugees in the Middle East, the order has a particularly dangerous impact, stranding them in countries where living too openly can get them arrested, beaten, or murdered.   It’s a threat posed not just from Islamic State terrorists, who’ve documented horrific executions of LGBT people in Syria and Iraq, but also from those closest to…

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Britain Pardons Thousands of Gay Men For Convictions Under Abolished Laws In The News 

Britain Pardons Thousands of Gay Men For Convictions Under Abolished Laws

Reuters-Britain has pardoned thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of crimes under sexual offense laws which have now been abolished, following on from the 2013 exoneration of World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing. Homosexual acts were not decriminalized in England until 1967 and it was not until 2001 that the age of consent for homosexuals was reduced to 16, making it the same as for heterosexuals. The so-called “Turing’s Law”, named after the celebrated mathematician who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for having sex with a man,…

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Pakistan Counts Transgender People in National Census for First Time In The News 

Pakistan Counts Transgender People in National Census for First Time

Reuters-Pakistan will count transgender people in its national census for the first time when it surveys its population in March this year following a top court ruling. The Lahore High Court issued the order to the government, National Database and Registration Authority, and the interior ministry with a government official assuring the court that the transgender community will be part of the 2017 census. This stemmed from a petition filed by transgender person Waqar Ali last November that argued Pakistan’s transgender community had been marginalized and their fundamental rights should…

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NATIONAL NEWS: Wife of Florida Nightclub Gunman Pleads Not Guilty to Aiding Attack In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Wife of Florida Nightclub Gunman Pleads Not Guilty to Aiding Attack

Reuters- The wife of the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history pleaded not guilty to charges she assisted him ahead of the fatal shooting of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida and later misleading authorities. Noor Salman, 30, aided and abetted husband Omar Mateen in his attempt to provide material support to a terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said. They also accuse her of obstructing justice by lying to authorities investigating the June 2016 massacre. Salman appeared in federal court in Oakland, California, in an…

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NATIONAL NEWS: Only Two Hollywood Films get GLAAD Nominations For LGBT Stories In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Only Two Hollywood Films get GLAAD Nominations For LGBT Stories

Reuters- Just two mainstream movies – “Moonlight” and “Star Trek Beyond” – earned nominations for the annual GLAAD awards recognizing the fair portrayal of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in film, television, music and journalism. Activist group GLAAD said the two nominations were the lowest since 2003 in its wide-release movie category and reflected the dearth of LGBT-inclusive storylines at Hollywood movie studios. “At a time when progress is at a critical juncture, it is imperative that Hollywood tell more LGBTQ stories that reflect the community’s rich diversity…

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