Rainbow raids: Egypt launches its widest anti-gay crackdown yet In The News International News 

Rainbow raids: Egypt launches its widest anti-gay crackdown yet

CAIRO (Reuters) Sarah Hegazy has been jailed, beaten by inmates, and could face a life sentence in an Egyptian prison if found guilty of “promoting sexual deviancy” and other charges tied to her alleged crime: waving a rainbow flag at a concert. The 28-year-old denies waving the flag but is one of 57 people arrested so far in Egypt’s widest anti-gay crackdown yet, a swift zero-tolerance response to a rare show of public support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the conservative Muslim country. The crackdown comes…

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Indonesia police detain 51 men in Jakarta “gay spa” raid In The News International News 

Indonesia police detain 51 men in Jakarta “gay spa” raid

JAKARTA (Reuters) Indonesian police detained 51 men including several foreigners in a raid on what authorities described as a “gay spa” in Jakarta, and some could face up to six years in prison under pornography and prostitution laws. The arrests are the latest in a spate of high-profile police actions against gay clubs and parties in Indonesia this year that have called the country’s reputation for tolerance into question. With the exception of the ultra-conservative Aceh province in northern Sumatra, where Islamic law is enforced and two men were publicly…

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Activists celebrate Botswana’s transgender court victory In The News International News 

Activists celebrate Botswana’s transgender court victory

GABARONE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A Botswana transgender man has won a 10-year battle to be legally recognized as male in a landmark ruling that could boost minority rights in the conservative nation. Botswana High Court last week ordered the government to change the gender marker on the man’s identity card from female to male to respect his constitutional rights. “This is an immense relief,” the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said in a statement. “I am hopeful that other persons who find themselves in a similar situation…

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At Values Voter Summit, Trump Boasts of Homophobic, Sexist Victories In The News 

At Values Voter Summit, Trump Boasts of Homophobic, Sexist Victories

(Advocate) Donald Trump told his religious right supporters what they wanted to hear today at the Values Voter Summit — that he’s protecting religious freedom and bringing Judeo-Christian values back to America. The first sitting president to address the gathering, he took the stage at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., to applause and chants of “USA!” and then praised Tony Perkins, president of the event’s sponsor, the Family Research Council, as a “tremendous guy.” Trump noted the frequent invocations of God by the nation’s founders, then said, “How times have…

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Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join, earn Eagle Scout rank In The News 

Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join, earn Eagle Scout rank

(Reuters) In a historic shift, the Boy Scouts of America will let girls enroll in Cub Scouts starting next year and allow them to eventually earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout, the organization said on Wednesday. The unanimous decision by the 100-year-old group’s board of directors came after years of requests from families and girls, it said, though the announcement prompted a largely negative reaction on social media. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences…

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U.S. anti-bias law does not protect transgender  workers: Justice Department In The News 

U.S. anti-bias law does not protect transgender workers: Justice Department

(Reuters) The U.S. Department of Justice has reversed course on whether federal law banning sex discrimination in the workplace provides protections for transgender employees, saying in a memo that it does not. The memo sent to U.S. Attorneys’ offices on Wednesday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 only prohibits discrimination on the basis of a worker’s biological sex, and not their gender identity. Sessions rescinded a Justice Department memo from 2014 that said Title VII does protect transgender people, a position…

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Microsoft, Apple among  companies urging U.S.  Supreme Court to weigh  gay workers’ rights In The News 

Microsoft, Apple among companies urging U.S. Supreme Court to weigh gay workers’ rights

(Reuters) Dozens of companies including Alphabet Inc’s Google, Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Viacom Inc have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to address whether a law banning sex discrimination in the workplace provides protections to gay employees. A group of 76 companies submitted a brief to the court saying a split among lower courts on that question had created uncertainty for employers and gay workers. The companies asked the Supreme Court to take up the case of Jameka Evans, a former security guard at a Georgia hospital who says she…

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Over a quarter million #weartheribbon for LGBT Network’s campaign Out on LI 

Over a quarter million #weartheribbon for LGBT Network’s campaign

For the 16th year, the LGBT Network marked October 11th, National Coming Out Day (NCOD) with its #WearTheRibbon NCOD campaign. It was the first time in the campaign’s history that the LGBT Network has expanded its efforts beyond schools and it was a resounding success! With nearly one quarter of a million participants from over 220 companies, schools, unions, libraries, sports groups, electedofficials, colleges and universities, and other community organizations participating, it was the largest community organizing effort the LGBT Network has ever launched. The goal of the LGBT Network…

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Women’s Health: The Importance of Being Proactive Uncategorized 

Women’s Health: The Importance of Being Proactive

  Women may feel that they are too busy caring for their children, aging parents, spouses, and friends to properly take care of themselves. However, it’s crucial for women to be their own advocates for their healthcare. Schedule a well-visit exam with your primary care physician and your gynecologist every year.  Those visits are key opportunities to ask your doctor questions about your health and medical conditions. Be proactive by asking about the types of preventive healthcare screenings you should have. Taking proactive measures can help you avoid problems such…

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LGBT Network Launches Massive Community-Wide Campaign for National Coming Out Day Uncategorized 

LGBT Network Launches Massive Community-Wide Campaign for National Coming Out Day

Since 2002, the LGBT Network has been organizing its NCOD Campaign in schools as a way of creating safer spaces. Over its 15-year history, the Campaign has grown – more than 100,000+ students and staff at 100 schools participated in the campaign last year. For 2017, the LGBT Network is broadening its efforts and bringing the NCOD campaign to businesses, places of worship, senior centers, non-profit organizations, government agencies, civic associations, unions, libraries, and other organizations. The goal of the LGBT Network NCOD Campaign is simple: Engage and empower the…

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LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Moves Forward in Bay Shore after Historic Planning Board Vote Out on LI 

LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Moves Forward in Bay Shore after Historic Planning Board Vote

On Thursday, August 17th, The LGBT Network unveiled plans for its LGBT-friendly affordable housing apartment complex in Bay Shore. The new housing development accompanied by a brand new state-of-the-art 8,000 square-foot community center will be constructed at the site of LGBT Network’s existing community center on Park Avenue and Mechanicsville Road and near the Bay Shore Long Island Rail Road station. In a historic vote, the Town of Islip Planning Board voted unanimously to move the LGBT Network’s Senior Housing and Community Center Project forward and the Islip Town Board…

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Supreme Court asked to consider anti-bias protections for gay workers In The News 

Supreme Court asked to consider anti-bias protections for gay workers

(Reuters) LGBT group Lambda Legal asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether discrimination against gay workers is a form of unlawful sex bias, teeing up what could be a monumental case for the gay rights movement. The group filed a petition for certiorari on behalf of Jameka Evans, a former security guard at Georgia Regional Hospital who says she was harassed and forced to quit her job because she is gay. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March dismissed her case, saying it…

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Publisher of High Times acquires LGBT publications In The News 

Publisher of High Times acquires LGBT publications

(Reuters) Oreva Capital, the Los Angeles-based investment firm that recently bought marijuana enthusiast magazine “High Times,” has funded a management buyout of a handful of media brands catering to the gay community. Oreva has backed a management-led buyout of Here Publishing, which owns such titles as “The Advocate” and “Out,” with plans to grow its online and events business, Oreva CEO Adam Levin told Reuters in an interview. Oreva is buying Here Publishing, which it is rebranding “Pride Media Inc,” at a time when many print publishers are struggling with…

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Transgender members in U.S. military may serve until study completed: Mattis In The News 

Transgender members in U.S. military may serve until study completed: Mattis

(Reuters) U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said current policy regarding transgender personnel serving in the military would remain in place until he advises President Donald Trump on how to implement his directive on a transgender ban. Mattis said in a statement he would set up a panel of experts serving in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to provide recommendations on implementing the ban. He said he would advise the president after the panel reports it recommendations, and “in the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members…

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Trump administration backs baker who refused to make cake for gay couple In The News 

Trump administration backs baker who refused to make cake for gay couple

(Reuters) The Trump administration filed papers at the U.S. Supreme Court backing a Christian baker in Colorado whom a state court ruled against for declining to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. In the brief, Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall said Jack Phillips should be exempt from Colorado’s anti-discrimination law because making custom cakes is a form of free expression protected under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. The high court agreed in June to hear Phillips’ appeal of the state court ruling that his refusal to make the…

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