Posts Tagged ‘ LGBTQ ’

How liquor licenses sparked the Stonewall riots

June 28, 2015
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Reason Reason
by Nick Sibilla  

"Just three years before Stonewall, gay New Yorkers won the right to drink in bars. But that right was contingent on hiding any trace of a queer identity: Kissing, dancing, or trying to find someone of the same sex to take home for the night were all lumped under the designation 'disorderly conduct.' Bars could lose their liquor licenses if caught playing host to such criminality. Sensing an opportunity, the Mafia opened establishments under the ruse of being members-only 'bottle clubs' that had no need for a license. One of their more popular -- and more profitable -- bars was also one of the few places queer men and women could dance: the Stonewall Inn." (06/28/15)

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Turkey: Police riot against gay pride parade

June 28, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas to clear a gay pride rally from Istanbul's central square Sunday. Between 100 and 200 marchers were chased away from Taksim Square after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd. ...the timing of the parade coincides with the holy month of Ramadan, something that could cause conservative Muslims to bristle. ... While homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey -- unlike in several other Muslim countries -- homophobia remains widespread." (06/28/15)

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Don’t let transgender be the new black

June 12, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The use of legal force to impede -- or advance -- social change is always a bad idea. Transgender people should not be forced to march through Selma in order to claim equal treatment under the law. As always, the libertarian approach is most fit for getting us through this transition period. Libertarianism is the only political philosophy which allows everyone to answer 'yes' to the question 'can we all get along?'" (06/11/15)

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CO: School asks for outside review of ban on gay student speech

June 4, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"Under pressure from a congressman, the Colorado school that stopped a valedictorian from delivering a commencement speech in which he planned to come out as gay has asked outside lawyers to review what happened. In a letter on behalf of the school to Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, Denver lawyer Barry Arrington said Twin Peaks Charter Academy is hiring a law firm to look into the case." (06/04/15)

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AR: Town’s vote opens fight over law cast as anti-gay

May 13, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"A northwest Arkansas town's vote to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity could pave the way for a legal fight over a new state law criticized as anti-gay. Residents in Eureka Springs, a town known both for its 66-foot-tall Jesus statue and for being a gay-friendly tourist destination, voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to uphold the anti-discrimination ordinance. It's the most direct challenge to a state law aimed at preventing local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people." (05/13/15)

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Gay rights and religious liberty: A zero-sum game

May 12, 2015
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Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"Lots of pushback against my saying that the advance of gay rights is at the present moment the greatest threat to religious liberty. People don't want to believe it. For the record, I believe in granting employment and housing protections to gays; I'm not opposed across the board to gay rights. It's only that the overall gay rights project is triumphing at the clear and substantive expense of religious liberty. It cannot be any other way, not when the religions in question -- Christianity, mostly, but also Orthodox Judaism and Islam -- have clear teachings on homosexuality, ones that cannot be reconciled with the moral legitimation of homosexuality." (05/11/15)

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Religious Americans support gay marriage

April 28, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Robert P Jones  

"The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that weighs whether state bans against same-sex marriage violate the constitution’s guarantee of equal protection for gay and lesbian couples. Ahead of the ruling, many religious conservatives are reiterating their opposition to allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. Although public opinion has shifted dramatically, especially among religious Americans, many leaders of the conservative Christian political movement continue to act as if public opinion were frozen in the 1970s. But in fact, more religiously affiliated Americans now support same-sex marriage than oppose it." (04/28/15)

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Marriage equality gets its day in court

April 27, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps  

"As the oral argument in the same-sex marriage cases nears, the smart money remains on a 5-4 decision upholding the right of individuals to be married in their own states and to have those marriages recognized by other states. In fact, under the surface, a lot of the briefing seems to be less about whether the Court will affirm marriage equality and more about how. If history is a guide, the Court will speak in oblique, even oracular terms. A strong, clear opinion would serve the nation better." (04/27/15)

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Ben Carson’s gay epiphany

April 21, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Republican potential presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, experienced an epiphany recently after taking some heavy flack for expressing his opinion that homosexuality is a 'choice' and backing up the argument by declaring that people 'go to prison straight -- and when they come out they're gay.' Upon serious reflection, and to his credit, the good Dr. apologized for his ignorant insensitive comments. He now says that he no longer wants to talk about LGBT issues." (04/21/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/04/ben-carsons-gay-epiphany.html  

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CO: Senate committee rejects bill to ban torture of LGBTQ youth

April 9, 2015
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Aurora Sentinel    

"Colorado Republicans in the Senate rejected a bill Wednesday to ban gay-conversion therapy [sic] for kids. The bill, sponsored by Democrats, would have banned therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of children. It failed 3-2 on a party-line vote in a Senate committee." (04/09/15)

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Obama calls for end to gay conversion “therapy”

April 9, 2015
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The Virginian-Pilot    

"President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy [sic] treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth. The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed suicide in December and left behind writings mentioning religious therapy [sic]. In a statement late Wednesday, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said the administration supports banning so-called conversion therapy [sic] treatments for minors. ... The White House is not explicitly calling for congressional legislation to ban the therapies [sic] nationwide. But Jarrett's statement highlighted states that have outlawed the practice and expressed hope that there will be broader action." (04/09/15)

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From Ireland to Indiana the spread of gay-marriage groupthink

April 8, 2015
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"What is striking is the extent to which the critics of gay marriage are now treated in a similar way that gays were treated for decades. Homosexuality wasn't decriminalised in Ireland until 1993 -- making you wonder where the Irish state gets off now posing as super-gay-friendly -- and before that gays were seen as a blot on the moral landscape. They were seen as psychologically disordered (not just in Ireland, but across the West) and their words and culture were often censored for fear that they would traumatise young people and tear the moral fabric. Sound familiar? Yes, the same is now done to those who hold traditional views on marriage and the family. In Ireland, as elsewhere, the illiberal, intolerant tactics once used against homosexuals have been turned against those who dare to criticise homosexual lifestyles." (04/08/15)

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Japan: Tokyo ward first to recognize same-sex marriage

March 31, 2015
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Seattle Times    

"Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn't before, because same sex marriages weren't recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman. With a landmark vote Tuesday by the assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya ward, the district famous as a mecca for trendy youngsters became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the 'equivalent of a marriage,' guaranteeing the identical rights of married couples, including hospital visitations and apartment rentals." (03/31/15)

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It’s not about religious freedom. It’s about freedom.

March 27, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Some state legislatures are rolling out 'religious freedom' laws specifying that bakers don't have to bake and photographers don't have to photograph if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs. But wait a minute: Why should freedom to associate or not associate with, or to work for or not work for anyone, be conditioned on religious beliefs?" (03/26/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/755  

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Why Utah’s Mormon/LGBT compromise is just awful

March 23, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Walter Olson  

"The law resulted from an unprecedented compromise between leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who have historically stood against extending anti-discrimination laws to gays, and LGBT advocates including the statewide Equality Utah and national Human Rights Campaign. The law applies only to employment and housing settings; atypically, Utah law does not ban discrimination in so-called public accommodations, which took off the table the big and contentious set of 'bake my cake' controversies involving florists and other wedding providers. Some centrist commentators, notably Jonathan Rauch and Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, have hailed the accord as lighting a way off the culture war battlefield; unsurprisingly, many strong advocates on both the LGBT/anti-discrimination-law and religious-conservative sides are having none of it, and are likely to oppose such compromises elsewhere." (03/23/15)

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Chile: Lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions

January 29, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Chilean lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation now goes to President Michelle Bachelet, who is expected to sign it. Government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde welcomed the bill's passage as 'a breakthrough that we are proud of as a government.'" (01/28/15)

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Google apologizes, fixes homophobic slurs in translator

January 28, 2015
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Forbes    

"Google's apologized for a flaw in its Translate tool that's seen the word 'gay' translated into a range of offensive terms. ... The insulting translations were spotted by Andre Banks, executive director of LGBT campaign group All Out. The group launched a petition calling for Google to make changes, garnering over 52,000 signatures. And Google's taken heed." (01/28/15)

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Mormon church backs LGBT rights — with one condition

January 27, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"In at least one big and bruising culture-war battle, the Mormon church wants to call a partial truce. Convening a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Mormon leaders pledged to support anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, as long the laws also protect the rights of religious groups. ... Tuesday's announcement doesn't change church doctrine -- including its opposition to gay marriage, Mormon leaders said. 'But we are suggesting a way forward in which those with different views on these complex issues can together seek solutions that will be fair to everyone,' said Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, one of the church's top tiers of leadership." (01/27/15)

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Obama signs order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors

July 21, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees and prohibiting discrimination against federal workers who identify as transgender. ... Obama's two-part directive will amend an existing executive order that was issued by President Johnson in 1965 preventing federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The new order will add sexual orientation and gender identity to this list." (07/21/14)

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Health survey gives US government its first large-scale data on gay, bisexual population

July 16, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation. The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual." (07/15/14)

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Burger King debuts Gay Pride Whopper

July 2, 2014
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Time    

"Behind the counter at a Burger King in the heart of San Francisco is a rainbow-colored menu board advertising a product that the fast-food behemoth has never sold before and isn’t selling anywhere else: The Proud Whopper. When customers visiting during Sunday’s pride parade asked cashiers what made this Whopper different from a standard-issue burger, they simply said, 'I don’t know.' The mystery was revealed once diners opened the rainbow-colored wrapper and got a taste: absolutely nothing is different about this burger, nothing at all. To emphasize the point, the interior of the wrapper comes with a second message: 'We Are All the Same Inside.'" (07/01/14)

http://time.com/2947156/burger-king-debuts-gay-pride-whopper/  

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SCOTUS rejects appeals on California’s “gay conversion therapy” ban

June 30, 2014
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Time    

"California’s ban on gay conversion therapy is set to take effect after the Supreme Court declined to hear two cases challenging its legality. The measure prohibits mental health providers from 'engaging in sexual orientation change efforts' with minors, meaning that therapists and other licensed counselors are not allowed to engage in the controversial practice of attempting to rid someone under 18 of homosexual feelings. Governor Jerry Brown signed the ban into law in 2012, but it has been delayed by a series of legal challenges." (06/30/14)

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US imposes sanctions on Uganda for anti-gay law

June 20, 2014
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BBC News [UK State media]    

"The US has imposed sanctions on Uganda for anti-gay laws it says are 'counter to universal human rights.' It said Ugandans involved in human rights abuses against gay people would be banned from entering the US. The White House is also cutting funds to a number of programmes it is running with the Ugandan authorities, and cancelling a military exercise. Uganda has said it will not be pressed by the West to change the laws, which can see gay people jailed for life." (06/19/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27933051  

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India: Top court recognises transgenders in landmark ruling

April 16, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"India's top court has recognised the country's long marginalised transgender community as a third gender and, in a landmark judgment lauded by human rights groups, called on the government to ensure their equal treatment. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognised, they are ostracised, discriminated against, abused and often forced into prostitution." (04/16/14)

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Nigeria: New law mandates marriage apartheid, legitimizes oppression of gays

January 13, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"A new law in Nigeria, signed by the president without announcement, has made it illegal for gay people to even hold a meeting. The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act also criminalizes homosexual clubs, associations and organizations, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail." (01/13/14)

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