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U.S. House Reps send Letter to Kerry about Anti-Gay 2014 Olympic Games in Russia

Rep. Nadler Leads Bipartisan Letter to Protect LGBT Rights at 2014 Olympic Games in Russia By Melanie Nathan, August 2, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, lead a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the protection […]

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Russian Sports Minister confirms Olympic athletes are NOT exempt

“…but if he goes onto the street and starts propagandizing it, then of course he will be held accountable” By Cathy Kristofferson, August 1, 2013 A series of tweets from @r_sport, who bills themselves as the “Official host news agency for @Sochi2014”, alerted me to renewed confirmation that Sochi Olympic athletes will NOT in fact be […]

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Russia arrests Dutch tourists on gay propaganda charges

How will this not happen during the Olympics! By Cathy Kristofferson, July 21, 2013 Updates posted below. So it has begun.  Russia today arrested tourists ‘violating’ their new anti-gay propaganda law.About an hour ago, the LGBT Russian Network posted on their Facebook wall: “URGENT NEWS! In Murmansk city (North Russia) 3 Dutch citizens detained by the […]

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Renewed calls for Olympic boycott as gay arrests continue in Russia

An action to demonstrate the danger of  the new anti-LGBT laws By Cathy Kristofferson, July 2, 2013 Amidst current graphic protests, there is a renewed call for the boycott of the Sochi Olympics, as gay arrests continue in Russia following President Putin’s signing into law the nationwide so-called “anti-propaganda bill,” banning the so called ‘promotion’ […]

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Remove Right Wing Judge Edith Jones

Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 07, 2013. People for the American Way are asking that you sign their petition. Here is the story: The New York Times reports that Judge Edith Jones, a right-wing firebrand who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and many saw as a potential Supreme Court […]

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Trial date set for 3 Accused in Murder of South African Gay Man

As more killings of Gay men continue to plague the area By Melanie Nathan, April 18, 2013 Three men, believed to be part of a gang targeting gay men in a series of murders were arrested, charged and now a trial date has been set in the murder of gay man Barney van Heerden, from […]

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Lesbians officially banned from Nigerian football

By Melanie Nathan, March 05, 2013 According to reports the chair of the Nigeria Women Football League, member of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) executive committee, Dilichukwu Onyedinma, has announced that “lesbianism is now officially banned from Nigerian football (soccer).” Onyedinma was quoted by Nigerian media as saying players who were found to be in […]

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Ugandan Kill the Gays Bill Drops to Second Place With Death Still an Option

By Melanie Nathan, Dec 06, 2012. Due to the death of a former MP, Uganda’s Parliament did not consider any business yesterday. Instead, and took the day for a memorial to former MP Atenyi Deo Zabasaija. Warren Throckmorton,  noted that the bill might make it on the agenda Thursday, but he doubted and was correct to […]

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Olympic Kiss by Gay Star News

By Gay Star News, July 28, 2012. Gay Football Supporters Network chair Chris Basiurski was cheered today (26 July) as he kissed his boyfriend before carrying the Olympic torch through London. Thanks for this report by Tris Reid-Smith of Gay Star News He told the crowd he was going to marry his partner, James, next […]

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South Africa Prestigious JB Met | Gay Activists to Protest Zulu King Hate Speech Dressed as Zulu Warriors

by Melanie Nathan, January 27, 2012 UPDATED Cape Town, January 28, 2012:  The Flag Boys did it! The won best dressed couple – Imagine gay boys dressed in camp Zulu warrior garb, protesting Zulu King’s homophobic remarks, win best dressed couple at H&B Met Red Carpet event! Read our pre-event report …… South African gay […]

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Australian Open | Laura Robson’s Rainbow Hairband Defies Margaret’s Court

by Melanie Nathan, January 17, 2012 British tennis player Laura Robson defied the Court by wearing a rainbow colored hair band in Melbourne on Monday in support of gay and lesbian rights during her match at the Australian Open. There may well be a lot more to what was meant as a gesture of solidarity […]

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NBJC Calls For Hate Crime Investigation in FAMU Hazing Death

Posted by Melanie Nathan,  01/10/2012 Washington, D.C., January 10, 2012 – On November 19, 2011 Florida A&M University student Robert Champion Jr. was found unresponsive aboard a band bus after the school’s biggest game of the year. Police ruled the death a homicide from hazing; furthermore, the parents of Mr. Champion, a 26-year-old drum major […]

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Outsports Persons of the Year Named

Posted by Melanie Nathan, January 05, 2012, San Francisco — The National Center for Lesbian Rights’ Sports Project Director Helen Carroll and Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Changing the Game Project Director Pat Griffin have been named by Outsports readers as the 2011 “Persons of the Year.” Outsports made the announcement today, noting that […]

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