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International

First Lady Of Zambia Stuns The Continent By Calling For An End To Homophobia

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:54 AM November 8, 2013
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“Silence around issues of men who have sex with men should be stopped. And no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation.” – Dr. Christine Caseba-Sata, First Lady of Zambia

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Saudi Women Protest Inequality By Driving Their Family Car

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:06 PM October 28, 2013
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Women in Saudi Arabia have found a clever way to protest their second class status in that country. They are slipping behind the wheel of their family cars.

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Israel’s Bert And Ernie Adopt A Baby

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:30 PM October 17, 2013
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A pair of puppets often called Israel’s Bert and Ernie have adopted a baby. Now gay rights advocates want them to come out of the closet.

International

On Our Radar – Huseyin Cetinel And The Rainbow Stairs

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:15 AM September 15, 2013
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A modern (true) fairy tale about gays and rainbows.

Civil Rights

Russian Parliament Working On Bill To ‘Return’ Gays To ‘Normal Life’ Via ‘Ex-Gay Therapy’

by David Badash ● 9:26 AM August 26, 2013
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Now the parliament of Russia is working on a bill that would offer free “ex-gay” or “reparative” therapy on gay people. The “therapy” supposedly would be anonymous and voluntary.

International

Public Disgust With Russia Scores An Unexpected Gay Rights Victory

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:17 AM August 16, 2013
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As the western world’s furor over Russia’s “Gay Propaganda Law” grows, Armenian police have withdrawn their bill for their own Russian-styled law.

2014 Winter Olympics

Do Or Die Time For The 2014 Sochi Olympics

by Clinton Fein ● 7:00 AM August 9, 2013
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I plan to dedicate myself to making sure that any brand affiliated with Sochi Games suffer the consequences. What are you willing to do? Because switching cocktail brands is not going to cut it this time.

Discrimination

On Our Radar – Blake Skjellerup – Gay, Out, And Going To The Sochi Olympics

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:43 AM August 4, 2013
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Faster, higher, stronger says the Olympic motto, but if you’re gay and going to Russia, add “braver”. Today the courage of gay Olympian Blake Skjellerup is On Our Radar.

Bigotry Watch

You’ll Have No Idea How Much Some Russians Hate Gays Until You Watch This

by David Badash ● 3:50 PM August 2, 2013
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Today in St. Petersburg, Russia, a group of about a dozen Russians, apparently drunk former soldiers celebrating the annual Russian Airborne Troops Day, attacked a young LGBT activist.

2014 Winter Olympics

Look: HRC Asks NBC To ‘Expose’ Russia’s ‘Inhumane And Unjust’ Anti-Gay Laws

by David Badash ● 5:27 PM July 25, 2013
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In a letter to NBC Universal, HRC President Chad Griffin asks the network to “expose” Russia’s “inhumane and unjust” anti-LGBT laws during their broadcast of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Civil Rights

Watch: Harvey Fierstein Battles Russia’s War On Gays On ‘The Last Word’

by David Badash ● 9:56 AM July 25, 2013
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LGBT activist and multiple Tony-Award winner Harvey Fierstein last night he talked with MSNBC’s “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell about Russia’s anti-gay atrocities.

International

NOW: Final House Of Lords Debate And Vote For Marriage Equality In Britain – Watch Live

by David Badash ● 11:16 AM July 15, 2013
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Right now, the British House of Lords is in its third and final debate of same-sex marriage. Supporters are confident the bill will pass, although there’s enough opposition for concern.

Coming Out

Risking Prison, Singapore Politician Is First Ever To Comes Out As Gay

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:02 AM July 3, 2013
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A Profile In Courage: Although homosexuality is a crime in Singapore, punishable by up to 2 years in prison, Vincent Wijeysingha just became the first politician to come out as gay.

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Vladimir Putin Just Made It Illegal To Tell Kids Gay People Exist

by David Badash ● 12:37 PM June 30, 2013
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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin today has just signed a draconian “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, making the “promotion” of “homosexual propaganda” to minors illegal.