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LESBIAN

90 Days for Former Husker Women's Basketball Star

(AP) Former Nebraska women's basketball star Charlie Rogers has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating probation on her conviction for faking an anti-gay hate crime has been, but she can apply to serve the time on house arrest.

The 36-year-old Rogers had faced up to a year after acknowledging in March that she violated her probation by not reporting to jail on Jan. 15 to finish her original 90-day jail sentence.

Rogers was convicted of lying to police about being attacked by masked men and having anti-gay slurs carved into her skin.

Prosecutors say she faked the attack because she thought it would inspire change in the treatment of gay people.

GAY

US Takes Aim at Gambian President Over Violent Remarks on Gay Men

(EDGE) The U.S. called out Gambian President Yahya Jammeh Saturday for threats he made, saying he'd slit the throats of gay men in his country, the AFP reports.

In a public speech last month, Jammeh said he would slit the throats of gay men who try to marry in the small West African country, the Human Rights Campaign reported. Last year, the president called gay people “ungodly, Satanic... vermins [sic].”

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice said the U.S. could take action - last year the U.S. revoked its trade preferences with Gambia after reports the country was cracking down on its LGBT community.

"We are reviewing what additional actions are appropriate to respond to this worsening situation," Rice said. "We repeat our call for the Gambian government, and all governments, to lead inclusively, repudiate intolerance, and promote respect for the universal rights and fundamental freedoms of all people."

BISEXUAL

Blanchett Clears Up Bisexual Rumors

(SFGN) After being quoted in an interview last week that she has had “several relationships with women” Cate Blanchett clarifies that she has never had a sexual relationship with another woman. Blanchett addressed the out of context quote over the weekend during a press conference for her new movie “Carol.”

In the film, Blanchette’s character does embark on a sexual relationship with another woman but it is not central to the film. Blanchett commented that the character’s sexuality is mostly a private matter in the film. Then went on to say “What often happens these days is if you are homosexual you have to talk about it constantly, the only thing, before your work…We're living in a deeply conservative time."

TRANSGENDER

NY AG Takes on Trans Discrimination in Health Care

(AP) New York's attorney general has started a program to ensure transgender individuals have equal access to health care.

Eric Schneiderman's office announced the initiative Friday.

Staffers with the attorney general's Civil Rights Bureau will conduct training sessions at hospitals and medical centers around the state to discuss the best ways to ensure the rights of transgender patients are respected.

Schneiderman's office says too many transgender Americans report being harassed or denied care because of their gender identity.

Kenneth Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospitals Foundation, says his organization's member hospitals are "proud" to work with the state to ensure all patients receive the best care.

A measure to prohibit discrimination against transgender people when it comes to jobs, apartments, schools and public accommodations is pending in the Legislature.


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