Would You Starve To Get Equal Rights?

LGBT community centers in Michigan are taking extreme measures to reform the state’s anti-gay laws by going on a massive, 100-day hunger strike. According to Instinct Magazine, all of Michigan’s LGBT community centers are taking part in the protest, which started on July 30. Currently, Michigan has some of the most anti-gay laws in the country. The state prohibits gay marriage and even civil unions.

App Lets Transgenders Find Safe Restrooms

For transgender people deciding whether to enter a public restroom that has either a figure with a skirt on or another one with straight pants can be a dangerous choice: they could be humiliated, harassed, or possibly arrested. A new iPhone app promises to make things easier—and safer—for the t-community. It’s called the TransQuat. The app uses your phone’s current GPS location to find the closest gender neutral bathroom. The app also lets users add and share new locations if they find one that’s not on the map to build out the number of options available.

TransQuat is powered by safe2pee, a nationwide directory of gender-neutral bathrooms. There are currently close to 4,000 neutral restrooms listed on the app across the United States, Canada and the U.K. You can download TranSquat from the Apple App Store.

Gay Liberian Activists to President: Veto Bill or Lose Nobel Prize

Liberian President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is about to cause a major stir if she signs a ban that would criminalize gay marriage in the African nation. The Gay Star News reports that an African gay rights group have started an online petition to pressure Sirleaf to honor her previous pledge opposing tougher laws on homosexuality, or give back the Nobel Peace Prize she won last year for her work in campaigning for women's rights in Liberia. If the law is passed, entering into a same-sex marriage would become a bailable offence. Those convicted would have to spend a short amount of time in prison or pay a fine.

Pastor Says Gay Marriage Brought 'Noah's Ark' Flood

What if we told you that the great flood that mobilized Noah to build an ark was all the gays’ fault? That’s what Aaron Fruh, a right-wing pastor from an Alabama church claims. Fruh spoke out against gay marriage on American Family Radio, challenging listeners to "find any society in human history that ever tried that experiment [of same-sex marriage] and lived to tell about it, they've all been destroyed," according to Right Wing Watch. He said the "society just prior to the flood of Noah" was the only one prior to the present to offer same-sex marriage, and went on to say, "God knew that the people on the earth were going to destroy themselves through same-sex marriage, and so that's why he brought the flood."

Nebraska Lesbian Says She Was Carved, Lit on Fire

Charlie Rogers told police last week that she had been attacked by three masked men who broke into her home, bound her, carved homophobic slurs into her skin, dumped gasoline on her and lit a match. But no matter how horrific the incident, investigators told The Lincoln Journal-Star on July 25 that they had no suspects and “hadn’t ruled out the possibility” that Rogers herself had staged the attack. That sparked a rumor that the whole thing was a hoax. So Rogers decided to go on television. “The idea that people think it's a lie is so hurtful. It's understandable," she told Omaha’s ABC 7. "Intellectually I understand that people have a hard time wrapping their heads around what happened, as do I. But I'm a person, with feelings, with concerns...and it's just so...it feels like a punch in the stomach, like a betrayal."

Christian School Rejects Student Because of Gay Parents

Hope Christian School, a religious institution in Albuquerque, New Mexico has denied a 3-year-old admittance because he has two gay fathers, KOAT-TV reports. “Same gender couples are inconsistent with scriptural lifestyle and biblical teachings,” read a letter from the school to the boy's parents. The letter also states that since the school is private, it is exempt from "excessive government interference in matters of religion." Nevertheless, the school is slated to receive more than $60,000 in federal tax dollars this school year, so it’s partially a public school.

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