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  • INDIANAPOLIS —The former head of Angie's List announced Thursday that he's formed a new tech industry coalition that will join a growing list of groups that are ratcheting up pressure on Indiana's Republican-dominated government to approve civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.

  • Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour hid in an Idaho Statehouse closet for more than five hours as part of her effort to persuade Republican lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act.

  • As part of the ‘Lift the Skirt’ campaign to support gender equality, male students and teachers of 27 public schools in France wore skirts on May 16 to protest sexism, creating controversy throughout the city.

  • DALLAS (AP) _ About two dozen gay pride advocates have waved flags and signs during the final day of the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas.

  • SEATTLE — A gay Eagle Scout from Maryland, a Seattle Scoutmaster who was fired for his sexual orientation and their supporters presented a petition Wednesday at Amazon.com’s headquarters urging the company to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts of America.

  • TOPEKA (AP) — Gay-rights advocates lashed out Wednesday at the Kansas House's leading Democrat, saying he showed only tepid opposition to a bill protecting people who, based on their religious beliefs, discriminate against gays and lesbians.

  • BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) _ A U.S. organization is launching a three-year, $8.5 million campaign to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality and push for new legal protections in three Southern states dominated by conservative politics and religion and known for resistance to change: Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

  • On Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign launched ‘Project One America,’ a new multi-year campaign aimed at extending lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality throughout the South, particularly in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.

  • (CNN) -- For years as he chased his dream, shooting hoops and racing up and down the court, professional basketball player Jason Collins wore the No. 98 jersey.

  • NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — African literary light Binyavanga Wainaina says he's known he was gay since he was 5 though he did not have a homosexual encounter until he was 39.

  • Lady Gaga is continuing her jazzy period.

  • The movement to boycott the upcoming historic pic "Stonewall" received some major backlash from an unlikely source Friday, when ACT UP founder Larry Kramer chimed with this opinion via social media, saying those who say the film is "whitewashed" have no way of proving their claim.

  • From November 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country will participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues these communities face.

  • Around 50 people attended a “meet the candidate” reception for lesbian lawyer Lea Krauss on July 23 at Dapur Asian Tapas & Lounge in Fort Lauderdale. Krauss, the former President of the Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network, is campaigning for Circuit Court Judge. The Long Island, New York native, who has called Broward County home for the last 17 years, says becoming a Judge unites her two passions of law and community service.

  • Orlando – When she delivers the State of the County address on June 6, local LGBT activists are asking Mayor Teresa Jacobs to put a ring on it.

  • The Equality Pledge Network will be gathering at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C tonight at 8:30 p.m. for a vigil, two days before the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

  • It’s no secret that corporations and business groups have been showing more visible support for the LGBT community in recent years.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court on Tuesday rejected a national anti-gay marriage group's latest bid to shield the identities of the donors who contributed to its effort to defeat the state's gay marriage law in 2009.

  • Volleyball players from around the world are going to be hitting the sand for the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale.

  • The Bisexual Resource Center is going to use Facebook and Twitter to tell you what you need to know about bisexuality and its unique place in the world of sexual health.

  • The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) is proud to announce that daytime talk show host Meredith Vieira will host its 20th annual New York Benefit: Headlines & Headliners on Thursday, April 16th.

  • “You’re different for a black guy. Your English is so good. You don’t look Jewish.””

  • The Warwick University rowing team in England is helping to eliminate homophobia in sports by raising money in an interesting way.

  • It was 26 years ago on October 11 that half a million people walked in the March on Washington a second time, fighting for lesbian and gay rights. On the anniversary of that day ever since, LGBT activists have celebrated National Coming Out Day to encourage acceptance and living an open life.

  • (CNN) -- The mayors of two major cities have opted out of marching in their cities' St. Patrick's Day parades, in what they call a show of support for gay groups that have historically been excluded from the events.

  • Lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender news bites.

  • Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is among a coalition of mayors urging the U.S. Supreme Court to mandate marriage equality across the nation.

  • (CNN) -- President Obama on Sunday dismissed Republicans opposed to same-sex marriage as ?living in another era, saying the national conversation had moved beyond whether gays and lesbians deserve equal marriage rights.

  • As America closes a month of gay pride celebrations, international LGBT rights are still in the Dark Ages in very bright places. We can start with Uganda.

    Thanks to a technological communications revolution, the world is a much smaller place. We witness Iraqi executions on cell phones, and the Internet takes us across the globe in seconds. What happens a continent away is on our laptop seconds later. We can’t look the other way and play pretend.

    There are places where the gay community still needs to be heard. One of those is at East 42nd Street on First Avenue in New York City, by the East River. It is called United Nations Plaza.

    As a representative of the nation’s gay press, the South Florida Gay News today condemns and censures the United Nations for permitting Uganda’s Sam Kutesa to be selected as the new head of the UN General Assembly. It’s a damn, shocking, shame.

    Given that 81 countries on this globe still outlaw homosexuality, it’s easy to see why being Ugandan would not automatically disqualify him from such a prestigious post. Still, given that the head of the General Assembly represents all countries, it’s a position that the LGBT community should care enough about to be heard.

    It has been estimated that there are nearly 500,000 men and women in the Ugandan gay community. They have absolutely no legal protections. Both male and female homosexuality is illegal. Torture and executions have occurred, and authorities have looked the other way. It is not a gay friendly place to be. Many places in Africa are not, and that is precisely why the African delegation had no problem choosing Kutesa.

    A special shout out is warranted for HBO’s new host, John Oliver, for his feature last weekend on just how backward Uganda really is. More importantly, Oliver re-publicized and documented how American religious zealots have generated anti-gay bigotry in Uganda. Yes, evangelicals like Scott Lively have even testified before Uganda’s parliament, calling for a hard line on homosexuality.

    As Oliver notes, “This means that Africa isn’t just where we send our losing team’s Super Bowl shirts, it’s also now where we send our losing political philosophies.”

    As we celebrate American independence this weekend, thankfully we are also celebrating marriage equality in dozens of states. In our America, we have seen sodomy laws fall and gay communities rise.

    America’s LGBT communities are growing exponentially in number and size, in power and strength. We are open, we are out, and we are proud. We are heard, and we have a place at the table. Our name is called in NFL drafts, and can be selected for U.S. District court judicial appointments. We can be proud of who we are. But we should never be comfortable breathing air in a world that is not universally free.

    Homophobia is a fear which breeds hate. We have gone a long way to ending it here at home. We have seen our share of martyrs, from Harvey Milk to Matthew Shepherd. In other countries, darker places, martyrs are still being made. Let’s do what we can while we are here to bring them the independence and freedom we now cherish everyday.

    Let the United Nations General Assembly know that we say ‘NO’ to an anti gay leader as their spokesperson. Let’s start an international petition right here in South Florida. Why not?

    Today, July 2, 2014, is the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. It was a law that came about one hundred years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed American slaves. The Civil War brought an end to slavery, but not discrimination. It took years. It does still. Let’s issue our own proclamation against hate, starting here, starting now.

    Our brutal world still needs taming. Terrorists abduct children in Nigeria, slaughter innocents in Syria, and execute gays in Uganda. In Eastern Europe, LGBT brothers and sisters are still persecuted by churches and governments like Russia foster hate rather than hope.

    Let’s not forget that Stonewall was a riot, not a street party for boy dancers on floats. It was an assertion that gays and lesbians would not settle into second-class citizenry. It was a statement that we would stand up and be counted. It was our Rosa Parks moment, but we are not done yet. We still have work to do at home.

    Here in America, teenagers are still bullied. ENDA has not got through Congress. LGBT employees do not have equal rights in hundreds of communities, and Neanderthal city commissioners, like the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, still oppose marriage equality.

    Stonewall is not over, and July 4 is not for everyone, just yet. But we have the world at our fingertips, and we can let everyone from Fort Lauderdale city commissioners to global leaders in world assemblies know that our voices can and will be heard.

    Stand up and be counted.

  • Recently, I took a trip to Washington D.C., but I didn’t take that three-hour Amtrak ride south to look at monuments and statues. I went to talk.

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