Tag Archives: Gay Rights

Obama Designates NYC’s Stonewall Inn a Monument to Gay Rights

New York, N.Y. President Barack Obama has designated a site in the heart of New York City as a national park and the first U.S. national monument to gay rights.   Stonewall Inn (New York). Photo: Gryffindor, Wikipedia.   The Stonewall National Monument, in the city’s Greenwich Village area, includes the landmark Stonewall Inn, a […]

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Kenya Bans Music Video Saying It Promotes Gay Rights

Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan state regulators have banned a locally produced song and accompanying music video that call for equal treatment of LGBT individuals, something regulators say violates Kenya’s anti-homosexuality law. The song is a remix of the American single “Same Love,” released in 2012 by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the height of the same-sex […]

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Pres. Obama Responds to Petition on Gay Conversion Therapy

Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let’s say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he’s held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it’s time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his […]

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Ban Says World Must Press Ahead on Equal Rights for LGBT Community

New York, N.Y.  Bringing homophobia and transphobia to an end is “a great human rights cause,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, adding that the fight against discrimination “lies at the core of the mission of the United Nations.” Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida. In his video message to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, […]

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All Out Reports First Anti-Gay Arrest at Sochi Olympics

Voronezh, Russia. The organization All Out reports today that Olympic security officer attacked and detained a young man who held up a rainbow flag and ducked under the rope during the Olympic torch relay in Voronezh, Russia. Officials and sponsors promised that everyone will be safe from anti-gay discrimination during the Winter Olympics. That promise may now […]

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Stephen Fry Inspires Sochi Gay Rights Protest Music Video

London, U.K.  German vocalist, Babsi, has shot a video for her debut single We Are Everywhere in support of Stephen Fry’s idea that all athletes competing in the 2014 Sochi, Winter Olympics make a simple gesture: crossing their arms over their chests to show solidarity and support for the LGBT community of Russia.  The video […]

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All Same-Sex Married Couples in U.S. To Get Federal Tax Recognition

Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Thursday that when it comes to taxes, it will recognize same-sex couples’ marriages even if they live in a state that does not. The decision, which was prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, marks the latest political progress […]

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Luce Leader: Anti-Bullying Hero Hopes for Harvard

New York, N.Y.  I met Christopher Rim, the founder and president of an anti-bullying awareness organization called It Ends Today, about a year before Lady Gaga did. Enormously impressed that a high school student could be so savvy about organizing and branding — components necessary to create change no matter how well-intentioned you are — […]

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