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Transgender woman sexually assaulted in D.C.

Written by WiG Thursday, 27 September 2012 04:24

Washington's Metropolitan Police Department Department is searching for the suspect who sexually assaulted and robbed a transgender woman on Sept. 23.

The Advocate reports that the assault occurred at about 4:45 a.m. The man approached the woman, hit her and forced her at gunpoint to a building in the in the 5000 block of East Capitol Street Northeast, where he sexually assaulted her. He took the woman's purse as he fled.

West Hollywood installing rainbow Pride crosswalks

Written by WiG Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:25

Construction began this week on two crosswalks at Santa Monica and San Vincent boulevards in West Hollywood, Calif.

The crosswalks will be painted the colors of the LGBT Pride flag and be permanent landmarks in WeHo.

A mailing from church leadership to Minnesota Roman Catholics asks them to donate to the political campaign to pass a constitutional amendment strengthening the ban against gay marriage.

The money is to be used my Minnesota for Marriage’s television ads urging a “yes” vote on the amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The vote is Nov. 6.

Senators sponsor bill to ban bias against LGBT jurors

Written by WiG Tuesday, 25 September 2012 15:14

A trio of U.S. senators has introduced legislation to ban bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity against jurors.

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, Susan Collins, R-New Hampshire and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, are the sponsors.

FBI investigating fundraising activities of anti-gay politician

Written by WiG Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:29

The FBI is looking into the fundraising activities of Eugene Delgaudio, the head of an anti-gay organization called Public Advocate of the United States and an outspoken supervisor in Loudoun County, Va.

The Washington Post reports that a former aide turned over for FBI review documents supporting the complaint that Delgaudio had his county government staff working to raise money for Public Advocate activities.

Former Playgirl model convicted of murdering gay man

Written by WiG Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:58

A jury has convicted former Playgirl model Joshua James Larson of second-degree murder in the fatal beating of Jason “Cowboy” Huggins.

The San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports that Huggins was “a beloved figure in the local LGBT community.”

New voter ID laws could delay presidential election outcome

Written by AP Wednesday, 26 September 2012 05:02

The presidential election is Nov. 6, but it could take days to figure out the winner if the vote is close. That’s because new voting laws are likely to increase the number of people who have to cast provisional ballots in key states.

Tight races for Congress, governor and local offices also could be stuck in limbo while election officials scrutinize ballots, a scenario that would surely attract legions of campaign lawyers from both parties.

Police withhold 911 call on Family Research Council shooting

Written by AP Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:54

The D.C. police department is refusing to release a copy of a 911 call made after a shooting at the headquarters of an ultra-conservative Christian lobbying group, even though such recordings are treated as public records in many other jurisdictions.

The Associated Press requested a copy of the Aug. 15 recording under the District of Columbia’s open records law. But the department rejected that request, saying the call was part of an ongoing FBI investigation, that the caller was a witness in the investigation and that it would not be possible to edit the recording to redact sensitive portions of the call.

Todd Akin’s right-wing Senate campaign takes bus tour

Written by WiG Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:57

Controversial U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin has taken his campaign on the road. Akin’s “Missouri Common Sense Bus Tour” began this week with the U.S. representative traveling with a who’s who of ultra-right crusaders.

The tour began on Sept. 25 in St. Louis.

Gay couple sues over Republican theft of their engagement photo

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 08:14

A gay couple from New Jersey is suing a group that used their engagement photo in an attack mailer against a Republican Colorado state lawmaker who supported civil unions this year.

The couple and their attorneys are filing the suit in Denver today (Sept. 26).

In a CNN interview on Sept. 24, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, “Homosexuality ceases procreation.”

“Do you think faggots can have children?” asked Ahmadinejad, who previously claimed that homosexuality does not exist in Iran and whose government punishes homosexuality with death.

Uganda bishop receiving Clinton award for LGBT rights work

Written by WiG Tuesday, 25 September 2012 11:08

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Kampala, Uganda, will receive a Clinton Global Citizen Award at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting later Sept. 25 for his work to support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people through the St. Paul's Reconciliation and Equality Centre in Kampala.  

The award recognizes Senyonjo's work in promoting the equal rights of LGBT people in Uganda and across more than 70 countries where being LGBT is illegal and often persecuted.