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UN official to US: Challenge votes for marijuana

Written by AP Friday, 23 November 2012 20:18

The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

Raymond Yans says the approvals send "a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad."

San Francisco sheds part of free-spirited past

Written by AP Friday, 23 November 2012 09:47

San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity.

Casting aside complaints that forcing people to cover up would undermine San Francisco’s reputation as a city without inhibitions, the Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 on Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that prohibits exposed genitals in most public places, including streets, sidewalks and public transit.

San Francisco bans public nudity, except for special occasions

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 22 November 2012 19:10

San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity.

Casting aside complaints that forcing people to cover up would undermine San Francisco’s reputation as a city without inhibitions, the Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 on Nov. 20 for an ordinance that prohibits exposed genitals in most public places, including streets, sidewalks and public transit.

Knights’ anti-gay marriage funding sparks petition

Written by AP Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:14

A Catholic advocacy group was delivering more than 5,000 petition signatures to the Knights of Columbus that ask the Catholic fraternal organization to stop funding divisive political issues, such as opposing same-sex marriage.

Catholics United Education Fund planned to protest this week outside the Knights’ New Haven headquarters.

Christian right attorney arrested for child exploitation

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Friday, 23 November 2012 19:58

Federal agents in New Hampshire have charged a Manchester lawyer with seven counts of child exploitation, including transporting a child for illegal sexual conduct.

A federal magistrate has ordered 43-year-old Lisa Biron held without bail until her trial, which is schedule to start Jan. 8.

Storm-ravaged gay youth center in New York gets surge of support

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 23 November 2012 07:27

It took only hours for Superstorm Sandy’s surging waters to destroy an emergency drop-in center for homeless gay youths in Manhattan. Four feet of water swamped the hallways and rooms, buckling the linoleum floors and caking the electrical outlets with sea salt.

But almost as quickly, a social media outpouring helped raise money for a new, bigger Ali Forney Center to keep helping dozens of young people a day with medical care, counseling and a safe place to sleep.

The pro-gay Ukrainian group Femen was attacked by violently homophobic Catholics marching on the streets of Paris.

Some dressed as nuns and some appearing topless, Femen members taunted the Catholic group Civitas, which organized the march last weekend that drew an estimated 9,000 people carrying anti-gay banners.

Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

Written by AP Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:04

Longtime Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from “Sesame Street” amid a second allegation that he sexually abused underage boys.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York by 24-year-old college student Cecil Singleton accuses Clash of engaging in sexual behavior with him over a two-week period while he was underage. Singleton said they met on a gay chat line.

Hobby Lobby appeals morning-after pill decision

Written by AP Friday, 23 November 2012 19:41

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court to block part of the federal health care law that requires the Christian family-owned arts and crafts company to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraception pills.

The Oklahoma City-based company asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block enforcement of the law, which will require Hobby Lobby and a sister company, Mardel, Inc., to cover the morning-after pill and week-after pill as part of employee health insurance plans beginning Jan. 1.

Russian court dismisses lawsuit against Madonna for promoting gay tolerance

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 22 November 2012 19:38

A Russian court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that sought millions of dollars in damages from Madonna for allegedly traumatizing minors by speaking up for gay rights during a concert in St. Petersburg.

The ruling came after a one-day hearing that bordered on the farcical. During it, plaintiffs claimed that Madonna’s so-called “propaganda of perversion” would negatively affect Russia’s birthrate and erode the nation’s defense capability by depriving the country of future soldiers. At one point, the judge threatened to expel journalists from the courtroom if they laughed too much.

Turkey, pie and politics? T-Day family friction

Written by JOCELYN NOVECK,
AP writer
Thursday, 22 November 2012 04:11

Ah, Thanksgiving. A little turkey, some cranberry mold, maybe apple pie with ice cream, some football on TV. Getting together with the cousins. Catching up beside the fire. Togetherness.

On second thought: Scratch that. What were we thinking? This was an election year.

Gay Phoenix students can be themselves at ‘Q High’

Written by EDDI TREVIZO,
The Arizona Republic
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 06:00

When Kailee Hernandez told her friends at Central High School last year that she’s gay, things changed between them.

Girls she was once close to mocked the then-sophomore, acting as if she was hitting on them. When she entered a classroom, they sometimes just stared at her.