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Gay activist's New Orleans home vandalized

Written by The AP Monday, 05 August 2013 06:58

A gay activist in New Orleans says somebody tore a rainbow flag from his balcony and spray-painted a slur on the house he and his partner share.

Police say they and the FBI are investigating the vandalism early on Aug. 3 as a hate crime.

Gay couple moved to back of the bus for holding hands

Written by WiG Sunday, 04 August 2013 13:20

A gay couple reportedly is considering legal action against a bus company after its driver forced them to sit in the back of a shuttle bus in New Mexico simply for holding hands.

Secretary Kerry: Equal treatment in visas for same-sex spouses

Written by WiG Friday, 02 August 2013 10:44

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Aug. 2 announced important visa changes for same-sex couples during a speech at the U.S. Embassy in London.

The changes come after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key provision in the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act that barred the federal government from recognizing legal same-sex marriages.

A New York-based human rights group has called for Jamaican police to conduct a full investigation into the mob killing of a transgender teenager.

Dwayne Jones was found dead on July 22 near the northern city of Montego Bay after being attacked by a crowd of people while attending a dance party in women's clothing. Authorities said the 16-year-old was stabbed multiple times and shot once.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Wisconsin should follow the lead of other Midwest states and legalize gay marriage.

Quinn said Aug. 3 during a break at the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee that gay people should not have more rights in some states in the region and less in others.

Pennsylvania woman granted wife’s pension benefits

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 04 August 2013 09:15

A federal judge in Pennsylvania is granting retirement benefits to the female spouse of a woman who died three years ago in Illinois.

The case raises questions about the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent gay marriage decision.

Baldwin asks for update on review of blood ban

Written by WiG Friday, 02 August 2013 09:56

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined several other lawmakers are asking Human and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to update them on the department's reevaluation of blood donation criteria for men who have sex with men. Currently, men who have sex with man are banned for life from donating.

Baldwin, along with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley of Illinois and Barbara Lee of California, sent a letter to Sebelius.

Catholic school fires gay teacher for getting married

Written by The AP Friday, 02 August 2013 05:10

A gay teacher at a Catholic high school in Southern California lost his job after his wedding pictures were published in a local newspaper, according to the teacher's lawyer.

Ken Bencomo, 45, was fired from St. Lucy's Priory after marrying his partner of 10 years, the San Bernardino Sun reported.

Olympic committee member asks Russia not to persecute gay visitors to Winter Games

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 04 August 2013 16:56

International Olympic officials should use “all the avenues possible” with the Russian government to ensure that athletes competing at next year’s Winter Games in Sochi aren’t affected by a new anti-gay law, IOC presidential candidate Richard Carrion said Friday.

Russia’s contentious law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in late June, imposes fines on individuals accused of spreading “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” to minors and proposes penalties for those who express these views online or in the news media. Gay pride rallies also are banned.

Distiller owner tries to defuse boycott of Stoli

Written by The AP Saturday, 03 August 2013 12:01

Many gay bars in North America have stopped selling the famous Stolichnaya vodka brand to protest Russia's crackdown on the gay community. But the vodka's maker has joined forces with Latvia's leading gay rights group to say that the boycott is misplaced.

Though Stolichnaya is an historic Russian brand and some of its ingredients come from Russia, virtually all of the Stoli sold in the west is made in Latvia, a former Soviet republic that is now part of NATO and the European Union. It's the perception that it's Russian that's prompted the boycott - Russia recently introduced a law that bans so-called "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and imposes hefty fines on those holding gay pride rallies.

Pocan, Moore introduce bill to support LGBT homeless youth

Written by WiG Friday, 02 August 2013 06:50

U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan this week introduced legislation to protect and support LGBT runaway and homeless youth.

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, last reauthorized in 2008 as the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act, is up for reauthorization this year.

Russia will enforce anti-gay law on visiting athletes and fans during Olympics

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 01 August 2013 20:21

Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country's sports minister said today, according to The Associated Press. The statement contradicts assurances to the contrary from the International Olympic Committee.

Russia's contentious law was signed by President Vladimir Putin in late June, imposing fines and jail time on individuals accused of spreading "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors, and even proposing penalties for those who express these views online or in the news media. Gay Pride rallies also are banned.