The pre-eminence of weddings in the gay rights movement ignores the basics that so many of us can’t even afford. Over the past decade, the LGBT rights movement in America has overwhelmingly focused on the fight for marriage, making it seem as if marriage is the key to making us all truly equal in America. And through this ardent effort, incredible strides have been made.
Gambia, a country with one of the most homophobic leaders in the world, passed new anti-gay legislation that includes life in prison for those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality”, National Assembly minority leader Samba Jallow said yesterday. The bill, which now awaits President Yahya Jammeh’s signature, toughens existing laws imposing 14-year sentences for homosexuality, and follows a wave of police crackdowns on gays and lesbians in Gambia over the past month. Raids and mass arrests, beatings, and evictions are occurring regularly, according to Amnesty International.
Gunmen robbed patrons of an Atlanta Black Gay Pride event at least twice in the early hours of August 30, as they were “entering or leaving” a huge event at Club Rain in the southwest section of the city, detectives said.
Michael Sam, who made international headlines last spring as the first openly gay athlete to be drafted to an NFL team, has been signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, having passed his physical exam, team officials said today.
A hallmark of American theater is its ability to make profound statements about the issues of our day, and the stage has always been a playwright’s soapbox.
Michael Sam, who made international headlines last spring as the first openly gay athlete to be drafted to an NFL team, is about to be signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, pending the outcome of a physical exam, team officials said yesterday.
For the first time next year, an LGBT group will be permitted to march in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade under its own banner, ending a 150-year-old ban against gays and lesbians participating openly in the annual march.
Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raúl Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, has given an unprecedented “no” vote in the Cuban parliament to a workers’ rights bill she felt didn’t go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.
Crimea’s most senior official has said sexual minorities “have no chance” on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.
In a bold legal move, gay marriage advocates are urging the US supreme court in three pending cases to decide once and for all whether states can ban same-sex unions.