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.
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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.
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.
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.
Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar instructed the Population and Immigration Authority and the Jewish Agency to grant Israeli citizenship to the spouse of any Jew, regardless of the sexual orientation of the couple.
BEIRUT – In a country where civil liberties remain the prerogative of the powerful and wealthy, the Lebanese gay scene is to be treaded carefully. The recent arrest of 27 members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community shows that those not so lucky – those belonging to the more vulnerable tranches of society – are always at risk of experiencing the darker side of Lebanon.
As Russian troops continue their invasion of Northeastern Ukraine, the former Soviet republic’s LGBT community faces new dangers as bombs and shells rain down on their cities. Beginning Tuesday, “thousands” of Russian soldiers, weapons, and military vehicles have poured across the border, capturing towns and cities in the Dontesk region, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting the Kiev government since May.
By Nathan James Responding to the needs of young LGBT people aged 16 to 24, the New York State Labor Department has announced a special Job Fair next month, at New York City’s LGBT Community Center. Governor Cuomo’s Special Assistant for Community Affairs, Erik Bottcher, noted that this day-long event, which includes workshops and seminars […]