LGBT issues

More complaints filed on treatment of LGBT refugee and immigrant detainees in U.S.

Complaints filed this week show that some LGBT detainees in the United States who are refugees, asylum seekers or undocumented are being subjected to inhuman, degrading and in some cases life-threatening treatment.

Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) has filed four more complaints with the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL), taking it to 17 filed since April.

BREAKING NEWS: SLDN sues over DOMA on behalf of married gay and lesbian troops

WASHINGTON -- Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) today filed landmark federal litigation, suing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, on behalf of current and former service members seeking equal recognition, benefits and family support for equal sacrifice and service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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COMMENTARY: Meet the most homophobic woman in America

The field of contemptible anti-gay activists has long been overcrowded, like a room full of teenagers frenetically rushing a concert stage. In this cacophony of crazy it is quite a feat to rise above the din. Yet radio host and Mission America President Linda Harvey is making a name for herself by fast becoming the most homophobic woman in the nation.

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COMMENTARY: Presbyterian Church's ordination of gays is bittersweet

Before returning to New England for the second time, I served two African-American Presbyterian Churches. And during that time I never thought, two decades ago, that the entire church body would change its position on LGBTQ worshippers.

But a historic yet bittersweet moment happened on Oct. 8 in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

And the moment didn't happened without a long and arduous struggle against the church's ecclesiastical heterosexism.

Leaked cable shows limits of State Department's reporting of LGBT issues abroad

Issues with relying on the US State Department for a accurate take on LGBT life in particular countries have been highlighted in the reporting of Daniel Berhane, the self described 'leading blog in Ethiopia.

He has found a leaked Cable (here's the cable) from US Embassy Addis Ababa, dated Dec. 30,2009. It claims that:

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COMMENTARY: "Ex-gay" activist John Smid makes stunning admission

For decades, John Smid had been the leader of Love in Action, the infamous "ex-gay" ministry that took away the underwear of clients if the undergarments appeared too gay. The strict Memphis-based ministry also used an egg timer in the bathroom to make sure its clients would not masturbate while showering.

Of all the "ex-gay" ministries this was the most cult-like - with Smid keeping tight control over the social lives of his clients, who paid a pretty penny to live in the residential program.

Seychelles to decriminalize homosexuality, other countries say no and not yet

The African country of The Seychelles has agreed to decriminalise homosexuality. The agreement is part of the country's feedback to the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review process.

BREAKING NEWS: EQCA decides not to pursue marriage on 2012 ballot, starts public education project

SAN FRANCISCO -- Equality California announced today that it will not lead an effort to repeal Proposition 8 on the 2012 ballot but would instead launch a new public education project, “The Breakthrough Conversation,” designed to overcome the psychological, cultural and emotional triggers around LGBT people and kids that continue to impede securing full equality, including the freedom to marry.

In Ghana, LGBT people come out as civil society abandons them

Fed up with both day after day of nasty newspaper headlines and one civil society leader after another abandoning them, last Friday Accra's gay community came out, one-by-one, at a major "straight" forum.

Ghanian blogger Graham Knight described the collective coming out as "remarkable."

HRC to GOP candidates: Where do you stand on Herman Cain’s remarks on gay being a choice?

WASHINGTON – One day after GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain appeared on “The View” and declared that people choose to be gay, the Human Rights Campaign is asking Cain’s fellow candidates to clarify where they standon the issue.

“Issues of LGBT equality and discrimination have played a role in the GOP primaries to date – from Michele Bachmann’s anti-gay past and ties to reparative therapy, to audience members booing a brave gay active duty servicemember,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said.