LGBT issues

Appeals court holds up release of Proposition 8 trial videotape

SAN FRANCISCO – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked the unsealing of the Proposition 8 trial videos after an appeal was filed by supporters of the California law that took away marriage equality.

Federal Judge James Ware had ruled earlier this month that the Prop 8 trial tapes could be released for public viewing, but he gave the Yes on 8 supporters until Sept. 30 to file an appeal of his ruling.

Late Monday, the Ninth Circuit issued this terse document:

The district court’s September 19, 2011 order is temporarily stayed pending

"The L Word" star Leisha Hailey has harsh words for Southwest Airlines

A day after getting booted off a Southwest Airlines jet for "excessive" PDA, "The L Word" star Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend Camila Grey are insisting that they shared "an innocent kiss" and did not deserve such poor treatment by the airline.

The airline said in a news release posted on its website: “Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all Customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender. The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight.”

Two steps forward for Turkey and LGBT

Turkey has taken one small step forward for LGBT recognition with, for the very first time, a government minister meeting LGBT representatives.

Another day in the life of homophobic Russia

In the latest news from homophobic Russia: Moscow police have stopped investigating the bashing of a lesbian journalist; Moscow authorities refuse to register LGBT NGOs; and another Russian region wants to outlaw LGBT and pro-gay organizing.

But, in good news, 'liberal' St Petersberg held a successful LGBT festival.

Elena Kostyuchenko is a well-known Russian journalist who recently came out as lesbian in her newspaper, Novaya Gazeta.

In Brazil, rising Christian evangelism spurs LGBT rights pushback

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Walking through the streets of Jardim São Luís, or many other neighborhoods on the outskirts of São Paulo, a Sunday afternoon is an experience. At every turn, succeed evangelical ceremonies, music and shouting. There is no denying the explosive rise of evangelical churches, especially in poor neighborhoods, who have managed to win with an attention to social problems that the Catholic Church in Brazil had neglected.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen signs on as first GOP sponsor of Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON – Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) on Friday became the first Republican member of Congress to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.

The Florida congresswoman is a longtime ally of the LGBT community.

“I’m pleased to join the Log Cabin Republicans in our fight for marriage equality. I co-sponsored the repeal of DOMA because I firmly believe that equality is enshrined in our Constitution and in our great democracy,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

Log Cabin Republicans thanked Ros-Lehtinen for her support.

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COMMENTARY: Repeal of DADT ignores transgender troops

One minute past the stroke of midnight on Sept. 20, the long-awaited repeal of President Bill Clinton’s 1993 "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" (DADT) policy went into effect.

At precisely 12:01 a.m. EST, the popping of champagne bottles began along with cheers and tears celebrating the end of a repressive era that prohibited LGBTQ servicemembers from honestly and openly serving in the military.

But the celebration was bittersweet.

Philippine President Aquino voices limited support for gay rights

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has voiced some support for gay rights, but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage or adoption.

Aquino made the comments during a visit to New York, where same-sex unions were legalised in July.

The Philippines has a vibrant gay scene and a gay political party which has been pushing for an anti-discrimination bill for 11 years.

But the Roman Catholic Church remains opposed to the Bill, claiming it will open the door to gay marriage.

VIDEO: “Bullying Is Violence” campaign launched on anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s death

NEW YORK -- Bullying is any form of repeated violence.

It can involve verbal or physical attacks, sexual violence, intimidation or cyber bullying to make someone feel powerless.

It can be based on a person’s actual or perceived identity including sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status. Bullying can happen to anyone.

Bill would outlaw LGBT discrimination in housing and credit

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) today introduced legislation to outlaw discrimination against LGBT Americans in the housing and credit markets.

The Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act would amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or source of income. It would also amend the Equal Opportunity Credit Act to prohibit LGBT discrimination in credit decisions.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler is introducing the companion legislation in the House of Representatives.