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COMMENTARY: Is it politics or is it prejudice?

This election is one of these moments in time when you have to look yourself in the mirror and ask the reflection you see just what it is you believe in.

You have to ask yourself if you want to keep perpetuating the anger and hate and blame and bigotry and homophobia, or do you want to rise above that and vote for acceptance and tolerance and citizenship.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Russia to stop silencing free speech and LGBT people

Russian leader Vladimir Putin is on a rampage against human rights.

Tunisia rejects UNHRC recommendation to decriminalize gay sex

TUNIS, Tunisia -- Tunisian minister of human rights, transitional justice and spokesman of the Tunisian government, Samir Dilou has rejected a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to decriminalize same-sex acts, stating that sexual orientation was a western concept which is incompatible with Islam, Tunisian culture and traditions.

Obama releases timeline of "three years of progress" for LGBT Americans

Facing criticism over his recent refusal to issue an executive order protecting LGBT people against workplace discrimination, President Barack Obama on Friday touted a list of 40 accomplishments over the past three years in the area of LGBT rights.

The Advocate's 45 years of LGBT heroes

This month The Advocate is celebrating its founding in 1967 and its editors decided it could not do so without also honoring the heroes for LGBT rights they've covered for those 45 years.

Identifying one honoree per year, here is the cumulative list broken up into three parts.

The Advocate's LGBT Hall of Fame: Part I

San Diegans celebrate Prop 8 ruling with march, rally

SAN DIEGO – Despite a light rain, approximately 150-200 people came out last night to celebrate the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling to uphold a lower court’s decision that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.

Marchers met at 6 pm at the southeast corner of University and Sixth Avenues, in preparation for the short walk to the Joyce Beers Center in Uptown.

Three well-known LGBT activists arrested under Russia's "homosexual propaganda" law

Three Russian gay activists were arrested today under the “homosexual propaganda” law in the northern city of Arkhangelsk.

Nikolay Alekseev, Alexey Kiselev and Kirill Nepomnyaschiy were arrested and have now been charged and bailed while conducting “solitary” pickets next to a children's library.


(Editor's note: Tim Tebow will lead the Denver Broncos in a home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 1:30 pm PT Sunday on CBS in the Wild Card Weekend of NFL's playoffs.)

The former Florida Gator, Tim Tebow has received the attention of the entire country over the last two months with come from behind wins and non-stop talk about his religion. Over the years, Tebow has made it very clear where he stands with his religious beliefs and he has become a major topic unlike any other athlete in history.

In Viet Nam, society alienating gays and lesbians

HANOI, Viet Nam -- Gay people in Viet Nam are struggling to overcome social prejudice and family opposition to live true to themselves and find happiness, heard a workshop held recently in Ha Noi.

“When my mother found out I was gay, she took me to a counselling centre and asked the counsellor for a cure,” Nguyen Thanh Tung (not his real name), shared in an interview conducted by the Information Sharing and Connecting group (ICS), a community of LGBT, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in early December.

BREAKING NEWS: Governor of Washington says "It's time" for marriage equality

(Editor's note: This article contains original material as well a compilation of quotes obtained through news releases.)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday that she will propose legislation to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Gay-rights groups and allies immediately endorsed the proposal, which will be introduced during the legislative session that begins Monday.
"It's time, it's the right thing to do, and I will introduce a bill to do it," Gregoire said in a statement.