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COMMENTARY: Transphobia be damned, Chaz Bono comes out dancing

As the only child of world renowned pop duo Sonny and Cher Bono, many of us remember Chaz as their cherub-faced daughter Chastity, blowing kisses to the audience of her parents top-rated variety TV show "Sonny & Cher."

In 1995, Chaz was outed as a lesbian.

But this time Chaz is in control, and on his own volition has announced that he’s legally a man, and will now appear on the 13th season of "Dancing With The Stars" (DWTS), premiering Sept. 19 on ABC.

But not everyone is cheering, and ABC is catching some of the fallout.

California legislature passes first bill in U.S. to increase LGBT judicial appointments

SACRAMENTO -- The California state Assembly today passed the historical Judicial Applicant and Appointment Demographics Inclusion Act (SB 182).

Introduced by state Sen. Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) and sponsored by Equality California, the bill would add gender identity and sexual orientation as self-reported demographic information collected by the Governor for state and county judicial appointees and applicants.

The bill passed the state Senate in July and will now go to the Governor's Office.

Expat Ugandans organize to fight "Kill The Gays" bill

A group of expat-Ugandans living and working in the United States have launched a new lobbying group against the Anti-Homosexuality (aka "Kill The Gays") bill (AHB) called OneFamilyOneVoice (1F1V).

Woman sues Sizzler after anti-gay attack in restaurant

QUEENS, N.Y. -- Lambda Legal filed a discrimination lawsuit today in Queens County Supreme Court against the Sizzler Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens on behalf of Liza Friedlander, who was violently attacked while trying to dine with friends at her favorite breakfast spot.

Colombia high court: Sí to marriage equality, but in two years

Bogotá, Colombia -- The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday afternoon that the Congress must create an equivalent of marriage for same-sex couples by June 20, 2013.

If the Congress refuses to act by then, gay couples will automatically have the right to go to any notary public or judge in the country to formalize their union.

“This is an historic decision for equality in Colombia,” said Marcela Sánchez, executive director of Colombia Diversa.

LGBT rights activists in Malawi threatened with arrest for "treason"

Malawi's two leading LGBT human rights advocates are reportedly in hiding after being threatened with arrest for 'treason'.

India's first married lesbian couple fear for their lives

Editor's note: This couple have been given police protection and moved to a safe house amid fears that the two women will be targeted in an honor killing.

NEW DELHI, India -- Savita, a 25-year-old student at Choudhary Charan Singh University, and her 20-year-old wife Veena, 20, were married by a court in Haryana, close to New Delhi, earlier this month.

Legal Ease: Legally recognized same-sex relationships -- a rose by any other name?

Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships, Same-sex Marriage are they the same and what are the differences? Though the differences are beginning to dwindle, there are certainly differences when it comes to obtaining rights.

In the context of the dissolution of a relationship, however, the practical application at this point in time is pretty much comparable. Let’s take a look at what that means.

AUDIO: Is it getting worse for LGBT people in Ghana?

Law lecturer Kissi Agyabeng of the Ghana Law School explains the position of the law vis a vis homosexuality, lesbianism, and sex crimes in Ghana. He spoke with Dzifa Bampoh of the Radio Station JoyFM.

South Sudan, world's newest country, off to bad start on LGBT rights

South Sudan, the world's newest country, was proclaimed 11 July and its President, Salva Kiir Mayardit has declared that his promise of equality would not be extended to lesbians and gays.