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Brussels Conference Offers European Gay Men Hope of Parenting through Surrogacy and Adoption in the USA and Canada

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The “Parenting Options for European Gay Men” conference, hosted by the NY based organisation “Men Having Babies”, attracted more than 200 prospective gay fathers from 10 countries, and also garnered intense media attention.

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Illinois Bill Protecting LGBT Youth from Conversion Therapy Moves to Governor

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Today, the Illinois State Senate voted 34 -19 to pass House Bill 217, the Illinois Youth Mental Health Protection Act that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the dangerous and discredited practices of conversion therapy. The bill was overwhelmingly approved 68-43 by the State House in May and is heading to the desk of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

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North Carolina Gov McCrory Vetoes Needless, Mean-Spirited Bill

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Today, Republican North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory vetoed SB 2 – an unnecessary bill that would have sent the wrong message about the state by allowing “magistrates, assistant registers of deeds, and deputy registers of deeds to recuse themselves from performing duties related to marriage ceremonies due to sincerely held religious objections.”

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Commissioner Jourová committed to LGBTI action plan in 2015

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In a debate with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on Tuesday, Justice commissioner Vera Jourová Jourová confirmed her commitment to create a roadmap or action plan on LGBTI rights.

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Nashville Piano Rocker Zach Vinson Drops a New EP

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The Wild Honey Pie has premiered Zach Vinson’s new track “You Can Have Me,” calling it a “somber anthem … that beautifully captures the sense of uncertainty that comes from trying to discover who you are … [and] evokes the cinematic tones that populated the musical landscape in the early 2000s.”

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1930’s sex researcher & LGBTI pioneer who defied the Nazis

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Eighty years ago this month, one of the world’s greatest pioneering sexologists and gay rights advocates died in exile with little acclaim or mourning.