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37 U.S. Senators Call for Non-Discrimination Executive Order from President Obama

The HRC – America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation – applauded  37 United States senators, led by Sen. Jeff Merkley, who today sent a letter to President Obama urging him to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

HRC Statement on DADT Injunction

Today a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit re-instituted an injunction barring the military from enforcing the ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual service members. The court concluded that, with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal being implemented and certification of the new policy forthcoming, the government would not be burdened by ceasing enforcement at this time.
LTG H Steven Blum, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty meet with Minnesota National Guard troops serving with the Kansas National Guard's 35th Infantry Division in Kosovo during a visit to the world's newest country on April 12, 2008. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on Feb. 17, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill)

Call to Reinstate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” if Elected President Dangerous, Costly

The Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organisation dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, today rebuked comments made by presidential aspirant Tim Pawlenty that he would reinstate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” if elected president. Based upon an interview conducted with Pawlenty by the American Family Association, an organisation designated as a “hate group,” it’s unclear whether the former Minnesota governor understands the potentially dangerous ramifications of his comments.

Gay US soldiers must still hold fire on sexuality

US lawmakers have voted to allow gays to serve openly in the military for the first time, but troops must wait months before they can reveal their sexual orientation without facing dismissal.

HRC Statement on DADT Repeal Certification

The Human Rights Campaign – America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organisation – lauded today’s certification of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution

Testimony from Stonewall Historian David Carter

The Stonewall Uprising was a series of street demonstrations by the LGBT population against the police that centered around the gay club known as the Stonewall Inn. The demonstrations began spontaneously early in the morning of Saturday, June 28, 1969, when the morals police carried out a more muscular than usual raid on the club. On the first night hundreds of protestors forced the police to retreat inside the club they had raided. When the trapped police were rescued by the Tactical Patrol Force, more commonly known as the riot police, a fight for control of the streets around the Stonewall club ensued. This contest endured for a total of six nights, eventually involving thousands of protestors, an effort to claim, to use more recent terminology, LGBT space.
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Only in America : Tennessee Senate Committee Advances Legislative Assault on Transgender Students

Similar to an extreme measure vetoed by South Dakota governor, the bill would force transgender students in public schools and universities to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identity.
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As Mean-Spirited S.B. 2 Clears Senate Hurdle, 
All Eyes Are On the House

After Governor McCrory’s veto, a handful of members - including the Speaker - must decide whether to set North Carolina back.

ANDDOS supports Springsteen in his fight against discrimination

ANDDOS, Italian Association against sexual orientation discrimination (73 clubs in 15 regions of Italy, 177.000 members), praises Bruce Springsteen: he has canceled a show in North Carolina to protest the state’s recently-passed Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, an anti-LGBT law known as the bathroom bill.

Judge Rules Proposed California “Sodomite Suppression Act” Is “Patently Unconstitutional”

Today, Judge Raymond M. Cadei of the Superior Court of Sacramento County in California, prevented a proposed ballot initiative known as the “Sodomite Suppression Act” from moving forward in a ruling calling it “patently unconstitutional on its face.”

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Competition winner Deb Kelly with Press-Office Manager Seb Thompson (left) and Patrick-Alexander, Head of Marketing from Manchester Airport

Super slimmer wins trip of a lifetime with Newcastle Pride

A North East super slimmer who has lost a staggering 14 stones is getting set to jet off on the trip of a lifetime, thanks to Newcastle Pride and Manchester Airport.
Emma Ellingsen

Yes, I’m transgender says Norwegian Emma (15)

In Norway Emma Ellingsen (15) are known from the TV2 Norway series called "Født i feil kropp" that translate to "Born in the wrong body" and now she has published her first English Youtube video in English.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel signals change in stance on gay marriage

Chancellor’s party has resisted calls for same-sex marriage to be legalised but she says MPs should have free vote on matter.
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