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China: Gay Activists Arrested During IDAHO Day Protests

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Great Wall of ChinaDuring protests in China for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, gay activists were arrested and questioned. Gay Star News reports:

Officers detained about a dozen LGBT advocates who were handing flyers about IDAHO in a busy mall in downtown Guangzhu, yesterday (17 May) afternoon. According to Yang Dai, a local activist, the advocates were taken away for questioning and released about an hour later. Dai added the police was not critical of the event; rather, officers were concerned about the method of handing-out flyers. And in Changsha, capital city of Hunan province, a Pride march drew over 100 China-wide participants aged 16-54, but some were detained.

While some of the activists were released, some are reportedly still being detained.

Missouri, USA: Hospitalized Man’s Brother, Partner Talk About Incident

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Missouri Gay CoupleBoth the partner of a Kansas City Missouri man and his brother spoke out yesterday about the incident in which the partner was thrown out of the hospital and taken to jail, even though he had power of attorney for his partners care. The Advocate reports:

Nevertheless, Mansell did confirm to Kansas City’s KHSB that he tried to override Gorley’s power of attorney and make medical decisions for his brother. “I know the conversation got a little heated, and the nurse had come in the first time and said ‘you two need to leave the room,’ so we kind of quieted down for a minute,” Lee told KSHB. “Roger wanted me to leave the room, and I told him ‘well, no, you need to leave the room’ and the nurses came in the second time and said ‘you both need to leave the room.’”

When Gorley refused to leave his husband’s bedside, a nurse called hospital security, who forcibly wrested Gorley away from his husband’s bed. “Hospital security came, and it started to hit me on my wrist,” Gorley told KHSB. “[They] hit me … because I was holding on, and they kept hitting and kept hitting and kept hitting.” Gorley said security officers tackled him to the ground, knocking his hearing aids from his ears and making him bleed. Shortly thereafter, Kansas City police officers arrived on the scene and arrested Gorley.

Hit the link above for the full video report. It’s despicable that the hospital treated Roger Gorley this way, and ignored his medical power of attorney. If I were Gorley, I’d sue.

Missouri, USA: Gay Man Arrested for Refusing to Leave Partner’s Bedside

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Missouri Gay CoupleIn Missouri, a gay man who refused to leave his partner’s bedside in the hospital was arrested. The Raw Story reports:

Roger Gorley told WDAF that even though he has power of attorney to handle his partner’s affairs, a family member asked him to leave when he visited Research Medical Center in Kansas City on Tuesday. Gorley said he refused to leave his partner Allen’s bedside, and that’s when security put him in handcuffs and escorted him from the building. “I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn’t recognized as being the partner,” Gorley explained.

Gorley and his partner did everything they could in conservative Missouri to insure their rights – and as one of them lies alone in the hospital, it still was not enough. This, in a nutshell, is why marriage equality is so important.

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Kentucky, USA: Gay Minister and Partner Sit-In for Marriage Equality, Get Arrested

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

KentuckyYesterday an openly gay Kentucky pastor and his partner were arrested for refusing to leave a Louisville city clerk’s office after being denied a marriage license.

The two started by peacefully demonstrating outside of Metro Hall with a small group of people in the afternoon. Blanchard, who is a minister at Highland Baptist Church, then walked into the County Clerk’s office with James and asked to apply for a marriage license.

Same sex marriage is not legal in Kentucky, so the couple was denied their request. “It is humiliating to be told such a thing and it is degrading,” Blanchard said. The men began a sit-in in the office.

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Zimbabwe: 44 Gay Activists Arrested in Raid

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Police in Harare, Zimbabwe raided the headquarters of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), arresting 44 over the weekend, the group reports:

“Galz deplores the arrest of its 44 members who had attended the launch of the Galz Violations Report and a briefing on the second draft of the Zimbabwe constitution on 11 August 2012 at the Galz offices,” Galz said in a statement. “Four police officers attempted to gain entry into the premises before calling for back up where about fifteen (anti) riot squad members descended on the office and effected arrest. Thirty one men and thirteen women members were detained overnight at Harare Central Police Station on 11 August 2012.”

Galz claimed that some of the police officers appeared drunk and assaulted most of the members using baton sticks.

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Texas, USA: Dallas Gay Couple Arrested Again While Seeking Marriage License

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Dallas Gay Couple Arrested Again While Seeking Marriage LicenseA gay couple in Dallas is pulling out all the stops to push the marriage equality agenda in Texas. Beau Chandler and Mark “Major” Jiminez were arrested arrested on July 5 for criminal trespass after applying for a marriage license. They met with supporters and had their first court appearance on August 2, according to the Dallas Voice.

After their court appearnace, the couple returned to the Crowley Courts Building to apply for a marriage license, according to WFAA TV. After the two were again denied a marriage license, they began a sit-in.

Authored By Diane Anderson-Minshall – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Russia: Protesters Arrested for Violating “Gay Propaganda” Law

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Russia Gay Propaganda ArrestsPolice in St. Petersburg, Russia on Saturday arrested two men for violating the city’s “gay propaganda” law. The men were arrested for violating the city’s recently approved ordinance which criminalizes “public actions aimed at propaganda of pederasty, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism among minors.”

The two men, gay rights activist Sergei Kondrashov and head of regional LGBT Igor Kochetkov, were released after several hours, RIA Novosti reported.

Local lesbian activist Maria Yefremova told Interfax that they were due in court on Monday and are charged “with disobedience of police and propaganda of homosexuality.”

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Nepal: 70 Gay Activists Arrested

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

More than 70 gay activists were arrested in Kathmandu as they rallied for government IDs for transgender citizens. It’s an unexpected development for Nepal, which has been expanding LGBT rights, encouraging gay tourism, and recently saw its first large-scale gay pride celebration.

“Nepali men and women who identify as transgender are seeking citizenship certificates with their gender marked as “third sex” instead of male or female. Sunil Babu Pant, lawmaker and founder of the Blue Diamond Society, a gay rights group, says more than 70 people were detained near the prime minister’s office and parliament.

“We are running out of patience and are demanding our rights,” Pant said from a detention centre. “Without the citizenship papers, the sexual minorities are unable to get a job, enrol in schools or colleges, seek treatment in hospitals and travel,” he said. “They cannot even inherit parental property.”"

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Russia: Gay Activist Arrested

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Russia’s most prominent advocate Gay and Lesbian rights was arrested September 15, at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport as he was preparing to board a flight to Geneva, Switzerland.

According to UKGayNews.com, which broke the story, LGBT activists around the world are concerned for the safety of Nikolai Alekseev because Russian officials are refusing to provide any information regarding his whereabouts or the reason for his arrest.

LGBT advocates in California issued an alert late Wednesday calling upon civil rights supporters to converge on the Russian consulate in San Francisco this evening.

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Zimbabwe: Gay Rights Workers Tortured, Released After 6 Days

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Two gay rights activists in Zimbabwe have been freed after six days in police custody where it is claimed they were abused and tortured. Ellen Chadehama and Ignatius Mhambi were arrested last week accused of possessing pornographic material and insulting president Robert Mugabe.

Their employer, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (Galz), said the two were assaulted by police while in custody. They were also made to bend their knees into a sitting position with their arms outstretched for long periods and struck with bottles when they weakened and fell, according to their defence attorney, David Hofisi.

Nelson Chamisa, a government minister and spokesman for the Movement for Democratic Change, condemned the alleged abuse: “Ill treatment or inhumane handling of any human being for any reason goes against our philosophy. We do not believe harassment is the best way of doing business. It flies in the face of the democratic order.”

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