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Jamaica Activist Ends Legal Challenge Against Anti-Sodomy Law

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

javed-jeghai-jamaicaA young activist who brought a challenge against Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law last year has withdrawn it because he is fearful of a violent backlash.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica’s 1864 law that bans sex between men. He argued that the anti-sodomy law fuels homophobia and violates a charter of human rights adopted in 2011 that guarantees people the right to privacy. But in an affidavit, Jaghai said he has been “threatened enough times to know that I am vulnerable.” The 25-year-old man believes his “loved ones are under threat” by intolerant people and the drawn-out court challenge is causing too much stress and anxiety. “Though the cause and the case are noble, I am no longer willing to gamble with my life or the lives of my parents and siblings,” Jaghai wrote in a statement withdrawing his Supreme Court claim.

It saddens me to see that someone seeking justice can be bullied into silence like this, especially by threats against his family.

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USA: Another Ex-Gay Activist Now Supports LGBT Rights

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Yvette Cantu SchneiderYup, another one – ex-gay activist Yvette Cantu Schneider is distancing herself from the ex-gay movement and supporting LGBT rights.

Towleroad.com reports:

Yvette Cantu Schneider, one of the most vocal and best known representatives of the ex-gay movement, has announced that no longer wishes to identify with anti-gay groups, reports GLAAD. Schneider is known for her high-profile start at hate group the Family Research Council and her work with California’s Proposition 8 campaign. She is still one of the key people who anti-gay voices cite in order to prove that “change” works. The American Family Association continues to sell a video, It’s Not Gay, in which Yvette appears as a talking head. Her “personal testimony” still appears on Ex-gaytruth.com. However, Schneider has said that she is sorry for the pain she has caused to LGBTI people, is questioning of the idea of “ex-gay” itself and is now fully supportive of LGBT people and their families.

The ex-gay movement, like the anti-gay marriage one, is crumbling, probably inevitable when you build your house on a foundation of lies.

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Marvin Burrows: Love Warrior

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Marvin Burrows and his husband Bill Swenor on their wedding day at San Francisco City Hall.

Marvin Burrows and his husband Bill Swenor on their wedding day at San Francisco City Hall.

Last weekend, our community lost one of our most powerful advocates and a truly wonderful person: Marvin Burrows.

Marvin was a wonderful friend, and an inspiring activist with organizations including Marriage Equality USA, Lavender Seniors, GLOBE, Meals on Wheels, and California Senior Leaders at UC Berkeley, just to name a few. His legacy inspires us all to continue to stand up together and never give up.

Read the full story on the MEUSA News Blog…

UK, Scotland: Man Must Pay Marriage Equality Advocate $40k for Online Slur

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Report Says Gays, Disabled Forced Into Marriage in ScotlandA man in Scotland who called a lesbian marriage equality advocate a pedophile has been ordered to pay restitution. Pink News reports:

A Twitter troll in Scotland who branded a teacher a paedophile for campaigning for equal marriage rights has been ordered to pay #40,000 by the country’s highest civil court. David Shuttleton, who lives near Glasgow, launched a vicious online hate campaign against Jaye Richards-Hill because of her support for equal marriage in Scotland… The Daily Record reports David Shuttleton attacked Ms Richards-Hill’s reputation by sending her hate-filled tweets with the hashtags “child abuse” and “danger to children”, and has since posted many other abusive messages about her on Twitter.

It wasn’t just a one-off comment – it was an ongoing, sustained hate campaign. But just wait for the cries of religious liberty on this one.

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Sweden: Pakistan Court Threatens Swedish Activist Over Marriage Equality Support

Friday, July 5th, 2013

SwedenIn a strange story that spans two continents, a court in Pakistan is threatening to imprison a Swedish gay activist for life because of her support of a transgender Pakistani man who married his partner in Sweden. Got all that? Pink News reports:

The head of the Swedish Federation for LGBT Rights (RFSL) Ulrika Westerlund, was threatened with life imprisonment by a Pakistani court, if the organisation does not stop supporting the union. She told the Local: “I have received a letter, on headed notepaper from someone who says he is a lawyer of the court stating that if our organisation does not desist in supporting the marriage then they will proceed with legal procedures that could result in lifetime imprisonment, “I have been in contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for advice, but they haven’t got back to me. It is not as if they can act on the threat anyway.”

So a court in Pakistan thinks it has jurisdiction over a citizen of another country, and can imprison them for expressing an opinion that court doesn’t like. Wonder where they got that idea?

GOP Activist in Minnesota: Why I Support Marriage Equality

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

GOP Activist Pat AndersonIn light of the somewhat dismal 2012 election results for Republicans in Minnesota and across the country, many are rightfully asking: What went wrong? And perhaps more importantly, how do we move forward?

We’re not losing elections because our principles are weak, and we’re not losing young voters because our message isn’t relevant to them; indeed, conservative principles of limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility are more important now than ever. We’re struggling as a party because we continue to dangerously alienate significant groups of Minnesotans — including same-sex couples and the people who know and love them.

I applaud Republican State Sen. Branden Petersen for expressing his support of legislation that would extend the basic freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Minnesota, and I urge other Republican legislators and Minnesotans to join him.

Authored By Pat Anderson – See the Full Story at TwinCities.com

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Singapore: Interview With Lesbian Activist Jean Chong

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Jean-ChungThe LGBT rights movement in Singapore has been mainly dominated by gay men, but Gay Star News met Jean Chong of lesbian group Sayoni and discovered that sisters are doing it for themselves.

Did you have any role models when you were growing up as a lesbian in Singapore?

No, I always wished there were lesbian role models when I was growing up. There were so much confusion, silence and questions.

It was hard to even reach out to other LGBT persons because there was no internet in my teenage years until I was in tertiary education. It was only at that time with greater freedom to travel, with some help from the internet and books that I finally found the language for the many questions and distress i felt as a gay woman.

Authored By Anna Leach – See the Full Story at Gay Star New

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Tanzania: Gay Rights Activist Found Dead

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Maurice Mjomba, a gay rights activist, was found dead in his home in Dar es Salaam, Identity Kenya reports:

According to Julius Lumanyika Kyaruzi, the coordinator at CHRP where Mjomba was working as the Training Coordinator (HIV and injecting drug use), Mjomba was found dead at his home. Julius told Identity Kenya that a neighbour ‘noticed a foul smell’ from Mjomba’s house and called the police.

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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CA: Marriage Equality Activist Dies on Eve of Prop 8 Hearing

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

California Gay Activist Ed Watson DoesDerence Kernek and Ed Watson became prominent faces in the California gay community’s campaign for the right to marry when they urged a federal appeals court earlier this year to halt the enforcement of Proposition 8 so they could wed before Watson succumbed to advancing illness.

On the eve of a Thursday hearing on challenges to a 2010 ruling that the voter initiative banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, Watson died at age 78 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and hypertension.

Gay rights activists lamented Watson’s death as a reminder of the harm inflicted on same-sex couples throughout the state because they are denied the right to marry.

Full Story from The Los Angeles Times

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NH: Marriage Equality Activist to Speak

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

New Hampshire Gay Marriage ActivistGay marriage activist Charlene Strong is coming to New Hampshire talk about her role in the fight to win domestic partnerships for same-sex couples in Washington.

Strong told lawmakers during public hearings into establishing a partnership law about how she was initially barred from the hospital room and later encountered obstacles in trying to donate her partner’s retinas, and in planning the funeral.

Full Story from Boston.com

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