"Under gray and rainy skies, without fanfare, history was made in Israel on Tuesday with the inauguration in Tel Aviv of the country’s first memorial to victims of the Nazis that commemorates not only their suffering as Jews. After Berlin, Amsterdam, Sydney and San Francisco, Tel Aviv now has a memorial to the thousands of people who were persecuted by the Nazis for their sexual orientation – Jews and non-Jews both."
Read more at the source link but I can’t help but wonder why they didn’t try to incorporate the black triangle which was used to designate lesbians and asocials as the pink triangle was specifically used for homosexual men. Sadly, this article does not address this. Nor does it mention that when the camps were liberated, gay men remained prisoners as they had broken the laws against homosexuality and were forced to finish serving their sentences.
“Vancouver really wanted to make a strong stand being the previous host city, in light of the fact that Russia has not allowed a Pride House in Sochi. It seemed that the most effective thing that we could do is have me represent the City of Vancouver as an openly gay councillor and deputy mayor.”
"Luxembourg has sworn in Xavier Bettel as its first openly gay prime minister, signaling social reforms. He replaces Jean-Claude Juncker, who was the EU’s longest-serving head of government, with 19 years in power."
Prejudice over a victim’s sexual orientation was the second largest motivator in hate crimes carried out across the United States in 2012 according to new figures released by the FBI this week.
19.6% of victims were singled out over their sexuality, compared to 48.3% over race, 19% over their religion, 11.5% over their nationality and 1.6% over their disability – in most cases a mental disability.
Of the hate crimes motivated by prejudice against a person’s sexual orientation, 54.6% were over a victim being a gay male, 28% were as a result of general prejudice against same-sex attracted people, 12.3% were because the victim was a lesbian and 3.1% because a victim was bisexual.
2% of victims were attacked because of an anti-heterosexual bias.
In total there were 1,318 hate crime offenses motivated by hatred of a person’s sexuality reported to the FBI in 2012.
In total 2012’s figures showed an overall 7% drop in hate crimes across the US, mostly in the race category, but crimes of prejudice against people based on their sexuality remained largely unchanged compared to the year before.
The FBI only began gathering data about hate crimes against people based on their gender identity this year following the passage of the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr Hate Crime Prevention Act so will begin publishing that data from next year.
"In the night of November, 23 a well-known Moscow gay club “Central Station” was again under attack. Unknown malefactors sprayed some harmful gas inside the club among about 500 attendees. Several people sought medical attention but refused to go to a hospital.
The club staff immediately turned on a smoke removal machine which eliminated the gas from the premises in a couple of minutes, LifeNews reports.
“Today is the fourth provocation against the club arranged by unknown persons. We believe that they are connected with the building owner”, says Andrey Leschinsky, the club general director. “They are spaying the gas inside the club premises, thereby trying to express their extremist views against LGBT community, which likes to visit our club”.
Andrey Leschinsky stressed that that in addition to gas attacks there were other indidents against the club. About a week ago, unknown visitors threatened the club and even shot a gun.
The club’s management filed a complaint to the police to deal with the incident and prevent such extreme actions against the LGBT community.
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The New Jersey restaurant server and former Marine who was left a note condemning her lesbian “lifestyle” instead of a tip, has been receiving extra tips for days since her story broke, and says she plans to donate them to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Dayna Morales, a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Branchburg, N.J., said a family dining at the restaurant on Nov. 13 night skipped the tip on their $93.55 bill.
“I never really expected or imagined this could happen,” she said Saturday in the middle of dinner rush, when she met a gay couple and their family who drove from New York to donate $20 each, the rough equivalent of a 20 percent tip on the original check of $93.55.
Morales’ employer has decided to match every donation to the cause.
Donations to Morales for the Wounded Warrior Project may be made in person or by mail to Gallop Asian Bistro, 793 Route 202, Branchburg, N.J. 08876.
After two decades of attempts, Hawaii has just passed same-sex marriage into law. The vote was 19-4, with two excused. Governor Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, is expected to sign the legislation during a special invitation-only event tomorrow. The Aloha state is now the sixteenth to extend the institution of marriage to same-sex couples.”
Retired Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor today married a same-sex couple in the U.S. Supreme Court. O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the nation’s highest court, married a couple together for 36 years, Jeffrey Trammell and Stuart Serkin.
Trammell is a rector (academic, not religious, leader) at The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where the former justice was chancellor. O’Connor was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan.
“The ceremony took place in the lawyer’s lounge of the court, according to court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg,” Bloomberg reports. “That is just off the courtroom where the sitting justices delivered a pair of 5-4 decisions in June that stopped short of legalizing gay marriage across the country yet struck down a federal law barring benefits for spouses in same-sex marriages.”
In an August article, the Washington Post called Trammell a “D.C. lobbyist and gay Democratic activist,” and reported on his work attempting to unite Virginia’s higher education institutions to offer benefits to partners of same-sex couples.
Recently, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first Supreme Court justice to officiate at a same-sex wedding. She later hinted she would not be the last.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Sixty-seven people were arrested Saturday at an LGBT event in St. Petersburg, Russia, as anti-gay protesters clashed with LGBT rights advocates, a police official told LGBTQ Nation.
Dmitry Lovetsk, AP Riot police detain gay rights activists after a scuffle with anti-gay protesters during an LGBT rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
Dmitry Lovetsky, AP Riot police detain an anti-gay protester during an authorized gay rights rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
Dmitry Lovetsk, AP Anti-gay protesters gather to prevent a gay rights activist’s rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
The event, to mark yesterday’s National Coming Out Day, an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as LGBT, was scheduled by organizers to be held in the city’s downtown at the Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole) war memorial.
According to police, about 200 conservative and religious activists — which included Russian Orthodox church protesters and members of Russian nationalist organizations — were pre-staged in the area surrounding the Field of Mars and prevented the LGBT activists from approaching the memorial.
The clash between the two groups erupted as the anti-gay forces, singing religious songs and shouting anti-gay slurs, attempted to prevent the LGBT activists from unfurling Pride flags and posters containing LGBT-affirming slogans and messages.
Russian Riot police broke up the fighting, arresting 15 LGBT activists and 52 anti-gay protesters.
The Field of Mars is an area where demonstrations are allowed without special sanctions.
The St. Petersburg city government had sanctioned the rally despite the Russian government’s June passage of a contentious law outlawing gay “propaganda.”
While the law’s proponents argue it is aimed at protecting children, critics say the legislation is part of a much wider crackdown on Russia’s LGBT community, and claim it has led to increasing pressure and threats of violence from homophobic vigilantes.
A similar June protest in St. Petersburg resulted in 50 arrests and numerous LGBT activists being beaten by anti-gay protesters.
Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal Of Ruling That Struck Down Va. Anti-Sodomy Law
Associated Press – October 7, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT937
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal of a lower court ruling striking down Virginia’s anti-sodomy law.
The high court on Monday refused to hear from Virginia state officials who wanted to get the state’s ban on oral and anal sex reinstated.
In March, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond declared Virginia’s law unconstitutional.
In 2005, a judge convicted William Scott MacDonald of criminal solicitation for allegedly demanding oral sex from a 17-year-old girl. His conviction occurred two years after the landmark Lawrence v. Texas decision effectively struck down anti-sodomy laws in that state and several others.
Virginia officials said the Texas ruling did not apply to sex acts between adults and minors. The lower court rejected that interpretation and justices won’t reconsider that decision.
Highlights from First-Ever Ministerial Meeting on LGBT Rights (by UN HUMANRIGHTS)
"On 26 September 2013, leaders from the UN’s core group of countries working to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people met in New York for the first-ever ministerial meeting at the UN on LGBT rights. Here, Free & Equal — the unprecedented UN public information campaign for LGBT equality — captures strong statements by several attendees, who included the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the U.S. Secretary of State, the Argentine, Brazilian, Croatian, Dutch and Norwegian foreign ministers, the French Minister of Development Cooperation, senior officials from the European Union, Japan and New Zealand, and the directors of Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
Those present issued an historic Ministerial Declaration on Ending Violence and Discrimination against Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The declaration was endorsed by the U.S. Secretary of State, the foreign ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, France, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union.