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Queensland finally takes steps to repeal ‘gay panic’ defense

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath on Sky News Australia Charline Jao Queensland is finally taking action to repeal the Homosexual Advance Defense from their criminal code. The Homosexual Advance Defense, commonly abbreviated as HAD or “gay panic,” is a provocation defense where a defendant can claim …

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How our communities are impacted by mass criminalization

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Gregory Cendana and Jerame Davis One of the truly haunting images about the Orlando shooting was of the police officers who entered Pulse nightclub and were met with the lights and sounds of cellphones ringing with no one to answer and tell the …

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China bans Lady Gaga for talking with the Dalai Lama

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Lady Gaga has been banned from China for the second time following a meeting with the Dalai Lama Sunday in Indiana. @ladygaga via Instagram On Sunday, bisexual pop star Lady Gaga met with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to talk about the power …

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Federal judge stops Mississippi from enforcing religious objection law

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Attorney Roberta Kaplan AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ ruling blocks the state …

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Sailors and marines cast overboard for being LGBTQ urged to appeal

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. U.S. Navy Hello, sailor!  Officials at the U.S. Department of the Navy Department are looking for a few good men who were wronged because of who they love. And they’re putting out …

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NC Republican candidate: LGBT Orlando victims ‘deserving of hell’

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Bob Diamond, photo via Google Plus. Bob Diamond/Google Plus North Carolina state senate hopeful Bob Diamond recently asked on social media whether the victims of the Orlando shooting deserved what happened to them. Diamond, a pharmacist and GOP activist running for the District …

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Seattle: Trans person assaulted leaving fundraiser for Orlando victims

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Michael Volz/GoFundMe A transgender individual named Michael Volz was assaulted Wednesday night in Seattle after leaving a fundraiser for victims of the Orlando shooting. The attacker is alleged to have said, “Hey, happy Pride!” before punching Volz in the face. He is then said …

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San Francisco mayor, gay leaders booed off stage at Trans March

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. San Francisco‘s annual Trans March event to kick off Pride festivities on Friday was supposed to be a commemoration of transgender history, titled “Celebrating Our Legacy: We’re Still Here.” But as it turned out, the city’s mayor and supervisor and a Sacramento lawmaker weren’t there as …

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Human rights groups call on Orthodox Church to embrace LGBT people

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Close up from a mural at St. Innocent Orthodox Church. Bil Browning BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Two gay rights’ groups have called on the Orthodox Church to open up “safe spaces for dialogue and reconciliation” within the church for gays. In an open …

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