EU Court Rules Anti Gay Discrimination Can Be Grounds For Asylum

EU Court Rules Anti Gay Discrimination Can Be Grounds For Asylum

(Reuters) – Laws discriminating against gays can constitute grounds for granting asylum, the European Union’s highest court said on Thursday in response to a request by Dutch judges for guidance. The ruling related to three Africans seeking asylum in the Netherlands who told Dutch authorities they feared persecution for their sexual orientation if they returned. […]

 

US Senate Passes Bill To End ‘Anti Gay’ Job Discrimination

US Senate Passes Bill To End ‘Anti Gay’ Job Discrimination

Procedural vote to move to debate viewed as a key test of support for bill, which passed the Senate by 61 votes to 30. A landmark bill that would ban workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people passed a key vote in the US Senate on Monday, relying on support from a few initially […]

 

UK Child Porn Case Dropped; Attorney Charges Institutional Homophobia

LONDON — Attorney Myles Jackman, after winning a case on behalf of a U.K. man charged with possession of child pornography, said that there is evidence mounting that the Crown Prosecution Service may be institutionally homophobic. Jackman made statements about the CPS after the Crown Court tossed the man’s case Friday. The man was arrested […]

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges Congress To Protect LGBT Employees

Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges Congress To Protect LGBT Employees

Protecting LGBT workers from discrimination isn’t only the right thing to do, it’s good for business, according to Tim Cook. In a Sunday Wall Street Journal op-ed, the Apple CEO urged Senators to pass the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, a provision that would offer LGBT employees protection against discrimination in the workplace. Currently, employers can’t fire […]

 

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud: ‘I’m Gay, But Why Should It Matter?’

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud: ‘I’m Gay, But Why Should It Matter?’

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A six-term congressman and former paper mill worker hoping to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage next year announced that he’s gay — a response to what he called a “whisper campaign” by political opponents hoping to weaken his gubernatorial bid. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, 58, wrote in an op-ed provided to […]

 

Florida Woman Charged With Rape

Florida Woman Charged With Rape

LAKE WORTH, Fla., Nov. 2 (UPI) — A Florida woman has been charged with rape after her partner said what began as rough sex turned into a criminal sexual assault. Mia McCarthy, 23, a self-described “sadomasochist,” has been charged with battery, domestic battery strangulation, rape and attempted murder, police said. The victim, a 52-year-old woman […]

 

Hallmark: Taking The Gay Out Of Christmas, One Ornament At A Time

Hallmark: Taking The Gay Out Of Christmas, One Ornament At A Time

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Greeting card giant Hallmark said Thursday that it shouldn’t have changed the lyrics to “Deck the Halls” on a new holiday ornament that stirred a backlash from customers online. The Kansas City, Mo.-based company has been defending itself after it began selling a miniaturized version of […]

 

Putin [Again] Vows Warm Welcome For Gays At Sochi

Putin [Again] Vows Warm Welcome For Gays At Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Oct. 29 (UPI) — Russian President Vladimir Putin promised gay visitors to the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be treated warmly, despite laws critics regard as anti-homosexual.”We will do everything … so that both the participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of ethnicity, racial heritage or sexual orientation,” he said Monday […]

 

California: Transgender Woman Claims She Was Raped By Cop

California: Transgender Woman Claims She Was Raped By Cop

A transgender woman in Southern California says a police officer forced her to perform oral sex on him and then raped her. The woman made the allegations in an Oct. 18 federal civil rights and assault lawsuit against the unnamed El Monte police officer and the El Monte Police Department, the Los Angeles Times reports. […]

 

Canadian Retailer Priape Closes, Blames Popper Restrictions

TORONTO — Priape’s four gay retail stores across Canada closed their doors this week after its ownership filed for bankruptcy protection listing $687,000 in debts owed to 106 companies. The closing of Priape’s four stores in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver may have been predicated by a warning earlier this year by Health Canada, which […]