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Twitter hands homophobes in Africa a win as it censors vital LGBT+ account
LGBT+ advocates in Ghana, west Africa, are urging Twitter to reinstate their account after the social media giant suspended it.
Twitter suspended the @lgbtrightsghana account without warning on 26 February. The account has now been unavailable for two weeks.
And LGBT+ Rights Ghana, which runs the account, says Twitter may have fallen for the tactics of anti-LGBT+ campaigners in the country.
Alex Donkor of LGBT+ Rights Ghana told GSN they do not know why Twitter suspended their account.
But he says their last post called out a Ghanaian media company as having been ‘homophobic for the past 25 years’.
He added: ‘Most of the media houses in Ghana are homophobic or bias towards the LGBTQ community.
‘The either spread homophobia themselves or offer their platform to homophobic politicians, public figures, religious and opinion leaders to spew hate and incite violence towards the community.
‘Since we do not have their platforms, we use Twitter and other social media platforms to call out these people. We also let the international community know what these people are doing.
‘So we have been unable to do our work for these past two weeks. Meanwhile homophobic rants and hate speeches and the calls to kill homosexuals in Ghana by some politicians, religious and opinion leaders have increased.’
Charles Barkley: I’m Never Going To Let Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Happen On My Watch
Charles Barkley reflected on his passion for LGBTQ advocacy this week, vowing never “to sit back and let discrimination happen on my watch.”
Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday, the basketball legend recalled the time he convinced the NBA to move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte in response to North Carolina’s passage of House Bill 2.
“I think anytime you’re Black, you’ve got to stand up for other people,” he said. “Black people know what discrimination is like. If you’re in a position of power, you’ve got to always stand up against discrimination. I’ve been blessed.”
Missouri Police Officer Told to 'Tone Down' Gayness Settles Discrimination Lawsuit for $10 Million
St. Louis County has agreed to a $10.25 million settlement with a gay police lieutenant who says he was passed over for promotion 23 times and was told to “tone down” his “gayness.”
The agreement with Keith Wildhaber was finalized Monday, hours after St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announced he is retiring, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Although jurors awarded Wildhaber nearly $20 million in October, each side had reason to negotiate because Wildhaber could keep a larger share of the award by settling.
‘Change Has Come’: Virginia Will Be 1st Southern State to Ban LGBT Discrimination
Virginia is set to become the first Southern state to ban LGBT discrimination, after both the House and Senate approved the Virginia Values Act on Thursday.
The Washington Post reports: A sweeping LGBT-rights bill banning discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations sailed out of the Virginia Senate on a bipartisan vote Thursday. … The bill also would for the first time apply Virginia’s civil rights protections to public accommodations like restaurants and stores — not just for the LGBT community but also for racial minorities, women and religious groups. The House of Delegates was poised to approve an identical bill later Thursday. The Senate and House bills have to cross over to the opposite chamber and win passage again before Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who requested the legislation, can sign them into law. But those steps were regarded as mere technicalities by advocates cheering what they regard as landmark human rights legislation.
Chick-fil-A's Last U.K. Location Shutters After Months-Long Protest
The last Chick-fil-A in the United Kingdom has flown the coop.
The restaurant, located in a Macdonald Hotels property in the Scottish Highlands, was controversial from its launch in October due to the fast-food chain's history of donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations.
Due to this problematic history, Scott Cuthbertson, an LGBTQ activist, had launched a petition calling for its closure, which quickly accrued 1,000 signatures.
Additionally, Patrick Harvie, the first out bisexual member of Scottish Parliament, called on a boycott of the restaurant among his fellow politicians, who often stay at the luxury Macdonald Aviemore Resort.
Indiana School Board Member Says 'Cry Me a River' Over Trans Suicides
Activists in Evansville, Ind., caught a school board member on video appearing to dismiss their concerns about safety for LGBTQ kids.
This week, ten members of the Tri-State Alliance — a social service and educational organization serving LGBTQ communities in southeastern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and western Kentucky — attended a board meeting of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Corporation to ask for greater protections for queer students.
After the meeting, the activists confronted school board members, according to posts on the group’s Facebook page.
The Tri-State Alliance says board member Ann Ennis claimed there was no support on the board for addressing suicide concerns among trans students.
On a video posted to the group’s Facebook page, Tri-State Alliance President Wally Paynter can be heard calling Ennis transphobic.
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Texas Gov. Celebrates Signing Antigay Legislation With Chick-fil-A
Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed what was dubbed the essentially anti-LGBTQ "Save Chick-fil-A" bill into law. If it weren’t enough that Abbott signed the bill over a month ago, late last week he thumbed his nose at LGBTQ people even more and participated in a TV ceremony celebrating the bill’s signing while he and his team were surrounded by Chick-fil-A food and beverages. He then tweeted the moment out to his supporters.
“No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organization,” Abbott said.
“No business should lose a government contract because of their religious beliefs. The save Chick-fil-A legislation that I’m about to sign is a victory for religious freedom in Texas.”
Dominican man launches legal case against country’s anti-gay laws
Man who threatened to kill kids & gays at San Diego Pride is also a repeat bank robber
Woman pushes anti-gay priest off stage in front of 50,000 Catholic congregants
A woman in Brazil is going viral after violently pushing an anti-gay priest off the stage in front of his Catholic congregation in Cachoeira Paulista, São Paulo.
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Around 3 pm on Sunday, 14 July, a woman made it past security and pushed Father Marcelo Rossi off stage, mid-mass, at the headquarters of Canção Nova.
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PATTI LUPONE TELLS SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM TO 'BITE THE BULLET AND COME OUT' AS GAY
Tony winner Patti LuPone attacked Republican Senator Lindsey Graham for supporting Donald Trump after comments the president directed at four freshman Democrats were criticized as racist.
Lindsey Graham you are a disgrace. On a personal note, why don’t you just bite the bullet and come out. You might just come to your senses.
In a tweet on Thursday afternoon the Evita star called Graham a "disgrace." She then alluded to Graham being in the closet
"On a personal note, why don't you just bite the bullet and come out. You might just come to your senses."
Students win court case against school that suspended them for wearing rainbow clothes
South Korean students attending the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary have won a court battle after the university suspended them for wearing rainbow clothes.
The students were initially suspended last year, after they wore rainbow clothing to a university chapel on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia.
The students wore the clothes to show their support for the LGBTQ community. However, the university was worried it would be seen as endorsing homosexuality, so they suspended the students.
Teen beaten bloody and called a 'f**king lesbian' by her friends
A teenage girl was allegedly attacked by her friends and called her a ‘f**king lesbian’ in the street.
Ellie-Mae Mulholland, 18, from Hull, UK, was taken to hospital after a confrontation with one of her friends. The fight reportedly started over £10 someone owed her on Monday 9 July.
According to Hull Live, the two attackers beat Mulholland and said ‘you are your girlfriend are going to get it ten times worse next time’.
Her sister Stevie-Leigh Ansell said she was left with a busted nose two black eyes and two big lumps on her head.
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Emmanuel Macron: Racism And Homophobia Will Not Be Tolerated At Soccer Matches
Denny’s stood up for a trans woman who was arrested after she used the bathroom
Raymond Braun on the importance of LGBTQ people knowing their history
The LGBTQ activist on his incredible new documentary, State of Pride.
Earlier this year, LGBTQ activist and social media influencer Raymond Braun commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with an educational and eye-opening documentary about the importance of Pride Month.
Teaming up with Oscar-winning director Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk) and Jeffrey Friedman (End Game), the one-hour long documentary follows Raymond as he travels to three diverse communities – Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama – and speaks to various members of the queer community about the month-long celebration.
We recently caught up with Raymond and discussed the lack of education surrounding our history, his personal queeroes and the importance of making sure Pride is a protest, as well as a celebration.
Bette Midler Responds to Trump's 'Psycho' Comment During NY World Pride Event: 'What is He Doing?'
Bette(r) late than never. Bette Midler reacted to Pres. Donald Trump's tweet calling the singer a "washed-up psycho" on June 4, after "The Rose" star accidentally posted a fake tweet mistakenly attributed to the commander in chief. "Now I'm going to tell you a little secret," Midler told the raucous crowd at the Javits Center in New York during her Saturday night headlining set during New York's World Pride main event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot.
Midler joked that she was surprised she was even invited after Trump's harsh lambasting on Twitter. "Just two weeks ago, I was a washed-up psycho," she quipped. "Happily, I have recovered completely, and there's something that I learned from my president's lunatic attack," she added, before dropping into her beloved hit "Friends."
Millions celebrate LGBTQ pride in New York amid global fight for equality: organizers
Millions lined the streets of New York on Sunday to wave rainbow flags, celebrate the movement toward LGBTQ equality and renew calls for action in what organizers billed as the largest gay pride celebration in history.
Event organizers and city officials said 150,000 parade marchers and up to 4 million visitors commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that triggered the modern LGBTQ movement, with corporate sponsorship and police protection that would have been unthinkable half a century ago.
Reuters could not independently verify the crowd estimate.
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Similar parades were being held around the world, with celebratory events in liberal democracies and growing fights for equality in other places.
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Army specialist comes out to military as gay during live broadcast of Pride parade
To celebrate the big spirit of Pride, LEGO created the world's tiniest Pride parade
LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Yonkers, New York, is commemorating this year’s historic Pride celebration piece by piece.
LEGOLAND is marking the 50th anniversary Stonewall uprising with an installation of “The World’s Tiniest Pride Parade,” to commemorate the birth of the modern LGBT movement in 1969.