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WATCH: While Sochi celebrates, Moscow police arrest protesters waving rainbow flags

In the video embedded below, a group of LGBT rights protesters were arrested for marching in Moscow’s Red Square. As the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremonies unfolded in Sochi, the protesters were taken into custody in Moscow for waving the rainbow LGBT flag while singing the Russian national anthem. Reportedly, the…

Russian cops, Olympic officials tackle teen for unfurling LGBT pride flag at torch relay

A teenage boy named Pavel Lebedev is being hailed as an international hero by LGBT rights activists after video showing him flying a rainbow flag at an Olympic torch relay went viral on Tuesday. The Winter Olympics torch relay was making its way through Lebedev’s home town of Voronezh on…

Christians hold group prayer against LGBT rights at San Antonio City Hall

African-American and Hispanic churches gathered at San Antonio City Hall on Tuesday to pray against a proposal to include LGBT people in the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. Minority church leaders told KENS that if the city went forward with plans to prevent hiring discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation and…

Gay skater Johnny Weir: I’m prepared to be arrested at Winter Olympics

Gay Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir has said that he does not plan to campaign for LGBT rights or even openly kiss his Russian-born husband at the games in Sochi, but that he is prepared to be arrested by Russian authorities. The flamboyant athlete and reality TV star told CBS…

Prominent gay rights activist tortured and killed in Cameroon

Eric Ohena Lembembe, a prominent LGBT activist and journalist in Cameroon, was found dead in his home on Monday, according to Human Rights Watch. Friends became suspicious after being unable to reach him by telephone for several days. When they visited his home in the capital of Yaoundé, they found…

Ohio school district sued for banning ‘Jesus Is Not a Homophobe’ shirt

A high school in Ohio threatened to suspend a student for wearing a shirt that said “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe,” according to Lambda Legal, who filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the school district on his behalf. Maverick Couch, an openly gay junior at Waynesville High School, wore the…

Please pass me the crown and sceptre as I ascend to the throne as ‘her haughty Carolina highness’

A little laugh for your AM. Mr. Homo-Toms is back for more after my gentle spanking of him for his last essay a few weeks ago (“Kaufman at Huff Post: misguided race-based rant on LGBT rights — and ‘Homo-Toms’“). David Kaufman is the multi-racial proprietor of Transracial.net, and for some…

The National LGBT Blogger and Citizen Journalist Initiative

I’m in DC for the National LGBT Blogger and Citizen Journalist Initiative this weekend, an event put together by Mike Rogers of Blogactive and PageOneQ. The goal is to bring together LGBT bloggers, many from outside of the Beltway, to network with, educate and strategize with some of our advocacy…

2008 Dem platform: lite on the LGBT, hold the mayo

If you’re looking for a committed, hard-hitting, strong-spined party platform on LGBT rights, you may want to hold off on thumbing through the 2008 Democratic Party platform. In fact, for those of you who want to get an idea of how the Dems are selling themselves on the major issues…

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