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Polish priest calls for LGBT deaths

International News Notes

Polish priest calls for LGBT deaths KRAKOW, Poland — Father Rafal Trytek (pictured) has called for the deaths of LGBT people. “Homosexuals should be burned at the stakes, as in the Medieval Age. I hope that these beautiful days return to our great Poland.” These comments were made while the priest was surrounded by a …

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Black gay man wins Council seat

National News Notes

Black gay man wins Council seat FALLS CHURCH, Va. — While most political watchers were following the race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in N.C. and Indiana, Lawrence Webb (pictured) quietly made history as he became the state’s first openly LGBT African-American elected to public office. In his first bid for elected office, Webb …

GLAAD takes stand for fairness

National News Notes

GLAAD takes stand for fairness SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) withdrew from a “Pride Rocks” event scheduled to take place this summer at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego because the property is owned by San Diego businessman Doug Manchester. He has publicly and financially supported a California …

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Jamaican activist seeks asylum

Global News Notes

Jamaican activist seeks asylum QUEBEC, Canada — After the deaths of 13 of his activist colleagues, Gareth Henry, one of Jamaica’s leading LGBT rights activists, has fled the impoverished island nation to seek asylum in Canada. He has claimed refugee status because his life is in danger if he stays in Jamaica. Henry, a highly …

Thai Red Cross ends blood ban

Global News Notes

Thai Red Cross ends blood ban BANGKOK, Thailand — Activists have succeeded in their bid to amend the screening form required for blood donation. To date, questions on the form have asked about high-risk sexual behavior, but only related to same-sex behavior, and all gay men have been prohibited from donating. The questions will be …

Army OKs criminals, but not gays; Gov. stands up for equality

National News Notes

Army OKs criminals, but not gays WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Apr. 7 edition of USA Today featured a report on the rising percentage of Army recruits needing a waiver to join the service because of a past criminal record. The article stated that the percentage has more than doubled since 2004 to an unprecedented one …

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