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Facebook deletes extremist anti-gay groups

Serbian sites contained death threats

by Matt Comer and Andy Harley BELGRADE, Serbia — Please protect us. That was the plea from gays and lesbians in Serbia to their government, the police and the wider world during the 2008 holiday season. The staff and contributors of the Serbian gay and lesbian website Queeria Center, are constantly receiving death threats and …

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Meeting targets gay prison issues

National News Notes

Meeting targets gay prison issues SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The California Senate Committee on Public Safety held an informational meeting Dec. 11 to examine issues affecting LGBT people in California’s prison system. The meeting focused on the problems faced by LGBT people who are incarcerated, including harassment and abuse, unequal access to healthcare, and difficulties …

U.N. hears statement on LGBT rights

U.S., Islamic nations and Vatican had refused to sign on

UNITED NATIONS — A statement jointly sponsored by France and The Netherlands, and supported by most Western nations, condemning anti-gay discrimination was heard at the U.N. on Dec. 18 amid stiff opposition from Islamic nations, the Vatican and an absent U.S. Signed by all European Union members, as well as Japan, Australia, Mexico and dozens …

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Burundi criminalizes homosexuality

Advocacy groups express outrage

BUJUMBURA, Burundi — International LGBT advocacy organizations are expressing outrage and concern over Burundi’s decision to criminalize homosexuality. The National Assembly of the small African country, bordered by Rwanda to the north and Tanzania to the South, passed a law on Nov. 21 making same-sex acts punishable by between three months to two years in …

Youth center finds funding source

National News Notes

Survey finds increased support NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Pulse of Equality survey, a new study commissioned by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), reveals that majorities of Americans now favor a broad range of policies and legal protections for LGBT people. The key findings include: • Three-quarters of U.S. adults (75 percent) …

Job bias claims match sex, race

National News Notes

Job bias claims match sex, race LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A new study by the Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law reveals that laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace are used as frequently by LGBT workers as laws prohibiting sex and race discrimination are used by women and …

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Changes for LGBT people in India come at cost

Blackmail, coerced marriages, depression and suicide rampant

The Washington Post and Nashua Telegraph reported mid-November on the state of equality for LGBT people in the world’s largest democracy. Profiling one gay Indian, Mahesh, 24, writer Emily Wax delved into various issues, including gay fears of blackmail, criminal prosecution and the resulting pains of depression, suicide and coerced marriage. After being blackmailed by …

Global community reacts to Obama victory

Global News

American voters weren’t the only ones tuned to the TV sets on election night. People around the globe watched election returns and picked up the next day’s newspaper for news of the Nov. 4 outcome. Political leaders across the world hailed President-elect Barack Obama’s victory as a landmark achievement and a step in a better …

National election wrap-up

National News Notes

Election wrap-up I: The candidates WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dozens of openly LGBT candidates won election to public offices across the U.S. on Election Day, according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. The group, which endorsed a record-breaking 111 candidates in 2008, said more than 70 percent of its endorsed candidates had won their races. …

Gay living center underway

Global News Notes

Gay living center underway COLOGNE — A multigenerational gay living center is under construction in this German city. Organizers claim it will be a first of its kind living center in which a variety of LGBT and straight families will live together. Several cities around the world are now home to elderly care and retirement …