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Beyond the Carolinas – Page 43 – QNotes

Transwoman wins suit, Hearing held on benefits

National News Notes

Diane Shroer Transwoman wins LOC lawsuit WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal judge ruled Sept. 19 that the Library of Congress illegally discriminated against a Special Forces veteran when she was denied a job after announcing her intention to transition from male to female. In a groundbreaking decision, the court ruled that discriminating against someone for …

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Gay Iraqi leader assassinated, Union opposition reiterated

Global News Notes

In 2006, men suspected of being gay were gunned down in the Iraqi town of Ramadi. The anti-gay killings by religious militias have continued, including the assassination of a gay leader in Baghdad. Photo Credit: Iraqi LGBT Gay Iraqi leader gunned down BAGHDAD, Iraq — The coordinator for LGBT safe houses in Iraq was assassinated …

Gay gold-star treatment, African sex charges

Global News Notes

Mitcham gets star treatment SYDNEY, Australia — While openly gay Olympic diving champion Matthew Mitcham (pictured) is touring Europe with his partner Lachlan Fletcher, organizers back home are readying for next year’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. “Matt is someone we’re considering, along with a few others, and we’re keen to have a discussion, …

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Gay high school proposed, Task Force names deputy

National News Notes

Task Force names new second WASHINGTON, D.C. — Darlene Nipper (pictured), a seasoned leader with nearly two decades experience in non-profit management and program development, public policy advocacy and outreach, budget management and coalition building, has been named deputy executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, effective Oct. 1, 2008. Executive Director …

Gay Obama site launched, D.C. lands soccer tourney

National News Notes

Gay Obama supporters launch site PORTLAND, Ore. — LGBT supporters of Sen. Barack Obama for president have launched an online community portal for information and discussion about the campaign and easy to use tools for getting involved. The website, LGBTforOBAMA.com, is the brainchild of longtime gay activist and Democratic Party loyalist Terry Bean. “After devouring …

Olympics not good for LGBT people, gay handshake spreads disease?

Global News Notes

Olympics not good for LGBT people BEIJING, China — During the preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing was given a massive overhaul. Streets were widened and buildings were demolished. All the construction happened at the expense of many residents and businesses. It is widely known that China used the Olympics in an attempt to …

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Gay man set for Congress

National News Notes

Gay man looks set for Congress BOULDER, Colo. — Jared Polis (pictured) will likely become the first-ever openly gay man elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a non-incumbent. On Aug. 12, Polis won his Democratic primary to represent Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District. As the Democratic nominee in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, Polis is …

PM not authorized to rebuke MP

PM not authorized to rebuke MP LONDON, England — As previously reported by Q-Notes, Member of Parliament Iris Robinson (Democratic Unionist Party — Strangford, North Ireland, pictured) has begun a radio campaign exhorting LGBT people to seek therapy and calling homosexuality an abomination. Robinson describes herself as a born again Christian and has publicly stated …

DJ leaves life estate to partner, Gay Iraqis face continued threats

Global News Notes

DJ leaves estate to life partner LONDON, England — A radio DJ who died after a night of drug use on Dec. 29, 2007, has left more than £515,575 to his life partner, according to PinkNews.co.uk. The 1991 will of Keven Greening (pictured) stipulates that Andrew Lowe be the principal beneficiary of the estate. A …

HIV travel ban repealed, GSA wins in court

National News Notes

HIV travel ban law repealed WASHINGTON, D.C. — On July 30, President Bush signed into law the Tom Lantos & Henry J. Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, a presidential initiative to combat the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. The measure included a provision ending the government’s 21-year ban on …