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Beyond the Carolinas – Page 45 – QNotes

Activists ask Russia to end HIV ban

More than 10 countries still discriminate against HIV+ travelers

MOSCOW — A group of Russian gay activists launched a campaign on Feb. 6 demanding their government stop requesting foreign visa applicants for their HIV status. In three letters sent to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, Prime Minster Vladimir Putin and the Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov, the activists asked for the cancellation of a 1995 …

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Historic gay shop to close

National News Notes

Historic gay shop to close NEW YORK CITY — The nation’s oldest gay and lesbian bookstore has announced it will close as the American and global economies continue to spiral out of control. Oscar Wilde Bookshop, just yards from the Stonewall Inn on Christopher St. in Greenwich Village, opened in 1967. Since then it has …

Students of color surveyed

National News Notes

LGBT students of color surveyed NEW YORK, N.Y. — LGBT students of color face unique and diverse challenges regarding victimization at school, according to Shared Differences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students of Color in Our Nation’s Schools, a report from GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. The report documents …

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Parliament members request action

Global News Notes

London’s new police chief soft on homophobia, claims gay activist LONDON — The new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, has a sometimes poor record when it comes to tackling homophobia and supporting the LGBT community. Only last November, he approved and facilitated a London concert by Jamaican murder music singer, Bounty Killer. The Met …

New studies say politicians helped, not hurt, by pro-marriage stance

Freedom to Marry releases report to debunk common political thought

NEW YORK , N.Y. — Two national marriage equality organizations recently released reports detailing successes and setbacks for the LGBT community and its fight for marriage equality. Freedom to Marry, based in New York, released a report on the electoral successes of politicians who voiced support for same-sex couples’ right to marry. Marriage Equality USA, …

Marriage ban must be lifted, say Scottish gays

Scottish Parliament being asked to amend Civil Marriage Act to include gay couples

GLASGOW, Scotland — On Jan. 13, Scottish gays and lesbians launched a petition calling on the Parliament to amend the Scottish Marriage Act of 1977 to allow same-sex couples to legally marry. Spearheading the campaign is the Glasgow-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network (LGBTN). The petition also calls on the law in Scotland to …

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Court recognizes gay parents

National News Notes

Court recognizes gay parents NEW ORLEANS, La. — In a major victory for same-sex parents nationwide, U.S. District Court Judge Jay Zainey ordered Louisiana State Registrar Darlene Smith to recognize the New York adoption of a baby boy by a same-sex couple, saying her continued failure to do so violated the U.S. Constitution. Oren Adar …

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 …

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 …