News Brief: UK Petitions to make “Gay Cure Therapy” Illegal

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News Brief UK Petitions “Gay Cure Therapy” Illegal

News Brief: UK Petitions to make “Gay Cure Therapy” Illegal

A petition has been launched in the UK to finally make gay cure therapy illegal.  Although it is still currently legal to practice the so-called therapy, the NHS has banned its use.

LGBT activists have called for the practice to be outlawed before, but the government rejected a previous petition on the issue.  At the time a minister claimed the government was “not aware” of gay cure therapy being carried out in the UK – just a week after a man who practices the debunked therapy was interviewed on Good Morning Britain.

Now an undercover journalist, who exposed a church that was practicing gay cure therapy, has launched a new petition to have it banned.

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News Brief: Puerto Rican Gay Bar Attacked Using Molotov Cocktails

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News Brief Puerto Rican Gay Bar Attacked Using Molotov Cocktails

News Brief: Puerto Rican Gay Bar Attacked Using Molotov Cocktails

Emergency services were called to Circo Bar, a popular gay nightclub in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after it had been attacked on Sunday, October 29.

According to reports from local newspaper El Vocero, several Molotov cocktails were thrown into the club at around 7:30 PM on Sunday, sparking a fire.  Luckily it does not appear that anyone was injured in the attack as the fire was quickly extinguished, therefore diminishing any damage.  The motive of the attack is not known, and there have been no arrests.

Witnesses apparently saw “several individuals dressed in black” carry out the attack.

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News Brief: Matthew Shepard’s Parents Lash Back at Anti-LGBT Discrimination

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News Brief Matthew Shepard’s Parents Lash Back at Anti-LGBT Discrimination

News Brief:  Matthew Shepard’s Parents Lash Back at Anti-LGBT Discrimination

In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay man, was tortured and left for dead on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming.  His tragic death was met with a significant push for hate crimes legislation and the start of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.  Nineteen years later, his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, have written an impassioned letter in the Huffington Post reflecting and criticizing the recent removal of several LGBT protections in the US. 

They wrote, “Please don’t overlook those who are being discriminated against now.  There is nothing more we can do for Matt, but we can continue to do good work in his memory and try to prevent the same thing from happening to other people’s children.”

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News Brief: Porn Mogul, Larry Flynt, Offers $10 Million to Help Impeach Trump

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News Brief Larry Flynt Offers $10 Million to Help Impeach Trump

News Brief:  Porn Mogul, Larry Flynt, Offers $10 Million to Help Impeach Trump

Larry Flynt, the porn mogul best known for Hustler, has recently taken out a full-page ad in the Washington Post, compelling people to dig up dirt on Donald Trump.  In the ad he offers up to $10 million to anyone who can help unearth the “smoking gun” that would lead to the president’s impeachment.  He assures the reader that this is not a “sour-grapes plot,” but rather the fulfillment of his “patriotic duty.”

“After nine tumultuous months in office, Trump has proven he’s dangerously unfit to exercise the extreme power accrued by our new ‘unitary executive,’” the ad reads.

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News Brief: Trump Officials Insist Discrimination Against Gay Employees is Legal

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News Brief Trump Officials Insist Discrimination Against Gay Employees is Legal

News Brief:  Trump Officials Insist Discrimination Against Gay Employees is Legal

Officials from the Department of Justice appeared in court in late September to argue that discrimination against gay employees is legal.

Under President Obama, the Justice Department regularly intervened in court battles to argue for civil rights protections for LGBT people.  Under Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, though, the Justice Department has abruptly shifted its stance.

The DOJ made an uninvited intervention in a workplace discrimination case, with officials appearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.  The Manhattan court was hearing the case of Donald Zarda, a former skydiving instructor who alleges that his old company, Altitude Express Inc, fired him because of his sexuality.

In its surprise intervention, federal government officials sided with the employer, arguing that it is entirely legal to discriminate against gay employees on a federal level.

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