News Brief: Germany Celebrates as First Same-Sex Marriages Take Place

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News Brief Germany Celebrates as First Same-Sex Marriages Take Place

News Brief Germany Celebrates as First Same-Sex Marriages Take Place

News Brief:  Germany Celebrates as First Same-Sex Marriages Take Place

Germans celebrated this past weekend as the first same-sex couples married after the law was changed to legalize the unions. 

Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende, together for 38 years before they tied the knot, got married in Berlin on Sunday, October 1st.  The couple met in 1979 and have been campaigning for LGBT right since.  At 9:30 am local time, their perseverance paid off and they were wed at the Schoneberg, Berlin town hall.  The two are believed to be the first same-sex couple to marry under the new law.

“We have finally achieved legal equality,” Mende said on Friday.  “It’s been 25 years’ of hard struggle to secure this.”

Registry offices in Germany opened especially as today was the first day that same-sex couples could marry.

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News Brief: Former Gay-for-Pay Porn Star Goes on Trial for Treason in Germany

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News Brief Former Gay-for-Pay Porn Star Goes on Trial for Treason in Germany

News Brief:  Former Gay-for-Pay Porn Star Goes on Trial for Treason in Germany

A former gay-for-pay porn star has been charged with treason in Germany after leaking classified information in extremist online chat rooms.

In a case that proves truth is truly stranger than fiction, a 52-year-old former security agent is now on trial for treason after allegedly discussing sensitive information involving terror investigations on a known terrorist chat room.  Investigators discovered the man’s adult film career after his arrest, finding multiple videos of his performance under the alias of Roque M.

The banker turned porn star turned security agent was discovered on terrorist chat rooms and offering information about the security agency that he obtained during his seven-month employment at the BfV.  On the terrorist chat room, the former porn star allegedly offered access to the security agency.

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News Brief: Man Left Battered and Bloody after Violent Homophobic Attack in Chile

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News Brief Man Left Battered and Bloody after Violent Homophobic Attack in Chile

News Brief Man Left Battered and Bloody after Violent Homophobic Attack in Chile

News Brief:  Man Left Battered and Bloody after Violent Homophobic Attack in Chile

A gay man in Chile was left with severe cuts over his body and face after being viciously attacked with a piece of broken glass.  Patricio Díaz Bravo, who works as an animator, needed 15 stitches in his face to mend the damage done in the attack.

An LGBT organization in Chile, Movilh, has reported that a woman was responsible for the attack, which began with her verbally harassing him.  She reportedly called him “colipato” and “maricon,” both of which are Spanish slang words for queer and faggot. 

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News Brief: Jessie Colter Assaulted by “Clients” in Homophobic Attack

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News Brief Jessie Colter Assaulted by “Clients” in Homophobic Attack

News Brief:  Jessie Colter Assaulted by “Clients” in Homophobic Attack

Jessie Colter, a sex worker and adult film performer, has been assaulted by two clients in what he believes was a homophobically motivated attack.  Jessie took to Twitter to give warning to other sex workers in the area.

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News Brief: Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex Marriage

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News Brief Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief:  Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex Marriage

Thousands of LGBT activists staged a mass wedding in Melbourne this past week in order to protest for same-sex marriage.  Equal Love Melbourne had arranged to hold a number of illegal mass weddings between same-sex couples.

The demonstration took place on August 26, in hopes of drawing attention to the restrictions that LGBT couples in Australia currently face.  Comedians, politicians and celebrities were expected to attend, including Joel Creasey and Australian Idol winner Natalie Gauci.

Organizers explained that the rally took place 13 years after the Australian government amended the Marriage Act to ban same-sex weddings.

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