News Brief: Study Reveals Nearly 20,000 LGBT Teens Will Undergo Gay Cure Therapy Prior to Their 18th Birthday

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News Brief Study Reveals Nearly 20,000 LGBT Teens Will Undergo Gay Cure Therapy Prior to Their 18th Birthday

News Brief Study Reveals Nearly 20,000 LGBT Teens Will Undergo Gay Cure Therapy Prior to Their 18th Birthday

News Brief:  Study Reveals Nearly 20,000 LGBT Teens Will Undergo Gay Cure Therapy Prior to Their 18th Birthday

A study conducted by the Williams Institute at that UCLA School of Law has found that approximately 20,000 LGBT teenagers will be forced into so-called “gay cure therapy” with a licensed healthcare professional before the age of 18.  In addition to that staggering number, another 57,000 will receive gay cure therapy from religious or spiritual advisors.

Researchers at the Institute discovered that almost 698,000 LGBT adults in the U.S. have already endured conversion therapy.

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News Brief: Myanmar Hosts First Public LBGT Festival EVER

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News Brief Myanmar Hosts First Public LBGT Festival EVER

News Brief Myanmar Hosts First Public LBGT Festival EVER

News Brief:  Myanmar Hosts First Public LBGT Festival EVER

Myanmar has hosted its first-ever public LGBT festival to “acknowledge equality and basic human rights.”  Nearly 6,000 people attended the first day of the &PROUD Festival at a park in Yangon in celebration of being LGBT and proud.  The event runs across two consecutive weekends and has activities such as a drag queen race, handbag throwing, and screenings of LGBT films.  It also has a “Human Library,” where LGBT people can tell their personal stories as part of the festivals aim to educate and entertain.

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News Brief: Supreme Court of India Set to Revisit Law Criminalizing Homosexuality

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News Brief Supreme Court of India Set to Revisit Law Criminalizing Homosexuality

News Brief Supreme Court of India Set to Revisit Law Criminalizing Homosexuality

News Brief:  Supreme Court of India Set to Revisit Law Criminalizing Homosexuality

Section 377 of the Indian penal code, which outlaws sex between men, will be re-examined by the Indian Supreme court to determine it’s validity.  The court announced Monday, January 8th that Section 377, which was modeled on 16th-century British laws, would be examined at point prior to October 2018.

The colonial-era law bans “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal,” and carries a potential for life imprisonment.

The decision to re-examine the law comes as the court determined less than 200 people had been convicted for homosexual acts in 2013.

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News Brief: Man Faces 15 Years After Using Grindr to Carry Out Assault

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News Brief Man Faces 15 Years After Using Grindr to Carry Out Assault

News Brief Man Faces 15 Years After Using Grindr to Carry Out Assault

News Brief:  Man Faces 15 Years After Using Grindr to Carry Out Assault

Nigel Garrett, 21, of Texas, was sentenced this to 15 years in prison after using Grindr to seek out and attack gay men.

Prosecutors believe that Garrett and three other men used Grindr to find a victim, using a fake profile.  They then arranged a hook-up at the victim’s home, where the gun-toting homophobes then turned up, overpowered him, tied him up with tape, physically assaulted him, and screamed anti-gay slurs.  They proceeded to then ransack the property, before making a getaway with the victim’s valuables and motor vehicle.

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News Brief: Gay Figure Skater Makes Olympic History

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News Brief Gay Figure Skater Makes Olympic History

News Brief Gay Figure Skater Makes Olympic History

News Brief:  Gay Figure Skater Makes Olympic History

Out gay American figure skater, Adam Rippon has become the first openly gay man to qualify for the Olympics.  On Sunday, January 6th Rippon was named as one of three male figure skaters that will represent the US in Pyeongchang, South Korea at the 23rd Olympic Winter Games.

In addition to being the first out gay man to compete for the US in the Winter Olympics, he is also the oldest American figure skater to since 1936.

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