Darren Wilson will not face civil rights charges in Michael Brown’s death

Darren Wilson

The Justice Department announced today that Darren Wilson, the former police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August, will not face federal civil rights charges in connection with Brown’s death. “There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for [...]

LGBT Weekly Creates Petition to Change the California Ballot Initiative Process

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In response to the “execute the gays” proposed ballot initiative, LGBT Weekly has created a Facebook page and ipetition to request that Attorney General Kamala Harris, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President Kevin De Leon work to bring forth legislation that will address the problem of ballot measures that infringe upon the civil rights [...]

Balboa Park donates Explorer Passes in honor of centennial

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SAN DIEGO – San Diegans have been visiting Balboa Park for 100 years, but there are still many in the city who have yet to experience the celebrated park’s arts, science and culture. In honor of the 2015 Centennial Celebration, 17 Balboa Park institutions and more than 75 philanthropic benefactors are donating $1 million in [...]

After Proposed Ballot Initiative to Execute Gays, Call for Change to Process

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In an alarming turn of events that underscores concerns about the electoral ballot process, a California initiative has been proposed that would criminalize being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. The act called the “Sodomite Suppression Act” was submitted to the California Secretary of State by  Matt McLaughlin, a lawyer in Huntington Beach. The full text [...]

Alabama state Supreme Court halts same-sex marriages in the state

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MONTGOMERY—Today, the Alabama state Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering a halt to same-sex marriages in the state. In the ruling, the Court granted an emergency petition by two anti-LGBT groups, the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program, who sought to stop probate judges from issuing marriage licenses across the state. The order [...]

Marriage equality comes to Slovenia

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The government of Slovenia has passed legislation that will make it the 21st nation to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens. Slovenia’s national parliament approved the bill by a vote of 51 to 28. The bill will be sent to President Borut Pahor to sign into law. Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark,France, [...]

Benham brother says gay man abandoned his ‘Lifestyle’ after he bought him tickets to a baseball game

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At last week’s National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, David Benham recounted a story where a gay man decided to walk away from his gay lifestyle after he gave him Chicago Cubs tickets. The Huffington Post reported that Benham, one of the twin brothers who lost their HGTV reality show after their anti-gay views came [...]

HRC calls on ‘Psychology Today’ to reject ads from practitioners of LGBT ‘Conversion Therapy’

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WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called on Psychology Today to stop accepting online listings from mental health practitioners who offer to “cure” LGBT people. HRC leadership made the request directly to executives of the publication in a letter that further urged them to build on Psychology Today’s history of LGBT inclusion and [...]

HRC to submit ‘People’s Brief’ with more than 200,000 signatories for marriage equality to the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced that 207,551 Americans from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands have joined as signatories on its unprecedented “The People’s Brief” in support of marriage equality. Authored by prominent lawyer Roberta Kaplan, who successfully defeated the key section [...]

Is he or isn’t he? Jussie Smollet’s sexuality continues to prick ears

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock capable of blocking out every imaginable light source known to man, you’ve probably already heard of Fox’s latest television smash, Empire. Part drama, part musical, Empire tells the story of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and his Hip Hop empire co-founded with his on-again off-again love interest and co-founder [...]

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