“JIM CROW” WON’T STAY DEAD!


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Inside the Conservative Campaign to Launch “Jim Crow-Style” Bills Against Gay Americans

By Dana Liebelson

Kansas set off a national firestorm last week when the GOP-controlled House passed a bill that would have allowed anyone to refuse to do business with same-sex couples by citing religious beliefs. The bill, which covered both private businesses and individuals, including government employees, would have barred same-sex couples from suing anyone who denies them food service, hotel rooms, social services, adoption rights, or employment—as long as the person denying the service said he or she had a religious objection to homosexuality. As of this week, the legislation was dead in the Senate.

But the Kansas bill is not a one-off effort. [READ MORE]

“Ryan Eichenauer, Minnesota Teen, Allegedly Receives Death Threats In Class After Coming Out Video”


THE HUFFINGTON POST

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A Minnesota teen says he received two anonymous letters which contained death threats in class after coming out on Facebook.

Ryan Eichenauer, who is a senior at Centennial High School in Circle Pines, Minn. says he shared a videotaped message with friends and family on Facebook at the end of 2013, which prompted the threatening letters he received Feb. 4, local Fox affiliate KMSP-TV is reporting.

The letter allegedly reads, “I can’t wait for the day that I get to walk over your grave and if you don’t put yourself there, I will be glad to. Just do us all a favor and do it soon. Kill yourself already.”

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“Boehner’s anti-gay turn threatens GOP”


MSNBC

By Bengy Sarlin

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Official portrait of United States House Speaker (R-Ohio). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Few voters would be surprised to learn Speaker John Boehner came out against a Senate bill banning discrimination against LGBT employees  For Republicans, that’s a problem.

On Monday night, the Senate voted to open debate on The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, overcoming a filibuster with 61 votes thanks to support from a handful of Republicans. Not a single Republican Senator delivered a speech opposing its passage. President Obama is campaigning for the bill in the run up to the final vote, which is expected later this week.

Politically, voting “yes” should be a no-brainer. While support for gay marriage only recently crossed into majority backing, the margin is overwhelming for workplace protection. Republican pollster Alex Lundry found 68% of respondents supported its passage in September. Not only that, about to 8 in 10 respondents assumed incorrectly that such anti-discrimination measures were already in place. Both these results track closely with an earlier poll by the liberal Center for American Progress in 2011.

But majority support, even overwhelming majority support, isn’t good enough for the House GOP on ENDA. Just as it isn’t good enough on immigration or keeping the government funded without incident.

“The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,” Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, said in a statement.

While not an entirely new position for Boehner, who has claimed in the past that existing employment laws provide sufficient protection for LGBT Americans, his renewed criticism means ENDA will likely not get a vote in the House this year.

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“LAST GAY STANDING”


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“Star Trek actor George Takei backs petition to move Sochi Games to Vancouver”


George Takei on “The Last Word (MSNBC)

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By Frank Luba

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VANCOUVER — Activist and actor George Takei, best known as helmsman Lt. Sulu in the original Star Trek series, is boldly going where tens of thousands have gone before, denouncing Russia’s anti-gay laws, calling instead for the 2014 Games to move to Vancouver from Sochi.

He’s the latest celebrity to weigh in on the Olympic controversy, endorsing a petition at Change.org that had garnered more than 55,000 supporters by Wednesday afternoon.

Russia “intends to enforce its laws against visiting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) athletes, trainers and fans, meaning anyone even so much as waving a rainbow flag (and I presume many men enthusiastically watching and dramatically commenting on figure skating) would be arrested, held for weeks and then deported,” he wrote in a blog post posted Tuesday.

“Given this position, the (International Olympic Committee) must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia.”

Takei noted Vancouver’s facilities are still in good condition and the city would be the easiest of possible alternatives. Moving the Games, he said, would be much better than a boycott — one of the options touted by some activists.

“A boycott of the games would punish athletes who have trained for years to participate, and a boycott of Russian vodka isn’t going to affect the kind of change needed,” he wrote.

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Lady Gaga attends The Rally during NYC Pride 2013 on June 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Lady Gaga attends The Rally during NYC Pride 2013 on June 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Pop star Lady Gaga is speaking out on Twitter against the anti-LGBT violence in Russia and the country’s ban on gay activism.

Activists around the world have been pressing the international community to help stop Russia’s anti-LGBT laws that prohibit the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.” Under the law, promoting gay pride or speeches, kissing or holding hands in public, or even being suspected of being gay could mean jail time for both citizens and tourists.

In messages posted to her feed Monday, Lady Gaga offered her support to gay and lesbian Russians.

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Protesters pour out vodka over anti-gay Russian laws

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