July 22, 2011 |
President Obama signed a certification order Friday clearing the way for gays to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces this fall. Congress voted last December to rescind the "don't ask, don't tell" law, but delayed ending the ban until top Pentagon officials and the president could certify that the change would not adversely affect the military. In a statement, Obama said that today's action comes after "extensive training of our military personnel" and the certification from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Michael Mullen "that our military is ready for repeal.
February 20, 2014 |
DOUALA, Cameroon - For Cameroonian Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, being gay came with a prison sentence, and ultimately, a death sentence. A few weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to Jean-Claude, my dear friend and client. He died at the age of 35 in his home village of Ngoumou due to complications from a hernia he developed while in prison that never got proper treatment. Jean-Claude was imprisoned after he sent a text message to another man, which read: "I think I am very much in love with you. " In Cameroon, because of homophobic laws that were personally championed by President Paul Biya, that was enough to be considered a criminal offense, punishable with time in prison.
March 27, 2014 |
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - When South African airport officials threatened to send Dr. Paul Semugoma back to his native Uganda, he shook with fear. Semugoma, an outspoken gay activist, was determined to remain in this country, where he has lived for two years, rather than be sent back to one of Africa's most homophobic countries. Held by immigration officers after returning to South Africa with an expired visa, he was allowed to stay only after an outcry from human rights groups mindful of new legislation in Uganda calling for life in prison for those who engage in repeated acts of gay sex. The harshness of the law signed days later by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni - and similar strictures in more than three dozen African nations - is triggering a profound reaction in Africa.
August 18, 2009 |
In January, a video began circulating on cellphones in Baghdad showing men dancing provocatively with one another at a party. At the time, many Iraqis considered the video a sign of how much life in Iraq had normalized, an indication of new freedoms. But activists and some gays in Baghdad say the video instead served as a trigger for a systematic campaign of persecution and killings of gays by Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias. The Iraqi LGBT, a London-based group that supports lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in Iraq, says it has documented 87 killings in Iraq so far this year related to anti-gay sentiments, including six in the last two weeks.
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June 20, 2013 |
It's really worth watching the heartfelt speech that Alan Manning Chambers gave Wednesday as he announced the demise of Exodus International , the controversial Christian ministry founded 38 years ago in Anaheim to - as one often hears - "pray away the gay. " Chambers, who has led the Orlando, Fla.-based group for 11 years, said he thinks the church is becoming a more welcoming place for gays, and that Exodus, founded as a...
July 25, 1993
"Don't ask, don't tell" ("Clinton Eases Ban on Gays," July 20). We called it "hide and seek." LES LONG Los Angeles
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February 4, 1993
Given the current controversies over who should be allowed in combat, the military should think about integrating women and gays into a single combat unit. NANCY PRICE Los Angeles
June 28, 1998
Re Sen. Trent Lott's comparison of gays to kleptomaniacs and alcoholics: Lott should loosen his Bible Belt a notch or two. It obviously is impeding the flow of oxygen to his brain. STEVE TURNBULL, Santa Monica
February 26, 2014 |
Delta Air Lines has denounced legislation that would permit businesses to cite religion in refusing to serve gays, saying proposals in Georgia and Arizona would cause “significant harm” and “result in job losses.” The company, which is Atlanta's largest employer and one of the biggest private companies in Georgia, joins the likes of Apple, American Airlines and Marriott in opposing such measures. Arizonans are awaiting Gov. Jan Brewer's decision on whether to sign or veto legislation that would bolster business owners' rights to cite their religion as a defense in discrimination lawsuits.
December 18, 2013 |
As anyone who's watched even a few minutes of A&E's reality hit "Duck Dynasty" can tell you, Phil Robertson is a pretty conservative guy. But in an interview published in January's GQ Magazine , the duck call inventor and Roberston family patriarch goes on record with comments about the sinfulness of gays and black people under Jim Crow that are about as forward-thinking as his Old Testament facial hair. In the profile, an unedited Robertson...