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GLAAD is working to keep global attention to the anti-LGBT laws and actions in Russia.
The Russian Duma has passed an "anti-propaganda" law, which outlaws speaking favorably about LGBT people, holding a rainbow flag, holding hands, or even the simple act of coming out.
Further, a law has been proposed that would remove children from parents accused of being gay.
A Vietnamese LGBT organization may potentially be blocked from the Tet Parade, Orange County's annual Lunar New Year celebration, scheduled in February.
Olympic diver Tom Daley came out and said he is dating a man in a YouTube video. There's been a ton of support following the announcement, even from some famous faces. Tom responded to the support on Twitter and said:
Most health insurance policies and programs, including New York State Medicaid, specifically exclude transgender people from accessing care. This doesn't have to be the case for trans and gender non-conforming New Yorkers, especially those who are low-income and qualify for Medicaid.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) outlaws workplace discrimination on the basis of race, skin color, religion, sex, and national origin. The ENDA bill introduced in congress would extend this law to include sexual orientation and gender identity, making it illegal to refuse to hire or promote, fire, or harass an employee based on these qualities.
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When theology professor H. Adam Ackley announced that he is transgender, Azusa Pacific University asked him to resign from his position. Professor Ackely is still teaching, and students have rallied support for their teacher.
One student has started a Change.org petition, demanding that the school put in protections for transgender students and faculty.
UPDATE: After a remarkable worldwide campaign by consumers and LGBT activists to boycott his family's pasta company, Guido Barilla has issued a second apology via video on the company's website. Claiming to be "depressed and saddened" by the reaction to his words and pledging to meet with organizations that "best represent the evolution of the family" in the coming weeks to learn how to better approach these issues, Barilla has clearly recognized the financial cost of homophobia.