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Homophobic letters threaten violence against lesbian couple refusing to “reconvert”

Canada may have pioneered their LGBT rights movement long before the rest of the world caught on, but it doesn’t mean the country doesn’t have their fair share of bigots.

Kim Renders, a Queen’s University teacher, HuffPo blogger, and proud lesbian, arrived at her Kingston, Ontario home last Friday to find a rather aggressive and unprovoked letter in the mail. Addressed to the “lesbian bitches” at her address, the harassing five-paragraph letter demands that she and her partner leave the city under threat of physical violence.

Queerty
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July 22, 2013
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Cameroon Blasts Reporting of Gay Activist's Death

Cameroon lashed out at the media on Friday for its reporting on the recent killing of a prominent gay activist and warned that future "provocative commentary" on the case would be illegal.

In the first official response to the killing of Eric Ohena Lembembe, government spokesman Issa Tchiroma said in a statement that journalists had engaged in "speculation and witch-hunting" in their coverage of the case, which has drawn expressions of concern from the U.S., France, Britain and the U.N.

ABC News
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July 20, 2013
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The IRS's gay-marriage tax problem

Now that the justices have struck down DOMA, gays can look forward to equality under U.S. tax laws. That is, just as soon as the Internal Revenue Service can figure out how to make equality happen.

Business Week
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July 19, 2013
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Violence-plagued city in Mexico elects first gay mayor

Voters in Fresnillo, in northern Mexico’s violence-plagued Zacatecas state, have elected a new mayor. Benjamín Medrano Quezada will become Mexico’s first openly gay mayor when he is sworn into office.

Box Turtle Bulletin
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July 19, 2013
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Jewish ex-gay group faces suit for consumer fraud

A month after the nation’s leading Christian “ex-gay” group apologized and announced plans to close, a similar Jewish group is facing a first-of-its-kind lawsuit for consumer fraud. On Friday (July 19) the New Jersey Superior Court will hear arguments in the lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center against the group Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing.

Washington Post
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July 19, 2013

Be killed or be caged?

For LGBT people of color or those from low-income backgrounds, there are seemingly two choices when faced with a violent situation: take the harm lying down, or fight back and face time behind bars.

The Advocate
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July 19, 2013
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