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President Obama tells Jay Leno he has "no patience" for anti-LGBT laws ahead of Russian Olympics

President Obama shared with Jay Leno his frustration with anti-LGBT laws like those enacted in Russia just before the Sochi Winter Olympics. When asked about Russia's anti-gay law, the president responded, "I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them."

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All Out to deliver global petition denouncing anti-gay Russian crackdown

Staff and members of All Out will deliver a petition with more than 300,000 signatures to the International Olympic Committee. All Out will also provide a letter from British actor Stephen Fry and thousands of signatures from Athlete Ally supporters, including Four Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Athlete Ally Ambassador Greg Louganis and other former Olympians to the International Olympic Committee headquarters.

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Explaining away the Pope

Michael Sean Winters put up a good post today critiquing conservative Catholics for downplaying the significance of Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” remark about gays. In particular he singled out San Francisco Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, who interprets the remark along the lines of “love the sinner, hate the sin.

Religion News Service
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August 6, 2013

Lady Gaga to Russia: 'Why Didn't You Arrest Me When You Had the Chance?'

"Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia?... The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom... Why didn't you arrest me when you had the chance, Russia? Because you didn't want answer to the world?"

Towleroad
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August 6, 2013
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Editorial: Who am I to judge?

He’s not our spiritual leader, of course, but the brief remarks by Pope Francis suggesting that he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation could serve as a humble lesson for the Jewish community, as well.

The Jewish Daily Forward
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August 6, 2013

Writer sees growing gay acceptance among Mormons

Jerry Argetsinger never felt a twinge of tension between being gay and being Mormon. Last week, he unveiled “Latter-Gay Saints: An Anthology of Gay Mormon Fiction,” which he edited with Jeff Laver of Salt Lake City and Johnny Townsend of Seattle.

The book features 25 short stories and four plays, each work exploring how it felt to be gay in families, or at church, or on missions.

Religion News Service
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August 6, 2013

Op-ed: Striking Olympic gold

Imagine this: it’s the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. A huge television event, watched the world over. The American Olympians join the proud march of nations. They’re our emissaries, our exemplars. And as the television cameras zoom in on Team U.S.A., one of its members quietly pulls out a rainbow flag, no bigger than a handkerchief, and holds it up. Not ostentatiously high, but just high enough that it can’t be mistaken. Another American follows suit. Then another, and another.

The New York Times
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August 6, 2013

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