While gay athletes are often guarded when it comes to disclosing their status to the wider world, Ms. Bucsis is now speaking out, about her own sexual orientation and against the anti-gay rights law of Russia, host nation of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.
"Given our serious concerns with some of the recent laws that have been passed and restrictions on activity for gays and lesbians within Russia, we felt it was important to ensure that we were including their voices in a discussion with the President."
Just before we took off for Labor Day, but after Pat Robertson accused gay men in San Francisco of wearing rings to cut and infect unsuspecting people with AIDS, I wondered if prominent Christians would ever tell the insufferable bigot to stuff it. They are. And more need to join them.
They call themselves the NALT Christians, and Wednesday morning they quietly launched a video campaign with a controversial message: there is nothing anti-Biblical or inherently sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
According to a press release issued yesterday, Pride House International is calling on the International Olympic Committee to choose a host country for the 2020 Summer Olympics that respects and values LGBT rights.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a devout Catholic who has been public with his evolution on marriage equality, was confronted by a pastor of a local church on his stance and whether it was simply a ploy to garner more votes. That’s when Rudd got into his Holden sedan and went to town.
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for individual complaints filed by transgender immigrants held in U.S. federal immigration detention and processing facilities has yielded a total of 186 individuals since 2008.
The complaints of most of these people--169--are described in documents released by the U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) through the FOIA. Seventy of them allege sexual assault or rape and 34 reported being segregated in isolation for indeterminate periods of time. Harassment and assault also played a role in 24 of these cases.