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Candidate Disparages Gay People in Paraguay, Stirring Dispute

Horacio Cartes, the tobacco magnate and front-runner for months in Paraguay’s presidential election on Sunday, has set off a fierce controversy here after publicly comparing gay people to “monkeys” and likening the support of same-sex marriage to believing in “the end of the world.”

The New York Times
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April 18, 2013

4 Accused of Anti-Gay Attack in France

France's Interior Ministry says four people have been detained on suspicion of carrying out an attack at a Lille gay bar, amid nationwide tensions over a bill legalizing gay marriage.

Associated Press
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April 18, 2013
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GLAAD Launches PSA Campaign Created by Brett Ratner asking for Allies to 'Come Out for Equality'

GLAAD today officially launched a new public service announcement campaign helmed by director Brett Ratner. The GLAAD 'Coming Out for Equality' PSA series features a diverse group of straight celebrities and athletes "coming out of the closet" as supporters of equality and calling for other Americans to speak out. Visit glaad.org/ally to join the #AllyNetwork and take action for LGBT equality and watch featured PSAs and resources to help make your community a safe and supportive space.

South Dakota College Student's Open Letter to the Church About Marriage Equality Goes Viral

Dannika Nash, a junior at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, started blogging two months ago. On April 7th, after attending a Macklemore concert, she published her third post, “An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation,” and got 2,377 more comments than she expected. The letter has since gained national attention and has been reposted to dozens of websites.

Gay therapy is not just sticks and stones

Initially I believed a law, by itself, is not the most efficient means of protecting the public from scientifically unproven “treatments.” Simply passing laws might create the erroneous impression that everything that needs to be done has been done and distract from needed efforts to educate oversight bodies. Licensing boards, regulatory agencies and ethics committees of professional organizations are often woefully unfamiliar with the harm caused by conversion therapies.

New Jersey Star-Ledger
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April 17, 2013

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