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Undocumented Activists Follow LGBT Tactics

In recent years, a growing number of young undocumented activists, many of whom are also part of the LGBT community, have blended the “coming out” philosophy into the immigration-reform movement and are talking openly about their status as undocumented immigrants to humanize the issue.

National Journal
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July 24, 2012

Opening his D.C. church to all, including HIV-positive people

Paper fans fluttered and tambourines jingled during the opening hymns of Inner Light Ministries’ Sunday service. July heat had crept into the small, wood-paneled sanctuary early, and the pews were packed.

The church was celebrating its 19th anniversary and honoring its founder, Bishop Rainey Cheeks, who has entered his 30th year in ministry.

Washington Post
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July 24, 2012

Panama's Boy Scouts Also Close Door to Gay People

Panama's National Scouts' Association has adopted a policy to prohibit gay people from being scouts or scout leaders, and in addition, a representative of the organization has said that it plans to "help" change the sexual orientation of those who are gay. Meanwhile, Costa Rica's Scouts' association has affirmed its respect for the sexual orientation of all its members.

Notimex (via El Diario la Prensa)
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July 20, 2012

New "Back of the Line" Report Highlights HIV Epidemic Among Black Gay Men

Black gay men in the United States are at the highest risk of contracting HIV of any people in the world, according to a new report released by Black AIDS Institute. And with a 60 percent chance of being infected by age 40, inadequate access to health care and resources as well as a lack of institutional attention to black gay men, not risky behavior, are to blame.

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South Africans Protest Anti-LGBT Violence on Nelson Mandela's Birthday

Freedom lovers around the world celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday, but thousands of LGBT South Africans used the day to highlight the continued discrimination and a rising wave of hate crimes sweeping the country. From the article: "Connecting to Mandela’s 67 years of public service, advocates held 67-minute protests throughout the nation and called upon the African National Congress to take a more affirmative stance against homophobia."

Queerty.com
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July 19, 2012

Florida lieutenant gov: ‘Black women who look like me’ aren’t lesbians

Facing allegations of a sexual liaison with a female aide, Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll offered a novel defense this weekend: black women who look like her aren’t gay.

From Tampa Bay’s News 9:

Lt. Governor Carroll made the comments Saturday in Orange Park, at the opening of a campaign office for Mitt Romney.

Carletha Cole claims she walked in on a sexual encounter between Carroll and Carroll’s travel aide, Beatriz Ramos. Cole worked as an administrative assistant to Carroll. Cole is a grandmother and a minister.

The Grio
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July 17, 2012

Atlanta: 3 Sentenced In Attack On Gay Man

It was a violent attack caught on videotape and posted online for those across the country to see: Four men shouting anti-gay slurs as they beat another man outside a southwest Atlanta convenience store.

Atlanta , Police Department Dareal Damare Williams is wanted for his alleged part in the Feb. 4 robbery and attack on Brandon White outside an Atlanta store.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Dorian Moragne, 19, is one of three men police have been seeking for allegedly beating Brandon White, an attack captured on video and posted on the Internet

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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July 16, 2012

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