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  • U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to promote LGBT rights worldwide - TRFN
    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced on Thursday a bill to protect and promote the rights of the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The International Human Rights Defense Act, spearheaded by Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California, both Democrats, would ...

  • U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to promote LGBT rights worldwide
    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced on Thursday a bill to protect and promote the rights of the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The International Human Rights Defense Act, spearheaded by Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California, both Democrats, would ...

  • Marriage Isn't Everything—Here Are the LGBT Civil Rights Battles That Still Need to be Fought
    Champagne bottles popped across the country this month when the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would review gay marriage cases from four states and take up the marriage equality debate on a national level—just gaining traction with the high court is a major moment in the civil rights movement for LGBT equality. While the justices' decision may put to rest one aspect of the fight for LGBT ...

  • It does get better for LGBT and questioning youth
    In a multi-year study of LGBTQ youth, researchers found that being the victim of bullying and other abuse was linked to psychological distress, but both distress and victimization decreased as the adolescents grew up. “I think we should be very happy that it does get better, but I think it’s important not to forget victimization is important and happens very early,” said Michelle Birkett, the ...

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Honored by LGBT-Advocacy Group
    GLAAD praises Inquisition's "many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game."

  • LGBT health concerns need special attention: experts
    By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities have their own specific needs when it comes to health and medicine, according to experts. Yet LGBT people often avoid seeking medical care because they're afraid they might face discrimination or that doctors might not understand their special health needs, said Barbara Warren, an expert on LGBT ...

  • Indian state slams plan for centers to make LGBT youths 'normal'
    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The chief minister of the Indian beach state of Goa on Tuesday slammed plans by his youth affairs minister to set up treatment centers for young lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people(LGBT), a move that had enraged activists. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Ramesh Tawadkar's plan to set up centers providing treatment ...

  • Homosexuality a natural gift, says Goa CM Parsekar
    Meanwhile, facing flak for his comments on the need to cure LGBT youth, Goa's Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar claimed he was misquoted by the media.

  • Should Telling Your LGBT Child 'It's Just a Phase' Be a Crime?
    Transgender teen Leelah Alcorn didn’t commit suicide by stepping in front of that tractor trailer last month—she was metaphorically pushed by her unaccepting parents. That’s what Dan Savage and other LGBT advocates are saying in their call for criminal charges, from child abuse to reckless endangerment, to be filed against Alcorn's parents.

  • LGBT-owned businesses get diversity boost
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As a Mexican-American woman who started her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, accountant Sonia Luna has taken advantage of programs aimed at helping minority- and women-owned businesses compete for government and corporate contracts. But increasingly, the fact that Luna also is a lesbian entrepreneur hasn't hurt either.

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