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Compiled by Jim Becker

Friday, July 21, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-July 21

Report that Chechnya executed 27 including Gay men

Grozny, Chechnya - The Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta has reported that Chechen security forces executed 27 people on the night of January 26. Radio Free Europe (RFE) published an English-language summary of the story on July 9. While RFE did not explicitly identify the executed individuals as Gay, it linked the killings to the ongoing pogrom against Gay men in the Caucasian republic, which is part of the Russian Federation and is ruled by an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian LGBT Network corroborated the reports, noting that some of the names published by Novaya Gazeta were known to be members of the LGBT community.

Friday, July 07, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-July 7

Russians and Israelis like Trump but rest of world hates him

Washington, D.C. - The whole world hates Trump - with the exception of Russians and Israelis - according to a new Pew poll released June 27. The poll involved 40,447 respondents in 37 countries and was conducted from February 16 to May 8. Only 22% of the respondents said they had “confidence” in Trump, compared with the 64% who said the same about Barack Obama at the end of his term.

Friday, June 23, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation- June 23

Man drops case against Seattle mayor

Seattle, WA - Delvonn Heckard, the man who accused Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of paying him for sex when he was underage, has dropped his lawsuit against Murray. Heckard's attorney, Lincoln Beauregard, filed a motion to withdraw the complaint on June 13, and it was granted by a King County Superior Court. Beauregard filed the suit on Heckard's behalf in April. The suit was dismissed “without prejudice,” which means it can be filed again and Beauregard said his client would definitely do so after he completes his drug rehab program next year.

Friday, June 09, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation- June 9

Supreme Court suggests national age-of-consent of 16

Washington, D.C. – As reported by McClatchy DC Bureau, Juan Esquivel-Quintana was a legal permanent resident of the U.S. after legally emigrating from Mexico with his parents when he was 12. Then he had sex with his 16-year-old girlfriend when he was 20, went to jail and faced deportation back to Mexico. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed that decision May 31, allowing Esquivel-Quintana to remain in the U.S. after a series of failed appeals. He pleaded no contest to statutory rape in 2009, which under California law is defined as “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is more than three years younger than the perpetrator.” That would make it illegal for a person who is about to turn 18 to have sex with someone who just turned 21, the Supreme Court’s majority opinion pointed out. Because the sexual abuse of a minor is considered an aggravated felony, the Department of Homeland Security was seeking to have Esquivel-Quintana stripped of his citizenship and deported to Mexico.

Report US refuses visas for Gay Chechens fleeing violence

Moscow, Russia - The US State Department has refused to issue visas to Gay Chechens fleeing persecution in their country, according to Russian LGBT activists. The Russian-based organization LGBT Network says about 40 Chechens have escaped the wave of kidnapping, tortures, and murders that swept up more than 100 of their Gay countrymen and are now in hiding in other parts of Russia. They are unable to get the visas that would allow them to leave the country, LGBT Network spokesperson Svetlana Zakharova told BuzzFeed News.

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