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Compiled by Jim Becker

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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation- May 12

Trump reissues so called “religious freedom” executive order

Washington, D.C. - An executive order signed by Donald Trump on May 4 will make it easier for churches to get involved in politics and for employers to deny reproductive health coverage to their employees, but it does not include language explicitly endorsing discrimination against LGBT Americans. Trump's so-called “Executive Order on Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” was issued on May 4, designated as the National Day of Prayer, as a nod to Christian conservatives who promoted his candidacy.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-April 28

Do gay men have more casual sex, and if so, why?

Philadelphia, PA - Apps like Grindr and Scruff have become the gold standard for men to meet men. These apps, and others like it, use geo-locational technology to connect users to other men currently logged onto the app within a certain physical range, creating easy opportunities to both meet and hook up with new guys. It is generally understood that Grindr, Scruff and the like are used for casual sex. But why are these apps seemingly reserved for gay men? What about a hookup app for lesbians or for straight people? Certainly, Tinder is the closest thing to a hookup app for non-gay men but it absolutely falls short of being a full-fledged hookup app. Surely, gay men aren’t the only group of people who want to engage in casual sex. In fact, much research shows that men and women, regardless of sexual orientation, choose to have casual sex (just for the sake of it) at roughly the same rate. But — and this is a very distinctive but — biological differences between men and women seem to be the cause of differences in hooking up habits.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-April 14

Gay men being tortured and murdered in Chechnya

Grozny, Chechnya – Detainees in Chechen prisons allege that gay men are being tortured and murdered within the facilities. Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper, reported that detainees told them Chechen police rounded up more than 100 men suspected to be gay and have killed at least three of them. According to the early April report, some detainees said the men were tortured and electrocuted while they were imprisoned, and others described seeing prisoners beaten to death.

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