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Compiled by Jim Becker

Friday, January 19, 2018

LGBTQ News Compilation-January 19

Book discredits Sandusky case built on recovered memories

Berkley, CA – In a review of the book The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast, on Skeptic.com, Frederick Crews, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley, succinctly summarizes the books thesis that the conviction was truly a rush to judgement based largely on the now completely discredited theory of recovered memory.

Friday, January 05, 2018

LGBTQ News Compilation-January 5

Some notable people who came out in 2017

Charlotte, NC - This past year, more personalities stepped out into the light and professed their sexual orientation. From pop stars to athletes, the rainbow got a little bit larger with them included. Here are some of those faces in the news. Aaron Carter, onetime child pop sensation, who ruled the airwaves at age 12 with his hit single “I Want Candy” (2000), came out as bisexual in an emotional Twitter post in August. After living with his sexuality “weighing on my chest for nearly half of my life,” he wrote. Alia Shawkat, the 28-year-old actress, best known as droll rebel Maeby Funke in cult favorite “Arrested Development,” has come a long way since her portrayal of an adolescent in love with her own cousin. Shawkat discussed gender, sexuality and gravitating toward queer roles with Out magazine, saying: “Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor.”

Friday, December 22, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-December 22

US Senate confirms 3 anti-gay men to courts of appeal

Washington, D.C. - Last week, the United States Senate confirmed three nominees to the federal bench with proven and extensive anti-LGBT records: Leonard Steven Grasz to the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, Don Willett to the 5th Circuit, and James Ho to the 5th Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee also progressed with the nomination of anti-LGBT crusader Matthew Kacsmaryk to the US District Court of the Northern District of Texas and is expected to vote soon on the nomination of fellow anti-LGBT crusader Kyle Duncan for the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Lambda Legal, along with dozens of LGBT groups and civil rights organizations, has opposed Grasz's, Willett's, Kacsmaryk's, and Duncan's nominations. Lambda also expressed grave concerns about the nomination of James Ho to the 5th Circuit and his ability to give a fair hearing to LGBT Americans in light of his history of advocating against their right to equal protection of their relationships and families under the law.

Friday, December 08, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-December 8

Canadian PM apologizes to LGBT community for wrongs

Ottawa, Canada - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to his country's LGBT community in an emotional speech to parliament on November 28. “Today, we offer a long overdue apology to all those whom we, the Government of Canada, wronged,” the prime minister said. “We are sorry. We hope by acknowledging our failings we can make the crucial progress LGBTQ2 people in Canada deserve. We will continue to support each other in our fight for equality because we know that Canada gets stronger every single day that we choose to embrace diversity.”

Saturday, November 25, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-November 24

Three HIV advances to celebrate on World AIDS Day

Charlotte, NC - As World AIDS Day approaches on December 1 each year, there is as always much work to be done, but there is also cause for celebration. Each year it seems we get closer to the ultimate goal of controlling and eradicating this global epidemic that first began making headlines over 30 years ago. Three historic firsts are among the victories that can be celebrated this year:

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