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Lansing, Michigan’s City Council Asks Mayor to Sever Ties with St. Petersburg, Russia Over Gay Discrimination

July 19th, 2013 Comments off
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A petition is calling on Lansing, Michigan’s mayor and the city council to reevaluate its sister-city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia as a result of the country’s anti-gay propaganda law. Lansing, on the other hand, has strong anti-LGBT discrimination policies in place and the sister-city relationship stands in strong contrast to what the city stands for. First Ward City Councilwoman Jody Washington urged the council to reevaluate the policy in a meeting this week. “I’m asking that we get a report as to the standing of this,” Washington said at Monday’s council meeting. “I think we have no business…(being) sister cities with a city that would tolerate such human rights violations.” She added: “I would like to see what the (Bernero) administration plans on doing and to notify St. Petersburg that we will not tolerate this…We in Lansing pride ourselves on being an all-inclusive city.”

A report from Mayor Virg Bernero is expected next week to evaluate the cities’ relationships. [MLive]



Don’t Say Gay Law Proposed Again in Tennessee

January 31st, 2013 Comments off
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New proposed legislation in Tennessee would require schools to notify parents if their children are openly gay in the classroom. Senator Stacey Campfield proposed a “Don’t say gay” bill, which would ban any sort of teaching on gay issues, back in 2011. Now the senator of Knoxville is proposing that school counselors, nurses, and even the principal can inform parents of their child’s actions. Campfield said the “act of homosexuality” is dangerous to a child’s health and safety. The senator also said he has great confidence of this legislation passing. []

Republican Lawmaker Comes Out, Asks Others to Withdraw Support of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

May 4th, 2012 Comments off

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On Wednesday, Republican Missouri House member Zachary Wyatt came out and encouraged lawmakers to withdraw support on the controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill (HB2051 which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation in public schools).

The Associated Press reported that Rep. Zachary Wyatt, a 27-year-old cattle farmer from the rural northern Missouri town of Novinger, said the legislation motivated him to reveal his sexual orientation publicly for the first time.

“I will not lie to myself anymore about my own sexuality,” Wyatt said during a news conference at the state Capitol. “I am still the same person that I was when I woke up this morning and I will be the same person when I go to bed tonight. Today I ask you to stand with me as a proud Republican, a proud veteran and a proud gay man who wants to protect all kids addressing bullying in our schools.”

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Gay & Lesbian Activists Arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia

May 1st, 2012 Comments off

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May Day in Russia has resulted in the arrest of 17 LGBT activists in St. Petersburg who were marching down Nevsky prospect in a civil rights and freedom march while carrying rainbow flags. From Coming Out St. Petersburg:

This year’s May 1st march is a peaceful demonstration, permitted by the city administration. LGBT activists were marching as part of a larger “democratic” column, consisting of various democratic and civil society groups of St. Petersburg. Five minutes into the march, police requested removal of rainbow flags. When activists refused, they were forcefully detained and are now facing charges of “propaganda of homosexuality” and non-compliance with the police. One activist was detained for holding a sign “homophobia is illegal.”

17 activists are still being held by the police. Among those detained are Igor Kochetkov, chairman of the Russian LGBT Network, Mikhail Belodedov of Coming Out, Sergey Kondrashov, lawyer and straight ally, and Elena Popova, director of St. Petersburg organization “Soldier’s mothers”, defending rights of draftees.


On March 30 the “homosexual propaganda” law went into effect in St. Petersburg, imposing administrative fines on the so-called “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism, and pedophilia” to minors. On April 7th activists were arrested for holding signs “no to silencing of hate crimes against gays and lesbians” and “our family friend is a lesbian, her family is socially equal to ours” and charged with propaganda and non-compliance with police. One activist was found guilty of non-compliance, but the propaganda charge was ignored by the court. As of today, there have been no convictions by the court under this law in St. Petersburg.

When asked, Russian authorities stated numerous times that the “propaganda law” was intended only to protect minors and not for limiting LGBT human rights activity.

Missouri’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Faces Opposition

April 26th, 2012 Comments off

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Missouri’s “Don’t Say Gay” House Bill (HB 2051),  which was referred to committee last week by Republicans sponsors, has come under fire by educators, doctors, and fellow politicians. The bill, proposed by Representative Steve Cookson, seeks to prohibit the discussion of sexual orientation in public school instruction, material, or extracurricular activity except in scientific instruction on human reproduction. The state’s largest teachers organization, the Missouri National Educators Association, states that HB 2051 would greatly hold back educator’s efforts to prevent bullying in the public schools. Keep reading after the jump…

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‘Don’t Say Gay Bill’ Passes Tennessee House Committee

April 18th, 2012 Comments off

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While LGBT people everywhere are up in arms over the passage of the gay propaganda law in St. Petersburg, Russia, a similarly sinister law is continuing to gain strength right here in the United States. The Don’t Say Gay Bill, as it’s come to be called, already passed be the state Senate last year, now cleared a House eduction committee who moved the piece of legislation forward. Passage in the House will place even more pressure on middle and elementary school teachers to not talk about gay people and the contributions they have made to making this country great. From the Tennessean:

Some Republican leaders have questioned the need for House Bill 229, which prevents the teaching of alternative lifestyles, noting that it is already illegal under state law to teach sex education in grades K-8. House Education Chairman Richard Montgomery, R-Sevierville, voted against the measure, but it passed on an 8-7 vote and goes to the calendar committee before a floor vote. Bill sponsor Rep. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, and others argued that outside groups and some teachers slip those conversations in, and the bill serves as an accountability reminder.

‘Gay is Normal’ Sign-Holding Protestors Arrested in St. Petersburg

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

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Two demonstrators holding signs that said “Gay is Normal” were recently arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia. They were the first to be arrested under St. Petersburg’s new anti-gay propaganda law. According to The St. Petersburg Times:

Alexei Kiselyov and Kirill Nepomnyashy were arrested outside the Palace of Youth Creativity holding signs bearing the words, “Gay is normal,” police told Interfax. Police said the pair was conducting so-called one-man pickets (which do not require City Hall approval) meaning that they were not standing together or yelling slogans.

Under a St. Petersburg law that took effect last month, anyone found guilty of promoting homosexuality among minors is to be fined from 5,000 to 500,000 rubles. The law has been condemned by domestic and international human rights advocates and gay activists, and by Western governments.


Saint Petersburg Passes “Gay Censorship” Law

March 1st, 2012 Comments off

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The unbelievable has been done: Russia’s second largest city, Saint Petersburg has passed a “gay censorship” law after months of controversy, petitions, and public hearings. The bill was passed by the Saint Petersburg city council on February 29, where gays were described as “subhuman,” and now the only thing that is stopping the bill from becoming law is the governor’s signature.

On February 28, hundreds hit the streets in Paris, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and New York City, too, to call out the censorship law that would impose stiff fines for any promotion of homosexuality, unfortunately international outcry didn’t work.

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