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Egyptian police have arrested seven young men in the country’s newest crackdown on LGBT people. Inciting “debauchery,” a pro-Egyptian regime television outlet, Youm7, aired the arrest of the seven by declaring it the arrest of “perverts” and “transsexuals.” The network described the entrapment used by the police to arrest the men. The police allegedly used fake Web sites and arranged to meet the seven at a venue in Giza to then go to an apartment. Instead, they were arrested. [StarObserver]
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The best part of the “eat local” trend is discovering a city with incredible regional ingredients. In Halifax, Nova Scotia, diners enjoy an embarrassment of riches, thanks to the region’s especially fertile and productive growing season, and the bold restaurateurs who take full advantage of Atlantic Canada’s best.
In this island province, seafood is of course the star attraction. It’s often so fresh that your fish, lobster, oyster, or other marine delicacy may have been pulled from the bay just hours before. Local chefs complement their prized seafood with well-suited herbs, vegetables, grains, as well as wines and craft brews unique to Nova Scotia. They also excel at making old-favorite dishes their own. Who knew there could be so many delicious versions of poutine or chowder?
Gay-friendly Halifax enthusiastically celebrates its Pride every July, but the rest of the year this midsize city is awash in its pride of food sourced from farms, fisheries, foragers, and small-batch producers. While you’re here, you’ll happily devour some of the tastiest food and creatively prepared dishes that we had the pleasure of experiencing during a recent visit.
Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…
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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – AUGUST 18: An empty State Supreme Court Chamber of the Nebraska State Capitol building on August 18, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska
Today Federal District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued an injunction against Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality, requiring all state officials to treat same-sex couples equally for the purposes of marriage effective March 9. In Waters v. Ricketts, the ACLU sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples, arguing last month that Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. HRC congratulates the ACLU and the courageous plaintiffs who made this victory possible.
With oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States just weeks away, the national drumbeat for marriage equality continues with this new ruling. A recent poll by the Human Rights Campaign revealed that, for the first time, a full 60 percent of Americans support the right of same-sex couples to legally marry.
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Facebook will now allow users to add their own description beyond the pre-set options to accurately describe their gender identity. Users can also control with whom they share their gender identity, an important safety and privacy feature.
The change builds on the “Custom Gender” option introduced last year by Facebook, which provides users a list of more than 50 gender identities they can choose from to describe themselves while building their online profile at the site. The feature will now include a free-form field in which individuals who use Facebook in US English can self-identify with their own words.
“Facebook’s new free-form field for gender identity is a huge step forward for transgender, gender nonconforming and gender queer youth,” said GLSEN Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard. “The Internet is an essential source of resources, support and community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, and one of its most important ‘living rooms’ now better reflects their reality and self-understanding.”
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Civil rights lawyer Roberta Kaplan and Edie Windsor have released a new video that urges every marriage equality supporter to read and sign “The People’s Brief.” The HRC-released brief demands that the time for marriage equality in the United States is now, and it has already been signed by over 100,000 people. The brief will be delivered to the Supreme Court of the United States before their expected ruling on gay and lesbian marriage in April.
Click here to sign the brief, and watch the video after the jump…
Categories: Gay Marriage civil rights, Edie Windsor, equal rights, gay experts, gay rights, gay travel, hrc, marriage equality, people's brief, Roberta Kaplan, SCOTUS, supreme court
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The nation’s first openly bisexual governor has officially been sworn in. Liberal Democrat Kate Brown has replaced the now-disgraced governor of Oregon John Kitzhaber who stepped down after facing federal and state corruption charges. The 54-year-old took the oath of office at Oregon’s House of Representatives in Salem. “Oregon has been in the national news for all the wrong reasons. That changes, starting today,” said Brown. “It’s time for us to get back to work. It’s time to move Oregon forward.” [Yahoo]
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A Catholic gay-rights group from the US says that the Vatican gave them the VIP treatment when they received an audience with Pope Francis. New Ways Ministry promotes the inclusion of LGBT persons and their co-founder, Sister Jeannine Gramick, sees their inclusion in a papal audience, in VIP seats no less, as a sign of the church’s changing ways. “This is a sign of movement that’s due to the Francis effect,” said Sister Gramick.
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In previous years, the group has been ignored by both Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul, this year, though, a US bishop and a Vatican official backed their request to sit in a front section that’s usually reserved for dignitaries and special groups. In a symbolic gesture, as the Pope past the group, they sang the hymn “All Are Welcome.” [Reuters
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The Lunar New Year in China sees more than 700 million migrant workers returning home to celebrate with their families, for many in China’s LGBT community, returning home is met with reluctance and fear. A new video from PFLAG China hopes to highlight families that have embraced their LGBT children and assuage the fear for queer people returning home.
Check it out after the jump…
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Alibaba, China’s largest shopping platform, has thrown their weight behind gay and lesbian marriage by launching a Valentine’s Day contest in which ten lucky same-sex Chinese couples can win a trip to California to get married. The contest, which first appeared on Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace (like eBay) has the website’s users voting for their favorite couples. Visitors can look through short videos of the couples that explains how they met and why they want to get married. The winning ten couples will be that brought to the US thanks to a bedding company called Bliss. There is no recognition of same-sex marriage in China, but the tech firms celebration of marriage equality is seen as a major step for the country’s LGBT population.
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