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In a policy change, gay men will be allowed to freely donate blood in Israel, reports Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Under the new procedure announced Wednesday by the Health Ministry and Magen David … more
North Park University, a Christian institution in Chicago, has suspended its campus pastor after the school's affiliated church removed her credentials for performing a same-sex wedding ceremony, … more
The LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested 29-year-old Kevyn Ramirez Thursday night as a suspect in the murder of Viccky Gutierrez, a transgender client and friend of the Transgender Latin@ Coalition. … more
In late December, there was a slew of murders of lesbian Black women, but advocates for the LGBTQ community say they haven’t received enough attention from the national media. Kaladaa Crowell … more
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12) along with 25 other State Representatives recently sent a letter to Governor Wolf urging him to rescind the policy update that provides for Pennsylvania birth certificates … more
Deep in Central Pennsylvania's Amish country, Tait Towers designs live sets for the world's biggest music acts. Its aim? To make rock stars’ visions come alive. more
The City University of New York School of Law has teamed up with Madre, a New York-based women’s rights group, and the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq to petition the International … more
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor announced a study showed 80% of Pennsylvania adults strongly favor a statewide program to guarantee access to paid family and medical leave. The report … more
Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, published an article on “traditional values” as “a potent weapon against LGBT rights” in countries that were formerly … more
Antoun Issa, senior editor at the Middle East Institute, wrote at Huffington Post about the politics behind Egypt’s anti-LGBT crackdown. Issa wrote: All of Egypt’s anti-LGBT campaigns are repetitive in content and application. Government, media, and religious bodies coordinate efforts to publicly expose and humiliate LGBT citizens, raids are made on LGBT-friendly venues, while authorities emphasize their moral justification in the crackdown. And they almost always serve a political purpose—this time is no exception. In Egypt’s current climate, the targeting of the LGBT community is part of a wider crackdown on political activism and civil society that has been ongoing under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. On the broader scale, the persecution of Egypt’s LGBT community is a rule out of an old playbook among Arab regimes: espouse a conservative social policy, particularly on matters of gender and sexuality, to appease Islamic sensibilities and maintain “religious” legitimacy. more
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