LGBT News Roundup: 07.24.12

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Serbia Becomes a Hub for Sex-Change Surgery

Twenty years ago, newspapers here jeered that transsexuality was an act against God. Today, people are coming from around the world to Serbia for sex change operations, which are now subsidized for Serbs by national health insurance.

Creve Coeur Passes LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

The Creve Coeur City Council unanimously passed an ordinance, July 23 that includes nondiscrimination protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in employment, housing, and public accommodations. 

Ukraine Bill Proposes Prison for Positive Gay Depictions

If a group of Ukrainian lawmakers succeeds in its mission, television shows and movies like “Brokeback Mountain” that sympathetically portray gay men and lesbians will be banned. So will gay pride parades.

LGBT activists mobilize in Queensland

Queenslanders for Equality launched in response to the state government’s repeal of same-sex couples rights.

HBO’s ‘Vito’ remembers gay rights pioneer Vito Russo

Less than a month after Entertainment Weekly devoted a cover story to how gay actors today have a fairly easy time coming out of the closet, HBO remembers a largely forgotten maverick who attacked homophobia head-on four decades ago in “Vito,” a documentary premiering Monday, July 23.

Out True Blood star Jessica Clark

This British-born actress is as smart as she is beautiful; listen to what she has to say about being an out woman of color in Hollywood.

TCA: Group targets gay-themed show

One of NBC’s shows is already getting attention, but some might not deem it the kind of attention a new show might crave: Ryan Murphy’s (“American Horror Story,” “Glee”) “The New Normal” has drawn fire from the conservative action group One Million Moms because it’s about a gay male couple who engage a young woman to act as a surrogate to carry their child.

HIV Infections Rising in Young Gay Men in Urban US

Despite decades of prevention efforts, HIV continues to increase among young gay men in urban areas, and most of these men are unaware they are infected, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

US religious right presses anti-gay laws in Africa

Conservative U.S. Christian groups are setting up fronts in Africa to fight for anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation to promote their fundamentalist convictions, a report by a Boston research group said Tuesday.

An Olympic Ban of Nations With Anti-Gay Policies Is a Terrible Idea

An Olympic ban would affect no policy change and would only serve to hurt the athletes, some of whom are gay, who have trained so hard for so many years.

What the London Grindr Outage Shows Us About Gay City Life

This week, news came that East London had experienced a total outage of the gay dating app Grindr right when masses of athletes started arriving in the area’s Olympic Village.

Jerusalem man detained over death threats at gay pride film screening

WATCH: Israel Police deployed after local residents yell threats, including, ‘We will burn you’ and ‘You deviants are making Jerusalem impure.’

‘Republicans United for Marriage’ Seeks to Change GOP Views on Gay Marriage in Maine

As the November vote on changing the definition of marriage approaches in Maine, as it does in a number of other states, a group of local Republicans has come out in support of same sex-marriage by insisting that it should not be viewed as a political issue.

Mike Huckabee Calls For National ‘Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day’

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and Fox News host, has had enough of what he called the “vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry” aimed at Chick-fil-A.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Gaywatch – Holdouts Edition

The Boy Scouts of America reaffirms its ban on openly gay boys and adult leaders, and Chick-fil-A’s exclusionary policy incurs the wrath of the Muppets.

Will Kirk Cameron agree to meet with bullied LGBT youth from Garden State Equality?

Bullied LGBT youth who are members of Garden State Equality’s Youth Caucus, emotionally devastated by actor Kirk Cameron’s public statements that being LGBT is “unnatural, detrimental and ultimately destructive to foundations of civilization” – and that health and happiness come uniquely from opposite-sex marriages – have invited Cameron to meet them over lunch this Saturday, July 28.

 

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