LGBTQ groups condemn Supreme Court travel ban ruling

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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LGBTQ advocacy groups on Tuesday condemned the U.S. Supreme Court for upholding the Trump administration’s policy that effectively bans the citizens of five Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

Lambda Legal Executive Director Rachel B. Tiven in a statement said the ruling is “as shameful as the internment of Japanese Americans and the doors slammed shut to Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.”

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Iran Official: Gay Utah senator watched during recent trip

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s intelligence minister is defending his agents’ handling of a visit by a gay Utah state senator after hard-liners alleged it represented a security breach.

Mahmoud Alavi made the comments on Oct. 25 in an open session of Iran’s parliament.

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Iran: Openly gay Utah state senator didn’t mention job when visiting

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry says a Utah state senator who traveled to Iran in May did not clarify his job as senator in his visa application.

Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters Sept. 26 that a visit by Sen. Jim Dabakis was technically legal, but that he did not make his government position clear in his application and never met with any Iranian officials.

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Gay Iranian poet flees to Israel

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – Payam Feili, a gay poet, fled his native Iran last year because of the persecution he faced over his sexuality. Now, he has made a years-long dream come true – he is visiting Israel, Iran’s archenemy and a country known for its tolerance toward gays.

But the 30-year-old Feili stands out not only because of his arrival in a country so at odds with his own, but because of his professed adoration for the state some Iranian leaders have dubbed a cancer and have called to be wiped off the map.

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Gay rights groups target World Cup for spotlight

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Gay rights activists in Brazil are using the spotlight of the World Cup to draw attention to the harsh penalties gay people face in many of the countries represented at soccer’s premier event.

This week’s first-round featured a match between Iran, whose former president claimed gays don’t exist, and Nigeria, where the penalty for gay sex ranges from imprisonment to death by stoning. At a city square near the match in Curitaba, a protest led by the gay rights organization Grupo Dignidade attracted about 400 people, many brandishing signs reading “Show homophobia the red card,” and “In this World Cup, homophobia is out of bounds.”

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