LGBT activists arrested in front of Supreme Court

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: More than 100 LGBT activists were arrested in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8, 2019. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Capitol Police arrested 133 LGBT activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 8.

The activists who were affiliated Housing Works and other organizations sat in First Street, N.E., in an act of civil disobedience after the justices heard oral arguments in three LGBT rights cases. Capitol Police said the activists were arrested “for unlawfully demonstrating at First and East Capitol Streets, N.E.” and “charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding.”

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Prosecutors drop prostitution charge against trans activist

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced at a D.C. Superior Court hearing on April 9 that they were dropping a charge of misdemeanor solicitation for prostitution against transgender activist Dee Curry.

Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Motley immediately approved the prosecutors’ request for a “Nolle Prosequi,” a legal term for stopping a prosecution, and dismissed the case.

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Obama Legacy: A quiet mission to export gay rights overseas

By : Wire Report
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WASHINGTON (AP) – While the world was watching America’s gay rights transformation, the Obama administration was pursuing a quieter mission to export the same freedoms overseas to places like sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and eastern Europe.

The U.S. has deployed its diplomats and spent tens of millions of dollars to try to block anti-gay laws, punish countries that enacted them, and tie financial assistance to respect for LGBT rights. It was a mission animated in part by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s declaration that “gay rights are human rights.”

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