Politicians, officials to launch global LGBT rights group

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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MADRID — The gay prime minister of Luxembourg is among the elected officials from around the world who have agreed to launch a new group that seeks to promote LGBT and intersex rights.

Xavier Bettel and more than three dozen others will take part in the LGBTQI (LGBT, queer and intersex) Elected and Appointed Officials Experts Group, which the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute and organizers of the WorldPride International Human Rights Conference will coordinate.

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Pride Fund and politicians gather to rail against gun violence

By : Billy Manes
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Orlando – On October 12, the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence brought together some of its biggest supporters and endorsees for a downtown Orlando press conference. The subject at hand, of course, was the threat of firearms in the wrong hands, an issue that was only made more notable by the fact that the event was held four months to the day that 49 people were killed and 53 injured at Pulse Orlando on June 12.

Pride Fund, which is an LGBT political action committee focusing predominantly on state and federal candidates, as most gun laws are not written by municipalities, picked senatorial hopeful U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, congressional candidate and former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings and Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., to carry its message.

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The latest developments on religious objection laws

By : Wire Report
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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has urged lawmakers to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent of a new religious objections law that critics fear could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Pence’s move on March 31 to quell a backlash over the law came as Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism and passed similar legislation that now heads to the governor. A look at the latest developments:

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Joe Saunders named a gay candidate to watch by MSNBC

By : Staff Report
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With November coming closer into sight, what better way to embrace Pride Month than by acknowledging the hard work of LGBT politicians across the United States. MSNBC recently released a photo essay titled “12 gay candidates to watch in 2014,” where Florida House District 49, Democratic state Rep. Joe Saunders of Orlando was named onto the list.

Elected in 2012 as one of the first openly gay legislators in Florida, Saunders represents what is better known as the “UCF seat” in the Florida Legislature. Since being appointed, he has introduced the Florida Competitive Workforce Act; acted as a voice for LGBT students and against bullying; fought for rights and benefits for same-sex military spouses; and uplifting the arts and cultural institutions in his district.

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Preaching to the Converted: Death of Meritocracy

By : Ken Kundis
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The concept of privacy these days is feeling a little old-fashioned. There was a time when it was considered poor form to question someone about their personal life. This was true for politicians as well as regular citizens. There was a tacit agreement at the time that journalists would generally let politicians’ private lives stay in the background. The annals of history are filled with stories of leaders of all types having affairs or afflictions or family issues that were kept out of public view out of something called basic “respect.”

The leader that changed that was also probably the leader who benefited from it the most. John F. Kennedy was the last president who could depend on full cover from the White House press corp. While stories of his philandering were well known among journalists, it was something that they intentionally kept from the public. And why? Because the prevailing idea at the time was that it just wasn’t anyone’s business but that of his and his wife. That if he was doing a good job and had the faith of the population, no one should care what he did when he was “off the clock.’

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