Supreme Court leaves in place Nebraska funeral protest law

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is leaving in place a Nebraska law that bars protests around funerals.

Nebraska enacted the law in 2006. It prohibits protests near a cemetery, mortuary or church from one hour before the beginning of a funeral to two hours after.

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‘Saw’ movie ad campaign protests restrictions for gay blood donors

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lionsgate is promoting “Jigsaw,” the latest installment in the “Saw” franchise, while rebelling against blood donation restrictions against gay and bisexual men.

In the “All Types Welcome” campaign, LGBT social media stars such as Amanda Lepore, Nyakim Gatwech, Mykie and Shaun Ross appear as creepy nurses ready to collect blood donations.

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Protesters: Trump a ‘bully’ for rescinding trans student protections

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Hundreds of people gathered outside the White House on Wednesday to protest President Trump’s decision to rescind guidance on how public schools should accommodate transgender students.

Gavin Grimm, a trans student who filed a lawsuit against his Virginia school district’s bathroom policy that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next month, is among those who spoke to the crowd.

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College students protest Donald Trump’s deportation plans among rising reports of bullying

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College students at campuses around the United States marched and rallied Nov. 16, urging administrators to protect students and employees against immigration action under a Donald Trump presidency.

Rallying supporters on social media with the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, organizers said actions were planned at more than 80 schools, including Vermont’s Middlebury College, where about 400 people gathered, and Yale University, where demonstrators numbered about 600.

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Protesters march in Paris against same-sex marriage

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PARIS (AP) – Tens of thousands of people have marched in Paris to call for the repeal of a law allowing same-sex marriage, six months before France’s next presidential election.

The protesters ended up at Trocadero Plaza, near the Eiffel Tower. Police estimated the crowd at 24,000, while organizers gave a figure of 200,000.

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Pastor power naps through protests against UMC’s anti-LGBT efforts

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Lawrence, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan pastor has been sleeping outside in a tent for weeks to protest his denomination’s stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that the Rev. Michael Tupper of Parchment United Methodist Church near Kalamazoo started sleeping in a tent Nov. 30 and plans to continue doing so for 175 consecutive nights. He often pitches the tent in the front yard of his Van Buren County home, but he has also taken it on the road, sleeping in front of United Methodist conference headquarters in Indianapolis and Madison, Wisconsin.

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Greece’s civil unions delay draws government protests

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Gay rights protesters gathered outside Greece’s parliament after the government said it would delay legislation allowing civil unions for same-sex couples. The decision came despite a European court ruling that found Greece has been discriminating against gays.

About 500 people joined the peaceful protest Sept. 5 in central Athens as lawmakers prepared to vote on an anti-racism bill.

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France pushes back from teaching boy-girl equality

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PARIS (AP) – France is scrapping a plan to teach children the “ABCD of equality” between boys and girls after protests by some parents who feared it was a stealth effort to erase gender differences — a new example of the Socialist government’s failure to stick to its promises and a growing ability of conservative Catholics to weigh on policy.

A vocal minority has been increasingly influential in pushing back against France’s leftist government on a range of social issues. In recent months, it has succeeded in getting officials to delay approval of medically-assisted procreation for gay couples and abandon an environmental tax on long-distance trucks, and is lobbying against a drive to legalize euthanasia.

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Anti-gay laws spark international responses

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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The Olympic Symbol is five intertwined rings—blue, gold, black, green and red—that represent the unity of each of the Earth’s five continents. Traditionally, the event has been a time for nations of the world to come together to compete in a friendly and welcoming environment.

However, Winter Olympics 2014 host country Russia is under scrutiny for its decidedly anti-LGBT acts as the lens of the nation focuses on the games in Sochi, and president Vladimir Putin is unmoved toward making change to the anti-gay “propaganda” laws he has passed within the last year, which would serve as a gag rule on the existence of LGBTs, punishable by hefty fines and jail time.

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