Indonesia urges app to remove LGBT content amidst social media backlash

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Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesia’s government has demanded that instant messaging apps remove stickers featuring same-sex couples, in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.

The government move comes after a social media backlash against the popular smartphone messaging app Line for having stickers, which are an elaborate type of emoticon, with gay themes in its online store.

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Judge awards KY attorneys $1 million for Supreme Court win

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Louisville, Ky. (AP) – A federal judge awarded a team of Kentucky attorneys more than $1 million for their role in the landmark United States Supreme Court case that struck down bans on same-sex marriage.

The state will have to pick up the $1.1 million tab.

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Pope Francis addresses gay issues in his first book

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Vatican City (AP) – Pope Francis lays out his case for emphasizing the merciful face of the Catholic Church in his first book as pontiff, saying God never tires of forgiving and actually prefers the sinners who repent over self-righteous moralizers who don’t.

“The Name of God Is Mercy,” a 100-page conversation with Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli, is being published this week in 86 countries to help kick-start Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy. A copy was provided in advance to The Associated Press.

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A year later, Leelah Alcorn’s message still resonates

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Cincinnati (AP) – The message of a transgender teenager who urged people to “fix society” before she stepped in front of a tractor-trailer in southwest Ohio still draws attention – one year later.

Leelah Alcorn, 17, of a northeastern Cincinnati suburb, walked onto Interstate 71 in the early morning hours of Dec. 28. Her death was deemed a suicide. A note on her Tumblr blog pleaded for her death “to mean something.”

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Transgender man pregnant with partner’s baby

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Bogota, Colombia (AP) – A couple in Ecuador is making history with a unique pregnancy: The father-to-be is carrying the baby of his transgender partner.

Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez announced their pregnancy, believed to be the first of its kind in South America, on social media earlier this month and it’s received widespread attention in a continent that has seen a sudden explosion in the rights and visibility of trans people.

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Slovakian voters reject marriage equality

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Ljubljana, Slovenia (AP) – Slovenians rejected same-sex marriage by a large margin in a referendum on Dec. 20, according to near-complete results, in a victory for the conservatives backed by the Catholic Church in the ex-communist EU nation.

The results released by authorities show 63.5 percent voted against a bill that defines marriage as a union of two adults, while 36.5 percent were in favor.

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Israel to begin enlisting HIV-positive soldiers

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JERUSALEM (AP) – The Israeli military said Dec. 1 it will begin enlisting soldiers who are HIV-positive, in a policy shift putting the country at the forefront of military inclusivity toward people with the virus that causes AIDS.

Military service in Israel is compulsory for Jews, but until now people with HIV were automatically deemed unfit to serve for medical reasons.

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New law in Vietnam paves the way for transgender rights

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Hanoi, Vietnam (AP) – Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.

Vietnam’s National Assembly Nov. 24 unanimously passed the law, which will take effect in 2017 as part of the revised civil code.

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New Delhi Pride celebrates progress while fighting for LGBT rights

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Newq Delhi (AP) – Hundreds of gay rights activists danced to drum beats and held colorful balloons as they marched in a parade in New Delhi, celebrating what they call the diversity of gender and sexuality.

Organizers said that while the gay pride parade celebrated the gains India’s LGBT community has made in recent years, they also wanted to highlight the continuing discrimination it faces.

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Gay Ugandan activists hope Pope Francis will speak on their behalf during visit

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Gay activists are hoping Pope Francis will preach tolerance toward homosexuals, and even go so far as to condemn violent attacks against gays during his upcoming visit to Uganda. Church leaders, however, are praying he’ll avoid the issue altogether.

The divergent expectations underscore the acrimonious state of the gay rights debate on a continent where homosexuality remains taboo and homosexuals are greatly despised. In Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal and where attacks against gays have forced many to seek refuge abroad or lead secret lives at home, gay leaders nevertheless hope Francis when he comes on Friday will weigh in with a firm message of tolerance.

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Viewpoint: The Other Side of Life, Fantasies

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1. I’ve been a contributor to the Jeb Bush campaign for president since before he announced. Since 2000 – when he was in his political prime – I have hopefully chomped at my Republican bit for his turn in the White House.

2. I’m a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan.

3. I have had dreams about Rob Gronkowski that have nothing to do with football.

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Anti-gay Youtuber calls for death of Chick-fil-A employees

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They may hide behind the guise of their polite manners and delicious fast-food service, but Chick-fil-A employees are actually working for the Devil – at least according to one anti-gay activist, Edge Media Network reports.

In a new Youtube video, Theodore Shoebat has sworn off Chick-fil-A for life and called for the death of the restaurant chain’s employees following the decisions of several franchisee’s  to sponsor LGBT-friendly causes in the last year. The company itself has not taken a stance on the matter, only saying that it doesn’t make decisions on local sponsorships. 

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