US pastor supportive of LGBT rights ordered to leave Russia

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An American pastor who supports LGBT rights has been detained in Russia and ordered to leave the country.

Citing his lawyer, the Tass state news agency reported July 10 that 72-year-old pastor Jim Mulcahy of the Metropolitan Community Church has been fined the equivalent of $30 and given five days to leave Russia.

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DCF’s reinstated guidelines offer protections needed for LGBT foster youth

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After two months of fighting over the Department of Children and Families’ retracting of an amendment created to protect LGBTQ youth in group homes, the amendment was reinstated on July 5.

Robert Latham, LGBT Child Welfare Work Group chair and supervising attorney for the Children & Youth Law Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law, has been fighting for the protections since DCF backtracked on the rules in April.

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Virginia county supervisors approve compromise to LGBT resolution

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Washington (AP) — Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors approved a compromise method for honoring victims of the June 12 terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, that’s an alternative to a polarizing motion to recognize June as LGBT Awareness Month.

Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg) proposed the awareness-month bill in June, as a way “to acknowledge that we support equal rights for all citizens in this county.” 

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Hundreds protest anti-LGBT Mississippi law

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Jackson (AP) – Hundreds of supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested against a new Mississippi law they call discriminatory, saying they’re not giving up their fight.

The law, which takes effect July 1, allows religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to same-sex couples and transgender people.

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Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi concert in response to anti-gay law

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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state’s new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples.

Adams said in a statement April 10 that he was canceling his April 14 show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

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Utah Senate rejects proposal to strenghthen LGBT protections

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Salt Lake City (AP) – Utah’s GOP-controlled Senate rejected a proposal to beef up the state’s hate crimes law and add protections for gay and transgender people.

The measure from Republican Sen. Steve Urquhart called for heavier punishments in crimes motivated by factors such as a victim’s race, gender and religion. It failed by six votes in the 29-member Senate. Lawmakers said they were concerned it could create special protections for some people and punish people for their thoughts.

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More than 1,000 take to the streets in Haiti for an anti-gay protest

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Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (AP) – More than 1,000 people in Haiti participated July 19 in a rare street demonstration to protest a proposal to legalize gay marriage in the Caribbean nation.

The protest brought together a mix of religious groups, from Protestant to Muslim, who carried anti-gay placards and chanted songs, including one in which they threatened to burn down parliament if its members make same-sex marriage legal.

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