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Indiana One Step Closer To Passing Hate Crime Bill

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Indiana Senate Bill 220 passed the senate 34-16 and will now advance to the state House. This bill would offer the possibility of judges to impose harsher sentences to convicted criminals whose actions targeted victims based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, disability, national origin, ancestry or sexual orientation. Indiana …

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Police Chief’s Daughter Kathryn Knott Gets 5-10 Months for Anti-Gay Hate Crime in Philadelphia

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At her hate crime sentencing today, the 25-year-old daughter of a suburban police chief, Kathryn Knott received 5-10 months jail time with two years probation in the September 2014 attack by Knott and two friends that left victims, homosexual couple Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught for dead in Philadelphia’s City Center. …

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Transgender Woman Sues Seattle Bank Because Employees Would Not Confirm Her Identity By Phone Because Of Her Voice

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A transgender woman in Seattle has filed a civil suit against People’s Bank after repeatedly being denied service because her voice did not register as feminine enough to confirm her identity over the phone.  According to Lizzi Duff, age 70, her masculine-sounding voice is the reason the bank’s employees would …

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Russia’s Gay Population Returns To The Closet

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New legislation introduced by Duma proposes banning homosexuals from public displays of affection. They would be fined for kissing, holding hands, or any intimate touching otherwise permitted amongst heterosexual partners. In the eyes of the bill’s authors, homosexuality is a western ideology purposefully planted in the minds of Russia’s youth …

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New Studies Show Surprising Number Of American Still Uncomfortable Seeing Same Sex Partners Holding Hands

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A new study by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is showing that a surprising number of Americans are still quite homophobic. A study released today titled The Accelerating Acceptance Report revealed disappointing realities about the lack of understanding many Americans still have regarding the rights of America’s LGBTQ population. Via …

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One transphobic Virginia lawmaker calling for “anatomical sex” to be ascertained before children use school bathrooms

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Raw Story: “A bill filed by a Virginia lawmaker this week would require schools to be certain that children are using the restroom corresponding to their “correct anatomical sex.” The legislation, which would prohibit transgender students from using the bathroom matching their gender, is being sponsored by Republican Del. Mark Cole. House Bill …

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9 Arrested Blocking San Francisco Airport Roadway in Black Xmas Demonstrations

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Protesting the death of Mario Woods, 9 Black Lives Matter activsts were arrested yesterday in San Francisco.  See the protests through their own eyes: Protests on the 405 South have the freeway stopped for miles #405south pic.twitter.com/j8hJ9ISrJf — Tory Barneson Benoit (@ToryWithaWhy) December 23, 2015 We shutdown the highway for …

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Judge says no penalty for SFPD officers who exchanged racist and homophobic texts

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Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled that the seven officers investigated for the messages they exchanged with their former sergeant (fired and convicted of corruption last year) could not face punishment because the strict one-year statute of limitations had expired. All of the officers will be keeping their jobs. The officers had …

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