State Department spokesman Jen Psaki was grilled for several minutes today about the Indian Supreme Court decision recriminalizing sodomy and could not say what action the United States might take to encourage the Indian government to remedy the human rights issues raised by this ruling.
Psaki said that Secretary of State John Kerry had not spoken with the Indian government directly about the ruling as it had taken place today but said that the United States opposes any laws denying equality to LGBT citizens and is "concerned" about today's ruling.
One reporter suggested there is a problem that the U.S. is threatening sanctions on Ukraine because it is violating human rights and said that it is not clear "whether this has come up, will come up, or will ever come up" with the Indian government and the perception appears that relations are "full speed ahead"
Replied Psaki: "As you know we don't group every country, and everything that happens into the same category, and every circumstance is different."
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Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 11:15 PM EST by Andy Towle in India, John Kerry, News |
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RuPaul took his Drag Race Pit Crew guys Shawn Morales and Jason Carter for a drive (not together) for a little bit of catching up. Jason has a new single coming out and Shawn is on the way to get his nippled pierced.
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Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 8:35 PM EST by Andy Towle in News, RuPaul |
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This is a recurring column related to all things tomorrow - from emerging tech and culture trends to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence to new entertainment and inventions that are helping change the way we experience and understand the world around us. In short, it's a glimpse into what the future might hold for humanity as we try and answer the ever-present question: What happens next?
Over the years, technology in our homes has replaced the need for record stores, video game arcades, and movie rental stores. For better or worse, it's no longer necessary to step outside in order to get our entertainment fix. But this trend extends far beyond just aspects of entertainment. Everything from libraries to grocery stores is being outsourced to the "home setting." And perhaps one day down the road, our health care will be added to that growing list as well.
Already, the at-home medical testing market has exploded in recent years, with remarkable breakthroughs like OraQuick, the first self-administered HIV test which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last summer. Jack Andraka, the gay teen science prodigy we've featured on this site multiple times, has come up with a revolutionary new test for cancer that costs 3 cents to make and could also one day find its way into your home.
Hoping to take this at-home testing process a leap further is 23andMe, a Google-backed Silicon Valley genetics testing company named after the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a typical human cell. The company crashed onto the scene a few years back with its direct-to-consumer kit that billed itself as an easy way to identify inherited traits, genealogy, and possible health risk factors.
23andMe has already genotyped over 500,000 people but the FDA recently (and quite publicly) put a stop to the genetic analysis portion of the test, citing unresolved regulatory concerns. But what implications do the FDA's actions have on this emerging field of self-administered genetic testing?
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Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 7:30 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Future Tech, News |
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Two men were beaten at Bagby Hot Springs outside Portland, Oregon between midnight and 1 am on the morning of Tuesday, December 2, PQ Monthly reports. The attack happened after Portland-area resident Mik Holland and a friend engaged two men in conversation and the subject of sexual orientation came up.
Holland and his friend were then attacked and bludgeoned with an industrial flashlight before the attackers fled. The men were transported to an area hospital where Holland received 15 stitches.
Mik is bisexual, his friend is gay. “It left me feeling uncomfortable…where the conversation was going,” Holland said.
Holland said he left the tubs and only came back when he thought the men were gone, but they soon returned.
“When I turned my head, that’s when he took a flashlight and hit me over my head three times,” Holland said.
The attackers were said to have Eastern European accents.
The suspects have been described as a 27-year-old white male with short blond hair, 5 ft., 7 in., tall and 180 lbs. His name may be Alex. The second suspect is 6 ft., 1 in., tall male about 200 lbs. His name may be Jay.
The police have the flashlight and are analyzing it.
Said Lieutenant Robert Wurpes of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to PQ Monthly:
“Talking about it in plain speech, this was a hate crime. However, while do have a hate crime [classification] — Intimidation — the officer wrote it up [in the police report] as assault in the second degree. Assault in the second degree carries heavier fines and penalties than intimidation in the first degree, which may have been why the officer listed those charges.” Lieutenant Wurpes notes that, if they are able to find the suspects, the District Attorney will be able to tack on more charges, possibly including Intimidation.
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Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 6:45 PM EST by Andy Towle in Crime, Hate Crime, News, Portland |
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As part of Human Rights Day, which was celebrated across the world yesterday, the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) has launched a photographic ad campaign that features the most popular Google search terms related to queer refugees. ORAM hopes that this campaign will highlight the persistent exclusion and challenges that these refugees encounter while on their journey to safety.
Said ORAM founder and Executive Director Neil Grungras:
"In the fight for civil and human rights, and during the HIV/AIDS crisis, LGBTI people and their allies stepped forward to speak up and help out. When our Russian, Ugandan, Hondurna sisters and brothers run for their lives, we must step forward again to make sure they find safe haven. We hope people will be inspired to support ORAM's work to advocate for LGBTI refugees around the world."
ORAM is asking advocates and allies to help spread the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #LGBTIrefugees.
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Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 6:00 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Gay Rights, Immigration, News |
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PULP FICTION: Ellen responds to Star magazine cover announcing she and Portia are dunzo.
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Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 5:00 PM EST by Andy Towle in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube |
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