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Russian Teacher Fired for Being Gay Plans To Fight Her Termination

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A young woman in St. Petersburg lost her job as a music teacher for special education students exclusively for her sexual orientation after being outed to her superiors by homophobic activist Timur Isaev, a mouth-breathing troglodyte who wants to make living in Russia "hell" for all gay people. However, according to LGBTI group Coming Out, the St. Petersburg educator is the first to fight her termination and defend her rights.

When given the opportunity to voluntarily quit or be fired for violation of Article 81 part 8 of the Labour Code of Russia - "Performing an immoral act by the employee in education that is incompatible with the continuation of such work" - despite holding several distinctions and awards for the excellence in employment, the unnamed woman chose to be fired.

She said of her love for teaching and her circumstances:

Working with children is a part of my soul. All these years I have given myself to the job I loved, nurtured the love of art and music in children. Taking into account the abilities of our children, who have moderate or severe delays in mental development, I have tried to make each lesson interesting, bright, and encouraging.

I was fired because someone thinks my sexual orientation harms children. This is not supported by any law and I have not done anything wrong. I am determined to seek justice to the end!

Coming Out is providing legal support to the young woman and will seek recognition of the discriminatory nature of her dismissal in court.


Right-wing UK Candidate Resigns After Being Exposed Calling Gays 'Disgusting' - AUDIO

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Kerry Smith, a now former parliamentary candidate for the United Kingdom’s Independence Party was met with abrupt pushback earlier this month after being recorded referring to Chinese minorities as “chinky” and gay people as “disgusting old poofters.” According to UKIP’s economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn, Kerry attributed his racist and homophobic outburst to the prescription painkillers he’d been using at the time. Smith withdrew his parliamentary bid after recordings of his racist and homophobic remarks were made public.

“I want the best for South Basildon and East Thurrock and I want to see the real issues discussed that touch the lives of people,” Smith said in a public statement. “Therefore I have chosen to resign so that UKIP can win this seat next May.”

“What I am pleased about is that he has resigned and stood down, whether he was on sedatives or not,” said UKIP deputy chair Suzanne Evans. “I think the party wholeheartedly accepts that is wasn’t a good enough excuse and we are all delighted that he has done the decent thing and fallen on his sword.”

In 2012 Smith came under fire for a phone call in which he was overheard making jokes about “shooting peasants” and calling UKIP’s immigration spokesman Steven Wolfe a “fucking carpetbagger.”

“The fact that we have someone who has made racist and homophobic language has gone within 24 hours shows the strength of the team behind us who are making sure that we have no one in this party who has such views representing our party and the people that vote for us,” Wolfe said.

Listen to Smith's damning phone call, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Russian LGBT Group Added To 'Foreign Agents' List

Russia's institutional homophobic bigotry makes another step forward with the classification of LGBTI group Rakurs, an Archangelsk-based organisation dedicated to LGBTI rights, as a "foreign agent" by the Russian Ministry of Justice this past Monday.

Vice_RussiaA statement from ILGA-Europe reads in part:

Since November 2012, NGOs involved in what is vaguely defined as "political activity" and who are in receipt of funding from abroad have been subject to increased scrutiny from Russian authorities. Many Russian organisations refused to register themselves as "foreign agents", a term loaded with stigma. However, amendments to the legislation made during the summer mean that NGOS can now be unilaterally added to the list of "foreign agents" by the Ministry of Justice, without their consent.

Since June 2014, 18 NGOs have been registered in this manner. This includes Rakurs, the first LGBTI organisation on the list.

We reported this past summer on LGBT group Coming Out also receiving this designation, which subjects groups to extra governmental audits, additional regulations, and strips them of the ability to attempt to affect any change within the government.


Bills Aim To Overturn Anti-Gay Texas Law That Punishes Children For Having Same-Sex Parents

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The founders of a popular support network for gay dads are taking on a Texas law that prohibits them from having both of their names on their son's birth certificate. 

Austinites Andy Miller and Brian Stephens (above and below), founders of The Handsome Father, say the law is "mean-spirited" because it punishes their son, 7-year-old Clark, for something over which he has no control. From The Texas Observer

“As he got older, it became less about us and it became more about him,” Miller said. “This is his document that he’ll carry with him the rest of his life, and it very clearly only lists half of his family on it, and that’s when we kind of became angry and said the state is treating our son differently because of who his parents are, not because of anything he has done or hasn’t done. This needs to change because of our kids. The state is basically targeting them for unequal treatment.”

Acting in the name of "conservative values," the Texas Legislature decided in 1997 to require supplemental birth certificates issued to adoptive parents to have the name of one man and one woman. Texas is one of a handful of states with similar laws, and marriage equality won't solve the problem. 

On Wednesday, lawmakers in the state House and Senate introduced bills to overturn the law. State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, told the Observer

“I think if you asked every member of the Legislature, they would say they care about orphaned children, and if we can get them to understand that this bill is about children and not about who their parents are, then that should carry the day. There’s no doubt that this policy has cruel effects.”

Daniel Williams, legislative specialist for Equality Texas, called the law "the lowest form of politics possible — if you don’t like someone, attack their children.”

A few years ago, Lambda Legal challenged a similar law in Louisiaina, but lost the case when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear it

Equality Texas is calling on people to contact their legislators in suport of the bills.  

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Trans-Rights Activists Expect Swift Change on Military Service

RobinsonThough significant inroads have been made with lesbian, gay, and bisexual members of the U.S. military, there are still no technical protections on the books for service members who identify as transgender. Advocates like Allyson Robinson, however, are confident that the organizations like the Air Force are primed to set off a new trend in light of comments made by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. Earlier this month Secretary James encouraged a review of the Air Force’s current policies that prohibit transgender members from serving:

“I would be shocked if Secretary Hagel doesn’t take just a moment in the weeks that he has left in office to make good on a promise that he made to the troops. He needs to order the review,” said Robinson. “We have their commitment to do that — we have the commitment of Secretary Hagel himself to review these policies. And, I should add, I am aware, from my conversations with leaders at the Pentagon, that the secretary views this, views those words, as a promise, as a commitment to the service members.”

Officially the White House has yet to release a position on whether or not trans-identified individuals are welcomed in the armed forces. When asked however, spokespeople for the White House pointed Buzzfeed to the Department of Defense.

“I can confirm that for you that no review of the department’s policy has been ordered,” asserted Pentagon spokesman Nate Christensen. He later guided the press to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s comments to The Washington Post this past May on Private Chelsea Manning in reference to his current thinking on the trans-service issue.

“I think that this period of Secretary Hagel — sort of, lame-duck period — represents that best opportunity that we’ve had so far to get [significant change] done,” Robinson explained, pointing to former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s action on same-sex benefits at the end of his military career.

“He did that, I think primarily, because he felt it was his responsibility to take care of his troops. He also did it out of a sense of collegiality to the person who was going to follow him. He took, what were seen by some as difficult or contentious issues, and took them off the table so that his successor would be able to start with a clean slate.”


Bryan Fischer: LGBT Rights Biggest Threat To Liberty In The United States - VIDEO

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Vile anti-gay wingnut Bryan Fischer was at it again on his radio program yesterday, arguing that equality for gay people “represents the greatest single threat” to liberty the United States has ever faced, reports Right Wing Watch.

Caiden CowgerFischer was interviewing anti-gay teen, radio show host and Fischer mini-me Caiden Cowger who in 2012 called homosexuality a “perversion” and said that President Obama is encouraging kids to be gay.  

Introducing Cowger - who has been pushing a story that a Christian student at his West Virginia high school was forced to attend an LGBT student club and punished for expressing his opinion - Fischer said:

"The homosexual agenda represents the greatest single threat to religious liberty we have ever seen in the history of our existence as a nation.

“In fact, it's the greatest threat to liberty of all kinds, whether it is freedom of religion, whether it is freedom of speech, whether it is freedom of the press, whether it is freedom of association, all of the rights that are enshrined in the First Amendment are threatened by the active, aggressive homosexual lobby and the homosexual agenda.”

Among many, many crazy recent outbursts, in November Fischer claimed that the GOP won the mid term elections because his god answered anti-gay prayers.

Listen to Fischer’s latest nonsense and watch Cowger’s unintentionally hilarious report on the supposed “incident”, AFTER THE JUMP...

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