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LGBT Immigrants Hold Reform Rally in Front of White House: VIDEO

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A group of LGBT immigrants rallied in D.C. Tuesday to protest the federal government's immigration policies in light of news that President Obama will not make a move on immigration reform until after Election Day, The Washington Blade reports.

Protestors wore red shirts that read "Immigration is an LGBTQ Issue," encouraging people to consider the intersections between these two political issues. 

A 28-year-old gay man, "Oliver" (pseudonym), shared his story of fleeing Nigeria to escape homophobia. In light of recent laws in Nigeria, he cannot return to his country, so "Oliver" spoke on the importance of maintaining America's asylum system.

Two pseudonymous speakers shared horror stories of being placed in America's detention centers, a man "Jose" and a transwoman "Fernanda."

"Jose" originally fled El Salvador for being sexually abused an harassed based on his sexuality. Of the detention center, he said:

I felt scared...One of the detainees openly said that he was gay, and he was literally insulated from everyone. No one wanted to talk to him; no one wanted to be with him. That made me feel threatened. That made me feel scared of saying something. Day by day, being in that horrible place, in that detention center, I was living my nightmare again.

"Fernanda" is 36, and fled violence she faced in her home country of Honduras. At the protest, she described her experience in a detention center, where she was placed with mentally ill people.

It is time for this country to turn our attention to understand the stories of trans woman in detention who are mistreated psychologically, verbally, who are repeatedly assaulted and attacked for being who they are.

Check out video of the rally, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Probably Best to Ask Before Kissing Your Favorite Footballer: VIDEO

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Victor "Muma" Bernárdez, who is retiring from international play after the World Cup in Brazil and played his last game with the Honduran national football team this week, posed with fans after the game, Deadspin reports. Some of the fans were a bit more forward than others.

Full video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Journalist and LGBT Activist Erick Martinez Found Dead in Honduras

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The body of gay journalist and LGBT activist Erick Martinez has been found in a ditch near the side of a road outside of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The exact circumstances of his death are unknown, but homicide is being considered given his background the alarming number of murders of both gays and journalists in the country.

The BBC reports:

Local media quoted police as saying Mr Martinez showed signs of strangulation. The motive for his reported killing remains unclear but rights groups say more than 20 media workers have been killed in Honduras since 2009.

The country has the world's highest murder rate: 86 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to UN figures.

Mr Martinez's body was found by the roadside in the village of Guasculile, north of the capital, Tegucigalpa. He worked for an association defending lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Mr Martinez had also been chosen last year as a candidate for a coalition of parties that emerged after the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya nearly three years ago.

According to rights groups, more than 20 journalists have been killed in Honduras since 2009 when the military helped to overthrow Mr Zelaya. It has not been established if all the murders were work-related.

According to La Informacion: "According to a report by the State Commissioner of Human Rights between 2010 and 2011 at least 20 members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) have been murdered in Honduras..."


Religious Leaders Demand Honduran Government Bar Entry to Ricky Martin Because He's a Gay Dad

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Catholic and Evangelical leaders in Honduras say that they have asked the governement to bar entry to Ricky Martin because he's a gay dad, FOX News Latino reports:

The pop star, who is set to perform in the country on Oct. 16 in the Chochi Sosa stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras as part of his Música + Alma + Sexo (MAS) tour, has church leaders scrambling to halt his entrance, reports the Honduran daily El Heraldo.

The Minister of Interior of Honduras, Áfrico Madrid, claims that Evangelical and Catholic leaders have solicited that he deny a visa to Martin in order to “protect the moral and ethical principles of our society.”

Madrid claims that the religious leaders particularly object to Martin's non-traditional family. “His nuclear family is not the type of family that Honduran society, and laws, approve of."

The Honduran Secretary of State tells daily newspaper El Heraldo that it has not received an official petition from religious leaders.


News: Nick Jonas, Bollywood, ENDA, Howard Zinn, Ugly Betty

 roadDC Agenda: Filibuster threat makes ENDA look unlikely in 2010.

Jonas  roadNick Jonas does Vman.

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 roadHow Pope John Paul II got closer to Christ: "Pope John Paul II used to beat himself with a belt and sleep naked on the floor...The late pope had a particular belt for self-flagellation and brought it with him to his summer residence, according to the book, 'Why he is a Saint: The True story of John Paul II.'"

 roadUgly Betty canceled.

 roadA few days ago I posted about Wheatland High School in Wyoming and the school district's decision to remove banners promoting tolerance. The students there have begun a petition campaign to get the district to put back the "No Place for Hate" banners. Sign it here.

 roadHistorian Howard Zinn dies at 87: "Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such as 'A People's History of the United States,' inspired young and old to rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling."

Bollywood  roadDunno Y . . . Na Jaane Kyun: Bollywood's Brokeback?

 roadLondon minicab driver gets 10 years for gay sexual assault.

 roadSome Jersey Shore castmembers on the way back.

 roadProposed gay retirement community in Sonoma Valley struggles financially: "The hurdles facing the Lodge show what can happen to an unusual project in even a liberal Northern California town when some residents think the pace of development has outstripped the needs of neighborhoods. The Lodge has elicited a debate over the environmental impact of development and has also prompted questions about whether homophobia is a reason for the delay."

 roadBoo: Second campaign to recall Portland Mayor Sam Adams raises $18K.

Cheney  roadThe Cheney family responds to the State of the Union address.

 roadTragic murder-suicide unfolding in Abilene, Texas: "Last Friday, Jan. 22, the Rev. Karen L. Johnson, pastor of Abilene’s Unity Church of Christianity, went to the home of one of her parishioners, Renata Antoinette Monet, to counsel Monet, who was going through the process to transition from male to female. Police say that when Johnson entered Monet’s mobile home that afternoon, Monet attacked her and stabbed her to death, and then committed suicide by hanging herself. The bodies of both women were discovered Saturday morning by church members that had become concerned about their minister’s absence and went to Monet’s home looking for the two."

 roadSan Francisco vigil held for gays in Honduras: "The first vigil took place first, when five gay and HIV/AIDS activists went to the consulate’s office, only to find it closed for the special day. We spent half an hour in the hallway, talking with people from other offices on the 8th floor. We snapped a few pics and thought to leave a message for the workers, when they return tomorrow. Our signs with Walter Trochez’s visage were taped to the consulate’s door, and a few were slipped under it. A small way to express our concern for the gay citizens of Honduras, especially those who’ve been murdered, and for the full protections of human rights protocols for all Hondurans."


News: Uganda, Boy George, Bareback, Honduras, Katy Perry

 roadHundreds demonstrate in Kampala, Uganda in support of "kill the gays" bill.

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 roadThe video guide to Guido hair.

 roadThe assassination of LGBT activist Walter Trochez in Honduras was not isolated. Killings of gays have reportedly surged since the breakdown of law since Zelaya was ousted: "Up to 18 gay and transgender men have been killed in Honduras in the six months since its president was deposed in a coup, human rights advocates say. That is as many homophopic hate crimes as were recorded in the Central American country the prior five years..."

 roadSesame Street's 'Olivia' dies.

 roadDepp, Farrell, and Law discuss working on Heath Ledger's last film.

 roadProduction of bareback pornography to be banned in California? "Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation said: 'Although workers in adult films should enjoy protections under [current regulations], the adult film industry has steadfastly refused to take any steps to protect its workers from diseases spread by blood-borne pathogens, resulting in thousands of employees becoming infected with sexually transmitted diseases.'"

 roadChildren of God: film tackles homophobia in the Bahamas.

Dali  roadAfter delay, Government-backed gay bar opens in Dali, China: "The venue aims to provide a place where homosexuals can meet in a relaxed atmosphere and get information about HIV/AIDS prevention. It was due to open on World AIDS Day on December 1 with the support of the local government, which invested 120,000 yuan (17,600 dollars) in Zhang's charity, but volunteers were put off by the intense media attention sparked by the news."

 roadKaty Perry under fire for transphobic tweet.

OLOUGHLIN  roadThe best thing about The Back-Up Plan?

 roadRep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who said he plans to fight marriage equality in D.C., is at odds with his family over LGBT issues: "I am the only member of my family who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a convert."

 roadIs Lou Engle planning to take anti-gay The Call to Uganda?

 roadHugh Jackman takes a white load in the face.

 roadAlicia Silverstone remembers Brittany Murphy.

 roadBoy George in court plea to be able to join Celebrity Big Brother in the UK: "The singer - real name George O'Dowd - was convicted of assault and falsely imprisoning a rent boy earlier this year. He was freed early and is tagged and on curfew. Unless the conditions of his release on licence are altered, the singer, aged 48, will not be able to take part in CBB. Newspaper reports say he has already agreed a £200,000 fee to take part in the show. Probation Service lawyers argue that allowing George to use the show to promote his status as a celebrity and earn 'a lucrative sum of money' could undermine public confidence in the criminal justice system. It would also pose 'a high level of risk' to the reputation of the London Probation Service. The case is being treated as urgent as CBB starts on January 3."


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