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New Social Media Campaign Highlights LGBT Refugees and the Challenges They Face: PHOTOS

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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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DOMA Drama 'I Do' Gets a Full Trailer: WATCH


Last year we posted about an upcoming film about the struggle faced by a gay binational couple under DOMA, starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Alicia Witt, Maurice Compte, David W. Ross, Grant Bowler, Patricia Belcher, Jessica Tyler Brown and The Real World's Mike Manning. At the time it was seeking post-production funding but it's now headed for a release on DVD.

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Tennessee Republican Rejects Young Girl's Request For Help While Crowd Cheers - VIDEO

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The young girl, whose name is Josie, according to the video's description, was at the tea party event of over 200 people to ask a question about immigration reform. She looked Tennessee Republican Rep. Scott Desjarlais in the eye and asked "Mr. Desjarlais, I have papers but my daddy doesn't, what can you do to make sure he can stay?" 

JosieAccording to the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the group that uploaded the video to YouTube, Josie's father is in the middle of the deportation process. "Since her father was placed in deportation proceedings, she's been going to therapy to deal with the anxiety," the group reports. Her apparent bravery unfortunately did little to sway Rep. Desjarlais, who thanked her for speaking before saying, "The fact still remains that we have laws and we need to follow those laws." Politics aside, Desjarlais' response would likely seem civil to most...if it wasn't for the fact that members of the crowd were enthusiastically expressing their support in the background. 

If Desjarlais's name seems at all familiar to you, Joe. My. God. can help you jog your memory:

"You may recall that Rep. Scott DesJarlais' (R-TN) campaign website bills him as working to outlaw abortion and as a defender of God-ordained man-woman marriage "and PROUD OF IT." But in typical Teapocrisy style, his own divorce papers revealed him to be an adulterer many times over who pressured one of his mistresses to abort his child."

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Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) Says America's 'Confused' Society Is Leading to Gay Marriage: AUDIO

Ted YohoWith Obamacare back in the news as foes attempt a final push to stop the health law's implementation, town hall fever has slowly been picking up again across the country. Unfortunately, members of congress oftentimes use these town hall meetings as a broader soapbox to rail against political opponents and their ideology in a bid to appeal to increasingly partisan constituencies.

Earlier this week, freshman congressman Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) used one of these town hall meetings as an opportunity to lament the 'sad state of affairs' in America today and unpack all the grief he's been feeling lately about gay marriage, food stamps, and terrorist immigrants.

Via Right Wing Watch:

At a town hall meeting earlier this month, after he announced he would back birther legislation and accused Obamacare of being racist against white people, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) went after gay marriage, immigration reform and food stamp funding. "I think it's a sad state of affairs in America today that we as a society are so confused that we have to redefine what marriage is," Yoho lamented. "It's an institution that's been around for thousands of years and I feel like it's ordained by God; are we that confused as a country that we have to start redefining these things?" 

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State Department to Host Google+ Hangout on Visa Processing for Same-Sex Couples

The State Department will host a Google+ hangout tomorrow to discuss guidelines for visa application for same-sex couples.

KerryFrom the State Dept:

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Department of State would begin processing visas for same-sex couples in the same manner that it considers applications for opposite-sex spouses.  On Thursday, August 8 at 1 p.m. EDT, the Department will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss what these new guidelines mean for both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants.

On hand to answer questions will be David Stewart, Consul General of the U.S. Embassy in London; Don Heflin, Managing Director of the State Department’s Visa Office; and Victoria Neilson, Legal Director of Immigration Equality, which advocates on behalf of LGBT and HIV-positive individuals. Chris Johnson, chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, will moderate the hangout. 

The hangout will be broadcast live on the Department of State’s YouTube channel and Google+ page.  Questions can be submitted in advance via Facebook and Twitter using #AskState and tweeting at @StateDept,@TravelGov, or @USAinUKCGCorner.

U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam Issues First Visa to Gay Spouse


John Kerry's pronouncement on Friday that the U.S. would immediately begin treating visa applications from same-sex couples in the same manner as those from heterosexual couples led to this historic event yesterday.

From the U.S. Consulate General, Amsterdam's Facebook page:

Mr. Francois Conradie is moving to New York, and visited the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam for his L2 visa interview on Friday. Today, he was surprised by Consul General Berry, who presented him with the printed visa placed in his passport. This is the first derivative visa we have had the privilege of issuing to the same-sex spouse of a visa applicant in Amsterdam since the U.S. Supreme Court's repeal of DOMA.

Have a great trip Mr. Conradie!



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