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This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

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Philippines: Slain transgender's fiancé tries to break into base detaining suspect

The Armed Forces of the Philippines will submit to the German Embassy a letter of protest against the German fiancé of slain Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, for breaking into a military base and "assaulting" a military officer.

Italy charges gays who kissed to protest homophobic group

PERUGIA, Italy -- Perugia’s public prosecutor should immediately drop charges against six gay rights activists accused of disturbing the peace because they kissed during a demonstration in March 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The public prosecutor’s office notified the six of the charges on October 7.

“The charges would be laughable if they didn’t reflect exactly the anti-gay sentiment the activists are fighting against,” said Judith Sunderland, senior Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The public prosecutor should withdraw these charges immediately.”

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

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Transgender federal employee wins historic discrimination case

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel on Thursday announced a landmark determination that the Department of the Army engaged in “frequent, pervasive and humiliating,” gender-identity discrimination against Tamara Lusardi, a veteran and civilian Army software specialist who transitioned from male to female.

In Nigeria, high court tosses lawsuit over anti-gay law

ABUJA, Nigeria -- The Federal High Court of Nigeria has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013, contending that the plaintiff did not have legal standing because he is straight and not harmed by the law.

Human rights activists said that the ruling, while disappointing, actually opens the door for a new legal action against the anti-gay law. Nigeria, one of the world's most populous nations, is also one of the worst places on Earth for LGBT rights.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

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Arizona: Legislators eye response to gay marriage ban's end

The end of Arizona's ban against same-sex marriage has legislators staking out a range of positions on what they should and shouldn't do in response.

The gay rights issue caused turmoil at the Capitol last spring when lawmakers passed a religious-rights bill allowing businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill.

Puerto Rico federal court dismisses gay marriage lawsuit

United States District Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez has dismissed a challenge to Puerto Rico’s law limiting marriage to one man and one woman. He concluded the outcome was controlled by the Supreme Court’s summary rejection of same-sex marriage claims in Baker v. Nelson in 1972, a view that has been rejected by every other federal court since United States v. Windsor on the grounds that doctrinal changes have eroded Baker. The decision heightens anticipation of what other judges now considering same-sex marriage cases may do.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

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Russia: Activist who nailed his testicles to street cuts off an ear lobe in protest

A Russian performance artist and activist who previously nailed his testicles to the cobbles in Moscow’s Red Square, has now cut off his ear lobe atop the roof of a psychiatric institution.

Pyotr Pavlensky, a performance artist, previously nailed his scrotum to the cobbles in Moscow’s Red Square in protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

No consensus at Vatican as synod ends

A closely watched Vatican assembly on the family ended on Saturday without consensus among the bishops in attendance on what to say about gays, and whether to give communion to divorced and remarried Catholics.

The bishops’ final report watered down the warm and welcoming language about gays and divorced couples that appeared in a preliminary report released on Monday, midway through the two-week assembly. Conservative bishops had expressed alarm that the Roman Catholic Church was sending a mixed message on marriage and homosexuality.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: Let transgender troops serve openly

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports the elimination of rules that ban transgender people from openly serving in the military, her office told the Washington Blade.

“Leader Pelosi believes there is no place for discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces, including on the basis of gender identity,” spokesperson Drew Hammill told the Blade.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

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Brazilian serial killer suspect "confesses to 39 murders," including gays

A security guard in Brazil has confessed to killing at least 39 people “out of anger” since early 2013, police say.

Brazilian police said Thiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha, 26, targeted women, homeless people and homosexuals in the country’s central state of Goias.

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