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.

Lambda Legal asks court for swift ruling to end discriminatory marriage ban in Puerto Rico

Today in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Lambda Legal filed a motion for summary judgment seeking to end the discriminatory ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. García Padilla, in June on behalf of five gay and lesbian couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an organization that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families.

Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, said:

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

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Australia: Expunging historic gay-sex convictions

Victorian Parliament has become the first Australian jurisdiction to formally acknowledge that sex between consenting men should never have been a crime.

On Oct. 14, Victorian Parliament passed the Sentencing Amendment bill that will allow gay men that had been convicted of homosexual sex crimes between consenting adults to have their records expunged.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

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Lesbian host Jane Velez-Mitchell loses show amid massive layoffs at CNN and HLN

Jane Velez-Mitchell may not be as famous as Anderson Cooper, but she was getting about as much airtime each night as the host of her own show on CNN’s sister network, HLN.

That was until today when amid massive layoffs at CNN and HLN by Turner Broadcasting, Velez-Mitchell was the first prominent on-air talent to lose her job.

Slaying shines harsh light on violence against transgender Filipinos

The slaying of a transgender Filipino woman has focused a harsh spotlight on a rash of transgender murders in the Philippines.

Since 2008, at least 20 transgender or gender-variant people have been killed in the Philippines, according to The Trans Murder Monitoring project. During that time period, more than 1,500 transgender people have been murdered around the world.

Kenya urged to allow rights groups to register

Human rights groups, including LGBT rights groups, should be able to register and carry out their work in Kenya, Human Rights Watch says.

The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s (NGLHRC) application to register was denied in 2013 because the Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board deemed the group’s name “unacceptable.”

In a new Human Rights Watch video, Kenyan lawyers describe how these restrictions keep them from serving some of Kenya’s most vulnerable populations.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

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This anti-gay candidate's message is bigger in Moscow than Massachusetts

Even though he's running to be the governor of Massachusetts, Scott Lively makes no secret of his extreme anti-gay views. The evangelical pastor, who's being sued by gay-rights groups for his involvement in Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill, has gotten flack on the campaign trail for his beliefs, even encountering some raucous booing at a gubernatorial forum earlier in the year.

Marine on San Diego-based ship accused of killing transgender Filipino woman

SUBIC BAY, Philippines -- A U.S. Marine aboard the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu has been detained in the Philippines in connection with the slaying of a transgender woman in Olongapo City.

The Marine's name has not been released, but the Navy Times reported that he is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The USS Peleliu and the USS Germantown, which is homeported in Sasebo, Japan, were in the Philippines to participate in the recently completed Amphibious Landing Exercise.

Bombshell! Catholic bishops alter attitude toward the gays

VATICAN CITY -- Heeding the conciliatory tone of Pope Francis, Roman Catholic bishops today opened their arms to the gays in a stunning thawing of the Church's attitude toward the LGBT community.

Meeting at the Vatican as part of a two-week summit on family issues that was called by the pontiff, the bishops issued a preliminary document that, by the Church's conservative standards, is considered revolutionary.

The bishop said that gays had "gifts" to offer the Church and that there were "positive" aspects to a gay couple living together without being married in the Church.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

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Beyond marriage equality, what's next for gay rights?

Even as they celebrate epic victories in the push for marriage equality, gay-rights activists acknowledge that other difficult issues remain on their agenda. There's the persistent high rate of HIV infections, the struggles to expand transgender rights, and the striking fact that even in some states allowing same-sex marriage, people can lose their job for being gay.

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