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This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, May 14, 2014

("This Just In" is GLBTNN's daily blog about news affecting the LGBT community. Check back often as the blog is updated when news breaks.)



At least 102 transgender people have been murdered this year

Two new reports offer grim reminders that, while the U.S. is making progress on LGBT rights, there's still a shocking amount of violence perpetrated against LGBT individuals around the world.

Malaysia: Court to rule on transgender rights

Transgender women in Malaysia have filed a groundbreaking court case challenging a law that prohibits them from expressing their gender identity, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2014, the Putrajaya Court of Appeal is expected to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the laws.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Florida: Judge quits after found on Manhunt app

A judge in the Florida Keys who struck down a ban on same-sex adoption has resigned from his post, following reports that he used gay hookup app Manhunt.

David Audlin, who served as Monroe County’s chief circuit judge, told the Miami Herald that the “inappropriate invasion of privacy” had led him to retire four years early.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Monday, May 12, 2014

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California: Lesbian lawmaker to be sworn in as Assembly Speaker

When Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins is sworn in as Speaker she’ll become the first open lesbian to hold the position, the third woman and the first lawmaker from San Diego to head up the Assembly.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Friday, May 9, 2014

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California: Toyota ad with lesbian couple tests "shock value"

An Oakland Car dealership’s new ad campaign is turning some heads by featuring a lesbian couple, while prompting others to ask, “what’s the big deal?”

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Thursday, May 8, 2014

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New York: It's NFL draft day, so will Michael Sam get picked?

With Michael Sam poised this week to become the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, several teams are likely to pass on selecting him because of the “distraction” his presence on their rosters would generate, an NFL insider says.

UPDATED: LGBT couple go on trial in homophobic Uganda

(Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.)

KAMPALA, Uganda -- A gay man and his transgender partner appeared in magistrate's court Wednesday in Kampala, charged under Uganda's anti-gay laws.

The couple asked for bail, and prosecutors told the court that they have enough evidence and witnesses to proceed with the case.

Jackson Mukasa, 26, and Hakim "Kim" Mukisa, 19, had been living together as a couple when they were arrested and charged with "crimes against the order of nature," according to the Associated Press.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Pennsylvania: Grindr hookup leads to murder

A 25-year-old Philly man was murdered last week after he drove to Chester, Pennsylvania, to meet a man he had connected with on Grindr.

Prominent Ugandan gay activist files for asylum in U.S.

(Editor's note: John Abadallah Wambere, also known as "Long Jones," met with SDGLN contributor JP Conly in December 2013 in Kampala and was featured in Conly's first-person account of his humanitarian visit to Uganda, which was titled "Dangerous liaisons: Meeting up with Uganda LGBT activist Sam Ganafa." Even in December, before Uganda had passed and enacted the draconian anti-gay law, life was precarious for LGBT people living in Uganda.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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California: Celebs, activists condemn Beverly Hills Hotel anti-gay owner

A large crowd turned out for a rally Monday protesting the decision by the owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air to implement a version of Sharia law that calls for flogging women who have abortions and stoning to death gay men and women.

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