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Video exposes American extremists advocating abroad for anti-gay persecution

WASHINGTON – A new web video highlights the role that American extremists have played in the passage of Russia's draconian anti-LGBT laws.

The video, released today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), details how more than a dozen Americans, including the anti-gay hate group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) President Brian Brown have traveled to Russia in the last year to meet with policy makers and lobby for these laws.

Secretary Kerry disturbed by Gambian president's anti-gay rhetoric

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry continues to react to news out of Africa where homophobia is rampant and draconian anti-gay laws are being signed into law and endangering LGBT lives across the continent.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

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Washington, DC: Gay patient says he was denied last rites

A Catholic chaplain at MedStar Washington Hospital Center stopped delivering a 63-year-old heart attack patient Communion prayers and last rites after the man said he was gay, the patient said Wednesday, describing a dramatic bedside scene starting with him citing Pope Francis and ending with him swearing at the cleric.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

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Kansas: Senate panel kills House's anti-gay marriage bill

The chairman of the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee says the panel won't consider a House-passed bill to protect people who refuse for religious reasons to provide goods and services to gay couples.

Sen. Jeff King said Tuesday the legislation is dead, and the bill couldn't pass the chamber amid criticism that it was discriminatory.

Obama: "Deeply disappointed" about Uganda's anti-gay law

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has issued a statement in opposition to Uganda's draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which human-rights campaigners say was illegally passed in late December by a parliament lacking a quorum. President Museveni says that since he has found scientific evidence that homosexuality is learned and not genetic, he will sign the bill into law.

Uganda will join Nigeria and Russia as among the most regressive anti-gay nations on Earth. Homosexuality remains criminalized in almost 80 nations, mostly in Africa and Asia.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

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California: 49ers QB is OK with gay teammates

Add 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the list of players who say they’d be fine with Michael Sam, the openly gay former Missouri defensive end, in their locker rooms.

Kaepernick said in an interview with Michele Steele on ESPN that no one in the 49ers’ locker room would have an issue with Sam.

Santos, MTV's 1G5G reality star, dies at age 27

TORONTO – Matthew Paul Santos, simply known as Santos on MTV Canada’s popular “1 Girl 5 Gays” reality TV show, died on Feb. 8 at the age of 27.

A funeral Mass was held on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Toronto.

His death is shrouded in mystery, and the cause of death has not been announced. Fans questioned on Facebook why the public was not informed about his death until after his funeral was over.

Santos was survived by his boyfriend and his family, according to the TV show.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

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Washington: Domestic partnerships to be converted to marriage

Thousands of gay and lesbian domestic partners who have not married or legally dissolved their unions by the end of June will have their relationships automatically converted to marriage — courtesy of the state.

Uganda leader caves in, to sign draconian Anti-Homosexuality Law

Bowing to intense pressure from lawmakers, religious leaders and political foes gearing up to fight his re-election bid in 2016, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has reversed course and decided to sign into law the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill that imposes a life sentence in prison if convicted of being gay.

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