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President Obama Meets with Russian LGBT Activists in St. Petersburg| Gay News

@tlrd:

"President Obama met with Igor Kochetkov (above, being detained for ‘gay propaganda’ in April 2012), Director of the Russian LGBT Network and Olga Lenkova (below), a spokesperson for theSt. Petersburg LGBT organization Coming Out for a little more than an hour Friday evening at the Crown Plaza near the St. Petersburg airport with UN ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to Russia Mike McFaul, and seven other Russian civil society activists, according to a pool report.


Said Obama to the activists: “I got my start as a community organizer, somebody who was working in what would be called an NGO in the international community. I got elected president by engaging people at a grass roots level.”

Obama also said, referring to the activists: “I’m very proud of their work… Part of good government is making sure we’re creating a space for civil society.”

Read the full statement from Obama’s meeting at Towleroad >

Supreme Court may take up gay-marriage cases | Nation & World | The Seattle Times

From the Seattle Times:

After two decades in which gay rights moved from the margin to capture the support of most Americans, the Supreme Court justices this week will decide if now is the time to rule on whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry.

The justices must decide whether to hear an appeal from the defenders of California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that limited marriage to a man and a woman.

At the same session Friday, the court will sift through several appeals to decide whether legally married gay couples have a right to equal benefits under federal law. Appeals courts in Boston and New York have struck down this part of the Defense of Marriage Act, and the justices are almost certain to take up a case to resolve that question.”

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LPAC, Lesbian Super PAC, Launches With Backing Of Billie Jean King And Jane Lynch

From the Huffington Post:

"Women including sports icon Billie Jean King and actress Jane Lynch are starting a super PAC on Wednesday that they hope will increase the political power of the lesbian community.

The organization, called LPAC, will provide financial backing to pro-lesbian candidates, whether Democrats or Republicans, male or female, gay or straight. The group intends to back federal and state candidates, as well as some ballot measures. All targets of the group’s support must back an end to discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals; reproductive rights and access to quality health care; and social, racial and economic justice.”

Read more at the Huffington Post >

Gay rights in the US, state by state | guardian.co.uk

In light of the disappointing news from North Carolina, the Guardian has put together an insightful, illuminating portrait of LGBT rights, state by state. Share this with your friends and everyone who cares about how far we’ve still got to go!

View the excellent infographic >

Every1Against1

This is a brilliant campaign to defeat North Carolina’s Amendment 1, which comes to a vote on May 1st.

"Simply put, Amendment One is an unnecessary, thinly veiled attack on civil rights — a gross injustice to North Carolina’s unmarried couples, children, families, seniors, women and businesses. If Amendment One passes, what’s next? It would mark the first time the North Carolina constitution was amended in order to discriminate against specific individuals. This flies in the face of the state’s tradition of amending the constitution to increase equality."

Using images from the segregationist history of the South, Every1Against1 makes a powerful statement on the painful realities of discrimination.

See the campaign >

Russian lawmakers target gay ‘propaganda’ - The Washington Post

Russia is hosting the next Winter Olympic Games (Sochi 2014). And yet, the anti-gay laws from St. Petersburg that have made headlines stand to hurt Russia’s international reputation. To what degree do LGBT civil rights advances in the USA and Europe stand to feel like a Western thing?

Learn the latest in a great article in the Washington Post >