Archive for September, 2011

Serbian government threatens to cancel Belgrade Pride

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September 30, 2011

UPDATE: The parade was banned. As foreseen, an lgbt pride march scheduled for Sunday in Belgrade is in jeopardy of being canceled by government officials who say they cannnot guarantee the safety of participants.  From Irish Times: Serbian authorities may ban Sunday's gay rights parade in Belgrade and all other public gatherings this weekend, fearing […]

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Ninth Circuit panel unanimously finds challenge to DADT moot; lower court opinion vacated

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September 29, 2011

A Ninth Circuit panel shot down attempts to keep Log Cabin Republicans v. Panetta alive, ruling that the repeal of DADT has mooted the case challenging the law's constitutionality. This means that service members who have claims stemming from past discharges, such as those regarding benefits or re-enlistment, will have to bring separate cases. In […]

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Rape statistics based on 80-year old definition of the crime

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September 29, 2011

From the NY Times: Thousands of sexual assaults that occur in the United States every year are not reflected in the federal government’s yearly crime report because the report uses an archaic definition of rape that is far narrower than the definitions used by most police departments… Many law enforcement officials and advocates for women […]

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Arizona seeks rehearing en banc in Ninth Circuit benefits case

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September 28, 2011

The state of Arizona has filed a Petition for Rehearing En Banc in Diaz v. Brewer, the Lambda challenge to an Arizona law that eliminated partner benefits for state employees. In my view, it's a sleeper of a case – one that appears to raise a fairly narrow issue, but which could have important ramifications. The […]

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Census Bureau on same-sex couple households: Read the data, see the movie

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September 28, 2011

The Census Bureau has issued a correction in the numbers of same-sex spouses and same-sex unmarried partners, revising the estimated numbers in the two categories down from 349,377 to 131,729, and from 552,620 to 514,735, respectively. Williams Institute Distinguished Scholar Gary Gates, together with other demographers, concurred in the revision. (Full statement after the jump) That makes a revised […]

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Mon fils est-il gay?

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September 27, 2011

Android has been marketing a new app to French women that, for 1 euro 99 centimes, claims to tell them whether they have a gay son. Surely everyone gets that this is some developer's lame attempt at humor. The app consists of a "questionnaire" comprised of worn out cliches, stereotypes and roll your eyes jokes. […]

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