LGBTQ Nation » Brody Levesque The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Mon, 25 May 2015 15:15:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 For a lost soldier… Mon, 25 May 2015 07:00:39 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls whose final resting place has become hallowed ground, a literal garden of stones....]]> 0 Pennsylvania governor-elect names transgender woman as Physician General Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:00:47 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has announced that Dr. Rachel Levine is his choice for Physician General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Levine would be the highest-ranked transgender woman in state government history. ]]> 0 For a lost soldier… Mon, 26 May 2014 16:00:13 +0000
Washington Bureau Chief, LGBTQ Nation Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls whose final resting place has become hallowed ground, a literal garden of stones. Arlington's rolling hills are a place of extraordinary beauty, a fitting repository for the memory of the living history of the United States. Names from the history books leap off the pages as one strolls through the grounds...]]> 0
Biden: There’s no ‘downside’ to an executive order for LGBT protections Fri, 02 May 2014 13:00:50 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation WASHINGTON -- If there's one characteristic of Vice-President Joe Biden that can be counted on, it's his ability to stay one step ahead of the President on matters of LGBT rights. ]]> 0 Facebook status outs gay Eagle Scout, ends leadership opportunities Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:30:33 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- For 19-year-old Garrett Bryant, a Boy Scout since he was a small boy, summers meant Boy Scout Camps, and this year, a job to help pay his college tuition -- that is, until a "relationship" status on Facebook forever altered his plans and his affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America.]]> 0 Gay Christians? New book rattles, angers American evangelicals Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:00:45 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation A new book that debuts in print this week is already causing outrage and discordant reactions from right-wing American Christian conservatives, who have labeled the book a sham, shameful, inaccurate, and a misinterpretation of the basic tenets of the Christian faith. ]]> 0 Anti-gay hate group leader back to U.S. after spending night in jail in Canada Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:18 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation NAPIER, Illinois -- Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera is back home in Illinois after spending 24 hours in custody in Canada for demonstrating against homosexuality and abortion at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. ]]> 0 Hate group leader Peter LaBarbera detained at Canadian airport Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:00:33 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation REGINA, Saskatchewan -- The leader of a U.S.-based anti-gay group was detained by Canadian Border Services officials on Thursday at the Regina, Saskatchewan airport. ]]> 0 Judge rules discrimination case against Library of Congress can move forward Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:00:18 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has ruled that a gay man's discrimination lawsuit against the Library of Congress can move forward, and that he could find relief under protections already provided under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. ]]> 0 Radical clerics promise more violence at IDAHOT demonstrations in Georgia Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:30:47 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation TBILISI, Georgia -- Radical Orthodox Christians and clerics are warning the LGBT community in this eastern European nation that any demonstrations on the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) would be met with even harsher retaliation that marred the event one year ago. ]]> 0 Higher Education Anti-harassment Act reintroduced in U.S. Senate Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:00:12 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would require colleges and universities receiving federal student aid funding to enact an anti-harassment policy. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2014 would mandate policies that prohibit harassment of students by their peers, faculty and staff based […]]]> 0 On eve of meeting with Pope Francis, Obama lectures Russia on LGBT rights Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:00:20 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation BRUSSELS, Belgium -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday again took aim at Russia's anti-gay laws following talks with European Union and NATO leaders on Russia's military-backed annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.]]> 0 Kerry pressed to review U.S. aid to countries with anti-LGBT laws Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:00:32 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus called on the Obama administration Tuesday to review all aid to countries with laws criminalizing homosexuality.]]> 0 Lawmakers call on Obama to sign executive order protecting LGBT workers Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:30:59 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation WASHINGTON -- Nearly 200 Congressional lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday calling for an Executive Order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.]]> 0 Fred Phelps may be dying, but the LGBT community should let him go quietly Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:00:20 +0000
Washington Bureau Chief, LGBTQ Nation A few years ago I asked Judy Shepard how she felt about Fred Phelps, the founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church which had picketed the funeral of her son Matthew in what was to become the seminal event that put Westboro into the national spotlight. Her answer surprised me. “Oh we love Freddy,” she replied. “If it wasn’t for him there would be no Matthew Shepard.” Judy’s answer to my question illustrates the truth about Fred Phelps...]]> 0
Md. lawmaker withdraws bill to prohibit conversion therapy on LGBT youth Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:00:43 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation ANNAPOLIS -- A bill that would have banned mental health professionals in Maryland from engaging in efforts to change a youth's sexual orientation or gender identity has been withdrawn.]]> 0 Russian law enforcement drops hate crime investigation on anti-LGBT attack Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:00:25 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation ST, PETERSBURG, Russia -- The investigation into a November 2013 attack at a meeting of LGBT rights activists that left a man with the loss of vision in one eye, has been suspended, and will not be investigated as a hate crime.]]> 0 Pope Francis suggests Catholic Church could support same-sex civil unions Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:00:57 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation ROME -- While reaffirming the Catholic Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, Pope Francis said in a newspaper interview Wednesday that the church could support some form of civil unions.]]> 0 Religious freedom bills: The latest effort to counter advances in marriage equality - A state-by-state status report on current legislation Sat, 01 Mar 2014 02:00:47 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation WASHINGTON – Religious freedom bills in more than a dozen state legislatures this year mark the latest effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to counter the growing public acceptance of marriage equality, and the momentum of federal court rulings striking down state gay marriage bans.]]> 0 UN chief demands repeal of Uganda law, Netherlands freezes aid subsidy - Denmark, Norway redirect government aid to private sectors Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:30:25 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation WASHINGTON -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday demanded that Uganda revise or repeal the law imposing prison sentences for the "crime" of homosexuality, adding to the growing international criticism of the measure signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday.]]> 0 Russian court dismisses case against journalist who founded LGBT teen support group Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:30:28 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia -- A Russian court on Friday dismissed the case against a freelance journalist who founded an online LGBT teen support group, ruling that it found no evidence that she had been promoting "non-traditional sexual relations."]]> 0 Prominent Ugandan doctor, LGBT rights activist detained in South Africa Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:00:25 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Human rights activists are calling on the South African government to release a prominent Ugandan doctor and LGBT rights activist who is being held in an immigration detention facility at OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg pending further deportation proceedings.]]> 0 Daughter of anti-gay Russian lawmaker nominated for GLAAD Media Award Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:00:32 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation NEW YORK -- The daughter of a former Russian Olympic figure skater and member of the Russian Parliament has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award by the LGBT advocacy group, raising the ire of Russian gay rights activists because of her mother's anti-gay voting record.]]> 0 Russia bans adoptions from countries that allow same-sex marriage Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:00:02 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation MOSCOW -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an amendment to Russia's law prohibiting same-sex couples from adopting, extending the ban to foreign couples from nations where same-sex marriage is legal.]]> 0 British Immigration office criticized over ‘degrading’ LGBT questionnaire Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:30:20 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE | LGBTQ Nation LONDON -- A confidential internal report by the British government, leaked to the British press last week, details a series of graphic questions posed to LGBT people seeking political asylum in the United Kingdom, including inquiries into a person's sexual activity.]]> 0