Brody Levesque

Brody Levesque

Brody Levesque is a veteran journalist and Chief Washington D.C. correspondent and Bureau Chief for LGBTQ Nation.

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President Obama remembers gay Holocaust victims

Monday, April 23, 2012
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday spoke at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to mark Yom HaShoah, or the Holocaust Remembrance Day, and during his speech the president referred directly to the homosexual victims of Nazi persecution. [ Read more → ]
Raymond Taavel

Prominent Canadian LGBT activist, journalist murdered in Nova Scotia

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- A prominent Canadian LGBT activist and journalist was found beaten to death outside a popular gay bar in Halifax early Tuesday morning. Raymond Taavel, 49, the former editor of the LGBT magazine "Wayves" and former co-chair of PrideWeek Halifax, was found bleeding and unconscious. He died at the scene. [ Read more → ]

Hate group speakers draw LGBT protesters at Boston tea party rally

Monday, April 16, 2012
BOSTON -- A Tea Party rally in Boston on Sunday -- featuring guest speakers from two noted anti-gay hate groups -- drew a crowd of counter protesters from LGBT advocacy group Join the Impact Massachusetts and members of the Occupy movement, and led to arrests of at least three people. [ Read more → ]

Two Kentucky women plead guilty in hate crime against gay man

Saturday, April 14, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The two Kentucky women connected to the beating of an openly gay Kentucky man have pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a kidnapping and hate crime assault, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. [ Read more → ]

Russia rejects G8 statement affirming rights, freedoms of LGBT individuals

Friday, April 13, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Russia is openly distancing itself from language included in a joint statement released by the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting Chairman Thursday after a meeting of the G8 Foreign Ministers in Washington. [ Read more → ]
Kevin Pennington

Kentucky men indicted under Matthew Shepard federal hate crime law

Thursday, April 12, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A federal grand jury in London, Ky. on Thursday indicted two men in the first federal application of the Matthew Shepard-James C. Bryd hate crimes law since it was signed into law in October of 2009, according to an announcement by Kerry B. Harvey, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. [ Read more → ]
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Liberian president reverses course on anti-gay comments

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
MONROVIA, Liberia -- A spokesperson for Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Wednesday reaffirmed an earlier statement that Johnson-Sirleaf has vowed to veto any legislation that would criminalize homosexual behavior in the Wast African country. [ Read more → ]

CSU students report attack by football players shouting anti-gay slurs

Monday, April 9, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- An alleged attack by three Colorado State University football players has resulted in their suspension, and left four classmates, all freshman, recovering from injuries inflicted during the attack, which allegedly included anti-gay slurs. [ Read more → ]

Ballot measure to protect LGBT people in Anchorage appears to have failed

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Voters in Anchorage on Tuesday rejected a proposed ordinance that would have added would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative. [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Harvey: Top 10 reasons Christian kids should skip school on ‘Day of Silence’

Monday, April 2, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Linda Harvey, the suburban Columbus housewife who has led a campaign aimed at stamping out what she terms “sin-affirming pro-homosexuality activism” is once again this year taking aim at the GLSEN sponsored “Day of Silence.” [ Read more → ]
Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney’s PAC secretly donated $10,000 to anti-gay NOM

Friday, March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Documents sent to the Human Rights Campaign and released Friday reveal that Republican presidential front runner Mitt Romney confidentially donated $10,000 to the National Organizational for Marriage via the Alabama chapter of his political action committee, “Free and Strong America.” [ Read more → ]

Kansas House Republicans pass bill that OKs anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
TOPEKA, Kansas -- The Republican controlled Kansas state House on Wednesday evening passed a bill that would effectively legalese anti-gay discrimination based on religious objections. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Zamudio Vera

Gay Chilean man who suffered brutal attack dies after 24 days in coma

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Daniel Zamudio-Vera, an openly gay Chilean man who spent 24 days in a medically-induced coma following a brutal attack March 3 by members of a suspected neo-Nazi group, has died. He was 24 years old. [ Read more → ]

Gay couple arrested on cruise ship ‘paraded like animals’

Saturday, March 24, 2012
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A gay couple from California, arrested earlier this in Dominica for alleging having sex "in open view," are disputing accounts of the incident by the cruise operator and the Caribbean island's authorities, and said that while in custody they were paraded around like animals. [ Read more → ]
Austin Rodriguez

Ohio gay teen in coma following suicide attempt due to bullying

Friday, March 23, 2012
WELLSVILLE, Ohio -- An Ohio teenager was in a coma Friday in the intensive care unit at Akron Children's Hospital, a week after he tried to end his own life. Austin Rodriguez, 15, a student at Wellsville High School, told his parents last Thursday that they "didn't know what was going on his personal life." [ Read more → ]

U.S. Immigration judge halts deportation of gay spouse

Thursday, March 22, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A U.S. Immigration judge on Thursday afternoon halted deportation proceedings against Alfonso Garcia, the bi-national spouse of a gay man, and instead ordered that a routine green card petition process be initiated. [ Read more → ]
Reuben Lack

High school student council president removed for supporting LGBT students

Thursday, March 22, 2012
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A high school honors student has been fired from his position as student body president for supporting a student council in January that supported LGBT students, according to his attorney James Radford. [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey: ‘Day of Silence’ is the ‘eradication of moral beliefs’

Monday, March 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Linda Harvey, the virulently anti-gay conservative pundit whose Mission America organization was recently listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a certified hate group, has launched her annual campaign to demonize the GLSEN-sponsored "Day Of Silence." [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Lively claims lawsuit targets him for speaking anti-gay ‘truth of the Bible’

Thursday, March 15, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Scott Lively, the anti-gay U.S. evangelist who is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a Ugandan gay rights group, responded Thursday, and said he was being targeted "for speaking the truth of the Bible" about homosexuality. [ Read more → ]

Islamic militia groups target dozens of gays, emo youth in Iraq killings

Sunday, March 11, 2012
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Extreme Islamic militia groups operating in Baghdad, Basra, Al-Sadr City and in the Al-Habibea region of Iraq have killed as many as 56, and possibly as high as one hundred, young gay and lesbian Iraqis, according to officials in the Iraqi Interior Ministry and international LGBT activists. [ Read more → ]

Arab, African delegates walk out on U.N. LGBT rights conference

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
GENEVA, Switzerland -- Delegates from Muslim and African countries staged a massive walkout on Wednesday during an historic UN Human Rights Council debate on gay rights, saying they refused to legitimize same-sex relations. [ Read more → ]

Ousted Iowa Supreme Court justices to receive JFK ‘Profiles in Courage’ award

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
BOSTON -- Three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were ousted from the bench in a retention vote after ruling that Iowa's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, will be honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, according to an announcement by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. [ Read more → ]

NHL, Burke family unveil ‘You Can Play’ campaign to end homophobia in sports

Monday, March 5, 2012
The National Hockey League has joined the growing effort by professional sports and players campaigning to end homophobia with a series of new public service announcements to encourage gay athletes to participate in sports. [ Read more → ]

Lady Gaga launches ‘Born this Way’ youth empowerment foundation

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Cultural singing icon, Lady Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta, along with her mother Cynthia Germanotta and media magnate Oprah Winfrey officially launched the pop diva's "Born this Way" foundation Wednesday on the campus of Harvard University. [ Read more → ]
Marcel Guarnizo

Priest walks out on funeral over attendance of deceased woman’s lesbian daughter

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- A Catholic priest at St. John Neumann Catholic Church walked out on a funeral service two weeks ago and refused to perform the grave site ritual because he was bothered by the attendance of an openly lesbian woman -- the lesbian was the deceased woman's daughter. [ Read more → ]
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