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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Bradlee Dean

Bradlee Dean’s press conference: the ‘left wing media’ has slandered me (Video)

Friday, July 29, 2011
From the Nick Pinto at the Village Voice comes this video of Bradlee Dean’s press conference on Wednesday, where he announced a $50 million lawsuit against the “left wing media” — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, the Minnesota Independent and Independent reporter Andy Birkey — on what Dean claims is defamation against him personally and his ministry. [ Read more → ]
David Munoz Diaz

Suspect in murder of gay immigrant says victim’s death was accidental

Friday, July 29, 2011
The man accused of murdering 23-year-old Freddy Canul-Arguello and then setting fire to the victim's remains, has claimed that Canul-Arguello's death was accidental, according to his attorney, San Francisco public defender Alex Lilien. [ Read more → ]
Scott Brown

Sen. Scott Brown at center of controversy over absence from anti-bullying video

Thursday, July 28, 2011
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has come under fire over his refusal to participate in a video for the “It Gets Better Project” that featured all other members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. [ Read more → ]
ecosoc

International Gay and Lesbian Association gains United Nations accreditation

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), meeting in Geneva on Monday, voted to grant UN accreditation to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) -- one of the oldest international organizations fighting for LGBT rights. [ Read more → ]
Hegen-Hansen

Married lesbian couple rescues 40 kids during Norway shooting rampage

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
A lesbian couple were among the first responders to assist victims following the shooting massacre in Norway on Friday, when gunman Anders Behring Breivik went on a shooting rampage at a youth camp on Utoya island. [ Read more → ]
Marcus and Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann remains silent on teen suicides in her congressional district

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
GOP presidential hopeful and Tea Party, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been noticeably silent on the spate of teen suicides in Anoka-Hennepin school district -- Minnesota's largest school district, which is located in the heart of Bachmann's district. [ Read more → ]
nycf

Opponents of same-sex marriage file suit to overturn NY marriage equality law

Monday, July 25, 2011
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- A so-called christian family values group has filed a legal challenge seeking to overturn New York's same-sex marriage law less than twenty four hours after it took effect yesterday. The group -- New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, led by Reverend Jason... [ Read more → ]
homeless_teen

Massachusetts study finds alarming trend in homelessness among LGBTQ youth

Saturday, July 23, 2011
In a study published online Thursday by the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston's Children's Hospital, researchers found that that 25 percent of gay and lesbian public high school students in Massachusetts were homeless. [ Read more → ]
DADT-ceritfication

Obama, Pentagon certify repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ — ban ends in 60 days

Friday, July 22, 2011
President Barack Obama has formally signed the certification that repeals the ban on gays serving openly in the military. [ Read more → ]
ny-state-flag

New York state flag to fly high above San Francisco’s famed Castro neighborhood

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
In an act of appreciation and in solidarity with the greater LGBTQ community of the Empire State, when New York's first same-sex marriages commence this Sunday, the New York state flag will fly above San Francisco's famed Castro neighborhood. [ Read more → ]
Bob Vander Plaats

Head of Iowa anti-gay Family Leader enjoys a lame joke at the expense of ‘fags’

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
In a short video clip released Tuesday by independent watch-dog group Think Progress, the homophobic president of the anti-gay, conservative christian group "The Family Leader" is seen erupting in laughter at after being told a joke about "fags." [ Read more → ]
Judson Phillips

Tea Party official defends Bachmann, calls LGBT advocates a ‘liberal freak show’

Monday, July 18, 2011
Accusing LGBT advocates of being intolerant, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips on Monday alerts us that, "The liberal freak show is coming after Michele Bachmann." [ Read more → ]
truvada

Inexpensive daily anti-HIV pill found to be effective as preventative measure

Thursday, July 14, 2011
In a groundbreaking series of recent clinical trials, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that a pill containing either one or two anti-HIV drugs taken daily can reduce transmission of the HIV-virus by as much as three-quarters among heterosexual couples. [ Read more → ]
hate-crime

Violence against America’s LGBTQ community increased significantly in 2010

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Violent crimes against LGBTQ people are on the rise, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey: Teacher’s union gives ‘financial incentives’ for students to be gay

Monday, July 11, 2011
Linda Harvey, founder of Columbus, Ohio-based anti-gay Mission America, has now targeted a National Education Association affiliate for providing college scholarships for LGBT high school students. [ Read more → ]
illinois

Equality Illinois reports: 1,600 civil unions in first month since law took effect

Monday, July 11, 2011
An estimated 1,618 total civil union licenses were issued across Illinois this past month since the state's Civil Unions Law took effect June 1, according to Equality Illinois. [ Read more → ]
freddy

Mystery surrounds murder of gay immigrant in San Francisco

Saturday, July 9, 2011
On Friday, June 10, San Francisco firefighters, responding to a reported brush fire incident in Buena Vista Park in the city’s famed Haight district, made the grisly discovery of a gay immigrant’s corpse, burned beyond recognition in an nearby dumpster. [ Read more → ]
betty-gerald-ford

LGBT community loses an ally; former First Lady Betty Ford dies at age 93

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Betty Ford, who had won the hearts and minds of her fellow Americans and earned a special place in history for her strong opinions, brutal honesty and advocacy regarding abortion rights, sex, gay rights, marijuana and the Equal Rights Amendment, passed away Friday. [ Read more → ]
brock-ritter

Boy ‘diva’ on ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ is just as fabulous as the girls

Friday, July 8, 2011
Seven year old Brock Ritter is very proud of the way he flaunts himself and is not afraid to let you know it. In fact, he is a self described "diva." [ Read more → ]
Bilal Philips

Islamic religious scholar: Gays in Islamic countries ‘must be killed’

Monday, July 4, 2011
As the annual Toronto Pride parade worked its way through the city's LGBTQ community on Sunday, an Islamic religious scholar addressing a 9,000-strong crowd at the annual Journey of Faith Islamic conference said that, in countries governed by Islamic law, homosexuals caught in the act should be executed. [ Read more → ]
walsh

Federal investigators: California school’s response to anti-gay bullying ‘inadequate’

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Federal investigators on Friday concluded that the Tehachapi, Calif., Unified School District failed to “adequately investigate or respond appropriately to the bullying of a gay, 13-year-old middle school student who hung himself in September due to the harassment." [ Read more → ]
Homophobia

More messages of divisiveness, as backlash from NY marriage equality vote continues

Monday, June 27, 2011
The outrage from so-called Christians and their politically aligned organizations and allies that not only decry the courage of the lawmakers in New York, but so completely demonize LGBT persons so as to make mockery of the word "humanity." [ Read more → ]
michigan

Michigan GOP lawmakers seeking to ban partner benefits for unmarried couples

Thursday, June 23, 2011
During a legislative committee session, the Michigan House Oversight and Reform Committee's GOP-majority on Tuesday voted to bar public employers from giving benefits to anyone not married or related to an employee. [ Read more → ]
Michigan-Court-of-Appeals

Appeals court upholds ruling that ‘gay panic’ was not sufficient defense

Monday, June 20, 2011
A Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's decision rejecting use of the so-called "gay panic defense" in a case where the defendant attacked and severely beat another man for what he testified was unwanted sexual advances. [ Read more → ]
unhrc

UN passes historic resolution calling for universal rights for LGBTQ persons

Friday, June 17, 2011
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution supporting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
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