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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Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich

Leader of anti-gay Russian vigilante group back in Russia and under arrest

Monday, January 27, 2014
MOSCOW -- The leader of the Russian anti-gay vigilante group “Occupy Pedophilia,” who is alleged to have lured LGBT youth to abusive encounters through fake social media profiles, is back on Russian soil Monday and in custody after being deported by Cuban authorities. [ Read more → ]
Vladimir Putin

Russian lawmakers propose to expand ‘anti-gay’ law by removing the ‘gay’

Sunday, January 26, 2014
MOSCOW – A coalition of Russian lawmakers, representing members from United Russia Party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) and the Communist Party, on Friday submitted a proposal to amend the federal "anti-gay propaganda" law, expanding the measure to encompass sexual "propaganda" of any kind. [ Read more → ]

Club manager seeks freedom from hostile attitude towards LGBT Russians

Monday, January 20, 2014
The day that Arkady Gyngazov's plane landed at Kennedy International Airport in New York, thugs and hooligans hired by the owner of the building in Moscow where the gay nightclub he helped managed is located, ripped an entire portion of the roof off the building, heating and air conditioning units, exposing the club to the harsh Russian winter. [ Read more → ]
vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.

Leader of Russian anti-gay extremists who target LGBT youth arrested in Cuba

Saturday, January 18, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuban law enforcement officials on Friday arrested and detained the leader of a Russian anti-gay extremist group, according to a source in the Russian Federal Security Services, the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation. [ Read more → ]
Yoweri Museveni

Uganda president blocks controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Thursday, January 16, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has blocked the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill and has rebuked Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga for failure to follow parliamentary procedures by passing the law without a quorum, reports the Daily Monitor, the leading Ugandan newspaper. [ Read more → ]
vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.

Leader of anti-gay Russian extremist group flees to Cuba

Friday, January 10, 2014
HAVANA -- The founder of the anti-gay Russian extremist group “Occupy Pedophilia” has fled Ukraine, where he was hiding to avoid arrest by Russian authorities for a series of criminal homophobic assaults against LGBTQ people, and is now believed by Russian law enforcement to be hiding in Cuba. [ Read more → ]
Del. Jon S. Cardin

Md. lawmaker to introduce bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Thursday, January 9, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland lawmaker said he plans to introduce a bill this legislative session that would prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]
Charles Sykes, Invision (AP)Clay Aiken

Report: Clay Aiken ‘actively considering’ run for U.S. House

Saturday, January 4, 2014
Former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken is actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a report by the Washington Blade. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Air Force Academy: No legal basis to terminate former ex-gay therapist

Monday, December 23, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Air Force Academy said Friday that the academy will not fire or transfer a research analyst who came under fire last month for his history of work with organizations that seek to change gays’ and lesbians’ sexual orientations. [ Read more → ]
Lexi Lopez-Brandies

Wis. queer youth commits suicide; family, friends say bullying was a factor

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
RACINE, Wis. -- A 14-year-old Wisconsin youth who identified as gender queer committed suicide on Sunday, and now friends and family are coming forward to say that bullying is to blame. [ Read more → ]
Workers install the memorial to gays persecuted by the Nazis.

Israel honors gay Holocaust victims in first national memorial

Sunday, December 15, 2013
TEL AVIV -- A new monument to pay tribute to Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust who were persecuted by the Nazis for their sexual orientation has been unveiled in Tel Aviv. [ Read more → ]
Matt Dunham, APPresident Barack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

Obama eulogizes Mandela: ‘You can make his life’s work your own’

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Peter LaBarbera

U.S., British anti-gay activists spread homophobic messages at Jamaica conference

Monday, December 9, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Two prominent U.S. and British anti-gay activists attended a conference in Jamaica over the weekend to urge their counterparts and the Jamaican government to retain that country's colonial era law banning homosexual activity. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister criticizes Duma, gay ‘propaganda’ law

Friday, December 6, 2013
MOSCOW -- Former Russian president and current Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday criticized the country's lawmakers and recent passage of an anti-gay law, saying the Duma, Russia's federal Parliament, has switched its focus from political bans to private life. [ Read more → ]
Dayna Morales

Charity: No donation from server who said she was ‘tipped’ with anti-gay note

Friday, December 6, 2013
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- A spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project told LGBTQ Nation on Friday they had no record of any donations received from a New Jersey waitress who received thousands of dollars in extra tips and donations after she claimed she was stiffed by a family who left her an anti-gay note in lieu of a tip. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep.Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

Calif. congresswoman reintroduces resolution targeting reparative therapy

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday reintroduced a resolution asking the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage states to take steps to prevent minors from being harmed by controversial and discredited gay-to-straight conversion therapy. [ Read more → ]
Russia TodayPavel Astakhov

Russian children’s rights commissioner: Only Italy can adopt Russian children

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russia's Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights says that currently only Italy matches the two main criteria for adoption of Russian children – a bilateral agreement with the Russian Federation and a ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Alexander Bohun

Former ‘X Factor’ contestant terrorized by Russian anti-gay extremists

Sunday, December 1, 2013
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine -- A former contestant of the Ukrainian franchise of the British talent competition, "The X Factor," was attacked and physically abused by Russian anti-gay extremists last week, according to prosecutors and the victim's attorney. [ Read more → ]

Effort to repeal Calif. transgender student rights law may not qualify for ballot

Saturday, November 30, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — Opponents of a new California transgender students rights law, who claimed earlier this month they had collected enough signatures to force a ballot initiative aimed at repealing the law, may not qualify to put the issue before voters after all. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Air Force Academy cadets: No anti-gay culture, issues with ‘ex-gay’ activist

Saturday, November 23, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS -- A group of openly gay U.S. Air Force Academy cadets said Friday they have had no negative interaction with, or objections to the continued employment of a former conversion therapy counselor and long-time proponent of the ex-gay movement. [ Read more → ]
AP Vladimir Putin

Putin says ‘xenophobic’ attitude toward Russian LGBT people is wrong

Thursday, November 21, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin told a group of political leaders Wednesday that the nation and its people and government shouldn't adopt a xenophobic attitude towards people with different sexual orientations. [ Read more → ]
Norman Lamb

British health minister calls reparative therapy ‘abhorrent,’ but rules out ban

Thursday, November 21, 2013
LONDON -- Britain's Minister of State for Care and Support, (Health) Norman Lamb, told an audience during a special debate in Westminster Hall Wednesday that practitioners trying to convert gay patients to heterosexuality is "wholly abhorrent." [ Read more → ]
AP (File)

Group demands dismissal of ex-gay therapist from Air Force Academy staff

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an organization that advocates for the separation of church and state in the U.S. Armed Forces, is demanding that the U.S. Air Force Academy terminate the employment of a former conversion therapy counselor and long-time proponent of the ex-gay movement. [ Read more → ]
Caleb Laieski (right) with President Barack Obama at the White House pride reception in 2011.

Prominent teen activist indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with minor

Monday, November 18, 2013
PHOENIX -- A prominent LGBT rights and anti-bullying teen activist faces more than a dozen charges of sexual misconduct with a minor. [ Read more → ]
Samuel Ganafa

Prominent Ugandan LGBT activist charged with sodomy, held without bail

Saturday, November 16, 2013
KAMPALA, Uganda-- Samuel Ganafa, the executive director of Spectrum Uganda Initiatives and board chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), was arrested earlier this week on charges that he had sodomized another man and infected him with HIV. [ Read more → ]
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