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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On eve of meeting with Pope Francis, Obama lectures Russia on LGBT rights

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Pablo Martinez Monsivais,  APPresident Barack Obama in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
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.

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Kerry pressed to review U.S. aid to countries with anti-LGBT laws

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is Chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus.
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus called on the Obama administration Tuesday to review all aid to countries with laws criminalizing homosexuality.

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Lawmakers call on Obama to sign executive order protecting LGBT workers

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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.

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Fred Phelps may be dying, but the LGBT community should let him go quietly

| Sunday, March 16, 2014
Fred Phelps
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...

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Md. lawmaker withdraws bill to prohibit conversion therapy on LGBT youth

| Saturday, March 15, 2014
Del. Jon S. Cardin
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professionals in Maryland from engaging in efforts to change a youth's sexual orientation or gender identity has been withdrawn.

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Russian law enforcement drops hate crime investigation on anti-LGBT attack

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Dmitry Chyzhevsky lost vision in his left eye from injuries sustained in the attack.
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.

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Pope Francis suggests Catholic Church could support same-sex civil unions

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Pope Francis
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.

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Religious freedom bills: The latest effort to counter advances in marriage equality

| Friday, February 28, 2014
Alex Brandon, AP
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.

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UN chief demands repeal of Uganda law, Netherlands freezes aid subsidy

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan anti-gay activist Pastor Martin Ssempa posts up a public notice offering "rehabilitation" for homosexuals at Uganda’s National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
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.

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Russian court dismisses case against journalist who founded LGBT teen support group

| Saturday, February 22, 2014
Elena Klimova
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."

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