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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Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Boehner still opposed to ENDA, calls workplace protections bill ‘unnecessary’

Thursday, November 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), on Thursday reiterated his opposition to federal legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
VK.comMaxim Martsinkevich (center) with alleged Ukrainian victims.

Russian anti-gay extremist under criminal investigation, reportedly flees country

Monday, November 11, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russian authorities have initiated criminal proceedings against a Russian ultra-nationalist responsible for several homophobic assaults on LGBT persons, including attacks on citizens from Ukraine, Iraq, and South Africa. [ Read more → ]

Obama congratulates Senate on ENDA passage, encourages House support

Thursday, November 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House issued a statement Thursday from President Barack Obama, just moments after the U.S. Senate approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), urging House leaders to pass the measure. [ Read more → ]

Christian group spreading another false transgender harassment story

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
TEMECULA, Calif. -- As the battle intensifies over California's recently enacted transgender student rights law, one transgender advocate said Tuesday she has caught another conservative Christian group spreading a second "fabricated" story about restroom harassment in a California school. [ Read more → ]
Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone

For all these reasons and for every season… equality matters: ‘Bridegroom’

Saturday, October 26, 2013
The year was 2005. It was a modern twist to the age-old fairy tales: boy meets boy and they fall in love. But unlike the fairy tales of old, this story had a very tragic ending... [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Mich. governor too focused on jobs to articulate an opinion on LGBT rights

Thursday, October 24, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan governor Rick Snyder is so focused on jobs that he remains unable to articulate an opinion on whether he supports or opposes expanding civil rights protections based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Russia: Bill to deny gay parents custody of their children temporarily withdrawn

Sunday, October 20, 2013
MOSCOW -- A bill in the Russian parliament that would have allowed government officials to remove children from homes of gay parents has been temporarily withdrawn from consideration. [ Read more → ]

The Color Purple

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Nearly everyday I walk from my office in downtown Washington to the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station where I catch a train home. And without fail, nearly everyday I encounter the same group of black trans kids of both genders whom I have gotten to know rather well. I stop and listen to them tell me their stories and they have told me that I’m the only “fat old white dude” who has every really cared enough to stop and not only spend time with them, but more importantly- listen. They are a minority within a minority and their stories of adversity in their lives could fill chapters in a sad novel. For them, today I am wearing purple... [ Read more → ]
Matthew Shepard

Laramie, Wyoming, 15 years later: Reflections and looking forward

Sunday, October 13, 2013
As the sun sets on the Wyoming prairie and draws shadows into the neighboring foothills just west of the west, Jim Osborn opens the back door to let the dog outside and reflects on the October week that not only marks the annual global "Coming Out" day, but also the anniversary of the murder of his friend Matthew Shepard. [ Read more → ]
Brian Brown

NOM’s Brian Brown may have violated U.S. law, says LGBT activist Fred Karger

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Prominent LGBT rights activist and former GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger alleged Tuesday that National Organization for Marriage (NOM) president Brian Brown may have broken federal law after a secret trip to Russia to lobby for a bill that banned Russian children from being adopted by countries where same-sex marriage is legal. [ Read more → ]

Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Russian advocacy group

Friday, October 4, 2013
OSLO, Norway -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for consideration for the prestigious Nobel Peace prize by a Russian advocacy group. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Perkins fires back at critics, calls SPLC ‘a very dangerous group’

Thursday, October 3, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, on Tuesday fired back Tuesday at critics who claim his recent appointment to the Louisiana state Law Enforcement Commission is political payback by Gov. Bobby Jindal. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Anti-gay pastor, target of federal lawsuit, launches campaign for Mass. governor

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Anti-gay Pastor Scott Lively, the leader of his own Abiding Truth Ministries, and who has dedicated his career and life to combating what he calls the “evil Satan inspired homosexual agenda," announced Monday that he is entering the race for Governor of Massachusetts. [ Read more → ]
Sean Robinson

Out filmmaker: Growing up gay motivates his success

Sunday, September 29, 2013
Sean Robinson, an openly gay up-and-coming film director, admits that growing up as the youngest child in a family of five — in a “very loving but eccentric Christian household” — in the town alongside the North Carolina-Virginia border, left him with a sense of urgency to make his mark on the world. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Anti-gay hate group leader appointed to La. law enforcement commission

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The leader of an anti-gay hate group has been appointed to the Louisiana state Law Enforcement Commission, a group which oversees awarding grants, training of police officers, and regulates law enforcement activity across the state. [ Read more → ]
Elton John

Anti-gay Russians: Cancel Elton John concerts, he ‘supports sodomites’

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russian anti-gay group are calling on the Putin government to ban two upcoming December concerts by openly gay British pop artist Sir Elton John. [ Read more → ]
Masha Bast

Transgender human rights lawyer announces bid for Russian president

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
MOSCOW -- A transgender attorney and Chairperson for the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights announced Monday her intent to run for President of the Russian Federation. [ Read more → ]
Matt Shepard, in a family photo carried in his father's wallet.

‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ – The life and legacy of a young gay man

Sunday, September 22, 2013
On this 15th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard, filmmaker Michele Josue -- a high school classmate and close friend of Matthew's -- brings to the screen the story of the life, death, and lasting legacy of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man with aspirations to one day change the world. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Scott Lively’s war on gays spans the U.S. to Uganda, Russia and beyond

Friday, September 20, 2013
Ask any LGBT rights activist to name the one person that they would pick as the community's arch-nemesis, and the likely answer would be Scott Lively, a Springfield, Mass., evangelical pastor and part-time coffeehouse barista. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)

Advocacy groups pitch lawmakers to override Christie’s marriage equality veto

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- A new push by same-sex marriage advocates, led by New Jersey United for Marriage, an alliance of national and state LGBT and civil rights groups, are hoping to secure enough votes to override Gov. Chris Christie’s 2012 veto of a same-sex marriage bill before the current legislative term expires in January, 2014. [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Va. tech PAC led by ‘LGBT-friendly’ execs endorses anti-gay AG for governor

Monday, September 16, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- A political action committee led by technology company executives of major U.S. corporations that have marketed themselves as LGBT-inclusive -- including Facebook, Microsoft, AOL, Comcast, Cox, Intuit, Monster and Oracle -- have endorsed Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Ken Cuccinelli to be Virginia's next governor. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Shepard

New book attempts to rewrite the history of Matthew Shepard’s life and death

Friday, September 13, 2013
A freelance television producer and writer is claiming that the events leading to the murder of 21-year-old University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in October of 1998 are substantially incorrect. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

GOP Senator targets revised marriage leave policy for gay service members

Thursday, September 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee said this week that a newly revised Pentagon policy granting marriage leave for gay service members "legally fails to fix the issue of giving same-sex couples a special benefit." [ Read more → ]
Alexei Zhuravlev

Russian MP would rather a child be an orphan than be raised by a gay parent

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
MOSCOW -- A member of the Russian Parliament, who last week said he planned to introduce a bill that would deny gay parents custody over their children, said he would rather a child be an orphan than be raised by gays. [ Read more → ]
David Cameron

Cameron to confront Putin on LGBT rights while in Russia for G20 summit

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
LONDON -- British Prime Minister David Cameron will confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over LGBT rights in Russia during a previously scheduled private meeting later this week at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, a British government official confirmed Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
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