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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Club manager seeks freedom from hostile attitude towards LGBT Russians

| Monday, January 20, 2014
Arkady-Gyngazov-cropped
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.

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

| Saturday, January 18, 2014
vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.
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.

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Uganda president blocks controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
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.

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Leader of anti-gay Russian extremist group flees to Cuba

| Friday, January 10, 2014
vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.
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.

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

| Thursday, January 9, 2014
Del. Jon S. Cardin
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.

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

| Saturday, January 4, 2014
Charles Sykes, Invision (AP)Clay Aiken
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.

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

| Monday, December 23, 2013
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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.

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

| Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Lexi Lopez-Brandies
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.

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Israel honors gay Holocaust victims in first national memorial

| Sunday, December 15, 2013
Workers install the memorial to gays persecuted by the Nazis.
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.

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

| Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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.
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.

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