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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Mikhail Degtyarev

Russian MP proposes gay blood ban, free gay-to-straight conversion therapy

Monday, August 26, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- A Russian lawmaker is proposing a bill that would ban blood and organ donations from gay men, while offering them free gay-to-straight conversion therapy. [ Read more → ]

Opponents promise legal challenges to new laws protecting LGBT youth

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Two recently approved measures creating protections for LGBT youth -- one expanding rights for transgender students in California public schools, and another prohibiting gay conversion therapy on minors in New Jersey -- have opponents promising to launch legal challenges to overturn the laws. [ Read more → ]
Elisa Chan

San Antonio city councilwoman: Homosexuality is ‘so disgusting,’ ‘against nature’

Saturday, August 17, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A secret recording of a staff meeting to discuss a proposed citywide non-discrimination ordinance captured a San Antonio city councilwoman discussing why homosexuality is "so disgusting" and "against nature." [ Read more → ]
Ignat Kozlov, APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, in southern Russia.

Official: Reports that IOC will punish athletes for wearing pride pins are untrue

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A high ranking official with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told LGBTQ Nation on Wednesday that published reports that the IOC would punish LGBT athletes or allies for acts such as wearing pride pins or holding hands, are “misleading” and “mischaracterized.” [ Read more → ]
This image posted to the "Occupy Pedophilia" group on, depicts group members "Lion Fancy" (left) and Mikhail Krasnov (right) standing over an unidentified victim.

Russian anti-gay extremists claim recent torture victim has died

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
An anti-gay Russian Ultra-nationalist known for using social media to target LGBT youth in Russia, claims that one of his victims, an alleged "teen" who was tortured and depicted in a widely circulated photo last week, has died. [ Read more → ]
Madonna (left) and Lady Gaga

Madonna, Lady Gaga could face charges in Russia for violating visas

Monday, August 5, 2013
MOSCOW -- Madonna and Lady Gaga, two of the biggest pop stars in the world, could face charges in Russia over allegations that they violated their tourist visas when they held concerts there last year, but observers say the warning is a veiled attempt punish them for their vocal opposition to Russia's anti-gay laws. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

Lawmakers press Kerry on Americans’ safety during Olympic games in Russia

Monday, August 5, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of 88 Congressional lawmakers, led by U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, is pressing Secretary of State John Kerry to ensure the saftey of American athletes and spectators at the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.)

U.S. Senators express concern over Russia’s anti-gay laws, Olympic safety

Friday, August 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- At least two U.S. Senators are speaking out over growing concerns of Russia's anti-gay laws, and how enforcement of those laws would affect athletes and spectators attending the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. [ Read more → ]
Vitaly Valentinovich Milonov

Russian lawmaker says anti-gay law must be enforced during Winter Olympics

Monday, July 29, 2013
MOSCOW -- A leading member of the legislative assembly of the city and region around St. Petersburg, Russia, and a co-author of the national law signed last month by Russian President Vladimir Putin which criminalizes public displays of affection between same-sex couples and events that promote gay rights, is urging the Putin administration to "refrain from selective enforcement" of the legislation. [ Read more → ]

Olympic committee: Russia says athletes, fans exempt from anti-gay laws

Friday, July 26, 2013
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The International Olympic Committee on Friday said it had received "assurances from the highest level" of the Russian government that athletes and spectators attending the the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi are exempt from an anti-gay statue that outlaws "homosexual propaganda." [ Read more → ]

Russian extremists using social media to target, attack LGBT youth

Thursday, July 25, 2013
KAMENSK-URAL, Russia -- A network of loosely organized groups of Russian ultra-nationalists are targeting LGBT youth for bullying and assault by creating fake social media profiles and gay personals to attract unsuspecting victims. [ Read more → ]

Senate committee advances military spouses, veterans benefits bills

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday approved a package of bills to improve benefits and health care services for veterans and their families, including the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act. [ Read more → ]

Tim Hortons blames website censorship on vendor after boycott threatened

Friday, July 19, 2013
TORONTO -- Tim Hortons, the Ontario-based coffee and doughnut house with more than 3,500 locations in Canada and the U.S., said Friday it has lifted a block of a popular Canadian LGBT news website from its in-store Wi-fi under pressure from gay rights advocates who vowed to launch a boycott of the chain. [ Read more → ]

Mass. legislature considers proposed ban on conversion therapy for minors

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
BOSTON -- A proposed measure to ban controversial gay-to-straight "conversion therapy" on minors in received its first public scrutiny in Massachusetts on Tuesday afternoon in a session of the state legislature’s Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. [ Read more → ]

Lawmaker who wants gays flogged says Russian public needs protection

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
CHITA, Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia -- A Siberian region lawmaker who advocates publicly flogging of gays, said Tuesday he intends to establish a group to protect Russians from homosexuals. [ Read more → ]
Harrison Ford (left) and Asa Butterfield in a scene from "Ender's Game."

LGBT group calls for boycott of ‘Ender’s Game’ over author’s anti-gay activism

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
NEW YORK -- Gay rights advocates are calling for a boycott of the upcoming release of the science-fiction film "Ender's Game," which is based on the 1985 novel by anti-gay activist Orson Scott Card. [ Read more → ]
TelemundoCardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez

Catholic Cardinal refers to gay U.S. Ambassador nominee as ‘faggot’

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- President Barack Obama's choice of openly gay nominee, James “Wally” Brewster as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, has touched off a firestorm of criticism including from Catholic Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, who referred to Brewster in Spanish as a “maricón” — a slur usually translated as “faggot." [ Read more → ]

D.C. police investigating six attacks in LGBT community in recent weeks

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Police in the District of Columbia are investigating six reported attacks, which include a fatal shooting, a beating, a stabbing, a sexual assault, and two non life-threatening shootings against members of the LGBT community over the past two weeks. [ Read more → ]

Senate committee schedules vote on Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has scheduled a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). [ Read more → ]

Remembering Stonewall: Why LGBT pride can now be celebrated openly

Friday, June 28, 2013
NEW YORK -- Forty-four years ago tonight, in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, uniformed and plain-clothed New York City police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular Greenwich Village gay bar on Christopher Street. [ Read more → ]

Hagel honors gay service members at Pentagon pride event

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. -- In his first appearance at a Pentagon LGBT Pride Month event, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday honored gay and lesbian service members, calling them “integral to America’s armed forces.” [ Read more → ]
Eric Fanning

First out, gay man takes over as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

Saturday, June 22, 2013
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. -- U.S. Air Force Under Secretary Eric Fanning took over as acting director of the Air Force on Friday, becoming the highest ranking out, LGBT official at the Department of Defense. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy group endorses Va. Democrats despite tepid support of LGBT issues

Friday, June 21, 2013
RICHMOND -- Equality Virginia PAC, the advocacy arm Equality Virgina, on Friday endorsed the Democratic ticket for Virginia's three top elective offices, while at the same time acknowledging that a lack of public comment on LGBT issues from the candidates was problematic. [ Read more → ]

Campaign to raise awareness of HIV testing draws ire of Dallas lawmaker

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
A campaign to increase awareness of HIV infections has one Dallas city council member fuming. Vonciel Jones Hill, who once stated that “all people are created equal under God, but there are acts that God does not bless,” is angry about a billboard promoting public education about HIV. [ Read more → ]

White House objects to ‘conscience protections’ added to defense bill

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a defense spending bill that includes so-called “conscience protections” that critics say would allow service members to promote anti-gay beliefs without fear of discipline. [ Read more → ]
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