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Turkey : Turkish Gay Activist was Atacked in istanbul

( – Turkish Gay Activist and Renowned designer Barbaros Şansal was attacked last night in the Beyoğlu Taksim district of Istanbul.

Şansal took his own bloody pictures right after the event and shared them on Twitter.

“I was threatened and attacked due to political reasons at 04:50 a.m. in Taksim Ayaspaşa. Dark brains, you will pay a heavy price for this. They told me that I will pay for my writings and statements with my life. I am only a soul but what will millions say?” he wrote under his pictures.

Şansal defended gays and gay rights a few weeks ago in an interview he gave to daily Sözcü. He also said in the same interview that he was tortured and raped by police during the 1980 coup period.

Source : Turk Gay Club

Turkish LGBT Community. Turkey

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Tammy Baldwin Elected First Gay U.S. Senator

( New York, NY, November 7, 2012 – GLAAD today responded to historic wins for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. President Barack Obama won re-election after becoming the first acting president to voice support for marriage equality. Voters in Maine and Maryland affirmed marriage for gay and lesbian couples. This is the first time that voters in any state voted in favor of marriage equality. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin also became the first out gay U.S. Senator.

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“Visibility and progress for LGBT people have grown under President Obama and now that momentum must continue,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “LGBT people deserve full equality in every aspect of American life and President Obama, in his second term, should take every concrete step within his power to make it so.”

Mainers United for Marriage and Marylanders for Marriage Equality joined national media in declaring victory for marriage equality in their states. Results of votes for marriage equality in Washington and against a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality in Minnesota have not been announced.

“Voters in Maine and Maryland have shown that full equality for gay and lesbian people is no longer a partisan issue but an issue of human dignity,” said Graddick. “The claims made by anti-gay activists that voters would never embrace marriage for gay and lesbian couples could not be further from the truth. Across lines of politics, race, religion and gender, voters in Maryland and Maine today demonstrated that marriage equality is becoming a real part of American history.”

In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin became the first out gay U.S. Senator.

“Tonight, Tammy Baldwin made history and shone a bright light across America.  No longer is the United States Senate a place for only a select few but for every citizen, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans,” said Graddick. “Baldwin’s victory showed what a majority of Americans already know: that candidates should be judged on their qualifications for the job and not their sexual orientation.”

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About GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.

Rich Ferraro
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Human Rights Campaign Files FCC Complaint Over Unsolicited Anti-Gay Text Messages to Voters

ccAdvertising spams cell phone users with unsolicited anti-marriage equality and anti-Obama texts; tries unsuccessfully to cover their tracks


( Washington – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate mass spam texts that are taking aim at President Obama, marriage equality, and a number of other progressive issues. Recently, HRC supporters have received unsolicited anti-gay text messages such as: “Obama endorses the legality of same-sex marriage.  Say No to Obama at the polls on Nov 6.”  The Washington Post reports that the texts originated from ccAdvertising, a firm specializing in political phone and text outreach – and with a history of spamming cell phone users with unsolicited content. An image of one of the anti-Obama, anti-marriage equality messages ccAdvertising blasted out is available below. HRC’s letter to the FCC is available here.

“It’s unsurprising that our opponents are employing such underhanded tactics and trying to attack equality from behind shrouds of secrecy,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. “HRC is filing a complaint with the FCC so that these types of organizations know there are consequences for their actions. It’s unacceptable to launch these types of despicable attacks from dark corners, and it’s incredibly irresponsible to send out unsolicited messages to people who have no desire to receive this type of vitriol.”

Since many Americans pay for their text messages on an as-used basis, ccAdvertising is costing money to some cell phone users by spamming them with these unwanted messages.

It appears ccAdvertising tried to hide their identity on their website – a violation of the terms of service with their online host, GoDaddy. As a result, GoDaddy revoked ccAdvertising’s anonymity and their leading role in sending the text messages became clear. It remains to be seen who is funding the firm’s unsolicited anti-equality texts. The Washington Post reports that ccAdvertising’s chief operating officer is Republican Jason Flanary, who is currently running for Senate in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Other messages users reported receiving include: “Obama supports homosexuality and its radical social agenda. Say No to Obama on Nov 6!,” “Obama denies protection to babies who survive abortions. Obama is just wrong,” “Stop Obama from forcing gay marriage on the states. Your vote is your voice,” and “Seniors cant afford to have 4 more years of Obama budget cuts to Medicare.”

Sending these types of unsolicited spam messages is a blatant violation of Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which is what is prompting HRC’s call to the FCC to investigate further.

Here is a screenshot of one of the texts an HRC member received:

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Chicago Police Department Adopts Transgender General Order

( September 4, 2012 Chicago, IL – The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), Illinois’ leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights advocacy organization, has learned that the Chicago Police Department has adopted a General Order for the treatment of Transgender Individuals while in CPD custody.

“We are very pleased to learn that the CPD has finally adopted this general order,” said Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda. “The Civil Rights Agenda has been working with Lakeview Action Coalition on this effort since last year, and we are mostly pleased with the General Order as it stands, although we have a few concerns, mostly around arrest procedures and identification.  We will be meeting with the Administration and CPD in the coming week and hope to gain further insight into what they see as their next steps in terms of training and implementation.”

“This is a great first step,” said Rick Garcia, policy advisor for The Civil Rights Agenda. “But it is just the first step. There is now a lot of training that has to be done, and we want to ensure that implementation is carried out so that every officers is aware of these new policies.  We have seen from other cities that have adopted these policies, like Washington D.C., that implementation and training are key to a successful outcome. The ordinance is still alive, so should there be a need to create oversight as it relates to implementation and training there is that mechanism available to us.”

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The Civil Rights Agenda’s mission is to maintain and increase individual rights forLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) citizens in Illinois through inter-generational volunteerism and community-driven project-based education, statewide coalition and network building, and leadership in supporting underserved communities, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Please find us online or email us at

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Gay Realtors report impact to home values, with violence like the CO theatre shooting?

In this day and age violence seems to be around every corner ~ from violent television to drastically inappropriate video games, and movie ratings dropping (allowing more and more children to watch movies that are too “mature” for their eyes), it’s no surprise people question how safe they are. When the violence jumps off the screen and into the real world, it becomes almost too much to handle for some people.

Events like the recent Colorado theatre shooting definitely impact the value of homes and the desirability of living or relocating to certain areas.

It is a tough age to be living in, both economically and socially. With rising home costs and fewer available jobs, finding a place to call “home” can become increasingly more difficult.

So what impact does the CO theatre shooting, 911 and the recent Mosque shootings have on home values? Looking specifically at the event that occurred on September 11, 2001, studies show us that the price of homes dropped more than 25 percent over night! Now the housing market had already been suffering to some extent, but the increased violence played a huge role in the drop. Business’ suffered everywhere after 9/11 and that included home values.

It is essential to remember that people will always pay for peace of mind, but if that is not available no amount of “a good deal” will make a person choose a home or location they don’t feel safe or protected in.

The recent horrific events of the Colorado “The Dark Knight Rises” theater shooting has left many stunned. Although there are no reports from our Metro Denver Gay Realtors (yet) on how this will affect home values, it is quite simple to predict. Once again this is a simple “do people feel safe?” scenario. Imagine that you have a choice to move to Aurora, Colorado or another place for employment ~ you have children, and enjoy doing things together as a family. Both places offer the same pay, and the same benefits, so which would you choose?

More people today would opt for another location, solely based on the Aurora Colorado shooting. According to a survey of gay realtors nationwide, Aurora home values will decrease just based upon less people choosing to move into the area and the stigma this tragedy has left behind.

Other violently devastating acts such as Columbine prompted people to want to move to a more secure location ~ or maybe it’s just to leave the memory behind… people did move out of the general area, and others I’m sure still remember the horrific event almost 10 years later, when “Littleton, Colorado” is even mentioned.

Let’s not forget to take into account how much these events devastate other businesses such as entertainment and tourism.

There are two choices: continue to watch these violent acts submerge and lose value in your house, or much more importantly, peace of mind. Or take the initiative in your own life and community to ensure sensible laws are brought forward and enforced, to deter these violent acts ~ while maintaining our freedoms and the ability to live our lives and secure our properties and their value without fear.

Jeff Hammerberg is the Founding CEO of ~ The Nation’s Oldest and Largest Free Database of Gay, Lesbian and Gay Friendly Realtors Coast to Coast.

Legal To Murder Gay People?

“Yeah, I killed him, but he did worse to me.”

As Reported on, In 1997, a man in Queensland, Australia killed a gay man who he claimed flirted with him by bashing his head into a wall and stabbing him to death. Today, “gay panic” is still a legal defense for murder in Queensland that can result in lesser charges.

In fact, just two years ago, a man was brutally killed in a Queensland churchyard, and his killer used the “gay panic” defense in court. He was subsequently acquitted of murder.

Father Paul Kelly is a priest in the parish where that man was killed, and he started a petition on demanding that Queensland abolish the gay panic defense. It looked like Father Kelly’s petition was headed for victory, but now there’s a new Premier in Queensland, Campbell Newman, and he won’t say whether he will abolish the gay panic loophole. 

Father Kelly thinks it’s crucial to build quick international pressure on Premier Newman, particularly from important Australian allies like the US — click here to add your name to Father Kelly’s petition demanding that Queensland abolish the gay panic defense.

A recent study named Queensland as Australia’s most homophobic state — 73% of gay and lesbian Queenslanders are subjected to verbal abuse or physical violence for their sexuality. Father Kelly believes that if the gay panic defense stands, Queensland’s gay community will be forced to live in terror knowing that the law is on their tormentors’ side.

“The support from people in Australia for my petition has been wonderful,” Father Kelly says, “but we need help from our friends in the US. We need to send Premier Newman a message that he is being watched, and we will not tolerate this despicable gay panic loophole.”

Click here to sign Father Kelly’s petition demanding that Queensland abolish the legal loophole that justifies the murder of gay people.

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Secretary of Defense: Create a Central National Registry for Military Sex Offenders is reporting that Lance Corporal Nicole McCoy wants soldiers who are found guilty of rape and sexual assault in the military to be discharged and identified on a national sex offender registry

I served as a Lance Corporal in the Marines for over three years. During that time, I was raped twice and sexually assaulted twice more. It happened so often that I assumed it must be normal.

After I left the Marines, I learned that some studies estimate that more than half of all women who serve in the US military are raped during their service. But according to current military law, military rapists are not required to list their crimes on their discharge papers or to register as sex offenders.

I don’t think it’s right that convicted sex offenders get to wipe their records clean when they leave the military. That’s why I started a petition on demanding that the Department of Defense require convicted sex offenders to register on a national database, as well as disclose this information on their discharge papers — will you sign it?

Click here to add your name.

When I tried to find out why military sex offenders don’t have to disclose their crimes on their discharge papers, I was told it would take too long to create a national database, and even that the military is trying to “go green,” and it takes too much paper to add an extra checkbox to discharge papers.

The truth is that most military sex offenders never have to pay for their crimes. Studies say that only 14% of rapes in the military are reported, and only 8% result in a court martial. And those who do get convicted get to wipe their records clean as soon as they leave the military.

When I tried to report what happened to me, I was led through a maze of questions and excuses. It felt like no one wanted to hear what happened to me. Instead of getting justice, I was ostracized and humiliated. But I’m not going to stand by in silence anymore. I know that if enough people sign my petition, the Department of Defense will be forced to address this issue.

Click here to sign my petition demanding that the Department of Defense register soldiers convicted of sexual assault in military courts in a national database, as well as disclose this information on their discharge papers.

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