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International NCLR Committee To Attend UN Meeting Against Torture

NCLR's #BornPerfect campaign is a national effort aimed at ending conversion therapy in the next five years by passing laws across the country to protect LGBT youth, fighting in courtrooms to ensure their safety, and raising awareness about the serious harms caused by these dangerous practices. The campaign is managed by Samantha Ames, an attorney at NCLR who focuses on conversion therapy and youth issues. The committee, led by Ames, is co-chaired by Samuel Brinton and James Guay, MFT, both of whom are survivors of conversion therapy. READ MORE.

Gambia Lawmakers Pass Bill To Jail Gays For Life

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - Gambia's National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Sept. 8, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa's most vocal anti-gay leaders. READ MORE.

Jamaican Ends Legal Challenge to Anti-Sodomy Law

"Though the cause and the case are noble, I am no longer willing to gamble with my life or the lives of my parents and siblings," Jaghai wrote in a statement withdrawing his Supreme Court claim. READ MORE.

Berlin Mayor Announces Resignation

After more than 13 years in office, Klaus Wowereit announced he will be resigning on Dec. 11 of this year. He is Berlin's first openly gay mayor and helped turn the city into a leading tourist destination. READ MORE.

Participants Needed For LGBT Mental Health Study

Researchers at King's College London are studying how stigma and discrimination contribute to mental health issues amongst those within the LGBT community. READ MORE.

Queen Pardons Gay WWII Code Breaker

The Queen of England herself, Queen Elizabeth II granted a Royal pardon for internationally acclaimed British codebreaker and computer scientist Alan Turing. Turing took his own life in 1954 after being convicted two years prior of having consensual sex with a 19-year-old male. READ MORE.

Longest Running Soap Opera Shows LGBT Support

Members of the longest running soap opera, Coronation Street, a British soap opera about the working class residents of the self titled street, have come out in support of the LGBT community for the four day celebration of Manchester Pride. READ MORE.

Special Section: Pride Source Votes
Revealing Bigotry: Taking On Gary Glenn

In a Sept. 27 op-ed in the Detroit News, conservative Republican columnist Nolan Finley raised serious concerns about three Republican candidates running for the state house Nov. 4. Todd Courser of Lapeer, Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell and Gary Glenn of Midland -- all correctly identified by Finley as a "trio (who) seeks tea party tyranny." Nolan describes Glenn and Courser as "extremely anti-gay (who) would turn the Republican Party into a fundamentalist denomination of the Christian Church if given the chance." Finley warned that the trio's narrow views on the Legislature could cripple the government and its ability to work across the aisle to move the state forward. Their agenda also includes killing any expansion of the Elliot-Larsen act to include LGBT protections.

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