School district forced LGBTQ student to read Bible as punishment

An Oregon school district reportedly forced an LGBTQ student to read passages from the Bible as a form of punishment

The World in Coos Bay, Ore., reports that the student's allegations were detailed by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in a March 6 letter to North Bend School District Superintendent Bill Yester. 

The ODE is investigating claims that an LGBTQ high school student was forced by a school administrator to read the Bible while they were being “disciplined,” according to The World. 

Ex Gays Hold Rally In DC and No One Showed Up

"We don't believe you, you need more people!" ‘Ex-gay’ and ‘ex-trans’ activists have held a march promoting gay conversion therapy – and it was attended by just 36 people.

Saturday’s Freedom March in Washington DC was a fundamentalist Christian event which promoted the idea that people can gain “freedom from homosexual/transgender lifestyles by the grace and power of Jesus Christ.” 

2018 GLAAD Awards Honor Ava Duvernay, Samira Wiley

The GLAAD gala took place at the New York Hilton Midtown with trailblazing director Ava DuVernay on hand to receive the Excellence in Media Award from Senator Cory Booker.

The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Samira Wiley was presented with the Vito Russo Award by her costar Alexis Bledel, while Oscar-winning screenwriter James Ivory and Call Me By Your Name producer Peter Spears were on hand to accept the GLAAD honor for Outstanding Film.

Joy Reid Apologizes For Past Homophobic Comments, Has Full Panel On LGBTQ issues

On Saturday morning, five days after Joy Reid was accused of authoring a series of homophobic blog posts that were unearthed by a Twitter user, the MSNBC host apologized for the controversy but said that she still doesn't think she wrote the posts in question.

"Here's what I know: I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things," she said on AM Joy. "But I can definitely understand based on things I have said and have written in the past that some people don't believe me.

Newspaper Removes Son From His Mom's Obituary Because He's Gay

A local newspaper in Texas removed references to a gay couple in their mother’s obituary, citing ”religious and ethical reasons,” Fox News 4 reports.

Barry Giles and John Gambill, who have been married for 31 years, say the Olto, Texas paper scrubbed references to Gambill after Giles’ mom died. The couple had included both their names in the obituary they sent to Giles’ hometown paper, writing “those left to cherish her memory include her son, Barry Giles and his husband, John Gambill of Dallas.”

The decision left the couple distraught.

Gay Military Couple Hires Attorney After Their Wedding Photo Is Used In Political Attack Ad

What would you think if you saw your wedding picture being used in a political attack ad? That's the spot a local gay couple is finding themselves. 

Their wedding was officiated by a candidate for state senate, but the couple says they didn't sign up to be caught in the mudslinging. 

The Air Force veteran, who suffers from PTSD, said he and his husband are private citizens, and this is casting a shadow on a very important memory.

"After being together for nine years, we have a bond," said Shane Morgan, referring to his husband Landon.

Church leader claims gay people are Satanists and control the economy

A popular Christian leader in Ghana has claimed that “most” gay people are Satanists.

The claim comes from Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, the former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. 

Martey made the claims over the weekend while speaking at the Agape House New Testament Church, as noted by Patheos.

He said: “It is a reproach — a disgrace — to a nation that sanctions homosexuality.

“Listen… you see, the homosexuals are, most of them, are Satanists, and they control the economy of a nation. They have money.”

Jamaican LGBTQ Activists Launch "The Gay Agenda" Magazine To Spread Awareness on Island

J-FLAG (the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays) has launched a new magazine that will try to humanize LGBTQ people and LGBTQ rights in the country.

“For many years now, the term ‘Gay Agenda’ has been a slur used to describe some secretive and sinister plot by the local to up-end society and destroy its very fabric,” said J-FLAG in a promotional statement.

Man Accused of Strangling His Boyfriend To Death, Hiding Body In Closet

The boyfriend of a man who was found apparently strangled to death in the closet of the home they shared was charged in the killing.

Christian Alexander Ortiz, 21, was charged with murder in the death of Brayan Rodriguez, who had been reported missing by his family, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors confirm the two were in a relationship.

Loved ones were executing a search for the 20-year-old UC San Diego student on Sunday when his body was found in Ortiz’s closet, two days after he was reported missing.

4 Black LGBTQ Activists Found Guilty After Pride Protests

On Monday, a jury convicted three LGBTQ activists on six of eight misdemeanor counts stemming from a June 2017 protest during the Columbus Pride parade.

Wriply Bennet was convicted of disorderly conduct, failure to comply with a police officer’s orders and resisting arrest; Ashley Braxton of disorderly conduct and failure to comply; and Kendall Denton of disorderly conduct. Sentencing is expected in the coming weeks.

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