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Chechen police ‘kidnap and torture gay men’ – LGBT activists

Chechen Police kidnap gays

Gay men are fleeing brutal persecution in Chechnya, where police are holding more than 100 people and torturing some of them in an anti-gay crackdown, Russian activists say. Natalia Poplevskaya of the Russian LGBT Network said “we are working to evacuate people”. A government spokesman called the reports “lies” and said homosexual people “simply don’t exist in the republic”. Homophobia is widespread in Chechnya. The mainly Muslim region is run by Ramzan Kadyrov, an authoritarian leader with a notorious private militia, fiercely loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ms Poplevskaya told the BBC that victims – either gay or just …

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White House Statement on Trump’s EO Protecting LGBTQ Community


The White House just released the following statement which has us breathing a sigh of relief as it fogs our negative view of President Trump President Donald J. Trump Will Continue to Enforce Executive Order Protecting the Rights of the LGBTQ Community in the Workplace President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community. President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination …

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Florida’s Growing Homelessness Problem

Drug Addicts

By Allison Singer According to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) you are considered homeless and are eligible for the SNAP/Food Stamp Program if you: (1) have no fixed, regular place you sleep at night or (2) the place you sleep at night is one of the following: a shelter, a half-way house, the home of someone else if you are there less than 90 days or a place where people do not usually sleep such as a doorway, a lobby, a bus station, a hallway, or a subway. (1) So what exactly is a halfway house? Halfway Houses …

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Broward County Updates and Reaffirms its Domestic Partnership Ordinance


Broward County, FL – Tuesday, October 13 2015 The Broward County Commission updated its domestic partnership ordinance Tuesday, adding new protections and ensuring that partnerships registered elsewhere will be recognized in Broward County. “Today’s vote is an affirmation of the enduring value of domestic partnership policies and ensures that thousands of unmarried, committed couples in Broward county will continue to have vital protections for their families,” said Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer. “Even as we celebrate marriage equality, it is important to understand that some couples do not marry for reasons both personal and practical but that these families are just …

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The Pride Center Expands Services for South Florida LGBT Families with New Playground

Equality Park Playground

Community-supported Initiative to be First-of-its-kind Children’s Play Area on a United States LGBT Campus FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (September 8, 2015) – The Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors will be building a playground to accommodate the growing need for a safe play area that provides social support, mentoring and educational and creative development for LGBT families in South Florida. To make this vision a reality, The Pride Center has launched a $75,000 fundraising challenge and is seeking community volunteers to help construct the 2,500-square-foot interactive playground (roughly half of the size of an NBA basketball court) on Friday, …

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Tariffs, not slavery, precipitated the American Civil War

Battle of Gettysburg

Arthur Hirsch’s recent article about the Battle of Gettysburg reveals a disturbing ignorance of the political dynamics that brought this nation to a war that 150 years later remains the most cataclysmic event in our history (“A defining day relived,” July 2). It accepts the shallow but unchallenged premise that the Civil War occurred because slavery was practiced in the South, and that righteous resolve to abolish the institution left the U.S. with no option other than a resort to arms. This is a myopic view with which many historical facts simply cannot be reconciled. The war resulted from causes …

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