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No Surprise: Russia Vetoes Resolution on Ukraine

New York, N.Y.  A view of the Security Council as Vitaly I. Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the U.N., vetoes a draft resolution which declared the planned referendum on independence for Ukraine’s Crimea region illegal and urged countries not to recognise the results. The resolution, drafted by the United States delegation, came [...]

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Senator Blumenthal Speaks Out On Human Trafficking

Greenwich, CT.  Every thirty seconds, another person becomes a victim of human trafficking.  Human trafficking is a form of slavery that occurs all over the world.  Anyone can be a victim. The CNN Freedom Project estimates there are 10 to 30 million slaves in the world today. The study calculated 600,000 to 800,000 people annually [...]

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Deadly Attacks on Gays: Cameroon LGBT Center Closed, May Re-Open

Berkeley, CA.  Vandals destroyed the offices of the LGBTQI service center—CAMEF—on December 22, 2013 leaving threats that the staff would be burned inside next.  Instead of seeking shelter and protecting themselves these young people want to reopen and to provide better services, including a rescue wagon and shelter for youth.  They are in the last [...]

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Anglican Church Leaders Speak on Anti-Gay Laws in Africa

London, U.K.  The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have today written to all Primates of the Anglican Communion, and to the Presidents of Nigeria and Uganda, recalling the commitment made by the Primates of the Anglican Communion to the pastoral support and care of everyone worldwide, regardless of sexual orientation. In their letter, the Archbishops recalled [...]

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Peter Yarrow: My Last Visit With Pete Seeger

New York, N.Y.  I had the privilege and honor to be with Pete this past Monday, not long before he finally passed. I came directly to his hospital room from the airport where I’d arrived from Tel Aviv, having just sung a couple of Pete’s songs the night before (“If I Had a Hammer” and [...]

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All Out Reports First Anti-Gay Arrest at Sochi Olympics

Voronezh, Russia. The organization All Out reports today that Olympic security officer attacked and detained a young man who held up a rainbow flag and ducked under the rope during the Olympic torch relay in Voronezh, Russia. Officials and sponsors promised that everyone will be safe from anti-gay discrimination during the Winter Olympics. That promise may now [...]

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Stephen Fry Inspires Sochi Gay Rights Protest Music Video

London, U.K.  German vocalist, Babsi, has shot a video for her debut single We Are Everywhere in support of Stephen Fry’s idea that all athletes competing in the 2014 Sochi, Winter Olympics make a simple gesture: crossing their arms over their chests to show solidarity and support for the LGBT community of Russia.  The video [...]

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Luce Leadership Awards Recognize Youth Working to Better Humanity

New York, N.Y.  The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation honors young leaders making a difference on a global level at its second annual Luce Leadership Awards Ceremony & Reception. Recipients are chosen on their ability to better humanity, either in the U.S. or abroad, by displaying characteristics of honor, intelligence, benevolence and integrity.   2013 Luce [...]

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Metropolitan Museum Names Anna Wintour Costume Center

New York, N.Y.  Thomas P. Campbell, Director and C.E.O. of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that the Museum will designate the space occupied by The Costume Institute as the Anna Wintour Costume Center.  The complex has been completely redesigned and renovated and will reopen on May 8 with the inaugural exhibition Charles James: [...]

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U.N. Denounces ‘Draconian’ Anti-Gay Law in Nigeria

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations human rights chief today voiced her alarm at a “draconian” new law in Nigeria that further criminalizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, organizations and activities, as well as people who support them. “Rarely have I seen a piece of legislation that in so few paragraphs directly violates [...]

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Court Rules Aid in Dying Fundamental Right in New Mexico

Pratham: Chelsea Clinton on Board USS Intrepid for Education in India

Bloomberg Transfers 12 Acres of Roosevelt Island to Cornell Tech

In NYC: Immigrants Reach 3 Million – 37% of Population

Sadly, India Moves Backwards on Human Rights

The Clintons Release Year-End Greetings & Progress Report