Category Archives: Activism

These are all the countries where same-sex marriage is legal (MAP)

It was just eleven years ago that Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health. A groundswell of public support for gay marriage followed, as did a strong conservative backlash that led 31 states to pass some form of constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. Most had been struck down by the time the Supreme Court announced its decision today. Thirteen remained in place as of this morning.

The United States joins 20 countries around the world where same-sex marriage is now simply known as “marriage.”

Countries where same-sex marriage is legal, as of June 26, 2015.
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The countries include: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England/Wales, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United States, Uruguay.

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36 Photos From Russia That Everyone Needs To See – It’s a scary place for LGBT people in Russia right now.

1. St. Petersburg Gay Pride, 2013:

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Image by Dmitry Lovetsky / AP
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Image by OLGA MALTSEVA / Getty Images

3. What began as a peaceful march…

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Image by OLGA MALTSEVA / Getty Images

4. …ended up turning incredibly violent as anti-gay protesters overtook the rally.

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Image by OLGA MALTSEVA / Getty Images

5. A gay rights supporter is beaten to the ground.

A gay rights supporter is beaten to the ground.

Image by OLGA MALTSEVA / Getty Images

6. Smoke bombs are set off.

Smoke bombs are set off.

Image by Evgeny Feldman / AP

7. Chaos ensues.

Chaos ensues.

Image by Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

8. A woman runs from the crowd.

A woman runs from the crowd.

Image by Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

9. Two men flee…

Two men flee...


10. …but are eventually detained.

...but are eventually detained.

Image by Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

11. In the end, police officers detained several of the gay activists.

In the end, police officers detained several of the gay activists.

Image by OLGA MALTSEVA / Getty Images

12. The 2012 parade ended the same way.

The 2012 parade ended the same way.

An anti-gay protester clashes with a gay rights activist.


13. That event was also overrun by anti-gay protesters.

That event was also overrun by anti-gay protesters.


Image by ANTON TUSHIN / Getty Images

15. Moscow, May 2013:

Moscow, May 2013:

An unknown anti-gay activist hits Russian gay and LGBT rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev during an unauthorized gay rights activists rally in central Moscow.

Image by ANDREY SVITAILO / Getty Images

16. An unauthorized protest turns violent.

An unauthorized protest turns violent.

Image by ANDREY SMIRNOV / Getty Images

17. Gay activists end up being detained.

Gay activists end up being detained.

The sign says, “Love is stronger than homophobia.”

Image by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / Getty Images

18. The 2012 Moscow gay pride was filled with more of the same…

The 2012 Moscow gay pride was filled with more of the same...

Image by Mikhail Metzel / AP

19. …more detained gay rights activists.

...more detained gay rights activists.

Image by Mikhail Metzel / AP

20. June 2013: Gay rights activists hold a kiss-in in Moscow.

June 2013: Gay rights activists hold a kiss-in in Moscow.

Image by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / Getty Images

21. The activists were protesting a new “gay propaganda” law. The law would introduce steep fines and jail terms for people who promote homosexual “propaganda” to minors.

The activists were protesting a new "gay propaganda" law. The law would introduce steep fines and jail terms for people who promote homosexual "propaganda" to minors.

Image by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / Getty Images

22. That event also ended violently.

That event also ended violently.

Image by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / Getty Images

23. Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists…

Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists...

Image by MAXIM SHEMETOV / Reuters

24. …as gay rights activists were pelted with rotten eggs. gay rights activists were pelted with rotten eggs.

Image by VASILY MAXIMOV / Getty Images

Image by ANDREY SMIRNOV / Getty Images

26. The same thing happened at a “kissing protest” in January.

The same thing happened at a "kissing protest" in January.

Image by SERGEI KARPUKHIN / Reuters

27. That event also turned bloody.

That event also turned bloody.

Image by ANDREY SMIRNOV / Getty Images

28. More violence.

More violence.

Image by Ivan Sekretarev / AP

29. An Orthodox activist pulls a gay rights campaigner’s hair.

An Orthodox activist pulls a gay rights campaigner's hair.

Image by Ivan Sekretarev / AP

30. Unknown assailants attack a gay rights activist.

Unknown assailants attack a gay rights activist.

Image by SERGEI KARPUKHIN / Reuters

31. Meanwhile, Russian lawmakers passed a bill barring same-sex foreign couples from adopting Russian children.

Meanwhile, Russian lawmakers passed a bill barring same-sex foreign couples from adopting Russian children.

Image by SERGEI KARPUKHIN / Reuters

32. The anti-gay propaganda bill became a law.

The anti-gay propaganda bill became a law.

33. And just this past week, four Dutch citizens were tried in Moscow for a “gay propaganda” crime.

And just this past week, four Dutch citizens were tried in Moscow for a “gay propaganda” crime.

34. Still, activists keep on fighting.

Still, activists keep on fighting.

This photo is from this year’s International Day Against Homophobia. This sign says, “I’m 17 years old. Government says I do not exist. Nazi say, I need to be killed, But I will live!”

Image by Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

35. This one says, “Homophobia kills!”

This one says, "Homophobia kills!"


36. And this one says, “Love is stronger than hate.”

And this one says, "Love is stronger than hate."


Russia is hosting the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. What does this mean for gay athletes and spectators? Is the US Olympic Committee okay with this?



via BuzzFeed

U.S. government site hacked to avenge internet activist

via CBC: 

U.S. government site hacked to avenge internet activist. Revenge for prosecution of web activist.

Revenge for prosecution of web activist

The FBI has launched an investigation after hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an internet activist who committed suicide.

The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over early Saturday and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago “a line was crossed.”

The hackers say they’ve infiltrated several government computer systems and copied secret information that they now threaten to make public.

Family and friends of Swartz, who helped create Reddit and RSS, say he killed himself after he was hounded by federal prosecutors.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, in the wake of the suicide, said she believed the case was conducted “reasonably” and “appropriately.”

Officials say he helped post millions of court documents for free online and that he illegally downloaded millions of academic articles from an online clearinghouse.

The FBI’s Richard McFeely, executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, said in a statement that “we were aware as soon as it happened and are handling it as a criminal investigation. We are always concerned when someone illegally accesses another person’s or government agency’s network.”

Swartz’s supporters believe Ortiz’s office was overly aggressive in charging Swartz with 13 felonies for tapping into thecomputer network at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to download nearly five million articles from an online clearinghouse for academic journals.

Swartz’s lawyer, Elliot Peters, said prosecutors were insisting that any plea deal would involve Swartz pleading guilty to all 13felony charges against him and serving four to six months in prison.

Ortiz has said her prosecutors did not demand that Swartz plead guilty.


Anonymous Declares War On ‘Revenge Porn’ Founder Hunter Moore

via Business Insider: 

The entrepreneur who has made a living hijacking people’s personal lives has fallen prey to an Internet attack on his own privacy.

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Hunter Moore has launched two sites that let users post naked pictures of their exes or enemies.

Now computer hacker group Anonymous is fighting back with Operation Hunt Hunter, which aimed to “take down Hunter Moore,” the group said in a statement.

The hijack, which was first reported Thursday by BetaBeat, attacked Moore’s servers and his merchandise chain, and it defaced Moore’s site.

Anonymous claims to have evidence Moore that doesn’t verify he isn’t posting pictures of minors, as well as proof that Moore uses drugs and drinks and drives.

Judge Gives Bradley Manning Permission to Plead Guilty for WikiLeaks Dumps

via Wired: 

A military judge in Maryland has accepted the terms under which alleged WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning has proposed to plead guilty.

The terms would allow Manning to plead guilty to 7 of the 22 charges he’s currently facing for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of classified government documents to the secret-spilling site in 2009 and 2010.

The 7 offenses together carry a total maximum prison term of 16 years in prison, presiding officer Col. Denise Lind said during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Manning hasn’t formally submitted a plea yet; he was simply seeking approval from the court that the terms under which he contemplated entering a plea were acceptable.

Earlier this month Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, explained the move by saying that his client was willing to accept responsibility for some of the lesser included offenses against him, but not the charges as they stand in whole.

The move is known as “pleading by exceptions and substitutions.”

Defense attorney Coombs wrote on his blog that Manning “is not pleading guilty to the specifications as charged” by prosecutors, but rather “is attempting to accept responsibility for offenses that are encapsulated within, or are a subset of, the charged offenses.”

The plea would not dispose of the remaining charges, but it would let Manning’s attorney focus his defense on fewer points of contention at trial next year.

Manning’s attorney may be hoping that the government will drop the more serious charges once Manning pleads guilty to the lesser ones.

Government officials have not said whether they would continue prosecuting him for the other 15 counts he would face, including an aiding the enemy charge, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Under the plea proposal, Manning would admit to giving WikiLeaks a battlefield video file, which WikiLeaks published under the title “Collateral Murder,” as well as some classified memos, more than 20 Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, and other classified materials, according to AP. He would also plead guilty to wrongfully storing classified information.

The hearing on Thursday was held to hear arguments on motions that Manning’s attorney have filed to have all of the charges dismissed, on grounds that he was treated unconstitutionally during nine months of his confinement at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia.

Manning’s trial is currently scheduled for February. He has told the court that he has elected to have a trial by military judge, instead of a trial by jury.

This Photo Shows Just How Upset Egypt Is With Its President

via Business Insider: 


More than 200,000 people entered Cairo’s central Tahrir Square on Tuesday night to protest a constitutional decree issued last week by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi that gives him near total power over Egyptian affairs and protects the Islamist-dominated assembly writing the country’s new constitution.

Morsi’s move, which simultaneously angered and mobilized both secularists and liberals, led to country-wide attacks on the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice Party.

Sherine Tadros of Al Jazeera notes from Tahrir: “We don’t usually see these kind of numbers in demonstrations where the Muslim Brotherhood aren’t participating, and the Muslim Brotherhood certainly isn’t participating tonight.” (Here’s the Reuters live stream.)

The chants being heard echo those heard in the square during the Arab Spring revolts that brought down former leader Hosni Mubarak: “The people want to bring down the regime,” and “erhal, erhal” — Arabic for “leave, leave.”


Lawrence Guyot, civil rights leader, dies after decades of activism

via CS Monitor: 

Lawrence Guyot, at age 23, removed his shirt in Jackson, Miss., to show newsmen where he says Greenwood and Winona police beat him with leather slapsticks, in June of 1963. His daughter Julie Guyot-Diangone said he died late Thursday or early Friday outside Washington, D.C. at the age of 73.


Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who survived jailhouse beatings in the Deep South in the 1960s and went on to encourage generations to get involved, has died. He was 73.

Lawrence Guyot, a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee member in Mississippi during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s recalls his work in Hattiesburg and the women who assisted in the struggles, in October 2010.

Rogelio V. Solis/AP/FileGuyot had a history of heart problems and suffered from diabetes, and died at home in Mount Rainier, Md., his daughter Julie Guyot-Diangone said late Saturday. She said he died sometime Thursday night; other media reported he passed away Friday.

A Mississippi native, Guyot (pronounced GHEE-ott) worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as director of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, which brought thousands of young people to the state to register blacks to vote despite a history of violence and intimidation by authorities. He also chaired the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which sought to have blacks included among the state’s delegates to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. The bid was rejected, but another civil rights activist,Fannie Lou Hamer, addressed the convention during a nationally televised appearance.

Guyot was severely beaten several times, including at the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary known as Parchman Farm. He continued to speak on voting rights until his death, including encouraging people to cast ballots for President Barack Obama.

“He was a civil rights field worker right up to the end,” Guyot-Diangone said.

Guyot participated in the 40th anniversary of the Freedom Summer Project to make sure a new generation could learn about the civil rights movement.

“There is nothing like having risked your life with people over something immensely important to you,” he told The Clarion-Ledger in 2004. “As Churchill said, there’s nothing more exhilarating than to have been shot at — and missed.”

His daughter said she recently saw him on a bus encouraging people to register to vote and asking about their political views. She said he was an early backer of gay marriage, noting that when he married a white woman, interracial marriage was illegal in some states. He met his wife Monica while they both worked for racial equality.

“He followed justice,” his daughter said. “He followed what was consistent with his values, not what was fashionable. He just pushed people along with him.”

Susan Glisson, executive director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at theUniversity of Mississippi, called Guyot “a towering figure, a real warrior for freedom and justice.”

“He loved to mentor young people. That’s how I met him,” she said.

When she attended Ole Miss, students reached out to civil rights activists and Guyot responded.

“He was very opinionated,” she said. “But always — he always backed up his opinions with detailed facts. He always pushed you to think more deeply and to be more strategic. It could be long days of debate about the way forward. But once the path was set, there was nobody more committed to the path.”

Glisson said Guyot’s efforts helped lay the groundwork for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Mississippi has more black elected officials than any other state in the country, and that’s a direct tribute to his work,” she said.

Guyot was born in Pass Christian, Miss., on July 17, 1939. He became active in civil rights while attendingTougaloo College in Mississippi, and graduated in 1963. Guyotreceived a law degree in 1971 fromRutgers University, and then moved to Washington, where he worked to elect fellow Mississippian and civil rights activist Marion Barry as mayor in 1978.

“When he came to Washington, he continued his revolutionary zeal,” Barry told The Washington Post on Friday. “He was always busy working for the people.”

Guyot worked for the District of Columbia government in various capacities and as a neighborhood advisory commissioner.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton told The Post in 2007 that she first met Guyot within days of his beating at a jail in Winona, Miss. “Because of Larry Guyot, I understood what it meant to live with terror and to walk straight into it,” she told the newspaper. On Friday, she called Guyot “an unsung hero” of the civil rights movement.

“Very few Mississippians were willing to risk their lives at that time,” she said. “But Guyot did.”

In recent months, his daughter said he was concerned about what he said were Republican efforts to limit access to the polls. As his health was failing, he voted early because he wanted to make sure his vote was counted, he told the AFRO newspaper.

Funeral services are pending.