New Policy on Gender Change in Passports AnnouncedNCTE

The US Department of State has announced new policy guidelines regarding gender change in passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.

Beginning today, June 10, when a passport applicant presents a certification from an attending medical physician that the applicant has undergone appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition, the passport will reflect the new gender.

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LGBT Americans Oppose Arizona’s Immigration Policies

With Arizona’s controversial new state immigration law due to go into effect this July, a recent national survey reveals that a clear majority of 63 percent of LGBT individuals oppose these policies, with 45 percent expressing strong opposition.

In sharp contrast, and as in other national opinion polls, 6 out of 10 (60 percent) heterosexual adults who also have seen, read or heard about Arizona’s forthcoming statute say they support Arizona’s new immigration policies, with 41 percent saying they strongly support these changes.

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Brown Readies to Carry Democratic Fight for GovernorshipJerry Brown

by Dan Aiello

At the end of an unopposed primary race, the elder statesman of California's Democratic party, former governor and current Attorney General Jerry Brown, accepted his party's gubernatorial nomination Tuesday night with personal reflection and political guile that long-time political observers called 'vintage' Brown.

"I'm here as the Democratic candidate for governor," Brown told supporters. "But I'm also here as a Californian that's disgusted with the awful mess in Sacramento, and the politicians and the Wall Street bankers that got us there."

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LGBTI Bills Move Forward in California Legislature

By Boyce Hinman
May 28 was an important deadline for state legislation of importance to the LGBTI community, as all bills must have been approved by all necessary committees, in their house of origin, by that date.

For example, all bills introduced in the state Assembly this year must have been sent to the floor of the Assembly by that date. Senate bills had to be to the Senate floor by May 28. Any bills that did not make that deadline died on the cutting room floor.

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Russian Gays Hold Pride Parade Without Arrests, BeatingsMoscow Pride

Despite a vow by Moscow’s anti-gay mayor that it would not happen, 30 Russian lesbian, gay and bisexual activists foiled the police and FSB security services by holding a 10 minute flashmob Gay Pride march on one of Moscow’s major thoroughfares, Leningradsky Street, this afternoon, Saturday, May 29.

Carrying a 20 metre long rainbow flag and placards in Russian and English calling for “Rights for gays”, the protesters chanted “No homophobia” and “Russia without homophobes."

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