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Ark. School Board Member Wishes All Gays Would Die

Clint McCance's Facebook post gets him unwanted national attention

(Newser) - An Arkansas school board member is under fire after apparently posting a message on his Facebook profile declaring his wish that all gay people commit suicide. "Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they... More »

Paladino Defends Remarks on Gays

It's just that he doesn't want kids exposed to 'disgusting' grinding in Speedos

(Newser) - Carl Paladino may have implied yesterday that homosexuality is not as “valid or successful” as heterosexuality, but that’s only because being gay is “a very, very ugly experience for those that are discriminated against,” he explains today. “And it shouldn’t be. Our society should... More »

Cooper to Eminem: Are You Homophobic?

Rapper's defense: 'This is my art.'

(Newser) - Anderson Cooper recently berated a Vince Vaughn movie trailer for using the word “gay” as a joke—but he was decidedly easier on Eminem when he interviewed the rapper on last night’s 60 Minutes . Cooper asked Eminem, who has often been branded a homophobe, why he uses words... More »

Clementi Death Ignites Gay Outrage

Celebs preach hope to gay teens, urge tolerance

(Newser) - Just as Matthew Shepard once triggered a groundswell, Tyler Clementi is now a rallying cry for tolerance in the gay community, with celebrities and activists alike denouncing hate crimes and telling gay teens to just hang in there. "Things will get easier; people's minds will change," says a... More »

Gay Men's Bodies Desecrated in Africa

Death no reprieve from violence for gay men in Senegal

(Newser) - To the long list of abuse meted out to suspected homosexuals in Africa, Senegal has added a new form of degradation: the desecration of their bodies. Madieye Diallo's body had only been in the ground for a few hours when the mob descended on the cemetery with shovels. They yanked... More »

'Lady Gaga Is Going to Hell!': Rev

Fred Phelps thinks singer is a 'proud whore' who hates you

(Newser) - Rev. Fred Phelps hates all things gay, and Lady Gaga certainly qualifies. So he’s launching a crusade against her, announcing today that his Westboro Baptist Church will picket an upcoming Gaga concert. In a charming press release titled “God Hates Lady Gaga,” he explains that Gaga is... More »

Hate Crimes Up Just 2%, But Gay-Bashing Soars: FBI

Religiously motivated crimes also surge

(Newser) - The incidence of reported hate crimes in the US rose 2% in 2008, with huge surges in religion- and sexual orientation-based offenses. The FBI compiled the stats but cautions that an increase in reporting—not in crime itself—could be responsible. The AP looks at some numbers:
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