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Puerto Rico to Investigate Murder of Gay Man as a Hate Crime

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 11:53am
After meeting on Monday with the ACLU of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Department of Justice has agreed to investigate the brutal murder of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado as a hate crime. The Department of Justice has also agreed to work with the ACLU to train Judges and prosecutors on hate crimes prosecutions.

ACLU Urges Puerto Rico Secretary of Justice to Investigate Brutal Murder of Gay Teen as Hate Crime

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 11:37am

All week the ACLU of Puerto Rico has been closely following the brutal murder of 19 year-old gay man Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado. After learning the details of what happened to Mercado, the affiliate is now urging commonwealth prosecutors to investigate…

Seven Reasons to Vote Approve on R-71: Reason #2

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 4:33pm

On November 3, Washington voters will have the chance to approve or reject R-71, a measure that will allow same-sex couples and unmarried opposite-sex seniors to access many of the rights and protections granted to married couples.  We’ll…

Maryland Voices of Equality

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 1:47pm

Tonight, our Maryland affiliate is co-sponsoring the premiere of a new documentary, “Maryland Voices of Equality.” The film, which is directed by noted filmmaker and African American lesbian activist Kalima Young, highlights the work of Maryland…

Trouble in El Paso

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 5:29pm

According to recent media reports, a group of five men were kicked out of an El Paso Chico’s restaurant on June 29 after security guards spotted two of the men kissing. The security guards are alleged to have told the men that “faggot…

The High Price of Discrimination

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 2:18pm

We have learned that the Department of Justice will not be seeking an appeal in transgender veteran Diane Schroer’s victory against the Library of Congress. This is, of course, great news. It means that our case against the Library of Congress…

California Supreme Court Upholds Prop 8

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 3:38pm

Today, in a 6-to-1 decision, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the ballot measure that eliminated the right of same sex couples to marry. At the same time, the court unanimously ruled that the more than 18,000 marriages that…

High School Matadors Y Matadoras

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 3:49pm

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a classroom discussion on bullying at the University of Puerto Rico High School in San Juan. Our Puerto Rico chapter is working with a number of students at the school who have developed a very effective…

In Appreciation of Judith Krug

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 5:44pm

I was very saddened to learn this morning that one of our nation’s great champions of free speech, Judith Krug, passed away this past weekend. Ms. Krug was the Director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom…

Court Hears Oral Arguments in Prop. 8 Challenge

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 4:17pm

Arguments just ended in our legal challenge to Prop. 8. At issue in the case is whether the ballot initiative process can be used to take away a fundamental right only for one group of Californians based on a trait – in this case sexual orientation…

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