Queer Nation organizes protest of Coca-Cola sponsorship of Sochi Olympics

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Queer Nation NY announces their intention to protest Coca-Cola‘s sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics this Wednesday at Noon in Times Square, New York City. 

The Coca Cola Company is sponsoring Russian government hate at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. In June, Russia enacted its anti-gay propaganda law that bans any pro-LGBT statement in public or private and on the Internet. The Russian government has made being out and proud a crime.

More info about the protest – click here.

New Mexico: State Supreme Court rules photographer discriminated against gay couple

From the Advocate: A New Mexico photography business violated the state’s Human Rights
Act by refusing service to a same-sex couple for their commitment
ceremony, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

In a decision issued Thursday, the court found that Elane
Photography, based in Albuquerque, violated the antidiscrimination law
“in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between
people of two different races.” The studio had turned down a request to
photograph the commitment ceremony of Vanessa Willock and Misti
Collinsworth, the Santa Fe Reporter notes, with co-owner Elaine
Huguenin saying the job would go against her Christian faith and the
studio handles only “traditional weddings.”

The court ruled that since Elane Photography is a business that
markets to the general public, it is subject to the public
accommodations provision of the law. “If Elane Photography took
photographs on its own time and sold them at a gallery, or if it was
hired by certain clients but did not offer its services to the general
public, the law would not apply to Elane Photography’s choice of whom to
photograph or not,” the decision reads.

Read more here.

Proctor & Gamble on Russian TV

From Bilerico:

The Wall Street Journal reported last year that “barely an hour goes by on Russia’s biggest TV networks without at least one ad from Procter & Gamble.” The Russian government owns or is a major shareholder in most of Russia’s television stations, so every time Procter & Gamble purchases an ad on those networks, the company puts money directly into the pockets of the Russian government and finances Putin’s bloody crusade against LGBT people.”

Iowa couple denied wedding venue because GAY

Gortz Haus owner Betty Odgaard

Lee Stafford and his fiance were turned away from a Grimes, Iowa wedding venue because they are gay. Betty Odgaard, owner of Gortz Haus, the venue where they had hoped to wed, says she denied them based on religious principles. She is a Mennonite.

KCCI reports:

“Can I have my beliefs without being ostracized for that? I think I have my right too, and to stand firm my convictions and beliefs,” said Odgaard.

Stafford said he has a new location for his wedding and said rejection hurts, but he will not let it affect his wedding.

“We are going to find some people that are still going to be reluctant to embrace us. That is just going to happen,” said Stafford.

Stafford said he plans to pursue his case with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

(via Towleroad)

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims launches petition to end LGBT discrimination in his state

From Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims’ Facebook page:

Good morning, everyone.

As some of you may be aware, in Pennsylvania, an individual can be fired or refused services simply because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. It’s legal discrimination, and it’s time we stand for equality in the Commonwealth.

That’s why I’ve started a petition.

I understand that this fight isn’t just mine alone. I understand that thousands of Pennsylvanians want equality, and the opportunity to demand it from their legislators.

I’m asking for your help, your passion, and your commitment to the words written in this very state over 200 years ago, that we are all created equal and endowed with the unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Please sign this petition, share it on your personal pages, tweet it, email it, and shout it in the streets!

Sign & Share by clicking here.