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Monday, June 07, 2010

NewsWrap for the week ending June 5, 2010:

Summary: A committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council rejects consultative status for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ... more than a thousand mostly young Muslims stage a first-ever march against homosexuality in Ghana ... Tiwonge Chimbalanga & Steven Monjeza, the Malawi couple pardoned from their 14 years hard labor sodomy prison sentence by President Bingu wa Mutharika last week, make their first post-release public appearance ... a 42-year-old Pakistani man and his 19-year-old transwoman friend are arrested in a raid on the teen's birthday party in Peshawar and are being charged with sodomy ... U.S. President Barack Obama issues an official LGBT Pride Month proclamation and issues a memo outlining the benefits he ordered last year for the partners and children of lesbigay federal workers ... military veterans Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo end their week-long hunger strike protesting the slow progress of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal but say they might do it again ... Dutch airline KLM refuses the request of its gay flight attendants to not have to work on flights to queer-dangerous Iran ... Dutch researchers say they may have discovered evidence that "gaydar" actually exists.

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