Turkey Police want to Friend you on FacebookIstanbull

By Doug Hitchcock & Mark Jenkins

While sitting in the holding cell at Ataturk airport jail, we watched every man on the force update his Facebook status two or three times an hour. We couldn’t see what was so interesting, but it was probably just the language barrier …

Yep, we spent three action packed and fun filled days in a Turkish jail, experiencing the greatest incompetency and disorganization of the Turkish legal system and meeting the kindest and most gracious people along the way. We will always recall the elegant Turkish business man who lent us his attorney to get us out and the perky Russian prostitute, Nilu, who interpreted English to Russian and her co-worker who translated the Russian to Turkish for us.

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HUD Provides Housing Guidelines for Transgendered

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided new guidance on the Fair Housing Act, instructing HUD staff that discrimination against transgender people can be addressed under the existing federal law’s ban on gender discrimination.

The new policy, announced on July 1, 2010, offers additional help to transgender people who experience discrimination.

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Supreme Court Upholds UCB Non-Discrimination Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Hastings College of Law at the University of California may deny official recognition and funding to any student club that violates its non-discrimination policy, as long as that policy is applied equally to all clubs.

The policy was challenged by Christian Legal Society (CLS), a student group that requires members to sign a Statement of Faith that, among other things, states that sexual activity should not occur outside of marriage and then only between a man and a woman.

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HUD Adds Civil Rights Protections to Grant Programs

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will require grant applicants seeking HUD funding to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT individuals.

On June 7, HUD published a notice detailing the general requirements that will apply to all of the Department’s competitively awarded grant programs for Fiscal Year 2010.

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New Technology Can Improve Your GaydarBandana

If you’ve been fretting that you were born without the Gaydar Gene and never quite sure if that passing glance from the jock at the gym meant “come-hither” or “you gonna wipe that down?,” a new Bluetooth Gaydar app may make life a whole lot easier for you.

Developed by ACME AtronOmatic, the new application “Bandana - The Gaydar App” for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, is a cool social networking application for the gay and bisexual community.

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