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Joe Mirabella
Joe Mirabella is the Director of Campaigns for All Out, a global non-profit working to bring equality, everywhere for the world's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people.

Entries by Joe Mirabella

Seattle Mayor Appoints Dylan Orr as Director of New Office of Labor Standards

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Mayor Ed Murray today named Dylan Orr as director of the new Office of Labor Standards (OLS), which oversees implementation of the city's historic minimum wage law.

Orr served for over five years at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), including two years as chief of staff for the...

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Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peak at All Out's Upcoming Russian Olympics Film (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 8:18 PM

What will it be like for lesbian and gay athletes at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi? Will they feel welcome, as President Vladimir Putin recently suggested that they would?

Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law has had a chilling effect on speech in the country and has cast...

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All Out Demonstrates Outside Coca-Cola Headquarters

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 3:42 PM

On Monday, October 28, 2013, All Out hired three trucks to circle Coca-Cola's global headquarters in Atlanta with billboards urging the company to call for a repeal of Russia's anti-gay laws before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (To see photos taken by All Out, click here.)...

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All Out Condemns International Olympic Committee's Refusal to Act on Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 5:10 PM

Today the IOC said they are convinced discrimination will not take place during the Sochi Games, despite Russia's anti-gay laws. The IOC said they do not comment on local laws as long as the Olympic Charter is not violated. Yet Russia's anti-gay laws do violate the Olympic Charter. Principle 6...

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All Out Delivers Petition to the International Olympic Committee (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 9:42 PM

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, All Out staff and members delivered a petition with more than 300,000 signatures to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), whose leaders agreed to receive the petition. The IOC is seeking written confirmation from high-level Russian officials that anti-gay laws will not impact the Games in...

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Couragous Camaroonian Activist Killed Following Months of Anti-Gay Attacks

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 8:06 AM

Prominent Cameroonian gay rights activist and executive director of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS Eric Ohena Lembembe was found dead in his Yaoundé home on Monday night. His body showed extensive signs of torture.

Lembembe was a leading voice for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people in Cameroon,...

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Celebrating Marriage Equality Rulings in New York

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 2:37 PM

Wednesday night, people all over the United States celebrated the historic Supreme Court decisions to give federal protections to all legally married couples and to return marriage equality to California. In honor of this special day, All Out has released a moving video commemorating this powerful moment, featuring...

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Conservative Christian Party in Brazil Fighting Marriage Equality

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 12:51 PM

One week after Brazil's National Council of Justice (CNJ) ruled that same-sex couples cannot be denied marriage licenses by public notaries, the conservative Social Christian Party (PSC) took legal action to overrule the decision and immediately suspend its enforcement.

PSC gained notoriety in Brazil after appointing congressman and evangelical pastor...

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International Community Condemns Arrests Amidst Media Crackdowns in Uganda

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 12:36 PM

Several Ugandan human rights defenders were arrested Thursday while protesting a recent spate of crackdowns on media outlets. On Monday, the government raided two Ugandan newspapers, the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper, locked journalists out, and shut down two radio stations.

Daily Monitor is Uganda's most-read independent paper, and the...

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325,000 All Out Members Celebrate French Marriage Victory

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 10:02 PM

This week the French National Assembly passed the final version of a bill that would allow gays and lesbians to marry in that country.

"This is a historic moment that the world should celebrate," said Andre Banks, Executive Director and co-founder of All Out, the global movement for love...

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God Loves Uganda, the Most Terrifying Film of the Year, Premieres at Sundance

(6) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 1:34 PM

God Loves Uganda premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 18. Directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, the documentary examines the relationship between American evangelical churches, their missionaries and anti-gay laws in Africa, like Uganda's so-called "kill the gays" bill.

A growing majority of people...

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Washington's First Same-Sex Couples Apply for Marriage Licenses (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 12:42 PM

At 12:01 a.m. PST gay and lesbian couples in Washington began to receive marriage licenses. I was at King County's administration building, but couples in every county throughout the state are preparing to marry on Dec. 9, after the mandatory three-day waiting period is over.

The first couple in...

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Assume the Worst in Uganda: The Death Penalty Likely Remains in the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

(14) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 5:59 PM

Conflicting media reports from the BBC, the AP and others continue to come out about Uganda's so-called "kill the gays" bill, which we expect to move through Uganda's parliament any day now. Those reports falsely claim that the bill no longer includes the death penalty. Andre Banks, Executive Director of...

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Uganda 'Kill the Gays' Bill Could Be Voted On Any Day

(33) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 3:32 PM

In the next few weeks the Ugandan parliament is poised to bring back a bill that would sentence lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to imprisonment and in some cases death. In a recent speech Rebecca Kadaga, speaker of the Ugandan parliament, promised to bring a vote on the...

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UN Speaks Out for LGBT People in Cameroon Before Critical Hearings

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 11:52 AM

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights came out strongly in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people facing abuse and imprisonment in Cameroon under the law that makes it illegal to be gay. The statement came just days before three individuals convicted under...

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Nigeria Poised to Pass 'Jail the Gays' Bill

(15) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 11:45 AM

A draconian bill was introduced in Nigeria's Assembly that would ultimately jail Nigeria's gay citizens and anyone who supported them if it becomes law. All Out joined Nigeria's lesbians, gays, and allies by calling upon Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to veto the bill should it pass its final...

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We Won! But Our Work Is Not Done

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 2:45 PM

It is official: Washington United for Marriage has declared victory.

"This is a clear win," said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk. "We have run the numbers every which way, and we can now confidently say that we have won. This is an historic day for Washington, an historic...

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President Obama: Approve Referendum 74

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 3:43 PM

The president endorsed Referendum 74 in a statement by Press Secretary Paul Bell, "While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect. Washington's same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples...

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Thousands Demand Cameroon Drop Criminal Charges for Gay Text Message

(31) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 2:33 PM

Nearly 25,000 people have signed an petition asking the Cameroon President and Minister of Justice to reverse the decision to jail Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé for three years and to put a moratorium on the laws that sent him to jail in the first place.

Roger was arrested...

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Elementary School Students Ask Crayola to Recycle Markers

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 4:56 PM

Sun Valley Elementary school students in San Rafael, CA are urging Crayola to create a take back program for their Crayola markers. Students started a petition on urging the company to create the program since their markers can not be recycled by most municipalities.

As part...

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