5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 18

1. Same-sex couples who display affection in public in Russia would get two weeks in jail under a new law under debate in the Russian parliament. 2. The National LGBTQ Task Force is catching flak for canceli...
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Activism: ‘Undocumented Americans’ seek same rights as LGBT people

Vargas

Last year, Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas visited the University of Georgia in Athens to discuss immigration reform with students.

His talk came on the heels of Georgia legislature’s passage of a controversial immigration law that included alleged racial profiling and the “show me your papers” provision.

At UGA, Vargas said he had a conversation with a student that has stuck with him as one of the most memorable he’s ever had.

“This young man raised his hand and identified himself as a young Republican. We had a really great exchange and toward the end I asked him where he was from. He said, ‘What do you mean? I’m American.’ I asked him again, though, where he was from. He goes, ‘I’m white.’ But white is not a place. I asked him again where he was from and he didn’t know,” Vargas said.

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Activism: State of the LGBT movement in 2013: Time to celebrate

ActivismThis year the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force celebrates its 40th anniversary and its Creating Change Conference marks its silver anniversary this month in Atlanta. In the 2012 election, three states passed marriage equality laws, voters defeated an anti-gay amendment in another state and there are more openly gay members in Congress.

This is a good time to be part of the LGBT movement.

“We have a lot to celebrate this year and that’s not always been the case. Many years we’ve been licking our wounds,” said Rea Carey, executive director of the Task Force.