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L, G, B & T — Deconstruction Of An Acronym

Perception (and treatment) of gays and lesbians may be different from transgender people — but in different ways, depending where in the world you are.

Rainbow Pride March in Chandannagar, India
Rainbow Pride March in Chandannagar, India
Stuart Richardson

Americans, including top military and intelligence officials, awoke Wednesday to unexpected news: In a series of early morning tweets, President Donald Trump, who had once pledged to "fight" for the LGBT community, revealed new plans to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military. In the days since the president's announcement, a long list of veterans, politicians, activists, and religious leaders has decried the White House's apparent newest policy. It is also turns out that Trump's claim that the policy is based on recommendations of the military may be an outright lie.

But what we can count on with Trump is his knack for tapping into the national mood. His targeting transgender service members is indeed the latest sign of a growing distinction of American attitudes toward the LGBT community. Not all letters of an acronym, it seems, are created equal (or equally unequal...)

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Has Lebanese Politics Finally Freed Itself Of Iran's Influence?

Lebanon's recent elections have shrunk the legislative block led by national power-brokers Hezbollah. But will a precarious new majority be able to rid the government of the long shadow of Tehran?

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Ahmad Ra'fat

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The results of parliamentary elections in Lebanon, have put an end to the majority block led by Hezbollah, the paramilitary group concocted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah and its Christian allies, the Free Patriotic Movement, led by President Michel Aoun, lost their 71 seats and will now have 62 (of a total 128 seats).

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