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  WORLD Chile's pro-trans bill, gay wrestler, Russian courts

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed into law a bill that allows transgender people over 14 to legally change their name and gender without surgery, The Washington Blade reported. The bill received final approval in Chile's congress ...


  DignityUSA responds to Pope Francis' new book, excluding gay people

Boston, MA, December 3, 2018. DignityUSA, the world's oldest and largest organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the church and society, expressed its deep concern about reported passages ...


  WORLD Chinese writer, Nigeria suit, anti-trans attack, archbishop's statement

A Chinese author has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for writing and selling homoerotic novels, prompting backlash and comparisons to lighter sentences for more serious crimes committed in the country, like sexual assault, ...


  Marriage equality remains in Bermuda

ame-sex marriage advocates won a legal battle in Bermuda Nov. 23 after the country's government attempted to have the Court of Appeal define marriage as between a man and a woman only, The Royal Gazette reported. ...


  WORLD Taiwan marriage, Tanzania's loss, queer rap group, rugby player

In the lead-up to Nov. 24 referendums in Taiwan in which marriage equality and inclusion of LGBTQ issues in school curricula are on the ballot, 27 Taiwanese and multinational companies operating in Taiwan released a statement ...


  WORLD Abuse investigation, Australian principal, trade agreement

A coalition of international partners, including the United States, announced plans to investigate alleged anti-gay abuses in Chechnya that have sparked worldwide condemnation, The Washington Blade reported. A 16-member group of countries in the Organization for ...


  WORLD Taiwan march, Brazilian politics, monument desecrated

More than 100,000 people marched through Taiwan's capital of Taipei on Oct. 27 to press the government to deliver on its promise of marriage equality amid an increasingly heated debate over whether civil laws should recognize ...


  WORLD Activist attacked, LGBT+ flight, Richard Grenell, sterilization

French LGBT-rights activist Guillaume Melanie has suffered injuries, including a broken nose, after he was violently beaten up in a what he called a homophobic hate crime, PinkNews reported. Melanie is the president of Urgence Homophobie, ...


  Report: Trump may remove transgender rights from federal civil rights law

The Trump administration is considering defining gender on the basis of genitalia at birth—which would surely rescind protections of transgender people under federal civil-rights law and threaten trans-related rights in agencies, The New York Times reported. ...


  WORLD Another bakery case, Austrian marriage, Mapplethorpe situation

Britain's highest court ruled that a Northern Irish bakery's refusal to make a cake bearing a pro-gay slogan was not discriminatory in a ruling condemned by the customer, a gay-rights activist, but hailed by the province's ...


  WORLD Tokyo tackles bias, ex-Vietnam ambassador, confab shut down

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government passed a bill to tackle discrimination against the LGBTI community ahead of the Olympics in 2020, Gay Star News noted. "This act upholds the goal of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to make ...


  WORLD Hong Kong, Theresa May, concentration camp

The Hong Kong government conceded that seven local laws targeting sexual activities involving gay men were inconsistent with the city's mini-constitution that provides that all residents are equal before the law, The South China Morning Post ...


  WORLD Rabbis clash, fatal attack, pro-transgender motion

In the United Kingdom, a leading Orthodox rabbi has reportedly said that Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis' unprecedented and progressive LGBT+ guide for religious schools will "draw sinners into our camp," PinkNews noted. Earlier this month, Mrivis ...


  WORLD Cuban president, trans athlete, Trinidad and Tobago, Dua Lipa

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has backed same-sex marriage, reported. The Cuban leader, who took over from Raul Castro in April, said he was in favor of recognizing "marriage between people without any restrictions." In an ...


  WORLD Chelsea Manning, gay couple, Malaysia caning

Rights groups in Australia criticized the government for failing to grant transgender activist Chelsea Manning a visa, Gay Star News noted. Think Inc invited Manning to Australia to discuss the potential human-rights violations she exposed as ...


  Chicagoan honored by wrestlers group

Wrestlers WithOut Borders has selected the 2018 winners of its two highest honors: the Dermody Citizenship Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The winners and five new inductees to the WWB Hall of Merit were celebrated ...


  India court rules gay sex not a crime

On Sept. 6, India's supreme court unanimously struck down a colonial-era law that made same-sex acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison—a landmark victory for gay rights in this country. The five justices ruled ...


  Memories, medals bring joy to Chicagoans at Gay Games in Paris

As the traditional flag moved from Paris 2018 to Hong Kong 2022, thus ending the 10th version of the Gay Games on Sunday, Aug. 12, there were plenty of tears—of pride and joy, not just sadness ...


  WORLD Police entrapment, Belgian secretary, Japanese hotel

Police in Kyrgyzstan are using false nicknames on LGBT dating apps to entrap gay and bisexual men, PinkNews reported. Nazik, an advocate for LGBT+ rights in Kyrgzstan, said she's has been "beaten with a bottle" because ...


  WORLD Nigerian arrests, trans prostitute killed, Benjamin Netanyahu

Police in the Nigeria's capital, Lagos, arrested 57 men for alleged homosexual activity, Gay Star News reported. The mass arrest happened at a hotel in Lagos; state police commissioner Imohimi Edgal confirmed the raid. Same-sex activity ...


  Danish activists snub U.S. embassy's event

Activists in Denmark boycotted the U.S. Embassy's annual Pride Month celebration over President Trump's LGBTI-rights record. U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands hosted the reception at her official residence in Copenhagen on Aug. 15. Outlets such ...


  HRC Promotes Workplace Inclusion in Argentina at LGBT Business, Tourism Summit

BUENOS AIRES — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, participated in GNETWORK 360, Latin America's ...


  WORLD Asylum case, Kofi Annan, LGBT crimes

A gay Iranian man seeking asylum in Austria was initially denied because he couldn't identify the meaning of all the Pride flag's colored stripes, noted. Navid escaped persecution in Iran, where he feared for his ...


  WORLD Report on LGBTQ groups, Costa Rica marriage, Kenyan HIV lab

A report has found that nearly half of the world's countries do not allow LGBTQ groups to organize without threat of arrest or state violence, noted. Only 56 percent of countries—109 out of 194—freely allow ...


  Cuba set to approve same-sex marriage

Cuba looks to become the latest country in Latin America to approve same-sex marriage, after the National Assembly, on Aug. 5, unanimously approved a new constitution that defines marriage as "the consensual union of two people, ...


  WORLD Controversial kiss, Irish PM, LGBT singer dies

The image of the two Brazilian men kissing romantically in front of an iconic shot of Rio de Janeiro, with Christ the Redeemer g in the background, is generating controversy, The Intercept reported. The photo was ...


  Pope must now also oppose death penalty for being LGBTQI says U.S. Catholic group

Aug. 6, 2018. Last week, Pope Francis changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church to make the death penalty entirely unacceptable, saying it is "an attack" on human dignity. DignityUSA, the organization of LGBTQI Catholics and ...


  Trans woman from Ecuador speaks about asylum, life in Chicago

Gabrielle ( she prefers not to use her last name ) was at her breaking point when she left Ecuador more than 10 years ago. "I left for many reasons," said Gabrielle. "My family did not ...


  Gay Games 10 right around the corner with 10,000 competing

The final tally for Gay Games 10, which runs Aug. 4-12 in Paris, is impressive: 10,317 participants from 91 countries, with 36 sports, 14 cultural events, and an academic conference. About 170 from Chicago are participating. ...


  WORLD British lesbian honored, Gay Games run, Hong Kong case

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

In the United Kingdom, the city of York honored "first modern lesbian" Anne Lister with a special plaque, Gay Star News noted. Unveiled in Goodramgate at the Holy Trinity Church on July 24, the plaque is ...


  Kenyan director of consumer protection seems to agree with anti-gay laws

From a Allied Progress press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, Kenyan news outlet reported that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ( CFPB ) "Acting Director" Mick Mulvaney appeared to agree with bans on LGBTQ+ intimacy and relationships in Kenya and throughout ...


  2018 ASANA Softball World Series Coming Live To A Screen Near You

From a news release

NEW ORLEANS, LA, JULY 5, 2018 — The Amateur Sports Alliance of North America ( ASANA ), organizers of the 2018 ASANA Softball World Series in New Orleans, September 18 — 22, has announced a partnership ...


  WORLD Elton John, AIDS confab, Israeli rally

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

On July 24, Prince Harry joined Sir Elton John on the second day of the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam—where the two will launch the new MenStar Coalition, a global partnership aimed at researching and halting ...


  Global human rights advocates say no 2020 AIDS conference in Trump's USA

From a news release

Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 23 - Terrorizing immigrants. Family separations. Detentions. Targeting sex workers and LGBTQ communities. Global Gag Rule. War on people who use drugs. Closed borders. The wall. Police brutality. Racist violence grounded in white ...


  WORLD Surrogacy law, World Cup, message to Trump & Putin

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

The Israeli Parliament ( The Knesset ) approved an amendment to the Israeli Law on Surrogacy, but kept a portion that stipulates same-sex couples are not be eligible for surrogacy services provided by the Israeli healthcare ...


  HRC's giant projection challenges Trump, Putin on anti-LGBTQ crime in Chechnya

Video below from an HRC news release

HELSINKI — Today, just ahead of tomorrow's Trump-Putin summit, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) — America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization — projected an enormous message ...


  EJAF Founder Elton John and Duke of Sussex to announce new global AIDS coalition

From a news release

NEW YORK — July 12, 2018 — The Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ), an international leader in the global fight to end AIDS, and the International AIDS Society ( IAS ) today announced that ...


  WORLD Bulgarian court, Australian crimes, pivotal Indian case

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

A Sofia, Bulgaria, court has backed the right of a same-sex couple to live in the country, in the first such case for the EU nation that does not recognize same-sex marriage, VOA News reported. The ...


  Travel map shows LGBTQI intolerance worldwide

Global travel insurance provider has released a map of ( in )tolerance — revealing which countries are potentially dangerous for LGBTQI travelers because of legal status and societal attitudes. The company says it's important gay ...


  The legacy continues, Gay Games running Aug. 4-12 in Paris

Gay Games 10 will be one of the largest in the history of the quadrennial event that dates back to its 1982 launch in San Francisco, which attracted 1,350 worldwide participants. The 2018 edition will take ...


  WORLD Trans pageant winner, N. Ireland, Lagerfeld, Angola first

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

In a historic development, a transgender woman was crowned as Miss Universe in Spain on June 29, Gay Star News reported. This is a first for the international beauty pageant. Angela Ponce, 25, will represent Spain ...


  WORLD Attacker subdued, United Nations news, group attacks Budweiser

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

A gay army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland, stepped in to shut down an attack by a belligerent and violently homophobic man on a bus in London, noted. Former Grenadier Guardsman Lee ...


  WORLD Icelandic Pride, Peter Tatchell, World Cup

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Seyoisfjorour, a town in Iceland with only 700 residents, has created a rainbow path to show its support for its LGBTQ residents, LGBTQ Nation noted. The path, "Norourgata," was painted down the center of the main ...


  Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell arrested during legal protest in Moscow

From a Peter Tatchell Foundation news release

LGBT+ and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been arrested during a one-man protest against Russia's mistreatment of LGBT+ people, as the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Moscow. Tatchell was holding a banner supporting ...


  WORLD Romanian ruling, conversion-therapy first, Elton John

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

The European Union's top court has ruled in favor of a Romanian gay man's right to have his U.S. husband live with him in Romania, the BBC reported. The country, which does not recognize same-sex marriage, ...


  Bermuda court rejects gay-marriage ban

The Bermuda Supreme Court, on June 6, ruled that a statute rescinding marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional, according to a Daily Beast item. Chief Justice Ian Kawaley said that the Domestic Partnership Act was ...


  WORLD Nike controversy, gay Polish mayor, largest Pride in world

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Nike has caused controversy by using a pink triangle—most infamously used to mark gay men during the Holocaust—on its recent Pride collection, PinkNews reported. In May, the athletics brand launched its annual Pride collection. According to ...


  Can the LGBTQ community trust Pope Francis?

Once again, Pope Francis is rocking the world. "God made you like this and loves you like this and I don't care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you ...


  Elton John to give landmark lecture on HIV in remembrance of Princess Diana

From a news release

NEW YORK ( May 29, 2018 ) — The Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV will be delivered by Elton John in front of an invited audience of politicians, health workers, journalists, civil society leaders, ...


  Gay Catholic Group calls on Pope to Reverse Comments on Gay Applicants to Priesthood

From a news release

May 29, 2018. Pope Francis' directive to Italian bishops to exclude men they believe may be gay from seminaries raises several deeply troubling issues. According to widely circulated reports from outlets such as Catholic News Agency, ...


  WORLD World Cup, model murdered, Princess Diana

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Queer football fans have been "strongly" warned to not "publicly display sexuality" at the Russian World Cup, PinkNews reported. LGBT+ fans should not hold hands or be affectionate towards their partner in public to ensure their ...


  Irish referendum on abortion enables legislation of reproductive rights

From a Center for Reproductive Rights news release

05.26.18 — ( GENEVA ) The Center for Reproductive Rights celebrates today's referendum result in favour of repeal of the Irish constitutional prohibition on abortion as a deeply historic moment for women's reproductive health and rights ...


  Bingham Cup in Amsterdam in June

The Bingham Cup program—the world championship of LGBT-inclusive men's and women's rugby—will take place in Amersterdam June 2-11. The tournament, taking place June 8-10, will be the centerpiece of the program. The Chicago Dragons is the ...


  Pakistan Enacts Legislation Protecting Transgender People from Discrimination

From an HRC news release

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, congratulated transgender advocates and allies in Pakistan for their historic victory in ...


  WORLD Gay artist, Pope Francis, OutRight gala

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

A Reuters item profiled South African gay artist Nakhane. He has reportedly undergone many obstacles, including getting death threats for playing a man in a same-sex relationship in the movie, The Wound. It was only five ...


  Anti-LGBTQ Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer appionted to Commission on Internat'l Religious Freedom

From an HRC news release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to the Trump-Pence Administration's appointment of Tony Perkins and ...


  VALUE TRAVEL A weekend getaway to Toronto

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Bill Malcolm

Toronto makes a perfect destination for a summer getaway, especially since your U.S. dollar is worth $1.28 Canadian. I was recently there for the International Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association ( IGLTA ) meeting and found ...


  WORLD Mariela Castro, HIV news, Greek legislation

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Mariela Castro, a Cuban lawmaker and daughter of Communist Party chief Raul Castro, has said she will push for same-sex marriage to be included in a constitutional reform process expected to begin in July, NBC News ...


  WORLD India's Section 377, Stonewall charity, Andy Cohen

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

In its ongoing deliberations over whether to repeal Section 377 of the India's penal code, the country's Supreme Court asked the Indian government to explain its stand on consensual sexual relations between same-sex adults, Gay Star ...


  WORLD Iran trans assaults, legal action in Japan, Harry and Meghan

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

A shocking video showing the harassment and sexual assault of a group of trans women has shown how police at the scene stood by and did nothing to protect them in Iran, Gay Star News reported. ...


  WORLD Pope Francis, Jamaica official, Pakistani trans murder

Pope Francis has invited a gay man from Chile who was sexually abused by a priest to meet with him at the Vatican, The Washington Blade noted. Juan Carlos Cruz said during a telephone interview from ...


  PM expresses regret for anti-LGBT laws

From a news release

London UK — 17 April 2018 — The following is a response to today's statement at the Commonwealth summit in London from the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, on colonial era anti-gay laws . Human Rights ...


  Acceptance of LGBT people and rights has increased around the world

From a Williams Institute press release

LOS ANGELES — New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds average levels of acceptance for LGBT people and rights have increased globally since 1980, though acceptance has become more polarized, increasing ...


  WORLD Anti-gay law, Middle East report, serial killer

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

In Trinidad and Tobago, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act—which prohibited "buggery" and "serious indecency" between two men—criminalized consensual same-sex activity between adults, and were unconstitutional, The Guardian reported. The decision followed ...


  LGBT Voices from Middle East, North Africa in 'No Longer Alone' Videos and Report

From a Human Rights Watch press release. Video below

( Beirut, April 16, 2018 ) — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) activists from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma, Human Rights Watch ...


  Trinidad and Tobago: Court Overturns Same-Sex Intimacy Ban

From a press release

( Washington, DC, April 13, 2018 ) — The High Court of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago ruled on April 12, 2018, that the country's laws criminalizing same-sex intimacy between consenting adults are unconstitutional, Human Rights ...


  WORLD Chechen persecution, trans chef, teen attacker

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

A leading Russian LGBT-rights group has said that more than 100 gay and bisexual Chechen men and women have fled the country to escape persecution based on their sexual orientation in the past year, The Moscow ...


  In Indonesia Four Arrested for Same-Sex Conduct, at Risk of Public Torture

From a Human Rights Watch news release

( Jakarta, April 3, 2018 ) — Indonesian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release four people detained in Aceh under a local ordinance that criminalizes same-sex conduct, Human Rights Watch said today. Under Aceh's Islamic Criminal ...


  WORLD Costa Rica election, couple attacked, transgender reporter

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Polls opened on Easter Sunday for a vote on whether conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz could capture Costa Rica's presidency—a result that would have marked a sharp turn from the current government's embrace of gay ...


  WORLD London posters, gay clergyman, 'Call Me By Your Name'

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Posters featuring Black same-sex couples are going up on high streets across London, PinkNews reported. The campaign from gay men's health charity GMFA is aimed to reach out at the city's queer Black and minority ethnic ...


  Kenya Court Finds Forced Anal Exams Unconstitutional


( Nairobi, March 22, 2018 ) — A Court of Appeal in Mombasa, Kenya, ruled on March 22, 2018, that conducting forced anal examinations on people who are accused of same-sex relations is unconstitutional, Human Rights ...


  In Eastern Caribbean LGBT People Face Bias, Violence Under Colonial-Era Laws

From a Human Rights Watch press release

( Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018 ) — Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a ...


  WORLD Councilwoman killed, gay whistleblower, medicinal vending machine

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Marielle Franco was killed March 14 after attending and speaking at a Black women's empowerment event in the city, The Washington Blade reported. She was a bisexual Brazilian of African descent who ...


  WORLD Anti-sodomy law, serial killer, gay prime minister

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

An attempt to reinstate Belize's anti-sodomy law is "effectively over," says LGBT-rights activist Maurice Tomlinson, according to Tomlinson was responding to the fact that the Catholic Church in Belize decided to no longer appeal the ...


  LGBTQI Catholics See Mixed Record in Five Years of Francis Papacy, Offer Dialogue

From a press release

March 9, 2018. Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, issued the following statement in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis: On March 13, 2018, Catholics and many others in the world ...

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