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World-news-Turkish-parade-criminal-negligence-EU-consensus

World news: Turkish parade, criminal negligence, EU consensus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More than 300 Turkish police officers used tear gas to disperse demonstrators who gathered for a gay pride rally in Istanbul despite a government ban, Fox News noted, citing the Associated Press. Dozens of LGBT demonstrators gathered June 19 off Istiklal Street, a major commercial artery, some brandishing the community's rainbow flag. Police called on them to disperse and prevented ...


World-news-Orlando-reactions-Thai-milestone-and-Ukraine-parade

World news: Orlando reactions, Thai milestone and Ukraine parade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the day of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, carried out against patrons at a gay club by a man officials say gave explicit allegiance to the militant group ISIS, an openly gay Toronto MP took to Twitter with a message he said "needs to be shared," CBC.ca reported. Rob Oliphant tweeted, "Needs to be shared: I am ...


LGBTQ-International-group-says-Beyond-ISIS-

LGBTQ International group says 'Beyond 'ISIS' - by Jessica Stern, Executive Director Outright Action International - OutRight Action International is shocked and saddened by the deadly massacre at Latin Night at Pulse nightclub on 12 June 2016 in Orlando, Florida. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 49 people whose lives were taken and the more than 50 people injured. These events were not only a tragedy for the LGBTIQ ...


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UNESCO report looks at anti-LGBT violence in education - UNESCO ( The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ) has compiled "Out in the Open," a global report on education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Put together for the International Day of Action Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia ( IDAHOT ), the report reveals the nature, scope and impact of ...


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Honduran activist murdered - Prominent Honduras LGBT-rights activist Rene Martinez has been murdered, according to a Washington Blade article that cites La Prensa. On June 1, Martinez's family reported him missing after he left his home and got into someone's car. The family identified his body two days later at San Pedro Sula's morgue—and it was reported that Martinez, 40, had been strangled to ...


World-news-Nigerian-law-Canada-anthem-N-Irelands-blood-ban

World news: Nigerian law, Canada anthem, N. Ireland's blood ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015, says he's reconsidering the anti-LGBT measure he signed into law, NewNowNext noted. "When it comes to equality, we must all have the same rights as Nigerian citizens," Jonathan said at Bloomberg's headquarters in London. "In the light of deepening debates for all Nigerians and other citizens of the world to be ...


-Trans-activist-dies-after-being-shot

Trans activist dies after being shot - Pakistani transgender activist Alesha, 23, has died after being shot and allegedly deprived of hospital treatment. She was shot eight times in Peshawar May 22 during an altercation between a group of men and several transgender people. Although the specific cause was not immediately clear, but transgender Pakistanis are frequently victims of violence and extortion. Immediately following the shooting, Alisha ...


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World news: Church of Scotland, Australian artwork, Tutu's daughter - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National Church of Scotland voted during its general assembly to recognize ministers and deacons who are in same-sex marriages, but it's not giving up its traditional stance that marriage is between a man and a woman, according to a NewNowNext item. The vote will allow congregations to break away from those traditional teachings if they want to appoint a ...


World-news-Gay-South-Africans-Nigerian-arrests-gay-panic-defense

World news: Gay South Africans, Nigerian arrests, gay-panic defense - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In honor of International Day Against Homophobia, Zalebs.com listed five openly gay South African celebrities. They include TV figure/choreographer Somizi, singer Toya De Lazy, former Yo.TV presenter Sade Giliberti, singer Thandiswa Mazwai and entertainer Bujy Bikwa. Somizi recognized IDAHOT by posting a picture on Instagram of a rainbow flag with the message: "Keep calm and be proud of who you ...


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UN blocks orgs that rep trans people from AIDS meeting - From a press release - New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement after a shocking story in The New York Times this week that details the exclusion of 22 nongovernmental organizations from a United Nations global meeting to stop the AIDS epidemic. The New York Times reported that "Russia, Cameroon, Tanzania, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a 57-nation bloc, objected to ...


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Mexico's Wild Ride to Marriage Equality - Mexico is the current hotspot of the marriage-equality movement and requires extensive treatment to wrap one's head around what's happening. As was the case in the U.S., Mexico's legalization of same-sex marriage is proceeding state by state but unlike in the U.S., there is no possibility for a single ruling from the highest court that will overturn same-sex marriage bans ...


World-news-Gay-convictions-annulled-Justin-Trudeau-lawyer-escapes-sentence

World news: Gay convictions annulled, Justin Trudeau, lawyer escapes sentence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Germany is set to annul the convictions of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-war Germany, the BBC reported. Justice Minister Heiko Maas is to overturn the convictions and create a "right to compensation." About 50,000 men were convicted between 1946 and 1969 under a 19th-century law that the Nazis had sharpened. Homosexuality was ...


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Italy approves civil unions - After a protracted legislative battle, Italy's parliament approved same-sex civil unions and gave some rights to unmarried opposite-sex couples on May 11. With the development, Italy is the last major Western country to legally recognize gay and lesbian couples. The Catholic Church was among those opposing the measure. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to make gay rights a priority when ...


World-news-HIV-organ-transplant-LGBT-politicians-elected-trans-birth

World news: HIV organ transplant, LGBT politicians elected, trans birth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Organs from patients with HIV have been used in life-saving transplant operations in the United Kingdom for the first time, The Guardian noted. The four transplants—two livers from separate donors and a pair of kidneys from the same person—all happened within the last five years but have only now been made public; all three donors were deceased. The agency NHS ...


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World news: African LGBT campaign, custody win, suicide report, gay imam - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scalabrini Centre, a migrant rights and resources organization, officially launched its "Let's Face It" campaign as part of an effort to promote gay and lesbian rights and highlight emerging hate-crimes legislation, AllAfrica.com reported. They've cited the 20th anniversary of South Africa's constitution, the first to recognize gay rights, as a fitting time to take up the issue. In a photo-campaign ...


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Pride at Work: Malaysian Raid of Trans Fundraiser Underscores Bad Trade Deal - From a press release - Washington, DC — A recent raid on a fundraiser organized by Malaysian transgender activists has once again put the country's abuses of LGBTQ human rights under the spotlight. As the US Congress contemplates passage of the massive and destructive Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) trade agreement that includes Malaysia, that country continues to demonstrate why it should not be given ...


National-Gay-Media-Association-condemns-murder-of-LGBTI-editor

National Gay Media Association condemns murder of LGBTI editor - From a press release - The National Gay Media Association joins with the world community in condemning the senseless and brutal killing yesterday of Xulhaz Mannan, the editor of Roopbaan, an LGBTI publication in Bangladesh. Mannan also worked at the US Embassy. The National Gay Media Association, representatives of the major legacy LGBTQ publications in the United States of America, deplore the unconscionable murder, and ...


World-news-Obama-in-the-UK-killers-sentenced-Dolce-Gabbana

World news: Obama in the UK, killers sentenced, Dolce & Gabbana - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - President Obama appeared at a town hall during his and First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to the United Kingdom. At the event, he said, in part, "Progress requires the harder path of breaking down barriers, and building bridges, and standing up for the values of tolerance and diversity that our nations have worked and sacrificed to secure and defend. Progress ...


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International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Makes History in Cape Town - From a press release - Cape Town ( 25 April 2016 )—The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's 33rd Annual Global Convention, held 14-16 April in Cape Town, was not only the first LGBT tourism conference on the African continent, but also the association's largest event outside of North America. More than 300 delegates from 26 countries participated over the three-day event at the Belmond ...


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Bangladesh LGBT activist murdered - From a press release - On April 25, two men were hacked to death, including U.S. Embassy worker Xulhaz Mannan. Mannan was the editor of Roopbaan, Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine, and a leading gay-rights activist. The banned group Ansar-al Islam, the Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida, has claimed responsibility for the killings that took place in the capital of Dhaka. The group said the two were ...


World-news-South-Korea-MSMGF-recommendations-spy-apology

World news: South Korea, MSMGF recommendations, spy apology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) responded to the news that the Republic of Korea ( South Korea ) has been added to the list of duty-station assignments outside of the United States approved for same-sex couples. AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. "With thousands of service members stationed in South Korea, this was a serious concern that our families ...


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Ethiopian Israeli activists to speak April 25 - Leaders from KALA—the Hebrew abbreviation of Kehila Lahatavit Ethiopit, which translates as "LGBT Ethiopian community"—will speak at a gathering hosted by Jeff Grinspoon and Jon Foley at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25. The gathering is sponsored by the organization A Wider Bridge. Israeli LGBT leaders Sarah, Yaniv and Lielshare will discuss their personal stories as well as the need ...


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Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, Labor: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - From www.state.gov - Country Reports on Human Rights Practices preface by John F. Kerry Secretary of State The 2015 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices points to a global governance crisis. In every part of the world, we see an accelerating trend by both state and non-state actors to close the space for civil society, to stifle media and Internet ...


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United Nations High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS coming up, MSMGF lists next steps - From a press release - MSMGF, The Global Forum and MSM abd HIV, has provided recommendations on several key advocacy entry points to influence the document drafts that will lead up to the High-Level Meeting ( HLM ) in June. These include: April 15 — Release of the Zero Draft Political Declaration The UN Mission co-facilitators Switzerland and Zambia have indicated that they will release ...


World-Swedish-stamp-Saudi-Arabia-report-marriage-allowed-in-Norway-Colombia-

World: Swedish stamp, Saudi Arabia report, marriage allowed in Norway, Colombia - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - PostNord, Sweden's postal service, announced it will be issuing a rainbow-flag stamp celebrating the LGBT community next month, NewNowNext.com reported. It's believed to be the first time a country has put the symbol on a stamp. "By issuing a stamp with the Pride flag, we want to emphasize the equal value of all people and the strength represented by people's ...


Group-says-Pope-statement-not-joyful-for-LGBTs-

Group says Pope statement not 'joyful' for LGBTs - Pope Francis has called for the Catholic Church to be more tolerant—although he hasn't urged the change of any official doctrines. The pontiff urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gay men and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the church terms "irregular" situations. The statements come in an upcoming paper called "The Joy ...


World-news-Singer-dies-couple-released-RuPaul-expands

World news: Singer dies, couple released, 'RuPaul' expands - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay, HIV-positive South African singer Koyo Bala, 36, died at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town after battling with anal cancer for two years, Vanguardngr.com reported. Bala was part of a pop group known as 3-Sum, which was made up of Balaš Amstel Maboa and the late Jeff Moyo, and they were popularly known in the South African entertainment industry ...


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Gay German politician dies - Guido Westerwelle, the openly gay former chair of the Free Democratic Party in Germany, died on March 18 at age 54 of leukemia, according to PinkNews. He had become the country's most senior gay politician when his party joined Angela Merkel's second coalition government. Westerwelle was foreign minister from 2009 until 2013, and was also vice chancellor of Germany from ...


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World news: Antarctica proclamation, psychiatrists' statement, London mayor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Non-profit advocacy group Planting Peace has declared Antarctica the "world's first LGBT-friendly continent," according to Out.com. Planting Peace recently traveled to the locale with a Pride flag in tow—a journey that was meant to raise global awareness about equality. Aaron Jackson, the president of Planting Peace, told The Huffington Post, "It was an honor to carry the Pride flag throughout ...


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TRAVEL Try something new for your spring fling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Spring break, here we come! There are so many great choices—from Purple Party in Dallas to the White Party in Palm Springs. Key West is always a hot spot and Fort Lauderdale is a perennial favorite. How about a change of pace with the change of season? Gay Polo Week Discover The Palm Beaches, in partnership with Palm Beach ...


World-news-HIV-study-action-against-Malawi-Guccis-policy

World news: HIV study; action against Malawi; Gucci's policy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Scotland, a University of Glasgow study shows that gay men and other men who have sex with men ( MSM ), including those believed to be at "high risk," are not getting HIV tests frequently enough, Scotsman.com reported. The study found that while national guidelines suggest all MSM test annually for HIV and those "at higher risk" every three ...


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Dan Savage's 11th Annual HUMP Film Fest on international tour with new films - From a press release - Dan Savage—the writer behind the 20-year-running Savage Love advice column, LGBTQ and political activist, and co-creator of the It Gets Better Project—had an unconventional idea back in 2005. He asked people to send him homemade dirty movies, and surprisingly, they did. In droves. His mailbox was brimming with films so hot, so hilarious, and diverse that he felt compelled to ...


World-news-Gay-Iranian-poet-Rome-protest-petition-Eltons-photos

World news: Gay Iranian poet; Rome protest; petition; Elton's photos - Israel has extended the visa of a gay Iranian poet until October as he seeks permanent refuge in the country, he told Newsweek. Payam Feili, 30, fled Iran because of his sexuality, moving to Turkey and then traveling to Israel where his novella I Will Grow, I Will Bear Fruit ... Figs was performed as a play in Hebrew at ...


Australia-sends-gay-refugee-couple-to-Nauru-where-gays-can-get-14-years-hard-labour

Australia sends gay refugee couple to Nauru, where gays can get 14 years hard labour - From a press release - MELBOURNE - March 8th - Two gay men fleeing persecution in Iran have been sent to detention in Nauru, where they have been violently attacked for being together. Both were seeking asylum in Australia, but the Australian Government's punitive refugee policies have left them languishing on a tiny island where being gay is a crime. Afraid to leave their house ...


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Task Force marks International Women's Day, joining UN call for gender equality - From a press release - Washington DC, March 8, 2016 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is celebrating International Women's Day 2016 by joining the United Nation's call for the acceleration of gender equality. "As we celebrate International Women's Day, and the progress that has been made toward gender equality here and across the globe, it's vital that we intensify all efforts for full equality ...


World-Panasonics-policy-Dominican-LGBT-group-the-UN-and-Fun-Home

World: Panasonic's policy; Dominican LGBT group; the UN and 'Fun Home' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp plans to change its company rules to recognize same-sex marriages, joining a growing trend toward acceptance in a country where being openly gay largely remains taboo, Reuters reported. Panasonic said it is reviewing changes to its code of conduct that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. It is a rare move for a major ...


Gay-Games-enda-discussions-with-Gay-Lesbian-International-Sport-Association

Gay Games enda discussions with Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA ( 03 MARCH 2016 ) — On Sunday 28 February, following seven years of ongoing negotiations, the Federation of Gay Games Board of Directors voted to end further discussions with Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association ( GLISA ) to consider creating a new unified organization to present a singular quadrennial global LGBT+ sports, culture and ...


World-Adoption-rights-dropped-Chinese-censors-kill-series-Navy-first-kiss-

World: Adoption rights dropped; Chinese censors kill series; Navy first kiss - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - World news: Adoption rights dropped; Chinese regulators; naval kiss COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will drop adoption rights from a civil-unions bill in order to push the controversial legislation through parliament, Gay Star News reported. Renzi, who is starting his third year in office, had promised to pass the bill by the end of last year; ...


World-Israel-fathers-trans-woman-attacked-Inclusion-Awards-Justin-Trudeau

World: Israel fathers; trans woman attacked; Inclusion Awards; Justin Trudeau - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Israel, men with young children will soon be able to obtain welfare payments without having to look for work, under a bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, Haaretz.com reported. People on welfare are usually required to visit the government's Employment Service every week to see if any jobs are available, and must take any offered job. However, ...


Web-series-on-British-trans-artists-Oscars-at-Siskel-and-Center

Web series on British trans artists; Oscars at Siskel and Center - Web series looks at British trans artists Joi Productions and Plot Lost Pictures is presenting BOXX, a fictional Web drama series following two Black diasporan London based trans artists as they create a documentary about their lives. Episode one is slated to be released March 8. The series stars Yrsa Daley-Ward, Khaleb Brooks, Zhi Holloway and Olu Adaeze, and ...


World-Prime-minister-vs-church-pope-and-patriarch-Tom-of-Finland

World: Prime minister vs. church; pope and patriarch; Tom of Finland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi rejected the Roman Catholic Church's interference in a parliamentary debate on legislation that offers same-sex couples legal recognition and limited adoption rights, according to Reuters. Renzi spoke a day after the head of the Italian bishops' conference, Angelo Bagnasco, urged the upper house Senate to allow secret balloting when it votes on the bill. "Parliament ...


Oklahoma-City-stakes-a-claim-in-tourism

Oklahoma City stakes a claim in tourism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oklahoma may have been late to the game by joining the union as the 46th state, but it quickly growing catching up in the world of tourism. This is a worthy territory ready for discovery in the southern central region of the United States and is more than a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Getting there is half the battle and ...


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Argentinian trans activist dies - Longtime transgender activist Lohana Berkins died Feb. 5 after several weeks of hospitalization, prompting an outpouring of grief and tributes, according to the Buenos Aires Herald. In 2002, she applied for a job as a teacher at a public school. When authorities denied her the right to do so under her own name, she filed a complaint with Buenos Aires ...


World-Trade-deal-criticized-intersex-poll-Tutus-honor-gay-Indian-prince

World: Trade deal criticized; intersex poll; Tutu's honor; gay Indian prince - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pride at Work issued a statement condemning a pact the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations signed ( marking the largest regional trade deal in history ) in New Zealand, saying the agreement undermines the U.S.'s commitment to LGBTQ equality and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Pride at Work Executive Director Jerame Davis said, "Though the Administration and Ambassador ...


TPP-signing-undercuts-US-commitment-to-LGBTQ-equality-HIV-AIDS-fight

TPP signing undercuts U.S. commitment to LGBTQ equality, HIV/AIDS fight - From a Pride at Work press release - Washington — Today, in Auckland, New Zealand, US Trade Representative Michael Froman, along with his counterparts from other Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) countries, will sign the secretly negotiated trade deal despite numerous flaws, significant opposition, and an unclear path for passage in the US Congress. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement in response: "Though ...


World-Marriage-in-Mexico-hate-crime-survey-gay-diver-retires

World: Marriage in Mexico; hate-crime survey; gay diver retires - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Mexican Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state of Jalisco's same-sex marriage ban, according to The Washington Blade. The justices, in their 11-0 ruling, said the portion of the Jalisco Civil Code that defines marriage as between a man and a woman amounts to discrimination based on sexual orientation under the Mexican constitution. "For us, it is a very ...


Large-anti-gay-rally-takes-place-in-Italy

Large anti-gay rally takes place in Italy - Italians staged a mass rally in Rome's Circus Maximus Jan. 30, urging the government to reject legislation that offers same-sex couples legal recognition and some adoption rights, France24.com reported. Organizers were hoping for as many as one million attendees. However, journalists at the scene estimated the numbers to be in the tens of thousands. The bill is due to be ...


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Pope comments on same-sex marriage debate in Italy; DignityUSA responds - From a DignityUSA press release - Speaking to a group of Vatican judges as Italy's Senate prepares to vote on recognizing civil unions for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples, Pope Francis said that the recent Synods on the Family tell the world "there can be no confusion between the family God wants and any other type of union." The Pope added, "The family, founded on indissoluble ...


World-Russian-pro-LGBT-move-anti-trans-incidents-Biden-in-Switzerland

World: Russian pro-LGBT move; anti-trans incidents; Biden in Switzerland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Russian lower house Committee for Constitutional Law unanimously recommended rejecting a bill drafted by Communist Party members of Parliament that proposes fines for any public demonstration of non-traditional sexual relations, RT.com reported. Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolai Arefyev of the Communist Party caucus had prepared the bill. The lawmakers want anyone who shows "distorted sexual preferences" in public places to ...


Olympics-changing-policy-for-trans-athletes

Olympics changing policy for trans athletes - The Olympics are reportedly opening the field of competition to transgender athletes, adopting an updated policy that reflects standards that other regulatory sports organizations, such as the NCAA, already employ, ESPN.com reported. Outsports initially reported that, last November, the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) received new proposed guidelines from its "Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism" that allow ...


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Taiwan's first female president pro-LGBT; Arrests made in South Africa - Taiwan's president pro-LGBT Tsai Ing-wen is now Taiwan's first female president. In her victory speech, Tsai—who was elected as a representative of the Democratic Progressive Party—promised to preserve the status quo in relations with China, adding Beijing must respect Taiwan's democracy. Last year, she came out in support of marriage equality, Gay Star News reported. "Before love, everyone is equal," ...


World-news-Chelsea-Manning-exhibit-Vietnam-and-marriage-Danish-Girl-banned

World news: Chelsea Manning exhibit; Vietnam and marriage; 'Danish Girl' banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As part of the Victoria and Albert exhibition Future Design curated by Mariana Pestana for the World Economic Forum, U.S.-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg will premiere her work "Radical Love: Chelsea Manning"—full-color life-sized 3-D printed portraits of Chelsea Manning generated from her DNA, according to a press release. The portraits ( to be shown Jan. 20-23 at the World Economic Forum ...


World-AIDS-conference-Grindr-and-China-Estonia-partnership-law

World: AIDS conference; Grindr and China; Estonia partnership law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 21st International AIDS Conference will take place in Durban, South Africa, on July 18-22—and scholarships are available for the event, according to its website. The website says, "The conference organizers are committed to doubling the number of scholarships for AIDS 2016 to make the conference even more accessible to people from resource-limited settings, researchers, young people, community activists and ...


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PASSAGES David Bowie dies at 69 - Superstar British singer/songwriter David Bowie has died at age 69 after a sustained battle with cancer. Bowie was active until the end, releasing his final album, Blackstar, on Jan. 8—his birthday. Born David Robert Jones in London, Bowie was part of the music scene for almost 50 years. He first found success with "Space Oddity" in 1969 and became a ...


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Looking back: World news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —The voters speak: A third-gender candidate made history by winning the mayoral elections in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh Municipal Corporation by defeating the nearest rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ). Madhu Kinnar, who contested as an Independent candidate, won the election by 4,537 votes against BJP's Mahaveer Guruji. —Mexican marriage: Fernando Arias Amparo and Victor Aguirre Espinoza exchanged vows, ...


World-news-Intersex-Kenyan-Chinese-law-gender-fluid-lion

World news: Intersex Kenyan; Chinese law; gender-fluid lion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A young intersex Kenyan has died after several days in hospital, following an attack the victim's own family orchestrated, Gay Star News noted. Muhadh Ishmael died of blood loss Dec. 21, 2015—allegedly because he could not pay his hospital bill of 25,780 Ksh, or $260. His body was not accepted by his family for burial, and friends are currently organizing ...


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Lesbian SLC mayor takes oath; Tutu's daughter marries partner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbian SLC mayor Biskupski takes oath Jackie Biskupski was sworn in Jan. 4 as Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor. Biskupski, 49, noted the historic moment as well as the great strides the LGBT movement has made, according to a Daily Journal article. "I know that we have work to do still. And it is work that I take ...


ISIS-executes-gay-15-year-old-according-to-Syrian-media

ISIS executes gay 15 year-old according to Syrian media - From a press release - San Francisco, CA — Over the New Year's holiday weekend, ARA News, an independent Syrian media outlet, reported that ISIS had executed a 15 year-old teen boy on charges of homosexuality by throwing him from the top of a building in central Deir ez-Zor. Neil Grungras, Executive Director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration ( ORAM ), released ...


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World: China marriage case; UK chapels; Slovenia repeal; Israeli attorney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a first, a Chinese man is challenging local officials to allow him to marry his male partner, the latest move in a series of efforts to advance gay and lesbian rights in China, according to The Wall Street Journal. Sun Wenlin, a 26-year-old living in Changsha in central China's Hunan province, filed a complaint against the Changsha Furong District ...


Greece-allows-civil-partnerships

Greece allows civil partnerships - Greece enacted a human-rights bill that permits civil-partnership agreements between same-sex couples, according to a Newsweek item that cites Reuters. The development ( which happened when 193 members of the 300-member parliament voted for the bill ) occurred despite protests and opposition from political parties and the Orthodox Church. A growing number of European countries have established legislation allowing registered ...


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Greece allows civil partnerships - Greece enacted a human-rights' bill that permits civil-partnership agreements between same-sex couples, according to a Newsweek item that cites Reuters. The development ( which happened when 193 members of the 300-member parliament voted for the bill ) occurred despite protests and opposition from political parties and the Orthodox Church. A growing number of European countries have established legislation allowing registered ...


World-news-Trans-women-arrested-Australian-apology-Pride-Toronto

World news: Trans women arrested; Australian apology; Pride Toronto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Thailand, four transgender women were arrested in after a man plunged to his death from a fourth-floor window, according to PinkNews. Naami Keyghobadi, 28, from Leeds, was found lying face-up in a street in Pattaya, a city on the east coast of Thailand which is known for its nightlife. Officers said that one of the women claimed she had ...


Graphic-novel-on-struggle-of-LGBTIQ-Iranians-offered-as-free-download

Graphic novel on struggle of LGBTIQ Iranians offered as free download - From a press release - ( New York ) —Following the Facebook serialization of a love story Yousef and Farhad about a gay couple in Iran, OutRight Action International, the global human rights organization, on Monday releases the full 20-page graphic novel to download for free. Download the book at the link https://www.outrightinternational.org/sites/default/files/YandFFinal12182015LR.pdf . The commissioned graphic novel, Yousef and Farhad, though a work ...


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World news: Trans initiative; Venezuelan pol; gay imam; Czech adoption - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Arcus Foundation and the Novo Foundation announced a five-year philanthropic initiative focused on improving the lives of transgender people worldwide, according to a press release. With lead funding from Arcus, the Global Trans Initiative will deploy grants and philanthropic resources totaling at least $20 million to transgender activists and organizations as well as work intended to ensure that all ...


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World news: Gay refugees; hashtags; Siberian princess; trans candidate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay refugees at an asylum center in Amsterdam have allegedly had to move because of homophobic attacks by other residents, the UK Metro reported. Fellow asylum seekers reportedly spat on them and attacked them to the point they were afraid to go outside. Five gay men—three from Syria, one from Iran and one from Iraq—moved to separate accommodations; at the ...


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Report: MSM, trans left behind in HIV/AIDS fight - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In a new report published on World AIDS Day, the ONE Campaign sounded the alarm about a growing complacency in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and warned that the fight will be unwinnable if especially vulnerable populations, including men who have sex with men and transgender women, continue to be underserved. Compared with the general population, men who ...


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World news: Homicide conviction; France and PrEP; terrorist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Philippine court convicted U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton for the death of transgender Filipina woman Jennifer Laude, according to BuzzFeed. Pemberton's attorneys said he hired Laude for sex after the two met at a club on Oct. 11, 2014. Pemberton's lawyers told local media that he admitted to choking her in a nearby hotel room after discovering she was ...


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Three killed at Acapulco gay festival - Gunmen attacked patrons at a gay festival in Acapulco, Mexico—killing three people and wounding another five, News24.com reported. Attackers stormed the "Reina Gay" festival in Tres Palos on Nov. 29, opening fire on the crowd. Authorities suspended classes at some rural schools near Acapulco in recent weeks and installed security at others because of an increase in violence near the ...


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World news: LGBT Ugandans; Ireland and marriage; trans deaths - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds of people in Uganda's LGBT community have fled the country to escape homophobia and persecution—but many are now stuck in Kenya, where the situation is not much better, according to BBC News. For example, Tyrone ( not his real name ) has said that he was beaten up in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, just days after arriving there ( on ...


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World news: Countries criticized; Justin Trudeau; manslaughter case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australia has been criticized for falling behind other first world nations in its treatment of LGBTI people as the government continues to put off legalizing same-sex marriage, Gay Star News noted. Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Iceland singled out Australia for criticism as part of the United Nations Human Rights Universal Periodic Review of its commitment to human rights. ...


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World news: France's blood ban; Elton John; IBM excels - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - France is lifting its ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood, CNN reported. The change would be introduced gradually, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said, following extensive work by health authorities, patient associations and LGBT donors. By spring 2016, men who have sex with men in France will be able to donate blood—if they have not ...


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CORPORATE DIVERSITY KPMG leads way in diversity of thought - With combined revenues totaling almost $25 billion and offices based in 155 countries around the world, the network KPMG is certainly known globally for its business achievements. However, the company also wants to be known for what it states as its commitment to diversity. For those who work at the firm—regardless of race, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or gender ...


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OutRight CEO Stern 'hopeful' for future of global human rights - As a former first researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch and the current executive director of OutRight ( formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ), Jessica Stern remains optimistic even while starring squarely in the face of adversity. "Over the 15 years I've been doing this work, LGBTI communities have organized in nearly every corner ...


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World news: Fatal attack; blood ban ends; marriage news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following a savage attack that caused him to suffer a brain hemorrhage, a gay man has died, LGBTQ Nation reported. In 2014, architect Mikhail Pischevsky was attacked shortly after leaving a nightclub in Minsk, Belarus. Following several operations, doctors had to make the difficult decision to remove roughly 20 percent of Pischevsky's brain in hopes of saving him. For "unintentionally ...


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Researchers: Health providers unprepared for pregnant transgender men - From a press release - London, UK ( October 29, 2015 ). Many transgender men who have the capacity to bear children are faced with barriers in the healthcare system as a result of a lack of training, argue Juno Obedin-Maliver and Harvey Makadon in a commentary published in SAGE journal Obstetric Medicine. In recent years, transgender people have experienced significant advances in social acceptance ...







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