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World-news-Ontario-bans-conversion-therapy-Moscow-Mozambique

World news: Ontario bans conversion therapy; Moscow; Mozambique - COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Ontario, Canada, has prohibited "conversion therapy"—attempting to change one's sexual orientation from gay to heterosexual—for children younger than 18, according to Courthouse News Service. The province's Bill 77 received royal assent on June 4, the day the Legislative Assembly approved it on its third reading. The Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act amends the province's ...


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Global homophobia report released - Recently, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ( ILGA ) launched, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the 10th edition of its annual report on State-Sponsored Homophobia, a world survey of laws: criminalization, protection and recognition of same-sex love, with Aengus Carroll and Lucas Paoli Itaborahy authoring this year. Among some of the highlights: —There are ...


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Dublin Pride has much to celebrate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The sidewalks of O'Connell Street in the heart of Dublin's city center began to fill only moments before first banner arrived. With an expected 60,000 in attendance, Dublin's 2015 Pride Parade is the second largest event each year ( behind St. Patrick's Day's ). For a country that is roughly the size and population of Indiana, this is an astonishing ...


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State Department Report documents LGBT Human Rights Violations - From a press release - WASHINGTON —— Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) lauded the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for once again including information about the rights of LGBT people worldwide. A compilation of the information from the report regarding sexual orientation and gender identity can be found here. Included in this compilation is information about new anti-LGBT laws as ...


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Harvey Milk Foundation to honor United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - San Francisco, CA ( June 25, 2015 ) — The Harvey Milk Foundation, known around the world for its dedication to promoting equality for the LGBT community, will present its coveted Harvey Milk Medal to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This historic milestone coincides with the 70th anniversary celebration of the United Nations. The Harvey Milk Medal is seen as ...


Kyrgyzstan-passes-draft-anti-LGBT-propaganda-bill-worse-than-Russias-law

Kyrgyzstan passes draft anti-LGBT propaganda bill worse than Russia's law - From a press release - WASHINGTON—— Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemned the vote by the Kyrgyzstan National Assembly to pass new and discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation during its second reading. The legislation passed through an initial reading in October, but had been stalled until today's vote. Another parliamentary vote is required before the legislation is submitted to Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, whose ...


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Pope Francis' asserts that kids must have opposite-sex parents - From an HRC press release - The Pope's statement to more than 25,000 faithful in Rome on Sunday comes on heels of the city's well-attended LGBT pride festival, and support of same-sex civil unions by Italy's Lower House of Parliament WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation has strongly urged Pope Francis to reconsider assertions he made Sunday in Rome that good parenting ...


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World news: Pop star comes out; London candidates; pope's moves - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Norwegian pop star came out as gay in a music video featuring simulated gay sex with a priest—and the Church of Norway is upset, according to The Huffington Post. Tooji, an Iranian-Norwegian singer living in Norway and a participant in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, came out when announcing the release of his new music video titled "The Father ...


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U.S. addresses anti-LGBT violence around the world - From the White House - Directed by the 2011 Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons, the United States works to promote respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) persons both at home and around the world, according to a press release from the White House. What follows is the full release: ...


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Israel Pride Parade dedicated to transgender rights - ISRAEL, June 12, 2015 — The message was written in Hebrew and English in green banners which proclaimed Israel's 17th Annual Pride Parade held in Tel Aviv on June 12. They stretched across both the traditional opening stage in the city's Meir Garden and its much larger brother set up at the ocean front Charles Clore Park at the end ...


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World news: Japanese LGBTIs; clashes in Russia and Ukraine; UKIP banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A survey shows that Japan has an LGBTI population of 7.6 percent ( the equivalent of one in every 13 persons, or 9.67 million people ), Gay Star News reported. Advertising company Denstu polled 69,989 people aged 20 to 59 in April. A similar survey in 2012 found that only 5.2 percent, or one in 19, Japanese people identified as ...


Guam-Chief-Judge-bans-enforcement-of-discriminatory-marriage-laws

Guam Chief Judge bans enforcement of discriminatory marriage laws - From a press release - ( Hagatna, Guam, June 5, 2015 ) - Today, District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood granted summary judgment for plaintiffs and banned enforcement of all laws in the U.S. Territory denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Judge Tydingco-Gatewood's ruling followed oral argument in the lawsuit challenging Guam's marriage ban that private attorneys brought on behalf of Loretta ...


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World news: Kazakhstan law struck down; marriage developments - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kazakhstan has struck down a proposed law that would have banned "gay propaganda" similar to its Russian neighbors—thanks in part to athletes such as Martina Navratilova, Gay Star News reported. The tennis legend and 26 other sporting heroes, like Robbie Rogers, wrote a letter to the IOC ( International Olympic Committee ) that Kazakhstan should not be allowed to host ...


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Israeli filmmaker talks about attitudes toward LGBTQ people - Recently, groundbreaking Israeli LGBTQ filmmaker Gal Uchovsky provided an audience at the Landmark Theatre in Chicago with an intimate and candid look at his work and how film and media in general have helped spur a growing and even right-wing acceptance of the LGBTQ community in his home country. Uchovsky is the writer of the 2002 war drama Yossi & ...


World-Moscow-Pride-canceled-again-Swiss-anti-gay-ruling

World : Moscow Pride canceled again; Swiss anti-gay ruling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Russia, Moscow Pride has been banned for the 10th consecutive year, PinkNews reported. Pride parades are not technically illegal in Russia; however, the country's "gay propaganda" law makes it an offense to promote "non-traditional sexual relationships" to minors—which has been used to clamp down on all LGBT activism. Activist Nikolay Alexeyev was undeterred, saying, "We will nonetheless hold some ...


Global-Pride-Summit-kicks-off-Pride-Month

Global Pride Summit kicks off Pride Month - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A free online summit will bring together the global LGBT community for the first time. Global Pride Summit is being held June 1-5, and each day six to seven thought leaders, activists, therapists, coaches, celebrities and others will bring information on a range of topics to help inspire attendees to share their Pride. Speakers include Greg Louganis, Chaz Bono, Judy ...


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Ireland votes yes to marriage equaliy - In Ireland, voters have overwhelmingly approved marriage—making the Emerald Isle the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote. The official results were announced May 23: 1,201,607 voted in favor of the referendum, while 734,300 voted against it. More than 60 percent of eligible voters turned out, including thousands who returned home from other countries. The ...


UK-YouTube-sensation-Pop-N-Olly-launch-LGBT-videos-for-children

UK YouTube sensation Pop 'N' Olly launch LGBT videos for children - From a press release - London, UK. May 20, 2015 — A gay fairytale romance is the latest story amongst Pop'n'Olly's educational videos for young children. The Youtube channel, created by presenter Olly Pike, is a free resource which provides educational establishments with media involving LGBT themes. "I feel the best way to battle discrimination for future generations is to start with children" says Pike ...


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LETTERS A plea to the pope - An open letter to Pope Francis Pope Francis, you need vibrant parishes and the parishes need you! Pope Francis, your vision of the Church moves us: a Church following the path and the spirit of Jesus; united in respect and candor, as equals, as true fellow travelers—squarely facing those who are marginalized and most in need of solidarity. Instead of ...


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Entertainment: Robin Williams; Nate Berkus; Jill Soloway; Paris Is Burning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Starz Digital has picked up the North American rights to Robin Williams' final film, Boulevard, according to NewNowNext.com. Directed by Dito Montiel ( A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints ), the film sees Williams as married but closeted Nashville bank manager Nolan Mack, whose life is forever changed when he picks up young hustler Leo ( Roberto Aguire ). However, ...


-World-news-Costa-Rica-ruling-Chelsea-Manning-statue-Gambia-presidents-words

World news: Costa Rica ruling; Chelsea Manning statue; Gambia president's words - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Supreme Court of Costa Rica has upheld a ruling that professional associations may not discriminate against people who are in same-sex relationships, Gay Star News reported. The lawsuit was brought after the same-sex partner of a member of Costa Rica's Doctors and Surgeons Association was refused membership at recreational facilities owned by the association. The association voluntarily updated its ...


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United Nations LGBTI campaign - From a press release - The United Nations Free & Equal campaign May 14 launched a new video celebrating the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people to families and local communities. The video features no actors, but several everyday LGBT people at their jobs and living their lives, including GLAAD Media Award-nominated journalist Edward Wyckoff Williams; New York City transgender firefighter Brooke ...


-HRC-Gender-Proud-work-for-visibility-of-Philippine-trans-community

HRC, Gender Proud work for visibility of Philippine trans community - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Gender Proud, a transgender advocacy and awareness organization, announced a three-city public education campaign to inform the public about, and destigmatize the lives of, transgender people in the Philippines. In conjunction with a three-city speaking tour headlined by Gender Proud Founder Geena Rocero, HRC will help support and organize ...


State-Sponsored-Homophobia-Report-criminalizing-countries-decrease

State-Sponsored Homophobia Report: criminalizing countries decrease - From a press release - Geneva, 13 May 2015 — A few days before the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, ILGA launches at the Palais des Nations in Geneva the 10th edition of its annual report on State-Sponsored Homophobia, a world survey of laws: criminalisation, protection and recognition of same-sex love, authored this year by Aengus Carroll and Lucas Paoli Itaborahy. "While in 2006 ...


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MCC founding pastor presides at blessing of aame-gender couples in Cuba - From a press release - In another historic first for Metropolitan Community Churches ( MCC ), the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of MCC, was one of the presiding clergy at the first blessing of unions in Cuba. About a dozen couples pledged their love to each other as part of Cuba Pride on May 9, 2015. The Associated Press reported: Luis Enrique Mederos and his ...


Open-letter-to-Pope-Francis-You-need-vibrant-parishes

Open letter to Pope Francis: "You need vibrant parishes..." - From a press release - Representatives from 22 international Catholic groups working for a more just and compassionate church have written an open letter to Pope Francis asking him to focus his attention on the task of revitalizing local parishes as a way to allow for joint decision-making and greater accountability of church leadership. The letter, signed by lay leaders, priests, nuns, and theologians, was ...


-World-Gay-premier-in-PEI-Australian-lawmakers-hookup-apps-STIs

World: Gay premier in PEI; Australian lawmakers; hookup apps, STIs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Canada's Prince Edward Island, the Liberals won their third consecutive election in Prince Edward Island on May 4, Straight.com reported. Wade MacLauchlan, who became Liberal leader on February 21, is the province's 32nd premier, taking over from Robert Ghiz. MacLauchlan will also make history as the province's first elected openly gay premier. MacLauchlan will also serve as the minister ...


World-Nepal-outreach-U2-and-Russia-ban-Ecuadorean-civil-unions

World: Nepal outreach; U2 and Russia ban; Ecuadorean civil unions - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) is partnering with Nepal's pro-LGBT Blue Diamond Society ( BDS ) to help earthquake victims in that country. The earthquake already took the lives of two members of BDS, our allies, Kumari Bhujel and Jyoti Prakash, and many members of the LGBTI community are still missing, an email stated. ...


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Earthquake relief effort for Nepal's LGBTIs seeks help - From a press release - International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission's partner organization in Nepal, the Blue Diamond Society ( BDS ) needs emergency funds now! Honored time and again for its excellent, effective work on behalf of LGBTI people in Nepal, Blue Diamond has made incredible strides over the years and now is our chance to assist in its time of dire need. ...


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TRAVEL Carnival in Rio: Plan 2016 now - When you picture Rio de Janeiro, do you think of sexy people partying? You'd be right. Brazil's Carnival is known worldwide as the "world's biggest festival"—full of culture, dance, food, samba, parades and music. Tourism officials estimated that almost 1 million tourists joined local revelers at this year's at Rio de Janeiro's 2015 Carnival. It's best to plan early. The ...


Out-diver-at-Kremlin-pope-nixes-ambassador-trans-person-attacked

Out diver at Kremlin; pope nixes ambassador; trans person attacked - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out gay Olympic diver Tom Daley has been praised for posting a photo of himself in front of the Kremlin in Moscow, Pink News noted. Russia passed a law in 2013, banning the "promotion of non-traditional" sexual orientations, and has been widely condemned since, including calls to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics last year. Daley—a Brit who's dating Oscar-winning screenwriter ...


Inclusive-ministry-battles-spread-of-LGBT-hatred-in-Africa

Inclusive ministry battles spread of LGBT hatred in Africa - Despite their stringent denials, U.S. Christian Conservatives such as Rev. Rick Warren of California's Saddleback Church and Truth Abiding Ministries President Scott Lively have undertaken a multi-year mission to convince the people, leaders and lawmakers of African nations to join them in and even legislate for an anti-LGBT ideology couched in fear and hatred—one that is increasingly falling on deaf ...


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World news: Turing notebook; South African runner; Malawi law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A notebook belonging to late British gay codebreaker and computer genius Alan Turing has sold at auction for more than $1 million, according to Pink News. The notebook, which included handwritten notes about computer science and maths, sold at Bonhams in New York in around three minutes. Turing, often hailed as the grandfather of modern computing, was convicted of "gross ...


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LGBTQ faith leaders go to Cuba to meet faith, government leaders - From a Metropolitan Community Churches press release - President Obama and Cuban leader, Raul Castro, made history in April of 2015 with a handshake. On April 28, leaders of Metropolitan Community Churches ( MCC ) will make history by traveling to Cuba at the invitation of leaders of the Baptist LGBTQ group, Abriendo Brechas de Colores, from the FederaciÃ"n de Iglesias Bastistas de Cuba. Leaders of Abriendo Brechas ...


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-- World news: Tel Aviv conference; Sarkozy controversy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 40 Years of Pride conference, organized by The Aguda and A Wider Bridge, will bring together a diverse group of LGBTQ leaders from around the world this summer in Israel on June 9-11, according to a press release. Leaders from around the world will gather in the heart of Tel Aviv to inspire and strengthen each other, build skills ...


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World: Clare Balding; Cambodian study; adoption in Ireland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - UK Prime Minister David Cameron has named Clare Balding as the LGBTI person he admires most, Gay Star News reported. The Conservative leader told Attitude magazine that while World War Ii code breaker Alan Turing was "an amazing man," he chose the BBC sports presenter because of "her enthusiasm [and] zest for life.." Cameron also said he once brought up ...


Progressive-gender-identity-law-passes-in-Europe

Progressive gender identity law passes in Europe - From a press release - ( New York )—The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) celebrates the unanimous passage of the "Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act, 2015" by the Parliament of Malta today. The new law enshrines the right to gender identity recognition and introduces anti-discrimination measures, allowing Maltese citizens to self-determine their gender identity and legally change ...


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African-American pastors unite against anti-gay movement in Africa, Rick Warren - From a press release - New York, NY April 1, 2015 — Spearheaded by The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries ( "TFAM" ), its founder and presiding Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder and executive director, Bishop-Elect, Pastor Joseph Tolton, the organization's international outreach ministry, The Fellowship Global ( "TFG" ), has launched a month long tour of key African nations where LGBTI communities continue to experience ...


World-Pope-eats-with-inmates-Swedish-pronoun-HIV-candidate

World: Pope eats with inmates; Swedish pronoun; HIV+ candidate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pope Francis recently had lunch with prisoners at an Italian prison, some of whom were gay or transgender, according to an On Top Magazine item. The pontiff visited the Giuseppe Salvia Detention Center in Poggiorale during a visit to Naples, Italy. Approximately 90 inmates attended the lunch, including 10 prisoners from a section of the facility that houses gay, transgender ...


World-news-Plane-crash-reopened-Swedish-singer-Costa-Rica-bill

World news: Plane crash reopened; Swedish singer; Costa Rica bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The United Nations ( UN ) is reopening the case of a plane crash that killed former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in 1961, TIME.com reported. Hammarskjold was on his way to what is now a part of Zambia to help broker peace between secessionist fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo and UN troops who were trying to stabilize the newly ...


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World: Lesbian tennis player; restroom situation; IKEA website - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tennis.com noted. Mauresmo won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006. She was No. 1 for 39 weeks in her career, becoming the first Frenchwoman to reach the top of the computer rankings since they were introduced in the 1970s. Mauresmo is also an out ...


World-news-Slovenia-OKs-marriage-McKellen-aims-to-save-gay-pub

World news: Slovenia OKs marriage; McKellen aims to save gay pub - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Slovenia has become the 11th European Union country to approve same-sex marriage, according to Euronews. The parliament passed the measure by a vote of 51 to 28. Deputies have also voted in favor of legalizing adoption by gay and lesbian couples. Worldwide, Slovenia will become the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage once the president signs the bill. In China, ...


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World news: HIV study; Ambassador Wally Brewster; UKIP chair leaves - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time, a study showed that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men, the Associated Press reported. The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test "on demand" use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning ...


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IPERGAY trial suggests effectiveness of intermittent PrEP - Study results announced Feb. 24 by the French national HIV research agency ANRS at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections ( CROI ) in Seattle suggested that a three-day regimen of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, intervention reduced HIV risk significantly in men who have sex with men ( MSM ) by an average of 86 percent. PrEP is ...


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World news: HIV in Cuba; Global Equality Fund; new envoy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Cuba, a variant of HIV that is much more aggressive than other known forms of the virus has been documented, according to Medical News Today. Patients infected with this new variant progress to AIDS so rapidly that they may not even know they are infected, with AIDS symptoms occurring within three years of infection. If a person contracts multiple ...


World-Nepal-and-marriage-mob-attacks-gay-man-Nick-Jonas-in-Sydney

World: Nepal and marriage; mob attacks gay man; Nick Jonas in Sydney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nepal should legalize gay marriage, says a committee charged with implementing a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to improve LGBTI rights in the south Asian country, Gay Star News reported. The committee, led by former Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population Laxmi Raj Pathak, finally submitted its report more than four years after its formation. The committee also advised ...


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World news: Kerry's envoy; ISIS kills gays; foreign minister retires - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Secretary of State John Kerry will appoint a special envoy within the State Department who will promote global LGBT rights, according to The Washington Blade. The State Department is in "the final vetting stages" for the post, and a senior official said the envoy will be an "openly gay Foreign Service officer." The announcement came less than a year after ...


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Gay Israeli singer's CD campaign ends Feb. 12 - Out Israeli singer Yehonathan has embarked on an Indiegogo campaign to create his third, full-length English album and music videos. The campaign ends Feb. 12. In 2013, he released his second English-language album, Yeho. Among the items he is offering for contributing are signed CDs, names in album credits and a personal one-on-one Skype call. The campaign is at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/come-be-a-part-of-yehonathan-new-album. ...


World-news-HRC-condemns-US-rep-pardons-unions-in-Italy

World news: HRC condemns U.S. rep; pardons; unions in Italy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued a statement condemning Rep. Chris Smith ( R-N.J. ) for his comments during the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa hearing on Nigeria. Smith said he does "not construe homosexual rights as human rights," and continued to question whether U.S. opposition to anti-LGBT legislation had negatively impacted the U.S.'s engagement in Nigeria. ...


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World: Turing notebook; ISIS killing gays; king makes history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A notebook said to contain detailed mathematics and computer science notes written by Alan Turing, the late gay British cryptographer, is going up for auction in April, the International Business Times noted. Turing—the subject of the current theatrical release The Imitation Game—cracked the Nazi enigma code at the height of World War II, helping push the Allies to victory. The ...


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IGLHRC, MADRE on alleged executions for sodomy by ISIS in Iraq - From a press release - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) and MADRE, the global women's rights group, condemn the recent killing of at least five individuals by the Islamic State, two of whom were allegedly murdered for homosexual conduct. While the story has been widely reported since January 17th as the execution of two gay men for homosexuality, no ...


World-news-Marriage-in-Vietnam-speedskater-Irish-pol-comes-out

World news: Marriage in Vietnam; speedskater; Irish pol comes out - Gay-rights advocates in Vietnam are celebrating after the government repealed a nationwide ban on same-sex marriage, but there's a catch: Marriage equality isn't yet recognized, either, according to Care2.com. Lawmakers initially planned to give full recognition to same-sex marriage but decided instead to simply repeal the country's ban on gay marriage as an interim step, saying Vietnam needed more time ...


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Pope speaks against same-sex marriage - Speaking in the Philippines, Pope Francis made one of his strongest calls as pope against movements to recognize same-sex unions as marriage, Catholic News Service reported. "The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage," the pope said Jan. 16, hours after warning that Philippine society was "tempted by ...


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World news: Nigerian comes out; Charlie Hebdo's LGBT link - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Popular Nigerian brand expert Kehinde Bademosi ( also known as Kenny Badmus ), who took to his Facebook page to reveal he was HIV-positive on Dec. 1, has taken to his wall again to reveal that he is gay, Naij.com reported. On World AIDS Days last month, the Orange Academy founder took a bold step by revealing that he was ...


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Egyptian court acquits 26 Egyptian men after bath house raid - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responds to the recent news of an Egyptian court's decision to acquit 26 men after they were arrested on charges of "debauchery" during a December 7 police raid on a Cairo bathhouse. "While the courts were right to acquit the men, noting the weakness of the case against them this ...


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India elects first third-gender mayor - 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 ), according to the Huffington Post India. Madhu Kinnar, who contested as an Independent candidate, won the election by 4,537 votes against BJP's Mahaveer Guruji. Kinnar, 35, belonged to the Dalit community, and ...


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World: Scotland's weddings; "dot LGBT"; Conchita Wurst and Putin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scotland's first same-sex weddings took place in the early hours of New Years Eve, TIME.com reported. Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown married at the Trades Hall in Glasgow, and Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott had a private ceremony in the same city. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie were witnesses at the Douglas-Scott's wedding, while ...


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Thirty-five injured in Zimbabwe; Gambia arrests for 'homosexual acts' - Thirty-five injured in Zimbabwe Approximately 35 people were injured when a group of men forced their way into a private event that the organization Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe ( GALZ ), according to a BuzzFeed article. GALZ said that at least one of the attackers—who numbered between 12 to 15—carried a gun, and the group beat attendees "using logs, ...


World-news-Burger-King-kiss-in-British-poll-Doctor-Who

World news: Burger King kiss-in; British poll; 'Doctor Who' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A protest was held at a Burger King in Madrid, Spain, in response to an incident where a same-sex couple were kicked out for kissing, the UK Independent reported. A security guard told the couple, aged 18 and 19, to leave the Plaza de los Cubos restaurant after families allegedly complained that they were setting a "bad example" to children. ...


Year-in-review-World-news-

Year in review: World news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —Arrested in Nigeria: Following passage of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in Nigeria, more than three dozen gay men were arrested. Several organizations, including Human Rights First, expressed outrage at the development. —From Russia with hate: Russia enacted its anti-gay propaganda law—which made for a lot of criticism at the Sochi Olympics held in February. Russian President Vladimir Putin ...


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World news: French pol outed; Irish bill; Chinese activist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A French far-right politician has said he will sue the French Closer magazine, which "outed" him as gay after it published photographs of him with a man, Pink News reported. Florian Philippot is the deputy leader of the French Front National, a party that has been accused of fostering anti-gay violence by aligning itself with aggressive anti-equal marriage factions and ...


-Obama-takes-action-vs-Gambian-on-rights-abuses

Obama takes action vs. Gambian on rights abuses - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has commended the Obama Administration for taking concrete action against the Gambian government following recent human rights abuses in the country, which include the vicious targeting of LGBT people and a new law that could send some LGBT Gambians to prison for life. In a statement released today by the White ...


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World: London mayoral candidate; UKIP situation; Jamaican pastor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay businessman Ivan Massow has announced his intention to run for mayor of London, according to On Top Magazine. He is the first Tory candidate to enter the contest, which takes place in 2016. In promoting his candidacy during a Gaydio radio interview, Massow, 47—a recovering alcoholic sober since 2008 and a self-made millionaire—said that the London gay scene ...


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TRAVEL Adults-only spots in Cancun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cancun has long welcomed sun-seekers of all sorts, including spring-breakers, families, international travelers, and gays and lesbians. Whether you are lusting after a romantic getaway or a rowdy escape, this Mexican coastal city is sure to delight. But perhaps you prefer to indulge your leisure-time tastes in a grown-up setting, without the presence or distraction of children—yours or anyone else's. ...


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Gay manager of cafe killed in Sydney hostage situation - Tori Johnson, the gay café manager of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia, was killed as he fought off an armed terrorist who took the cafe and its patrons hostage, according to Towleroad. Johnson, who managed the café for two years, was trying to disarm the terrorist to provide cover for the other hostages as they fled during a ...


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Agenda for Synod on Family previewed, DignityUSA responds - From a DignityUSA press release - December 9, 2014. Boston, MA. Responding to today's release of a document that will set the agenda for the second phase of the Vatican's Synod on the Family, to be held in Rome October 4-25, 2015, leaders of DignityUSA said it was "inadequate and alienating" in its approach to the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ...


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World news: HIV poll; Disney art project; Putin's claim - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Survey results from the U.K.'s National AIDS Trust ( NAT ) show that ignorance about HIV is a global problem, according to HIVPlusMag.com. The survey of nearly 2,000 people showed that a third of the public were in the dark about how HIV is transmitted. Twenty-eight percent identified an incorrect path of transmission, while 45 percent of the population were ...


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IOC makes another step toward inclusion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After backlash over the Sochi, Russia, games—overshadowed by the host country Russia's anti-gay laws—the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) has made another attempt at formally declaring its inclusiveness of the LGBT community, MSNBC reported. Members of the IOC unanimously approved a measure to rewrite the Olympic Charter's non-discrimination policy, adding sexual orientation to the list. Under Principle 6, the ...


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World news: Chinese hookup app; marriage in Finland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The world's most popular gay hookup app is now based in China, Advocate.com reported. Blued, a smartphone program and company that Chinese CEO Gene Le founded, has ousted Grindr from the worldwide top spot of same-sex matchmaking apps. Blued has skyrocketed to 15 million users since its launch in 2012, the majority of whom are from the Asian nation. In ...


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World news: Malaysian insurer; Ian Thorpe's shame; Nepal survey - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - MetLife Inc.'s support for gay rights in the United States is drawing criticism to the insurer's partner in Malaysia, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. A group in the nation called for a boycott of AMMB Holdings Bhd.'s AmBank, citing MetLife's recognition as among the best places to work for LGBT individuals. MetLife, the largest U.S. life insurer, reached a $249 million ...


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HRC condemns passage of anti-LGBT law in The Gambia - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemns the decision by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law horrific new legislation that could lead to life in prison for some LGBT people in The Gambia. HRC also calls on the Obama Administration to conduct a full diplomatic review of the United States' relationship with The Gambia. ...


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UN tackles conversion therapy; Farrell's letter; Pope Francis - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time in its history, the United Nations Committee Against Torture ( CAT ) expressed concern over the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy being used on LGBT youth in the United States, according to a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release. Along with other signatories to the Convention Against Torture, the U.S. is reviewed by ...


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UN committee on torture concerned about LGBT conversion therapy - From a press release - ( Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 12, 2014 )—For the first time in its history, today the United Nations Committee Against Torture ( CAT ) expressed concern over the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy being used on LGBT youth in the United States. This historic development comes a day after leaders from the National Center for Lesbian Rights' ( NCLR ...


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Trans activist Monica James to address UN on police violence - Just four years ago, society had got the best of Monica James. Her more-than-40-year battle to just survive as a transgender woman of color on the streets of Chicago was one that had left her physically broken and mentally depleted. The last of her will to fight was gone and there was absolutely nothing she could scrape up from her ...


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Ellen's show in Asia; OutGames' campaign; 2018 Gay Games - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The daytime talk show Ellen will take to the airwaves in southeast Asia on Lifetime Asia in same-day telecasts as episodes in the United States, according to Variety. The Ellen DeGeneres Show will premiere weekdays on Lifetime at 8 p.m. Hong Kong and Singapore time. It will be available in Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, ...







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