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Soccer-movie-spotlights-team-players-identity-

Soccer movie spotlights team, player's identity - One of the main storylines for the upcoming soccer documentary, Next Goal Wins, centers around Jaiyah Saelua, a member of Samoa's third gender ( fa'afafine ), who identifies as a woman and is playing on the men's team. The film follows the American Samoa soccer team, including head coach Thomas Rongen, who promoted Saelua into the starting lineup. Saelua then ...


Indian-Supreme-Court-advances-transgender-rights

Indian Supreme Court advances transgender rights - Chicagoans react - India's top court recognized the country's transgender community as a third gender in a landmark judgment and human-rights groups, praising the development, have called on the government to ensure their equal treatment, according to Reuters. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognized, they are ostracized, discriminated against, abused and ...


-Pressure-on-IOC-demanding-no-anti-gay-games

Pressure on IOC demanding no anti-gay games - From an AllOut press release - New York, USA - April 15 2014 — Over 115,543 members of global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organisation, All Out, have sent a message to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. Public submissions close Tuesday for reforms being considered for the Olympic Agenda 2020 in Monaco later this year. 52 Olympians also came together to ...


Tom-of-Finland-stamps-launch-Evans-cleared-of-charges

Tom of Finland stamps launch; Evans cleared of charges - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Finnish Postal Service, Itella, is preparing to release new sets of stamps in September 2014, including male drawings by Tom of Finland—a deceased Finnish artist notable for his homoerotic fetish art on late 20th-century gay culture, according to an LGBTQ Nation item. Finland's Postal Museum will also debut an exhibition titled "Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of ...


India-court-recognizes-transgender-community

India court recognizes transgender community - India's top court recognized the country's transgender community as a third gender in a landmark judgment and human-rights groups, praising the development, have called on the government to ensure their equal treatment, according to Reuters. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognized, they are ostracized, discriminated against, abused and ...


TRAVEL-Cancun-resort-hits-the-pleasure-spot

TRAVEL Cancun resort hits the pleasure spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times. By Pamela Sitmer McKuen - CANCUN, MEXICO—The five-star Oasis Sens in Cancun has quietly reinvented itself as an adults-only, gay and lesbian-friendly beach destination. "Romantic, relaxing and a little risque" is how marketing materials describe the guest experience, and first impressions don't argue. Setting the tone smack-dab in the center of the towering atrium lobby is a monumental bronze sculpture of Rodin-like lovers. It just ...


Tom-Daley-is-gay-not-bi-fun-joins-LGBT-equality-campaign-

Tom Daley is gay, not bi; fun. joins LGBT-equality campaign - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British Olympic diver Tom Daley now says he's a gay man, according to E! Online. The announcement came months after he told fans that he was bisexual. "Of course I still fancy girls," Daley said on a YouTube video posted in December 2013. Later that month, it was revealed that the Olympic diver, 19, is dating Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance ...


UN-Development-Commission-Dont-trade-away-LGBT-rights

UN Development Commission: Don't trade away LGBT rights - IGLHRC press release - ( April 3, 2014 — New York ) Heads of state and top government officials from all over the world meeting Friday at the United Nations have a responsibility to acknowledge that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a barrier to development, said the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) today. ...


Ben-Cohen-issues-50th-grant-group-seeks-to-ban-Warmest-Color

Ben Cohen issues 50th grant; group seeks to ban 'Warmest Color' - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the world's first anti-bullying foundation, announced it has issued its 50th grant—coinciding with the organization's third anniversary, according to Business Wire. The Foundation is a registered 501( c )( 3 ) grant-making non-profit in the United States and a registered charity in the United Kingdom, and the 50 grants have been given across both countries. ...


Trans-activist-launches-Gender-Proud-campaign-

Trans activist launches Gender Proud campaign - To coincide with the celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility, activist/ model Geena Rocero launched her new global- awareness campaign, Gender Proud, which calls attention to the fact that there are only a few countries where transgender individuals are able to change their gender marker without having to first undergo surgery. In addition, Rocero's talk ( Technology, Entertainment and ...


Marriages-begin-in-England-Wales

Marriages begin in England, Wales - LONDON—After legalizing same-sex marriages in July 2013, the first official marriage ceremonies in England and Wales took place right after midnight on March 29, 2014. At Islington Town Hall in London, at 12:03 a.m., Peter McGrath and his partner of 17 years, David Cabreza, were married in front of dozens of family and friends. They then went outside to greet ...


World-Vision-reverses-course-on-employment-policies

World Vision reverses course on employment policies - From Truth Wins Out abd HRC - From a Truth Wins Out press release CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out today condemned leaders on the Religious Right for putting anti-gay ideology before the needs of impoverished children, bullying the Christian organization World Vision into reversing their recent decision to allow for the hiring of married gay Christians. Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins, Bryan Fischer and others encouraged anti-gay conservative ...


Astraea-starts-20-million-world-push-for-LGBTQI-equality

Astraea starts $20 million world push for LGBTQI equality - From a press release - NEW YORK — Today, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announces "Fueling the Frontlines," a comprehensive three-year, $20 million campaign for global LGBTQI rights. The campaign will continue Astraea's long tradition of funding cutting-edge LGBTQI-focused organizations through supporting activism, education and philanthropy. A significant component in Astraea Foundation's efforts is the Global LGBTI Human Rights Partnership, a partnership between Astraea ...


Dominican-LGBTs-back-ambassador-Tokyo-billboard

Dominican LGBTs back ambassador; Tokyo billboard - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dominican Republican LGBT-rights advocates remain hopeful that gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James "Wally" Brewster will continue to generate more visibility around their nascent movement in the Caribbean country, according to The Washington Blade. "In reality the Dominican LGBT community is not a rather large community," Cristian King of Trans Siempre Amigas told the Blade during a meeting ...


UN-Women-of-diverse-gender-identities-central-to-development

UN: Women of diverse gender identities central to development - From a press release - ( 21 March 2014, New York )—Governments at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women ( CSW ) ignored evidence of and regional support for key elements of sustainable development in its declaration adopted today, said a coalition of lesbian, bisexual women, trans* ( LBT ) and allied activists and organizations present at the United Nations in a ...


World-news-Etheridge-at-WorldPride-2014-raid-in-China

World news: Etheridge at WorldPride 2014; raid in China - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out legend Melissa Etheridge will perform at the opening ceremonies for WorldPride 2014, happening June 20 in Toronto, according to OUT Traveler. Etheridge will sing her anthem "Uprising of Love," a song she wrote for LGBT Russians suffering through state-sanctioned discrimination and abuse. The rocker will be up front and center at Nathan Philips Square in central Toronto to perform ...


Matt-Goss-out-with-I-Do

Matt Goss out with 'I Do' - British crooner Matt Goss has released an EP featuring "I Do," which he has described as "the perfect proposal song that is as inclusive as it is romantic." Other tracks include "Mustang," "Lovely Las Vegas," and "There's Nothing Like This," all of which will appear on Goss' full-length album, Life You Imagine, in the spring. His weekly performance of Matt ...


Asias-first-gay-mens-mag-to-host-awards

Asia's first gay men's mag to host awards - On March 16, Singapore's first gay men's magazine, Element, will present the first-ever Asia Pink Awards, according to a press release. The award ceremony will recognize businesses and individuals that have been actively campaigning for diversity and social acceptance of the LGBTQI community in the Asia region. Moovz ( https://moovz.com/ ) , a social-networking site designed for the gay community, ...


Dalai-Lama-backs-marriage-US-resident-dead-in-Mexico

Dalai Lama backs marriage; U.S. resident dead in Mexico - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Dalai Lama has come out in support of gay marriage, saying it was "OK" and a personal affair for people of the same sex to commit to each other, according to NBC News. "If two people ... really feel that way ... and both sides fully agree, then okay," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said on the Larry King ...


LGBT-Catholics-react-to-Vatican-poll-results

LGBT Catholics react to Vatican poll results - Recently released survey results from thousands of US Catholics show widespread rejection of church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay relationships and divorce. And while these results, coinciding with any number of findings from public opinion polling are not new, what is new and noteworthy is an attitudinal gap of decreasing animosity to LGBTs from the hierarchy down to the ...


World-news-Uganda-fallout-IGLTA-scholarships-offered

World news: Uganda fallout; IGLTA scholarships offered - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Barely one day after President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, Ugandan tabloid newspapers began running articles publishing the names and photographs of people perceived to be LGBTI, according to an International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission press release. On Feb. 25, Red Pepper published a list of names of what it called the country's "200 top" ...


Gay-HIV-positive-filmmaker-crowdfunds-ambitious-movie

Gay, HIV-positive filmmaker crowdfunds ambitious movie - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - N. Mabasa-Mathope is a gay, homeless, HIV-positive writer/director/producer from South Africa who was raised as an orphan. Highly educated—he got scholarships to both the University of Cape Town in South Africa as well as the New York Film Academy—the hand that he has been dealt with in life has apparently not deterred him moving forward in his career. Mabasa is ...


LGBTI-Ugandans-targeted-after-signing-of-law

LGBTI Ugandans targeted after signing of law - From International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission - ( 28 February 2014—Johannesburg ) Barely one day after President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, Ugandan tabloid newspapers began running articles publishing the names and photographs of people perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex ( LGBTI ). In spite of the landmark 2010 Ugandan High Court ruling in the case of Kasha Jacqueline v ...


ORAM-advises-on-LGBTI-Ugandan-refugees-

ORAM advises on LGBTI Ugandan refugees - From an Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration news release - Feb. 27, 2014 ( San Francisco, California ) - Despite international criticism from human rights defenders, governments, and the United Nations, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed into law the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, this week. The law imposes up to life imprisonment on people for engaging in homosexual acts, and even punishes those who advocate for LGBTI rights or provide services in ...


Planned-Parenthood-renews-global-LGBT-rights-push

Planned Parenthood renews global LGBT rights push - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC—Tewodros Melesse, Director-General of the London-based International Planned Parenthood Federation ( IPPF ), has posted a blog on the Huffington Post, urging supporters of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT ) rights to renew their fight around the Globe in the wake of recent setbacks. Recent human rights infringements and discriminatory government actions in Australia, Nigeria, Uganda and ...


Trans-singer-on-anti-gay-laws-gay-British-men-not-queen

Trans singer on anti-gay laws; gay British men not "queen" - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rizi Xavier Timane, a transgender activist/gospel singer from Nigeria, has shot a music video featuring all LGBT individuals to protest anti-gay laws and actions, including the one recently passed in Uganda, according to an email Timane sent to Windy City Times. ( The video for the song, "The Way God Made Me," is at www.youtube.com/watch?v=opZ2Igq60x0. ) Timane is also a ...


TRAVEL-Hawaii-Big-island-big-fun

TRAVEL Hawaii: Big island, big fun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Hawaii is the biggest—and the youngest—of the Hawaiian Islands. The climate on this island ranges from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts to snow capped mountains to stunning black sand beaches. You will need many days on this island to get the full experience, so don't rush and don't stay too long in the hotel. You can choose to fly ...


Ugandan-president-signs-anti-gay-measure-

Ugandan president signs anti-gay measure - On Feb. 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that criminalizes homosexuality, CNN reported. Last month, Museveni said he wouldn't sign the bill, describing gay people as "sick" individuals who needed help, not imprisonment. Then he changed his mind this month and said he'd sign it because scientists had determined that there's no gene for homosexuality and ...


Gay-rights-activist-wont-be-returned-to-Uganda

Gay rights activist won't be returned to Uganda - Dr. Paul Nsubuga Semugoma, a Ugandan physician and gay rights activist living in South Africa, will not be deported back to Uganda. Semugoma was released in the late afternoon of Feb. 20, according to a Facebook posting by Coalition of African Lesbians, an activist group arguing for his release. "Paul is finally free and united with [his partner] Brian. Let ...


Ugandan-anti-gay-bill-trans-activist-arrested-in-Sochi

Ugandan anti-gay bill; trans activist arrested in Sochi - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda plans to sign a bill into law that prescribes life imprisonment for "aggravated" homosexual acts, according to CBS News. Museveni announced his decision to governing party lawmakers, said government spokesman Ofwono Opondo. In Twitter posts Feb. 14, Opondo said the legislators, in a retreat that Museveni chaired, "welcomed the development as a measure to protect ...


-Obama-speaks-against-Uganda-anti-gay-bill

Obama speaks against Uganda anti-gay bill - From the White House - The following statement from President Barack Obama was released by the White House. "As a country and a people, the United States has consistently stood for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. We believe that people everywhere should be treated equally, with dignity and respect, and that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, ...


Russia-implements-anti-LGBT-international-adoption-ban

Russia implements anti-LGBT international adoption ban - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — On Feb. 13, Russia officially implemented a law preventing international same sex couples from adopting Russian children. Additionally the law prevents any unmarried individuals in countries that allow the marriage of same-sex couples from adopting children from Russia. The edict was the official implementation of a law passed in July 2013 that adds an amendment to Russian adoption ...


Ugandan-President-Museveni-signs-anti-homosexuality-bill-

Ugandan President Museveni signs anti-homosexuality bill - From a Truth Wins Out news release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out today condemned in the strongest terms Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's decision to sign anti-gay legislation passed by Parliament late last year, which would result in life prison sentences for people convicted of homosexuality. Museveni had earlier indicated that he would not sign the bill, and had asked for a group of medical experts to determine ...


Pro-gay-Namibian-leader-London-figure-dies-at-44

Pro-gay Namibian leader; London figure dies at 44 - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Namibian opposition leader who openly backs LGBTI rights was sworn in as a member of the country's parliament Feb. 11, according to Gay Star News. McHenry Venaani, president of the opposition Democratic Turnhalle Alliance ( DTA ) party, came out for gay and trans rights in an interview with Gay Star News. He will enter parliament after veteran politician ...


LGBT-visibility-at-Sochi-includes-high-profile-messages-

LGBT visibility at Sochi includes high profile messages - LGBT visibility during the first few days of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, included some high profile political "messages," two gay inclusive television commercials, and several surprise choices by both Russian games organizers and openly gay athletes. It was Olympic organizers at the speed skating stadium who chose to play the iconic gay anthem "YMCA" over the public address ...


Spotlight-on-more-than-athletics-at-Winter-Olympics

Spotlight on more than athletics at Winter Olympics - The lasting legacy of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, likely will much more than who won gold, who had to settle for silver, and who might have been thrilled to grab the bronze. The efforts of athletes from around the world will be reported about, talked about, dissected, analyzed, scrutinized, and more. But the aspects of these Games ...


LGBT-eyes-are-on-Sochi

LGBT eyes are on Sochi - The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the most high-profile Olympics ever from an LGBT perspective, regardless of how many—if any—out athletes participate in the quadrennial sporting spectacular, or if any gold, silver or bronze medals are presented to competitors also proud to wave the rainbow flag. The Games will be held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia, and 89 countries will ...


Scotland-OKs-gay-marriage-5000-attend-Mumbai-Pride

Scotland OKs gay marriage; 5,000 attend Mumbai Pride - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scotland has become the 17th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage after the Scottish Parliament passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership ( Scotland ) Bill by an overwhelming majority, LGBTQ Nation reported. The members of Parliament voted 105 in favor, with 18 objecting and zero abstaining. Five last-minute amendments putting limits on the Marriage Equality bill, by Christian ...


TRAVEL-One-couples-adventures-in-progressive-Stockholm

TRAVEL One couple's adventures in progressive Stockholm - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 20, 2013 at 7:50 a.m., my wife ( Stephanie Brusig ) and I arrived to Stockholm Arlanda Airport in the heart of Scandinavia for a whirlwind weekend. The overnight journey on Scandinavian Airlines ( SAS ) could not have been more quaint and comfortable. Time seemed to float by effortlessly while we caught up on movies we had ...


LGBT-Viewers-Guide-to-the-Olympics

LGBT Viewers Guide to the Olympics - Tensions are high as the 2014 Winter Olympics prepares to get underway Thursday with figure skating and skiing events and then with the globally televised opening ceremony Friday. While there is a tremendous amount of anxiety over the possibility of a terrorist attack against the Games in Sochi, Russia, there is also considerable uncertainty around who might protest the country's ...


Obama-doesnt-include-ENDA-in-State-of-the-Union

Obama doesn't include ENDA in State of the Union - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — In President Obama's State of the Union address Jan. 28, he did not to call on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, following the historic bipartisan Senate vote last year. Obama did mention marriage equality and said this about America's role in helping other nations: "We do these things because they help promote our long-term security. And ...


British-doctor-challenges-ex-gay-therapy-India-court-refuses

British doctor challenges ex-gay therapy; India court refuses - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British TV doctor Christian Jessen will tackle controversial reparative therapy methods on the new series Cure Me, I'm Gay, The Huffington Post reported. In an effort to test the methods' medical legitimacy, Jessen—who is openly gay and in a long-term relationship—will apparently be filmed undergoing a number of the treatments himself before taking a "sexuality test" with a device measuring ...


HRC-pressures-John-Kerry-Brazilian-gay-teen-tortured

HRC pressures John Kerry; Brazilian gay teen tortured - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued a statement asking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to "direct a strong and proactive American response to the humanitarian crisis" to Nigeria in light of the African country's anti-gay law, according to a press release. HRC President Chad Griffin said," This law bars LGBT people from safe access to health care ...


Putin-pours-fuel-on-the-controversy

Putin pours fuel on the controversy - Russian President Vladimir Putin poured fuel on the anti-gay controversy Friday ( January 17 ), saying gays visiting Russia for the Olympics can feel at ease as long as they "leave children in peace, please." The remark, and its underlying insinuation that gay people harm children, was not included in Putin's published remarks on his official website but was reported ...


Kennedy-Center-meets-with-Ugandan-president-on-anti-gay-bill

Kennedy Center meets with Ugandan president on anti-gay bill - Based on a RFK Center news release - ( 18 January 2014 | Kampala ) A delegation from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights ( RFK Center ) met with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Jan. 18 at State House in Entebbe, Uganda to discuss the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by Uganda's parliament on December 20, 2013. Last month Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK Center, ...


HRC-to-Kerry-Respond-to-gay-arrests-and-torture-in-Nigeria-

HRC to Kerry: Respond to gay arrests and torture in Nigeria - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In light of recent reports that dozens of gay Nigerian men have been rounded up by police and tortured following the passage of a draconian anti-LGBT law in Africa's largest nation, today HRC President Chad Griffin called on Secretary of State John Kerry to direct a strong and proactive American response to the humanitarian crisis. President Goodluck Jonathan ...


Anti-gay-Nigeria-gets-money-from-the-UK-soccer-players-out-

Anti-gay Nigeria gets money from the UK; soccer players out - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has signed a law that bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes same-sex associations, societies and meetings with penalties of up to 14 years in jail, according to the Associated Press. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Jan. 13 the United States is "deeply concerned" by a law that "dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression ...


Nigerians-arrest-dozens-after-passage-of-anti-gay-law

Nigerians arrest dozens after passage of anti-gay law - From a Human Rights First press release - Washington, D.C. — Following today's news reports of the arrest of at least 38 gay men in Nigeria after the passage of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, Human Rights First's Shawn Gaylord issued the following statement: "We are alarmed and outraged to hear of the immediate arrests and torture of gay Nigerians following yesterday's passage of the new anti-gay ...


Nigerias-anti-gay-bill-Italian-priest-calendar

Nigeria's anti-gay bill; Italian priest calendar - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nigeria's "Jail All the Gays Bill" may still not have been passed to President Goodluck Jonathan for his signature, signaling some possible delays before he signs the measure after it was passed Dec. 18, 2013, according to Gay Star News. It adds to the country's criminalization of homosexuality, which already sees harsh jail penalties and the death penalty in northern ...


-Cancun-resort-hits-the-pleasure-spot-

Cancun resort hits the pleasure spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Pamela Dittmer McKuen - CANCUN, MEXICO—The 5-star Oasis Sens in Cancun has quietly re-invented itself as an adults-only, gay and lesbian-friendly beach destination. "Romantic, relaxing and a little risqué" is how marketing materials describe the guest experience, and first impressions don't argue. Setting the tone smack-dab in the center of the towering atrium lobby is a monumental bronze sculpture of Rodin-like lovers. It just ...


Ex-Iceland-PM-heads-conference-trans-woman-funeral-finally-held

Ex-Iceland PM heads conference; trans woman funeral finally held - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Prime Minister of Iceland Johanna Siguroardottir, the world's first openly gay head of government, will headline the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014, according to Gay Star News. The June 25-27 event—organized as part of the WorldPride celebrations, which next year are in Toronto—will feature presenters from 60 countries. A trans woman, murdered five months ago, has finally been given ...


The-peaks-of-visiting-Switzerland

The peaks of visiting Switzerland - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Switzerland is a land divided, which makes traveling to various regions of it essential to truly experience a marvelous country. [Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2013-12-31&AGALLERY=SwitzerlandJerryNunn .] Among the countries that border it are Germany, France and Italy, along with Austria and Liechtenstein. These bordering countries influence the local dialect, with many speaking Italian, French, German and Romansh, which is ...


World-news-of-the-year

World news of the year - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - —Ooo-la-la: France's first baby of 2013 was born to a lesbian couple. The baby boy, named Sacha, was born on the morning of New Year's Day between midnight and a minute past midnight at the Moulins Hospital Centre. Under current laws the couple was not allowed to get artificial insemination in their own country, so they had to travel to ...


Dutch-Senates-pro-trans-bill-Uganda-passes-anti-gay-measure

Dutch Senate's pro-trans bill; Uganda passes anti-gay measure - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Dutch Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow transgender people to legally change their gender on their birth certificates and other official documents without undergoing sterilization and gender-reassignment surgery, according to The Washington Blade. Transgender Network Netherlands Chair Carolien van de Lagemaat and COC Nederland Chair Tanja Ineke described the vote as "a victory for transgender people in ...


TWO-condemns-Ugandan-Parliament-anti-gay-law

TWO condemns Ugandan Parliament anti-gay law - From a press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out today condemned the Ugandan Parliament for quietly and without a quorum passing a version of the infamous legislation known as the "Kill The Gays" bill. Though the death penalty has been removed, under the bill, gays can now face life in prison for "aggravated homosexuality," which amounts to being convicted of having gay sex more ...


Queen-pardons-gay-mathematician-Alan-Turing

Queen pardons gay mathematician Alan Turing - Under the little-known Royal Prerogative of Mercy, Queen Elizabeth II has formally pardoned famed British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing nearly six decades after his death, according to LGBTQ Nation. Turing—whom many considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, and who was most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes during World ...


Uganda-lawmakers-pass-anti-homosexuality-bill

Uganda lawmakers pass anti-homosexuality bill - From press releases - From The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( New York — December 20, 2013 ) Uganda's Parliament passed a bill today criminalizing information and speech related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) rights, as well as any actions appearing to sanction LGBT lives, said the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ...


LGBT-Humanists-respond-to-anti-gay-legislation-in-Nigeria

LGBT Humanists respond to anti-gay legislation in Nigeria - From a press release - LGBT Humanists shocked at the prospect of Draconian anti-gay legislation in Nigeria The UK LGBT Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust ( PTT ) is shocked at the news that Nigeria's parliament has approved the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill which could be signed by President Goodluck Jonathan very soon. The Nigerian Senate has unanimously adopted the report of its conference ...


Pussy-Riot-Greenpeace-activists-freed-From-Russian-prison

Pussy Riot, Greenpeace activists freed From Russian prison - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Human Rights First today welcomes news reports that the Russian government has pardoned Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot along with 30 activists who were arrested during a Greenpeace protest. Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina, and the Greenpeace campaigners will be released from prison under an amnesty bill drafted by President Vladimir Putin. "Putin is clearly taking measures ...


Mandelas-LGBTQ-advocacy-falls-on-deaf-ears

Mandela's LGBTQ advocacy falls on deaf ears - As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela—who was oftentimes affectionately referred to by his Xhosa clan name "Madiba," or as "Tata" ( Father )—I, too, like so many LGBTQ activists across the globe, give thanks for his unwavering support on behalf of our civil rights. During his tenure as president, Mandela modeled for the world what an LGBTQ-inclusive ...


PM-wont-demote-pro-gay-politician-Obamas-wont-attend-Olympics

PM won't demote pro-gay politician; Obamas won't attend Olympics - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will not demote pro-gay Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, despite calls from Abbott's own party to do so, Gay Star News noted. Liberal Party Senator Cory Bernardi said Turnbull—who backs marriage equality—should not be allowed to get away with stating a view contrary to the party's platform. However, Abbott told The Guardian there were several views ...


Mandela-laid-to-rest

Mandela laid to rest - Former South African President Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in Qunu, South Africa, Dec. 14. CNN reported that a military escort accompanied Mandela's coffin to the burial site and took off the national flag that draped his casket. The funeral and burial were the culmination of 10 days of national mourning for him. Mandela's widow, Graca Machel; his ex-wife, ...


-India-LGBTs-call-for-Dec-15-Global-Day-of-Rage

India LGBTs call for Dec. 15 Global Day of Rage - DelhiQueer Pride has called for a Global Day of Rage Dec. 15, see www.facebook.com/events/1374294672825321/ . They write: "On December 11th, 2013, The Supreme Court of India reinstated the Criminality of Homosexuality in India. This Judgment has inspired anger across different sections of society around the world. While the legal battle continues, it is important that we make our voices heard. ...


Louganis-Russian-activists-headline-Congressional-Briefing

Louganis, Russian activists headline Congressional Briefing - From a press release - Washington, DC — Human Right First today will hold a Congressional briefing hosted by Congressman David Cicilline ( D-RI ) to discuss the current situation for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ( LGBT ) community in Russia, what activists on the ground are doing, and what the U.S. delegation to the Sochi Olympics can do to push back on Russia's ...


Gay-Indian-couple-jailed-in-America

Gay Indian couple jailed in America - From a press release - New York City, NY — Immigration Equality is representing two gay men from India who have been detained in immigration jail in El Paso, Texas for six months. This week India's high court reinstated criminal penalties for being gay, making it even more dangerous for the couple to return. The couple, Jagdish Kumar and Sukhwinder Sukhwinder, arrived in America in ...


Gay-sex-ban-reinstated-in-India

Gay-sex ban reinstated in India - India's supreme court has upheld a law that criminalizes gay sex in a ruling gay-rights activists have criticized, the BBC reported. The decision—in which the court said it's up to parliament to legislate on the issue—reverses a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order that had decriminalized same-sex acts. According to Section 377, a 153-year-old colonial law, a same-sex relationship is ...


Gay-speed-skater-falls-short-Northern-Ireland-allows-adoption

Gay speed skater falls short; Northern Ireland allows adoption - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay speed skater Blake Skjellerup missed out on an automatic bid to the Sochi Olympics by one position, according to Outsports.com. While 32 automatic bids were handed out for the distance, Skjellerup finished 33rd, becoming the first alternate. Skjellerup, who was poised to become the first out gay male competitor in Winter Olympics history, competed in the 2010 Winter ...


India-Supreme-Court-recriminalizes-same-sex-relationships

India Supreme Court recriminalizes same-sex relationships - From an HRC press release - Washington — The Human Rights Campaign, the United States' largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization condemns a ruling by India's Supreme Court overturning a lower court's decision that decriminalized same-sex relationships. In 2009 the Delhi High Court ruled Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was unconstitutional because it denied rights to a certain ...


President-Obama-speaks-at-Mandela-memorial-includes-gays

President Obama speaks at Mandela memorial, includes gays - From a White House Office of Communications press release - December 10, 2013, First National Bank Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1:31 p.m.SAST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. ( Applause. ) Thank you so much. Thank you. To Graca Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of states and government, past and present; distinguished guests — it is a singular honor to be ...


Celebrities-launch-Uprising-of-Love-for-Russia-Freedom-Fund

Celebrities launch Uprising of Love for Russia Freedom Fund - International Human Rights Day start of long-term support - From a press release NEW YORK - A coalition of celebrities launch Uprising of Love, a social movement dedicated to supporting the Russia Freedom Fund, which works for long-term, systemic change in the status and treatment of Russia's LGBT community. More than 50 celebrities are part of the coalition including Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, James Franco, Edward Norton, Jim Parsons, Julianne ...


LGBT-delegation-to-Honduras-reports-human-rights-abuses

LGBT delegation to Honduras reports human-rights abuses - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "It just continues and continues," Gay Liberation Network's ( GLN ) Andy Thayer told the other members at their regular meeting. He was speaking about the violence, and murder of the National Party against Honduran citizens. Thayer had just returned as part of a delegation of LGBT activists who went to monitor Honduras' recent presidential elections, which included himself and ...


Russia-to-create-protest-zone

Russia to create "protest zone" - The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that Russian authorities "plan to set up a protest zone in the city of Sochi." Concern about protests at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February have been building for months since the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin enacted laws to prohibit virtually any form of positive expression about "non-traditional" sexual ...


Russian-crew-shoots-pilot-of-LGBT-series-

Russian crew shoots pilot of LGBT series - The pilot for Moonlight People—a Russian series about LGBT individuals—has been filmed. Ekaterina Polyanskaya is the director and screenwriter. There are two parallel stories about a boy and a girl in the center of the series' plot. They live in different parts of the country, are of different ages and have varied socioeconomic backgrounds—but are both members of the LGBT ...


Nhojj-Raising-Funds-for-LGBT-Center-in-Guyana

Nhojj Raising Funds for LGBT Center in Guyana - From a press release - ( 12-07-13 ) — The Christmas holidays are a special time of giving, and in the true spirit of this holiday season award winning singer-songwriter-activist Nhojj has launched a campaign to build a LGBT Center in Guyana. As a vehicle for this campaign Nhojj is using GoFundMe, an easy way for people to donate online. He urges friends, fans, those ...


Uprising-of-Love-Celebrities-support-Russian-Freedom-Fund-

Uprising of Love: Celebrities support Russian Freedom Fund - Melissa Etheridge to preview new song; Russian LGBT activists to speak - From a Press Release NEW YORK - A coalition of celebrities will gather on Monday to announce the launch of Uprising of Love, a social movement dedicated to supporting the Russian Freedom Fund, which works for long-term, systemic change in the status and treatment of Russia's LGBT community. Uprising of Love will officially launch on International Human Rights Day, Dec. ...







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