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World-news-Mexico-and-marriage-N-Ireland-petition-Oscar-Wilde

World news: Mexico and marriage, N. Ireland petition, Oscar Wilde - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pope Francis has praised anti-gay marriage activists in Mexico for defending "family and life," PinkNews reported. Mexico has recently seen a wave of large-scale protests opposing same-sex marriage heavily backed by Catholic groups, after President Enrique Pena Nieto pushed to bring about same-sex marriage countrywide. Tens of thousands of people were bused in to large anti-gay marriage protests across the ...


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World: Swedish deportation, reproductive study, ISIS attacks gay men - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sweden's justice watchdog has sharply criticized the the way in which a gay Ugandan man was sent home to face possible life imprisonment and even death, even though his case was under review, TheLocal.se noted. The man, who first sought asylum in 2012, was expelled from Sweden three days after a court had ordered his rejected asylum claim to be ...


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Transgender, diverse women featured on cover of Harper's Bazaar India - From a press release - September 20, 2016 — Art Director and Executive producer, Christopher Sollinger, cast various industry icons, veterans, and new faces for the historic cover series of the next edition of "Harper's Bazaar India". Nine versions of the magazine will be available, each featuring a different woman of color on the cover including Tyra Banks as well as Tracey Africa and Geena ...


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Global Fund Donors Pledge Nearly $13 Billion to Help End Epidemics - From a press release - MONTREAL — At the launch of the Global Fund's Fifth Replenishment, donors pledged over US$12.9 billion for the next three years, demonstrating extraordinary global commitment toward ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria for good. Hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who stressed youth engagement as a key to success in global health, the conference welcomed significantly increased pledges ...


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Anti-gay U.S. pastor Steven Anderson barred from entering South Africa - From a press release - LAGOS, NIGERIA — September 13, 2016 — The South African Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, has announced today that U.S. pastor Steven Anderson will be denied entry into South Africa. The decision comes as a result of a campaign launched by global LGBT organization All Out, in partnership with Gay SA Radio. Steven Anderson gained notoriety after celebrating the ...


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World: Paralympic athlete, intersex activists, gay Russian candidates - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When the Rio Paralympic Games are over, wheelchair sprinter Marieke Vervoort of Belgium wants to end her life, LGBTQ Nation reported. "I started thinking about euthanasia," said Vervoort, one of nine out Paralympians competing this year. Euthanasia is legal in her native Belgium, with the consent of three doctors in writing. The 37-year-old suffers from an incurable, degenerative spinal disease ...


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LETTERS Gay Games congratulates Olympic Committee - His Excellency Thomas Bach President International Olympic Committee ChÃ˘teau de Vidy 1007 Lausanne Switzerland Dear President Bach: On behalf of the international Federation of Gay Games, we congratulate you and the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) on the success of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This success is in terms of not just the ...


World-news-Grunt-site-for-trans-men-out-bishop-South-Africas-HIV-treatment

World news: Grunt site for trans men, out bishop, South Africa's HIV treatment - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Australia, a website called Grunt is focused on trans men who have sex with cisgender men, LGBTQ Nation reported. They're the target of this new sexual health campaign in Australia, aimed at providing important health information. The site serves as a clearinghouse for information about condoms, PrEP, PEP, risk reduction, resilience and sexual health empowerment, according to Australian Federation ...


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Colombian Political Parties Talk Inclusion with LGBTI Advocates - From a press release - Washington, DC — Today Victory Institute and partner organizations convened Colombia's major political parties to discuss implementation of LGBTI inclusion clauses in the historic peace agreement between the government and FARC guerilla movement. Advocates shared the continued challenges to LGBTI political participation in the country, and provided party representatives with detailed recommendations for ensuring the agreement's inclusion goals are realized. ...


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World news: Couple father triplets, Australian vote, John Kerry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For possibly the first time in the history of South Africa, a same-sex couple fathered triplets, their children having DNA from both men, The New York Daily News noted. South Africans Theo and Christo Menelaou provided sperm to fertilize two eggs from their surrogate, who gave birth to three babies, including a set of identical twins. Their surrogate gave birth ...


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PASSAGES Mexican singer Juan Gabriel dies at 66 - Mexican singing superstar Juan Gabriel died of a massive heart attack in Santa Monica, California, on Aug. 28. He was 66. Gabriel was in the middle of the U.S. leg of his "MeXXico Es Todos" tour. He ranked in the top 20 on Billboard's 2015 Money Makers list, thanks largely to his touring revenue. In 2014, Queerty reported that Gabriel ...


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Cleric: No violence against LGBTs - Prominent Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has banned his followers from committing violence against LGBT people, The Washington Blade noted. Members of the Mahdi army—a Shiite militia that al-Sadr heads—have been accused of kidnapping, torturing and executing LGBT Iraqis for the past several years. Some consider al-Sadr, 43, to be one of the most influential religious and popular figures in ...


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Death of trans activist causes outrage in Turkey - There is outrage in Istanbul, Turkey, over the murder of transgender woman Hande Kader. Turkey remains conservative on LGBTI issues; however, a protest was staged Aug. 21 over Kader's death. Hundreds of demonstrators attended. Kader, a 22-year-old sex worker and activist, was last seen entering a client's car one night. Roommate Davut Dengiler had hoped she was still alive but ...


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World news: Irish politician, trans murder, sports items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay Irish politician told Belfast's citizens a major concern for Irish nationalists has been "gay rights," PinkNews reported. Fintan Warfield—an openly gay senator and spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBT rights for Sinn Fein—spoke at a march in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that commemorated the hunger strikes 35 years ago by Irish Republican Army ( IRA ) activists, ...


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Gay Games congratulates International Olympic Committee on success, inclusivity - From a press release - 22 August 2016 His Excellency Thomas Bach President International Olympic Committee Chateau de Vidy 1007 Lausanne Switzerland Dear President Bach: On behalf of the international Federation of Gay Games, we congratulate you and the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) on the success of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This success is in terms ...


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Leather Fireside Chat travels to Amsterdam - "Inside Leather History, A Fireside Chat," in cooperation with Leatherhistory.eu Foundation, is joining Amsterdam Leather Pride this year with a live-on-stage interview with Amsterdam's own Martijn Bakker Saturday, Oct. 29, at Club Church, Kerkstraat 52 1017 GM, Amsterdam. Bakker will discuss his leather history, contributions, knowledge and observations. Following the formal live interview, the floor will open for audience questions. ...


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Belize overturns anti-sodomy law - The Belize Supreme Court made a historic ruling Aug. 10 in favor of gay activist Caleb Orozco, and has struck down the country's anti-sodomy law. This is the first case started in the Caribbean and the first case where the sodomy laws have been overturned. It was originally brought to court in 2010, and was heard in 2013. Orozco, executive ...


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World news: Eddie Izzard, Qatari op-ed, Annie Lennox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Britain, Jamie Penny allegedly threatened to "do" Eddie Izzard's house after Izzard refused to give Penny and his friend a lift in his Beetle in April—and when Penny encountered Izzard again on a London street in May, he allegedly called him an idiot and a gay slur, TV3.ie reported. Penny recently appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court, charged with two ...


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Experts: 'Negligible risk' of HIV transmission if person is virally undetectable - From a press release - HIV /AIDS experts from the U.S., Australia, Denmark and Switzerland—including Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the New York City Health Department — endorsed a consensus statement concluding "negligible risk" of HIV transmission from a person with HIV who is on antiretroviral therapy ( ART ) and has had a consistently undetectable viral load for ...


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Beliz strikes down anti-sodomy law - From a press release - The Belize Supreme Court today made a historic ruling in favor of gay activist Caleb Orozco, and has struck down the country's anti-sodomy law. This is the first case launched in the Caribbean and the first case where the sodomy laws have been overturned. The case was brought to court in 2010, heard in 2013 and the ruling came today, ...


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World: Olympics items, gay juvenile executed, lesbian Serbian official - USA Today reported that South African runner Caster Semenya could be one of the most intriguing people in this year's Olympics. Semenya has never said she is intersex, but speculation follows her around the globe. Track observers believe Semenya is hyperandrogenous, meaning her body naturally produces high amounts of testosterone, the hormone that helps build muscle, endurance and speed. The ...


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Ugandan police arrest 15 at pride event - On Aug. 4 in Uganda, authorities raided a nightclub that was hosting a gay-pride event, arresting at least 15 people. The arrested individuals were charged with promoting homosexuality ( which is not legal in that country ) and staging an illegal gathering. The incident took place at Club Venom in Kampala, the country's capital. Gay-rights activist Clare Byarugaba told Reuters ...


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FGG announces 2016 Legacy Awards - Following a three-month nomination and selection process, the Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) board has approved seven Legacy Awards to be presented at the Annual General Assembly ( AGA ) this October in Sydney, Australia. This year's award recipients include George Melichar ( New Orleans ) as Outstanding Male Volunteer; Alex Davis ( London ) as Outstanding Female ...


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World: Romanian court, Israeli officials, rapper/actor Common, Apple's move - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Constitutional Court in Romania gave validity to a proposal that would allow only heterosexual marriage in the country on July 21, according to Opposing Views. The proposal, which had 3 million signatures gathered by the Coalition for the Family, could be placed on a ballot as a referendum to be voted on, according to Reuters. More than 20 human-rights ...


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Jerusalem hosts its largest Pride March, pays tribute to slain teen - JERUSALEM— With 25,000 in attendance from across Israel, the 15th Annual Jerusalem Pride March, which occurred July 21, 2016, was the city's largest yet. The parade stood in stark contrast to last year's tragedy, when six people were stabbed by Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish assailant. Shira Banki, 16, later died from her wounds. The march is organized each year ...


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Leather Fireside Chat travels to Amsterdam - From a press release - Inside Leather History, A Fireside Chat, in cooperation with Leatherhistory.eu Foundation, is joining Amsterdam Leather Pride this year with a live-on-stage interview with Amsterdam's own Martijn Bakker Saturday, Oct. 29 at Club Church. Martijn will discuss his leather history, contributions, knowledge and observations. "Truly this is an interview not to be missed," said chat host leatherman Douglas O'Keeffe. "Martijn's leather ...


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Federation of Gay Games sets Legacy Awards - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA ( 26 July 2016 ) Following a three-month nomination and selection process, the Federation of Gay Games Board has approved seven Legacy Awards to be presented at their Annual General Assembly ( AGA ) this October in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 2007, the Legacy Awards are presented annually to acknowledge the work of LGBT+ sports and culture ...


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World news: Gay Arabic mag, Islamic official, Charlize Theron - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay magazine being published in Arabic and made available across the Middle East was hailed as progress by commenters around the world, Gay Star News noted. However, while it was a landmark moment for LGBTI rights, the magazine's founders are now facing potential lawsuits and death threats from people furious over the "promotion of homosexuality." My Kali, an online ...


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Homophobic U.S. pastor coming to South Africa - From a press release - Lagos, Nigeria: All Out, in collaboration with Gay SA Radio, has launched a global petition campaign asking the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba, to deny pastor Steven Anderson entry into South Africa: https://go.allout.org/en/a/block-pastor-anderson/ "50 less pedophiles in this world" - Those were the disgusting words U.S. pastor Steven Anderson used — in his church — to "celebrate" the ...


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World news: France's blood ban, Prince Harry, Nice attack - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After a 33-year ban, gay men in France will officially be able to donate blood after a law change came into effect, Newsweek reported. The ban on gay people giving blood first came into force in France in 1983, shortly after the discovery of HIV. The last time a patient contracting the HIV virus in France after receiving donated blood ...


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UN Amb. Power speaks on LGBTI rights and foreign policy - From a press release - Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on "A Call on Governments: Integrating LGBTI Rights into Foreign Policy," to the Global LGBTI Human Rights Ministerial, July 13, 2016, Let me begin by thanking the government and civil society leaders chairing this conference: from Uruguay, Foreign Minister Nin Nova and Ovejas Negras; and from the Netherlands, ...


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World news: GENDR app, Brazil deaths, amfAR event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GENDR—the world's first app created for the gender-variant and queer community—recently held its global launch, according to a press release. Available for download to mobile devices from the App Store and Google Play Store, membership fees are $5 per month or $30 per year. See GENDR.co. In Brazil, nearly 1,600 people have died in hate-motivated attacks in the past four ...


-World-news-Justin-Trudeau-critical-India-ruling-Brexit

World news: Justin Trudeau, critical India ruling, Brexit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Canada's largest Pride Parade marked another milestone July 3 as a sitting prime minister marched for the first time in a colorful celebration that was tempered by last month's shooting massacre in Orlando, Florida, The Huffington Post reported. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Florida tragedy is a reminder that "we can't let hate go by.'' Trudeau drew a boisterous ...


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White House fact sheet on LGBT promotion, protections around the world - From the White House - Throughout the Obama Administration, the promotion and protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) persons has been a specific focus of our engagement around the world. U.S. diplomacy, foreign assistance and other activities abroad have all sought to advance this goal, ensuring that efforts to promote and protect LGBT human rights are fully ...


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UN creates first envoy on worldwide LGBTQ safety and equality - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation hailed the groundbreaking vote by the United Nations Human Rights Council creating the first-ever UN position dedicated to combating violence and discrimination against LGBTQ people worldwide. The effort to establish the independent expert post was led by the council's Latin American member countries, and supported by more than 620 ...


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World news: Italy's adoption law, pro-trans fatwa, David Cameron video - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Italy's highest court has made it easier for gays to adopt a partner's biological child; however, the decision does not give long-sought automatic recognition to the families of same-sex couples, the Associated Press reported. A Cassation Court ruling confirmed a lower-court decision permitting the so-called "stepchild" adoption in cases where the family bond is well-established. Earlier this year, Italy became ...


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Pope says Catholic Church must apologize to gay people, Dignity responds - On June 26, Pope Francis stated that Christians should apologize to gay people and others who the Church has offended or exploited—remarks that some have called historic regarding the church's attitude toward homosexuality. "I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally," the pontiff ...


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Reaction to UK referendum result, the ILGA-Europe perspective - From a press release - ILGA-Europe have always strongly believed in the power of activists and allies to work together for a common goal, namely to improve life for LGBTI people across Europe. Over our 20 year history, we have supported the work of our dedicated UK membership, and learnt just as much from them in return. So, as a European network of human rights ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...







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