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World: Pakistan census, South African channel, shocking Brazilian crime - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pakistan is set to include transgender people in its national census for the first time this year, according to PinkNews. The Lahore High Court ruled that the government, National Database and Registration Authority must include the trans community in the 2017 census. The ruling came after a petition was filed by trans activist Waqar Ali in November that argued the ...


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Music video entries to be considered for Elton John: The Cut - From a press release - Three of today's most innovative minds are lending their expertise to select the final three winning entries for "Elton John: The Cut supported by YouTube" - a global competition to create the official music videos for three of the singer's most iconic songs - "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer." Submissions are open until Jan. 23, 2017. ...


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World news: Chinese trans win, rape in India, Tim Cook - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A transgender man won his case for unfair dismissal at a court in China, BBC News reported. "Mr. C," who was born female, was working at a health centre in Guiyang last year when he was fired. The court said he had been illegally dismissed, but said there was not enough evidence to rule he had been fired due to ...


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World news: Tom Daley, trans boarding school, athletes of the year - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out British diver Tom Daley has opened up about his devastation over not making the solo dive finals at the Rio Olympics, PinkNews noted. Appearing on Chatty Man with Alan Carr, Daley was asked about his frustration over being unable to follow up his bronze title with a solo medal. Daley said, "I think that was probably my lowest moment ...


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Controversy erupts with Yiannopoulos deal - A whirlwind of controversy has surfaced regarding book-publishing company Simon & Schuster ( and, more specifically, the Threshold Editions imprint ) striking a $250,000 deal with British gay "alt-right" figure Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos is probably best known for getting himself banned from Twitter after he encouraged racist harassment of SNL star Leslie Jones. The company is standing by the deal. ...


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Gay Games raising scholarship money for 2018 event - The international Federation of Gay Games is raising funds to send athletes and artists to #ChangeTheWorld at Paris 2018 Gay Games 10. San Francisco's Martha Ehrenfeld and Carla McKay are matching the funds received by Dec. 31, 2016—up to $20,000. See https://www.gofundme.com/fggscholarship. The Gay Games is largely funded by participants. Donations will help fund more scholarship applications. Also, see https://gaygames.org/wp/2016/11/01/please-give-to-the-gay-games-scholarship-fund/ ...


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VIEWS What can queer people expect from Pope Francis? Not much - by Marianne Duddy-Burke - Pope Francis has made headlines worldwide for his conflicting statements and actions when it comes to LGBTQI people. In famous off-the-cuff remarks, he stunned many by asking "Who am I to judge?" when asked about gay priests. He also had a reportedly warm meeting with a transgender man and his fiancée, and even said that the Catholic Church owes an ...


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World news: UN attempt, Taiwan items, gay British royal - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two days before Christmas, a group of conservative states at the United Nations made a final attempt to stop the independent expert on the "protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity," by stripping the mandate of standard UN funding, an Outright International press release noted. Jessica Stern, executive director at OutRight Action International, said, "The ...


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George Michael's eight most iconic moments - Dancing About Architecture - With the death of pop icon George Michael, many in our community felt a loss akin to Bowie or Prince. But with only a smattering of singles over the past 15 years, there are many of us who only recognize random singles from pop culture or ( gasp! ) their parents. It's with great sadness and reverence that we break ...


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George Michael dies at 53 - British-Greek singer George Michael—who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer—has died at age 53, according to multiple sources, including the BBC. Authorities said Michael "passed away peacefully at home" and that there were no suspicious circumstances. Michael, who was openly gay, had previously dealt with depression and drug addiction, ...


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World news: HIV and the Philippines, Malta's ban, UN news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A human-rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men, The Independent reported. Human Rights Watch said in a report that HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men has increased ...


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United Nations SOGI Independent Expert position protected - From a OutRight Action International press release - Today in the United Nations General Assembly, a cross-regional group of states affirmed the principles of universal human rights by blocking a hostile attempt to prevent the work established by the UN Human Rights Council of the Independent Expert on Discrimination and Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. A small group of States attempted to stop the United ...


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All Survivors Project to study, shape policy on male sexual victimization in war - From a press release - The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law announces the launch of the All Survivors Project, documenting sexual and gender based violence against boys and men in situations of armed conflict and displacement. The project, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees ( UNHCR ), will provide best practices ...


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World news: Pence, global rights, OutRight group, presidential elections - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Washington Post article says that a Trump administration would like reverse the progress the Obama administration made regarding global LGBT rights. The piece points out that Trump said at the Republican National Convention ( a little more than a month after the June 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando ) that he would protect LGBTQ Americans ...


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World news: India's pride, Romanian court, Prince Harry/Rihanna - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Thousands of people took to the streets of New Delhi to celebrate India's LGBT community on Nov. 27, The Wall Street Journal reported. LGBTA marched at the annual Delhi Queer Pride Parade, shouting slogans and holding placards amid growing calls to decriminalize gay sex in the country. Section 377 of the Indian penal code—a colonial-era law that was reinstated by ...


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Class settlement proposed on health benefits for Walmart same-sex spouses - From a press release - BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2016 — Former Walmart associate Jacqueline Cote and her lawyers filed a motion today asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to grant preliminary approval of a class action settlement in Cote's action that challenged Walmart's lack of health insurance benefits for same-sex spouses of Walmart associates prior to 2014. The case is known ...


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Tel Aviv shelter specializes in helping LGBT youth - Beit Dror, which means "House of Freedom" in English, is the only facility for LGBT youths experiencing homelessness in the Middle East. The shelter, located in Tel Aviv, Israel, has 14 beds. Lesbian, gay and bisexual clients usually can stay for up to three months, and six months in extreme cases. Transgender residents, whom authorities often have more difficulty placing ...


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World news: Trump's UK choice, Ukrainian Parliament, gay-dating app - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Donald Trump wants Nigel Farage to be a UK ambassador to the United States, according to PinkNews. The president elect took to Twitter late at night to claim the former UKIP leader "would do a great job" in the top diplomatic post. But Downing Street quickly rebutted Trump's Twitter suggestion, saying, "There is no vacancy. We already have an excellent ...


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Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies - By Andrew Davis and Matt Simonette - Longtime Cuban ruler Fidel Castro has died at age 90. The country declared nine days of national mourning to mark his death. President Barack Obama—who, two years ago, brokered a deal to restore diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba for the first time since they were cut 55 years ago—offered his condolences. He urged Cubans to remember that ...


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Racism cited in study of Canadian media coverage of HIV criminalization cases - From a press release - Toronto, Canada — A pioneering study of Canadian media, focusing on the newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure and transmission cases, has identified a clear pattern of racism towards Black men in Canadian mainstream newspaper articles from 1989 though 2015. These startling findings dovetail with the theme of World AIDS Day 2016 ( December 1, 2016 ): HIV Stigma: Not Retro, ...


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United Nations SOGI Mandate Safeguarded in Face of Hostility - From a press release - 21 November 2016 ( New York ) — The United Nations mandate of the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity ( SOGI ) has been safeguarded despite hostile contestation at the 71st Session of the 3rd Committee of the United Nations General Assembly ( UNGA ) in New York City. LGBTIQ activists and organizations around the world quickly ...


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World news: Israeli activist, rabbi's comments, Irish pol wants to meet Pence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In St. Louis, prominent Israeli LGBT-rights activist Etai Pinkas—named one of the 100 most influential people in Jewish State—spoke to about 50 community members at Washington University to cap a day spent with students and others on the campus, The St. Louis Jewish Light reported. Pinkas and his partner have become notable for advancing issues related to marriage equality and ...


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World news: LGBTI Ugandans, Australian prime minister, Warwick Rowers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equal opportunity for LGBTI Ugandans moved one step closer to reality, 76Crimes.com noted. That progress came Nov. 10, when the country's Constitutional Court overturned a provision that had allowed the Equal Opportunities Commission to disregard complaints from people it considered "immoral or socially unacceptable." That provision potentially affected any and all marginalized groups, including sex workers, some women, people living ...


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Taiwan set to legalize same-sex marriage - In a first for Asia, Taiwan appears set to legalize same-sex marriage. Taiwanese lawmakers are working on three bills in support of marriage equality, one of which is already listed for review and could be passed within months. Same-sex marriage also has the support of President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's first female head of state. A spokeswoman for the group Taiwan ...


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LGBTQI Human Rights Case Moves Forward - From a press release - Oral argument on motions for summary judgment in Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively, a federal lawsuit in which Sexual Minorities Uganda ( SMUG ), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights ( CCR ), is suing Scott Lively, a U.S.-based anti-LGBTQI activist and conservative evangelical pastor, for his role in the persecution of LGBTQI people in Uganda. The lawsuit alleges ...


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World news: New trial, 'The Boy & The Bindi,' transgender singer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a gay man convicted of sexual assault, because the jury foreman was a Toronto radio producer who went on air to talk disparagingly about homosexuality, The Globe and Mail reported. In a two-to-one decision, justices Mary Lou Benotto and Michael Tulloch ruled that the behavior of the juror—Derek Welsman, ...


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Researchers: HIV source entered U.S. in '70 or '71 - Researchers from the University of Arizona and the University of Cambridge claim they have dated when HIV arrived in the United States—and tracked its spread across the country. In doing so, they claim to have cleared the name of the infamous Patient Zero ( a.k.a. Gaetan Dugas ), a Canadian flight attendant who was cited for bringing HIV to the ...


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Possible Russian interference, potential Trump connection cause for LGBTQs concern - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called for full transparency about ongoing investigations into the Donald Trump campaign ties to Russia. Several media reports offer conflicting information about potential connections between Trump and the Russian government, which has a history of anti-LGBTQ extremism. In 2013, Putin signed the internationally condemned and draconian anti-LGBT propaganda law and ...


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World news: Scotland's pardons, UN intersex video, Dutch anti-gay leaflets - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scotland will introduce its own pardons law for historical gay-sex offenses, the government has announced, PinkNews noted. Recently, the UK government announced the fulfillment of a 2015 Conservative Party manifesto pledge by accepting a Lib Dem amendment to a policing bill that will see men previously convicted for consensual same-sex relationships formally pardoned. Scottish Justice Minister Michael Matheson MSP confirmed ...


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World news: Alan Turing, Indonesian president, Australia and marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The British government announced it will pardon gay and bisexual men who were convicted of gross indecency before the decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales in 1967, The Washington Blade reported. Using an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill, thousands whose crime was simply being in a consensual same-sex relationship will be posthumously pardoned. This comes as a ...


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World news: Indonesian arrest, lesbian MP dies, hate crimes in Scotland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay couple were arrested in Indonesia for a photo showing them kissing that appeared on Facebook, PinkNews noted. A 22-year-old university student and his 24-year-old boyfriend were arrested on the island of Sulawesi after other Facebook users complained to police about the photo. Police in the city of Manado said that the couple could be prosecuted under the country's ...


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BREAST CANCER MONTH Cathy Seabaugh: Offering hope in the fight against breast cancer - In June 2016, Cathy Seabaugh's sister, Shelia Hager, passed away after spending many years battling breast cancer. Hager was first diagnosed in 1999. She inspired her sister to form her own organization, A Sister's Hope, to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness through events such as walks, runs and golf tournaments. "Friends who worked for other charities asked ...


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World news: Russian parade, Haitian organization, Kylie Minogue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - WA prominent Russian gay-rights campaigner was delighted to announce that the city of Ivanovo had approved a march in favor of same-sex marriage—only to have the permission withdrawn the same day, BBC.com reported. Nikolai Alexeyev, the founder of Moscow Pride, posted a letter from the deputy mayor on his VKontakte page that said the parade and two other public meetings ...


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Activist returns after Israelis intercept boat - Lesbian South African activist Leigh Ann Naidoo is set to land on home soil after Israeli authorities detained her and other female activists who traveled on the Women's Boat to Gaza, which sought to peacefully end the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Musa Marawu, of the South African embassy in Tel Aviv, told the Mail & Guardian Oct. 6 that the ...


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Israeli navy intercepts all-female activist boat - Israel's navy intercepted a boat full of female activists who were seeking to break the country's decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip. In an Oct. 5 statement, the navy said it "redirected" the sailboat in order to prevent a "breach of the lawful maritime blockade" of the Palestinian enclave. The action was completed "in accordance with government directives and after ...


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UN official to look into anti-LGBTI abuses - The United Nations expert Vitit Muntarbhorn was given a three-year term on Sept. 30 to investigate abuses against LGBTI people. Muntarbhorn is an international law professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and has served on several UN committees. The council that appointed him overcame objections by Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia. Human Rights Watch welcomed the appointment, saying the ...


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World: Nuns' civil union, Israelis hosting soldiers, medical news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two former nuns who met in a convent have been joined in a civil union in a ceremony in a small town in northern Italy, LGBTQ Nation noted. The Italian news agency ANSA said the women, who were identified in Italian media only by first names, were supposed to have the ceremony in Pinerolo City Hall. However, concern there would ...


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UN Human Rights Council names expert on sexual orientation, gender identity - From a press release - Today, on 30 September 2016, the first ever Independent Expert focused on sexual orientation and gender identity ( SOGI ) was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council ( HRC ). The HRC appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn, a law professor and experienced human rights expert from Thailand, to the position. He will serve in this capacity for three years with the ...


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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 ChÃąteau 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 ...


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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 ...


White-House-fact-sheet-on-LGBT-promotion-protections-around-the-world-

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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