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Taiwan first Asian country to OK marriage - On May 24, Taiwan's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry—making it the first Asian country to approve same-sex marriage. The court, known as the Judicial Yuan, said current marriage laws were "in violation of both the people's freedom of marriage ... and the people's right to equality," and it provided two years for legal ...


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World news: Caleb Orozco, racism survey, Chechnya, Caitlyn Jenner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco—the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won—with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, "A Celebration of Courage," a press release stated. OutRight's award ceremony ( held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room ) was attended by more than 300 activists, human-rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. The ...


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141 Men Arrested in Gay Sauna in Indonesia - On May 21, Indonesian authorities arrested 141 men, claiming they were engaging in a "gay sex party" at Atlantis Gym & Sauna in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, according to an OutRight Action International press release. Indonesia does not have laws criminalizing homosexuality, except in the Aceh province; however, the country does have severe anti-pornography laws that have been used to target ...


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MCC founder Rev. Troy Perry first American given Cuba's CENESEX Award - From a press release - Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches ( MCC ), is the first American citizen given Cuba's CENESEX award. The 10th Cuban Gala Against Homophobia at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana 12 May 2017 was the setting where close to 5,000 people gathered to honor Rev. Perry, including the US, French, and Swiss ambassadors as well as ...


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OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations - From a press release - On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco, the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won, with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, a Celebration of Courage. OutRight's award ceremony held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room, was attended by more than 300 activists, human rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. ...


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Affirming ministries urge CBC to challenge homophobia, transphobia in Africa - From a press release - Washington, DC May 17, 2017 — To commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia ( "IDAHOT" ), The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries ( "TFAM" ) urges the Congressional Black Caucus ( "CBC" ) to continue the work of the Obama Administration in advocating for the human rights of LGBTQI people of African descent. TFAM challenges the CBC to take ...


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World news: Canadian stamp, Pride festivals, Bermuda OKs marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The latest Canada Post stamp commemorating Canada's 150th birthday pays tribute to the fact that same-sex couples have the right to get married in this country, CTV News reported. The agency unveiled the stamp in Toronto at a local center that serves as a hub for the city's LGBTQ community. The maple-leaf-shaped stamp shows an image of a rainbow flag ...


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World news: Daley-Black wedding, Chinese university, Qantas CEO - British Olympic diver Tom Daley, 22, and U.S. Oscar-winning film scribe Dustin Lance Black, 42, got married May 7 at Bovey Castle Hotel in Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England, Just Jared noted. The couple first started dating back in 2013 and got engaged in October 2015. The twosome have spoken candidly in the past about their love for each ...


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Dr. Mariela Castro Espin to be honored for LGBTQ Outreach Efforts - From a press release - St. Petersburg, FL ( 5 May 2017 )—Dr. Mariela Castro Espin will receive the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's prestigious Chair Award for 2017, it was announced today at IGLTA's 34th Annual Global Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida. The award recipient is selected by the head of the IGLTA board of directors and presented to an individual or business ...


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Russian-born violinist makes waves after coming out - Russian-born violinist Artem Kolesov has been making news globally for doing something that people of all ages do every year: The 23-year-old officially came out of the closet as gay. However, it is Kolesov's background that makes his story incredible. In a YouTube video that he made as part of his the "Children-404" project ( based in his country of ...


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World news: LGBT map, Marine Le Pen, Trump-Duterte - Britain's gay and lesbian community has been mapped for the first time by the Office for National Statistics, according to PinkNews. The results show that mostly rural Devon has a higher proportion of gay and lesbian people than the county containing Brighton and Hove. Inner London tops the chart—with 3.1 percent of its population made up of gays and lesbians—followed ...


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World news: Nigerian arrests, lesbians attacked, Chechnya items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nigerian prosecutors have charged 53 men with conspiracy to organize a gay wedding and related crimes punishable by up to 14 years in jail, The Guardian reported, citing AFP. The accused, ages 20 to 30, appeared at a magistrates court in the northern city of Zaria, Kaduna state, after being arrested at a hotel where they allegedly attended the wedding, ...


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Slain French officer was gay activist - Xavier Jugele—the 37-year-old police officer murdered in the April 20 Islamic State attack on Paris' Champs-Elysees—was openly gay and an advocate for LGBTQ rights. Police fatally shot the gunman, identified as Karim Cheurfi. The New York Times reported that Jugele was among the authorities who responded to a terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015, and he ...


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Senators call for action on Chechen human rights violations against LGBTIs - From a press release - Boston ( April 19, 2017 ) — Senators Edward J. Markey ( D-Mass. ) and Todd Young ( R-Ind. ) today led a bipartisan group of 12 senators in calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley to continue to put diplomatic pressure on their Russian counterparts to respond to the ...


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World news: Chechnya, Elton John, South Korean army, Church of Scotland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amid news that gay men are being rounded up and tortured in concentration camps in the Chechyna region of Russia, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman is denying the reports, Advocate.com noted. "We do not have any reliable information about any problems in this area," Dmitry Peskow said, according to ABC News. Chechen authorities have also rejected the reports, claiming that gay ...


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OutRight to Exxon, BP, and Shell, stand up for persecuted gay men In Chechnya - From a press release - OutRight Action International is calling on British Petroleum, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell to take a stand against the kidnapping, detention, torture, and murder of gay men in Chechnya. All three companies have considerable investment and partnerships with state-owned oil and gas companies in Russia, with ventures worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight ...


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U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Condemns LGBTQ Attacks in Chechnya - From a press release - NEW YORK — Last week GLAAD — the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization — released a public call urging U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to condemn the violent attacks on LGBTQ men in Chechnya and investigate reports of anti-LGBTQ concentration camps set up by the Chechen government. GLAAD's public call received widespread support on Twitter. Today Ambassador Haley released a statement. ...


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World news: Grindr arrest, Chinese 'boy band,' trans murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an unexpected move, police in Ghana have arrested two men who targeted gay men they found on gay-hookup site Grindr, PinkNews reported. The men—Torsu Stephen, 23, and Aikins Atitsogbe, 21—were arrested in the capital Accra after an unnamed victim reported they threatened to post naked photos of him on the internet if he did not pay them. Some commenters ...


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Tillerson Urged to Condemn Targeting of Gay Men in Chechnya - From Human Rights First - Washington, D.C. — Human Rights First today expressed alarm over reports that Chechen authorities have acted outside the law to arrest, abuse, and kill gay men in the country, and called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to publicly condemn the acts. Tillerson is scheduled to visit Russia in the coming weeks. "What is happening to gay men in Chechnya ...


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Killings, persecution of gays continues in Chechnya, governments asked to condemn - From a OutRight press release - On 1 April 2017, Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 men have been arbitrarily detained and at least three have been murdered by Chechen authorities for their alleged "non traditional" sexual orientation. Independent sources have confirmed the mass detention, described acts of torture, and suggested that the number of men killed may be as many as 20. The scale ...


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European court bans sterilization - The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that requiring sterilization of individuals seeking a change in their legal gender recognition violates human rights. Almost two dozen countries in Europe currently still require sterilization to access gender-identity recognition. This decision mandates that these countries amend their laws to reflect this ruling. While forced sterilization has been deemed a human-rights violation, ...


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World: Trans model on GQ cover, Dutch attack, Quebec's pro-LGBT move - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - International model Andreja Pejic has landed a double cover of GQ Portugal April issue, making history as the first transgender model to cover the popular and well-respected men's magazine, a press release noted. Pejic was also the first transgender model to be awarded "Female Model of the Year" at the GQ Portugal Awards last October in Lisbon. "To be honest, ...


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Report: Chechen authorities arresting, killing gay men - Over the past few days, gay men in the Chechen Republic have disappeared—and a Russian publication reported that Chechen authorities were arresting and killing them, The New York Times reported. The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 gay men were detained "in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such." However, a spokesman for Chechnya's ...


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Victory Institute Convenes Hundreds of LGBTI Leaders from Latin America, Caribbean - From a press release - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ( March 28, 2017 ) —This week, Victory Institute and partner organizations will convene more than 350 LGBTI leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean to develop strategies to increase LGBTI political participation and advance equality in their countries. The conference, held in Santo Domingo, will begin with a national meeting of 140 LGBTI Dominican ...


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World news: Gay-panic defense, being 'Bi+,' Taiwan marriage case - South Australia is now the only jurisdiction that allows the gay-panic defense to be used after Queensland amended its criminal law and abolished the concept, ABC.net.au reported. The defense means a murder charge can be downgraded to manslaughter if a killer successfully argues s/he committed the crime because s/he was provoked by a same-sex advance. It was recently used in ...


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World: Murder suspects nabbed, new anti-HIV drug, Japan's first trans male official - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of Dandara dos Santos, a Brazilian transgender woman who was kicked, punched and hit with a plank of wood before being shot in the face twice and bludgeoned to death, NewNowNext.com reported. A video of the assault on dos Santos went viral, prompting a discussion on the inclusion of such ...


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HRC to Sec. of State: Rescind appointment of two from anti-LGBTQ organizations - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) strongly condemned the appointment of two individuals from anti-LGBTQ organizations to the U.S. delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women ( CSW ), which is currently being held at the United Nations in New York. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, HRC called on ...


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Hate group representatives appointed to United Nations' women's rights meeting - From an OutRight Action International press release - On Monday, 13 March, the U.S. Department of State announced that its official delegation to the 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women ( CSW ) includes representatives of two organizations known to oppose the UN human rights system, LGBTIQ rights, and women's sexual and reproductive health and rights: the Center for Family and Human Rights ( ...


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World news: OutGames, Cuban award, gay Brazilian mayor marries - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - World OutGames Miami 2017—a multi-sport, human rights and cultural event to be held May 26-June 4—has announced Amini Fonua, Surat-Shaan Knan and Debbie Wasserman Schultz as plenary speakers for its Global Conference on Human Rights, a press conference noted. The three-day conference ( May 26-29 ) will feature as many as 25 notable activists, thought leaders and community figures addressing ...


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World news: Gay Games, trans killings, Italian partner ruling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 2022 Gay Games XI host city shortlist vote by the Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) General Assembly took place Feb. 28, one year after the bid process was announced, an organizational press release noted. The shortlisted host cities are Guadalajara, Mexico; Hong Kong; and Washington, D.C. Site inspections are the next steps in the bid process, and ...


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World news: 'Queer Heritage,' Croatian protest, Brazil's Carnival - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Activists planted unofficial "Queer Heritage" plaques on the House of Lords and other landmarks, Evening Standard reported. Four women put up the blue plaque to commemorate lesbian activists who caused an uproar by entering the chamber in 1988 in a protest against Section 28 of the Local Government Act, which banned local authorities from "promoting homosexuality." The plaques are modeled ...


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Study: No difference among kids of same-sex, different-sex parent families - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — A new study found that there was no difference in child outcomes among Dutch same-sex and different-sex parent families. Based upon a nationally representative sample from the Netherlands, the study compared same-sex and different-sex parent households on children's psychological well-being, parenting stress, and the parents' use of informal and formal support in child rearing. Key findings from ...


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World news: French elections, Church of England, Bollywood actor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Far-right French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has quietly pledged to close off same-sex marriage, according to PinkNews. Front National leader Marine Le Pen is currently leading in first-round polls ahead of France's Presidential election. Despite any "reforms," Le Pen has now quietly confirmed plans to end same-sex marriage in the country, burying the policy announcement in a list of ...


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World news: Trans child bullied, Sapporo milestone, sauna deaths - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Britain, an 11-year-old who has been severely bullied for months has reportedly been shot with a BB gun because she's transgender, an LGBTQ Nation item noted. The child, identified only as G, was targeted by a bully who wrote transphobic slurs and insults and drew penises on her art workbook, her mother, identified as A, tells Gay Star News. ...


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World news: Aeromexico ad, Tom of Finland, OutGames poetry contest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ad from Mexican airline Aeromexico shows takes aim at physical and ideological barriers, NewNowNext.com noted. The narrated spot was produced by the company in May 2016 when President Donald Trump first announced his plan to build a wall along the Mexico-United States border and has since resurfaced in the wake of this weekend's immigrant and refugee travel ban. "I've ...


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Nikki Haley confirmed as US Ambassador to UN, OutRight reacts - From a press release - ( New York City ) —- In reaction to Nikki Haley's confirmation as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, OutRight examined her responses to questions during her Senate confirmation hearing and questions for the record about protecting LGBTI rights internationally. When Senator Booker asked Ambassador Haley during the hearing about her willingness to protect LGBT rights internationally, she ...


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World news: Mexican mass shooting, intersex model, Trump's action - Several people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a gay-friendly club in Cancun, Mexico, GayNZ.com reported. The Blue Parrot Beach Club in Playa del Carmen was hosting the last night of one of the world's largest electronic music festivals, BPM, when shots were fired. The Telegraph reported that five people were killed and another 15 were injured, figures ...


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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 - 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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