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Bingham Cup in Amsterdam in June - The Bingham Cup program—the world championship of LGBT-inclusive men's and women's rugby—will take place in Amersterdam June 2-11. The tournament, taking place June 8-10, will be the centerpiece of the program. The Chicago Dragons is the only area team slated to compete. Dozens of other teams ( totaling more than 1,600 players ) will take part, and they are from ...


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Pakistan Enacts Legislation Protecting Transgender People from Discrimination - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, congratulated transgender advocates and allies in Pakistan for their historic victory in achieving nationwide non-discrimination protections for transgender people. After being passed by the National Assembly and the Senate, the "Transgender Persons ( Protection of Rights ...


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WORLD Gay artist, Pope Francis, OutRight gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Reuters item profiled South African gay artist Nakhane. He has reportedly undergone many obstacles, including getting death threats for playing a man in a same-sex relationship in the movie, The Wound. It was only five years ago that Nakhane, 30, was able to accept his sexuality; homeless and broke, the up-and-coming South African actor and singer had just released ...


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Anti-LGBTQ Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer appionted to Commission on Internat'l Religious Freedom - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to the Trump-Pence Administration's appointment of Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. "Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer have devoted their careers to limiting the legal rights ...


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VALUE TRAVEL A weekend getaway to Toronto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Bill Malcolm - Toronto makes a perfect destination for a summer getaway, especially since your U.S. dollar is worth $1.28 Canadian. I was recently there for the International Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association ( IGLTA ) meeting and found lots to do. —Getting there: Air Canada and United go to Pearson Airport and it is a quck 250minute ride downtown on the new ...


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WORLD Mariela Castro, HIV news, Greek legislation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mariela Castro, a Cuban lawmaker and daughter of Communist Party chief Raul Castro, has said she will push for same-sex marriage to be included in a constitutional reform process expected to begin in July, NBC News noted. Castro—who made the announcement at a press conference kicking off a week of events leading up to Havana's annual march against homophobia and ...


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WORLD India's Section 377, Stonewall charity, Andy Cohen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In its ongoing deliberations over whether to repeal Section 377 of the India's penal code, the country's Supreme Court asked the Indian government to explain its stand on consensual sexual relations between same-sex adults, Gay Star News reported. It has given the government until July to return with an answer. LGBTI advocates have declared the ultimatum a "watershed" moment in ...


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WORLD Iran trans assaults, legal action in Japan, Harry and Meghan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A shocking video showing the harassment and sexual assault of a group of trans women has shown how police at the scene stood by and did nothing to protect them in Iran, Gay Star News reported. In the short video, one of the trans women is screaming hysterically as a mob of men surround them on a public street. Witnesses ...


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WORLD Pope Francis, Jamaica official, Pakistani trans murder - Pope Francis has invited a gay man from Chile who was sexually abused by a priest to meet with him at the Vatican, The Washington Blade noted. Juan Carlos Cruz said during a telephone interview from Philadelphia that the pontiff invited him to be his "guest" at his official residence near St. Peter's Basilica April 26-May 1. Cruz is among ...


-PM-expresses-regret-for-anti-LGBT-laws

PM expresses regret for anti-LGBT laws - From a news release - London UK — 17 April 2018 — The following is a response to today's statement at the Commonwealth summit in London from the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, on colonial era anti-gay laws . Human Rights and LGBT+ campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "We thank Theresa May for heeding our appeal and expressing deep regret for Britain's imposition of homophobic laws ...


-Acceptance-of-LGBT-people-and-rights-has-increased-around-the-world

Acceptance of LGBT people and rights has increased around the world - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds average levels of acceptance for LGBT people and rights have increased globally since 1980, though acceptance has become more polarized, increasing in the most accepting countries and decreasing in the least. In a series of new studies, researchers developed and utilized a groundbreaking new measure ...


-WORLD-Anti-gay-law-Middle-East-report-serial-killer

WORLD Anti-gay law, Middle East report, serial killer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Trinidad and Tobago, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act—which prohibited "buggery" and "serious indecency" between two men—criminalized consensual same-sex activity between adults, and were unconstitutional, The Guardian reported. The decision followed a similar ruling in Belize in 2016. "The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago, with this ruling, made a powerful statement that the legal ...


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LGBT Voices from Middle East, North Africa in 'No Longer Alone' Videos and Report - From a Human Rights Watch press release. Video below - ( Beirut, April 16, 2018 ) — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) activists from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma, Human Rights Watch and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality ( AFE ) said in a video series issued today, accompanied by a new report by ...


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Trinidad and Tobago: Court Overturns Same-Sex Intimacy Ban - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, April 13, 2018 ) — The High Court of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago ruled on April 12, 2018, that the country's laws criminalizing same-sex intimacy between consenting adults are unconstitutional, Human Rights Watch said today. It is a resounding win for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) activists in the country and in particular ...


-WORLD-Chechen-persecution-trans-chef-teen-attacker

WORLD Chechen persecution, trans chef, teen attacker - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A leading Russian LGBT-rights group has said that more than 100 gay and bisexual Chechen men and women have fled the country to escape persecution based on their sexual orientation in the past year, The Moscow Times reported. he St. Petersburg-based LGBT Network claimed in the summer of 2017 that at least 200 gay people were held in secret prisons ...


In-Indonesia-Four-Arrested-for-Same-Sex-Conduct-at-Risk-of-Public-Torture

In Indonesia Four Arrested for Same-Sex Conduct, at Risk of Public Torture - From a Human Rights Watch news release - ( Jakarta, April 3, 2018 ) — Indonesian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release four people detained in Aceh under a local ordinance that criminalizes same-sex conduct, Human Rights Watch said today. Under Aceh's Islamic Criminal Code, they face up to 100 lashes in public — a punishment that constitutes torture under international human rights law. "These vigilante raids and ...


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WORLD Costa Rica election, couple attacked, transgender reporter - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Polls opened on Easter Sunday for a vote on whether conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz could capture Costa Rica's presidency—a result that would have marked a sharp turn from the current government's embrace of gay rights, Reuters reported. Best known for religious dance songs and ballads, the former TV journalist faced the center-left ruling party candidate Carlos Alvarado Quesada ...


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WORLD London posters, gay clergyman, 'Call Me By Your Name' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Posters featuring Black same-sex couples are going up on high streets across London, PinkNews reported. The campaign from gay men's health charity GMFA is aimed to reach out at the city's queer Black and minority ethnic ( BAME ) community, who are often not represented in public-health campaigns. The ads—developed by BAME gay and bisexual men for BAME gay and ...


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Kenya Court Finds Forced Anal Exams Unconstitutional - From www.hrw.org - ( Nairobi, March 22, 2018 ) — A Court of Appeal in Mombasa, Kenya, ruled on March 22, 2018, that conducting forced anal examinations on people who are accused of same-sex relations is unconstitutional, Human Rights Watch said today. It was a resounding victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) rights activists in Kenya and beyond. The ...


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In Eastern Caribbean LGBT People Face Bias, Violence Under Colonial-Era Laws - From a Human Rights Watch press release - ( Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018 ) — Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 107-page report "'I Have to Leave to Be Me': Discriminatory Laws against LGBT People in the Eastern Caribbean" covers seven ...


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WORLD Councilwoman killed, gay whistleblower, medicinal vending machine - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Marielle Franco was killed March 14 after attending and speaking at a Black women's empowerment event in the city, The Washington Blade reported. She was a bisexual Brazilian of African descent who grew up in one of Rio de Janeiro's favelas. Franco was also one of Rio de Janeiro's most outspoken critics of police actions in ...


-WORLD-Anti-sodomy-law-serial-killer-gay-prime-minister

WORLD Anti-sodomy law, serial killer, gay prime minister - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An attempt to reinstate Belize's anti-sodomy law is "effectively over," says LGBT-rights activist Maurice Tomlinson, according to 76Crimes.com. Tomlinson was responding to the fact that the Catholic Church in Belize decided to no longer appeal the 2016 decision by the Belize Supreme Court to overturn the country's prohibition against consensual anal sex ( Section 53 of the Criminal Code ). ...


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LGBTQI Catholics See Mixed Record in Five Years of Francis Papacy, Offer Dialogue - From a press release - March 9, 2018. Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, issued the following statement in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis: On March 13, 2018, Catholics and many others in the world will mark the fifth anniversary of the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope. What have these five years meant for LGBTQI and Ally Catholics? ...


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WORLD New museum, EU condemns gay 'cure,' trans lawmaker - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The European Parliament has overwhelmingly voted to condemn gay "cure" therapy and urged member countries to ban the practice, PinkNews reported. The EU body voted 435-109 to adopt text calling on member states to outlaw the discredited practice. Experts overwhelmingly agree that attempts to cure sexuality are futile, misguided and often extremely harmful; attempts to force people to repress their ...


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WORLD State Dept. NZ prime minister, activist attacked - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - State Department officials have been ordered to pare back passages in a soon-to-be-released annual report on global human rights that traditionally discuss women's reproductive rights and discrimination, Politico reported. The directive calls for stripping passages that describe societal views on family planning, including how much access women have to contraceptives and abortion. A broader section that chronicles racial, ethnic and ...


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LGBTQ Olympians win seven medals - More than a dozen out athletes competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, winning seven medals, according to Outsports. The medal winners included Canadian pairs figure skater Eric Radford ( gold and bronze medals ), Dutch long-track speed skater Ireen Wust ( gold and two silver ), U.S. long-track speed skater Brittany Bowe ( bronze ) and ...


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WORLD NEWS Pope's panel, gold-medal winner, pride hijab - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pope Francis has announced the renewal of the Catholic Church's panel tasked with combating sexual abuse of children, in the wake of a fresh controversy, BBC.com reported. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors consists of eight men and eight women. In recent weeks, Pope Francis has been under fire for his defense of a bishop accused of witnessing ...


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BOOKS Salman Rushdie on 'The Golden House,' LGBT subplot, global issues - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Sir Salman Rushdie's twelfth novel is The Golden House. Set in New York City, the story opens on the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, when the enigmatic, foreign billionaire Nero Golden takes up residence in The Gardens, a storied gated community in Greenwich Village. With his three sons, Golden ceremoniously arrives to re-establish himself in the United States. Significantly for ...


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VALUE TRAVEL Puerto Vallarta - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a bargain LGBT winter escape holiday adventure. Entrees are seven dollars, and it's four dollars for wine. Plus, it is arguably the most gay-friendly city in North America. Think Boystown combined with the French Quarter in New Orleans: cobblestone streets, a great bar area and wonderful beaches. Getting there: Fares are cheap. I paid $200 each ...


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WORLD NEWS DignityUSA reply, app crackdown, mayor comes out as gay - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pro-LGBT Catholic organization DignityUSA responded with dismay to reports in The Irish Times that images of same-sex couples have been removed from resource materials aimed at helping people prepare for the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families being held in Dublin in August. "Those in Ireland who have been preparing for this important international gathering of Catholics have worked hard to ...


New-data-released-on-attitudes-toward-transgender-people

New data released on attitudes toward transgender people - From a Williams Institute news release - Today, the global research firm IPSOS released the results of a 23 country survey, including the US, on attitudes toward transgender people. The link to the results can be found here: http://www.ipsos.com/en-us/global-attitudes-toward-transgender-people. The survey was originallly designed by IPSOS, Buzzfeed and the Williams Institute. This is the second time the survey has been implemented. The results show that countries around ...


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World news: Cuban custody, Gay Games, Chilean pro-trans bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A woman in Cuba has been granted custody of her late daughter's three children who she is raising with her same-sex partner, The Washington Blade reported. A three-judge panel apparently ruled in favor of Eunice Violeta Cardoso Perez on Oct. 19. Cardoso's daughter, Vioem Karen Diaz Cardoso, gave birth to two girls and a boy when she was married to ...


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Agreement signed, Gay Games 11 to be held in Hong Kong in 2022 - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA ( 28 JANUARY 2018 ) The Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) and Gay Games 11 — Hong Kong 2022 organizers have officially signed the license agreement finalizing the agreement between the FGG ( International governing organization ) and Gay Games 11 — Hong Kong 2022 ( Local host organization ). On 12 August 2018, at ...


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Acorn TV's New British Drama Girlfriends returns - From a press release - Following the debut of BAFTA-winning writer Kay Mellor's critically-acclaimed Acorn TV Original and BBC One drama Love, Lies & Records, Mellor's next addictive British drama, GIRLFRIENDS, makes its exclusive North American Premiere as an Acorn TV Original Series beginning weekly on Monday, January 29, 2018. The six-part contemporary ITV drama follows three friends struggling with the responsibilities that come with ...


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Global Fund and Partners Launch HIV Epidemic Response - From a press release - DAVOS, Switzerland — The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and partners pledged support for HER — HIV Epidemic Response — an initiative to build private sector support for programs that address HIV in 13 African countries where adolescent girls and young women face disproportionate risk. Nearly 7,000 young women and girls are infected with HIV every week, ...


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Elton John says farewell to the road - New York City — January 24, 2018 — After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape and seen Elton Johnclaim his place as a true global icon, the superstar today announced via an exclusive VR180 live stream on YouTube, details of his final tour called 'Farewell Yellow Brick ...


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WORLD NEWS Laverne Cox, HIV cases, possible serial killer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Civil Aviation Authority ( CAA ) has given a man with HIV permission to seek medical approval to become an airline pilot after reversing its previous ban, The Guardian reported. The Scottish man, known as Andrew, came forward last year to disclose that the CAA had refused to allow him to start training as a pilot for easyJet because ...


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Landmark ruling OKs marriage, trans rights in Americas - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, on Jan. 9, issued a landmark ruling that recognizes same-sex marriage and transgender rights in the Western Hemisphere. The seven judges who issued the ruling stated governments "must recognize and guarantee all the rights that are derived from a family bond between people of the same sex." Six of the seven judges also agreed ...


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HRC International Corporate Equality Index to rate global LGBTQ workplace inclusion - From a press release - SANTIAGO — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation kicks off its groundbreaking partnership with FundaciÃ"n Iguales & Pride Connection with an international launch of HRC's Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ), the premier report tracking LGBT inclusion in the world's largest companies. HRC has previously launched the CEI internationally in Mexico, marking the historic HRC Equidad MX ...


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World news: Israel lifts blood ban, EU opinion, Billie Jean King - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Israel announced that it would be lifting a ban on gay and bisexual male blood donors—a change that has not been made in the United States, Newsweek reported. Israel's national emergency service devised a "double testing" system that allows blood banks to screen donations twice, allowing gay and bisexual men to make immediate donations, according to the The Times of ...


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WORLD NEWS Theresa May, lesbian couples, gender-neutral Jesus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Britain, Labour has demanded that Prime Minister Theresa May reverse the appointment of Toby Young to the board of the new universities regulator because of what it said was a history of "homophobia and misogyny," The Independent reported. It was announced last weekend that Young, a right-wing journalist who has helped establish a number of free schools, is to ...


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LGBT powerlifting championships add Mx category - From a press release - Registration for the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2018 is now open and the organisers have introduced a new optional Mx Category ( Third Gender ) to encourage people from transgender, non-binary and intersex communities to participate in sports. The LGBT Championships are open to ALL regardless of sexuality, health status, HIV status, gender or ability. Because this is optional, people ...


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World news: Gay teen's death, conversion therapy, Cher in Sydney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sixteen-year-old Brazilian teenager Gabryel Magalhaes, known as Gabryel Selenator on social media, was beaten to death by his own father after he reportedly found out he was gay, Hornet reported, citing News Rondonia. Magalhaes was a huge Selena Gomez fan, and many of the singer's fans have taken to social media to express their sadness over the teenage boy's tragic ...


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Looking back: World news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —Channel one: South Africa's first LGBT video-on-demand ( VOD ) channel launched. PrideTV content manager J/anne Raphael Katz said, "PrideTV reverses the trend to restrict access to LGBT themes by South African and African broadcasters." —Bronski Beat member dies: Larry Steinbachek, a former keyboardist with 1980s synthpop group Bronski Beat, died at 56. Bronski Beat was known for, among other ...


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World: Gay couple killed, Indonesia crackdown, 1st Aussie wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay couple were killed in a massive fire at a luxury five-star hotel in Loch Lomond, Scotland, PinkNews reported. Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson, who are believed to be from London, had ben staying at the Cameron House Hotel. According to Towleroad, Midgley was a freelance writer for the London Evening Standard, covering travel and culture for the lifestyle ...


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CatholicToo, a safe space to discuss the wounds of patriarchy in the church - From a press release - United States, Rome: #CatholicToo, to provide a safe space for Catholic women to share their experiences of sexual exploitation and oppression in the Church. Fall 2017 brought heightened awareness to the rampant sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by powerful men in entertainment and politics. Women in the Church also have haunting stories of their own abuse suffered at the hands ...


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World news: Bermuda guv, Olympics tryouts, 'The Future Is Female' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign urged Bermuda Gov. John Rankin to veto legislation passed by the Bermuda Parliament repealing marriage equality, per a press release. If the measure becomes law, the British overseas territory will become the first territory in the world to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Bermuda Tourism Authority has warned of severe consequences ...


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Uganda Police Raid Queer Kampala Film Festival, Blocking LGBT Cultural Event - From a Human Rights Watch press release - ( Nairobi, December 15, 2017 ) — Ugandan police raided and forcibly closed the Queer Kampala International Film Festival on December 9, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The festival featured films and documentaries portraying the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer ( LGBTIQ ) people. Police offered no formal legal basis for forcibly shutting down the ...


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Bermuda Senate Votes to Repeal Marriage Equality - From a news release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, urged the Governor of Bermuda — John Rankin — to veto legislation passed by the Bermuda Parliament repealing marriage equality. If the measure becomes law, the British overseas territory will become the first territory in the world to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Bermuda Tourism Authority has ...


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World news: Couple tortured, 'Trans Day of Rage,' Bermuda marriage repeal - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay couple in Uzbekistan were arrested and tortured by police, who charged them with engaging in illegal sexual relations, NewNowNext reported. Male homosexuality is punishable by up to three years in prison in the majority-Muslim country, but the law is rarely enforced. In 2016, late President Islam Karimov condemned same-sex relationships as a "vile phenomenon of Western culture." India's ...


Australia-legalizes-same-sex-marriage

Australia legalizes same-sex marriage - After years of debate, Australia's Parliament has voted to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the 24th in the world to do so, CNN reported. Only four members opposed the measure. At one moment, the ministers on the House floor and guests in the gallery began singing "I am, you are, we are Australian." Recently, a national survey showed that 61 percent ...


New-UN-Independent-Expert-on-Sexual-Orientation-and-Gender-Identity-appointed

New UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity appointed - From a press release - Today, Victor Madrigal-Borloz was appointed the new United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity ( IE SOGI ). The Human Rights Council formally confirmed his position as the IE SOGI in a plenary. Victor Madrigal-Borloz follows Thai human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn in the position, as Professor Muntarbhorn stepped down ...


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International LGBTQ Leaders Conference to include 400+ LGBTQ elected officials, leaders - From a Victory Institute press release - Washington, DC — Victory Institute — the nation's only LGBTQ organization dedicated to building a pipeline of LGBTQ elected officials at the local, state and national level — will bring together more than 400 LGBTQ elected officials, advocates and other leaders to strategize next steps in the movement for LGBTQ equality. The three-day conference will feature more than 140 LGBTQ ...


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World news: Chile election, Mugabe, UN principles, anti-gay jeweler - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and Alejandro Guillier advanced to the second round of the country's presidential election that will take place next month, The Washington Blade reported. Chileans will have to choose between the right-wing candidate with no proposals for the LGBTI community and Guillier, who has said he will continue with efforts to extend marriage rights to same-sex ...


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VIEWS Pope's record on LGBT issues weakened by criticism of transgender community - - Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has caused much ink to be spilled in evaluating his stand on LGBT issues. Now, a gay Catholic offers his latest thoughts after the pope's remarks on gender identity last month, suggesting the pope's record will remain weaker until he comes around on transgender equality. Xorje Olivares, a gay Catholic writing for Vice, ...


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World news: Olympic resolution, 'LGBTQ Poland' book, Canada's apology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - All 193 United Nations member-states adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution maintaining language protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, a press release noted. The resolution—which passed by consensus—included the contested reference to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter. OutRight Action International Executive Director Jessica Stern said, "While Egypt and Russia tried to export and sanction discrimination ...


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Australians approve marriage equality - Australia has voted to change the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples in results announced Nov. 15, with 61.6 percent of the vote. While the survey itself is not legally binding, Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has vowed the vote's result would cause a bill to legalize marriage equality to "sail through" parliament by the holidays. However, conservative politicians ...


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UN member states maintain non-discrimination in Olympic Truce Resolution - From a press release - ( New York ) Today, all 193 United Nations Member States adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution maintaining language protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The resolution, which passed by consensus, included the contested reference to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter. The non-discrimination clause is housed in Principle 6 and prohibits discrimination on the basis ...


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World news: Theologian, Gaydar co-founder die, crocodile hunter - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gregory Baum—who as a theological expert at the Second Vatican Council was one of the drafters of the conciliar document Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, which repudiated anti-Semitism—died Oct. 18 in Montreal at 94, NCROnline.com noted. A former Augustinian priest, Baum served the church as a theologian, sociologist, professor, author, journalist and ...


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LGBTQ persecution reported in Azerbaijan, senators call on State Dept. to investigate - From the office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin - WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of senators today called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate news reports that authorities have conducted raids and detained people in Azerbaijan because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In a letter to Tillerson, the senators called for the investigation following recent news reports of raids conducted in September in Azerbaijan's ...


Global-Surveys-of-Intersex-and-Trans-Groups-Reveal-Critical-Funding-Gap

Global Surveys of Intersex and Trans Groups Reveal Critical Funding Gap - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — Today, American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ), Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice ( Astraea ) and Global Action for Trans Equality ( GATE ) released the findings of their global surveys of intersex and trans organizations in 107 countries engaged in advocacy, services and education in two new reports, The State of Intersex Organizing and ...


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U.S. Congress Unanimously Condemns Anti-LGBTQ Violence In Chechnya, Trump Silent - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed the U.S. Senate's passage of a resolution condemning the violence and persecution against LGBTQ people in Chechnya. Last night, the Senate adopted the resolution by voice vote. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a nearly identical bipartisan resolution in June. To date, neither President Trump nor U.S. ...


Russia-Egypt-attack-UN-Olympic-Truce-Resolution-on-sexual-orientation-protections-

Russia, Egypt attack UN Olympic Truce Resolution on sexual orientation protections - From a press release - Over the next two weeks, a decision will be made at the United Nations ( UN ) on whether governments globally will accept discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. While the UN General Assembly cannot remove the ban on discrimination from Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter itself, Egypt and Russia are ...


Fed-of-Actors-calls-for-an-end-to-sexual-harassment

Fed. of Actors calls for an end to sexual harassment - From a press release - Zagreb, Croatia, Oct. 26, 2017 — The International Federation of Actors ( FIA ) Executive Committee unanimously approves a Declaration on sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the entertainment and media industries. The Declaration, authored and sponsored by the American performers union Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists ( SAG-AFTRA ), recognizes the rights of all performers ...


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World news: HRW statement, British prime minister, Dubai situation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Human Rights Watch said that doctors, medical professionals and national medical associations should heed the World Medical Association's October 2017 resolution to end forced anal examinations on people accused of same-sex conduct, according to a press release. The General Assembly of the World Medical Association ( WMA )—an international organization consisting of national medical associations from 111 countries—condemned the use ...


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World news: Sydney cops, torture victim, suicide study, Prince Harry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Four cops in Sydney claim they were singled out for investigation on drug charges simply because they are gay, NewNowNext.com reported. In early 2015, New South Wales ( NSW ) police officers Christian McDonald, Christopher Sheehy, Shane Housego and Steven Rapisarda were told of an anonymous complaint that they had used illegal narcotics. The citation stated the four were "notorious ...


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New Study: Attitudes toward gays, lesbians changing in developing world - From a press release - Washington — Today, Center for Global Development Senior Fellow Charles Kenny and Researcher Dev Patel released a new studythat finds that just as social attitudes toward gays and lesbians have changed rapidly in the developed world, these attitudes are also changing in the developing world. The study also suggests that the changes in social attitudes often follow and are caused ...


Interfaith-LGBTIQ-leaders-at-UN-to-discuss-Christian-right-end-of-criminalization

Interfaith LGBTIQ leaders at UN to discuss Christian right, end of criminalization - From a press release - New York, NY — On September 29, 2017, Yvette Abrahams, an indigenous religious leader from Cape Town, South Africa who served as the country's Commissioner For Gender Equality for five years, gasped when she learned that South Africa had just voted in favor of United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemning the death penalty for those found guilty of committing ...


World-news-Elton-John-UN-resolution-Nepalese-trans-first

World news: Elton John, UN resolution, Nepalese trans first - The Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ) announced new funding initiatives to increase advocacy and service delivery for people living with and at-risk for HIV and hepatitis C, a press release noted. In the United States, EJAF will be launching a new funding initiative to address HIV in Black gay men and transgender individuals, building on our years of ...


Egypt-Mass-arrests-amid-LGBT-media-blackout-activists-get-death-threats

Egypt: Mass arrests amid LGBT media blackout, activists get death threats - From a press release - ( Nairobi, October 6, 2017 ) — The Egyptian government has intensified its campaign against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people and their supporters, arresting dozens of people in less than two weeks, Human Rights Watch said today. A media regulatory body has also banned all "positive" reporting on homosexuality. Since September 22, 2017, when several young ...


Pope-denounces-gender-confirmation-technologies-DignityUSA-responds

Pope denounces gender confirmation technologies, DignityUSA responds - From press release - "Pope Francis' statement denouncing technologies that support gender confirmation demonstrates the Pontiff's tragic ignorance on the challenges faced by transgender people, and puts this population at risk of increased discrimination and violence," according to DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the Catholic Church and society. The group noted that transgender ...


US-wrong-on-UN-death-penalty-resolution-LGBT-affirming-pastor-says

U.S. wrong on U.N. death penalty resolution, LGBT-affirming pastor says - From a press release - The pastor of an LGBT-affirming New Orleans church is denouncing the vote of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations against a resolution that condemned capital punishment for same-sex relations, adultery and other acts deemed criminal in many countries. Last Friday, the U.S. delegation voted against a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council that called for countries to ...


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Azerbaijan: In Anti-Gay Crackdown Gay Men, Transgender Women Tortured - From a Human Rights Watch press release - ( Berlin, October 3, 2017 ) — Police in Azerbaijan have conducted a violent campaign, arresting and torturing men presumed to be gay or bisexual, as well as transgender women, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch interviews with released detainees and lawyers confirmed that since mid-September, police in Baku, Azerbaijan's capital, have detained dozens of people on dubious ...


World-news-Arrests-in-Egypt-trans-man-denied-German-couple-marry

World news: Arrests in Egypt, trans man denied, German couple marry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Seven people were arrested in Egypt for raising a rainbow-pride flag at a concert in Cairo by Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila, whose lead singer ( Hamed Sinno ) is gay, LGBTQ Nation reported. They were detained for "promoting sexual deviancy"—one of the several laws authorities use to go after LGBTQ people, despite homosexuality not being explicitly criminalized under Egyptian law. ...


World-news-Brazil-ruling-gay-prime-minister-Taiwan-films-honor

World news: Brazil ruling; gay prime minister; Taiwan film's honor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brazilian activists and celebrities have condemned a court ruling that approves a "cure" for gay people, BBC.com reported. Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital of Brasilia, backed psychologist and evangelical Christian Rozangela Justino, who had her license revoked for offering so-called "conversion therapy." Critics have called the ruling regressive and medically unsound. Thousands of people marched the ...







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