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WORLD-Surrogacy-law-World-Cup-message-to-Trump-Putin

WORLD Surrogacy law, World Cup, message to Trump & Putin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Israeli Parliament ( The Knesset ) approved an amendment to the Israeli Law on Surrogacy, but kept a portion that stipulates same-sex couples are not be eligible for surrogacy services provided by the Israeli healthcare system. Knesset Member Amir Ohana—who is openly gay, and is raising two children who were born through surrogacy in the United States—attended the conference ...


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HRC's giant projection challenges Trump, Putin on anti-LGBTQ crime in Chechnya - Video below from an HRC news release - HELSINKI — Today, just ahead of tomorrow's Trump-Putin summit, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) — America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization — projected an enormous message on the Presidential Palace in Helsinki demanding that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin immediately end the ongoing anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity occurring in the ...


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EJAF Founder Elton John and Duke of Sussex to announce new global AIDS coalition - From a news release - NEW YORK — July 12, 2018 — The Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ), an international leader in the global fight to end AIDS, and the International AIDS Society ( IAS ) today announced that Sir Elton John and the Duke of Sussex will launch a new global coalition focused on treating HIV infections in men at the 2018 ...


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WORLD Bulgarian court, Australian crimes, pivotal Indian case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Sofia, Bulgaria, court has backed the right of a same-sex couple to live in the country, in the first such case for the EU nation that does not recognize same-sex marriage, VOA News reported. The court claim was brought up by an Australian woman who was banned from residing in Bulgaria in 2017 together with her French spouse after ...


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Travel map shows LGBTQI intolerance worldwide - Global travel insurance provider WorldNomads.com has released a map of ( in )tolerance — revealing which countries are potentially dangerous for LGBTQI travelers because of legal status and societal attitudes. The company says it's important gay travelers make conscious and informed decisions about the places they choose to travel. They say 72 countries and territories worldwide criminalise same-sex relationships, including ...


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The legacy continues, Gay Games running Aug. 4-12 in Paris - Gay Games 10 will be one of the largest in the history of the quadrennial event that dates back to its 1982 launch in San Francisco, which attracted 1,350 worldwide participants. The 2018 edition will take place Aug. 4-12 in Paris, and local organizers are truly waving the rainbow flag with pride as the event has more than 10,000 registered ...


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WORLD Trans pageant winner, N. Ireland, Lagerfeld, Angola first - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a historic development, a transgender woman was crowned as Miss Universe in Spain on June 29, Gay Star News reported. This is a first for the international beauty pageant. Angela Ponce, 25, will represent Spain in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant scheduled end of the year. She She defeated 19 other candidates to become the first trans woman to ...


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WORLD Attacker subdued, United Nations news, group attacks Budweiser - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland, stepped in to shut down an attack by a belligerent and violently homophobic man on a bus in London, NewNowNext.com noted. Former Grenadier Guardsman Lee Wardle, who works as a bartender at a gay bar, told the Evening Standard he heard a man having a loud conversation on his ...


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WORLD Icelandic Pride, Peter Tatchell, World Cup - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Seyoisfjorour, a town in Iceland with only 700 residents, has created a rainbow path to show its support for its LGBTQ residents, LGBTQ Nation noted. The path, "Norourgata," was painted down the center of the main street through town, with both residents and local businesses taking part in painting the road in rainbow colors. Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, hosts ...


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Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell arrested during legal protest in Moscow - From a Peter Tatchell Foundation news release - LGBT+ and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been arrested during a one-man protest against Russia's mistreatment of LGBT+ people, as the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Moscow. Tatchell was holding a banner supporting gay men who have been violently targeted in a purge in Chechnya while standing next to the statue Marshal Zhukov close to the Kremlin. ...


-WORLD-Romanian-ruling-conversion-therapy-first-Elton-John

WORLD Romanian ruling, conversion-therapy first, Elton John - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The European Union's top court has ruled in favor of a Romanian gay man's right to have his U.S. husband live with him in Romania, the BBC reported. The country, which does not recognize same-sex marriage, had argued that the American was not entitled to the EU residency rights awarded to spouses. However, the European Court of Justice said the ...


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Bermuda court rejects gay-marriage ban - The Bermuda Supreme Court, on June 6, ruled that a statute rescinding marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional, according to a Daily Beast item. Chief Justice Ian Kawaley said that the Domestic Partnership Act was "inconsistent with provisions in the Constitution which give the right to freedom of conscience and creed." Last December, Parliament passed the Act—becoming the first ...


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WORLD Nike controversy, gay Polish mayor, largest Pride in world - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nike has caused controversy by using a pink triangle—most infamously used to mark gay men during the Holocaust—on its recent Pride collection, PinkNews reported. In May, the athletics brand launched its annual Pride collection. According to the release, this year's collection features "colours and symbols that have been reclaimed and historically repurposed by the LGBTQ community." Nike's BETRUE collection was ...


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Can the LGBTQ community trust Pope Francis? - Once again, Pope Francis is rocking the world. "God made you like this and loves you like this and I don't care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are." According to reports from Spain's El Pais newspaper and the Associated Press, Pope Francis said the abovementioned statement in a private conversation with ...


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Elton John to give landmark lecture on HIV in remembrance of Princess Diana - From a news release - NEW YORK ( May 29, 2018 ) — The Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV will be delivered by Elton John in front of an invited audience of politicians, health workers, journalists, civil society leaders, celebrities, and people living with HIV, on June 8th, 2018 in London. The lecture was launched by United Kingdom's National AIDS Trust ( NAT ...


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Gay Catholic Group calls on Pope to Reverse Comments on Gay Applicants to Priesthood - From a news release - May 29, 2018. Pope Francis' directive to Italian bishops to exclude men they believe may be gay from seminaries raises several deeply troubling issues. According to widely circulated reports from outlets such as Catholic News Agency, "if you have even the slightest doubt it's better not to let them enter," Francis said, "because these acts or deep-seated tendencies can lead ...


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WORLD World Cup, model murdered, Princess Diana - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Queer football fans have been "strongly" warned to not "publicly display sexuality" at the Russian World Cup, PinkNews reported. LGBT+ fans should not hold hands or be affectionate towards their partner in public to ensure their safety, say the Football Supporters' Federation. Trans fans are also advised to find someone to attend the toilet with them, or to go to ...


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Irish referendum on abortion enables legislation of reproductive rights - From a Center for Reproductive Rights news release - 05.26.18 — ( GENEVA ) The Center for Reproductive Rights celebrates today's referendum result in favour of repeal of the Irish constitutional prohibition on abortion as a deeply historic moment for women's reproductive health and rights in Ireland and globally. The Irish people voted by a resounding majority to remove the constitutional prohibition and enable Irish lawmakers to legislate on ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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