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TPP-signing-undercuts-US-commitment-to-LGBTQ-equality-HIV-AIDS-fight

TPP signing undercuts U.S. commitment to LGBTQ equality, HIV/AIDS fight - From a Pride at Work press release - Washington — Today, in Auckland, New Zealand, US Trade Representative Michael Froman, along with his counterparts from other Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) countries, will sign the secretly negotiated trade deal despite numerous flaws, significant opposition, and an unclear path for passage in the US Congress. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement in response: "Though ...


World-Marriage-in-Mexico-hate-crime-survey-gay-diver-retires

World: Marriage in Mexico; hate-crime survey; gay diver retires - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Mexican Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state of Jalisco's same-sex marriage ban, according to The Washington Blade. The justices, in their 11-0 ruling, said the portion of the Jalisco Civil Code that defines marriage as between a man and a woman amounts to discrimination based on sexual orientation under the Mexican constitution. "For us, it is a very ...


Large-anti-gay-rally-takes-place-in-Italy

Large anti-gay rally takes place in Italy - Italians staged a mass rally in Rome's Circus Maximus Jan. 30, urging the government to reject legislation that offers same-sex couples legal recognition and some adoption rights, France24.com reported. Organizers were hoping for as many as one million attendees. However, journalists at the scene estimated the numbers to be in the tens of thousands. The bill is due to be ...


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Pope comments on same-sex marriage debate in Italy; DignityUSA responds - From a DignityUSA press release - Speaking to a group of Vatican judges as Italy's Senate prepares to vote on recognizing civil unions for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples, Pope Francis said that the recent Synods on the Family tell the world "there can be no confusion between the family God wants and any other type of union." The Pope added, "The family, founded on indissoluble ...


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World: Russian pro-LGBT move; anti-trans incidents; Biden in Switzerland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Russian lower house Committee for Constitutional Law unanimously recommended rejecting a bill drafted by Communist Party members of Parliament that proposes fines for any public demonstration of non-traditional sexual relations, RT.com reported. Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolai Arefyev of the Communist Party caucus had prepared the bill. The lawmakers want anyone who shows "distorted sexual preferences" in public places to ...


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Olympics changing policy for trans athletes - The Olympics are reportedly opening the field of competition to transgender athletes, adopting an updated policy that reflects standards that other regulatory sports organizations, such as the NCAA, already employ, ESPN.com reported. Outsports initially reported that, last November, the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) received new proposed guidelines from its "Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism" that allow ...


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Taiwan's first female president pro-LGBT; Arrests made in South Africa - Taiwan's president pro-LGBT Tsai Ing-wen is now Taiwan's first female president. In her victory speech, Tsai—who was elected as a representative of the Democratic Progressive Party—promised to preserve the status quo in relations with China, adding Beijing must respect Taiwan's democracy. Last year, she came out in support of marriage equality, Gay Star News reported. "Before love, everyone is equal," ...


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World news: Chelsea Manning exhibit; Vietnam and marriage; 'Danish Girl' banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As part of the Victoria and Albert exhibition Future Design curated by Mariana Pestana for the World Economic Forum, U.S.-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg will premiere her work "Radical Love: Chelsea Manning"—full-color life-sized 3-D printed portraits of Chelsea Manning generated from her DNA, according to a press release. The portraits ( to be shown Jan. 20-23 at the World Economic Forum ...


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World: AIDS conference; Grindr and China; Estonia partnership law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 21st International AIDS Conference will take place in Durban, South Africa, on July 18-22—and scholarships are available for the event, according to its website. The website says, "The conference organizers are committed to doubling the number of scholarships for AIDS 2016 to make the conference even more accessible to people from resource-limited settings, researchers, young people, community activists and ...


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PASSAGES David Bowie dies at 69 - Superstar British singer/songwriter David Bowie has died at age 69 after a sustained battle with cancer. Bowie was active until the end, releasing his final album, Blackstar, on Jan. 8—his birthday. Born David Robert Jones in London, Bowie was part of the music scene for almost 50 years. He first found success with "Space Oddity" in 1969 and became a ...


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Looking back: World news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —The voters speak: A third-gender candidate made history by winning the mayoral elections in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh Municipal Corporation by defeating the nearest rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ). Madhu Kinnar, who contested as an Independent candidate, won the election by 4,537 votes against BJP's Mahaveer Guruji. —Mexican marriage: Fernando Arias Amparo and Victor Aguirre Espinoza exchanged vows, ...


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World news: Intersex Kenyan; Chinese law; gender-fluid lion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A young intersex Kenyan has died after several days in hospital, following an attack the victim's own family orchestrated, Gay Star News noted. Muhadh Ishmael died of blood loss Dec. 21, 2015—allegedly because he could not pay his hospital bill of 25,780 Ksh, or $260. His body was not accepted by his family for burial, and friends are currently organizing ...


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Lesbian SLC mayor takes oath; Tutu's daughter marries partner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbian SLC mayor Biskupski takes oath Jackie Biskupski was sworn in Jan. 4 as Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor. Biskupski, 49, noted the historic moment as well as the great strides the LGBT movement has made, according to a Daily Journal article. "I know that we have work to do still. And it is work that I take ...


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ISIS executes gay 15 year-old according to Syrian media - From a press release - San Francisco, CA — Over the New Year's holiday weekend, ARA News, an independent Syrian media outlet, reported that ISIS had executed a 15 year-old teen boy on charges of homosexuality by throwing him from the top of a building in central Deir ez-Zor. Neil Grungras, Executive Director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration ( ORAM ), released ...


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World: China marriage case; UK chapels; Slovenia repeal; Israeli attorney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a first, a Chinese man is challenging local officials to allow him to marry his male partner, the latest move in a series of efforts to advance gay and lesbian rights in China, according to The Wall Street Journal. Sun Wenlin, a 26-year-old living in Changsha in central China's Hunan province, filed a complaint against the Changsha Furong District ...


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Greece allows civil partnerships - Greece enacted a human-rights bill that permits civil-partnership agreements between same-sex couples, according to a Newsweek item that cites Reuters. The development ( which happened when 193 members of the 300-member parliament voted for the bill ) occurred despite protests and opposition from political parties and the Orthodox Church. A growing number of European countries have established legislation allowing registered ...


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Greece allows civil partnerships - Greece enacted a human-rights' bill that permits civil-partnership agreements between same-sex couples, according to a Newsweek item that cites Reuters. The development ( which happened when 193 members of the 300-member parliament voted for the bill ) occurred despite protests and opposition from political parties and the Orthodox Church. A growing number of European countries have established legislation allowing registered ...


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World news: Trans women arrested; Australian apology; Pride Toronto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Thailand, four transgender women were arrested in after a man plunged to his death from a fourth-floor window, according to PinkNews. Naami Keyghobadi, 28, from Leeds, was found lying face-up in a street in Pattaya, a city on the east coast of Thailand which is known for its nightlife. Officers said that one of the women claimed she had ...


Graphic-novel-on-struggle-of-LGBTIQ-Iranians-offered-as-free-download

Graphic novel on struggle of LGBTIQ Iranians offered as free download - From a press release - ( New York ) —Following the Facebook serialization of a love story Yousef and Farhad about a gay couple in Iran, OutRight Action International, the global human rights organization, on Monday releases the full 20-page graphic novel to download for free. Download the book at the link https://www.outrightinternational.org/sites/default/files/YandFFinal12182015LR.pdf . The commissioned graphic novel, Yousef and Farhad, though a work ...


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World news: Trans initiative; Venezuelan pol; gay imam; Czech adoption - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Arcus Foundation and the Novo Foundation announced a five-year philanthropic initiative focused on improving the lives of transgender people worldwide, according to a press release. With lead funding from Arcus, the Global Trans Initiative will deploy grants and philanthropic resources totaling at least $20 million to transgender activists and organizations as well as work intended to ensure that all ...


World-news-Gay-refugees-hashtags-Siberian-princess-trans-candidate

World news: Gay refugees; hashtags; Siberian princess; trans candidate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay refugees at an asylum center in Amsterdam have allegedly had to move because of homophobic attacks by other residents, the UK Metro reported. Fellow asylum seekers reportedly spat on them and attacked them to the point they were afraid to go outside. Five gay men—three from Syria, one from Iran and one from Iraq—moved to separate accommodations; at the ...


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Report: MSM, trans left behind in HIV/AIDS fight - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In a new report published on World AIDS Day, the ONE Campaign sounded the alarm about a growing complacency in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and warned that the fight will be unwinnable if especially vulnerable populations, including men who have sex with men and transgender women, continue to be underserved. Compared with the general population, men who ...


World-news-Homicide-conviction-France-and-PrEP-terrorist

World news: Homicide conviction; France and PrEP; terrorist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Philippine court convicted U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton for the death of transgender Filipina woman Jennifer Laude, according to BuzzFeed. Pemberton's attorneys said he hired Laude for sex after the two met at a club on Oct. 11, 2014. Pemberton's lawyers told local media that he admitted to choking her in a nearby hotel room after discovering she was ...


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Three killed at Acapulco gay festival - Gunmen attacked patrons at a gay festival in Acapulco, Mexico—killing three people and wounding another five, News24.com reported. Attackers stormed the "Reina Gay" festival in Tres Palos on Nov. 29, opening fire on the crowd. Authorities suspended classes at some rural schools near Acapulco in recent weeks and installed security at others because of an increase in violence near the ...


World-news-LGBT-Ugandans-Ireland-and-marriage-trans-deaths-

World news: LGBT Ugandans; Ireland and marriage; trans deaths - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds of people in Uganda's LGBT community have fled the country to escape homophobia and persecution—but many are now stuck in Kenya, where the situation is not much better, according to BBC News. For example, Tyrone ( not his real name ) has said that he was beaten up in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, just days after arriving there ( on ...


World-news-Countries-criticized-Justin-Trudeau-manslaughter-case

World news: Countries criticized; Justin Trudeau; manslaughter case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australia has been criticized for falling behind other first world nations in its treatment of LGBTI people as the government continues to put off legalizing same-sex marriage, Gay Star News noted. Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Iceland singled out Australia for criticism as part of the United Nations Human Rights Universal Periodic Review of its commitment to human rights. ...


World-news-Frances-blood-ban-Elton-John-IBM-excels

World news: France's blood ban; Elton John; IBM excels - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - France is lifting its ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood, CNN reported. The change would be introduced gradually, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said, following extensive work by health authorities, patient associations and LGBT donors. By spring 2016, men who have sex with men in France will be able to donate blood—if they have not ...


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CORPORATE DIVERSITY KPMG leads way in diversity of thought - With combined revenues totaling almost $25 billion and offices based in 155 countries around the world, the network KPMG is certainly known globally for its business achievements. However, the company also wants to be known for what it states as its commitment to diversity. For those who work at the firm—regardless of race, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or gender ...


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OutRight CEO Stern 'hopeful' for future of global human rights - As a former first researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch and the current executive director of OutRight ( formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ), Jessica Stern remains optimistic even while starring squarely in the face of adversity. "Over the 15 years I've been doing this work, LGBTI communities have organized in nearly every corner ...


World-news-Fatal-attack-blood-ban-ends-marriage-news

World news: Fatal attack; blood ban ends; marriage news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following a savage attack that caused him to suffer a brain hemorrhage, a gay man has died, LGBTQ Nation reported. In 2014, architect Mikhail Pischevsky was attacked shortly after leaving a nightclub in Minsk, Belarus. Following several operations, doctors had to make the difficult decision to remove roughly 20 percent of Pischevsky's brain in hopes of saving him. For "unintentionally ...


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Researchers: Health providers unprepared for pregnant transgender men - From a press release - London, UK ( October 29, 2015 ). Many transgender men who have the capacity to bear children are faced with barriers in the healthcare system as a result of a lack of training, argue Juno Obedin-Maliver and Harvey Makadon in a commentary published in SAGE journal Obstetric Medicine. In recent years, transgender people have experienced significant advances in social acceptance ...


World-Congress-of-Families-whitewashes-in-media-Speakers-show-true-positions

World Congress of Families whitewashes in media, Speakers show true positions - From a press release - Salt Lake City - The World Congress of Families ( WCF ) has consistently denied being an anti-LGBTQ organization, but at their conference this week WCF partner organizations and official speakers reveal their true positions. As PRA executive director Tarso Luis Ramos recently explained in the documentary "Hunted: Gay and Afraid," the WCF acts as a networking organization, connecting U.S.-based ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Adele, shining bright like a diamond, twice? - "Hello, it's me. I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet to go over everything … " With these few words, Adele broke the internet via X-Factor UK, followed days later by the aforementioned new single and launch of pre-sells for her third album, 25. Announced via her Facebook page ( like any self-respecting mommy would ...


World-news-Trans-murder-trial-amfAR-gay-vampire-Russian-law

World news: Trans-murder trial; amfAR; gay 'vampire'; Russian law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A London man who killed his transgender escort wife after watching her have sex with a client has been found guilty of murder, The Mirror reported. Joaquin Gomez Hernandez of Fulham, 24, was sentenced to 14 and a half years imprisonment at the Old Bailey after he killed his 33-year-old wife, Vanessa Santillan. She was found dead at her home ...


Activist-discusses-Israeli-LGBT-life

Activist discusses Israeli LGBT life - Anat Nir, a Tel Aviv-based activist and cultural producer, spoke at the University of Chicago Hillel Oct. 21 about how tensions within Israeli society impact the LGBT community in that nation. Nir has been one of the producers of the Tel Aviv Pride Parade, and is a founder of the Lethal Lesbian Film Festival. She became politically active after her ...


World-news-Athlete-comes-out-torturers-jailed-German-law

World news: Athlete comes out; torturers jailed; German law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tom Bosworth—a race walker who is considered one of Great Britain's great hopes for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio—revealed publicly that he is gay and has been in a loving relationship for the past four years, LGBTQ Nation reported. Bosworth says this news won't shock anyone who knows him, but he hopes his announcement will help more athletes feel ...


Transgender-murders-in-Argentina-Maryland

Transgender murders in Argentina, Maryland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Trans-rights activist killed in Argentina In Argentina, a trans-rights campaigner was stabbed to death after two people allegedly attacked her, according to Gay Star News. The body of Diana Sacayan, 40, was found in her apartment in Buenos Aires, stabbed numerous times in the chest and back. She was a high-ranking member in the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and ...


-World-news-Official-comes-out-Tunisian-group-shocking-Russian-poll

World news: Official comes out; Tunisian group; shocking Russian poll - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The chief minister of the Isle of Man has opened up about his sexuality as discussions begin about same-sex marriage, PinkNews reported. Manx Chief Minister Allan Bell told the Guardian, "People know that I'm gay. I've never made a secret of it, but no one has ever asked me." Bell also discussed the "dark days" on the Isle of Man ...


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World news: IGLHRC renamed; Ugandan honored; bi billionaire comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, marking its 25th anniversary, announced a new name—OutRight Action International—at its annual gala in New York City, a press release stated. "We chose a new name that speaks to the heart of our mission. We have been 'out' for rights for 25 years, and at a time when civil society and LGBTI ...


HRC-launches-corporate-coalition-to-advance-LGBT-equality-in-workplace-

HRC launches corporate coalition to advance LGBT equality in workplace - From an HRC press release - NEW YORK — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, will announce the creation of a groundbreaking global coalition committed to advancing LGBT workplace equality around the world. The announcement will be made on stage during the closing plenary of the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative ( ...


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25 year old Int'l G/L Human Rights Commission becomes OutRight Action International - From a press release - ( NEW YORK ) — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, marking its 25th anniversary, on Monday announced a new name—-OutRight Action International—at its annual gala in New York City. "We chose a new name that speaks to the heart of our mission. We have been 'out' for rights for 25 years, and at a time when civil ...


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World: Prince William; George Michael situation; Zimbabwe's prez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - England's Prince William has taken part in a session on bullying and homophobia in schools, in which he specifically spoke out against homophobia for the first time, PinkNews reported. The future King visited Hammersmith Academy to take part in a session with pupils to provide practical tips to prevent anti-LGBT bullying and cyberbullying. Joining a session on LGBT issues, the ...


Argentina-lifts-gay-blood-ban

Argentina lifts gay blood ban - Argentina has lifted a 15-year-old ban that prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood, Medical Daily reported. Some have now speculated that this development could impact countries such as the United States, which still restrict donations from men in same-sex relationships from donating. At a signing ceremony, Argentina Health Minister Daniel Gollan said that the change "is scientifically and ...


Govt-Ireland-will-recognize-marriage

Gov't: Ireland will recognize marriage - Marriage-equality advocates in Ireland are optimistic that the government will recognize same-sex marriages. Despite delays in publishing the laws following legal challenges, the government said the legislation should be passed in weeks, clearing the way for the first ceremonies, according to The Belfast Telegraph. Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said politicians will begin debating the marriage bill this week. "It will ...


World-Marriage-stalled-pro-LGBT-move-in-Nepal-rugby-partnership

World: Marriage stalled; pro-LGBT move in Nepal; rugby partnership - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dashed hopes he would take swift action on same-sex marriage, Gay Star News noted. He is sticking to plans for a public vote on the issue after the next federal election, and that election will not be before July or August next year and may be as late as Jan. 14, 2017. Turnbull ...


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Nepal ratifies new constitution that includes LGBT protections - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed the passage of a new constitution in Nepal that provides explicit protections for LGBT people from discrimination, violence, and abuse—a historic first for a nation in Asia. Nepal joins only a handful of countries, including South Africa and Ecuador, that have enshrined equal rights protections for LGBT people in ...


Australia-ousts-Prime-Minister-who-stood-in-way-of-marriage-equality

Australia ousts Prime Minister who stood in way of marriage equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who last month refused to allow a vote for marriage equality in the Parliament, was ousted from his position and replaced by Malcolm Turnbull through a leadership ballot. The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, praised the news ...


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World news: Ugandan bill; Mexican trans woman; civil unions in Italy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ugandan lawmakers debated a bill that LGBT-rights activists contend would further hinder their advocacy efforts in the country, The Washington Blade reported. The Non-Governmental Organizations Bill of 2015 that Parliamentarian Aronda Nyakairima introduced earlier this year would establish what it describes as "an administrative and regulatory framework within which organizations can conduct their affairs." The measure seeks to create a ...


Historic-UN-Security-Council-briefing-focuses-on-LGBTQ-refugees

Historic UN Security Council briefing focuses on LGBTQ refugees - As a then 25-year-old man, Subhi Nahas could have spent an afternoon walking through magnificent olive orchards before taking-in the flawless night sky and losing himself under the marquee of stars covering the mountain ranges that surround his hometown of Idlib in Northern Syria. But it was 2012, his country was being torn apart by civil war and, as a ...


World-Murder-suspect-charged-fashion-figure-fired-Montreal-parade

World: Murder suspect charged; fashion figure fired; Montreal parade - Yishai Schlissel, the 39-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish man accused of attacking marchers in Jerusalem's gay pride parade, has been charged with the murder of a teenage girl and the attempted murder of six other people, according to an LGBTQ Nation item that cites the UK Telegraph. Schlissel was indicted at Jerusalem District Court for the assault on July 30 that resulted ...


UN-briefed-on-LGBT-persecution-killings-in-Iraq-and-Syria

UN briefed on LGBT persecution, killings in Iraq and Syria - From a press release - ( New York ) — During an historic briefing before the U.N. Security Council on violence against LGBT by ISIS, Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ), urged world governments to act urgently to support people targeted by extremist persecution and cruel acts in Iraq and Syria. Stern briefed the Security ...


UN-brief-to-include-ISIS-terror-against-LGBTIs

UN brief to include ISIS terror against LGBTIs - From a press release - ( New York ) — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) will brief the U.N. Security Council on Monday, August 24, during the first-ever Council briefing on LGBTI human rights violations. The briefing, an informal session known as an "Arria,", focuses on alleged atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The Arria will take ...


IGLHRC-launches-Ugandan-campaign

IGLHRC launches Ugandan campaign - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) has launched a campaign to support an initiative by activists in Uganda, according to a press release. IGLHRC has helped start an international crowdfunding campaign for a second edition of Bombastic magazine, which is about the Ugandan LGBTI community. Kasha Jacqueline, a founder of the Ugandan LGBTI movement who ...


World-news-Abbotts-anti-gay-move-Kenyan-couple-Blancos-appearance

World news: Abbott's anti-gay move; Kenyan couple; Blanco's appearance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott called a surprise meeting with members of Parliament ( MPs ), and the group voted against letting MPs vote on same-sex marriage, according to LGBTQ Nation. Abbott, who is opposed to marriage equality, is being accused of "stacking the deck." In the past, Abbott has said that same-sex marriage is a "deeply personal … subject ...


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Capitol Records honors Sam Smith for record breaking album sale - From a press release - Capitol Records presented Sam Smith with a plaque commemorating four million adjusted album sales of his GRAMMY-winning debut album, In The Lonely Hour, at a ceremony at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. The young U.K. artist made his U.S. debut at the legendary venue with two sold-out shows on December 2 and 3, 2013. By January 2015, Smith was ...


World-Psych-eval-for-suspect-singers-loss-Tom-Daleys-feat

World: Psych eval for suspect; singer's loss; Tom Daley's feat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ordered Yishai Schlissel, the suspect in the stabbing attack at the recent Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, to undergo a psychiatric evaluation in order to see if he is mentally competent to undergo a trial that would likely include murder charges, according to The Jerusalem Post. Schlissel—who was previously imprisoned for 10 years for stabbing three people ...


World-news-Marriage-and-Australia-Omar-Sharif-Jr-bomb-hoax

World news: Marriage and Australia; Omar Sharif Jr.; bomb hoax - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Several bills will come before the Australian parliament in August that propose same-sex marriage be legalized, BBC News reported. Ahead of any votes, two prominent government MPs have engaged in a live debate on the issue. Opposition Labor Senator Penny Wong, a practicing Christian from the state of South Australia who has two children with her partner, argued for marriage ...


Six-stabbed-in-repeat-attack-at-Jerusalem-Pride

Six stabbed in repeat attack at Jerusalem Pride - Updated with statements released at later dates - Yishai Shlissel—an Orthodox Jew who stabbed marchers at a Jerusalem gay pride parade a decade ago—launched another knife attack at the same type of parade in the same city on July 30, stabbing and wounding six people, according to various reports. Two were reportedly injured seriously. A 16-year-old teenager, Shira Banki, has died, the Washington Blade noted. (Banki's family has ...


World-news-Trans-woman-killed-Drag-queens-banned-Rio-prisons

World news: Trans woman killed; Drag queens banned; Rio prisons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Scotland, drag queens have been banned from performing at a Pride event—with the reason being that they might offend transgender people, The London Evening Standard reported. Organizers of Free Pride Glasgow, which bills itself as an "anti-commercialist" alternative to the Scottish city's main Pride event, have announced the controversial ban. They said, in part, "The decision was taken by ...


Obama-makes-pro-gay-remarks-in-Kenya

Obama makes pro-gay remarks in Kenya - Videos below - President Obama's historic visit with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta went relatively smoothly, save for one issue: gay rights. At a joint press conference July 25, Obama called on African nations to bestow equal rights upon gays and lesbians; however, Kenyatta dismissed the importance of gay rights, calling it a "non-issue." "The idea that they are going to be treated differently ...


European-court-rules-same-aex-partnership-a-right

European court rules same-aex partnership a right - From a news release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, hailed the historic ruling by the European Court on Human Rights that all signatories to the European Convention of Human Rights - including countries like Turkey and Russia, where discrimination and violence against LGBT people has ...


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World: Report on Iran; Montreal Pride; protesting Kenyan group - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) released a collection of eight articles that offer approaches to advance acceptance and improve understanding of the LGBT community of Iran, a press release stated. With contributions from international activists, lawyers and scholars from IGLHRC's second conference held in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 2014, the collection, "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and ...


World-Londons-chemsex-scene-popes-meeting-French-pol-weds

World: London's 'chemsex' scene; pope's meeting; French pol weds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - London's Vauxhall district—which holds on to the commercial gay-club scene—is facing a new challenge, Irish Times reported. The problem is the increase in the number of men indulging in days-long orgies organized on social media, fueled by drugs, such as liquid ecstasy, or "G," in a practice known to doctors as "chemsex." For example, "slamming"—where drugs are injected during orgies—is ...


Daughter-of-Gay-Games-founder-opposes-merge-with-World-Outgames

Daughter of Gay Games founder opposes merge with World Outgames - [Updated July 24, 2015] The potential merger in 2022 of the long-running Gay Games and the relatively new World Outgames has one staunch opponent: Jessica Waddell Lewinstein, the daughter of Gay Games founder Dr. Tom Waddell. "Not to say change is bad, [and] more often than not it's a good thing. But in this particular case, I think the merger ...


World-news-Ambassador-talks-marriage-flag-flap-lesbian-swimmer-attacked

World news: Ambassador talks marriage; flag flap; lesbian swimmer attacked - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - John Berry—the first openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia—said he was confident that the "great debate" among Australians on whether to allow same-sex marriages would result in the best outcome for the country, the Associated Press noted. Berry told reporters that Australia had led the United States on providing rights to gays including equal rights in the military, employment, health-care ...


Womens-World-Cup-win-shines-into-LGBT-community

Women's World Cup win shines into LGBT community - The United States won its third Women's World Cup on July 5, dominating Japan 5-2 in the championship game, played in front of 53,341 fans in Vancouver—setting off joyful reactions from the White House, to a viewing party in Lincoln Park, to the predominantly gay Lake View neighborhood on Chicago's North Side, where many red, white and blue-wearing fans packed ...


World-news-Ontario-bans-conversion-therapy-Moscow-Mozambique

World news: Ontario bans conversion therapy; Moscow; Mozambique - COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Ontario, Canada, has prohibited "conversion therapy"—attempting to change one's sexual orientation from gay to heterosexual—for children younger than 18, according to Courthouse News Service. The province's Bill 77 received royal assent on June 4, the day the Legislative Assembly approved it on its third reading. The Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act amends the province's ...


Global-homophobia-report-released

Global homophobia report released - Recently, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ( ILGA ) launched, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the 10th edition of its annual report on State-Sponsored Homophobia, a world survey of laws: criminalization, protection and recognition of same-sex love, with Aengus Carroll and Lucas Paoli Itaborahy authoring this year. Among some of the highlights: —There are ...


Dublin-Pride-has-much-to-celebrate

Dublin Pride has much to celebrate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The sidewalks of O'Connell Street in the heart of Dublin's city center began to fill only moments before first banner arrived. With an expected 60,000 in attendance, Dublin's 2015 Pride Parade is the second largest event each year ( behind St. Patrick's Day's ). For a country that is roughly the size and population of Indiana, this is an astonishing ...


State-Department-Report-documents-LGBT-Human-Rights-Violations

State Department Report documents LGBT Human Rights Violations - From a press release - WASHINGTON —— Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) lauded the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for once again including information about the rights of LGBT people worldwide. A compilation of the information from the report regarding sexual orientation and gender identity can be found here. Included in this compilation is information about new anti-LGBT laws as ...


Harvey-Milk-Foundation-to-honor-United-Nations-Secretary-General-Ban-Ki-moon

Harvey Milk Foundation to honor United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - San Francisco, CA ( June 25, 2015 ) — The Harvey Milk Foundation, known around the world for its dedication to promoting equality for the LGBT community, will present its coveted Harvey Milk Medal to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This historic milestone coincides with the 70th anniversary celebration of the United Nations. The Harvey Milk Medal is seen as ...


Kyrgyzstan-passes-draft-anti-LGBT-propaganda-bill-worse-than-Russias-law

Kyrgyzstan passes draft anti-LGBT propaganda bill worse than Russia's law - From a press release - WASHINGTON—— Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemned the vote by the Kyrgyzstan National Assembly to pass new and discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation during its second reading. The legislation passed through an initial reading in October, but had been stalled until today's vote. Another parliamentary vote is required before the legislation is submitted to Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, whose ...


Pope-Francis-asserts-that-kids-must-have-opposite-sex-parents

Pope Francis' asserts that kids must have opposite-sex parents - From an HRC press release - The Pope's statement to more than 25,000 faithful in Rome on Sunday comes on heels of the city's well-attended LGBT pride festival, and support of same-sex civil unions by Italy's Lower House of Parliament WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation has strongly urged Pope Francis to reconsider assertions he made Sunday in Rome that good parenting ...


World-news-Pop-star-comes-out-London-candidates-popes-moves

World news: Pop star comes out; London candidates; pope's moves - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Norwegian pop star came out as gay in a music video featuring simulated gay sex with a priest—and the Church of Norway is upset, according to The Huffington Post. Tooji, an Iranian-Norwegian singer living in Norway and a participant in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, came out when announcing the release of his new music video titled "The Father ...


US-addresses-anti-LGBT-violence-around-the-world-

U.S. addresses anti-LGBT violence around the world - From the White House - Directed by the 2011 Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons, the United States works to promote respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) persons both at home and around the world, according to a press release from the White House. What follows is the full release: ...







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