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Landmark-ruling-OKs-marriage-trans-rights-in-Americas

Landmark ruling OKs marriage, trans rights in Americas - by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - 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 ...


HRC-International-Corporate-Equality-Index-to-rate-global-LGBTQ-workplace-inclusion

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 ...


World-news-Israel-lifts-blood-ban-EU-opinion-Billie-Jean-King

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 ...


WORLD-NEWS-Theresa-May-lesbian-couples-gender-neutral-Jesus

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 ...


World-news-Gay-teens-death-conversion-therapy-Cher-in-Sydney

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 ...


Looking-back-World-news-

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 ...


World-Gay-couple-killed-Indonesia-crackdown-1st-Aussie-wedding

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 ...


CatholicToo-a-safe-space-to-discuss-the-wounds-of-patriarchy-in-the-church

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 ...


World-news-Bermuda-guv-Olympics-tryouts-The-Future-Is-Female

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 ...


Uganda-Police-Raid-Queer-Kampala-Film-Festival-Blocking-LGBT-Cultural-Event

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 ...


Bermuda-Senate-Votes-to-Repeal-Marriage-Equality

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 ...


World-news-Couple-tortured-Trans-Day-of-Rage-Bermuda-marriage-repeal-

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 ...


International-LGBTQ-Leaders-Conference-to-include-400-LGBTQ-elected-officials-leaders

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 ...


World-news-Chile-election-Mugabe-UN-principles-anti-gay-jeweler

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 ...


VIEWS-Popes-record-on-LGBT-issues-weakened-by-criticism-of-transgender-community

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, ...


World-news-Olympic-resolution-LGBTQ-Poland-book-Canadas-apology

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 ...


Australians-approve-marriage-equality

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 ...


UN-member-states-maintain-non-discrimination-in-Olympic-Truce-Resolution-

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 ...


World-news-Theologian-Gaydar-co-founder-die-crocodile-hunter

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 ...


LGBTQ-persecution-reported-in-Azerbaijan-senators-call-on-State-Dept-to-investigate

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 ...


US-Congress-Unanimously-Condemns-Anti-LGBTQ-Violence-In-Chechnya-Trump-Silent

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 ...


World-news-HRW-statement-British-prime-minister-Dubai-situation

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 ...


World-news-Sydney-cops-torture-victim-suicide-study-Prince-Harry

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 ...


New-Study-Attitudes-toward-gays-lesbians-changing-in-developing-world

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 ...


Azerbaijan-In-Anti-Gay-Crackdown-Gay-Men-Transgender-Women-Tortured-

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 ...


World-news-Jewish-lawmaker-LGBT-crimes-trans-school-reopens

World news: Jewish lawmaker, LGBT crimes, trans school reopens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmaker resigned from the Israeli legislature after drawing rabbis' wrath for attending his gay nephew's wedding, Business Insider reported. Yigal Guetta, of the Shas party, said in an Israeli radio interview that he and his family had gone to the celebration—held two years ago in Israel—because he wanted his sister's son to be happy, although same-sex marriage ...


South-Africa-celebrates-PrideTVs-first-anniversary

South Africa celebrates PrideTV's first anniversary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - South Africa became the first African country to launch an LGBT network when PrideTV made it debut in August 2016. Since that time, subscription has increased and LGBT people now have a platform where they can watch programs catering to their community. In an email interview, PrideTV's spokesperson, Joanna Raphael Katz discussed the need for the network, the evolution of ...


World-news-UK-hate-crimes-intersex-report-Irma-damages-center

World news: UK hate crimes, intersex report, Irma damages center - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A survey has shown that the number of attacks on lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK has soared by nearly 80 percent in the past four years, The Independent reported. More than one in five LGBT people ( 20 percent ) have experienced a hate crime or incident due to their sexual orientation or gender identity in the ...


Elton-John-AIDS-Foundation-to-commemorate-25th-year-honor-founder

Elton John AIDS Foundation to commemorate 25th year, honor founder - From a press release - ( NEW YORK, NY, September 12, 2017 )— On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. This year's gala commemorates the Foundation's 25th year and honors Founder Sir Elton John. President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew ...


UAE-Singaporean-arrests-highlight-policing-of-gender-expression-misuse-of-law

UAE: Singaporean arrests highlight policing of gender expression, misuse of law - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, September 7, 2017 ) — The United Arab Emirates should stop arbitrarily arresting transgender, gay, and gender non-conforming people on the grounds of a law that criminalizes men "disguising" as women, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 9, 2017, Emirati police in Abu Dhabi detained two Singaporean nationals in a shopping mall. A court convicted them ...


Gay-Jamaican-activist-murdered

Gay Jamaican activist murdered - Dexter Pottinger—an out gay Jamaican activist/fashion designer—was found stabbed to death Aug. 31 in his home in Kingston, Advocate.com reported. Authorities have reportedly arrested a suspect and plan to charge the person. Pottinger had apparently been killed several days before his body was found. In 2016, Pottinger ( known as the "face of Pride" ) played a key role in ...


World-news-Arabic-media-Tom-of-Finland-trans-women-attacked

World news: Arabic media, 'Tom of Finland,' trans women attacked - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - OutRight Action International launched a new report "Arab Mass Media: A Monitoring Report Looking at Sexuality and Gender Identity in Arabic Media from 2014 to 2017." ( The report is available in both English and Arabic. ) OutRight said the report finds that currently journalists in the region often use derogatory terms that perpetuate homophobia and transphobia and reflect a ...


Report-Arabic-media-perpetuating-homophobia-transphobia-in-region

Report: Arabic media perpetuating homophobia, transphobia in region - From an OutRight Action International press release - Today, OutRight Action International launches a new report titled, 'Arab Mass Media: A Monitoring Report Looking at Sexuality and Gender Identity in Arabic Media from 2014 to 2017.' The report is available in both English and Arabic. The report monitors widespread local and national newspapers in 14 countries in the Arab region, radio, TV channels, and social media platforms to ...


World-news-Sterilization-law-Australian-supremacists-Chris-Hemsworth

World news: Sterilization law, Australian supremacists, Chris Hemsworth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Finnish government is set to review its gender-recognition laws in a move that campaigners hope will stop forced sterilization for transgender people, PinkNews reported. Under current Finnish law, a trans person must be sterilized prior to having their legal gender changed. They are also required to be medically diagnosed with "transsexualism" and undergo extensive mental health screening. The European ...


World-news-Montreal-mayor-HIV-test-machine-interfaith-wedding-

World news: Montreal mayor, HIV-test machine, interfaith wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Just a few days after Canada Montreal Pride 2017 made a statement calling a Montreal police intervention "excessive," police chief Philippe Pichet said sorry to the LGBTQ community, The Montreal Gazette reported. The public apology addressed the violent raids on gay bars that took place in the city from the 1960s to the 1990s. Several of the city's LGBTQ representatives ...


World-news-Australia-and-marriage-gay-journalist-Pakistani-bill

World news: Australia and marriage, gay journalist, Pakistani bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to come out opposing same-sex marriage is not going down well with his own sister, PinkNews reported. Abbott—a right-wing politician who was prime minister of Australia from 2013 until 2015—is a strong opponent of LGBT equality despite his own sister, Christine Forster, waiting for the right to marry her same-sex partner, Virginia Edwards. ...


World-news-Irish-PM-NIgeria-arrests-S-Korea-military-Jerusalem-Pride

World news: Irish PM, NIgeria arrests, S. Korea military, Jerusalem Pride - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar attended a gay-rights event on Aug. 5 during his first official visit to Northern Ireland, upsetting some social conservatives in the only region of the United Kingdom where same-sex marriage is still illegal, Reuters reported. Varadkar—who became Ireland's first openly gay leader when he took office in June—joined activists preparing for Northern Ireland's largest gay ...


World-news-AIDS-milestone-Muslim-activist-ISIS-fighters

World news: AIDS milestone, Muslim activist, ISIS fighters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The United Nations revealed in a report called "Ending AIDS" that, for the first time, more than half of people living with HIV are currently on antiretrovirals, Plus Magazine noted. As a result of the growing access to care, AIDS-related deaths are now half of what they were in 2015. However, some experts are wondering why we haven't reached this ...


Indonesia-Rejects-75-UN-Human-Rights-Concerns

Indonesia Rejects 75 UN Human Rights Concerns - By Phelim Kine. Shared by Human Rights Watch - The Indonesian government says it will likely reject 75 recommendations by United Nations member countries to improve human rights abuses in Indonesia. Those recommendations targeted issues such as threats to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people, the abusive blasphemy law, and the death penalty. An Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs official described the recommendations ...


World-news-China-backlash-Canada-lawsuit-Chechnya-leader

World news: China backlash, Canada lawsuit, Chechnya leader - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A crackdown on a wide range of internet videos by Chinese censors has caused a backlash on the microblogging site Sina Weibo, with many users objecting to a decision to ban content which features same-sex relationships, BBC News reported. The outcry was prompted a decision by Beijing regulators to censor the portrayal of same-sex activity in online videos. Under the ...


Leadership-program-for-LGBTQ-youth-HIV-AIDS-affected-youth-begins-in-Vietnam

Leadership program for LGBTQ youth, HIV/AIDS-affected youth begins in Vietnam - From a press release - Hanoi, 19 July 2017 — Amazin LeThi Foundation today, announced the launch of the Leadership Sports and Education Program, co-implemented by the Community-based Care and Support Center for Health and HIV & AIDS Hai Phong ( HHCSC ), which will take place in Hai Phong and Hanoi, Vietnam, from July 24 to July 30, 2017. The program, the first of ...


German-president-OKs-marriage-law

German president OKs marriage law - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has signed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, allowing the bill to take effect this fall. Lawmakers approved the bill June 30. The move became possible after Chancellor Angela Merkel—whose conservative party had not budged on the issue for some time—said she would allow its legislators to vote according to their conscience. Germany has permitted same-sex couples to ...


Singapore-Voids-Marriage-of-Trans-Woman-And-Her-Wife

Singapore Voids Marriage of Trans Woman And Her Wife - From an OutRight Action International press release - As The Straits Times has reported on July 18th, the Registry of Marriages ( "the Registry" ) has voided the marriage of a transgender woman and her partner in an unprecedented case in Singapore condemned by OutRight Action International. Known as FK and BS, the couple were married in October 2015 while FK was still designated as male under Singaporean ...


WORLD-NEWS-Marriage-in-Australia-Amsterdam-reception-HIV-controversy-

WORLD NEWS Marriage in Australia, Amsterdam reception, HIV controversy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australian Senator Dean Smith confirmed that he is drafting a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia, Gay Times Magazine reported. Many parliament members want the bill debated when the Australian parliament returns in August. This comes after a new poll suggested Australian voters want to go to the polls for same-same marriage, rather than let politicians have a free ...


World-news-Marriage-items-Chechnya-question-Rudolf-Nureyev

World news: Marriage items, Chechnya question, Rudolf Nureyev - Marriage certificates registering the union between two people of the same sex abroad are valid in Armenia, the justice ministry told PanARMENIAN.net. According to the Family Code, marriages between Armenian citizens, those between Armenian citizens and foreigners or stateless persons, which have been registered outside Armenia, are valid inside the country after consular legalization. Also, the Code stipulates that marriages ...


New-Report-UN-must-address-health-and-well-being-of-LGBTIs

New Report: UN must address health and well-being of LGBTIs - From a press release - A new report released July 5 ( https://www.outrightinternational.org/content/agenda-2030-lgbti-health-and-well-being ) by the Global Forum on MSM and HIV ( MSMGF ) and OutRight Action International in collaboration with the Global Platform ( theinternationalgayandlesbianhrc.pr-optout.com/Tracking.aspx?Data=HHL%3d9%2c48%3b%26JDG%3c%3a9%3d3%3c4%3c%26SDG%3c90%3a.&RE=MC&RI=4551210&Preview=False&DistributionActionID=11187&Action=Follow+Link ) to Fast Track the Human Rights and HIV Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men argues for a global health and development approach that is inclusive of lesbian, ...


World-news-Madrid-World-Pride-bomb-attack-snuffed-Chinese-mans-win

World news: Madrid World Pride, bomb attack snuffed, Chinese man's win - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds of thousands flocked to Madrid World Pride, which has been called the largest LGBTQ pride event in the world, for more than a week of events, LGBTQ Nation noted. Madrid World Pride coincided with the 40th anniversary of the first LGBT pride protest in Spain, taking place in Barcelona. The July 1 parade doubled as a protest march, led ...


German-legislators-OK-same-sex-marriage

German legislators OK same-sex marriage - On June 30, German lawmakers voted by a wide margin ( 393-226, with four abstentions ) to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill gives gay and lesbian couples in Germany the same rights as heterosexual couples, and will let same-sex couples to marry and jointly adopt children. Speaking after the vote, Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had voted no on the ...


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National LGBTQ Task Force Delivers HHS Restoration of Sexual Orientation Question - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC—The National LGBTQ Task Force ( "the Task Force" ) is celebrating the restoration by the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) of a sexual orientation question to the survey of older adults. The Task Force will redouble its effort for the addition of a gender identity question to the national survey. "This is a tremendous ...


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World news: Death inquest, Pride parades, Queen Elizabeth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Australia, an inquest has heard that soldiers training at the Army School of Artillery at North Head in Sydney used to brag about bashing gay men, ABC.net.au reported. The coroner is conducting a third inquest into the death of 27-year-old U.S. mathematician Scott Johnson, whose naked body was found at the bottom of a cliff at North Head in ...


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Serbia has first lesbian leader - Serbia leader Aleksandar Vucic has named public administration minister Ana Brnabic as the new prime minister, Deutsche Welle reported. Brnabic is now the first woman—as well as the first openly gay politician—to lead the European country. This is seen as a major step for Serbia, which is considered a pretty conservative nation. She will take over for Vucic, who recently ...


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Vancouver link to European court ruling against Russia's 'gay propaganda' law - From a press release - June 21, 2017 ( Vancouver, BC ) - A top European court has issued a sharply worded rebuke to the Kremlin over its so-called "gay propaganda" law, saying it breaches human rights laws by reinforcing the stigma around homosexuality and encourages homophobia. Russia has come under serious criticism for passing an "anti-gay propaganda" law in 2013 which forbids anything to ...


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Dykes on Bikes support Asian-American group in trademark effort - Score one for "Dykes on Bikes." The long-standing organization of lesbian motorcycle enthusiasts filed a brief recently with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting an effort by an Asian-American group that sought to trademark the name "The Slants." In a decision issued June 19, the Supreme Court said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ( PTO ) violated the Asian-American group's ...


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World news: Leo Varadkar, South Korean army, Russia law, Boy George - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Leo Varadkar has taken office as Ireland's Taoiseach, after a confirmation vote in his favor, PinkNews reported. Varadkar was elected as leader of the governing political party Fine Gael last month, replacing Enda Kenny, who departed the role after 15 years. As he takes office, the new leader ( who is Indian ) is only the fourth openly gay head ...


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Book calls for LGBTQ2S-specific approach to youth homelessness - From a press release - Toronto - Canada and the U.S. need to better serve the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and Two-Spirit ( LGBTQ2S ) youth experiencing homelessness, says a new book published by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness ( COH ). "LGBTQ2S youth homelessness is a big problem, involving other big problems, like poverty, racism, cissexism, transphobia, heterosexism, homophobia, ...


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World: German visas, Scottish Church OKs marriage, G-A-Y incident - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Germany has begun granting gays from Chechnya special visas on humanitarian grounds following reports that gay people are being tortured and killed in the Russian republic, NBC News reported. The Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press the first man arrived in Germany on June 6, and that four other applications for humanitarian visas are being reviewed. Gay-rights activists and others ...


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Judge condemns Lively's work to render very existence of Ugandan LGBTIs illegal - From a press release - June 8, 2017 - On Monday, Judge Michael Ponsor of the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts affirmed that Scott Lively, a Springfield resident, "aided and abetted a vicious and frightening campaign of repression against LGBTI persons in Uganda," but dismissed the lawsuit brought in 2012 by Sexual Minorities Uganda ( SMUG ), saying a 2013 Supreme Court decision limited ...


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Chicago gay couple fights for marriage rights in Panama - While this month's United States pride festivities will take place for the second year in an era of marriage equality, for LGBTQ communities living in Panama it is still a dream. However, it is one that is not only seeing unprecedented support in the traditionally Catholic Central American country but has now advanced to Panama's Supreme Court. The case facing ...


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World news: Lesbian app, Malta PM, 'Wonder Woman' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - China's leading lesbian app, Rela, was shut down recently following a viral incident at Shanghai's marriage market in People's Park in which a group of mothers of LGBT children were kicked out by police while trying to raise awareness for gay rights, Shanghaiist reported. The app is no longer available on the Apple or Android app stores, where it counted ...


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World news: InterPride, HIV death warning, tennis icons clash - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - InterPride, the International Association for Pride Organizers, has called on LGBTQ+ people everywhere to attend and support local Pride events everywhere, according to a press release. In part, the release stated, "Pride has taken on a new urgency in 2017. With celebrations happening in hundreds of locations throughout the month and The Equality March for Unity & Pride centered in ...


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Human Rights Watch issues report on anti-gay purge in Chechnya - From a press release - ( New York, May 26, 2017 ) — Police in Chechnya rounded up, beat, and humiliated dozens of gay or bisexual men in an apparent effort to purge them from Chechen society, Human Rights Watch confirmed in a new report today. Russian federal authorities should ensure their investigation into these egregious human rights violations is effective and capable of holding ...


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HRW issues report on Chechen anti-gay abuses - A 42-page report by the international rights-advocacy organization Human Rights Watch ( HRW ), released May 26, details the brutal treatment that gay men in Chechnya were subjected to this past winter and spring. The report, according to Kyle Knight, a researcher in HRW's LGBT-rights program, provides "the firsthand testimony of what it was like to live through the purge, ...







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