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-- World news: Tel Aviv conference; Sarkozy controversy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 40 Years of Pride conference, organized by The Aguda and A Wider Bridge, will bring together a diverse group of LGBTQ leaders from around the world this summer in Israel on June 9-11, according to a press release. Leaders from around the world will gather in the heart of Tel Aviv to inspire and strengthen each other, build skills ...


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World: Clare Balding; Cambodian study; adoption in Ireland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - UK Prime Minister David Cameron has named Clare Balding as the LGBTI person he admires most, Gay Star News reported. The Conservative leader told Attitude magazine that while World War Ii code breaker Alan Turing was "an amazing man," he chose the BBC sports presenter because of "her enthusiasm [and] zest for life.." Cameron also said he once brought up ...


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Progressive gender identity law passes in Europe - From a press release - ( New York )—The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) celebrates the unanimous passage of the "Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act, 2015" by the Parliament of Malta today. The new law enshrines the right to gender identity recognition and introduces anti-discrimination measures, allowing Maltese citizens to self-determine their gender identity and legally change ...


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African-American pastors unite against anti-gay movement in Africa, Rick Warren - From a press release - New York, NY April 1, 2015 — Spearheaded by The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries ( "TFAM" ), its founder and presiding Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder and executive director, Bishop-Elect, Pastor Joseph Tolton, the organization's international outreach ministry, The Fellowship Global ( "TFG" ), has launched a month long tour of key African nations where LGBTI communities continue to experience ...


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World: Pope eats with inmates; Swedish pronoun; HIV+ candidate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pope Francis recently had lunch with prisoners at an Italian prison, some of whom were gay or transgender, according to an On Top Magazine item. The pontiff visited the Giuseppe Salvia Detention Center in Poggiorale during a visit to Naples, Italy. Approximately 90 inmates attended the lunch, including 10 prisoners from a section of the facility that houses gay, transgender ...


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World news: Plane crash reopened; Swedish singer; Costa Rica bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The United Nations ( UN ) is reopening the case of a plane crash that killed former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in 1961, TIME.com reported. Hammarskjold was on his way to what is now a part of Zambia to help broker peace between secessionist fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo and UN troops who were trying to stabilize the newly ...


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World: Lesbian tennis player; restroom situation; IKEA website - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tennis.com noted. Mauresmo won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006. She was No. 1 for 39 weeks in her career, becoming the first Frenchwoman to reach the top of the computer rankings since they were introduced in the 1970s. Mauresmo is also an out ...


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World news: Slovenia OKs marriage; McKellen aims to save gay pub - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Slovenia has become the 11th European Union country to approve same-sex marriage, according to Euronews. The parliament passed the measure by a vote of 51 to 28. Deputies have also voted in favor of legalizing adoption by gay and lesbian couples. Worldwide, Slovenia will become the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage once the president signs the bill. In China, ...


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World news: HIV study; Ambassador Wally Brewster; UKIP chair leaves - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time, a study showed that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men, the Associated Press reported. The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test "on demand" use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning ...


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IPERGAY trial suggests effectiveness of intermittent PrEP - Study results announced Feb. 24 by the French national HIV research agency ANRS at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections ( CROI ) in Seattle suggested that a three-day regimen of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, intervention reduced HIV risk significantly in men who have sex with men ( MSM ) by an average of 86 percent. PrEP is ...


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World news: HIV in Cuba; Global Equality Fund; new envoy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Cuba, a variant of HIV that is much more aggressive than other known forms of the virus has been documented, according to Medical News Today. Patients infected with this new variant progress to AIDS so rapidly that they may not even know they are infected, with AIDS symptoms occurring within three years of infection. If a person contracts multiple ...


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World: Nepal and marriage; mob attacks gay man; Nick Jonas in Sydney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nepal should legalize gay marriage, says a committee charged with implementing a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to improve LGBTI rights in the south Asian country, Gay Star News reported. The committee, led by former Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population Laxmi Raj Pathak, finally submitted its report more than four years after its formation. The committee also advised ...


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World news: Kerry's envoy; ISIS kills gays; foreign minister retires - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Secretary of State John Kerry will appoint a special envoy within the State Department who will promote global LGBT rights, according to The Washington Blade. The State Department is in "the final vetting stages" for the post, and a senior official said the envoy will be an "openly gay Foreign Service officer." The announcement came less than a year after ...


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Gay Israeli singer's CD campaign ends Feb. 12 - Out Israeli singer Yehonathan has embarked on an Indiegogo campaign to create his third, full-length English album and music videos. The campaign ends Feb. 12. In 2013, he released his second English-language album, Yeho. Among the items he is offering for contributing are signed CDs, names in album credits and a personal one-on-one Skype call. The campaign is at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/come-be-a-part-of-yehonathan-new-album. ...


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World news: HRC condemns U.S. rep; pardons; unions in Italy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued a statement condemning Rep. Chris Smith ( R-N.J. ) for his comments during the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa hearing on Nigeria. Smith said he does "not construe homosexual rights as human rights," and continued to question whether U.S. opposition to anti-LGBT legislation had negatively impacted the U.S.'s engagement in Nigeria. ...


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World: Turing notebook; ISIS killing gays; king makes history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A notebook said to contain detailed mathematics and computer science notes written by Alan Turing, the late gay British cryptographer, is going up for auction in April, the International Business Times noted. Turing—the subject of the current theatrical release The Imitation Game—cracked the Nazi enigma code at the height of World War II, helping push the Allies to victory. The ...


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IGLHRC, MADRE on alleged executions for sodomy by ISIS in Iraq - From a press release - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) and MADRE, the global women's rights group, condemn the recent killing of at least five individuals by the Islamic State, two of whom were allegedly murdered for homosexual conduct. While the story has been widely reported since January 17th as the execution of two gay men for homosexuality, no ...


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World news: Marriage in Vietnam; speedskater; Irish pol comes out - Gay-rights advocates in Vietnam are celebrating after the government repealed a nationwide ban on same-sex marriage, but there's a catch: Marriage equality isn't yet recognized, either, according to Care2.com. Lawmakers initially planned to give full recognition to same-sex marriage but decided instead to simply repeal the country's ban on gay marriage as an interim step, saying Vietnam needed more time ...


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Pope speaks against same-sex marriage - Speaking in the Philippines, Pope Francis made one of his strongest calls as pope against movements to recognize same-sex unions as marriage, Catholic News Service reported. "The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage," the pope said Jan. 16, hours after warning that Philippine society was "tempted by ...


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World news: Nigerian comes out; Charlie Hebdo's LGBT link - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Popular Nigerian brand expert Kehinde Bademosi ( also known as Kenny Badmus ), who took to his Facebook page to reveal he was HIV-positive on Dec. 1, has taken to his wall again to reveal that he is gay, Naij.com reported. On World AIDS Days last month, the Orange Academy founder took a bold step by revealing that he was ...


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Egyptian court acquits 26 Egyptian men after bath house raid - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responds to the recent news of an Egyptian court's decision to acquit 26 men after they were arrested on charges of "debauchery" during a December 7 police raid on a Cairo bathhouse. "While the courts were right to acquit the men, noting the weakness of the case against them this ...


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India elects first third-gender mayor - 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 ), according to the Huffington Post India. Madhu Kinnar, who contested as an Independent candidate, won the election by 4,537 votes against BJP's Mahaveer Guruji. Kinnar, 35, belonged to the Dalit community, and ...


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World: Scotland's weddings; "dot LGBT"; Conchita Wurst and Putin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scotland's first same-sex weddings took place in the early hours of New Years Eve, TIME.com reported. Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown married at the Trades Hall in Glasgow, and Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott had a private ceremony in the same city. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie were witnesses at the Douglas-Scott's wedding, while ...


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Thirty-five injured in Zimbabwe; Gambia arrests for 'homosexual acts' - Thirty-five injured in Zimbabwe Approximately 35 people were injured when a group of men forced their way into a private event that the organization Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe ( GALZ ), according to a BuzzFeed article. GALZ said that at least one of the attackers—who numbered between 12 to 15—carried a gun, and the group beat attendees "using logs, ...


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World news: Burger King kiss-in; British poll; 'Doctor Who' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A protest was held at a Burger King in Madrid, Spain, in response to an incident where a same-sex couple were kicked out for kissing, the UK Independent reported. A security guard told the couple, aged 18 and 19, to leave the Plaza de los Cubos restaurant after families allegedly complained that they were setting a "bad example" to children. ...


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Year in review: World news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —Arrested in Nigeria: Following passage of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in Nigeria, more than three dozen gay men were arrested. Several organizations, including Human Rights First, expressed outrage at the development. —From Russia with hate: Russia enacted its anti-gay propaganda law—which made for a lot of criticism at the Sochi Olympics held in February. Russian President Vladimir Putin ...


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World news: French pol outed; Irish bill; Chinese activist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A French far-right politician has said he will sue the French Closer magazine, which "outed" him as gay after it published photographs of him with a man, Pink News reported. Florian Philippot is the deputy leader of the French Front National, a party that has been accused of fostering anti-gay violence by aligning itself with aggressive anti-equal marriage factions and ...


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Obama takes action vs. Gambian on rights abuses - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has commended the Obama Administration for taking concrete action against the Gambian government following recent human rights abuses in the country, which include the vicious targeting of LGBT people and a new law that could send some LGBT Gambians to prison for life. In a statement released today by the White ...


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World: London mayoral candidate; UKIP situation; Jamaican pastor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay businessman Ivan Massow has announced his intention to run for mayor of London, according to On Top Magazine. He is the first Tory candidate to enter the contest, which takes place in 2016. In promoting his candidacy during a Gaydio radio interview, Massow, 47—a recovering alcoholic sober since 2008 and a self-made millionaire—said that the London gay scene ...


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TRAVEL Adults-only spots in Cancun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cancun has long welcomed sun-seekers of all sorts, including spring-breakers, families, international travelers, and gays and lesbians. Whether you are lusting after a romantic getaway or a rowdy escape, this Mexican coastal city is sure to delight. But perhaps you prefer to indulge your leisure-time tastes in a grown-up setting, without the presence or distraction of children—yours or anyone else's. ...


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Gay manager of cafe killed in Sydney hostage situation - Tori Johnson, the gay café manager of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia, was killed as he fought off an armed terrorist who took the cafe and its patrons hostage, according to Towleroad. Johnson, who managed the café for two years, was trying to disarm the terrorist to provide cover for the other hostages as they fled during a ...


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Agenda for Synod on Family previewed, DignityUSA responds - From a DignityUSA press release - December 9, 2014. Boston, MA. Responding to today's release of a document that will set the agenda for the second phase of the Vatican's Synod on the Family, to be held in Rome October 4-25, 2015, leaders of DignityUSA said it was "inadequate and alienating" in its approach to the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ...


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World news: HIV poll; Disney art project; Putin's claim - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Survey results from the U.K.'s National AIDS Trust ( NAT ) show that ignorance about HIV is a global problem, according to HIVPlusMag.com. The survey of nearly 2,000 people showed that a third of the public were in the dark about how HIV is transmitted. Twenty-eight percent identified an incorrect path of transmission, while 45 percent of the population were ...


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IOC makes another step toward inclusion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After backlash over the Sochi, Russia, games—overshadowed by the host country Russia's anti-gay laws—the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) has made another attempt at formally declaring its inclusiveness of the LGBT community, MSNBC reported. Members of the IOC unanimously approved a measure to rewrite the Olympic Charter's non-discrimination policy, adding sexual orientation to the list. Under Principle 6, the ...


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World news: Chinese hookup app; marriage in Finland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The world's most popular gay hookup app is now based in China, Advocate.com reported. Blued, a smartphone program and company that Chinese CEO Gene Le founded, has ousted Grindr from the worldwide top spot of same-sex matchmaking apps. Blued has skyrocketed to 15 million users since its launch in 2012, the majority of whom are from the Asian nation. In ...


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World news: Malaysian insurer; Ian Thorpe's shame; Nepal survey - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - MetLife Inc.'s support for gay rights in the United States is drawing criticism to the insurer's partner in Malaysia, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. A group in the nation called for a boycott of AMMB Holdings Bhd.'s AmBank, citing MetLife's recognition as among the best places to work for LGBT individuals. MetLife, the largest U.S. life insurer, reached a $249 million ...


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HRC condemns passage of anti-LGBT law in The Gambia - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemns the decision by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law horrific new legislation that could lead to life in prison for some LGBT people in The Gambia. HRC also calls on the Obama Administration to conduct a full diplomatic review of the United States' relationship with The Gambia. ...


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UN tackles conversion therapy; Farrell's letter; Pope Francis - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time in its history, the United Nations Committee Against Torture ( CAT ) expressed concern over the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy being used on LGBT youth in the United States, according to a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release. Along with other signatories to the Convention Against Torture, the U.S. is reviewed by ...


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UN committee on torture concerned about LGBT conversion therapy - From a press release - ( Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 12, 2014 )—For the first time in its history, today the United Nations Committee Against Torture ( CAT ) expressed concern over the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy being used on LGBT youth in the United States. This historic development comes a day after leaders from the National Center for Lesbian Rights' ( NCLR ...


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Trans activist Monica James to address UN on police violence - Just four years ago, society had got the best of Monica James. Her more-than-40-year battle to just survive as a transgender woman of color on the streets of Chicago was one that had left her physically broken and mentally depleted. The last of her will to fight was gone and there was absolutely nothing she could scrape up from her ...


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Ellen's show in Asia; OutGames' campaign; 2018 Gay Games - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The daytime talk show Ellen will take to the airwaves in southeast Asia on Lifetime Asia in same-day telecasts as episodes in the United States, according to Variety. The Ellen DeGeneres Show will premiere weekdays on Lifetime at 8 p.m. Hong Kong and Singapore time. It will be available in Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, ...


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Tim Cook fallout in Russia; Ugandan dismissal; more - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Russian politician has called for a ban on Tim Cook, Advocate.com reported. Vitaly Milonov, a St. Petersburg city council member, expressed concern that the Apple CEO would bring an infectious disease into the country, shortly after Cook came out publicly in an op-ed in Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Milonov is known internationally as the author of a citywide ban on public ...


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Global HIV conference; Chinese ad; D&G found not guilty - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HIV Research for Prevention 2014 ( HIV R4P )—the world's only global scientific meeting dedicated exclusively to biomedical HIV prevention research, including treatment as prevention, microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ), vaccines and circumcision—is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 28-31, according to a press release. Among those speaking/attending are Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of ...


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Ellen's show in Asia; OutGames' campaign; 2018 Gay Games - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The daytime talk show Ellen will take to the airwaves in southeast Asia on Lifetime Asia in same-day telecasts as episodes in the United States, according to Variety. The Ellen DeGeneres Show will premiere weekdays on Lifetime at 8 p.m. Hong Kong and Singapore time. It will be available in Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, ...


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Mexico protest; Milk Foundation in Hungary; Vatican shift - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A week after same-sex marriage became legal in Mexico's Coahuila state, about 30,000 people rallied in protest in the capital city of Saltillo, according to SDGLN.com. The march was organized by Casa de Rescate "Cristo Vive" ( House of Rescue "Christ Lives" ), an evangelical group modeled after anti-gay religious groups in the United States. Civil unions have been legal ...


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Vatican takes different stance regarding gays - In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said Oct. 13 that gay people had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples, Reuters reported. The document, prepared after a week of discussions at an assembly of 200 bishops on the family, said the Church should challenge itself ...


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Turkey gets its first umbrella LGBTI organization - From a press release - A new organization, the first in Turkey to ensure LGBTI websites, groups and organizations has been established to fight homophobia and transphobia in the Islamic country that straddles Europe and Asia. In existence since less than two months, the organization was created in order to ensure unity and solidarity among LGBTI groups, LGBTIwebsites and LGBTI organizations, BurÞin BordanacÄ▒ of the ...


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Denmark's anniversary; Judas Priest's gay situation - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following the international outcry over Russia's anti-gay legislation that overshadowed the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in a letter to prospective host cities that it would be adding a new anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract, according to a press release from pro-LGBT group AllOut. Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, are the three ...


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World news: Gay Times' icons; Russia court upholds LGBT ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - UK magazine Gay Times has released its list of 30 gay icons, Gay Star News reported. Among the individuals listed are Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bette Midler, Sir Ian McKellen, RuPaul, actor Leslie Jordan, Neil Patrick Harris and Absolutely Fabulous' Jennifer Saunders. Gay Times published the chart to mark its 30th ...


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UN Human Rights Council votes to support LGBT rights - From a press release - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) today applauded the United Nations' top human rights body for approving a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, calling it an important step forward toward progress for equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) individuals. "The Human Rights Council ...


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IOC adds anti-discrimination clause to Olympic host city contract - From a press release - New York, USA / Paris, France - September 24, 2014. Following the international outcry over Russia's anti-gay legislation that overshadowed the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) announced in a letter to prospective host cities that it would be adding a new anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract. This important change comes in ...


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Tom Daley's gig; man convicted of drinking Baileys - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out diver Tom Daley recently posed in the autumn/winter collection for the Adidas NEO label, for which he is UK ambassador, according to HeraldScotland.com. The 20-year-old Daley, who is dating screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, had been on two series of ITV's celebrity diving show Splash!, mentoring celebrities to brave the board, but he is now focusing his attention on training ...


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U.S. grants asylum for LGBTI activist John Abdallah Wambere - From a press release - Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders client John "Longjones" Abdallah Wambere has been granted asylum in the U.S. With escalating attacks against the LGBTI Ugandan community, including John himself, in recent years, culminating in the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act this February, John's identity as a gay man and his advocacy for the LGBTI community made it impossible for him ...


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UN's Free & Equal; Grindr controversy; Chinese serial killer - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Free & Equal—the United Nations Human Rights Office's global public education campaign for LGBT equality—has released "UN Free & Equal: One Billion Rising," a video highlighting the campaign's impact to date, according to a press release. The ongoing campaign was launched in July 2013 at a press conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, and featuring then-UN High Commissioner for ...


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American anti-LGBT groups promoting bigotry abroad - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON —— There is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away children, and that ...


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UN celebrates year of global campaign for LGBT equality - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, September 10, 2014 — Today, Free & Equal, the United Nations Human Rights Office's global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) equality, releases "UN Free & Equal: One Billion Rising" a video highlighting the campaign's impact to date. To watch the video, click here: https://unfe.org/en/actions/first-year . "In the past year, more ...


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ILGA 2014 World Conference in Mexico City - The International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans & Intersex Association, the largest international association of its kind defending the rights of LGBTI people, is issuing a last call for registration for its bi-annual World Conference to be held this year in Mexico City Oct. 27-31. ILGA's 27th World Conference, "De-colonizing our bodies," is the second conference to take place in Latin ...


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Mr. Gay World; Bahama's Pride shut down; Tom of Finland stamps - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Stuart Hatton Jr., the reigning Mr. Gay UK, has been named Mr. Gay World 2014, NewNowNext.com reported. At a ceremony in Rome, the 28-year-old from South Shields beat Cyprus's Kiriakos Spanos, who came in second place, and Ireland's Robert Lowlor, who claimed third. A model and dance teacher at his family's studio, Hatton beat challengers from 32 different countries in ...


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Queen pardons Turing; trans woman's death in Ireland - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Queen of England has granted a royal pardon for internationally acclaimed British codebreaker and computer scientist Alan Turing, PrideSource.com reported. Turing took his own life in 1954 after being convicted two years prior of having consensual sex with a 19-year-old male. The pardon comes a decade after gay activists and straight allies lobbied the British government for a posthumous ...


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Luxembourg PM to wed; Miss Spain comes out; Berlin mayor quits - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel could be among the first to benefit from new marriage-equality laws after he announced he and his long-term partner will tie the knot, according to Wort.lu. Bettel, 41, told the L.A. Times of partner Gauthier Destenay, "He asked me and I said 'yes.'" Bettel, who has lived with his Belgian architect partner since 2010 in ...


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Pride Toronto ED resigning; Kenya's anti-gay bill - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Effective Aug. 31, Kevin Beaulieu is resigning as executive director of Pride Toronto, according to an Interpride press release. During his time at Pride Toronto, Beaulieu oversaw the most successful Pride festival in Canada's history. WorldPride 2014 Toronto was a 10-day festival that drew record attendance, hosted almost 250 affiliate events across the city and featured 575 days of programming ...


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Smith first UK male artist to debut single #1 on AAA, AC, Pop - From a press release - HOLLYWOOD, CA — Sam Smith's record-breaking streak continues, as he becomes the first UK male artist to ever to have his debut single, "Stay With Me," reach #1 at AAA, AC and Pop radio. The gospel-induced soul ballad is being equally adored across seven radio formats in the U.S., and has been certified three times platinum. "Stay With Me" remains ...


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Uganda Pride; Billie Jean King, Elton John hosting tourney - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds of Ugandan LGBT people and their supporters held a gay-pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe, according to USA Today. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated a publicly criticized anti-gay law. Many marchers wore masks, signaling they did not want to be publicly identified in a country where homosexuals ...


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World news: South African murder; police apologize for raid - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In South Africa, a self-confessed drug addict admitted in the High Court in Pretoria that he had beaten his gay friend to death with a knobkerrie ( a short stick with a knobbed head ) after losing his temper because of the man's sexual advances, Iol.co.za reported. Juda Joseph Plekenpol, 31, was convicted by Judge Tshifiwa Maumela on charges of ...


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Ugandan court overturns anti-homosexuality law - - Gay-rights activists in Uganda and around the world are celebrating a decision by the country's constitutional court to strike down a widely condemned anti-gay law on a legal technicality, The UK Guardian reported. A five-judge panel ruled Aug. 1 that the speaker of parliament acted illegally when she allowed a vote on the measure despite at least three objections that ...


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Obama urged to reconsider pacts; a killing in Crimea - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Almost a dozen of U.S. senators want President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws, according to Gay Star News. Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders Aug. 4-6 during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. Ahead of this summit, 10 senators have penned a letter to the ...


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SAID tags +$500M toward creating AIDS-free generation - From a press release - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - The U.S. Agency for International Development ( USAID ) announced today three major HIV and AIDS awards, funded by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief ( PEPFAR ), to support global efforts to help end extreme poverty by creating an AIDS-free generation. The new programs support implementation of the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation ...


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Rob Ford says he's not anti-gay; Glee trouble in UK - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he not homophobic, according to CBC.ca. There is an ongoing debate over whether Ford is anti-gay after he chose to sit during a standing ovation for WorldPride organizers and he was the lone vote against a study of homeless shelter space for LGBT youth. Doug Ford, the Rob's brother and campaign manager, said the sit-down ...


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Six of airliner fatalities confirmed as AIDS researchers/activists - Six passengers aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine July 17, were confirmed as researchers headed for the 20th International AIDS Conference, which began July 20 in Melbourne, Australia. Two hundred ninety-eight individuals lost their lives in the crash, which has triggered political turmoil between Russia several nations, including the United States Australian media originally reported—and international media ...


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Obama praises work of AIDS researchers killed in plane crash - President Obama on July 18 expressed the nation's regrets over the loss of numerous AIDS researchers and advocates who lost their lives aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine July 17. The comments came just as Obama ended a White House briefing on the crash: "On board Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, there were apparently nearly 100 researchers and ...


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AIDS researchers, activists reportedly among crash fatalities - About 100 of the 298 killed in the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crash in Ukraine July 17 were reportedly individuals headed for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia. Attendees at a pre-conference gathering in Sydney were informed the morning of July 18 that 100 of their colleagues—among them researchers, medical workers and activists—had been killed in the crash, Sydney ...


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World news: Conchita Wurst models; Ian Thorpe comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst recently made her modeling debut, walking at the Jean Paul Gaultier couture show in Paris, according to the UK Independent. Wurst—who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest—was given the prestigious closing spot, a fashion honor usually bestowed upon the designer's favorite or most famous model. Gaultier said of Wurst, "I always say that beauty ...


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UN music video for gay rights Exceeds One Million Views - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, USA — A Bollywood-inspired United Nations music video with a message of gay acceptance has rapidly become one of the most watched UN videos of all time. "The Welcome", released on 30 April 2014 as part of the UN's ongoing Free & Equal campaign, has been watched by more than a million people on the video-sharing site ...


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UN identifies Malawi Human Rights violations based on orientation - ( 10 July 2014—Geneva ) The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) and the Malawi-based Centre for Development of People ( CEDEP ) on Thursday raised concerns about the criminalization of same-sex adult sexual acts in that country, as the United Nations Human Rights Committee ended its dialogue with the Malawian government about its human rights ...


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UN committee, Chile see gaps in trans, intersex protection - From a press release - ( Geneva—8 July 2014 ) The United Nations Human Rights Committee ended its dialogue with the Chilean government today about the country's fulfillment of its human rights obligations in areas related to civil rights, political participation, and judicial guarantees. The committee, which monitors implementation of the key human rights convention on civil and political rights, spent one and a half ...







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