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Rob-Ford-says-hes-not-anti-gay-Glee-trouble-in-UK

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 ...


Six-of-airliner-fatalities-confirmed-as-AIDS-researchers-activists

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 ...


Obama-praises-work-of-AIDS-researchers-killed-in-plane-crash

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 ...


AIDS-researchers-activists-reportedly-among-crash-fatalities

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 ...


World-news-Conchita-Wurst-models-Ian-Thorpe-comes-out

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 ...


UN-music-video-for-gay-rights-Exceeds-One-Million-Views

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 ...


UN-identifies-Malawi-Human-Rights-violations-based-on-orientation

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 ...


UN-committee-Chile-see-gaps-in-trans-intersex-protection-

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 ...


Gay-team-makes-history-Laverne-Cox-tops-world-list

Gay team makes history; Laverne Cox tops world list - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australia's first gay rugby union team ( the Sydney Convicts ) made history July 6 when it become the first gay rugby team in the world to play as part of a professional match, according to a press release. The Convicts beat Macquarie University ahead of the game between the NSW Waratahs ( AUS ) and the Highlanders ( NZ ...


Study-Children-of-same-sex-parents-are-healthier

Study: Children of same-sex parents are healthier - In Australia, a University of Melbourne study shows that children of same-sex parents have above average health and well-being, CNBC reported. The research was based on data from the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families, which involved input from 315 same-sex parents ( out of 390 ) and a total of 500 children. Of these participating families, 80 ...


Putin-refuses-Elton-John-USAID-Natl-Gay-Chamber-partner

Putin refuses Elton John; USAID, Nat'l Gay Chamber partner - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Russia President Vladimir Putin has refused to confirm a meeting with Elton John, with the Kremlin claiming they have not received an official invitation, Gay Star News reported. The openly gay star defied protests and performed two concerts in the country last year amid the controversy over the country's law banning the promotion of homosexuality. Even though John had said ...


White-House-Forum-on-Global-LGBT-Human-Rights-pushes-business-

White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights pushes business - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.—June 24, 2016—In a historic announcement, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice announced a $2.7 million partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development ( USAID ) and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce ( NGLCC ) to encourage and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) business owners and entrepreneurs in developing countries. The ...


Puerto-Rico-court-has-first-openly-gay-person

Puerto Rico court has first openly gay person - Lesbian attorney Maite Oronoz Rodriguez has become the first openly gay person on Puerto Rico's Supreme Court. In a statement, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla congratulated Rodriguez on her Senate confirmation by the Senate as the new associate judge of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Padilla said, "During her confirmation process in the Senate, attorney Oronoz Rodriguez ...


Immigrant-rights-group-to-FIFA-Use-World-Cup-to-speak-up

Immigrant rights group to FIFA: Use World Cup to speak up - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA — The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles ( CHIRLA ) urged the International Federation of Associations Football ( FIFA ) and its member associations to take advantage of the world stage at the World Cup in Brazil to actively campaign against homophobia, transphobia, and otherwise insulting and demeaning use of language and behavior that ...


LGBT-rights-activists-in-Uganda-Thailand-talk-situation

LGBT-rights activists in Uganda, Thailand talk situation - by Phillip-John Puzzo. Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On June 17, Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ), held a press call with LGBT activists in Uganda and Thailand to discuss the state of international LGBT rights as well as to examine the United States' future role in the global battle for human rights. Since the anti-homosexuality law in Uganda was introduced to ...


World-news-Developments-in-Uganda-Luxembourg-passes-marriage

World news: Developments in Uganda; Luxembourg passes marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Uganda's government institutions will lose U.S. funding as punishment for enacting a law that makes some same-sex acts punishable by life in prison. In addition, the White House said Thursday that Washington will cancel a planned military exercise with Uganda and deny entry to certain Ugandan citizens, including those "involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals." However, ...


Australian-teams-commit-to-ending-homophobia

Australian teams commit to ending homophobia - In Australia, all four football codes as well as Cricket Australia have presented a united front in Sydney, emphasizing the need to end anti-LGBT discrimination in sport, The West Australian reported. The agreement came ahead of the Bingham Cup, the world cup of gay rugby, with all codes agreeing to introduce policies in line with the new Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion ...


Chicagoan-leading-Proud-To-Run-race-in-Kuwait

Chicagoan leading Proud To Run race in Kuwait - Maggie Murphy has completed the annual Proud To Run lakefront race twice, yet missed the last two due to military duties. She's doing something different for 2014 Pride. The 25-year-old Chicago resident, who is a systems integration consultant and is openly gay, is now stationed in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with the Illinois National Guard as a military intelligence analyst. She's ...


White-House-sets-Uganda-accountability-steps-

White House sets Uganda accountability steps - From a press release - WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) commended the Obama Administration for announcing a series of new concrete actions that hold the Ugandan government and leaders in it accountable for the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act earlier this year. "This announcement sends a clear message that the United States will not tolerate foreign governments engaging in state-sponsored acts ...


Luxembourg-passes-Marriage-Equality-Legislation

Luxembourg passes Marriage Equality Legislation - From a press release - WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) today commended the government of Luxembourg for passing legislation that will make it the 19th nation to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens. "We commend the leaders of Luxembourg for granting the nation's LGBT citizens the rights they deserve, and we congratulate the LGBT activists and advocates who ...


Internatl-defense-act-Canadas-gay-premier-Mr-World

Internat'l defense act; Canada's gay premier; Mr. World - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Sen. Ed Markey introduced the International Human Rights Defense Act to direct the Department of State to consider preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign-policy priority, according to MassLive.com. In addition to setting LGBT rights as an international policy priority, the bill would also require the State Department to devise a global strategy ...


-Trans-GOP-candidate-prevails-in-Nevada

Trans GOP candidate prevails in Nevada - An openly transgender woman claimed the Republican nomination in her bid to represent Nevada in the state legislature, The Washington Blade reported. Lauren Scott, who's transgender and a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, won the Republican primary election for Nevada Assembly District 30 in a contest against Adam Khan by taking 58 percent of the vote. The district—which includes ...


Canada-gets-first-openly-gay-premier

Canada gets first openly gay premier - The Ontario Liberals won a majority June 12, making Kathleen Wynne the province's first elected female premier and Canada's first elected openly gay premier. MetroNews.ca noted that this win is the Liberals' fourth consecutive win and was accomplished despite multiple accusations of corruption the entire campaign. Wynne first concern is to pass her $130-billion, left-leaning spring budget, The Toronto Star ...


Natl-LGBT-groups-demand-US-stop-negotiating-TPP-with-Brunei

Nat'l LGBT groups demand US stop negotiating TPP with Brunei - From a Pride at Work press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, several prominent national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) equality organizations released a joint letter to President Obama demanding that the US cease further negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) free trade agreement with Brunei after that country enacted a strict new penal code that targets women, LGBT people, and religious minorities. ...


119-members-of-Congress-call-for-end-to-talks-with-Brunei

119 members of Congress call for end to talks with Brunei - Lawmakers Want Brunei's Human Rights Violations to be Addressed - From a press release WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan ( D-WI ), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ( R-FL ), Rosa DeLauro ( D-CT ), Louise Slaughter ( D-NY ), and Henry Waxman ( D-CA ), along with 114 of their House colleagues, today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman insisting the United ...


HRC-to-Secretary-Kerry-old-Uganda-accountable

HRC to Secretary Kerry: old Uganda accountable - From an HRC press release - Renews calls for Obama Administration to announce new steps following months-long interagency review of U.S. relationship with Uganda WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) today urged Secretary of State John Kerry to directly raise the United States' vehement opposition to Uganda's recent enactment of state-sponsored homophobia and transphobia in his meeting this afternoon with Ugandan Foreign Minister ...


Male-tennis-player-hires-French-lesbian-Torontos-welcome-

Male tennis player hires French lesbian; Toronto's welcome - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After spending his youth being coached by his mother, pro Scottish tennis player Andy Murray is turning to another woman to help him defend his Wimbledon title: former top-ranked Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, according to ESPN.com. The tournament at the All England Club starts on June 23. Mauresmo, an out lesbian, won her first at the Australian Open in 2006, and ...


Gareth-Thomas-in-Cinderella-South-Africa-drops-blood-ban

Gareth Thomas in Cinderella; South Africa drops blood ban - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas will tackle a new challenge this Christmas—as he stars in a pantomime of Cinderella, according to Wales Online. Thomas will join fellow cast members Lee Mead, Linda Lusardi, Mike Doyle, Andy Jones and Sam Kane in the show at New Theatre in Cardiff. Thomas, who will star as Dandini, is considered one of ...


HRC-urges-Obama-to-act-now-on-LGBT-Ugandans-arrests-violence-

HRC urges Obama to act now on LGBT Ugandans arrests, violence - From a press release - WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging his administration to take immediate steps to hold the Ugandan government accountable for the enactment of state-sponsored homophobia and transphobia earlier this year. Following Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signing ...


African-Commission-Resolution-calls-for-protections

African Commission Resolution calls for protections - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Human Rights First today praised the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights for issuing a resolution calling for established protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The resolution calls for specific action to address escalating violence against Africa's LGBT community. "This resolution is an important step forward in the march toward ...


Documentary-Businessmans-search-for-gay-brothers-killer-

Documentary: Businessman's search for gay brother's killer - From a press release - Boston, MA…..What would you do if your gay younger brother was found dead at the bottom of a cliff 10,000 miles away in Australia, and authorities told you he had killed himself and closed the case? What if, 17 years later, a police investigation lifted the cover on a deadly Australian "sport" popular at the time of your brother's death, ...


Cardinal-praises-Conchita-gay-politician-had-abusive-partner

Cardinal praises Conchita; gay politician had abusive partner - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - World news: Cardinal praises Eurovision winner; gay politician's abusive lover COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS The Catholic Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, has praised Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst for winning the European song contest in comments that suggest he is open-minded when it comes to trans issues, Gay Star News reported. "I am glad that Tom Neuwirth had such success ...


Robinson-Washington-National-Cathedral-HRC-to-El-Salvador-

Robinson, Washington National Cathedral, HRC to El Salvador - From a Washington National Cathedral press release - WASHINGTON —The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, members from Washington National Cathedral's LGBT group, and the Human Rights Campaign are among those joining an international pilgrimage to El Salvador this coming July. Organized in partnership with Foundation Cristosal, a faith-based human rights and community development NGO based in San Salvador, LGBT participants ...


International-sports-study-Obama-talks-IDAHOT

International sports study; Obama talks IDAHOT - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Out on the Fields"—the first international study on homophobia in sport—aims shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field, according to a press release from organizers of the Bingham Cup. The research team working on the study, called "Out on the Fields" includes experts on homophobia from six universities, ...


UN-video-marks-Intl-Day-Against-Homophobia-Transphobia-

UN video marks Int'l Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — Today, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR ) released a new video in honour of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia ( IDAHOT ). The video, entitled "The Power of Sharing," has been produced as part of the OHCHR-led Free & Equal campaign, which is aimed at raising ...


Bearded-drag-queen-wins-Eurovision-contest

Bearded drag queen wins Eurovision contest - One of the many eye-catching acts that this year's Eurovision Song Contest ( this time in Copenhagen, Denmark ) was winner Conchita Wurst—the bearded drag-queen alter ego of 25-year-old Austrian Thomas Neuwirth, according to Yahoo! News. Performing in a skintight dress with long hair and a full beard, Wurst scored 290 points to become Austria's first Eurovision winner since 1966, ...


Gay-divers-expletive-laden-term-boy-expelled-for-dress

Gay diver's expletive-laden term; boy expelled for dress - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay Australian diver Matthew Mitcham called UK Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine an expletive-filled term after she criticized the decision to suspend Australian rugby player Mitchell Moses after he used the same phrase, according to Outsports. Devine said that the suspension was "paying obeisance to homo-fascism," and that what Moses said was not an anti-gay slur. In response, Mitcham tweeted, ...


UNs-pro-LGBT-Bolly-style-video-rugby-player-on-gays

UN's pro-LGBT Bolly-style video; rugby player on gays - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - World news: UN's pro-LGBT Bollywood-style video; rugby player on 'accepted' gays COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR ) launched the first ever Bollywood-style UN music video at a press conference in Mumbai, India, to promote its Free & Equal campaign for LGBT equality, according to a press release. The two-and-a-half ...


Transgender-Europe-release-murder-stats

Transgender Europe release murder stats - From a press release - On May 17th, The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia ( IDAHOT ) is being held in more than 120 countries around the world. The IDAHOT is meant to raise awareness regarding the ongoing discrimination and violence committed by states, societies and individuals against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people on various scales, from homo- and transphobic legislations and ...


UN-Free-Equal-launched-in-India-with-Bollywood-video

UN Free & Equal launched in India with Bollywood video - From a press release - MUMBAI/GENEVA ( 30 April 2014 ) — The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR ) on Wednesday launched the first ever Bollywood-style UN music video at a press conference in Mumbai to promote its Free & Equal campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The two-and-a-half minute video, called "The Welcome", stars actress and ...


Brunei-govt-to-allow-death-penalty-for-same-sex-activity-

Brunei govt to allow death penalty for same-sex activity - From a news release - WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemns the April 30 decision by the government of Brunei to allow a series of draconian penal code reforms to take effect that will soon include stoning as a possible punishment for engaging in same-sex activity. "LGBT citizens in many countries around the world remain persistent targets of harassment, arrest, violence, ...


Rainbow-flag-tops-Ugandan-peak-Quebec-OKs-surrogacy-claim

Rainbow flag tops Ugandan peak; Quebec OKs surrogacy claim - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A California activist and business owner literally has taken LGBT pride to new heights, Advocate.com noted. Neal Gottlieb, the founder and owner of Three Twins Ice Cream, planted a rainbow flag atop Uganda's highest peak to protest the African country's recent passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. Gottlieb, a former Peace Corps volunteer and graduate of Cornell University, published the photo ...


World-news-Russia-HIV-law-Brunei-delays-stoning-law

World news: Russia HIV law; Brunei delays stoning law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A law has been proposed in Russia that would force anyone with HIV to join a database, and submit their details and fingerprints to the government, according to Pink News. The amendment, which State Duma deputy Roman Khudyakov proposed, will create a mandatory database for people with "dangerous contagious diseases." The amendment reportedly has broad support from the government, and ...


Elton-John-honors-Knuckles-Matt-Bomers-married

Elton John honors Knuckles; Matt Bomer's married - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After the sudden death of house-music pioneer Frankie Knuckles last month, the Elton John AIDS Foundation announced it is creating the Frankie Knuckles Fund to help charities working with men at high risk of HIV in Africa, as well as African communities in the U.K. and the U.S., according to Chicagoist.com. According to the foundation, Black men remain at a ...


Soccer-movie-spotlights-team-players-identity-

Soccer movie spotlights team, player's identity - One of the main storylines for the upcoming soccer documentary, Next Goal Wins, centers around Jaiyah Saelua, a member of Samoa's third gender ( fa'afafine ), who identifies as a woman and is playing on the men's team. The film follows the American Samoa soccer team, including head coach Thomas Rongen, who promoted Saelua into the starting lineup. Saelua then ...


Indian-Supreme-Court-advances-transgender-rights

Indian Supreme Court advances transgender rights - Chicagoans react - India's top court recognized the country's transgender community as a third gender in a landmark judgment and human-rights groups, praising the development, have called on the government to ensure their equal treatment, according to Reuters. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognized, they are ostracized, discriminated against, abused and ...


-Pressure-on-IOC-demanding-no-anti-gay-games

Pressure on IOC demanding no anti-gay games - From an AllOut press release - New York, USA - April 15 2014 — Over 115,543 members of global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organisation, All Out, have sent a message to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. Public submissions close Tuesday for reforms being considered for the Olympic Agenda 2020 in Monaco later this year. 52 Olympians also came together to ...


Tom-of-Finland-stamps-launch-Evans-cleared-of-charges

Tom of Finland stamps launch; Evans cleared of charges - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Finnish Postal Service, Itella, is preparing to release new sets of stamps in September 2014, including male drawings by Tom of Finland—a deceased Finnish artist notable for his homoerotic fetish art on late 20th-century gay culture, according to an LGBTQ Nation item. Finland's Postal Museum will also debut an exhibition titled "Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of ...


India-court-recognizes-transgender-community

India court recognizes transgender community - India's top court recognized the country's transgender community as a third gender in a landmark judgment and human-rights groups, praising the development, have called on the government to ensure their equal treatment, according to Reuters. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognized, they are ostracized, discriminated against, abused and ...


TRAVEL-Cancun-resort-hits-the-pleasure-spot

TRAVEL Cancun resort hits the pleasure spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times. By Pamela Sitmer McKuen - CANCUN, MEXICO—The five-star Oasis Sens in Cancun has quietly reinvented itself as an adults-only, gay and lesbian-friendly beach destination. "Romantic, relaxing and a little risque" is how marketing materials describe the guest experience, and first impressions don't argue. Setting the tone smack-dab in the center of the towering atrium lobby is a monumental bronze sculpture of Rodin-like lovers. It just ...


Tom-Daley-is-gay-not-bi-fun-joins-LGBT-equality-campaign-

Tom Daley is gay, not bi; fun. joins LGBT-equality campaign - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British Olympic diver Tom Daley now says he's a gay man, according to E! Online. The announcement came months after he told fans that he was bisexual. "Of course I still fancy girls," Daley said on a YouTube video posted in December 2013. Later that month, it was revealed that the Olympic diver, 19, is dating Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance ...


UN-Development-Commission-Dont-trade-away-LGBT-rights

UN Development Commission: Don't trade away LGBT rights - IGLHRC press release - ( April 3, 2014 — New York ) Heads of state and top government officials from all over the world meeting Friday at the United Nations have a responsibility to acknowledge that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a barrier to development, said the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) today. ...


Ben-Cohen-issues-50th-grant-group-seeks-to-ban-Warmest-Color

Ben Cohen issues 50th grant; group seeks to ban 'Warmest Color' - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the world's first anti-bullying foundation, announced it has issued its 50th grant—coinciding with the organization's third anniversary, according to Business Wire. The Foundation is a registered 501( c )( 3 ) grant-making non-profit in the United States and a registered charity in the United Kingdom, and the 50 grants have been given across both countries. ...


Trans-activist-launches-Gender-Proud-campaign-

Trans activist launches Gender Proud campaign - To coincide with the celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility, activist/ model Geena Rocero launched her new global- awareness campaign, Gender Proud, which calls attention to the fact that there are only a few countries where transgender individuals are able to change their gender marker without having to first undergo surgery. In addition, Rocero's talk ( Technology, Entertainment and ...


Marriages-begin-in-England-Wales

Marriages begin in England, Wales - LONDON—After legalizing same-sex marriages in July 2013, the first official marriage ceremonies in England and Wales took place right after midnight on March 29, 2014. At Islington Town Hall in London, at 12:03 a.m., Peter McGrath and his partner of 17 years, David Cabreza, were married in front of dozens of family and friends. They then went outside to greet ...


World-Vision-reverses-course-on-employment-policies

World Vision reverses course on employment policies - From Truth Wins Out abd HRC - From a Truth Wins Out press release CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out today condemned leaders on the Religious Right for putting anti-gay ideology before the needs of impoverished children, bullying the Christian organization World Vision into reversing their recent decision to allow for the hiring of married gay Christians. Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins, Bryan Fischer and others encouraged anti-gay conservative ...


Astraea-starts-20-million-world-push-for-LGBTQI-equality

Astraea starts $20 million world push for LGBTQI equality - From a press release - NEW YORK — Today, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announces "Fueling the Frontlines," a comprehensive three-year, $20 million campaign for global LGBTQI rights. The campaign will continue Astraea's long tradition of funding cutting-edge LGBTQI-focused organizations through supporting activism, education and philanthropy. A significant component in Astraea Foundation's efforts is the Global LGBTI Human Rights Partnership, a partnership between Astraea ...


Dominican-LGBTs-back-ambassador-Tokyo-billboard

Dominican LGBTs back ambassador; Tokyo billboard - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dominican Republican LGBT-rights advocates remain hopeful that gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James "Wally" Brewster will continue to generate more visibility around their nascent movement in the Caribbean country, according to The Washington Blade. "In reality the Dominican LGBT community is not a rather large community," Cristian King of Trans Siempre Amigas told the Blade during a meeting ...


UN-Women-of-diverse-gender-identities-central-to-development

UN: Women of diverse gender identities central to development - From a press release - ( 21 March 2014, New York )—Governments at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women ( CSW ) ignored evidence of and regional support for key elements of sustainable development in its declaration adopted today, said a coalition of lesbian, bisexual women, trans* ( LBT ) and allied activists and organizations present at the United Nations in a ...


World-news-Etheridge-at-WorldPride-2014-raid-in-China

World news: Etheridge at WorldPride 2014; raid in China - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out legend Melissa Etheridge will perform at the opening ceremonies for WorldPride 2014, happening June 20 in Toronto, according to OUT Traveler. Etheridge will sing her anthem "Uprising of Love," a song she wrote for LGBT Russians suffering through state-sanctioned discrimination and abuse. The rocker will be up front and center at Nathan Philips Square in central Toronto to perform ...


Matt-Goss-out-with-I-Do

Matt Goss out with 'I Do' - British crooner Matt Goss has released an EP featuring "I Do," which he has described as "the perfect proposal song that is as inclusive as it is romantic." Other tracks include "Mustang," "Lovely Las Vegas," and "There's Nothing Like This," all of which will appear on Goss' full-length album, Life You Imagine, in the spring. His weekly performance of Matt ...


Asias-first-gay-mens-mag-to-host-awards

Asia's first gay men's mag to host awards - On March 16, Singapore's first gay men's magazine, Element, will present the first-ever Asia Pink Awards, according to a press release. The award ceremony will recognize businesses and individuals that have been actively campaigning for diversity and social acceptance of the LGBTQI community in the Asia region. Moovz ( https://moovz.com/ ) , a social-networking site designed for the gay community, ...


Dalai-Lama-backs-marriage-US-resident-dead-in-Mexico

Dalai Lama backs marriage; U.S. resident dead in Mexico - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Dalai Lama has come out in support of gay marriage, saying it was "OK" and a personal affair for people of the same sex to commit to each other, according to NBC News. "If two people ... really feel that way ... and both sides fully agree, then okay," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said on the Larry King ...


LGBT-Catholics-react-to-Vatican-poll-results

LGBT Catholics react to Vatican poll results - Recently released survey results from thousands of US Catholics show widespread rejection of church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay relationships and divorce. And while these results, coinciding with any number of findings from public opinion polling are not new, what is new and noteworthy is an attitudinal gap of decreasing animosity to LGBTs from the hierarchy down to the ...


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World news: Uganda fallout; IGLTA scholarships offered - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Barely one day after President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, Ugandan tabloid newspapers began running articles publishing the names and photographs of people perceived to be LGBTI, according to an International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission press release. On Feb. 25, Red Pepper published a list of names of what it called the country's "200 top" ...


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Gay, HIV-positive filmmaker crowdfunds ambitious movie - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - N. Mabasa-Mathope is a gay, homeless, HIV-positive writer/director/producer from South Africa who was raised as an orphan. Highly educated—he got scholarships to both the University of Cape Town in South Africa as well as the New York Film Academy—the hand that he has been dealt with in life has apparently not deterred him moving forward in his career. Mabasa is ...


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LGBTI Ugandans targeted after signing of law - From International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission - ( 28 February 2014—Johannesburg ) Barely one day after President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, Ugandan tabloid newspapers began running articles publishing the names and photographs of people perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex ( LGBTI ). In spite of the landmark 2010 Ugandan High Court ruling in the case of Kasha Jacqueline v ...


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ORAM advises on LGBTI Ugandan refugees - From an Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration news release - Feb. 27, 2014 ( San Francisco, California ) - Despite international criticism from human rights defenders, governments, and the United Nations, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed into law the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, this week. The law imposes up to life imprisonment on people for engaging in homosexual acts, and even punishes those who advocate for LGBTI rights or provide services in ...


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Planned Parenthood renews global LGBT rights push - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC—Tewodros Melesse, Director-General of the London-based International Planned Parenthood Federation ( IPPF ), has posted a blog on the Huffington Post, urging supporters of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT ) rights to renew their fight around the Globe in the wake of recent setbacks. Recent human rights infringements and discriminatory government actions in Australia, Nigeria, Uganda and ...


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Trans singer on anti-gay laws; gay British men not "queen" - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rizi Xavier Timane, a transgender activist/gospel singer from Nigeria, has shot a music video featuring all LGBT individuals to protest anti-gay laws and actions, including the one recently passed in Uganda, according to an email Timane sent to Windy City Times. ( The video for the song, "The Way God Made Me," is at www.youtube.com/watch?v=opZ2Igq60x0. ) Timane is also a ...


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TRAVEL Hawaii: Big island, big fun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Hawaii is the biggest—and the youngest—of the Hawaiian Islands. The climate on this island ranges from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts to snow capped mountains to stunning black sand beaches. You will need many days on this island to get the full experience, so don't rush and don't stay too long in the hotel. You can choose to fly ...


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Ugandan president signs anti-gay measure - On Feb. 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that criminalizes homosexuality, CNN reported. Last month, Museveni said he wouldn't sign the bill, describing gay people as "sick" individuals who needed help, not imprisonment. Then he changed his mind this month and said he'd sign it because scientists had determined that there's no gene for homosexuality and ...


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Gay rights activist won't be returned to Uganda - Dr. Paul Nsubuga Semugoma, a Ugandan physician and gay rights activist living in South Africa, will not be deported back to Uganda. Semugoma was released in the late afternoon of Feb. 20, according to a Facebook posting by Coalition of African Lesbians, an activist group arguing for his release. "Paul is finally free and united with [his partner] Brian. Let ...


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Ugandan anti-gay bill; trans activist arrested in Sochi - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda plans to sign a bill into law that prescribes life imprisonment for "aggravated" homosexual acts, according to CBS News. Museveni announced his decision to governing party lawmakers, said government spokesman Ofwono Opondo. In Twitter posts Feb. 14, Opondo said the legislators, in a retreat that Museveni chaired, "welcomed the development as a measure to protect ...


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Obama speaks against Uganda anti-gay bill - From the White House - The following statement from President Barack Obama was released by the White House. "As a country and a people, the United States has consistently stood for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. We believe that people everywhere should be treated equally, with dignity and respect, and that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, ...







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