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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 ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-Delivers-HHS-Restoration-of-Sexual-Orientation-Question

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 ...


World-news-Death-inquest-Pride-parades-Queen-Elizabeth

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 ...


Serbia-has-first-lesbian-leader-

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 ...


Vancouver-link-to-European-court-ruling-against-Russias-gay-propaganda-law

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 ...


Dykes-on-Bikes-support-Asian-American-group-in-trademark-effort

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 ...


World-news-Leo-Varadkar-South-Korean-army-Russia-law-Boy-George

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 ...


Book-calls-for-LGBTQ2S-specific-approach-to-youth-homelessness

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, ...


World-German-visas-Scottish-Church-OKs-marriage-G-A-Y-incident

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 ...


Judge-condemns-Livelys-work-to-render-very-existence-of-Ugandan-LGBTIs-illegal

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 ...


Chicago-gay-couple-fights-for-marriage-rights-in-Panama-

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 ...


World-news-Lesbian-app-Malta-PM-Wonder-Woman-

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 ...


World-news-InterPride-HIV-death-warning-tennis-icons-clash

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 ...


Human-Rights-Watch-issues-report-on-anti-gay-purge-in-Chechnya-

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 ...


HRW-issues-report-on-Chechen-anti-gay-abuses

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, ...


Taiwan-first-Asian-country-to-OK-marriage-

Taiwan first Asian country to OK marriage - On May 24, Taiwan's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry—making it the first Asian country to approve same-sex marriage. The court, known as the Judicial Yuan, said current marriage laws were "in violation of both the people's freedom of marriage ... and the people's right to equality," and it provided two years for legal ...


World-news-Caleb-Orozco-racism-survey-Chechnya-Caitlyn-Jenner

World news: Caleb Orozco, racism survey, Chechnya, Caitlyn Jenner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco—the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won—with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, "A Celebration of Courage," a press release stated. OutRight's award ceremony ( held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room ) was attended by more than 300 activists, human-rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. The ...


141-Men-Arrested-in-Gay-Sauna-in-Indonesia

141 Men Arrested in Gay Sauna in Indonesia - On May 21, Indonesian authorities arrested 141 men, claiming they were engaging in a "gay sex party" at Atlantis Gym & Sauna in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, according to an OutRight Action International press release. Indonesia does not have laws criminalizing homosexuality, except in the Aceh province; however, the country does have severe anti-pornography laws that have been used to target ...


MCC-founder-Rev-Troy-Perry-first-American-given-Cubas-CENESEX-Award

MCC founder Rev. Troy Perry first American given Cuba's CENESEX Award - From a press release - Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches ( MCC ), is the first American citizen given Cuba's CENESEX award. The 10th Cuban Gala Against Homophobia at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana 12 May 2017 was the setting where close to 5,000 people gathered to honor Rev. Perry, including the US, French, and Swiss ambassadors as well as ...


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OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations - From a press release - On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco, the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won, with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, a Celebration of Courage. OutRight's award ceremony held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room, was attended by more than 300 activists, human rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. ...


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Affirming ministries urge CBC to challenge homophobia, transphobia in Africa - From a press release - Washington, DC May 17, 2017 — To commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia ( "IDAHOT" ), The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries ( "TFAM" ) urges the Congressional Black Caucus ( "CBC" ) to continue the work of the Obama Administration in advocating for the human rights of LGBTQI people of African descent. TFAM challenges the CBC to take ...


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World news: Canadian stamp, Pride festivals, Bermuda OKs marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The latest Canada Post stamp commemorating Canada's 150th birthday pays tribute to the fact that same-sex couples have the right to get married in this country, CTV News reported. The agency unveiled the stamp in Toronto at a local center that serves as a hub for the city's LGBTQ community. The maple-leaf-shaped stamp shows an image of a rainbow flag ...


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World news: Daley-Black wedding, Chinese university, Qantas CEO - British Olympic diver Tom Daley, 22, and U.S. Oscar-winning film scribe Dustin Lance Black, 42, got married May 7 at Bovey Castle Hotel in Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England, Just Jared noted. The couple first started dating back in 2013 and got engaged in October 2015. The twosome have spoken candidly in the past about their love for each ...


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Dr. Mariela Castro Espin to be honored for LGBTQ Outreach Efforts - From a press release - St. Petersburg, FL ( 5 May 2017 )—Dr. Mariela Castro Espin will receive the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's prestigious Chair Award for 2017, it was announced today at IGLTA's 34th Annual Global Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida. The award recipient is selected by the head of the IGLTA board of directors and presented to an individual or business ...


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Russian-born violinist makes waves after coming out - Russian-born violinist Artem Kolesov has been making news globally for doing something that people of all ages do every year: The 23-year-old officially came out of the closet as gay. However, it is Kolesov's background that makes his story incredible. In a YouTube video that he made as part of his the "Children-404" project ( based in his country of ...


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World news: LGBT map, Marine Le Pen, Trump-Duterte - Britain's gay and lesbian community has been mapped for the first time by the Office for National Statistics, according to PinkNews. The results show that mostly rural Devon has a higher proportion of gay and lesbian people than the county containing Brighton and Hove. Inner London tops the chart—with 3.1 percent of its population made up of gays and lesbians—followed ...


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World news: Nigerian arrests, lesbians attacked, Chechnya items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nigerian prosecutors have charged 53 men with conspiracy to organize a gay wedding and related crimes punishable by up to 14 years in jail, The Guardian reported, citing AFP. The accused, ages 20 to 30, appeared at a magistrates court in the northern city of Zaria, Kaduna state, after being arrested at a hotel where they allegedly attended the wedding, ...


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Slain French officer was gay activist - Xavier Jugele—the 37-year-old police officer murdered in the April 20 Islamic State attack on Paris' Champs-Elysees—was openly gay and an advocate for LGBTQ rights. Police fatally shot the gunman, identified as Karim Cheurfi. The New York Times reported that Jugele was among the authorities who responded to a terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015, and he ...


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Senators call for action on Chechen human rights violations against LGBTIs - From a press release - Boston ( April 19, 2017 ) — Senators Edward J. Markey ( D-Mass. ) and Todd Young ( R-Ind. ) today led a bipartisan group of 12 senators in calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley to continue to put diplomatic pressure on their Russian counterparts to respond to the ...


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World news: Chechnya, Elton John, South Korean army, Church of Scotland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amid news that gay men are being rounded up and tortured in concentration camps in the Chechyna region of Russia, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman is denying the reports, Advocate.com noted. "We do not have any reliable information about any problems in this area," Dmitry Peskow said, according to ABC News. Chechen authorities have also rejected the reports, claiming that gay ...


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OutRight to Exxon, BP, and Shell, stand up for persecuted gay men In Chechnya - From a press release - OutRight Action International is calling on British Petroleum, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell to take a stand against the kidnapping, detention, torture, and murder of gay men in Chechnya. All three companies have considerable investment and partnerships with state-owned oil and gas companies in Russia, with ventures worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight ...


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U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Condemns LGBTQ Attacks in Chechnya - From a press release - NEW YORK — Last week GLAAD — the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization — released a public call urging U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to condemn the violent attacks on LGBTQ men in Chechnya and investigate reports of anti-LGBTQ concentration camps set up by the Chechen government. GLAAD's public call received widespread support on Twitter. Today Ambassador Haley released a statement. ...







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