Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-04-18
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Italian PM's anti-gay comments; China's first transgender man
World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has come out against same-sex marriage and adoption, according to Reuters. Monti told a TV interviewer, "My thought is that the family should be made up of one man and one woman, and I consider it necessary that children should grow up with a mother and a father." It was the first time the former economics professor has made a social issue part of his campaign; elections will be held next month.

China's first openly transgender man said he feels great as a man, according to . Back in 2005, 38-year-old Geng Zi had a mastectomy and several reproductive organs removed; he legally became a man one year later. However, although Geng (born Geng Lanjun) is happy in his body, he yearns for a relationship; he said it's hard to find a woman who can completely accept who he is.

Also in China, a new report that the First Intermediate People's Court of Beijing released urges legislation that would make it legal for anyone who discovers his or her spouse is gay to get an annulment rather than a divorce, according to an item. The country has "at least 10 million 'gay wives,' according to prominent sexologist Zhang Beichuan, adding that nearly 90 percent of gay men are already married to or will eventually marry heterosexual women, as same-sex marriage is banned in the country."

Dr. Julie Gasper, a UK Independence Party chair, has left her post after her anti-gay views were exposed, Gay Star News reported. In an online forum, Gasper said gays are more likely to abuse children, branded gay rights as a "lunatic's charter" and claimed some gay people prefer sex with animals. Party leader Nigel Farage told The Sunday Mirror that Gasper's "position in the Oxford branch is not acceptable and is being changed. Her war against homosexuals is unacceptable."

The French edition of Elle magazine declared its support for same-sex marriage with a "Marriage for all!" issue, the Huffington Post reported. Elle Editorial Director Valerie Toranian wrote, in part, "This debate is not primarily between old and modern, right and left, homophobes and progressives: there are gay, pro-marriage Catholics, left- and right-leaning psychologists fiercely attached to the symbolism of gender difference as a necessity for any potential child." In recent months, marriage equality has been a hot-button topic throughout France.

A Russian court has denied imprisoned Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina's plea to defer her sentence so she could take care of her 5-year-old son, according to the BBC. She was arrested last year after the band interrupted a service at the main cathedral in Moscow with a protest song against President Vladimir Putin. Alyokhina, 24, and fellow band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred."

Dane Lewis—the executive director of J-FLAG, Jamaica's foremost gay-rights organization—is headlining a new a human-rights video campaign featuring straight, gay and lesbian Jamaicans, according to the Miami Herald. The campaign, called "We Are Jamaicans," was launched to raise awareness among Jamaicans about LGBT identity and community, human rights, stigma and discrimination. "We Are Jamaicans" is a participatory video campaign hosted on YouTube at

In Australia, Tania Herman—who's serving at least nine years for attempted murder—has applied to "marry" prison lover Nicole Muscat, according to the Herald Sun. If Corrections Victoria approves the application, the two inmates hope to hold a commitment ceremony inside Tarrengower Women's Prison in May. Muscat began a two-year prison term in July 2011 for stealing $118,000 from a venue she managed.

Israel has celebrated its first public transgender wedding, according to Gay Star News. Celebrities and the couple's friends and family cheered as Chen Arizona married her husband, whose identity was not revealed. Arizona, who runs a salon near Tel Aviv, was born Erez Yisraelof, one of four siblings in a traditional Orthodox Jewish family. Israel's Channel 2 evening news televised the event, and it was seen throughout the country.

In Nigeria, three men have gone into hiding after suffering being stripped naked, being paraded in public and enduring savage beatings for allegedly having gay sex, Gay Star News reported. A relative of one of the men claimed that police will not take action against them or against the perpetrators of the assault. Human-rights activists are investigating the case.

In Canada, two Canadian men have been acquitted of the 2010 beating of a Vancouver gay couple in a controversial verdict that reportedly elicited gasps from the public gallery, according to Gay Star News. Brothers Parminder Bassi and Ravinder Bassi had been accused of beating gay men David Holtzman and Peter Regier. At least two witnesses, including a police officer, identified Parminder as a member of his soccer team after viewing security footage of the brothers fleeing the crime scene.

In Malta, same-sex couples are closer to achieving partnership rights after both the island nation's leading parties backed the idea, Gay Star News reported. The Malta Gay Rights Movement hopes to have civil partnerships in the next five years and marriage equality within 10. The Mediterranean archipelago is currently preparing for elections on March 9 with the ruling Nationalist Party (Partit Nazzjonalista, or PN) competing against the Labour Party.

The IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association) Foundation is offering five scholarships to attend the 30th Annual Global Convention May 2-4 in Chicago, according to a press release. Scholarships include the cost of visas, flights, hotel, per diem and conference attendance for three hospitality/tourism students, one individual representing a small business, and one individual representing a destination or event. The deadline is Feb. 15; see

In Nepal, Home Minister Bhola Siwakot said that the government will begin issuing gender-neutral citizenship documents for people who do not wish to be identified as male or female, Pink News reported. Activists praised the development, saying it was an achievement for LGBT rights in the country. Australia and New Zealand are among the other areas offering a gender-neutral option on passports.

In Russia, militant Orthodox activists have attacked members of the country's embattled gay community, who were protesting against a planned law banning "gay propaganda," according to a item. Russia's Parliament is slated to consider a federal law that makes public events and dissemination of LGBT-related information to minors punishable by fines of up to $16,000. A dozen LGBT-rights campaigners gathered in front of the parliament building in Moscow to stage a kiss-in; however, a similar number of young men interrupted the protest and assaulted the campaigners.

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Acceptance of LGBT people and rights has increased around the world 2018-04-19 - LOS ANGELES — New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds average levels of acceptance for LGBT people and ...

Gay News

WORLD Anti-gay law, Middle East report, serial killer 2018-04-17 - In Trinidad and Tobago, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act—which prohibited "buggery" and "serious indecency" between two men—criminalized consensual ...

Gay News

WORLD Chechen persecution, trans chef, teen attacker 2018-04-10 - A leading Russian LGBT-rights group has said that more than 100 gay and bisexual Chechen men and women have fled the country to ...

Gay News

WORLD Costa Rica election, couple attacked, transgender reporter 2018-04-03 - Polls opened on Easter Sunday for a vote on whether conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz could capture Costa Rica's presidency—a result that ...

Gay News

WORLD London posters, gay clergyman, 'Call Me By Your Name' 2018-03-27 - Posters featuring Black same-sex couples are going up on high streets across London, PinkNews reported. The campaign from gay men's health charity GMFA ...

Gay News

WORLD Councilwoman killed, gay whistleblower, medicinal vending machine 2018-03-20 - Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Marielle Franco was killed March 14 after attending and speaking at a Black women's empowerment event in the city, ...

Gay News

WORLD Anti-sodomy law, serial killer, gay prime minister 2018-03-13 - An attempt to reinstate Belize's anti-sodomy law is "effectively over," says LGBT-rights activist Maurice Tomlinson, according to Tomlinson was responding to the ...

Gay News

WORLD New museum, EU condemns gay 'cure,' trans lawmaker 2018-03-07 - The European Parliament has overwhelmingly voted to condemn gay "cure" therapy and urged member countries to ban the practice, PinkNews reported. The EU ...

Gay News

Lost and Found sets casting for Burnham's Dream, The White City world premiere 2018-03-03 - CHICAGO ( February 28, 2018 ) — Lost and Found Productions is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere musical BURNHAM'S DREAM: ...

Gay News

WORLD State Dept. NZ prime minister, activist attacked 2018-02-27 - State Department officials have been ordered to pare back passages in a soon-to-be-released annual report on global human rights that traditionally discuss women's ...


Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.