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 2020-05-27
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



WORLD Effigy in Croatia, conversion therapy, Israel law
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Croatia President Zoran Milanovic condemned the burning of an effigy of two men and a child at a festival weeks after the country's highest court ruled that same-sex couples could foster children, Reuters reported. Organizers of the event in the town of Imotski "deserve the strongest condemnation of the public because hatred for others, intolerance and inhumanity are not and will not be a Croatian tradition," Milanovic posted on his verified Facebook page.

The United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Germany are among countries seeking to outlaw conversion therapy, The Jerusalem Post reported. Worldwide, only Brazil, Ecuador and Malta have national bans on conversion therapy—condemned as ineffective and harmful to mental health by more than 60 associations of doctors, psychologists or counsellors globally, an ILGA study said. U.S. suicide-prevention group The Trevor Project said 42 percent of LGBT+ 13- to 24-year-olds who underwent conversion therapy reported a suicide attempt in the last year—more than twice the rate of those who did not have the treatment.

On a related note, in Canada, the Calgary city council unanimously voted to support a conversion therapy ban, with many councillors sharing their personal feelings on the controversial practice, reported. The notice of motion was brought forward to council by Ward 8 Coun. Evan Woolley, with Mayor Naheed Nenshi and councillors Druh Farrell, Gian-Carlo Carra, Jyoti Gondek and Peter Demong. Coun. Jeromy Farkas tried to hold back tears when sharing his own experience as coming out bisexual.

Israel's top court unanimously struck down a law that blocks single men and same-sex couples from using surrogacy to have children—giving the Knesset a year to pass a new law, The Times of Israel reported. A summary of the decision publicized by the High Court of Justice said current surrogacy laws "disproportionately violate the right to equality and the right to parenthood of these groups and are illegal." Attempts in recent years to expand access to surrogacy to the LGBT community have faced vehement opposition from Haredi political parties.

GLAAD held a press conference call with The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries to help to amplify the news of two prominent Ugandan newspapers—Trumpet News and Red Pepper—that published inflammatory headlines with photos suggesting a same-sex marriage was performed in the pro-LGBTQI church, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries Uganda. In addition, LGBTQI-affirming Christian organizations called Grenell's 2019 campaign to decriminalize LGBTQ people "a failure" in Uganda, and launched 'Our freedom is Your Freedom' campaign to stop persecution of LGBTQ people in that country, a press release noted. Sexual Minorities Uganda's Executive Director Frank Mugisha said, "The TFAM church in Uganda was founded about the same time as the "Kill the Gays" bill was exhumed by the Ugandan Parliament. Outsiders infiltrated the worship services and collected videos and photos for a campaign of hate."

A report from Sweden's Board of Health and Welfare confirmed a 1,500-percent rise, between 2008 and 2018, in gender dysphoria diagnoses among 13- to 17-year-olds born as girls, The Guardian noted. The recent report also found that 32.4 percent of 13 to 17-year-olds with gender dysphoria registered at birth as women also had diagnoses for anxiety disorder, 28.9 percent had depression, 19.4 percent had ADHD and 15.2 percent had autism. The Guardian also reported growing divisions between well-known trans activists; while Lukas Romson warned that children will have even more anxiety because of an increasing backlash against gender reassignment, Aleksa Lundberg is backing the call for more research.

On March 1 in Poland, several dozen activists protested in front of a Warsaw church guarded by police as a Catholic archbishop, criticized for his anti-LGBT language, celebrated mass, reported. Last year, in a sermon, Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said Poland was under siege from a "rainbow plague" of LGBTQ-rights campaigners who he compared to Poland's former Communist rulers. Same-sex marriage and adoptions by same-sex couples are not legally recognized in Poland, where the Catholic church is hugely influential.

LevelK acquired the Icelandic gay vampire movie Thirst, which will world premiere at the Nordic Film Market of the Goteborg Film Festival, Variety noted. Thirst, directed by Gaukur Ulfarsson and Steinbor Hroar Steinborsson, takes place in a small town where evil is lurking around and strange crimes and brutality frequently occur. The plot is as follows: Hulda—a woman who is suspected of being responsible for the death of her brother, Steindi—befriends an elderly man who turns out to be a 1,000-year old, single and gay vampire who brings her brother to life, leading to terrible consequences.

A regional chief Imam in Ghana, Sheihk Muumin Abdul Haroun, has said that homosexuality is "evil" and he will not allow a "demonic" LGBT+ conference to "even step foot" in the country, PinkNews noted. The Pan Africa ILGA ( International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ) is set to hold its 2020 annual conference in Accra, Ghana, in July. It will be the organization's first conference held in West Africa.

After coming out last year, Argentinian soccer player Nicolas Fernandez is talking about why more gay players aren't doing the same, Instinct Magazine noted. Last June, Fernandez came out through a Facebook post—making him the first openly gay football/soccer player in Argentina. Fernandez told Tiempo about how toxic masculinity has taken over the sport of soccer/football, adding that women's soccer is "much more open" than the men's league.

However, South African soccer player Phuti Lekoloane revealed that coming out as gay in 2015 almost put an end to his career, PinkNews reported. "I risked everything to live my truth, but I wouldn't advise anyone to come out now because of the stereotype. There is a lot at stake," he told TimesLIVE. Lekoloane—who plays for Makapanstad RFC, in the ABC Motsepe League—added, "My sexuality has robbed me of my career."

Russian athlete/businesswoman Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from tennis, The Guardian reported. The five-times grand slam champion and former world number-one player struggled with chronic shoulder problems and dropped to 373 in the rankings. In an emotional essay on, Sharapova, 32, wrote: "How do you leave behind the only life you've ever known? ... I'm new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis—I'm saying goodbye."

BTS and Green Day joined other musical artists who have canceled concerts over coronavirus concerns, noted. BTS canceled four concerts in Seoul that had been scheduled for April, saying it was "impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak" and citing the "increasing uncertainty about the cross-border movement of concert staff and equipment." "We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus," Green Day tweeted; the band's website indicated the tour would resume in May with a show in Moscow.

Roman Polanski, 86, won best director at France's Oscars for his film An Officer and a Spy—prompting several actresses attending the awards to walk out in protest of his recent and past rape allegations, Page Six noted. Polanski did not attend the 2020 Cesar awards in Paris, but his being honored still prompted protests inside and outside the Salle Pleyel concert hall. Polanski is still wanted in the United States for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977; he pled guilty but fled the country while awaiting sentencing.

Madonna reportedly had a mishap during her Madame X show at the Le Grand Rex in Paris on Feb. 27—and the incident allegedly brought her to "tears," Hollywood Life noted. The singer was apparently in pain when she fell off a chair during one of the show's dance sequences during her time on stage and was helped up by one of her dancers, according to The Sun. She carried on despite the struggle and ended up finishing the show, but the incident comes after she's already spent several months trying to recover from knee injuries.

facebook twitter pin it 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

COVID-19 Lightfoot, CDPH bolster contact-tracing efforts 2020-05-26 - Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), announced, on May 26, a plan to expand contact ...

Gay News

Lambda Legal holding HIV/COVID-19 event June 4 2020-05-26 - Lambda Legal will hold a virtual town hall, "HIV and COVID-19 in Illinois: Ensuring State Responses Protect Everyone Living with HIV," on Thursday, ...

Gay News

Driver-service facilities to expand hours June 1 2020-05-25 - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced his office's reopening plan —starting June 1—with the first two months focused on serving ONLY new ...

Gay News

Costa Rica celebrates marriage equality 2020-05-25 - As of midnight on May 26, Costa Rica became the first country in Central America ( and the 28th United Nations member state ...

Gay News

U.S. Supreme Court backs Idaho trans woman's reassignment surgery 2020-05-22 - The United States Supreme Court denied Idaho's application to stop a transgender inmate's reassignment surgery, East Idaho News reported. The court order ...

Gay News

Lawsuit urges speedy release of prisoners 2020-05-21 - Civil-rights attorneys filed an amended suit in a class-action case, now called Richard v. Pritzker, demanding that state officials speed the release of ...

Gay News

Former Gov. Blagojevich officially disbarred 2020-05-19 - On May 18, the Illinois Supreme Court officially disbarred former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, The Chicago Tribune reported. The development happened more than ...

Gay News

Preckwinkle releasing social-distancing photos 2020-05-18 - Recently, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle shared the first in a series of photos to illustrate and promote the need for physical ...

Gay News

WORLD Violence in Mexico, rainbow drawings, youth survey, Israeli Pride events 2020-05-18 - Mexico is seeing a surge of extreme violence toward LGBT+ people in its deadliest year in half a decade, rights group Letra S. ...

Gay News

Tinley Park asked to support LGBTQ rights in Polish sister city 2020-05-15 - Activists in Europe are calling on Tinley Park residents and village officials to show support for LGBTQ rights in a sister-city community in ...


Copyright © 2020 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  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar 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 publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.