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 2017-11-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

World news: Death inquest, Pride parades, Queen Elizabeth
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2017-06-27

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


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 1988. A witness told the court it was common knowledge that gay men met for sex in the area, and said soldiers mentioned that "they'd gone bashing queers."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent June 25 marching in the Toronto Pride Parade and celebrating the event's central theme: inclusivity, The Huffington Post noted. Trudeau took a moment to wish Muslims a "Pride Mubarak," a nod to the parade coinciding with Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. To further honor the inclusivity theme, LGBTQ rights and Eid, Trudeau wore rainbow socks that had "Eid Mubarak" ( which means "Blessed Eid" ) written across them in English and in Arabic.

In Israel, approximately 3,500 people attended the first-ever Gay Pride parade in the southern city of Beersheba, The Times of Israel noted. However, two ultra-Orthodox men, one carrying a knife, were arrested nearby; one was found armed with a knife in the vicinity of the parade and the second had attempted to forcibly enter the procession. Two years ago, teen Shira Banki was killed and five people injured by a Jewish religious extremist at a Jerusalem Pride parade.

Turkish police were deployed in central Istanbul on June 25 to enforce a ban on the city's annual LGBT pride march, blocking off a main street and dispersing groups of demonstrators who gathered nearby, Reuters reported. Police with riot shields and helmets sealed off entrances to Istiklal Street, where organizers had planned to hold the march before authorities announced the ban on June 24, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group. Istanbul has traditionally been seen as a relative safe haven by members of the gay community from elsewhere in the Middle East, including refugees from Syria and Iraq.

In an address to Parliament, Queen Elizabeth pledged to protect the LGB community from discrimination, NewNowNext.com reported. "My government will make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation." Also worth noting is something the Queen didn't say: Her address usually mentions all the upcoming state visits, but as she didn't mention Donald Trump, some feel his trip has been canceled.

Mr. Leather Europe opened up on Facebook about being in a previous abusive relationship, Gay Star News noted. Joe King—who became Mr. Leather UK at the end of 2015 and went on to then become Mr Leather Europe 2016—wrote, in part, "In 2001, I found myself in a relationship with a man who could only be described as a malevolent bully. He was emotionally, mentally and physically abusive and systematically broke me down over the next five years, to a point where my confidence was at an all-time low." King added that the ex, among other things, ran up debts in his name and gave him HIV; currently, King's health is "excellent" and his viral load is undetectable.

Belgian supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele discussed coming out as intersex in Glamour. In part, Odiele said of husband John Swiatek, "He's a great support for me. He really encouraged me in this coming out. We've been together eight years, and he's known from pretty much the beginning." Odiele originally revealed she's intersex in an interview with USA Today and announced a partnership with InterACT, an advocacy group.

The former leader of the Australian Labor Party has said that the marriage debate was getting too much coverage because the mainstream media is full of "gay activists," PinkNews noted. Mark Latham, now a media commentator, became upset as he wrote that "same-sex couples make up just 0.8 per cent of relationships in Australia." Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Latham went on to accuse ABC and Fairfax Media of pushing a "militant" gay agenda on the public.

A Japanese web series will take a look at the gay community, RocketNews24.com reported. Called Tokyo Neighbors, the 12-part series is currently being released on YouTube. The article says that "[t]he absence of professional lighting and conventional camera shots gives each episode a raw feel, adding to the sense of reality, which serves to highlight the fact that these lives and these experiences really do exist in Japan."

Gay men have been blamed by a paramedic for fires in South Africa that have devastated large parts of the country, Metro reported. A paramedic has been suspended over his remarks saying that the fires were God's revenge on the country for allowing 12 same-sex marriages. The weddings he was writing about took place at the an annual Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and arts festival, according to News24.

The Chinese release of the film Alien: Covenant lacks six minutes—including Michael Fassbender's much-touted gay kiss ( with himself ), The Hollywood Reporter noted. Earlier this year, censors lopped off 14 minutes from Logan and eight minutes from Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. In those cases, the offending material was the movies' most graphic violence and gore.

The Portland Gay Men's Chorus ( PGMC ) is expanding its horizon of musical outreach and heading to China, a culturally conservative country when it comes to homosexuality, PamplinMedia.com reported. The PGMC will be the first gay chorus to embark on a tour in China. The tour, part of its 2018 season, will find its way through four Chinese cities during August 2018: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Suzhou. Suzhou is a sister city of Portland.


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.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Aldermen sponsor resolution calling for end to gay blood-ban 2017-11-22 - The five members of the Chicago City Council's LGBT Caucus, as well as two other alderman, introduced a resolution on Nov. 21 calling ...


Gay News

Federal Court Blocks All Aspects of Trump's Transgender Military Ban 2017-11-22 - From ACLU BALTIMORE — A federal court today granted the American Civil Liberties Union's request for a complete halt to implementation of ...


Gay News

NCAVP, HRC/TPOCC release reports on anti-trans violence 2017-11-22 - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has released the report "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2016." ...


Gay News

World news: Olympic resolution, 'LGBTQ Poland' book, Canada's apology 2017-11-20 - All 193 United Nations member-states adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution maintaining language protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, a press release noted. ...


Gay News

Fioretti, Stroger running for board president 2017-11-20 - Former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti ( 2nd Ward ) and one-time Cook County Board President Todd Stroger have separately announced that they are ...


Gay News

National roundup: Tyler Clementi, Victory Fund, Republican busted 2017-11-20 - At The Tyler Clementi Foundation's Upstander Legacy Celebration, Mitchell Gold, co-founder and co-chair of Faith in America, and Jane Clementi, co-founder and co-chair ...


Gay News

HRC rises to occasion at 2017 gala 2017-11-19 - Over 600 community members gathered at the Fairmont Chicago on Nov. 18 for Human Rights Campaign's 2017 Chicago Gala. In the opening ...


Gay News

Dr. Kathleen Robbins appointed to IL Senate Task Force on Discrimination, Harassment 2017-11-19 - Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement. We applaud the appointment of ...


Gay News

HRC spotlights five Trump-Pence anti-LGBTQ nominees as the greatest threats 2017-11-18 - WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has aimed a bright spotlight on five federal judicial nominees — Jeff Mateer, ...


Gay News

Planned Parenthood of Illinois Marks Transgender Awareness Week 2017-11-17 - [Chicago] — Nov. 14-20 is Transgender Awareness Week, dedicated to educating people about the transgender community and raising awareness of the issues facing ...


 



Copyright © 2017 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.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor


 



Sponsor

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.