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 2019-01-09
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



World news: Gay Iranian poet; Rome protest; petition; Elton's photos
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Israel has extended the visa of a gay Iranian poet until October as he seeks permanent refuge in the country, he told Newsweek. Payam Feili, 30, fled Iran because of his sexuality, moving to Turkey and then traveling to Israel where his novella I Will Grow, I Will Bear Fruit ... Figs was performed as a play in Hebrew at a poetry festival in Tel Aviv in December 2015. The 30-year-old received a three-month visa when he first arrived in Israel, but as it was coming to an end, he issued a plea for permanent residence.

With the gay-pride rainbow on their cheeks and holding banners which read "we want equality," "love counts" and "the law and its rights are for everybody," approximately 20,000 protestors gathered in Rome's famous Piazza del Popolo to protest government plans to implement a civil union bill which fails to recognize their right to legally marry and also adopt their partners' biological children, reported. Demonstrators say the proposal—which had been reined in in a bid to pass the senate, and is now being assessed by the lower house—only goes part of the way to securing rights for Italy's same-sex families.

Several bullet holes have been discovered in the facade of an LGBT history museum in Berlin, reported. The Schwules Museum reported that six gunshot holes—four in a window and two in a window frame—were found. Authorities are still searching for suspects. Founded in 1985, the museum was once a key gathering place for East Berlin's gay scene.

Almost 20,000 people from around the world have signed a petition to have a gay couple moved from Nauru to Australia because they live in fear for their safety, Gay News Network reported. Nima and Ashkan, both from Iran, met on Nauru after being processed and granted refugee status. The couple have since moved in together but have faced constant harassment and violence in the tiny island nation, where same-sex acts can be punished with up to 14 years imprisonment.

Rare vintage photos from the private collection of Sir Elton John are to go on show in a special exhibition at Tate Modern museum in London, BBC News reported. The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection will feature an "unrivaled" selection of images from the 1920s to the 1950s. It will include more than 150 shots and include pieces from artists such as Man Ray and Berenice Abbott. The collection will be shown Nov. 10, 2016-May 7, 2017.

An out gay politician in Sweden has been attacked in his home by a knife-wielding masked person, PinkNews reported. Police are treating the attack against 21-year-old Alexander Bengtsson as what they believe to be a hate crime. Authorities do not know who the suspect is and are appealing for witnesses, or those who may have information.

In Vienna, Austria, a taxi driver has been charged with assault after he threw a gay couple out of his cab for kissing and then called the police on them, Gay Star News reported. The taxi was passing by the city's Schonbrunn Palance when they exchanged a short romantic kiss—but this incensed their driver, who began to verbally abuse them. Among other things, the driver allegedly punched one of the couple in the face, and continued to abuse and attack the couple until the police arrived.

Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, has installed traffic lights that feature same-sex couples—becoming the first Dutch city to do so, according to NewNowNext. The Utrecht City Council approved of several new designs that depict two men holding hands and two women holding hands, all with hearts over their heads.

In England, transgender people face waits of up to 18 months or more for consultation at specialist National Health Service ( NHS ) gender-identity clinics, the BBC noted. Those seeking gender reassignment at one of England's eight centers face a further wait of more than three years. Under NHS guidelines, an initial appointment for hormone therapy and surgery should be within 18 weeks.

Kenya's first gay music video—swiftly banned by the country's film board —shows a well-toned, scantily clad young man leaning over his tattooed male lover in bed, Times Live reported. The song "Same Love" was originally recorded by U.S. hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis during the 2012 campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state. A remix by Kenyan rap artist Art Attack set out to provoke similar debate in the conservative East African nation, where same-sex acts are punishable by up to 14 years in jail.

The headteacher of a Catholic primary school in England has refused to apologize to parents who were outraged after their children watched a "gay play" at school, Instinct reported, citing The Daily Express. Carrie Morrow, headteacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Atherton, England had put on a gay-friendly workshop at the school to help teach children about diversity. Both the school and Ms. Morrow have refused to apologize for the workshop, stating that a very small percentage of parents actually voiced a complaint.

Hundreds of thousands of people have lined the streets of Sydney for the annual gay Mardi Gras parade, Al-Jazeera reported. About 300,000 people turned out to watch more than 12,000 people march and more than 175 floats take part in the 38th annual parade. The march kicked off with the "Dykes on Bikes" group revving their motorcycles through the streets. Conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull—who vowed to hold the plebiscite if his government is re-elected later this year—risked a political backlash by becoming the first sitting prime minister to attend the parade.

British comedian Eddie Izzard said coming out as transgender has helped him prepare for everything life could possibly throw at him—including a grueling marathon challenge, Gay Star News noted. Currently in South Africa, Izzard is running 27 marathons in 27 days for British charity Sport Relief—with "27" marking the number of years Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. In a piece in The Guardian, Izzard said that he came out as trans "30 years ago, and that was tricky to do."

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

WORLD Israel medical group, India's ban, Chechnya detention 2019-01-15 - Members who perform conversion therapy could now be expelled from the Israel Medical Association ( IMA )—which represents 90 percent of the country's ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Trans murder, U.S. House rules, N.C. loses business 2019-01-15 - The first transgender death of 2019 has occurred, as Dana Martin, 31, was fatally shot in Montgomery, Alabama, on Jan. 6, The Advocate ...

Gay News

Pro-LGBT groups laud N.Y. measures 2019-01-15 - On Jan. 15, the New York legislature passed two pro-LGBTQ bills—the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act ( GENDA ) and a law banning so-called ...

Gay News

LGBTQ mayoral forum Jan. 19 2019-01-15 - An LGBTQ mayoral forum will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, 2-4 p.m., at the Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. LGBTQ community ...

Gay News

Deportation protest at Gary/Chicago Airport Jan. 18 2019-01-15 - A coalition of social justice, immigration advocacy, anti-capitalist and left-wing organizations will be gathering at the Gary/Chicago International Airport to peacefully protest deportation ...

Gay News

Times Square site of WorldPride Closing Ceremony, Melissa Etheridge to perform 2019-01-15 - NEW YORK, NY, JANUARY 15, 2019 — NYC Pride, the official host of WorldPride 2019 and Stonewall 50, is thrilled to announce further ...

Gay News

LPAC endorses Lori Lightfoot for Mayor 2019-01-15 - Washington, DC ( January 15, 2019 ) — LPAC, the only organization devoted to building the political power of LGBTQ women, announced the ...

Gay News

Anti-bullying laws including sexual orientation associated with fewer suicides 2019-01-15 - Sexual minority youth have a higher prevalence of bullying and attempted suicide than non-sexual minority youth. New research from the Williams Institute at ...

Gay News

LGBT groups sign letter calling Barr's civil rights record disqualifying 2019-01-15 - ( Washington, DC, January 15, 2019 ) — Ahead of today's hearing, Lambda Legal sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey ...

Gay News

Madigan Announces Appointment of Rep. Greg Harris as Majority Leader 2019-01-11 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Thursday announcing his appointment of state Rep. Greg Harris as House majority ...


Copyright © 2019 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.