The Latest Gay News and World Events

I knew we Tucsonans are pretty proud of our fun little city, but there is a whole gay world out there full of amazing people and we should know a little about their lives.  With that in mind, I present to you the Gay News section; a few of my favorite news sources talking about Gay News and Events around the world.  Check back regularly for constantly updated news and information that truly matters.

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NYC Pride celebrates two decades since Stonewall.
Scott PruittIt's the harmonic convergence between the corruption rife in the Trump administration and the culture wars the administration is reviving.
Ballot box with a rainbow backgroundFrom Mark Leno in San Francisco to Neil Rafferty in Alabama, the future is looking mighty queer.
Crossfit InfiltrateThe gym's owners said that LGBTQ pride is not compatible with God's plan for fitness.
A recent study shows that lesbian women, as well as their bisexual and "mainly heterosexual" counterparts, are not seeking out help with mental health issues.
OUTBermudaThe Bermudian supreme court ruled that the new ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional, like the last one.
Kevin ThompsonHe is accused of killing and dismembering his ex then storing the body parts in garbage bags in a garden shed.
Michael ClarkIn a discussion of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the politician said that businesses should be able to turn anyone away.
We reflect upon who we are — and who we were.
Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and a self-proclaimed pedophile who thinks Hitler did "good things" are on the ballot this year.
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The Home Office is deporting desperate people to places where they face persecution – often because of colonial-era laws

“My neighbours will put a tyre around my neck and set it on fire.” That is what Rosemary fears will happen if she, a lesbian, is deported by Britain back to Nigeria. She fled her homeland nearly a decade ago after her husband discovered her sexuality and threatened to kill her. She knew she was gay from the age of 12 but, she says: “I come from a culture where you have to get married: my mother threatened to kill herself if I didn’t.”

None of this satisfied the Home Office. It asked her why, if she was gay, she got married, had children and didn’t come out until she’d left the country. Even though she’s an active member of Leicester’s LGBT community, the authorities refused to believe her, and locked her up in Yarl’s Wood detention centre for four months. “It’s a place you wouldn’t wish on your enemy – a place of torture,” she tells me. She is now fighting deportation to Nigeria, a nation that forbids homosexuality, and where surveys suggest that nine out of 10 people oppose same-sex relations.

Related: 'I have nightmares': people threatened with deportation reveal what happened next

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During this year’s Pride month, a selection of exhibits across the US will showcase a variety of queer art from the political to the personal

It was 28 June 1969 when the Stonewall riots broke out in New York City, and as police raided the Stonewall Inn gay bar on Christopher Street, it also sparked the modern LGBT rights movement, resisting against violence. In 1970, the first annual Pride month followed, along with the Christopher Street Liberation Day and the first gay pride march in American history, where hundreds marched to Central Park.

Related: 'We're stepping out of a binary' – celebrating the art of marginalized LGBT Muslims

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The Green party equality spokeswoman on Theresa May, fighting transphobia and why, aged 20, she’s aiming high

Aimee Challenor has raised her sights since she became a Green party member three years ago. She didn’t think she was suited to politics then. “I’d stopped going out because I was worried about how the world saw me. But politics has been a kind of rehabilitation,” she says. “I was a 17-year-old trans girl in Coventry. I thought I’d deliver leaflets at the general election.”

Related: Today’s anti-trans rhetoric looks a lot like old-school homophobia | Shon Faye

Because of the way HMRC record gender on their systems, trans people especially have more hurdles to jump through

Related: I know what it's like to be a trans teen at school. Here's how to deal with the bullying | Aimee Challenor

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  • We Are Pride Cup campaign launched at AFL House
  • AFL pride game takes place this weekend in Melbourne

Pride Cup Australia’s We Are Pride Cup campaign launched on Wednesday morning at AFL House with the intention of promoting LGBTI diversity and inclusion in grassroots and community sport. The campaign, which coincides with this weekend’s annual AFL pride match between Sydney and St Kilda, encourages sporting clubs across Australia to host their own Pride Cup in 2019.

Related: Nat Fyfe's Brownlow medal hopes ended by AFL tribunal ban

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The writer said the gay novel was dead. But tales of our fight to exist are evolving into tales of our lives and loves

The brilliant writer Alan Hollinghurst said at the Hay festival this weekend that the gay novel was dead and had had its day. The author, who won the Booker Prize in 2004 for The Line of Beauty, said that though he, of course, welcomed the liberated times we lived in, they offered less creative nutrition for storytellers than the decades battling for acceptance did.

He’s right, of course, to a degree. It’s ironic that the creative opportunities offered in years past, could not, on the whole, be expressed. For every EM Forster (whose one gay novel was published after he died), think how many others remain hidden, lost or simply untold through fear, self-loathing or the belief they wouldn’t be published. In the period since, writers such as Gore Vidal, Alice Walker, Christopher Isherwood, James Baldwin, Maureen Duffy, Armistead Maupin and others used their keyboards to punch through the restrictions of the time. But even now, our stories aren’t often told because of prejudice, lack of interest and a feeling there is very little market for them.

Related: Top 10 landmarks in gay and lesbian literature

Related: A Very English Scandal, a timeless portrayal of the human heart | Rachel Cooke

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Film about the writer’s tragic final years conveys the spirit of the man, says Merlin Holland

Rupert Everett’s forthcoming film about Oscar Wilde’s tragic final years in exile has attracted some rave reviews, with talk of an Oscar for Oscar. Now it has been praised by the writer’s grandson, who says it conveys “the spirit” of the man and his genius.

Merlin Holland, Wilde’s only grandchild and an expert on the writer, told the Guardian: “I found myself terribly moved by it.”

This is not intended to be a feelgood film

Related: From Al Pacino to Rupert Everett: why does Oscar Wilde’s legacy persist?

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Following the supreme court ruling, the page for Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado was hit by mostly negative reviews

The online review site Yelp has been overwhelmed by users leaving reviews for Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Colorado bakery owned by Jack Phillips, who won a supreme court ruling earlier on Monday. The court ruled 7-2 that Phillips was within his rights to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Related: Supreme court sides with baker who refused to make gay wedding cake

A lot of you are being very critical but I actually wrote a nice review of the Masterpiece Cakeshop. pic.twitter.com/Ut4LwM1fEn

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Court rules in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, but doesn’t address principle of whether a business can refuse to serve gay people

The US supreme court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple for religious reasons, although the justices avoided a wider ruling on religious exemptions for businesses.

Related: 'This happens all the time': why a gay couple took their cake case to the supreme court

Related: Liberals' worst nightmare: a second supreme court pick for Trump

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We shouldn’t use gender-specific pronouns for genderqueer people – if we don’t respect someone’s preferences, we’re denying their identity

Most people prefer to be called “he” or “she”. But others, like Kelsey, do not: they want to be referred to by gender-neutral pronouns like “they”. Should you defer to Kelsey’s preferences? Many people think no. Some, like University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, have recently garnered celebrity status by taking a stance against gender-neutral pronouns: “I don’t recognize another person’s right to determine what pronouns I use to address them,” Peterson has said. His view is common among social conservatives.

We think people should not use gender-specific pronouns for genderqueer people – people that do not identify as men or as women. We can start here: why should we use some words, rather than others, to refer to people?

Related: Don't call me baby: the birth of the gender-neutral ‘theyby’

Why should we use some words, rather than others, to refer to people?

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Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in Brazil’s largest city for its 22nd annual celebration. Waving rainbow flags in a Carnival-like atmosphere, marchers paraded down the skyscraper-lined Avenida Paulista on Sunday to music blasting from 18 sound trucks, with revellers of all ages filling more than 10 city blocks

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An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects. Human Rights Watch observed the episode. Days later, the house had been burned. 

Iraqi authorities at the site said they were the remains of ISIS suspects. Heath Ministry and Interior Intelligence Ministry officials at the site said they were not permitted to share information about where the bodies were taken. There has been no indication that the deaths are being investigated.