Friday, January 19, 2018

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.

LGBTQ Nation Gay News

LGBTQ Nation

News, Opinions, Arts and Culture - The Most Followed LGBTQ News Source

Helen Grace James90 year-old vet Helen Grace James was dismissed as "undesirable" in 1955 on suspicion of being a lesbian.
trump evangelical votersThis panel of average evangelical Trump supporters will shock you with their willingness to admit they only support him to further their own agenda.
Toronto gay men keep disappearing. Now police think they've found out why.
The Biblical cookies also come in both a lesbian and standard "Adam and Eve" variety.
"Hopefully the glass ceilings will be shattered by the time you get there. But if not bring a hammer."
Joey van Niekerk Anisha van Niekerk“They always came to visit me at the shop. I also helped them with their horses.”
Sadly, the remarkable thing about this is that he didn't get a promotion after the remarks surfaced.
The longtime friend of LGBTQ equality said she had a "fabulous" time taping the show.
Some of the plaintiffs said they were kicked out of their homes when it was revealed that they were living with HIV.
"RuPaul's Drag Race" is also coming to Thailand, and RuPaul's DragCon is set to go international.
The Guardian LGBT News Feed
The Guardian LGBT News Feed

LGBT rights | The Guardian

Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

The show addressed modern masculinity and women’s empowerment. If that’s a problem today, Tory MP Kemi Badenoch is right to call young people puritanical

Not many things grow better with age: cheese, wine and George Clooney spring to mind. One thing particularly unable to cope with the ravages of time, though, is the situation comedy. The whole point of a sitcom is to take a moment in time and derive from that a whole heap of canned guffaws. A Guardian article once laid waste to a collection of classics: The Office was dismissed as “knowing, ironic idiocy”; The Likely Lads was called out for having an “unreconstructed racist, homophobic misogynist” as a lead character.

Related: I didn’t grow up with LGBT kids’ TV characters – but I found them elsewhere

Before I watched Friends, I’d never heard of 'trans', and didn’t know about homosexuality or gender politics

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  • Health agency creates conscience and religious freedom division
  • Trump administration move may affect abortion and LGBT rights

The Trump administration is creating an office to protect the religious rights of medical providers, including those who may oppose abortion or transgender rights, in a decision that is likely to be a lightning rod for controversy.

The new “division for conscience and religious freedom” in the US Health and Human Services Agency will defend healthcare workers who, on religious grounds, refuse to treat patients or take part in procedures. The division will be part of the agency’s Office for Civil Rights.

Related: Trump signs order giving religious groups greater political freedom

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A ruling over a cakeshop owner’s refusal to serve the couple could erode civil rights protections for LGBT Americans or bolster them

In July 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins went shopping for a wedding cake at a bakery in Lakewood, Colorado. Their trip will end more than five years later on the steps of the supreme court.

A ruling over cakeshop owner Jack Phillips’s refusal to serve them by the US’s most senior judicial panel could erode civil rights protections for LGBT Americans or bolster them.

Related: How a Colorado cake shop could erode civil rights for LGBTQ Americans

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Federal court finds Administrative Appeals Tribunal relied on ‘unwarranted assumptions’ and showed ‘extreme illogicality’ in rejecting Sikh man’s appeal

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal showed “extreme illogicality” and its decision lacked “an intelligible foundation” when it rejected the appeal of an Indian asylum seeker seeking protection in Australia because of his homosexuality, the full bench of the federal court has found.

And the judge who heard his appeal – formerly accused but cleared of apprehended bias over his extraordinary record of refusing migration appeals – “fell into error” when he also rejected the claim in an ex tempore decision, without retiring from the bench to consider it.

Related: Appeals tribunal cases increase 600% and flood 'coming down the pipeline'

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The groundbreaking US reality TV series returns after a decade, replacing its New York setting with Atlanta, Georgia, and introducing a new fab five: Jonathan Van Ness (grooming), Karamo Brown (culture), Bobby Berk (interior design), Antoni Porowski (food and wine) and Tan France (fashion).

'The original show was fighting for tolerance,' France says in the trailer. 'Our fight is for acceptance'

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Zac Collins-Widders and Harley Dunolly-Lee are the first Indigenous young people ‘crowned’ to lead the annual event

On 26 January, while the country celebrates, mourns or ignores Australia Day, Zac Collins-Widders will march through Melbourne in defence of his Aboriginality.

Two days later, he will lead a second march at Midsumma festival in celebration of his sexuality.

Related: Young Aboriginal LGBTI people are killing themselves. We need to protect them | Allan Clarke

Related: Australia Day row: minister says no 'reasonable' case for changing the date

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Two months from election, Liberals promise more comprehensive approach to bullying

South Australia’s version of the Safe Schools program will be scrapped if the opposition wins the March state election.

The Liberals’ education spokesman, John Gardner, said the current program did not address bullying for reasons unrelated to gender or sexuality and the opposition’s plan would take a more comprehensive approach and tackle online bullying.

Related: Tony Abbott welcomes axing of Safe Schools anti-bullying program in NSW

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The latest ‘political correctness’ outrage to rock the trans community happened in Queensland ... a year ago

A good hit will knock the wind out of your lungs, even if you are only holding a bag for a training partner, but it’s quickly forgotten. As someone who’s done a few martial arts type things now, and who has fired and detonated many things that go boom, a stray elbow or knee to the head on the jiu jitsu mats is something that I can shrug off.

Psychological hits however, can at the time feel trivial, might even make you laugh at the ridiculousness and inaccuracy of the claim being made, but it does get you somewhere, and can be draining without you realising. The psychological hits add up over time, then sometimes without warning, the wheels can fall off and you come crashing down in a heap.

Related: 'A monumental change': how Ireland transformed transgender rights

Related: Dave Chappelle's 'reckless' #MeToo and trans jokes have real after-effects

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A book of portraits and testimonies from Poland’s LGBTQ community speaks volumes about entrenched rightwing zealotry and intolerance

In 2015, the newly elected president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, immediately announced that he was against marriage equality and, when asked if he would employ gay people in his office, replied: “I can’t imagine half-naked people parading around the chancellery.” His father, Professor Jan Tadeusz Duda, has said he views homosexuality as an acquired affliction that the state should do all it can to prevent.

In his illuminating introduction to OUT: LGBTQ Poland, journalist Robert Rient provides the cultural and historical context for these kinds of views. “The concentrated contempt for non-heterosexual people in Poland,” he writes, “is the product of a medieval, patriarchal culture reinforced by the state and the powerful Catholic church, to which the vast majority of Poles belong. It is a culture where chauvinism and misogyny, and therefore homophobia and transphobia, thrive.”

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The former Liberal Democract leader’s retraction simply makes matters worse

Tim Farron has said that he now regrets saying that gay sex wasn’t a sin, when he was Liberal Democrat leader during the last general election campaign. Speaking to Premier Christian Radio, Farron, an evangelical Christian, said that he’d felt pressured to make the statement.

Vince Cable and other Liberal Democrats have since criticised Farron, while gay activists asked why he was allowed to return to the Lib Dem frontbench. Farron has become an embarrassment, not just to LGBT people, but to his party and modern-thinking Christians.

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Human Rights Watch Gay News

Human Rights Watch - Defending Human Rights Worldwide

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands during a press conference in Beijing, China, January 9, 2018. 

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President Emmanuel Macron addressed many topics with ardor and conviction during his first trip to China since his election, ranging from the balance of trade, with negotiations on cheese and French beef, to the climate, nuclear power, and technology. Horse and baby panda were also honored. But human rights did not receive such attention from the French president. 

Yet President Macron was visiting a country with a particularly long list of human rights abuses. Since 2013, Xi Jinping has dampened hopes of improvements in human rights, expressing contempt for them and rejecting any democratic impulse. The country is still among those that carry out the most executions. The government stifles any form of dissent, violates religious freedom, persecutes ethnic minorities, exercises massive control over the Internet and independent groups, and arbitrarily suppresses and detains rights defenders and government opponents.

The death last July from cancer of Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, surrounded by his jailers was undoubtedly one of the most symbolic images of the ruthless repression under Xi Jinping. The enforced disappearance of his widow, Liu Xia, confirms the brutality of the Chinese authorities.  China extends its abusive policies beyond its borders, trying to obstruct United Nations human rights protections and even to manipulate Interpol.
 
This seems to have in no way disturbed the French President, who even offered the autocrat Xi  a horse of the Republican Guard as a sign of friendship. During the news conference with his counterpart – where journalists did not have the opportunity to ask questions, Macron alluded  to fundamental rights and freedoms, but mainly to indicate that diplomacy between France and China would take place while respecting the “differences” between the two countries on this matter. At the end of the visit, Macron said that he had discussed these matters privately with Xi, without specifying the nature of their exchanges.

President Macron’s extreme shyness over China’s multiple human rights violations contradicts his statement, at the end of last summer, to an audience of French ambassadors that “diplomatic and economic exchanges with (…) China cannot justify that we cover up with a modest veil the question of human rights because then it is ourselves that we betray.” His behavior in China also contrasts with his vibrant statements on the importance for France to promote freedom and justice internationally. He promoted these values vigorously with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his visit to France last week.

Macron positions himself as a firm president and wants France to appear strong on the international scene. To slip principles under the heavy carpet of the country's strategic and economic interests appears, on the contrary, to be sign of inconsistency and weakness in the light of his own commitments. It sends the autocrats the message that France can accommodate massive violations for lucrative contracts, reinforcing their power. And to the persecuted like Liu Xia and countless others, that they cannot count on France to defend them.