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News round up and open thread 5/8

Adoption Community/Meta Transgender Rights

Reuters has a story about a recent federal judicial opinion involving a genderqueer plaintiff.

– The White House has signed a new executive order on “religious freedom.”

– Lambda Legal raised awareness of anti-LGBT adoption bills from Oklahoma and Kansas.

We’ll post any breaking news.

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  • 1. VIRick  |  May 8, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Australia: Northern Territory to Expunge Historical Gay Convictions

    Australia’s Northern Territory has formally apologised to gay men for a law which “criminalized love and attraction.” Those convicted under the legislation banning gay sex, which was struck down in 1983, will now be able to apply for it to be expunged from their criminal records. 

    Tasmania took the same step in April 2018. Only Western Australia is still to offer to expunge historical homosexual convictions from its records, where a similar measure remains pending before the state Legislative Council.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/05/08/gay-sex-aus

  • 2. VIRick  |  May 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Costa Rica: New Pro-Marriage-Equality President Sworn In

    Per Juan Enrique Pi‏, Presidente de Fundación Iguales Chile:

    Hoy, 8 de mayo 2018, Carlos Alvarado Quesada asumió como Presidente de Costa Rica, juramentado por la Presidenta de la Asamblea, Carolina Hidalgo. Bajo su mandato, Costa Rica podría convertirse en el primer país de Centroamérica con matrimonio igualitario.
    https://twitter.com/juanenriquepi

    Today, 8 May 2018, Carlos Alvarado Quesada was sworn in as President of Costa Rica by Assembly President, Carolina Hidalgo. Under his mandate, Costa Rica could become the first Central American country with marriage equality.

    Per Carlos Alvarado Quesada:

    ¡Ya estamos listos! Nos sentimos muy emocionados, hoy será un gran día.
    https://twitter.com/CarlosAlvQ/status/99385247804

    We are ready! We feel quite emotional, today will be a great day.

    Per CRHoy.com:

    Joven hombre trans portó pabellón nacional en el traspaso de poderes.
    https://www.crhoy.com/nacionales/joven-trans-port

    Young trans man carried the national flag at the transfer of power ceremony.

  • 3. VIRick  |  May 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Cuba: The Daughter of Raúl Castro, in Favor of Marriage Equality

    Per Togayther de España:

    Cuba: La Hija de Raúl Castro, a Favor del Matrimonio Igualitario

    Aprovechando la XI Jornada contra la Homofobia y la Transfobia, "¡Me incluyo!," la hija de Raúl Castro declara que presionará para conseguir la legalización del matrimonio de personas del mismo sexo en el país. Estas declaraciones de Mariela Castro a la prensa se han producido ahora que el país se está comprometiendo a realizar una reforma constitucional, que está prevista para el próximo mes de julio.

    Aprovechando este cambio de la Constitución cubana, Mariela quiere que se incluya en la reforma el matrimonio igualitario. Actualmente, la ley de Cuba solo reconoce el matrimonio entre un hombre y una mujer, lo que no permite las uniones entre personas del mismo sexo. Además, la diputada nacional recalcó la necesidad de reformar el Código Penal y de Familia, para que se intensifiquen las sanciones a los delitos de homofobia.

    Sus declaraciones se produjeron en la inauguración de la onceava Jornada contra la Homofobia y la Transfobia. Este evento, que durará hasta el 18 de mayo, se centrará en la prevención del acoso por motivos de orientación sexual. Sobre sus propuestas, la directora del del Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual (Cenesex) dijo que “la idea principal es no demorarlas en ley nueva, e incorporarlas en las que ya existen para que sea más expedito.”
    https://www.togayther.es/noticias/igualdad/la-hij

    Taking advantage of the 11th Conference Against Homophobia and Transphobia, "I include myself!," the daughter of Raúl Castro declares that she will press for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country. These press statements by Mariela Castro have occurred now that the country is committing itself to a constitutional reform, which is scheduled for July.

    Taking advantage of this changing of the Cuban Constitution, Mariela wants marriage equality to be included in the reform. Currently, Cuban law only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman, a point which does not allow for same-sex unions. In addition, the national deputy stressed the need to reform the Penal and Family Code, to intensify sanctions against crimes of homophobia.

    Her statements were made at the opening of the eleventh Conference against Homophobia and Transphobia. This event, which will last until 18 May, will focus on the prevention of harassment based on sexual orientation. Of her proposals, the director of the National Center for Sex Education (Cenesex) said that "the main idea is not to delay them for a new law, but to incorporate them into those that already exist to make it more expeditious."

  • 4. VIRick  |  May 8, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Mexico: All Aspirants to Govern Veracruz Favor Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Aspirantes a Gobernar Veracruz a Favor del Matrimonio Igualitario

    Todos los aspirantes a la gubernatura de Veracruz, cuatro en total, Miguel Ángel Yunes Márquez, Cuitláhuac García, July Sheridan, y Pepe Yunes, se dijeron en la posibilidad de promover leyes que garanticen el matrimonio igualitario, pues están dispuestos a respetar los derechos humanos.
    http://www.e-veracruz.mx/nota/2018-05-08/estado/a

    All the candidates for the governorship of Veracruz, four in total, Miguel Angel Yunes Márquez, Cuitláhuac García, July Sheridan, and Pepe Yunes, favor the possibility of promoting laws to ensure marriage equality, as they are willing to respect human rights.

  • 5. VIRick  |  May 8, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Mexico: Supreme Court Justice Speaks about Marriage Equality on TV

    Per Arturo Zaldívar, Justice of Mexico's Supreme Court:
    ‏
    Hoy estaré hablando de SCJN, derechos y libertades. Matrimonio igualitario, igualdad de la mujer, grupos vulnerables, personas con discapacidad, uso lúdico de marihuana. 19.00 horas, Foro TV.
    https://twitter.com/ArturoZaldivarL

    Today I will be talking about the Supreme Court, rights and liberties. Marriage equality, equality of women, vulnerable groups, people with disabilities, recreational use of marijuana. 7:00 pm, Foro TV.

    Here's what he had to say with regard to marriage equality:

    Per Geraldina González de la Vega:

    Es inconstitucional limitar el matrimonio a la unión de un hombre y una mujer. Es inconstitucional buscar una figura jurídica alternativa para parejas del mismo sexo. Punto.
    https://twitter.com/geraldinasplace

    It is unconstitutional to limit marriage to the union of a man and a woman. It is unconstitutional to look for an alternative legal measure for same-sex couples. Period.

  • 6. VIRick  |  May 9, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Maryland: Transgender State Senate Candidate

    The executive director of Gender Rights Maryland would become the first openly transgender state senator in the country if she were to win her race for the Maryland Senate. Dana Beyer, a retired ophthalmologist, is running against state Del. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-Montgomery County) and Michelle Carhart in the Democratic primary in Senate District 18 that will take place on 26 June.

    State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) is not seeking re-election to Senate District 18, and instead, is among the Democratic gubernatorial candidates who hope to unseat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. There are no Republicans running for Madaleno’s seat.
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/09/dana-be

  • 7. VIRick  |  May 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Switzerland: Latest Parliamentary Movement on Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A Swiss parliamentary commission is set to meet on 17 May to discuss the legal ramifications of allowing same-sex marriage. The legal affairs committee of the Swiss lower house will discuss whether legal changes or a constitutional amendment are necessary to allow for gay marriage. If the commission and the parliament decide the constitution must be changed, this would need to be ratified in a popular referendum. The issue will then go before the full parliament for discussion in the summer 2019 session.

    Although Switzerland introduced civil partnership for same-sex couples in 2005, these couples do not enjoy full equality with married couples on issues including tax, social security, adoption, and fertility treatment. However, as of January 2018, same-sex couples can now adopt their partner's children from a previous relationship.

    Marriage equality in Switzerland would also have an impact on the naturalization of foreign residents. Currently, foreign spouses of Swiss citizens are eligible for facilitated naturalization, an easier process than the longer ‘standard' naturalization process. If marriage equality were law, same-sex spouses and heterosexual civil partners could then be eligible for the facilitated system.
    https://www.thelocal.ch/20180509/man-plus-man-doe

  • 8. VIRick  |  May 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Dominican Republic: LGBT Meeting with CIDH

    Per Yimbert F. Telemin, Presidente del Voluntariado GLBT Dominicano:

    No se pierda hoy, 9 de mayo 2018, a las 3:30 PM, nuestro Conversatorio con la CIDH sobre los crímenes de homosexuales en la República Dominicana.
    https://twitter.com/Yimbort

    Today, 9 May 2018, at 3:30 PM, do not miss our Conference with the IACHR about crimes against homosexuals in the Dominican Republic.

  • 9. VIRick  |  May 9, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Colombia: First Trans Marriage in Santander Province

    Per Olga Materón:

    En Santander, María y Santiago, una linda española y un caballero colombiano,
    tienen una bella historia de amor, primer matrimonio trans en Bucaramanga.
    https://twitter.com/OlgaMateron/status/9941857816

    In Santander, María and Santiago, a pretty Spaniard and a Colombian gentleman, have a beautiful love story, the first trans marriage in Bucaramanga.

  • 10. VIRick  |  May 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Argentina: Another New First, Same-Sex Maternity Leave

    Per Geraldina González de la Vega:

    Por primera vez, una mamá no gestante de un matrimonio igualitario recibe licencia por maternidad en Argentina.
    https://www.clarin.com/sociedad/primera-vez-otorg

    For the first time, a non-pregnant mother in an equal marriage receives maternity leave in Argentina.

  • 11. allan120102  |  May 9, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Same sex couples can now foster children in Greece. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/09/c_137

  • 12. VIRick  |  May 9, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Texas: Federal Suit Filed for Sexual Orientation Discrimination

    Per Equality Case Files:

    Today, 9 May 2018, Texas art teacher Stacy Bailey, who was suspended in September 2017 after she showed students a photo of her "future wife," filed a federal lawsuit in Dallas, "Bailey v. Mansfield Independent School District," against her school district for discrimination. Bailey is accusing the Mansfield Independent School District (MISD) and two of its employees of discriminating against her because of her sexual orientation after the district refused to reinstate her job at her elementary school.

    This case has been assigned to Judge Sam A Lindsay. Ms. Bailey is arguing equal protection violations under both the US and Texas constitutions. She also argues the school's action violates Article I, § 3a of the the Texas Constitution (Texas Equal Rights Amendment) which reads, "Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of sex, race, color, creed, or national origin."

    The court filing is here, at the bottom of the news article:
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/amberjamieson/gay-teache

  • 13. VIRick  |  May 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Greek MPs Approve Child Fostering by Same-Sex Couples

    Athens — On 9 May 2018, the Greek parliament approved a bill which opens the way for same-sex couples to foster children, Greek national news agency AMNA reported. A total of 161 deputies voted in favor of the bill and 103 against.

    The bill which concerns couples who have signed civil partnership agreements, including same-sex couples, was supported by most MPs of the Left-led two-party ruling coalition, as well as by many opposition party deputies. The government stressed, however, that when it comes to adoption, only married couples can adopt. Civil unions between same sex couples in Greece were legalized three years ago.
    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/09/c_137

    Greece has approved legislation speeding up child adoption and allowing same-sex couples to become guardians of orphans, cutting a morass of bureaucracy where candidate parents and thousands of children are trapped waiting for years.

    Adoption by same-sex couples is allowed in at least 12 European Union member states including France, Portugal, and Spain, according to a 2016 European parliament paper.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-parliam

  • 14. VIRick  |  May 9, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Pakistan Passes Historic Transgender Rights Bill

    On Tuesday, 8 May 2018, Pakistan's parliament passed a landmark bill that gives the country's transgender citizens fundamental rights. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act allows people to choose their gender and to have that identity recognized on official documents, including national IDs, passports, and driver's licenses. The bill also prohibits discrimination in schools, at work, on public modes of transit, and while receiving medical care.

    The measure also says that transgender people cannot be deprived of the right to vote or run for office. It lays out their rights to inheritance, in accordance with their chosen gender (and simultaneously, in accord with Sharia Law). And it obligates the government to establish "Protection Centers and Safe Houses" — along with separate prisons, jails or places of confinement.

    The bill now goes to Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain for his signature. If signed into law, it's not clear when the legislation would go into effect.
    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/0

  • 15. allan120102  |  May 9, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Costa Rica https://www.larepublica.net/noticia/gais-tienen-c

  • 16. allan120102  |  May 9, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Mexican Supreme court to hear third case of surrogate parents http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/nacion/sociedad/atr

  • 17. Fortguy  |  May 10, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Here's more on this story:

    Michael Barajas, Texas Observer: Lawsuit: Texas Art Teacher Suspended Because She Told Students About Her Wife

    Mansfield is a Tarrant County suburb southeast of Fort Worth and due south of Arlington.

  • 18. Elihu_Bystander  |  May 10, 2018 at 9:08 am

    More on Kansas & Oklahoma Bills Allowing Adoption Discrimination

    By Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry 10-May-2018

    “While Catholic bishops argue for the freedom to be able to discriminate against lesbian and gay couples, and while politicians worry about economic risks, the sad thing that gets lost in the discussion are two very important Catholic social justice principles: the protection of vulnerable populations, in this case children; and the preservation of the dignity of lesbian and gay people. Bills such as the ones passed will have the detrimental effect of reducing the number of eligible adoptive couples, meaning children would suffer. Similarly, it also means that religious agencies and the state governments are comfortable sending the message that a class of people are second-class citizens. From a faith and justice perspective, both situations are unacceptable.”
    https://www.newwaysministry.org/2018/05/10/with-c

  • 19. allan120102  |  May 10, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Honduras.
    Honduras supreme court or better be said constitutional chamber has declare inadmisible a lawsuit against the articles in the civil code which prohibit ssm. This because marriage should be reserve to couples who can reproduce. Civil rights organizations said this put Honduras in the red line with the ich organization. Hopefully lgbt organizations appeal this decision. https://mobile.twitter.com/TN5Telenoticias/status

  • 20. SethInMaryland  |  May 10, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Any plans for marriage in Greece or is it going to be a step by step every few years in Greece?

  • 21. ianbirmingham  |  May 10, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    An important precedent for all other Sunni Muslim populations! Pakistan has 11% of the world's Muslim population, second only to Algeria (also Sunni, at 12.7%). About 90% of Islamic believers are Sunni, and other predominantly Sunni states (with respect to the sectarian affinities of those citizens categorized as Muslim) include Bangladesh, Nigeria, Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, China, Malaysia, Niger, Russia, Senegal, Mali, Tanzania, Tunisia, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Philippines, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Côte d'Ivoire, Tajikistan, Libya, Jordan, Chad, USA, France, Kenya and Germany…

    The other main Islamic sect is the Shi'a. Most Shi'as (between 68% and 80%) live in one of these four countries: Iran, Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Iraq.

  • 22. VIRick  |  May 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Costa Rica: Gays Have Been Waiting 5 Years for Marriage Case to Be Resolved

    Costa Rica: Gais Tienen Cinco Años Esperando Que se Resuelva Consulta Sobre Matrimonio

    El reclamo se debe a que a los magistrados votan usualmente en menos 17 meses las consultas de constitucionalidad, y de acuerdo con los quejosos, ellos esperan desde 2013 y 2015 la resolución de sus asuntos. Lo cierto es que la Sala IV no tiene plazos para resolver un reclamo y que en algunos casos se excede el promedio de votación de acuerdo con la complejidad del tema.

    Otra opción sería que el Gobierno de Costa Rica acepte conciliar ante la Corte Interamericana de los Derechos Humanos con Yashín Castrillo, abogado activista de la comunidad LGTBI. Si el país accediera a conciliar por el reclamo de Castrillo, automáticamente el caso adquiriría la condición de “cosa juzgada” y así, sería mandatorio para el país aunque la Sala IV no se haya pronunciado.
    https://www.larepublica.net/noticia/gais-tienen-c

    The complaint is due to the fact that the justices usually vote in less than 17 months on actions of unconstitutionality, and according to the plaintiffs, they expect the resolution of their cases from 2013 and 2015. The truth is that Sala IV has no deadlines to resolve a claim and that in some cases the voting average is exceeded because of the complexity of the issue.

    Another option would be for the Government of Costa Rica to agree to conciliate before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) with Yashín Castrillo, activist lawyer of the LGTBI community. If the country agreed to reconcile by Castrillo's claim, the case would automatically acquire the status of "res judicata" and thus, it would be mandatory for the country even if Sala IV has not ruled.

  • 23. davepCA  |  May 10, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    " This because marriage should be reserve to couples who can reproduce. " So the government of Honduras has intrusive and mandatory medical fertility tests, and rigorous inquiries into "procreative intent", for all opposite sex couples before the state allows them to legally marry, right? The state never allows access to legal civil marriage to elderly opposite sex couples, or any other opposite sex couple who can't procreate, or any opposite sex couple who just may decide not to procreate, right? Sheeesh that old 'procreative potential' non-argument has already been debunked in over a hundred court cases going back many years. Idiots.

  • 24. VIRick  |  May 10, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Tonga: The First Stirrings

    A Tongan royal family member has spoken out against Australian union rugby player Israel Folau’s anti-gay views. Folau is of Tongan descent, and the Honorable Frederica Tuita Filipe, the daughter of Tonga’s Princess Royal, has just publicly criticized his homophobic viewpoint by offering a completely different, more progressively benign outlook (and one which is much more in line with traditional Polynesian culture):

    "(Heretofore), my silence was my attempt at respecting our different interpretations but I fear by doing that I’m encouraging the marginalisation of a group of people I love & serve as much as any other Tongan.”

    (As a colonial carry-over), homosexuality is still illegal in Tonga and carries a maximum penalty of ten years’ imprisonment, but the Polynesian state has an active LGBTQ community, and a generally prevailing live-and-let-live mentality. Tonga is also the last remaining South Pacific jurisdiction to continue maintaining its traditional Polynesian royal family.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/05/10/tonga-royal

  • 25. VIRick  |  May 10, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Mexico's Supreme Court: Case on Surrogacy for Same-Sex Couples

    Per Mexico's Supreme Court web-site:

    En sesión de 9 de mayo de 2018, analizará Primera Sala amparo 150/2017 sobre gestación subrogada en familias homoparentales y personas solteras en Tabasco, bajo la ponencia del Ministro Arturo Zaldívar.

    En el caso, los quejosos combatieron la constitucionalidad de varios artículos del Código Civil del Estado de Tabasco que regulan distintos aspectos de la gestación subrogada, al estimarlos violatorios de sus derechos fundamentales a la igualdad y no discriminación. En su demanda de amparo señalaron que todo el sistema de regulación de la gestación subrogada contenida en la mencionada legislación está basado en una “concepción heteronormativa” del matrimonio y de la familia, visión que excluye injustificadamente del rango de protección constitucional a familias homoparentales, así como a personas solteras que desean conformar una familia.
    http://www.internet2.scjn.gob.mx/red2/comunicados

    In its session of 9 May 2018, the Primera Sala (of Mexico's Supreme Court) will analyze amparo 150/2017 about surrogate gestation for homoparental families and single persons in Tabasco, under the direction of Justice Arturo Zaldívar.

    In this case, the plaintiffs are fighting the constitutionality of several articles of the Civil Code of the State of Tabasco that regulate different aspects of the surrogate pregnancy, considering them as violating their fundamental rights to equality and non-discrimination. In their application for protection, they have pointed out that the whole system of regulation of the surrogate pregnancy contained in the aforementioned legislation is based on a "heteronormative conception" of marriage and the family, a view that unjustifiably excludes from constitutional protection the rights of homoparental families, as well as that of single people who want to form a family.

  • 26. allan120102  |  May 10, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    New Hampshire legislature has send the bill banning conversion therapy to the governor. I believe it will be the 12 or 13 state where such practices are prohibit. http://nhpr.org/post/nh-bill-banning-gay-conversi

  • 27. allan120102  |  May 10, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I agree but Honduras is really religious and after the fraudulent elections that happen last year the conservatives have seize power. The president is really friend with the head of the protestant church. Just today a legislator introduce a proposal to make law that every school in the country read the bible. Whether they are private or public. His excuse because he says it will reduce to help reduce gangs and lower the support in what he calls inmoral values(abortion, same sex marriage and marijuana) which are at record high in universities. Especially between people aged 18-30

  • 28. VIRick  |  May 11, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Dominican Republic: CIDH/LGBT Marriage Equality Discussion

    Per Yimbert F. Telemin‏:

    Hoy, 11 de mayo 2018, organizaciones GLBT realizan panel sobre matrimonio homosexual en la Rep. Dominicana con la participación de la Dra. Flavia Piovesan de la CIDH.
    https://twitter.com/Yimbort

    Today, 11 May 2018, GLBT organizations are holding a panel on homosexual marriage in the Dominican Republic with the participation of Dr. Flavia Piovesan of the IACHR.

    Note: The CIDH is currently holding its 168th Session in the Dominican Republic, during which time, both the CIDH and local LGBT groups are mutually taking advantage of the events to heighten public awareness of LGBT issues, including the recent favorable CIDH ruling on marriage equality and gender identity, and how both apply to the Dominican Republic.

  • 29. allan120102  |  May 11, 2018 at 11:13 am

    The bill that would have brought same sex marriage to northern Ireland has been block. Leaving northern Ireland as the only place in the uk without marriage equality https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/ulster-born-mp-

  • 30. davepCA  |  May 11, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Yes, I understand that they are religious and that this is what is at the base of their objection to equal marriage rights. But that doesn't make their idiotic 'marriage is only for couples who procreate" any more rational or any more truthful. It's a pathetic smokescreen.

    I just wish these groups would at lest be HONEST about their motives instead of these ridiculous and obvious LIES. Why can't they just say 'Our religious views tell us that we should oppress and vilify people who are gay'?

    Anybody can clearly see that their nonsensical "arguments" about limiting marriage to 'only couples who procreate' is obviously a false argument, so their REAL motive for working to deny equal legal treatment to gay citizens must be something else that they are not willing to publicly state. Which makes them a bunch of cowardly hypocrites.

  • 31. VIRick  |  May 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    India: A Transgender Marriage Makes History

    Surya and Ishaan K Shaan have just become the first trans pair to ever marry in Kerala, a state in southwestern India with more than 34 million people.  The couple was married in front of more than 500 people in a beautiful, splashy ceremony with a lot of media coverage at Mannam Hall in Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum), after a recent change in Indian law allowed trans people to marry. As a result, this marriage has been duly registered at the sub-registrar’s office in Thiruvananthapuram under the Special Marriage Act (which allows for civil marriage).

    Ishaan’s mother Shanipa said: “We are the mother and father, so we of course will support our son. She was born a daughter, but now is our son. We also expect to be supported by our local mosque authorities to recognize this marriage in our community,” she added.

    “We are now officially a couple – husband and wife — and we will show the world that we can love and live a marriage too,” said Surya, a TV actor and trans activist, according to NDTV. Ishaan, who sits on the Transgender Justice Board, said: “We had known of one another for years, but weren’t friends. Six months ago, we met at a programme in Kozhikode (formerly Calicut) and got to know each other. I proposed to her, knowing that she had the same feelings for me.”
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/05/11/indian-tran

    One can read more details (in English) and see more photos of the ceremony here:
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thiruvan

    Or to prove the heavy media coverage, with even more photos, try it in Malayalam:
    https://malayalam.samayam.com/latest-news/kerala-

    Note: This couple is apparently not gay, as same-sex marriage is still illegal in India. Instead, it appears that there was a dual transition, including gender re-assignment surgery, with both now self-identifying according to their corrected gender, and that that type of union is now allowed in India under the Special Marriage Act.

    Furthermore, although no religious rites were mentioned as having taken place at the wedding ceremony (a hallmark of Hindu weddings, which from the photos, this appears to be), the reference by the mother of Ishaan to "the local mosque authorities" suggests instead some family connection to Islam. Communally speaking, Kerala state is one of the most religiously diverse and cosmopolitan states in India. According to 2011 Census of India figures, 55% are Hindu, 27% are Muslim, and 18% are Christian (Eastern Rite Syrian Catholic).

  • 32. VIRick  |  May 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Ecuador: Guayaquil Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

    Per Silvia Buendía:

    Guayaquil ya cuenta con la Ordenanza para la igualdad entre los géneros, la prevención de la discriminación, y la erradicación de todas las formas de violencia basada en género. La ordenanza tiene por objeto la creación de un marco jurídico local que garantice la protección, respeto, e inclusión de todos los habitantes del cantón Guayaquil, sin que sufran discrimen o algún tipo de violencia por su orientación sexual o identidad de género. Además, en su artículo 5 dice que el Municipio implementará el enfoque de género de forma transversal en todas sus políticas públicas, planes, programas, proyectos, y servicios.
    http://www.extra.ec/opinion/ordenanza-municipal-l

    Guayaquil already has an Ordinance for gender equality, the prevention of discrimination, and the eradication of all forms of gender-based violence. The purpose of the ordinance is to create a local legal framework that guarantees the protection, respect, and inclusion of all inhabitants of the Guayaquil canton, without their suffering from discrimination or violence due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, Article 5 says that the municipality will implement said gender approach across-the-board in all its public policies, plans, programs, projects, and services.

  • 33. ianbirmingham  |  May 11, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Dan Savage Schools a Gay Trump Voter About Why Nobody Wants to Sleep with Him

    http://www.towleroad.com/2018/05/dan-savage-trump

  • 34. scream4ever  |  May 11, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    I've heard that this is simply a delay tactic, and that the second reading will occur towards the end of the year.

  • 35. allan120102  |  May 11, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Conservatives have a deal with the dup and how the bill was present makes it seem that it will not be vote on. Bills rarely get approve by this way. Anyhow while the deal between conservatives and the Dup is alive I doubt we will see it vote on.

  • 36. ianbirmingham  |  May 11, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Caitlyn Jenner Is Finally Condemning Trump. What Took Her So Long?

    Jenner says Trump is setting the trans community back ‘20 years.’ She is finally waking up to the damage many transgender people saw coming far, far earlier.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/caitlyn-jenner-is-f

  • 37. VIRick  |  May 11, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Oklahoma: GOP Governor Signs Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

    Per Lambda Legal and Joe.My.God:

    Today, 11 May 2018, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed SB 1140, a license-to-discriminate bill that would allow taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to reject foster or adoptive parents based upon the agency’s religious beliefs. A similar bill, SB 284, sits on the desk of Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer awaiting signature.

    Currey Cook, Counsel and Director, Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project, Lambda Legal, issued the following statement: “With the stroke of a pen, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin earns the dubious honor of becoming the first governor in 2018 to write anti-LGBT discrimination into law and withhold loving homes from Oklahoma children. We will work hard to ensure other governors will think twice before adding their names to this roll of heartlessness and cruelty."
    http://www.joemygod.com/2018/05/11/oklahoma-gop-g

    Later, the same date:

    Governor Fallin Vetoes No-Permit-Or-Training Open-Carry Gun Bill

    Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill late Friday, 11 May 2018, that would have authorized adults to carry firearms without a permit or training, dealing a rare defeat to the National Rifle Association in a hyper-conservative state.

    The veto comes after opposition from the business community and law enforcement authorities, including top officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, who have said it could erode public safety. The NRA had supported the bill’s passage and had urged Fallin to sign it.

    The bill is similar to so-called “constitutional carry” legislation adopted in a dozen other states. It would have authorized people 21 and older and military personnel who are at least 18 to legally carry a handgun, either openly or concealed, without a state-issued license or permit. The state currently requires a license to carry a handgun openly or concealed.
    http://www.joemygod.com/2018/05/12/oklahoma-nra-v

    In a frothing rant, the NRA vowed to unseat her for her gun veto (without realizing/caring that she is term-limited). Still, she managed to piss off both the gays and the guns all in one day.

  • 38. VIRick  |  May 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Barbados: General Elections Scheduled for 24 May

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    In Barbados, the opposition Barbados Labour Party says it will not legalize same-sex marriage without a referendum; sodomy is still illegal in Barbados, and the country is subject to the IACHR ruling on marriage equality and gender identity.
    https://twitter.com/LGBTMarriage

    As of now, the BLP claims it has no policy to legalize same-sex marriages. “We believe that no 30 people (the number of legislators in the Barbados Parliament) should be allowed to make decisions on issues that go to the heart of the nation’s collective values. This issue can only be determined by the outcome of a referendum,” their manifesto adds.
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/05/11/elections-man

    It is not clear what the governing Democratic Labour Party's positions are on marriage equality and gender identity, other than to state that they have never resorted to a referendum on any issue whatsoever. There has been no precedent established for mandatory referenda in Barbados. To date, no precedents have been set to indicate that any referendum results would become binding upon the government.

  • 39. VIRick  |  May 12, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Costa Rica: Office of Attorney-General Urges Sala IV to Abide by Criteria of CIDH on Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Costa Rica: Procuraduría Recomienda a la Sala IV Acatar Criterio de la CIDH sobre Matrimonio Igualitario

    La Procuraduría General de la República, ente que funge como abogado del Estado, recomendó a la Sala Constitucional acatar la opinión consultiva sobre matrimonio igualitario e identidad de género que emitió la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH), a pedido de Costa Rica.

    Así consta en el criterio, ADPB-ESC-8986-2018, del cual Delfino.cr tiene copia, y que fue emitido por el procurador general, Julio Jurado Fernández, a raíz de una acción de inconstitucionalidad que se tramita en contra de la decisión del Consejo Nacional de Notariado de prohibir la inscripción de matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo.

    El Abogado del Estado recordó que la Corte Interamericana “es la intérprete última” de la Convención Americana de Derechos Humanos (también llamada "Pacto de San José de Costa Rica"), y por ello, no se puede ignorar lo que dijo en la Opinión Consultiva, pues ya la Sala Constitucional años atrás le ha dado valor y preponderancia a los precedentes y jurisprudencia de esa Corte, así como al control de convencionalidad.
    https://delfino.cr/2018/05/procuraduria-recomiend

    The Office of the Attorney-General of the Republic, which acts as the State's attorney, recommended to the Constitutional Chamber to comply with the advisory opinion on marriage equality and gender identity issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH), at the request of Costa Rica.

    This is stated in the briefing, ADPB-ESC-8986-2018, of which this publication has a copy, and which was issued by the attorney-general, Julio Jurado Fernández, following an action of unconstitutionality that is being processed against the decision of the National Notarial Council to prohibit the registration of marriages between people of the same sex.

    The State Attorney recalled that the Inter-American Court "is the ultimate interpreter" of the American Convention on Human Rights (also called the "Pact of San José de Costa Rica"), and therefore, one can not ignore what it said in its Advisory Opinion, since the Constitutional Chamber years ago has given value and deference to the precedents and jurisprudence of that Court, as well as to the control of conventionality (meaning that that convention is controling).

  • 40. VIRick  |  May 13, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Unhinged Tips for "Ex-Gay" Happiness

    After having sucked d*ck for over 30 years, "ex-gay" activist Robert Oscar Lopez, currently a professor of whatever at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, has just written an unhinged screed, "Ten Tips for Ex-Gay Happiness," which Bill Browning snarkily reviewed for LGBTQ Nation here:
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/05/tips-ex-gay-h

    Among the more eye-opening "reveals," we have:

    "Get Ready for Disappointment Because Women Don’t Have Penises"
    "It’s Normal for Ex-Gays to Have Sex in Public Bathrooms"
    "Masturbation or Misogyny: Why Not Try Both?"

    The Encyclopedia of American Loons provides more specifics on Robert Oscar Lopez here (although one should clearly note that he is no longer Associate Professor of English and Classics at California State University, Northridge):
    http://americanloons.blogspot.com/2017/09/1903-ro

  • 41. JayJonson  |  May 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Such a sicko. No wonder he was fired from Cal State Northridge. I guess Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has different kinds of standards.

  • 42. VIRick  |  May 13, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    For graphic detail (apparently based on long-standing, real-life experience), my favorite line, stating the painfully obvious, is:

    He warns that if last night you were “on your knees surrounded by naked men in a sex dungeon in West Hollywood somewhere,” it might take you longer to become ex-gay than others (to which I would add: In the meantime, while waiting for that magic "cure," one would be well-advised to invest in much thicker kneepads).

    Plus, I have no idea how this dreary scenario can be classified as "happiness:"

    “Once you go straight, you may go years without sex; nobody wants to hear you cry about it. Once you find your woman, you can’t just blow off things she complains about. You have to sit and listen to her whine about stupid stuff for hours without laughing or rolling your eyes or getting snarky.”

  • 43. VIRick  |  May 13, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Oruro, Bolivia: LGBT Rights Festival

    Per Noel Fuentes:

    El 12 de mayo 2018, Metamorfosis Bolivia presente en el Hall de la Gobernación en la ciudad de Oruro donde se realizó el Festival Cultural, "Derechos Aquí y Ahora."
    https://twitter.com/Metamorfosis_bo

    On 12 May 2018, Metamorphosis Bolivia presented, "Rights Here and Now," in the Government Hall in the city of Oruro where the Cultural Festival was held.

  • 44. JayJonson  |  May 13, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    I think what is motivating Lopez, apart from his general craziness, is epitomized in the adage, "misery loves company." He is lonely in his misery and wants other gay men to partake in it in the mistaken belief that that would make him less miserable.

  • 45. bayareajohn  |  May 13, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Seems to me his writings will do more to dissuade would-be converters from trying.

    The explicit repetition about how being "straight" will be boring, repulsive, and oppressive certainly makes it seem futile, if even possible.

    Recommended reading for the ambivalent, I think.

  • 46. VIRick  |  May 13, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Brasil: A Tender Mother's Day Message

    Per Toni Reis‏:

    Saudade muito grande da minha Mamãe Maria, que aos 14 anos me levou ao hospital para curar minha homosexualidade, e aos 27 anos se propôs a casar com meu querido marido David para ele ficar no Brasil… Minha mãe mudou sua mentalidade e eu acredito que todas as pessoas podem mudar.
    https://twitter.com/ToniReis2

    I miss my mother Maria very much, who at age 14 took me to the hospital to cure my homosexuality, and at age 27 proposed that she marry my dear husband David in order for him to stay in Brasil (at a time prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage) … My mother changed her mentality and I believe that all people can change.

  • 47. Elihu_Bystander  |  May 14, 2018 at 7:32 am

    I recently went to a Halloween party wearing much thicker kneepads.

  • 48. Randolph_Finder  |  May 14, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I think his writings are more likely to drive straight people to being gay than gay people to being straight.

  • 49. VIRick  |  May 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Vermont: New Law Requires Gender-Neutral Public Restrooms

    The governor of Vermont just signed a bill that would require all single-user public restrooms to be labeled gender neutral. It applies to restaurants, schools, stores, and other public buildings and public accommodations. The bill only applies to bathrooms with one toilet, and it only requires a change in signs. It takes effect on 1 July 2018.

    On its legislative journey, H.333 passed the Vermont House with a strong majority and received unanimous support in the Vermont Senate. On Friday, 11 May 2018, Governor Phil Scott (R) signed the bill into law.
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/05/new-vermont-l

  • 50. VIRick  |  May 14, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Argentine Sports Channel Mocks Russia’s "Gay Propaganda" Law

    A new ad from a sports channel in Argentina mocks Russia’s ban on "gay propaganda.” TyC Sports put together a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the World Cup 2018, which Russia is hosting and which Argentina will be attending. In the spot, images of male soccer players holding and touching each other are shown, including one featuring Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, while a narrator talks about how Argentine men love showing affection to each other.

    “Perhaps for tough men like you, it is hard to understand some love gestures…. There’s nothing more exciting than to see a bunch of men jumping naked in the locker room. Mr. Putin, if love among men is a disease for you, then we are very sick. And you know what? It’s contagious,” the ad says, mocking homophobia in Russia.

    This isn’t the first controversial ad TyC Sports has produced. In 2016, an ad for the Centennial Cup Americas, hosted by the US, used clips from rallies where Trump made anti-immigrant statements, while running images of Argentine fans coming to the US to cheer on their national team.
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/05/argentina-moc

  • 51. allan120102  |  May 14, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Same sex marriage will soon start in Costa rica. The TSE have made a big decision for trans rights today . It also will register ss couples who want to marry. That means that a couple that goes to register there intentions to marry will marry when the constitutional court issue a ruling it also means that the couple that register none of the partners could marry other person. Its almost sure it will be in favor because the TSE said today that the Ich ruling is binding to the country. So they are now waiting for a ruling because that will be more of a formality, and the TSE made it seems that we won CR https://www.nacion.com/el-pais/politica/tse-trami

  • 52. scream4ever  |  May 17, 2018 at 2:24 am

    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-

    According to this, it's merely a delay tactic and the bill will have it's second reading on October 26th.

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