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  • 1. VIRick  |  May 7, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Baja California Sur: Morena Marriage Equality Proposal Introduced to Full Congress

    Per Dan Rojas:

    En unos momentos, el 7 de mayo 2019, la bancada de Morena presentará ante el Congreso de Baja California Sur una iniciativa de reforma para el Código Civil del estado que pretende dar luz verde al matrimonio igualitario.
    https://twitter.com/DanielRojasMX

    In a few moments, on 7 May 2019, the Morena caucus will present before the Congress of Baja California Sur a reform initiative for the state Civil Code that aims to give the green light to equal marriage.

    Per Gonzalo Kinich:

    Morena presentó iniciativa de matrimonio igualitario en el Congreso estatal de Baja California Sur.
    https://twitter.com/Kiwi_lloron

    Morena presented a marriage equality initiative in the state Congress of Baja California Sur.

    By party affiliation, the 21-member state congress is comprised as follows:

    Morena (9)
    PRD (1)
    MC (2)
    Verde (1)
    PRI (1)
    PAN (1)
    Others (6)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mexican_sta

    If only a simple majority of 12 favorable votes is needed, then by holding together, Morena/PRD/MC, all parties ostensibly in favor of marriage equality, would have a controlling majority to pass said legislation. And we will have won this state. The opposition seems to sense it as a foregone conclusion.

    BCS: Iniciativa que Legalizará el Matrimonio Gay

    Este martes, el 7 de mayo 2019, finalmente los diputados de la fracción del Morena decidieron presentar ante el pleno, una iniciativa que busca reformar el Código Civil, con el objetivo de permitir el matrimonio entre las personas del mismo sexo; una situación que, caldeó los ánimos entre los que estaban a favor y en contra de la propuesta.

    El proyecto contemplaría reformar el Artículo 150 del Código Civil para el Estado de Baja California Sur, estableciendo que el matrimonio es la unión de dos personas para realizar la comunidad de vida, en donde ambos se procuran respeto, igualdad, y ayuda mutua mediante la cohabitación doméstica y sexual, con eventual perpetuación de la especie.
    https://www.bcsnoticias.mx/se-caldean-los-animos-….

    BCS: Initiative to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

    This Tuesday, 7 May 2019, the deputies of the Morena caucus finally decided to present before the full congress, an initiative that seeks to reform the Civil Code, with the objective of allowing marriage between same-sex couples; a situation that heated the souls among those who were both in favor and against the proposal.

    The project would contemplate reforming Article 150 of the Civil Code for the State of Baja California Sur, establishing that marriage is the union of two people to realize a community of life, where both seek respect, equality, and mutual help through domestic and sexual cohabitation, with eventual perpetuation of the species.

    Per El Centinela BCS:

    Por poner desorden en la lectura de la iniciativa del matrimonio igualitario en el Congreso BCS, sacan del recinto a los miembros del Frente Natural por la Familia.
    https://twitter.com/ElCentinelaBCS

    For putting disorder into the reading of the initiative on equal marriage in the BCS Congress, they removed the members of the Frente Natural por la Familia from the area.

  • 2. VIRick  |  May 7, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Sonora: Marriage Equality Proposal to Be Discussed Tomorrow, 8 May 2019

    Per María Luisa Alatorre C:

    Mañana, el 8 de mayo 2019, es el Foro Informativo hacia el matrimonio igualitario. ¡Vamos! Nos vemos a las 10AM en el Auditorio del Departamento de Derecho de la Universidad de Sonora.

    La Diputada Yumiko Palomarez Herrera, autora de la iniciativa de matrimonio igualitario, convoca a través del Congreso de Sonora, foro informativo hacia el matrimonio igualitario.
    https://twitter.com/drechosexuales

    Tomorrow, 8 May 2019, is the Information Forum towards equal marriage. Let's go! We will see you at 10AM in the Auditorium of the Law Department of the University of Sonora.

    The Congresswoman Yumiko Palomarez Herrera, author of the initiative for equal marriage, convokes through the Congress of Sonora, an informative forum in favor of marriage equality.

  • 3. VIRick  |  May 8, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Chile: Marriage Equality Case Back to Supreme Court

    Per Rex Wockner:

    Today, 8 May 2019, the marriage equality case which the Supreme Court had ordered the appeals court to hear, after it had (first) refused to do so, has now (again) returned to the Supreme Court after said appeals court then unanimously ruled against the couple.

    Recurren a la Corte Suprema para Casarse

    Con el patrocinio del Movilh, el periodista Ramón Alberto Gómez Roa (43) y el diseñador Gonzalo Velásquez Velásquez (37), pareja hace 19 años, apelaron ante la Corte Suprema para que se pronuncie sobre su solicitud de contraer matrimonio. Una de las razones de la pareja para exigir matrimonio es su intención de adoptar un/a hijo/a, proceso del cual están impedidos solo por ser ambos del mismo sexo.
    https://www.eldinamo.cl/nacional/2019/05/08/autor

    Appeal to the Supreme Court to Marry

    With the sponsorship of Movilh, the journalist Ramón Alberto Gómez Roa (43) and the designer Gonzalo Velásquez Velásquez (37), a couple for 19 years, appealed to the Supreme Court to rule on their request to marry. One of the couple's reasons for demanding marriage is their intention to adopt a child, a process from which they are prevented only because both are of the same sex.

  • 4. VIRick  |  May 8, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Ecuador: La Corte Constitucional del Ecuador: Marriage Equality Ruling Coming

    Per Rex Wockner‏:

    Ecuador Constitutional Court: The marriage equality ruling is coming "in the next few days." The ruling will determine whether Ecuador is bound by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) marriage equality ruling of January 2018, and may have immediate effect.

    A la Espera de la Resolución de la Corte Constitucional sobre Matrimonio Igualitario

    En los “próximos días,” la Corte Constitucional (CC) deberá emitir su dictamen sobre si la opinión consultiva de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) acerca de la población LGBTI es vinculante para el Estado ecuatoriano o no.

    No es claro cuando vence el plazo de 45 días que tiene la CC para resolver la consulta realizada por la Corte Provincial de Pichincha, después de que un juez de primera instancia negó la acción de protección presentada por la pareja de Efraín Soria y Javier Benalcázar. Los dos recibieron una negativa del Registro Civil cuando solicitaron casarse en 2018, por lo que plantearon el recurso.
    https://lahora.com.ec/noticia/1102241818/a-la-esp

    Waiting for the Ruling of the Constitutional Court on Equal Marriage

    In the "next few days," the Constitutional Court (CC) must issue its opinion on whether or not the advisory opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) regarding the LGBTI population is binding on the Ecuadorian State.

    It is not clear when the 45-day term within which the CC has to resolve the query made by the Provincial Court of Pichincha expires, after a judge of the first instance denied the protection action presented by Efraín Soria and Javier Benalcázar. The two received a refusal from the Civil Registry when they asked to marry in 2018, so they then filed the appeal.

  • 5. VIRick  |  May 8, 2019 at 11:05 am

    San Luis Potosí: Congress Extends Vote on Equal Marriage for Another Week

    San Luis Potosí: Congreso Alarga Otra Semana Voto del Matrimonio Igualitario

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Será hasta el jueves 16 de mayo que se pueda votar en el Pleno del Poder Legislativo la iniciativa de matrimonios igualitarios, debido a que el dictamen de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos no se entregó en tiempo por requerir de algunos ajustes y precisiones.

    Lo anterior fue confirmado por asesores del diputado y presidente de dicha comisión, Pedro César Carrizales Becerra, así como por la diputada promovente de la iniciativa, la morenista Marite Hernández Correa.
    https://pulsoslp.com.mx/slp/congreso-alarga-otra-

    It will not be until Thursday, 16 May, that the initiative on equal marriage can be voted in the full Congress, owing to the fact that the draft bill from the Human Rights Commission was not delivered in time since it required some adjustments and clarifications.

    The above was confirmed by advisers to the deputy and president of said commission, Pedro César Carrizales Becerra, as well as by the deputy promoting the initiative, the morenista Marite Hernández Correa.

  • 6. arturo547  |  May 8, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Chile: Chamber of Deputies votes in favour of LGBT adoption. It also rejected giving preference to straight couples.

    Source: https://mobile.twitter.com/Movilh

    The senate is next.

  • 7. VIRick  |  May 8, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Chile: Chamber of Deputies Approves Homoparental Adoption

    Per Movilh:

    Día Histórico: El 8 de mayo 2019, la Cámara de Diputados aprueba la adopción homoparental. ¡Triunfa el interés superior del niño y de la niña! ¡Triunfa la diversidad familiar!
    https://mobile.twitter.com/Movilh/status/11262037

    Historic Day: On 8 May 2019, the Chamber of Deputies approved homoparental adoption. The best interests of the children triumph! Family diversity triumphs!

    Per Cámara de Diputados Chile:

    La Cámara de Diputados aprueba reforma integral al sistema de adopciones en Chile. Pasa al Senado de Chile.
    https://twitter.com/CamaraDiputados/status/112621

    The Chamber of Deputies approves the comprehensive reform to the adoption system in Chile. It now goes to the Senate of Chile.

    Per Fundación Iguales:

    The vote in the Chamber of Deputies on this measure was 78 in favor and 63 against, with 2 abstentions. In the 155-seat house, the remaining 12 seats are either vacant, or the person was absent during the vote.
    https://www.iguales.cl/historico-chile-camara-dip

  • 8. VIRick  |  May 8, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Supreme Court of Mexico Rules in Favor of Homoparental Adoption/Families

    Per SCJN:

    "Limitar el derecho a la filiación (al padre biológico) de los menores de edad nacidos en el seno de familias homoparentales es discriminatorio y viola el derecho a la identidad. Se debe respetar la voluntad de una persona para reconocer a un hijo con quien no hay vínculo genético."
    https://twitter.com/SCJN/status/11262436975432745

    "Limiting the right of filiation (to the biological parent) for minors born into same-sex families is discriminatory and violates the right to identity. The wishes of a person to recognize a child with whom there is no genetic link must be respected."

    On 8 May 2019, in a unanimous ruling, the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Mexico ruled that Article 384 of the Civil Code of Aguascalientes is unconstitutional for excluding from its protections those born within the context of homoparental families.

    Note: Someone needs to show this ruling, No. 052/2019, to the US Department of State and to the US Department of Justice. Today's ruling by the Supreme Court of Mexico goes straight to the heart of the whole point of adoption, whether by a same-sex couple, or not. In this regard, too, an additional note to the US Supreme Court reminding them of the principal of "presumed parenthood" in the case of married couples might also be in order.

    Note: This is the third ruling this year, so far, against Aguascalientes arising from the extremely thorough "Action of Unconstitutionality" filed against the state by the CEDHA.

  • 9. VIRick  |  May 8, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Yucatán: Second Suit for "Legislative Omission" Filed against Yucatán Congress

    Per César Brice C.:

    Hoy, el 8 de mayo 2019, como parte de la lucha por el reconocimiento del matrimonio igualitario se presentó la segunda acción contra la omisión legislativa del Congreso de Yucatán.
    https://twitter.com/CesarBriceC

    Today, 8 May 2019, as part of the struggle for the recognition of equal marriage, the second action against the legislative omission of the Yucatán Congress was presented.

  • 10. VIRick  |  May 8, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Maine: House Passes Bill Banning Gay "Conversion Therapy"

    Per Human Rights Campaign:

    On 8 May 2019, Maine’s House of Representatives passed a critical bill, LD 1025, protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous practice of so-called “conversion therapy.”

    The measure now goes to the Maine Senate.
    https://twitter.com/HRC/status/112621896613170790

  • 11. VIRick  |  May 8, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Guatemala: Reactionary Anti-LGBT Marriage Bill Resurrected in Congress

    Per Rex Wockner:

    A 2017 bill to double-ban marriage equality, in violation of the Inter-American Court (CIDH) marriage equality ruling, has been resurrected in the Guatemala Congress for a possible third and final vote ahead of the up-coming 16 June 2019 elections, as right-wingers pander for votes among the evangelicals and christianists.

    In addition, the same reactionary measure, "Ley para la Protección de la Vida y la Familia" (Law for the Protection of Life and the Family), would also increase the penalties for abortion.
    https://elmundo.sv/proyecto-contra-aborto-y-matri

    Currently, those found "guilty" of abortion in Guatemala pay a fine. Only those too poor to afford to pay the fine are thrown into jail. This double standard is typical of the type of class-warfare rampant in Guatemala, one factor which has been driving thousands to flee the country. If passed, this pending legislation will only compound the problem.

  • 12. VIRick  |  May 9, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Supreme Court of Mexico Rules in Favor of Transgender Citizen on Birth Certificate Issue

    On 9 May 2019, Mexico’s highest court has intervened in a case from Jalisco of a transgender person denied a legal transition by state officials. The Supreme Court asked the state of Jalisco to issue a new birth certificate to reflect the correct gender and name of the transgender citizen.
    
    “As the Supreme Court has argued in other cases, everyone has the right to define their own sexual and gender identity and it is the state’s responsibility to guarantee this decision, which is reflected in the different documents, mainly in the birth certificate,” the court said in a statement seen by Reuters.

    The person—who has not been identified—has been instructed to request the certificate directly from the civil registry. In October 2018, the court issued a similar ruling, allowing a Veracruz resident to change their gender marker without going before a judge, as had been customary in that state until then.
    http://desastre.mx/mexico/scjn-ampara-a-persona-t
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/05/09/mexico-supr

    Under current law, a Mexican birth certificate, issued in any state, can only be corrected within the following jurisdictions: CDMX, Michoacán, Nayarit, Coahuila, Colima, and Baja California,– and soon, in Hidalgo,– without the party in question going through a complicated judicial procedure.

  • 13. VIRick  |  May 9, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Ecuador: New Constitutional Court Hearing on Marriage Equality, Second Case

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    El lunes, 20 de mayo 2019, la Corte Constitucional realizará (una segunda) audiencia pública sobre una consulta respecto del matrimonio entre hombre y mujer. El 7 de agosto de 2018, Rubén Salazar y Carlos Verdesoto presentaron una acción de protección (amparo) en contra del Registro Civil porque esa institución se negó a celebrar el contrato matrimonial entre los mencionados accionantes por ser ambas personas del mismo sexo.

    El 16 de agosto 2018, previo a resolver el fondo de la indicada acción de protección, la Unidad Judicial Civil con sede en Quito, decidió consultar a la CC respecto de la constitucionalidad de los Artículos 81 del Código Civil que establece que el matrimonio es un contrato solemne por el cual un hombre y una mujer se unen con el fin de vivir juntos, procrear, y auxiliarse mutuamente, y el Artículo 52 de la Ley de Gestión de la Identidad y Datos Civiles, que se refiere a que el matrimonio es la unión entre un hombre y una mujer y se celebra e inscribe ante el Registro Civil.

    El 27 de marzo 2019, se admitió a trámite la consulta formulada en la CC que será analizada por el juez Alí Lozada. El siguiente paso es la realización de una audiencia para que intervengan quienes así lo deseen.

    El 29 de marzo 2019, el juez Ramiro Avila dirigió también en la CC, una audiencia (la primera) sobre una opinión consultiva realizada por el Tribunal de la Sala Penal de la Corte Superior de Justicia de Pichincha respecto a una presunta violación de derechos a Efraín Soria, quien presentó una acción de protección al impedírsele contraer matrimonio civil con su pareja del mismo sexo. Según organizaciones LGBTI, existen 10 causas judiciales abiertas de matrimonio civil igualitario en Guayaquil, Quito, y Cuenca.
    https://www.eluniverso.com/noticias/2019/05/08/no

    On Monday, 20 May 2019, the Constitutional Court will hold (a second) public hearing on a consultation regarding marriage between man and woman. On 7 August 2018, Rubén Salazar and Carlos Verdesoto filed for (requested) an action for protection (amparo) against the Civil Registry because that institution refused to register the marriage contract between the aforementioned parties because they are both persons of the same sex.

    On 16 August 2018, prior to resolving the merits of the aforementioned protection action, the Civil Judicial Unit based in Quito decided to consult the CC regarding the constitutionality of Articles 81 of the Civil Code that establishes that marriage is a solemn contract by which a man and a woman come together in order to live together, procreate, and assist each other, and Article 52 of the Law of Identity Management and Civil Data, which refers to marriage as the union between a man and a woman, celebrated and registered before the Civil Registry.

    The query made to the CC that will be analyzed by Judge Alí Lozada was admitted for processing on 27 March 2019. The next step is to hold a hearing so that those who so wish may intervene.

    On 29 March 2019, Judge Ramiro Avila also conducted a hearing in the CC (the first) on an advisory opinion made by the Court of the Criminal Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Pichincha regarding an alleged violation of the rights of Efraín Soria, who filed for (requested) an action of protection (amparo) when prevented from contracting a civil marriage with his same-sex partner. According to LGBTI organizations, there are 10 pending judicial cases of equal civil marriage from Guayaquil, Quito, and Cuenca.

  • 14. arturo547  |  May 9, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    I supose this is another case. One newspaper said that the other case ruling was coming in the “next days”, so I think there first be a ruling on whether the IACHR consultive opinion is binding in Ecuador and then there will be a ruling on the new case, which is an “action of protection”, the Ecuadorian term for “action of unconstitutionality”. In other words, this latter case might be the one bringing marriage equality to Ecuador in general terms.

  • 15. VIRick  |  May 9, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Baja California: PAN Candidates Sign Accord against Marriage Equality

    Per "El Yizuz Chraist‏:"

    Baja California: PAN firma acuerdo contra el matrimonio igualitario.
    https://twitter.com/YizuzChraist

    Per La Jornada BC:

    Baja California: Firman candidatos del PAN acuerdo contra el aborto y matrimonio igualitario.
    http://jornadabc.mx/tijuana/08-05-2019/firman-can

    Baja California: PAN candidates sign accord against abortion and marriage equality.

    The document, presented by Salvemos las Dos Vidas (Save the Two Lives) was signed by the PAN candidate for governor, by the 5 PAN candidates for the 5 municipal presidencies (mayors), and by 17 PAN candidates for state deputy positions.

    With state elections forthcoming in both Baja California and Tamaulipas, the right-wing PAN candidates are out in full-force and totally off-the-wall, posturing, pandering, and bending over to the evangelical nut-jobs. There once was a time when PAN had a positive, business-oriented economic vision of Mexico becoming the next USA, in partnership and in accord with the USA. That vision seems to have been replaced by retrograde positions on social issues.

  • 16. VIRick  |  May 9, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Yes, these are definitely two separate cases. The earlier case before the court, filed by Efraín Soria, had a public hearing before Judge Ramiro Avila on 29 March 2019. The present case, filed by Rubén Salazar and Carlos Verdesoto, will have its public hearing before Judge Alí Lozada on 20 May 2019. Both cases are pending before the Constitutional Court.

    Your analysis of what the ruling in each case will do, as a two-step process, seems perfect. The first will determine that the CIDH consultive opinion, OC-24/17, is indeed binding upon Ecuador, while the second will summarily strike down the challenged portions of Article 81 of the Civil Code and of Article 52 of the Law of Identity Management and Civil Data.

    And thanks for the correction regarding Ecuadorian legalese. I had mis-understood an "action of protection" to mean an amparo, rather than an "action of unconstitutionality." Certainly, in the second case, it reads more as if the challengers requested an "action of unconstitutionality," given that they have specifically requested that certain portions of specific Ecuadorian laws be struck down.

  • 17. VIRick  |  May 11, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Minnesota: Senate Republicans Reject Ban on Gay "Conversion Therapy"

    In the Minnesota Senate, on 9 May 2019, an amendment attached to the Health and Human Services budget bill that would have banned gay "conversion therapy" for minors, put forward by openly gay Senator Scott Dibble, was ultimately voted against by every Senate Republican, and failed by a 34-30 majority, according to CityPages.com.
    
    The amendment’s rejection came as a blow to Dibble, as he had previously had two Republicans approach him to offer their support. One of those Republicans, Scott Jensen, provided his own version of the amendment, as he was worried that Dibble’s version was too far-reaching. He was told by Jensen and fellow Republican Eric Pratt that if Jensen's version was accepted, they could get between four and 10 Republicans to support the measure.

    However, Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka called a recess and summoned the Senatee Republicans to a meeting. Dibble was later told that if the amendment had passed, six Republicans would have voted against the Health and Human Services budget bill to which it was to be attached. That threat effectively killed the "conversion therapy" amendment.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/05/10/republicans

  • 18. ianbirmingham  |  May 11, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Lebanese LGBT salon brings out beauty in everyone

    Lebanon's LGBT community is one of the most vibrant in the Arab world. Yet, as noted by Kim Mouawad, the young entrepreneur who founded Out in December 2017, there are not many establishments aimed at the gay community other than bars and clubs.

    “Out is not a place where LGBT people are merely ‘accepted,’” Mouawad said, expressing her distaste for the concept of “being accepted,” as opposed to “belonging.” “This is a place that makes room for things people are not normally exposed to and are taught to hate. Once you step in, you have to adapt to it.”

    Mouawad sits in front of what she calls Out's “wall of fame.” On display are black-and-white portraits of Bassem Feghali, the first Lebanese comedian to appear in public in drag; RuPaul, the host and creator of the widely popular “RuPaul's Drag Race”; Apple CEO Tim Cook, the first head of a Fortune 500 company to come out as gay, in 2014; and the fashion designer Marc Jacobs.

    Mouawad's decision to open Out was driven by personal history. Her brother was gay, but he kept it a secret for the first 24 years of his life, coming out only after he moved to the United States. “I was shocked by what he had to endure growing up in Lebanon, and for years I brainstormed ways I could help,” Mouawad said.

    Out is open to everyone, as long as they refrain from staring and expressing judgment about other clients’ appearance or requests.

    Same-sex conduct is still technically a crime in Lebanon, but activists have long fought to strike Article 534 of the Penal Code from the books. A colonial leftover from the early 1900s French mandate era, the law punishes “any sexual intercourse contrary to the order of nature” with up to one year in prison.

    In 2018, nearly 100 candidates running for in parliamentary elections openly called for decriminalizing homosexuality. This year, for the first time in a Lebanese military court, a judge held that sodomy is not punishable by law, noting that Article 534 does not clearly define by what criteria sex acts can be deemed “contrary to nature.” The opinion, delivered March 30 and considered a landmark decision, follows similar decisions issued by civil courts over the past two years.

    A recent survey by Arab Freedom for Equality found that the majority of respondents (65.5%) opposed imprisoning LGBT individuals, but also revealed a majority (72%) against “homosexuals having meeting places.”

    Among the LGBT community in Lebanon, it is often transgender individuals who have the hardest time. They are even discriminated against in “gay friendly” clubs and bars. There are no official statistics, but local activists estimate that at least 7 out of 10 transgender people in Lebanon are unemployed.

    https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/0

  • 19. allan120102  |  May 11, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Hidalgo to vote on Tuesday on a ssm bill. The deputy who propose the law state that is almost assure it will pass but until I see it I will believe it after all preovious fails in the past week https://www.criteriohidalgo.com/noticias/el-marte

  • 20. VIRick  |  May 11, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Havana: Security Forces Stop Independent LGBTI March, Arrest Participants

    On Saturday, 11 May 2019, Cuban police and state security agents arrested at least 6 people during an unsanctioned LGBTI march in Havana. The march began in Havana’s Parque Central, in front of the statue of José Martí near the Cuban Capitol building, El Capitolio, shortly after 4 PM. Videos posted on-line by independent Cuban journalists and activists showed dozens of people, some with Pride flags, marching down Havana’s Paseo del Prado toward the oceanfront Malecón. Additional videos posted to social media further show police and state security agents arresting march participants part way through the march down the Prado. They never reached the Malecón.

    Independent LGBTI activists organized the march (La Conga contra la Homophobia) less that a week after the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX), a group directed by Mariela Castro, daughter of former President Raúl Castro, announced that it had cancelled its annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBiT) march in Havana that was originally scheduled to have taken place today instead.

    Earlier this week, Mariela Castro said the “opposition in Miami” was organizing the unsanctioned march. Independent activists received text messages from state security officials that told them not to attend it. Reports also indicate police on Saturday prevented some of them from leaving their homes in order to attend unsanctioned IDAHOBiT marches in Havana and elsewhere in the country.

    This year’s IDAHOBiT commemorations in Cuba are taking place against the backdrop of increased tensions between Havana and Washington over the Cuban government’s continued support of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

    On Wednesday, 8 March 2019, authorities arrested Luz Escobar, a reporter for 14ymedio, an independent website founded by Yoani Sánchez, a prominent critic of the Cuban government, as she tried to interview victims of a freak tornado that tore through parts of Havana in January. On the same day, authorities did not allow Michael Lavers, a reporter for the "Washington Blade," into the country after his flight from Miami landed at Havana’s José Martí International Airport.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019/05/11/severa

    A note to Cuban Communist Party officials: You are being suckered in by your own paranoia and dated, worn-out rhetoric. There was no need to cancel the official IDAHOBiT march in Havana, as no one involved in the LGBT rights movement gives a damn about Cuban, US, and/or Venezuelan foreign policy considerations. In each country, LGBT rights are a domestic issue. Now, your own enemies, including your own favorite nemesis, the ex-patriate Miami cabal (who, despite your claim, had nothing to do with today's march), have a handy propaganda issue (at the expense of LGBT rights) which they are already exploiting to use against your regime.

    Also, ignore the noise from El Norte. That one is absolutely clueless, but will be glad to drag everyone backwards just for the sake of dragging everyone backwards.

  • 21. scream4ever  |  May 11, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    It's not dead yet as they are currently in conference committee. Jensen is on the committee so there's a good chance that it will make it to the final bill.

  • 22. VIRick  |  May 12, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Hidalgo: PRD Marriage Equality Proposal Ready for a Vote by Full Congress

    The Hidalgo marriage equality proposal, originally introduced in October 2018 by the lone PRD deputy, Areli Miranda Ayala, is ready for a vote before the full congress on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. And the voting results are entirely up to Morena, as that party controls 17 seats in the 30-member congress, an absolute majority.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mexican_sta
    https://www.criteriohidalgo.com/noticias/el-marte

    However, rest assured that we will win Hidalgo, one way or the other. Here is why: The quicker and easier method is for Morena to simply vote in favor of Areli's proposal. The more convoluted method is for the CNDH to file an "Action of Unconstitutionality" against the state.

    In late April, the same congress passed an amendment to the Family Code to up-date gender identity recognition. If the marriage equality measure were to fail, we are still within the 30-day window with regard to this change to the Family Code for gender identity recognition to thus allow for the filing of an "Action of Unconstitutionality" in favor of marriage equality. Mexico Igualitario is watching this matter quite closely, and will not allow the opportunity to pass.

  • 23. VIRick  |  May 12, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Italy: Highest Court of Appeal Rules Gay Couple Cannot Register as Co-Parents

    On Wednesday, 8 May 2019, Italy’s highest court of appeal ruled that a gay couple cannot register as co-parents to their two children. The unidentified couple, from the northern Italian city of Trento, had their born children in Canada with the help of an egg donor and a surrogate. Both men are named as fathers on their children’s birth certificates, but the top court ruled that only the biological father will be registered as a legal parent. His partner will have to apply to adopt.

    Under all circumstances, surrogacy is illegal in Italy, including for heterosexual couples, and one politician even described it as a “sex crime.” It can be punished with up to two years in prison. However, a legal grey area surrounds the status of couples who have had children through surrogacy abroad — while they won’t be prosecuted, the legal recognition of their children is often fraught with legal challenges.

    The instant ruling may be in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, specifically of Article 8 (which grants the right to privacy and family life) and of Article 14 (which establishes the prohibition against discrimination). In 2018, a same-sex Polish couple in the same situation successfully utilized these articles when taking their case to the ECHR, and won the right to register both parents legally.

    Italy has not legalized same-sex marriage, and thus, adoption is only possible for married, heterosexual couples. Despite this, some LGBT individuals have been able to adopt their partner’s children, and some regional authorities have allowed adoptions jointly-made abroad to be recognized, both matters being done on a case-by-case basis.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/05/09/italy-wont-

  • 24. VIRick  |  May 12, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Mexico: Alex Alí Méndez and México Igualitario Have Plans

    Alex Alí Méndez, of course, along with the good people at México Igualitario, are the brains behind the entire legal movement for marriage equality in Mexico, having negotiated us thus far through the exceedingly complex court system and all the legal minutiae extant in that country.

    Per Alex Alí Méndez Díaz:

    On 11 May 2019:

    Estamos preparando algo. Faltan 6 dias. (We are preparing something. Six days remain.)

    On 12 May 2019:

    Tenemos algo que exigirles. Faltan 5 dias. El derecho constitucional se hizo para hacerlo una materia viva, que construya puentes y derribe mas barreras. Aquí vamos de nuevo. Ya es tiempo… el reconocimiento de nuestros derechos no puede seguir esperando. Ya es tiempo… aquí viene algo grande.

    We have something to demand of them. Five days left. The constitutional right was made to make it a living matter, to build bridges and to tear down more barriers. Here we go again. It's time … the recognition of our rights can not keep waiting. It's time … here comes something big.
    https://twitter.com/alex_ali_md

    On 11 May 2019, Alex Alí Méndez Retweeted México Igualitario:

    Because we know that we need to continue with the strategy, we have a surprise.
    https://twitter.com/MX_Igualitario/status/1127257

    All of the messages above have been sent to the following twitter accounts:
    @lopezobrador_ (Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Presidente Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos)

    @GobiernoMX (Cuenta de la Presidencia del Gobierno de México)

    @ComGobiernoMx (Coordinación de Comunicación Social de la Presidencia del Gobierno de México)

    @M_OlgaSCordero (Olga Sánchez Cordero, Secretaria de Gobernación del Gobierno de México)

    @SEGOB_mx (Secretaría de Gobernación)

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