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  • 1. VIRick  |  July 19, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    West Virginia: South Charleston Passes LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Thursday, 15 July 2021, the South Charleston City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ residents. There was no discussion and the ordinance passed unanimously, making South Charleston the 15th West Virginia community to pass a Fairness Act.

    South Charleston’s action followed the US Supreme Court’s decision in "Bostock v. Clayton County," where the Court ruled 6-3 that an employer who fired an employee for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullins told the "Charleston Gazette-Mail:" “With that Supreme Court ruling, we wanted to make sure we were in full compliance with federal law for one. And for two, it’s the right thing to do. You want to wipe out discrimination if you can, or at least show that you are opposed to it.”

  • 2. Elihu_Bystander  |  July 20, 2021 at 5:41 am

    Poland: "LGBT Free Zones" are suing us!

    Since 2019, town after town here in Poland has declared itself an "LGBT-free zone." Today, one-third of my country is telling LGBT+ citizens "you don't belong here."

    I wanted to feel like a full citizen again. So I teamed up with three other activists to launch "Atlas of Hate", an interactive map charting and monitoring the "LGBT-free zones".

    We brought international attention to this attack on LGBT+ Poles, and supporters from all around the world have helped us fight back.

    But now, we've been caught in the crosshairs of our homophobic enemies.

  • 3. VIRick  |  July 20, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Pakistan Opens First Government School for Transgender Students in Multan

    In early July 2021, in an action that sets precedent in this largely conservative Muslim majority country, the Government of Pakistan established and opened its first public school for transgender students in Pakistan’s most populous province. The school, established by the educational department in Punjab province, where Multan is located, opened its doors on the first day of school with 18 students enrolled.

    A tweet sent out on 9 July from the official Pakistani Government Twitter account read: “First public school for transgender people has been opened in Multan. This will not just educate the transgender people but will increase livelihood and business opportunities for them as well.”

  • 4. VIRick  |  July 20, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Edomex: Gender Identity Law under Discussion in State Congress

    Per México Igualitario:

    Estamos atentos a la discusión en el Congreso de Edomex sobre una propuesta de reforma a leyes civiles para el reconocimiento de la identidad de género en el Estado de México vía administrativa.

    We are attentive to the discussion in the Edomex Congress about a reform proposal to the civil laws of the State of Mexico for the recognition of gender identity by administrative means.

  • 5. VIRick  |  July 20, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Edomex State Congress Passes Gender Identity Law

    Per Palau Emiliano:

    Hoy, el 20 de julio 2021, el Congreso del EdoMex reconoció el derecho al cambio de identidad de género para todas las personas. Es un logro histórico.

    Today, 20 July 2021, the Edomex Congress recognized the right to change the gender identity of all persons. It is an historic gain.

    Per México Igualitario:

    Con 61 votos a favor, 2 en contra, y 8 abstenciones, se aprobó la reforma al Código Civil del Estado de México que reconoce el derecho a la identidad trans de forma administrativa.

    With 61 votes in favor, 2 against, and 8 abstentions, the reform to the Civil Code of the State of Mexico recognizing the right to gender identity by administrative means was approved.

    Per "Info Quórum:"

    Edomex es la entidad 15 en aprobar una Ley de Identidad, habiendo sido antecedido por Ciudad de México, Coahuila, Colima, Chihuahua, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Tlaxcala, y Puebla.

    Edomex is jurisdiction 15 to approve a Gender Identity Law, having been preceded by CDMX, Coahuila, Colima, Chihuahua, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Tlaxcala, and Puebla.

    Edomex also now joins Sonora as the second state in Mexico to have recognized gender identity, but which has yet to legalize marriage equality.

  • 6. VIRick  |  July 20, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Canada: 16th Anniversary of Nationwide Marriage Equality

    Per Fundación Iguales de Chile:

    Hoy se cumplen 16 años desde que Canadá aprobó la Ley sobre el Matrimonio Civil, convirtiéndose el 20 de julio de 2005 en el primer país de las Américas en aprobar este tipo de unión a nivel nacional.

    Today completes 16 years since Canada approved the Civil Marriage Law, becoming from 20 July 2005 the first country in the Americas to approve this type of union at the national level.

  • 7. VIRick  |  July 20, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    The Full Chilean Senate Is Debating the Entire Marriage Equality Package

    Right now, on the afternoon of 20 July 2021, the Full Senate of Chile is debating the marriage equality proposal, during which time Fundación Iguales de Chile, Movilh, and Senado Chile are holding a "twitazo" on the website, "Matrimonio Igualitario," providing constant up-dates on the progress of said debate. In the meantime, a number of right-wing bible-beaters have also appeared on the same site, quoting their biblical texts, attempting to "prove" whatever it is they think they are supposedly "proving."

    So far, this is the best retort, one that begins with extremely polite language:

    Per Dante:

    Si estás en contra del matrimonio igualitario, quizá deberías empezar a contemplar la posibilidad de ocuparte de tus propios asuntos. No tienes poder de decisión sobre nuestras vidas y nunca debiste tenerlo, así que metete tu opinión, esa que nadie te pidió, por el culo.

    If you are against marriage equality, perhaps you might start to contemplate the possibility of your engaging in/occupying yourself with your own proper business. You have no decision-making power over our lives and you should never have such, so insert your opinion, the one that nobody asked you for, up your ass.

  • 8. ianbirmingham  |  July 20, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Top U.S. Catholic Church official resigns after cellphone data is used to track him on Grindr and to gay bars

  • 9. Elihu_Bystander  |  July 22, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Targeting USCCB Priest Over Grindr Use Is “Homophobic Innuendo,” Says Theologian

    "A theologian has described the allegations that led a top administrator at the U.S. bishops' conference to resign as "unethical, homophobic innuendo" that began a "long ugly season" for the nation's Catholics.

    "Speaking to the Associated Press, Fr. James Martin, SJ, also warned against what this incident could devolve into:

    “‘Priests should obviously keep their promises of celibacy. But Catholic journalists should not use immoral means to spy on priests. . .Because what comes next? Spying on Catholic school teachers? Spying on parishioners? And where does it end — when we have a church where no one has ever sinned? The church will be empty.'”

  • 10. VIRick  |  July 20, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Dominican Republic: Senate President Meets with LGBTQ Advocates

    Per El Duquito:

    On 19 July 2021, the president of the Senate of the Dominican Republic, Eduardo Estrella, met with LGBTQ advocates from the collective group, "RD Es de Todes," (RD Is for Everyone) to hear their concerns about the removal of LGBTQ-specific language from a hate crimes bill by the Cámara de Diputados (Chamber of Deputies), a maneuver that sparked multiple days of sustained protests from the LGBTQ community, with the advocates insisting that the Senate now correct the draft of the new Penal Code.

    At the meeting on 19 July, the Senate President appeared to be in accord with the LGBTQ advocates, stating that he was not in agreement with the modifications made by the Chamber of Deputies.

  • 11. VIRick  |  July 21, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Chile: The Full Senate Passes Entire Marriage Equality Package

    Per Senado Chile:

    APROBADO: La Sala del Senado aprobó en particular por 28 votos a favor, 14 en contra, y 0 abstenciones, las normas que regulan el matrimonio igualitario.

    Y ahora, se realiza la votación de normas con relación a la filiación y adopción.

    APPROVED: The Full Senate approved in particular the rules that regulate marriage equality by 28 votes in favor, 14 against, and 0 abstentions.

    And now, the voting on the rules with relation to filiation and adoption have been realized.

    On 21 July 2021, the entire approved marriage equality package, including filiation and adoption, after three separate votes, has just been dispatched to the Chamber of Deputies for their approval.

    Filiation is a shorthand way of expressing that automatic two-parent spousal recognition (without regard to parental gender) will now be allowed on all children's birth certificates.

  • 12. Randolph_Finder  |  July 21, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I *think* that once Chile legalizes SSM that the Farthest south point on Earth without SSM will be the southernmost point of Lesotho.

  • 13. VIRick  |  July 21, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Argentina: More Provincial, Cumulative Equal Marriage Counts

    En la Provincia de Neuquén, se realizaron 210 matrimonios igualitarios.

    In Neuquén Province, there have been 210 equal marriages.

    These provincial marriage figures are the grand totals for the 11 years since marriage equality first became legal in Argentina. Neuquén is in southwestern Argentina, in Patagonia, abutting the Andes.

    Previously, we noted these cumulative numbers from other low-population pampas areas:
    68 equal marriages in San Luis Province
    198 equal marriages in San Juan Province
    50 equal marriages in La Pampa Province

  • 14. VIRick  |  July 21, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Argentina Officially Recognizes Third Gender, Non-Binary "X" Gender

    Per Federación Argentina LGBT:

    Desde del 21 de julio 2021, el Estado reconoce a las personas no binarias y a quienes no quieran definirse dentro del binomio “masculino-femenino,” quienes podrán poner la “X” en su documento de identidad (el DNI argentino así como en el pasaporte).

    From 21 July 2021, the State recognizes non-binary persons and those who do not wish to be defined within the "masculine-feminine" binary, who will now be able to place an "X" on their identity document (the DNI argentino as well as passport).

    With this change, Argentina has become the first country in all of Latin America to provide official recognition to the third gender, non-binary "X" gender.

  • 15. scream4ever  |  July 22, 2021 at 12:56 am

    This will swiftly be overturned.

  • 16. Elihu_Bystander  |  July 22, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Yes, but what about the outing without consent. Perhaps an harassment filing against the Sheriff's Dept.

  • 17. VIRick  |  July 22, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Louisiana: Governor's Veto of Anti-Trans Sports Ban Bill Sustained

    Per Human Rights Campaign:

    On 21 July 2021, the Louisiana House of Representatives voted 68-30 to sustain Governor John Bel-Edwards’ veto of the anti-trans sports ban bill, SB 156. For Louisiana, that means that this discriminatory measure is now officially dead.

  • 18. VIRick  |  July 22, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    West Virginia: Anti-Trans Sports Ban Law Blocked by Federal Judge

    Per Lambda Legal:

    On 21 July 2021, a preliminary injunction, as ordered by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin of the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, has been granted for Becky Pepper-Jackson! This win means that a discriminatory West Virginia anti-trans law will not stop Becky from participating in sports (on the girls' cross country team) when she goes back to school in the fall.

    In his decision, the judge wrote: "I have been provided with scant evidence that this law addresses any problem at all, let alone an important problem."

  • 19. VIRick  |  July 22, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Arkansas: Anti-Trans Health Care Prohibition Blocked by Federal Judge

    Per ACLU:

    On 21 July 2021, in "Brandt v. Rutledge," the federal court in Little Rock AR issued a statewide preliminary injunction blocking the law that would prohibit health care professionals from providing or even referring transgender young people for medically necessary health care.

    This law, banning hormone treatment and puberty blockers as well as gender-affirming surgeries, was set to go into effect from 28 July 2021. However, on 21 July 2021, a federal judge in the District court for the Eastern District of Arkansas has issued an injunction preventing the state’s ban on gender-affirming health care for minors from going into effect. Said lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of four transgender youth and their families, as well as for their two doctors. The decision does not strike down the law, but blocks it while the suit proceeds.

    This blatantly discriminatory measure was originally vetoed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, but his veto was then subsequently over-ridden by the Arkansas legislature, in a state where a simple majority (in both senses of the word) can over-ride such a veto.

  • 20. VIRick  |  July 22, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Hungary to Hold Referendum on Anti-LGBT Law

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 21 July 2021, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared that his government will be holding a referendum on a controversial new anti-LGBT law, officially called the Children Protection Act, that claims to have the stated purpose of safeguarding children's well-being, while also fighting pedophilia. But said law has been widely criticized for being discriminatory against members of the LGBT community, given that it outlaws depictions of homosexuality and transgender issues in the school curriculum, as well as in TV programing aimed at minors. The law also equates homosexuality with pedophilia.

    The European Union has already launched legal action against Hungary over this law, given that the EU states that it contravenes Article 21 of the organization’s Charter of Fundamental Rights: "Stigmatizing LGBTIQ persons constitute a clear breach of their fundamental right to dignity, as provided for in the EU Charter and international law."

    Hungary does not recognize marriage between same-sex couples and, in 2020, same-sex couples were legally banned from adopting children. Hungarians are also no longer allowed to legally change their gender.

  • 21. bayareajohn  |  July 23, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    This "referendum" consists of a set of questions worded in the general format of "do you approve of perverted, satanic, child-killing practices that will doom our society?"

    I wonder how it will turn out.

  • 22. VIRick  |  July 23, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Missouri: North Kansas City Bans Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 20 July 2021, the North Kansas City council unanimously passed an ordinance banning anti-LGBT "conversion therapy."

    North Kansas City MO is situated in Clay County, on the north side of the Missouri River, and is completely surrounded by the much larger Kansas City MO. It faces downtown Kansas City MO, while Kansas City KS sits to its immediate west.

    At the same moment, the Independence MO City Council rejected their proposed ban on "conversion therapy" in a 4-3 vote.

  • 23. VIRick  |  July 23, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Veracruz: 3 Amparos Granted for Equal Marriages in Poza Rica

    Las uniones entre personas del mismo sexo continúan ganando terreno en este municipio de Poza Rica. Hasta el momento, ya suman tres amparos otorgados para este tipo de uniones, motivado por un mayor interés que existe en el matrimonio igualitario.

    Same-sex unions continue to gain ground in this municipality of Poza Rica. So far, there have already been three amparos granted for this type of union, motivated by a greater interest that exists in equal marriage.

    For those who might be interested in seeing what an actual amparo looks like, this particular news article shows a portion of the most-recent Sentencia del Juicio de Amparo 238/2021, issued on 16 July 2021, negating Oficio No. 0488/2021 of 29 April 2021.

    It should also be noted: A few days ago, the State Congress of Veracruz passed the necessary legislation that de-penalized abortion, the 4th jurisdiction in Mexico to do so, following CDMX, Oaxaca, and Hidalgo.

  • 24. VIRick  |  July 23, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Alaska: Medicaid to Cover Gender-Affirming Health Care/Transitions

    Beginning from 25 July 2021, gender-affirming health care will be covered as part of Alaska's Medicaid program. Said program helps cover the medical costs for low-income individuals.

    The change comes as a result of a lawsuit settlement that was reached in late June 2021. The suit had originally been filed against Alaska’s Health Department for its refusal to cover trans Alaskans and their transitions, according to "The Anchorage Daily News."

  • 25. VIRick  |  July 23, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Tonga: The Iconic Eye-Candy Olympic Flag-Bearer Returns

    After carrying his country's flag at the 2016 and 2018 Games, Pita Taufatofua has returned for a third time to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Enjoy the extra-ordinary view, replete with a retrospective:

    And yes, people in Tonga really do wear that type of attire. Notice the other officials behind him in photo #4.

  • 26. ianbirmingham  |  July 24, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Thousands To Join Budapest Pride March In Protest Over New Anti-LGBT Law

    Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in power since 2010, has grown increasingly radical on social policy in what he portrays as a fight to safeguard traditional Christian values from Western liberalism.

    The European Commission has launched legal action against Orban’s government over the new law, which came into force this month, saying it is discriminatory and contravenes European values of tolerance and individual freedom.

    Organizers of Saturdays’ march have called on supporters to stand up against hatred and resist attempts by what they called “power-hungry politicians” to intimidate LGBT people.

    “The recent past has been very demanding, distressing, and frightening for the LGBTQ community,” they said in a statement.

    “Instead of protecting minorities, the Fidesz-Christian Democrat government is using laws to make members of the LGBTQ community outcasts in their own country.”

    Several civil rights groups have criticized Orban’s reforms and a survey last month by the Ipsos polling organization found that 46% of Hungarians support same-sex marriage.

    On Monday, more than 40 foreign cultural institutions and embassies in Hungary, including those of the United States, Britain, and Germany, published a joint statement in support of the Budapest Pride Festival.

  • 27. ianbirmingham  |  July 24, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Record numbers of Hungarians took part in the annual Budapest Pride Saturday to protest against right-wing government attacks on LGBTQ rights that have drawn outrage from the European Union

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has even threatened to turn down EU coronavirus aid if it is dependent on him backtracking over his proposed laws against the LGBTQ community. Hungary is due to receive €7.2 billion ($8.4 billion) from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility.

    The thousands of people who turned out for Budapest Pride were keen to show they would not be intimidated by the government's rhetoric and laws.

  • 28. VIRick  |  July 24, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Guanajuato: Two More Amparos for Same-Sex Couples Gained

    Per Mariana Koelliker:

    El 22 de julio 2021, el segundo amparo contra la negativa de contraer matrimonio igualitario en Guanajuato . . . GANADO! Defendiendo siempre los derechos de quien puedo, contra quien sea y a donde tope.

    On 22 July 2021, in Guanajuato, the second amparo to contract an equal marriage against its denial . . . GAINED! Always defending the rights of whoever I can, against whoever may be and wherever it stops.

    Mariana Koelliker is an attorney in Guanajuato who has recently taken it upon herself to successfully process as many judicial amparo requests as is humanly possible from same-sex couples wishing to be able to marry in that state. She is handling all of the required legal paperwork for the petitioners free-of-charge, and to date, has already scored 2 wins to 0 losses.

  • 29. VIRick  |  July 25, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Liechtenstein Is Ready for Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    In late June 2021, the Liechtenstein State Court of Justice struck down the ban on LGBT couple step-child adoption, one of the last obstacles to legalizing marriage equality.

    In February 2021, nearly 75% of the Liechtenstein elected representatives said that they supported marriage equality; the father of the Prince suggested he also supported "Ehe für alle" (marriage equality), but that he might veto a law that allowed for adoption. However, that threat is now moot, thanks to the court.

    Per "Liechtensteiner Vaterland," up-dated on 28 June 2021:

    Staatsgerichtshof bringt «Ehe für alle» aufs Parkett (des Parlaments). Verbot der Stiefkindadoption für gleichgeschlechtliche Paare ist verfassungswidrig. Ungleichbehandlung soll behoben werden.

    The state court brings "marriage for everyone" to the floor (of the parliament). Prohibition of stepchild adoption by same-sex couples is unconstitutional. Inequality of treatment is to be eliminated.

  • 30. VIRick  |  July 25, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Tamaulipas: New State Congress Poised to Pass Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The Morena deputies who will comprise the majority in the new Tamaulipas state congress say that they will pass a marriage equality bill as ordered by the SCJN when they take office from 1 October.

    Los diputados electos de Morena, que serán mayoría en la próxima legislatura, adelantan que atenderán el llamado de la SCJN para legalizar las uniones entre personas del mismo sexo; sobre la despenalización del aborto, proponen convocar a consultas.

    The deputies-elect of Morena, who will be a majority in the next legislature, anticipate that they will heed the call of the SCJN to legalize unions between same sex couples; on the decriminalization of abortion, they propose to convoke consultations.

  • 31. VIRick  |  July 25, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Montenegro: First Same-Sex Civil Partnership Registered

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Today, 25 July 2021, Montenegrin authorities announced that the first LGBT (female) civil partnership has now been registered, after it had become legal to do so on 1 July 2021.

    The civil partnership law gives same-sex couples equal rights to that of heterosexual couples, except for adopting children.

    The registration of this same-sex civil partnership in Montenegro also qualifies it as being the very first legally registered same-sex civil partnership recorded in any ethnically Slavic, majority-Orthodox country. However, the religious preference (if any) of the couple in question was not mentioned.

    Three other Slavic nations, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Croatia already allow same-sex civil unions/partnerships, but by predominant religion, are not Orthodox. On the other hand, Greece and Cyprus are Eastern (Greek) Orthodox, but by ethnicity, are not Slavic.

    According to Wikipedia, Montenegro's population by religion breaks down as follows:

    72% Eastern (Serbian) Orthodox
    04% Roman Catholic/Other Christian
    19% Islamic
    01% Other Religions (Jewish)
    04% Atheist/Undeclared

    By ethnicity, the vast majority who identified as Montenegrin (89%)/Serbian (99%) were Eastern (Serbian) Orthodox, while those who identified as Croatian (92%) (or a minority who are Albanian (26%)) were Roman Catholic. The overwhelming majority who identified as Bosniak (99%) or Roma (81%) were Islamic, as were most Albanians (73%).

  • 32. ianbirmingham  |  July 26, 2021 at 1:25 am

    Inside the Hungarian campaign to beat Viktor Orbán

    Previous failures to beat Orbán drove the six parties to take the unprecedented step of joining forces in late 2020. They are expected to nominate a joint candidate for prime minister in a two-round primary election this fall.

    Some 37 percent of Hungarians support the opposition list, while 36 percent back Fidesz, according to a recent poll by the IDEA Institute.

    Among those Hungarians who say they would go to vote for sure, however, Fidesz has a slight edge, with 47 percent, compared to 45 percent for the opposition.

    Streets are plastered with taxpayer-funded billboards carrying the government’s talking points. Voters are getting letters from Orbán in the mail, while state media outlets repeat conspiracy theories promoted by the ruling party. In addition, the prime minister last week called for a referendum on LGBTQ+ issues — expected in the months before the election — with questions the government’s opponents have criticised as stigmatizing and misleading.

    Meanwhile, opposition politicians say they cannot get their ideas through in a significant portion of the media and often can’t even purchase advertising space.

    “It doesn’t matter how much you pay, you just don’t get a billboard advertisement,” said Péter Márki-Zay, the conservative mayor of the southern city of Hódmezővásárhely and another candidate to be the opposition’s choice for prime minister.

    The opposition alliance has been relying heavily on social media and street campaigning to get around such obstacles and reach voters.

    The opposition alliance has issued a joint document vowing to seek a wide-ranging societal consultation on a new constitution, if it wins.

    “We need to create a pluralistic, diverse constitution that reflects and declares our basic values,” the parties wrote.

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