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  • 1. VIRick  |  September 7, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Yucatán: Marriage Equality in Effect, Decree Published in Official Gazette

    Per Mi Abogado en Mérida:

    El 6 de septiembre 2021, se publicó en el Diario Oficial del Estado de Yucatán, el decreto (412/2021) por el que se modifica la Constitución Política del Estado de Yucatán, en materia de matrimonio igualitario.

    On 6 September 2021, the decree (412/2021) by which the Political Constitution of the State of Yucatán is modified on the matter of marriage equality was published in the Official Gazette of the State of Yucatán.

    The new Congress of Yucatán now has 180 days from that date (that is, until 5 March 2022) to modify all the secondary state laws in order for said laws to thus be in compliance with this state constitutional matter pertaining to marriage equality.

    Per Mily Romero, deputy in state congress who sponsored marriage equality legislation:

    Llegó el dia. A partir de hoy (7 de septiembre 2021), las parejas (del mismo sexo) podrán casarse sin necesidad de amparo y en igualdad de condiciones. Nos tomó mas de una década revertir lo que el gobierno de 2009 hizo

    The day has arrived. From today (7 September 2021), (same-sex) couples can marry without the need of an amparo and under equal conditions. It took us more than a decade to reverse what the government did in 2009.

  • 2. VIRick  |  September 7, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Zacatecas: Party Composition of the New 30-Member State Congress

    Per Alex López:

    10 Morena
    07 PRI
    02 PRD
    03 PT
    03 PAN
    02 Nueva Alianza
    01 Verde
    01 PES
    01 Independente

  • 3. VIRick  |  September 7, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Mexico: Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion in Coahuila

    On 7 September 2021, the Supreme Court of Mexico "ruled for the first time in favor of guaranteeing the right of women and pregnant people to decide, without facing criminal consequences," the release said. Mexico's Supreme Court announced it is "unconstitutional to criminalize abortion absolutely" in Mexico.

    Court President Arturo Zaldívar said judges "from now on" will not be permitted to "charge any woman who aborts under the circumstances this court has ruled as valid" without doing so in violation of the high court's ruling, according to the AP.

    Needless to say, Coahuila is one of 4 Mexican states abutting Texas. As noted countless times before, whenever the USA swings to the right, Mexico almost instinctively swings a bit further to the left.

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  September 8, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    European Commission: Withdraw Poland's "anti-LGBT ideology" resolutions or lose €2.5 billion ($2.95 billion US dollars)

    In the five Polish regions involved (out of 16 total), local assemblies are defying the pressure from the European Commission and refusing to withdraw their "anti-LGBT ideology" resolutions.

    Last year, six Polish towns that passed similar declarations didn’t get extra funds from the Commission’s town twinning program.

  • 5. VIRick  |  September 9, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Chile: Another Step Forward for Marriage Equality in the Chamber of Deputies

    Per Fundación Iguales:

    Hoy, el 9 de septiembre 2021, en una votación unánime (9 votos a favor), el proyecto de ley de matrimonio igualitario con filiación y de adopción fue aprobado en general en la Comisión de Constitución de la Cámara Baja y se abrió espacio a indicaciones (pasando a su discusión particular), las cuales se retomarán el 23 de septiembre en la misma comisión.

    Today, 9 September 2021, in a unanimous vote (9 votes in favor), the marriage equality bill with two-parent recognition and adoption was approved in general in the Constitutional Committee of the Lower House and space was opened for suggestions (in passing to its discussion in particular), which will be resumed on 23 September in the same committee.

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  September 9, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    China orders video game firms to remove anything that encourages 'effeminacy'

    China sees celebrity culture and the pursuit of wealth as a dangerous Western import which threatens Communism because it promotes individualism rather than collectivism.

    Among the new targets are media representations of men, which experts say are a cause for anxiety among the conservative, older generation of party leaders.

    In recent days, regulators have ordered broadcasters to resist 'abnormal aesthetics' such as 'sissy' men, calling for more masculine representations in programming.

    The target is driven by a perception among sections of the political class that 'effeminate men are physically weak and emotionally fragile,' University of Hong Kong associate professor Geng Song said, with the inference that 'feminine' men cannot defend the nation.

    Song added that heterosexuality is seen by the political establishment as the only gender norm, leading to 'anxiety' over more ambiguous representations of sexuality and identity.

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  September 9, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Missouri high school teacher, 22, resigns after he is told to remove Pride flag from his classroom because parents said he would 'teach their children to be gay

    John M. Wallis, who taught speech and drama at Neosho High School, said his troubles began at the beginning of the curricular year when he hung a pride flag next to a sign that said, ‘In this classroom, EVERYONE is welcome.’

    ‘This was an attempt to make my classroom more open and welcoming for all of my students, and nothing was ever taught about the flag because it stood there as a reflection of my classroom as a safe space for my LGBTQIA+ students,’ the 22-year-old tweeted September 5.

    His effort at inclusiveness backfired when a parent called to complain that Wallis was going to ‘teach their child to be gay,’ he said, adding he was instructed to remove the flag and signs.

    ‘In fact, the use of the pride flag in my classroom was compared to hanging the confederate flag in my classroom.’

    After removing the rainbow-striped flag – a universal symbol of acceptance of all sexual preferences – students began inquiring why it was removed, Wallis said in a lengthy Twitter thread.

    ‘I answered truthfully while expressing that, if students had a problem with who I was, there were other open classes,’ he said. ‘This led to three or more calls from parents accusing me of pushing my agenda in the classroom.’

    Wallis said he was then asked to sign a letter, agreeing he would not discuss sexuality in the classroom, which prompted his resignation.

    ‘There is never a problem when a heterosexual teacher displays pictures of themselves and their spouses in a classroom, but I have a flag and all hell breaks loose,’ he said.

    ‘My administrators chose to believe the bigotry of parents over their building's teacher. To say I am devastated is an understatement.’

  • 8. ianbirmingham  |  September 9, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Taiwan's annual LGBTQ pride parade to be held virtually in 2021

    The Taiwan Rainbow Civil Action Association (TWRCAA) said on Thursday that Taiwan Pride, the nation's annual LGBTQ pride parade, will be held online this year, in response to current COVID-19 restrictions.

    TWRCAA, the organizer of the annual event since 2012, took to social media last Sunday to announce the theme of the 19th Taiwan Pride as "I (LOVE) BEING OUT!!."

    However, the association also revealed that there will be no physical parade during this year's pride, due to the on-going pandemic.

    Tsai Ya-ting (蔡雅婷), secretary-general of TWRCAA, told CNA that years of experience organizing the parade led the association to conclude that just the number of volunteers would violate crowd regulations imposed by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

    Performances by celebrities and members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community will still be featured as they are staples of the event, Tsai said.

    However, the performances will be presented in the form of live feeds via four channels on streaming platform YouTube.

    The main channel will serve as the parade's de facto main stage, while the three sub-channels will be the equivalent of floats and mobile loudspeakers showcasing smaller acts, Tsai said.

    As in years past, the parade will be held on the last Saturday of October, which falls on Oct. 30 this year.

    Taipei City's Department of Information and Tourism will put on a light show in honor of the event, while TWRCAA will erect photogenic displays and pop-up events to promote the parade.

  • 9. VIRick  |  September 10, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Morelos Congress Approves Gender Identity Law

    Per Gabriel Gutiérrez García:

    El 9 de septiembre 2021, con 16 votos a favor y una abstención, el Congreso de Morelos aprobó una reforma para reconocer el derecho a la Identidad de Género en ese estado de la República Mexicana.

    On 9 September 2021, with 16 votes in favor and one abstention, the Morelos Congress approved a reform to recognize the right to Gender Identity in this Mexican state.

    The new 20-member congress in Morelos state took their seats on 1 September 2021, just 9 days ago, and wasted no time in passing this overdue gender identity law that the previous congress had refused to pass. Three members were absent on the day of the vote.

  • 10. VIRick  |  September 10, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Mexico: Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion in Sinaloa, 9 September 2021

    Per GIRE:

    Es inconstitucional la “protección a la vida desde la concepción” en Sinaloa: en las constituciones donde exista, no puede ser pretexto para negar servicios de aborto a las mujeres y otras personas con capacidad de gestar.

    The "protection of life from conception" in Sinaloa is unconstitutional: in the constitutions where it exists, this can not be the pretext for negating abortion services to women or other persons capable of giving birth.

    Per Suprema Corte, 9 de septiembre 2021:

    Las leyes que criminalizan el aborto de manera absoluta son inconstitucionales. A partir de ahora, todas y todos los jueces deberán aplicar este criterio de la Corte que protege el derecho de las mujeres y personas gestantes a decidir.

    The laws that criminalize abortion in an absolute manner are unconstitutional. From today, all judges must apply this criteria of the Court that protects the right of women and pregnant persons to decide.

  • 11. VIRick  |  September 10, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Panama: Supreme Court of Justice Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

    El 8 de septiembre 2021, el pleno de la Corte Suprema de Justicia no admitió un amparo de garantías constitucionales presentado contra una resolución de la Dirección Nacional Registro Civil del Tribunal Electoral que rechazó la inscripción del matrimonio entre Juan Francisco Alonso González y Juan David Parra Duque, celebrado el 11 de agosto de 2017 en Colombia.

    La 7-2 mayoría de los magistrados, con la ponencia de María Eugenia López Arias, indicaron que en lo expuesto por la pareja, representada por la firma Morgan & Morgan, “no se vislumbran cargos concretos que sirvan para establecer que estamos frente a un debate constitucional circunscrito a demostrar que la decisión amparada a transgredido algún precepto constitucional.”

    On 8 September 2021, the full Supreme Court of Justice did not admit an amparo of constitutional guarantees filed against a resolution of the National Civil Registry Office of the Electoral Tribunal that rejected the registration of the marriage between Juan Francisco Alonso González and Juan David Parra Duque, celebrated on 11 August 2017 in Colombia.

    The 7-2 majority of the justices, with the presentation of María Eugenia López Arias, indicated that in what was stated by the couple, represented by the firm Morgan & Morgan, “there are no concrete charges that serve to establish that we are facing a circumscribed constitutional debate to demonstrate that the appealed decision has violated any constitutional precept."

  • 12. VIRick  |  September 10, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Panamá: Comment on Supreme Court's Rejection of the Registration of a Colombian Marriage

    If one finds most of this ruling to be inexplicable, please understand that you are not alone. To begin, the translation of this ruling into English was most difficult, in large part because the argument presented in Spanish by the Supreme Court itself in its negative decision rejecting this appeal made little or no sense. For example, how could it be possible for a Supreme Court to exceed its own jurisdictional function? If that were to be the case, then that would render the Court non-supreme.

    In the broadest vein, the 7 justices who agreed with this decision all have their heads firmly planted quite far up their asses, and are nit-picking over nonsensical points. In effect, they are looking inward toward their own myopically-focused prior judicial references, rather than looking outward toward the much bigger picture, especially with regard to the looming CIDH marriage equality decision and the concept of international human rights treaties to which Panamá is a signatory and which take precedence over domestic law and prior court decisions.

    For over 400 years, Panamá was a constituent part of Colombia, with absolutely identical laws on every aspect of the law. Ditto for Ecuador (and Venezuela). Colombia has marriage equality (from prior to the CIDH decision), and the marriage in question was legally constituted there. Ecuador now also has marriage equality (specifically due to the CIDH marriage equality decision), while Venezuela, in total dysfunctional disarray, has not ruled on anything whatsoever.

    But most importantly, the marriage equality decision of the CIDH is binding (vinculante) upon Panamá and is precisely what the warning of unconstitutionality from Rigoberto González is all about. The warning should be heeded, not dismissed. Still, this instant kind of nit-picking and back-pedalling from the Supreme Court of Panamá is also precisely why Costa Rica first took the matter of marriage equality to the CIDH when they did, as they deliberately sought to obtain said ruling, one which is now binding upon all member states that are signatories to the CIDH, including its next-door neighbor, Panamá.

  • 13. ianbirmingham  |  September 11, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Did these 7 judges take turns brandishing Noriega's machete as they issued this ruling?

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  September 12, 2021 at 6:49 am

    Space for China's LGBTQ+ communities continues to shrink

    Forecasting the future and channeling the official stance on the matter, Global Times editor Hu Xijin claims that the LGBTQ+ community should not expect much more room for free expression.

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