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9/28 open thread


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  • 1. VIRick  |  September 28, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Germany: Two Transgender Women Elected to the Bundestag

    Two transgender women have been elected to the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament in Germany, a first for that country. Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik both successfully ran for the Green party, which came in third in the country’s national election on Sunday, 26 September 2021.

    Nationally, the Greens won 14.8 percent of the vote, up from the party’s 2017 performance of 8.9 percent. The party will play a significant role in the country’s new coalition government, according to Reuters.

  • 2. VIRick  |  September 28, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Colima: State Congress Bans "Conversion Therapy"

    Per Gabriel Gutiérrez García:

    El Congreso de Colima legisló esta noche, el 27 de septiembre 2021, para prohibir llamados "Esfuerzos para Corregir la Orientación Sexual o Identidad de Género" (Ecosig), o popularmente conocidos como las "Terapias de Conversión."….

    Tonight, 27 September 2021, the Colima Congress legislated to prohibit so-called "Efforts to Correct Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity" (Ecosig), popularly known as "Conversion Therapy."

  • 3. VIRick  |  September 28, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    Perú: First Trans Person Officially Recognized without Undergoing Reassignment Surgery

    Per Gianna Camacho García, Periodista Peruana:

    Ahora celebrando "SÍ!" Estamos felices porque nuestra compañera, Dania Calderón, se ha convertido hoy, el 28 de septiembre 2021, en la primera mujer trans en lograr cambiar (su género en) su DNI sin necesidad de una cirugía de reasignación genital.

    Now celebrating "YES!" Today, 28 September 2021, we are happy because our companion, Dania Calderón, has become the first trans woman to be able to change (her gender on) her national ID without the need for genital reassignment surgery.

    After a seemingly endless amount of obfuscation and delay, RENIEC has finally relented to the transgender recognition portion of the 9 January 2018 CIDH marriage equality/transgender recognition ruling, OC-24/17, a ruling that is binding on the state of Perú and on all other signatory nations of Latin America. Independently, the Tribunal Constitucional del Perú ruled accordingly on 8 November 2016 (prior to said CIDH ruling), but it has taken until now to force RENIEC to comply with either court decision.

    RENIEC = Registro Nacional de Identificación y Estado Civil (National Registry of Identification and Civil Status)

  • 4. VIRick  |  September 29, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Poland: Three More Provinces Rescind Motions Pertaining to "LGBT-Free Zones"

    Three more regional councils in Poland have repealed their motions that had previously declared their regions to be “LGBT-free zones.” The shift comes after the European Union had threatened to withdraw funding to the provinces that had passed such motions in recent years, Reuters reported.

    Quoting the Polish state news agency, the southeastern provinces of Malopolskie, Lubelskie, and Podkarpackie have now all voted to rescind their motions pertaining to their supposed claim to be "LBGT-Free Zones." A fourth province, Swietokrzyskie, did so last week.

    In 2019, with the support of the right-wing Law and Justice Party and the Catholic church, around 100 municipal bodies in Poland were able to pass such motions. Now, however, the EU says that they are a violation of EU law, and wrote to five regional councils earlier this month, calling on them to reverse their motions if they still wanted to receive any EU funding.

    Together, the 4 named provinces constitute the southeastern quadrant of Poland abutting Slovakia and Ukraine.

  • 5. VIRick  |  September 29, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Liechtenstein: Parliament (Landtag) Begins Work on Marriage Equality/Adoption

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The government has commenced consultation on draft legislation to allow LGBT couples in registered partnerships to adopt children, in accordance with a May 2021 court ruling:

    Per "Volksblatt, li, 21.09.2021:

    Stiefkindadoption: Abänderung des Partnerschaftsgesetzes in Vernehmlassung ist.

    Stepchild adoption: Amendment to the Partnership Act is in consultation.

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Political parties broadly agree that it’s time to introduce marriage equality, but first call for consultations:

    Per "Volksblatt, li," 28.09.2021:

    "Ehe für alle:“ Breite Zustimmung, jedoch nicht ohne öffentliche Diskussion.

    “Marriage for all:” Broad agreement, but not without public discussion.

    As noted previously, Liechtenstein deliberately waited to approve marriage equality/adoption until after both measures had been approved in Switzerland. Given the positive results of the 26 September 2021 referendum in Switzerland, both measures there have now been finalized. Thus, as anticipated, the Liechtenstein Landtag has not wasted any time in following suit.

  • 6. Randolph_Finder  |  October 4, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I'm curious as to how the Ruling prince feels about this. He's full on Catholic to the point where he said he'll abdicate before full legality for Abortion. I would not be surprised if adoption by same-sex couples was limited to step-child adoptions. But we'll see.

  • 7. VIRick  |  September 30, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Guanajuato: New Congress/New Marriage Equality Bill Introduced

    Per Alex Ramblas:

    Verde, MC, Morena, y PRI se unen para aprobar el matrimonio igualitario en Guanajuato. El 30 de septiembre 2021, en primera sesión ordinaria del (nuevo) Congreso de Guanajuato, Gerardo Fernández González (Verde) presenta iniciativa para reformar el código civil del estado (a permitirlo).

    Verde, MC, Morena, and PRI are united for approving marriage equality in Guanajuato. On 30 September 2021, in the first ordinary session of the (new) Guanajuato Congress, Gerardo Fernández González (Verde) presented a bill to reform the state civil code (to permit it).

    Simultaneously, but separately, Verde also introduced legislation (by Martha Ortega Roque) to depenalize abortion in the Guanajuato state Penal Code.

  • 8. VIRick  |  September 30, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Querétaro: New Governor to Sign Marriage Equality Legislation

    Per David Espadero Martínez:

    El nuevo gobernador, Mauricio Kuri González, publicará la reforma para que el matrimonio igualitario sea una realidad en Querétaro.

    The new governor, Mauricio Kuri González, will publish the reform in order for marriage equality to be a reality in Querétaro.

    This is a twist, as the previous congress, in one of its very last sessions, passed the marriage equality legislation that the new state governor has announced that he intends to approve by publishing it in the official state gazette.

  • 9. VIRick  |  October 1, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Taiwan Court: Transgender Woman Can Change Her Gender without Surgery

    On 23 September 2021, a court in Taiwan has ruled that a transgender woman can legally change her gender on her household registration without surgery. The "Taipei Times" reported that back in 2019 the Dasi Household Registration Office in Taoyuan, a city outside of the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, denied the woman’s application to change her gender to female. The Taipei High Administrative Court has now ruled in her favor.

    The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, a Taiwanese advocacy group, described the ruling as a landmark judgment. “The decision clearly declared that the executive order of the Ministry of the Interior for compulsory surgery was unconstitutional, and positively affirmed that transgender citizens have constitutional autonomy and the right to privacy of information, and under certain conditions, to request a change of gender registration,” they stated. “The judgment has correctly pointed out that gender identity and congenital nature are two different things, and that compulsory surgery is … unconstitutional.”

    If it so chooses, the Interior Ministry can appeal the ruling.

  • 10. VIRick  |  October 1, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Chile: House Committee Dispatches Marriage Equality Bill to the Full Chamber

    Comisión de Constitución de la Cámara despacharía mañana (el 1 de octubre 2021) ley de Matrimonio Igualitario.

    El vocero del Movilh, Oscar Rementería, apuntó que “todo indica, en todo caso, que iremos a Comisión Mixta, pues el proyecto despachado por el Senado presentaba algunos vacíos en términos de filiación, lo cuales han sido resuelto por la Comisión de la Cámara.”

    Tomorrow, (1 October 2021), the Constitution Committee of the House will dispatch the Marriage Equality Bill.

    The Movilh spokesperson, Oscar Rementería, pointed out that “everything indicates, in any case, that we will go to the Mixed Committee, since the measure dispatched by the Senate contained some gaps in terms of affiliation that have been resolved by the House Committee."

    A paso lento, pero seguro: El proyecto sobre el matrimonio igualitario continúa su avance.

    Slowly but surely: The proposals concerning marriage equality continue their advance.

  • 11. Randolph_Finder  |  October 4, 2021 at 12:04 am

    In american governmental terms, the term for this would be conference committee, which is supposed to create a single bill that both houses can approve. But I think here, this will occur before a full vote in both houses takes place.

  • 12. VIRick  |  October 1, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Edomex: Marriage Equality Proposal to be Introduced Again by PRD

    Per "Quadratín Edomex:"

    El martes, (el 5 de octubre 2021), Élida Castelán y Viridiana Fuentes, diputadas de la bancada del PRD de Edomex, propondrán reformas a los Artículos del Código Civil; Una vez más se buscará legalizar las uniones civiles entre personas del mismo sexo en Edomex.

    On Tuesday, 5 October 2021, Élida Castelán and Viridiana Fuentes, deputies of the PRD bench in Edomex, will propose reforms to the Articles of the Civil Code; Once again, they will seek to legalize civil marriage between same-sex couples in Edomex.

    Again, in Edomex, this is yet another new congress, and PRD is not wasting any time in re-introducing the same PRD marriage equality measure that was never voted upon by the previous congress.

    Throughout September and October, the majority of the Mexican states continue to be in the process of switching congress deputies and state governors, as the previous congresses each terminate and new congresses and state governors take over. As a result, we can anticipate an initial rush of new marriage equality proposals, especially in the 8 remaining recalcitrant states, proposals that frequently are re-introductions of previous measures that were never voted upon. Although Mexican politics at the state level continues to remain an enigma, one basic fact is clearly known: No state wishes that it be the very last one to pass the required legislation. Thus, we may finally be approaching that critical tilting point where the last handful of states are competing to avoid the "honor" of being last in line.

    In addition, as Randolph Finder accurately noted, "States (may) have finally realized that the Supreme Court of Mexico has had enough of this $#! ."

  • 13. Randolph_Finder  |  October 4, 2021 at 12:09 am

    As a quick note, Edomex is the "big prize" here, containing over 16M of Mexico's 128M people.

    And some politicians wouldn't have minded being last, Claudia Pavlovich, the immediate past governor of Sonora springs to mind.

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  October 2, 2021 at 5:45 am

    Progress Chart: In ten countries, over the past two decades, the percentage who say that homosexuality should be accepted by society

  • 15. ianbirmingham  |  October 2, 2021 at 5:51 am

    Pew Research: The Global Divide On Homosexuality Persists

  • 16. ianbirmingham  |  October 2, 2021 at 6:03 am

    World Map: The percentage who now say that homosexuality should be accepted by society

  • 17. Randolph_Finder  |  October 4, 2021 at 12:15 am

    The wierdest thing in here was that the Philipppines were viewed as so accepting, I've seen other surveys with very different results. For example:… has "Only 2 in 10 Filipinos favor same-sex marriage – SWS"

  • 18. ianbirmingham  |  October 4, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Randolph, you're comparing apples and oranges. Saying that homosexuality should be accepted by society essentially means that it should not be a criminal offense. It's Lawrence v. Texas, not Obergefell v. Hodges

  • 19. Randolph_Finder  |  October 5, 2021 at 5:36 am

    I'd actually say it is closer to comparing Oranges and Blood Oranges. (or something else). It is by far the largest gap between homosexuality is OK and Marriage Equality that I've seen.. Most nations with only 2 in 10 supporting Marriage Equality would be lucky to have a majority finding homosexuality OK.

  • 20. ianbirmingham  |  October 2, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Pew Research Center has been gathering data on acceptance of homosexuality in the U.S. since 1994, and there has been a relatively steady increase in the share who say that homosexuality should be accepted by society since 2000. However, while it took nearly 15 years for acceptance to rise 13 points from 2000 to just before the federal legalization of gay marriage in June 2015, there was a near equal rise in acceptance in just the four years since legalization.

    While acceptance has increased over the past two decades, the partisan divide on homosexuality in the U.S. is wide. More than eight-in-ten Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (85%) say homosexuality should be accepted, but only 58% of Republicans and Republican leaners say the same.

    At the same time, the U.S. still maintains one of the lowest rates of acceptance among the Western European and North and South American countries surveyed.

  • 21. ianbirmingham  |  October 2, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Germany's Hanauer Parkhaus GmbH (HPG) builds three 'diversity' parking spaces into its underground car park in Hanau's city centre

  • 22. VIRick  |  October 2, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Maryland: Two LGBTQ Rights Laws Take Effect

    On Friday, 1 October 2021, two LGBTQ rights bills became law in Maryland. House Bill 231 bans the so-called LGBTQ "panic" defense in criminal cases. House Bill 130 creates the Commission on LGBTQ Affairs in the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

    Lawmakers approved both measures earlier this year. In May, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he would allow them to take effect without his signature.

  • 23. ianbirmingham  |  October 4, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    China to ban video games promoting ‘effeminate males,’ characters with no ‘clear gender,’ gay relationships

    China will reportedly ban video games that don’t promote “correct values” and “accurate understanding” of the country’s history and culture, a leaked internal document shows.

    That includes a ban on any portrayal of “effeminate males,” the promotion of same-sex relationships, and the showing of characters who have no “clear gender.”

    The leaked document comes from a recent training session organized by China’s state-backed gaming association. It addresses Beijing’s new plans to regulate the industry while advising game developers on how to produce content that can be approved for sale in the future.

    “If regulators can’t tell the character’s gender immediately, the setting of the characters could be considered problematic and red flags will be raised,” the memo says.

    Similarly, male game characters who wear female clothing could also pose a problem for regulators.

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