Sign Up to Receive Email Action Alerts From Issa Exposed

10/11 open thread


This is an open thread. We’ll post any breaking news.


  • 1. VIRick  |  October 11, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Turkey: Court Finds that Pride Participation Is Not a Crime

    A judge in Turkey’s capital of Ankara has found that activists who participated in a university Pride march could not be held responsible for a crime since participating in Pride is not a crime.

    Eighteen students and a professor who were previously detained, charged, and prosecuted over their participation at a Pride parade at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara on 10 May 2019 were acquitted on Friday, 8 October 2021, according to a press release from the international LGBTQ rights group ILGA-Europe.

    The participants had been charged with “participating in an unlawful assembly” and “failing to disperse despite being warned.” They faced up to three years in prison if convicted.

    “We would like to point out that from the very beginning, there should have been no trial at all, and now, with this precedent, we will continue to raise the LGBTI struggle,” Özgür Gür, a member of the rights group, ÜniKuir, and one of the detained, said. “We thank everyone for their support.”

  • 2. VIRick  |  October 12, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Chile: Marriage Equality Up-Date as of 12 October 2021

    Per Juan Enrique Pi and Acción Gay:

    Ahora el proyecto del matrimonio igualitario pasa (de la Comisión de Constitución en la Cámara) a Comisión de Hacienda en la Camara. Luego, debe pasar a la Sala, y después de vuelta al Senado. Todavía falta un poco, pero vamos avanzando rápido. Es probable que el proyecto esté completamente aprobado antes de fin del año.

    The marriage equality bill now passes (from the Constitution Committee of the House) to the Finance Committee of the House. Then, it must pass to the Full Chamber, and afterward return to the Senate. There is still some to go, but we are advancing rapidly. The entire project is likely to be completely approved before the end of the year.

  • 3. VIRick  |  October 12, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Botswana: Court of Appeal Begins Hearing on Homosexuality Decriminalization Appeal

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Tuesday, 12 October 2021, the Botswana Court of Appeal started hearing a government attempt to overturn a landmark ruling that decriminalized homosexuality. In 2019, the country's High Court ruled in favor of campaigners seeking to strike down prison sentences for same-sex relationships, declaring such sentences unconstitutional. The judgment was hailed internationally as a major victory for gay rights in Botswana.

    However, the government wants the ruling overturned because it believes that courts have no jurisdiction in decriminalizing homosexuality. The Court of Appeal is expected to issue a ruling in a matter of weeks after it wraps up the hearing.

  • 4. VIRick  |  October 12, 2021 at 2:10 pm


    A Mexican-born architect who is in a same-sex marriage with a Namibian citizen has taken his battle to be allowed to live in Namibia with his husband and their family to the Supreme Court. In an appeal that was argued in the Supreme Court yesterday, 11 October 2021, Mexican citizen Guillermo Delgado is asking the court to overturn a High Court judgment in which an attempt by him to obtain legal recognition of his residence status in Namibia was dealt a heavy blow in February 2021.

    Delgado has lived in Namibia for more than 10 years, and has been married to a Namibian citizen, Phillip Lühl, for nearly seven years. However, because Delgado and Lühl are partners in a same-sex relationship, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security is refusing to give legal recognition to their marriage, which was solemnised in South Africa in December 2014.

    Delgado lived in Namibia on the basis of work permits which the ministry granted to him, until he was temporarily barred from the country by an immigration official in January last year, following the expiry of his employment permit at the end of December 2019.

    Delgado asked the High Court to declare that he is domiciled in Namibia. He further asked the court to review and set aside a decision of the chief of immigration and the home affairs minister to reject an application by him to be issued with an identity certificate – a document through which the ministry confirms non-Namibians' right to be resident in Namibia.

    After suffering a setback when judge Thomas Masuku dismissed his application in the High Court in February, Delgado appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn Masuku's decision.

  • 5. VIRick  |  October 13, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Namibia: Married Same-Sex Couple Wins Citizenship Suit for Oldest Child

    Per Namibia Equal Rights Movement:

    On 13 October 2021, the Windhoek High Court has declared Yona to be a Namibian citizen by descent, directed the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration Namibia to issue a certificate of citizenship in 30 days, and dismissed the Home Affairs requirement of a DNA test. Democracy wins. Equality prevails.

    Yona is the oldest of the three children of Phillip Lühl and Guillermo Delgado, the same married same-sex couple cited in the post immediately above.

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  October 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Biden calls for defeat of anti-LGBT bills, passing Equality Act on Coming Out Day

  • 7. VIRick  |  October 13, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Colorado: First State to Require Transgender Care as Essential Health Benefit

    Colorado has become the first state in the country to include transition-related care for transgender people as part of the requirements for essential health care in the state, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday, 12 October 2021.

    As part of the change, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved the state’s request to provide gender-affirming care in the individual and small group health insurance markets as part of Colorado’s Essential Health Benefit benchmark. Secretary of Health & Human Services Xavier Becerra said in a statement the change is consistent with the Biden administration’s goal of eliminating barriers faced by transgender people in accessing health care, including transition-related coverage.

    According to HHS, the Colorado plan will require insurers to cover a wider range of services for transgender people, in addition to benefits already covered, such as eye and lid modifications, face tightening, facial bone remodeling for facial feminization, breast/chest construction and reductions, and laser hair removal.

  • 8. VIRick  |  October 13, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Baja California Sur: Same-Sex Adoption Bill to Be Introduced

    Morena buscará que la adopción homoparental sea una realidad en BCS. La diputada presidenta de la Comisión de Salud del Congreso del Estado, María Guadalupe Moreno Higuera, declaró que ella buscará que la iniciativa de adopción homoparental sea aprobada en esta XVI Legislatura. Moreno Higuera aseguró que ya trabaja el tema con especialistas en legislación para que las parejas del mismo sexo tengan el acceso a este derecho.

    Cabe recordar que en México hay 16 entidades federativas que han legislado en el plano estatal el tema de la adopción homoparental: Ciudad de México (2010), Coahuila (2014). Campeche (2016), Colima (2016), Michoacán (2016), Morelos (2016), Veracruz (2016), Baja California (2017), Chihuahua (2017), Querétaro (2017), Puebla (2018), Chiapas (2018), Nayarit (2019), Aguascalientes (2019), Hidalgo (2019), y San Luis Potosí (2019).

    Morena will seek to make homoparental adoption a reality in BCS. The deputy president of the Health Committee of the State Congress, María Guadalupe Moreno Higuera, declared that she intends for the homoparental adoption bill to be approved in this XVI Legislature. Moreno Higuera assured that she is already working on the theme with specialists in legislation so that same-sex couples have access to this right.

    It should be remembered that in Mexico there are 16 federal jurisdictions to have legislated on the issue of homoparental adoption at the state level: Mexico City (2010), Coahuila (2014). Campeche (2016), Colima (2016), Michoacán (2016), Morelos (2016), Veracruz (2016), Baja California (2017), Chihuahua (2017), Querétaro (2017), Puebla (2018), Chiapas (2018) , Nayarit (2019), Aguascalientes (2019), Hidalgo (2019), and San Luis Potosí (2019). If successful, Baja California Sur would become #17 of 32.

  • 9. ianbirmingham  |  October 13, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Trumpanzee admits to new felonies while representing himself in court

    The New Yorker smoked marijuana in Senator Jeff Merkley’s office during the January riots at the U.S. Capitol building, but was out on pretrial release until [Judge] McFadden ordered [Trumpanzee] Fellows back into custody after he left obscene voicemails for his pretrial service officer and called the officer’s mother. He also missed his court-ordered mental health evaluation.

    [During the bond hearing, US District Judge] McFadden noted that [Trumpanzee] Fellows had admitted under oath to multiple possible felonies, including obstruction of justice and perjury.

  • 10. ianbirmingham  |  October 15, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    US Capitol police officer is indicted for obstruction of justice after 'warning rioter to remove Facebook photos that showed him in the building on January 6 as investigation started'

    Officer Michael A. Riley is accused of tipping off [a Trumpanzee] by telling them to remove posts from Facebook that showed the person inside the Capitol.

  • 11. VIRick  |  October 15, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Quintana Roo: First Same-Sex Marriage in "Zona Maya"

    Quintana Roo: Primer Matrimonio Igualitario en "Zona Maya"

    Kantunilkín – Se registra el primer matrimonio igualitario en el Municipio de Lázaro Cárdenas, celebrado en ceremonia maya y avalado por el registro civil de esta ciudad.

    Se trata de la pareja conformada por Lidia Hoil Poot, profesionista indígena de la comunidad rural de la Esperanza, quien contrajo nupcias con Lizbet García Domínguez, originaria del estado de Tabasco, pero radicada en esta ciudad (Kantunilkín) desde hace varios años, quienes unieron sus vidas en una boda maya.

    Kantunilkín – The first equal marriage is registered in the Municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas, celebrated in a Mayan ceremony, and endorsed by the civil registry of this city.

    The couple is comprised of Lidia Hoil Poot, an indigenous professional from the rural community of La Esperanza, who married Lizbet García Domínguez, originally from the state of Tabasco, but living in this city (Kantunilkín) for a number of years, who united their lives in a Maya wedding.

Having technical problems? Visit our support page to report an issue!