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  • 1. VIRick  |  February 14, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Chile: Same-Sex Couple Marries at UK Consulate

    Per UK in Chile:

    Otra linda noticia para celebrar el 14 de febrero. Hace poco, la Embajadora Louise A De Sousa celebró un matrimonio consular entre una ciudadana británica y una ciudadana chilena. Será el último en su tipo, tras aprobarse el matrimonio igualitario en Chile.
    https://twitter.com/UKinChile/status/149326070957

    Other pleasant news to celebrate 14 February. Earlier today, Ambassador Louise A De Sousa celebrated a consular marriage between a British citizen and a Chilean citizen. This will be the last of its kind, following the approval of marriage equality in Chile.

    Once marriage equality becomes effective in any given host nation, the British consular service ceases performing said marriages in its consular facilities. This change follows the same pattern already established vis-a-vis Australia.

  • 2. VIRick  |  February 14, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Panamá: The Legal Fight for Marriage Equality

    Interview by Cristian González Cabrera for Human Rights Watch

    Per Iván Chanis Barahona:

    Legally, what needs to change for marriage equality to become a reality in Panamá?

    Panamá is awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice in a case that challenges the constitutionality of the legal provisions that prohibit marriage between same-sex couples. The court has not ruled on four separate cases in which couples married abroad have requested the registration of their marriages under the laws of Panamá, which is the legitimate right of every national. The first case was filed in 2016.

    These cases question the constitutionality of the phrase “between a man and a woman,” contained in Article 26 of the Family Code governing marriage; the phrase “persons of the same sex” in Article 34 of the Family Code explicitly banning same-sex marriage; and Article 35 of Law No. 61 (2015) in its entirety, which establishes that “same-sex marriage is prohibited.”
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/02/14/fight-marriag

  • 3. ianbirmingham  |  February 14, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Suicide, disownment, persecution: LGBT+ community pushed to the brink in Iran

    Despite the Iranian government subsidizing sex reassignment surgeries for transgender people, endorsed by a decree from Iran’s former top Shiite religious authority Grand Ayatollah Khomeini, the process still requires the consent of the person’s family and the approval of specialized physicians.

    For many members of the LGBT+ community in the Middle East, the desire to escape the repression and scrutiny they face at home leaves them with no other option but to embark on the difficult journey to seek safety abroad. Most refugees and asylum seekers receive a temporary sanctuary in neighboring countries, allowing them to take in a brief breath of relief. However, the refugees from the LGBT+ community do not encounter this safe haven in neighboring countries and are instead met with the same hostility they fled from.

    “Intolerance towards LGBTI individuals is also pervasive in a number of countries of first asylum and LGBTI asylum‐seekers and refugees may be under a continuous threat of human rights abuses due to discriminatory laws and hostile societal attitudes,” according to a UN refugee agency resettlement assessment tool for LGBT+ refugees last updated in 2019.

    "In some contexts, LGBTI refugees struggle to access the services available to other refugees such as health care, education, self-reliance assistance as well as registration and refugee status determination. Local integration options in the first country of asylum thus may be limited or prove to be non-existent."

    While Iran boasts of giving its transgender population the right to undergo sex reassignment surgeries, members of the LGBT+ community face constant prosecution in the country. In their world report on global human rights violations in 2021, Human Rights Watch said that “although Iran permits and subsidizes sex reassignment surgery for transgender people, no law prohibits discrimination against them.”

    https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/140

  • 4. VIRick  |  February 14, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Venezuela: A Municipal Marriage Equality Decree Is Pending

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Simón Rodríguez Municipality, population 182,000, is to debate a marriage equality ordinance on 21 February 2022, the first in the country to do so, and the legality of which is uncertain. The National Assembly has not taken up marriage equality legislation, despite President Maduro's request to do so.

    Anzoátegui: Matrimonio Igualitario Podría Ser Aprobado en los Próximos Días

    El próximo 21 de febrero podría ser un día histórico para la comunidad LGTB en el municipio Simón Rodríguez, estado Anzoátegui, debido a que se discutirá la aprobación del matrimonio igualitario.

    A través del Artículo 4 de dicho decreto municipal, queda establecido: “ordenar la celebración y registro de los matrimonios sin discriminación fundada en la raza, el sexo, el credo, la condición social, nacionalidad, orientación sexual, identidad género, y expresión de género.”
    https://3eravoz.com/politica/anzoategui-matrimoni

    Next 21 February 2022 could be an historic day for the LGBT community in the municipality of Simón Rodríguez, Anzoátegui state, owing to the fact that the approval of same-sex marriage will be discussed.

    Through Article 4 of said municipal decree, it is established: “to order the celebration and registration of marriages without discrimination based on race, sex, creed, social status, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression."

    The municipality of Simón Rodríguez is centered around the oil town of El Tigre, about midway between the coastal city of Barcelona-Puerto la Cruz and the Orinoco, in the eastern state of Anzoátegui.

  • 5. VIRick  |  February 14, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Venezuela: A Municipal Marriage Equality Decree Is Pending, a Second Voice

    Per Richelle Briceño, LGBT human rights defender:

    En temas de derechos, (más si se refiere a DDHH,) lo que no está expresamente prohibido en la ley entonces está permitido. Basta de afirmar que el Artículo 77 de la CRBV lo prohíbe. La sentencia 190 de la Sala Constitucional ya lo dejó claro.
    https://twitter.com/BriceRichelle

    In matters of rights, (especially if it refers to human rights,) whatever is not expressly prohibited in the law is thus allowed. Enough of affirming that Article 77 of the CRBV prohibits it. Ruling 190 of the Constitutional Chamber has already made that clear.

  • 6. VIRick  |  February 15, 2022 at 9:30 am

    Venezuela: More on the Municipal Marriage Equality Decree in El Tigre

    "Si el Estado no quiere meterse en el caso de registro y notaría, entonces lo visamos y lo hacemos como documento privado. Eso también serviría y seríamos nosotros los primeros,” resaltó Paraqueima, Alcalde de El Tigre.
    https://twitter.com/CaleidoHumano

    "If the State does not want to become involved due to registration and notarization, then we will endorse it and do it as a private document. That would also work and we would be the first," stressed Paraqueima, Mayor of El Tigre.

  • 7. VIRick  |  February 14, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Israel: Health Ministry Announces "Conversion Therapy" Ban

    On Monday, 14 February 2022, Israel’s openly gay Health Minister announced health care professionals can no longer practice so-called "conversion therapy" in the country.

    “No one needs conversion,” said Nitzan Horowitz after the Israeli Health Ministry published the prohibition. “Lesbians, gay, trans, and straight, you are just as good and beautiful as you are.”

    The Israeli Knesset still needs to codify the Health Ministry directive into law.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/02/14/israel

  • 8. VIRick  |  February 15, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Nebraska: Lincoln City Council Passes Ordinance Banning LGBT Discrimination

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Monday, 14 February 2022, the Lincoln City Council updated the municipal code to extend protections against discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The council voted 5-0 to pass the ordinance, as proposed and sponsored by Sandra Washington. Council members Tom Beckius and Richard Meginnis were absent.

    In addition to extending protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, the ordinance adds active military and veterans as a protected class, and updates definitions of marriage, race, and natural origin. It also strengthens definitions and updates disability protections and those regarding service animals, and reorganizes the section to clarify the process of the Human Rights Commission.
    https://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-polit

  • 9. VIRick  |  February 15, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Cuba: Same-Sex (Trans) Couple Marries in Metropolitan Community Church in Matanzas

    Per "Q de Cuir:"

    Ayer, el 14 de febrero 2022, se celebró el matrimonio de Jenifer Dueñas y Yordanis Contrera en la Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana en Matanzas. La joven pareja fue acompañada en ese día especial por su familiares y amigues, quienes comparten el empeño de que pronto su unión se reconozca legalmente, y de que cada persona trans pueda dar el "Sí, acepto" con el pleno reconocimiento legal de su identidad de género.
    https://twitter.com/QdeCuir_Revista/status/149366

    Yesterday, 14 February 2022, the marriage of Jenifer Dueñas and Yordanis Contrera was celebrated in the Metropolitan Community Church in Matanzas. The young couple was accompanied on their special day by their family and friends, who share the commitment that their union will soon be legally recognized, and that each trans person can say "I do" with full legal recognition of their gender identity.

    This is the first known church-sanctioned marriage of a same-sex (transgender) couple to have occurred in Cuba. The Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana de Cuba is the first (and only) church denomination in Cuba to be radically inclusive.
    https://creyentesdiverses.org/iglesia_inclusiva/c

  • 10. VIRick  |  February 15, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    Cuba: Metropolitan Community Church Officiates Same-Sex Marriage in Matanzas (2019)

    Cuba: Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana Oficia Matrimonio Gay en Matanzas (2019)

    El 6 de octubre del presente año (de 2019), la Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana en Cuba (ICM) celebró el matrimonio entre Luis Alberto Vallejo Rodríguez y Luis Miguel Fernández Neves. El oficio religioso se realizó en Matanzas al tiempo en que los miembros de la agrupación cristiana declararon que la también llamada Fraternidad Universal de las Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana (FUICM) es la única en la que se pueden oficiar matrimonios igualitarios en la isla.
    https://www.asere.com/iglesia-de-la-comunidad-met
    https://www.cuballama.com/blog/iglesia-en-cuba-fo

    On 6 October 2019, the Metropolitan Community Church in Cuba (ICM) celebrated the marriage between Luis Alberto Vallejo Rodríguez and Luis Miguel Fernández Neves. The religious service was held in Matanzas at the time that the members of the Christian group declared that the so-called Universal Fraternity of the Metropolitan Community Churches (FUICM) is the only one that is able to officiate equal marriages on the island.

    This marriage appears to have been the first church-sanctioned equal marriage to have taken place in Cuba, one that we missed in our reporting when the marriage originally occurred in 2019. Such stand-alone religious weddings are not legally recognized by the Cuban state.

    The lesbian pastor, Elaine Saralegui, began the Iglesia de la Communidad Metropolitana in Matanzas in 2015. To date, this is the only such ICM on the island.

  • 11. VIRick  |  February 15, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    New Zealand Bans Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 14 February 2022, the New Zealand Parliament passed a bill to ban anti-LGBT "conversion therapy." The ban will come into force in six months.

    Per "New Zealand Herald:"

    On 14 February 2022, Parliament passed a bill in its third reading that will ban "conversion" practices, such as those attempting to change a person's sexuality and/or gender. The bill passed with 112 MPs voting in favor, including all of those from Labour, Act, the Green Party, and Te Pāti Māori. Eight National MPs opposed the bill.

    The bill, which will come into effect in six months, creates two new criminal offenses for either the most serious cases of harm or where there is heightened risk of harm. The bill also creates a pathway for civil redress.

    Under the bill, it will be an offense to perform "conversion" practices on a child or young person aged under 18, or on someone with impaired decision-making capacity. Such offenses would be subject to up to three years' imprisonment, and up to five years where it has caused serious harm, irrespective of age.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/gay-conversion-ther

  • 12. VIRick  |  February 16, 2022 at 10:47 am

    Guanajuato: 18 Equal Marriages in the State since Legalization

    Guanajuato: Suman 18 Matrimonios Igualitarios en el Estado.

    En Guanajuato se han celebrado 18 matrimonios igualitarios desde que se concedió el reconocimiento jurídico el 20 de diciembre 2021, informó Juan Hinojosa Dieguez, Director General del Registro Civil de Guanajuato, mientras que 25 solicitudes están en proceso de realización.

    Dijo que en 2021 se realizaron 20 uniones matrimoniales de parejas del mismo sexo a través de amparos legales, mientras que en 2020 se llevaron a cabo 21. Agregó que los municipios que más uniones legales han tenido son León, Irapuato, Celaya, Guanajuato capital, Silao, Moroleón, y San Felipe, entre otros, y que este nuevo reconocimiento jurídico ya estará permanente en el estado.
    https://noticiasradioirapuato.com/2022/02/16/suma

    In Guanajuato, 18 equal marriages have been celebrated since legal recognition was granted on 20 December 2021, Juan Hinojosa Dieguez, Director-General of the Civil Registry of Guanajuato, reported, while 25 applications are in process of realization.

    He said that in 2021, 20 marriage unions of same-sex couples were realized through judicial amparos, while in 2020, 21 were carried out. He added that the municipalities that have had the most legal unions are León, Irapuato, Celaya, Guanajuato capital, Silao, Moroleón, and San Felipe, among others, and that this new legal recognition in the state will now be permanent.

  • 13. ianbirmingham  |  February 16, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    The Biden administration has hired the first non-binary person to a federal government leadership position, according to Sam Brinton, who will now serve as deputy assistant secretary of spent fuel and waste disposition in the office of nuclear energy for the Department of Energy

    Brinton, who uses the pronouns they/them, said in a post on LinkedIn that they believe they will be the 'first gender fluid person in federal government leadership.'

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10520757

  • 14. VIRick  |  February 16, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Durango: To Date, 14 Same-Sex Couples in the State Have Married Via Amparo

    Per Tadeo Campagne:

    Ayer, 14 de febrero 2022, firme como testigo de la boda de Maria y Dulce, número 14 de las parejas del mismo sexo en el estado de Durango, como ordenada por un juez federal, con dichos amparos impulsados por el Durango PRD, Durango X La Igualdad AC, y Alejandro Aranda Guereca.
    https://twitter.com/tadeocampagne/status/14937128

    Yesterday, 14 February 2022, I signed as a witness to the marriage of Maria and Dulce, number 14 of the same-sex couples in Durango state, as ordered by a federal judge, with said amparos filed/promoted by the Durango PRD, Durango X La Igualdad AC, and Alejandro Aranda Guereca.

  • 15. ianbirmingham  |  February 16, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    A Porno-Metal Song About Gay Cowboys Is Disrupting the Anti-Vax Trucker Convoy

    “Ram Ranch” has become the unofficial anthem of leftists trolling the far-right protests in Ottawa

    https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news

  • 16. ianbirmingham  |  February 17, 2022 at 2:20 am

    Kuwait overturns law criminalizing 'imitation of opposite sex'

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-6040

  • 17. VIRick  |  February 17, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Kuwait Overturns Law Criminalizing "Imitation of Opposite Sex"

    On 15 February 2022, Kuwait's Constitutional Court overturned a law that criminalized "imitation of the opposite sex," one that was used to prosecute transgender people. In 2007, the Gulf state's Parliament had amended Article 198 of the Penal Code to make the offense punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine. But Wednesday's court ruling stated that said amendment violated the constitution.

    Maha al-Mutairi, a 40-year-old transgender woman, had been jailed and fined under the law. Her lawyer, Ibtissam al-Enezi, told Human Rights Watch at the time that the court had used her social media videos as evidence to convict her on the grounds that she was wearing make-up, speaking about her transgender identity, allegedly making "sexual advances," and criticizing the government.

    In June 2020, Ms Mutairi was again summoned by authorities after she posted videos on Snapchat accusing police officers of raping and beating her during the earlier seven-month period of detention in a men's prison in 2019. Her case sparked an international outcry and prompted Kuwaiti lawyer Ali al-Aryan to file the lawsuit requesting that the amendment to Article 198 be repealed.

    Kuwait's penal code still criminalizes sexual relations outside marriage, and punishes consensual same-sex relations between men with up to seven years in prison.

    One other Gulf state, Oman, also has a law that expressly forbids expression of transgender identities. Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning gender identity, but principles of Islamic law are used to harass transgender and gender diverse people.

    Under the penal codes of the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Lebanon, a man who "disguises" himself as a women so as to enter a women-only space is guilty of an offense.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-604027

  • 18. ianbirmingham  |  February 17, 2022 at 5:50 am

    Sims 4’s same-sex wedding stories expansion will come to Russia after all

    Turnaround comes after pressure from #WeddingsForRussia social media campaign

    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2022/02/sims-4s-sa

  • 19. VIRick  |  February 17, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Venezuela: "Marriage Equality" Proposal in El Tigre Is a Cynical Money Scam

    Mira cuánto costará la unión igualitaria simbolica en El Tigre. El alcalde del municipio Simón Rodríguez en el estado Anzoátegui, Ernesto Paraqueima, señaló que el "matrimonio igualitario" en la ciudad de El Tigre será simbólica y entrará en vigencia el próximo 17 de mayo 2022 cuando se celebra el Día Internacional contra la Homofobia, la Transfobia, y la Bifobia (IDAHOBIT). Tendrá un costo de 400 dólares.
    https://laverdaddemonagas.com/2022/02/17/mira-cua

    Look at how much the symbolic equal union will cost in El Tigre. The mayor of the Simón Rodríguez municipality in Anzoátegui state, Ernesto Paraqueima, pointed out that "equal marriage" in the city of El Tigre will be symbolic and will come into force on 17 May 2022 when the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) is celebrated. It will have a cost of $400 dollars.

    Sorry, but in dysfunctional Venezuela, a country with an absolutely worthless currency that no one wants, even within its own borders, and one where over 5 million of its own citizens have already fled in order to escape the endless chaos and mismanagement, no one in their right mind who has remained resident there happens to have a "spare" $400.00 in cash in a foreign currency just laying about that one could afford to happily throw away on a totally useless scrap of paper that has no legal standing whatsoever. This entire proposal is worse than doing nothing at all.

    Having been to Venezuela on numerous occasions, I am very well aware that "dólares" refers to US currency, while "bolívares" refers to the utterly worthless Venezuelan one. The mayor and his cohorts are looking for dólares.

  • 20. Randolph_Finder  |  February 17, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Well, to be fair, if they listed the price in Bolivares, it might be pocket change by the time May rolled around.

    (The Financial headlines are talking about US Inflation being at 1970s levels in January, Maduro run naked in the streets to get Venezuelan inflation *down* to that)

  • 21. VIRick  |  February 17, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Quintana Roo: Judge Orders State to Recognize Married, Same-Sex Male Parents

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Quintana Roo Reconoce Paternidad de Matrimonio Homoparental

    Un juez federal otorgó una sentencia definitiva a un matrimonio homoparental de varones para reconocer su paternidad y otorgar identidad para sus dos menores hijas a través de su registro y emisión de acta de nacimiento. La Directora-General y oficial central del Registro Civil de Quintana Roo, Patricia Torres Carrillo, destacó que, con esta resolución, se tiene un precedente legal para que las oficinas de Registro Civil reconozcan a los menores como hijos de una pareja del mismo género en todo el estado.

    El pasado 10 de febrero 2022, Fausto Joseph Marín y Abraham Cárdenas González pudieron registrar ante la oficina de Registro Civil de Cancún a sus dos gemelas de diez meses, a quienes tuvieron gracias a la fecundación in vitro por maternidad subrogada.
    https://www.lajornadamaya.mx/quintana-roo/190206/

    A federal judge granted a definitive ruling to a married, male couple, recognizing their paternity and granting identity for their two minor daughters through their registration and the issuance of their birth certificates. The Director-General and central official of the Civil Registry of Quintana Roo, Patricia Torres Carrillo, stressed that, with this resolution, legal precedent is obtained in order for the Civil Registry offices to recognize minors as children of same-sex couples throughout the state.

    On 10 February 2022, at the Cancún Civil Registry office, Fausto Joseph Marín and Abraham Cárdenas González were able to register their two ten-month-old twins, whom they had thanks to in-vitro fertilization by a surrogate mother.

  • 22. ianbirmingham  |  February 18, 2022 at 6:48 am

    Florida politicians behind "Don't Say Gay" bill backed by corporations that claim to support LGBTQ rights

    Comcast/NBC Universal, for example, donated $1,000 to Baxley on Oct. 15, 2021, and a total of $28,000 to the top supporters of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill since 2020.

    For the third year in a row, UnitedHealth Group earned a perfect score in the 2022 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. But since 2020, UnitedHealth Group has given DeSantis at least $200,000.

    Duke Energy was given a “perfect score for the fifth year in a row” in the HRC 2022 Corporate Equality Index. Since 2020 Duke Energy has donated $34,000 to legislators who support the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, including $25,000 to DeSantis and $1,000 to Baxley.

    Since 2020, AT&T has donated $86,000 to Florida legislators who support the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, including $80,000 to Governor DeSantis and $500 to Senator Baxley (R).

    Since 2020, Walgreens has donated at least $28,000 to DeSantis and at least four lawmakers who voted to move the Florida bill forward.

    Other major corporate donors to the Florida politicians supporting the “Don’t Say Gay” bill include Anheuser Busch ($75,000), Charter Communications ($102,000), Publix ($125,000), and the National Association of Realtors ($100,000).

    None of these companies responded to Popular Information's request for comment.

    https://popular.info/p/florida-politicians-behind

  • 23. VIRick  |  February 18, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Tamaulipas: Two Women Marry in Matamoros Via Amparo on Valentine's Day

    En Matamoros, el 14 de febrero 2022, una pareja de dos mujeres pudo contraer nupcias después de un año de espera hasta que les fue aceptado un amparo, para consumar el matrimonio igualitario en un estado donde aún no está legalizado.

    Celia León y Nancy Salas llevaban 16 años de relación, y en San Valentin 2022, lograron presentarse ante el Registro Civil para obtener su acta de matrimonio después de un largo litigio que les negaba unirse legalmente al ser del mismo sexo.
    http://www.prensamexicana.com.mx/te-puede-interes

    In Matamoros, on 14 February 2022, a female couple was able to contract marriage after a year of waiting until an amparo from them was accepted, in order to complete an equal marriage in a state where it is still not yet legalized.

    Celia León and Nancy Salas have been in a relationship for 16 years, and on Valentine's Day 2022, they managed to appear before the Civil Registry to obtain their marriage certificate after a long litigation that denied uniting them legally for being of the same sex.

  • 24. VIRick  |  February 18, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Missouri: Students Sue School District over Book Banning

    On Tuesday, 15 February 2022, the ACLU of Missouri filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of two students and their parents against the Wentzville school district to prevent the removal of books about LGBTQ people, people of color, and other marginalized groups. It comes after the school district removed eight books from the library of the students’ school.

    These books were banned “because of officials’ dislike of the ideas contained in the banned books and with the intent and purpose to prescribe what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true in matters of opinion,” according to the ACLU of Missouri’s lawsuit. The group says in the lawsuit that the first amendment rights of the students were violated by suppressing the “ideas and viewpoints expressed” in the books.
    https://www.advocate.com/news/2022/2/18/two-stude
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2022/02/two-students-

  • 25. ianbirmingham  |  February 19, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Everyone should be a card-carrying member of the ACLU
    >>> https://www.aclu.org/ <<<

  • 26. ianbirmingham  |  February 18, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    As LGBTQ+ population grows, political representation tanks

    Gallup data released Thursday revealed the nation’s LGBTQ+ population had expanded yet again, accounting for 7.1 percent of the population in 2021 compared to 5.6 percent in 2020.

    To achieve equitable representation at 7.1 percent of the population, nearly 36,000 more LGBTQ+ people would need to be elected to public office, the LGBTQ Victory Institute said Friday. Currently, just over 1,000 elected officials nationwide identify as openly LGBTQ+, according to Out for America, representing just 0.2 percent of people in elected positions.

    According to the LGBTQ Victory Institute, to achieve equitable representation, voters would have to elect two more LGBTQ+ state governors, 19 LGBTQ+ statewide executives, five LGBTQ+ U.S. Senators, 22 LGBTQ+ U.S. House members, 338 LGBTQ+ state legislators, and 96 LGBTQ+ mayors of cities with a population greater than 30,000.

    https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/equa

  • 27. scream4ever  |  February 19, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Sadly many of the 7.1% are not publicly out.

  • 28. VIRick  |  February 19, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Yucatán: State Congress to Finally Begin Debate on Marriage Equality Legislation

    Luego de anunciar que la semana entrante, (desde del 21 de febrero 2022), en la Comisión de Justicia y Seguridad Pública del Congreso del Estado, se iniciará el debate en torno a las reformas al Código de Familia para que se pueda ser una realidad el matrimonio igualitario en el estado sin traba alguna, el Presidente de la Junta de Gobierno y Coordinación Política (Jucopo), Victor Hugo Lozano Poveda (PAN), rechazó entonces que exista temor alguno para abordar dicho asunto en el poder legislativo.

    En entrevista colectiva, aseguró que el trato que se le ha dado a ese tema es netamente jurídico y con el debido cuidado para evitar que existan lagunas jurídicas que afecten los derechos humanos consagrados en la constitución federal.
    https://www.rompecabeza.mx/index.php/politica/ite

    After announcing that next week, (from 21 February 2022), in the Justice and Public Security Committee of the State Congress, the debate will begin on the reforms to the Family Code so that marriage equality can be a reality in the state without any obstacle, the President of the Government and Political Coordination Board (Jucopo), Victor Hugo Lozano Poveda (PAN), then rejected that there exists any fear to address this issue in the legislative branch.

    In a collective interview, he assured that the treatment that has been given to this issue is purely legal and with due caution to avoid any legal loopholes that affect the human rights enshrined in the federal constitution.

  • 29. VIRick  |  February 19, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Italy: Renewed Push to Make Marriage Gender Neutral

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The author of the original 2016 LGBT civil union law, la Senatrice democratica Monica Cirinnà, is renewing her push for a bill that will make marriage gender-neutral.
    https://www.today.it/politica/legge-matrimonio-ga

  • 30. VIRick  |  February 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Chile: Transgender Men Have Same Workplace Rights as Pregnant Women

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The Labor Directorate issued a new rule clarifying that trans men who become pregnant must be given the same rights and workplace protections as pregnant women.

    El dictamen garantiza a hombres trans embarazados los derechos laborales de mujeres gestantes.
    https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/nacional/chil

    The ruling guarantees to pregnant transgender men the work rights of pregnant women.

  • 31. VIRick  |  February 20, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Current Comparative Worldwide COVID-19 Vaccination Rates (20 February 2022)

    The most-populous 195 nations worldwide were tabulated. An additional 24 mini-states with populations under 65,000 were excluded. A few others, like North Korea and Eritrea, have no report.

    Top 33 Nations, above 200 doses given per 100 people. Theoretically, without accounting for booster shots, every resident of these nations should be fully vaccinated:

    307.3 Cuba
    289.5 Malta
    252.0 Chile
    245.4 United Arab Emirates
    235.6 Iceland
    230.4 South Korea
    228.0 Denmark
    226.0 Brunei
    224.8 Singapore
    221.4 Portugal
    219.9 Italy
    218.9 Qatar
    218.6 Uruguay
    217.1 New Zealand
    215.7 Ireland
    214.9 France
    214.9 China
    214.7 Canada
    214.3 Belgium
    212.5 Cayman Islands
    211.1 Israel
    211.0 Australia
    208.2 Norway
    206.9 Cambodia
    206.6 Malaysia
    206.4 United Kingdom
    206.3 Finland
    206.1 Argentina
    205.7 Bahrain
    204.2 Luxembourg
    202.3 Germany
    202.0 Sweden
    200.0 Austria

    Next 26 Nations, between 200-165 doses given per 100 people (USA is #59 at 165.6). The vast majority of residents of these nations are fully vaccinated:

    197.9 Bermuda
    197.8 Netherlands
    197.6 Bhutan
    197.1 Spain
    195.2 Seychelles
    192.8 Vietnam
    191.9 Taiwan
    188.8 Greece
    182.4 Brasil
    181.7 Andorra
    180.6 Switzerland
    179.2 Ecuador
    179.0 Kuwait
    176.3 Peru
    174.8 Sri Lanka
    174.7 Thailand
    174.1 Saudi Arabia
    173.6 Turkey
    171.6 Japan
    169.7 Costa Rica
    169.3 Mongolia
    168.3 Macao
    167.8 Iran
    166.0 Maldives
    165.9 Hungary
    165.6 USA
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/peteraldhous

  • 32. VIRick  |  February 20, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Comparative Worldwide COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Continued

    Next 21 Nations, between 165-134 doses given per 100 people (worldwide av. is 133.9). The remainder of the 80 nations above the world average are:

    162.1 Czech Republic
    161.1 Lithuania
    160.9 Panama
    160.4 Mauritius
    159.2 Hong Kong
    157.6 Aruba
    156.7 El Salvador
    150.4 Colombia
    149.9 Latvia
    149.1 Curacao
    147.9 Cyprus
    146.9 Estonia
    145.4 Morocco
    144.2 Fiji
    142.3 Slovenia
    141.3 Dominican Republic
    140.5 Nicaragua
    140.0 Poland
    139.8 Samoa
    138.1 Mexico
    134.5 Oman

    Next 24 Nations, between 134-110 doses given per 100 people (Russia is #104 at 110.2). Almost all of the Americas, all of W. Europe, most of E. Europe, wealthier parts of the Middle East, most of S. Asia, all of E. Asia, all of SE. Asia, and much of the S. Pacific are doing better than Russia. Only the non-Hispanic Caribbean, the Balkans, many ex-Soviet states, half of the "stans," poorer parts of the Middle East, Melanesia, and most of Africa lag behind, with sub-Saharan Africa being acutely behind.

    132.8 Venezuela
    132.7 Tonga
    131.1 Rwanda
    129.1 New Caledonia
    128.5 Slovakia
    128.2 India
    127.6 Turkmenistan
    127.4 Antigua/Barbuda
    126.6 Azerbaijan
    126.6 Laos
    125.4 Croatia
    125.0 Indonesia
    124.9 French Polynesia
    124.3 Cabo Verde
    124.2 Nepal
    123.9 Uzbekistan
    123.2 Philippines
    116.7 Belize
    113.2 Paraguay
    112.9 Honduras
    111.8 Bangladesh
    111.1 Kazakhstan
    110.3 Tunisia
    110.2 Russia
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/peteraldhous

    Wars, chaos, and/or military coups in Haiti, the Sahel, DR Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, and Myanmar add to the complexity.

  • 33. ianbirmingham  |  February 20, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Russia plans to carry out a host of human rights abuses – including targeted killings, kidnappings, torture and forced disappearances – against ethnic minorities, gays and journalists after it invades Ukraine

    The United States has informed the United Nations it has credible information showing that Moscow is compiling lists of Ukrainians “to be killed or sent to camps following a military occupation,” according to a letter to the U.N. human rights chief obtained by The Washington Post on Sunday night.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/

  • 34. ianbirmingham  |  February 21, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Florida ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill amendment would force schools to out students in 6 weeks

    https://www.wfla.com/news/politics/florida-dont-s

  • 35. Elihu_Bystander  |  February 22, 2022 at 6:51 am

    "It is unclear how the state will deal with cases where outing leads to abuse."

    What about the prospect of self harm or suicide? That prospect is certainly going to go up.

  • 36. VIRick  |  February 21, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Mexico Issues First Non-Binary Birth Certificate

    An LGBTQ activist in Mexico has received the country’s first amended birth certificate with a non-binary gender marker. In September 2021, Fausto Martínez had petitioned the National Electoral Institute of Mexico to list their gender as “NB” (no binario) on their official documents.

    After the National Electoral Institute denied their request, Martínez and Amicus, an advocacy group that is based in the state of Guanajuato, sought legal recourse, known as an “amparo” in the Mexican judicial system. In January 2022, a federal judge ruled in favor of Martínez, and on 11 February 2022, the Guanajuato Civil Registry issued them an amended birth certificate with a non-binary gender marker.

    Additionally, in January 2022, the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Mexico announced that transgender persons who were born in Mexico can receive an amended birth certificate at any of the country’s consulates. Again, Amicus represented two trans Mexicans who had brought legal action after consulates in the US denied their requests for amended birth certificates that correspond with their gender identity.

    On 19 January 2022, Victory Institute International Programs Manager, Mateo de la Torre, received an amended birth certificate at the Mexican Consulate in DC right after the new policy had taken effect.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/02/21/mexico

  • 37. VIRick  |  February 22, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Tamaulipas: State Congress to Vote on Marriage Equality Bill Today, 22 February 2022

    Per Laura Solís, David Espadero Martínez, y Denisse Mercado:

    Se vota la iniciativa del matrimonio igualitario en el Congreso del Estado de Tamaulipas el 22 de febrero 2022 a las 11:30 AM. Manifiéstate por tus derechos. Participa con una presencia pacífica.
    https://twitter.com/solisolaura
    https://twitter.com/EspaderoDavid

    The marriage equality initiative will be voted upon in the Congress of the State of Tamaulipas on 22 February 2022 at 11:30 AM. Be there for your rights. Participate with a peaceful presence.

  • 38. ianbirmingham  |  February 22, 2022 at 8:15 am

    SCOTUS agrees to a limited hearing of 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, in which a Colorado wedding websites designer argues that public accommodations law doesn't apply to her

    SCOTUS is framing the issue to be decided in this hearing as "Whether applying a public-accommodation law to compel an artist to speak or stay silent violates the free speech or free exercise clauses of the First Amendment".

    https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/303-c

  • 39. ianbirmingham  |  February 22, 2022 at 8:20 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian “peacekeeping” troops into the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk after unilaterally declaring that those two chunks of Eastern Ukraine should be considered independent states.

    The move follows a spectacularly bizarre meeting by Russia’s Security Council, where Putin appeared like a mob boss testing his underlings, as officials, one after another, spoke out in favor of recognizing the self-proclaimed republics.

    The aggressive and totally unjustified territorial claim followed a series of apparent false-flag operations where the Russians tried to blame Ukrainian forces for a number of attacks.

    https://news.yahoo.com/russian-military-claims-uk

  • 40. ianbirmingham  |  February 22, 2022 at 8:24 am

    UN Secretary General calls Russia's invasion of Ukraine “a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and inconsistent with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations”.

    https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/02/1112412

  • 41. ianbirmingham  |  February 22, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia has recognized the independence of rebel-held regions within borders that the separatists originally proclaimed when they broke away from Ukraine in 2014. Because large parts of those regions have since been reclaimed by Ukrainian forces during their eight-year war, Russia’s declaration could lead to attempts to expand the breakaway region by force.

    https://archive.fo/Fd6cs

  • 42. VIRick  |  February 22, 2022 at 8:42 am

    Colombia: Constitutional Court Fully Legalizes Abortion, 21 February 2022

    Colombia now joins Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba, and certain states in Mexico (CDMX, Oaxaca, Hidalgo, and Veracruz) in fully legalizing abortion for all causes. This chart, prepared by AFP, provides an accurate overall summary view of the current status of abortion in every country in Latin America (except for the Dominican Republic):
    https://twitter.com/AFPespanol/status/14959148668

    As can be seen, only Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador ban abortion for all causes. The remainder are all somewhere in between, allowing for abortion, but only under certain narrowly defined reasons that vary, country-by-country. However, except for those 3, at minimum, the rest all allow it if the life of the woman is in jeopardy, while in addition, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Panamá allow it if the woman has been raped.

    The Supreme Court of the USA needs to take careful note of the direction Latin America continues to move when it comes to the subject of abortion. Just as with marriage equality, the "Big 4," Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, and Mexico are now in closer accord than ever before.

  • 43. ianbirmingham  |  February 23, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    UN Secretary General denounces Russia's "perversion of the concept of peacekeeping"

    https://www.arabnews.com/node/2030221/world

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