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  • 1. VIRick  |  May 5, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Louisiana Lawmakers Reject "Don't Say Gay" Bill

    A sweeping bill, HB 837, that would have barred school employees from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity in K-12 classrooms throughout the state was killed in the Louisiana House Education Committee on Tuesday, 3 May 2022.

    Passage was opposed by LGBTQ advocacy groups, as well as by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D), whose office released this statement:

    “Some of the bills being brought up this session do nothing to make lives better. Nothing to continue moving us forward. They only serve to divide us. And frankly, some are reminiscent of a dark past that we should learn from, not relive.”
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/05/03/louisi

  • 2. VIRick  |  May 5, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Chile: First Equal Marriage in Concepción

    Per Movilh:

    Camila Perret y Valentina Vásquez se casaron en Concepción. Esta es su historia.
    https://twitter.com/Movilh/status/152229045709882

    Camilla Perret and Valencia Vásquez were married in Concepción. This is their story.

    According to the accompanying news article, theirs was the 7th equal marriage to have taken place within the Biobío Region and the 263rd so far nationwide within Chile. The marriage in question actually happened on 22 April 2022, but was only reported in "El Sur" on 4 May 2022. It is also an "up-grade" from a previously-existing AUC (civil union).

    The city of Concepción, situated on the coast, 500 km. south of Santiago, and capital of the Biobío Region, is the third-largest urban area of Chile and its most industrialized.

  • 3. VIRick  |  May 6, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    9th Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns Ruling that Asylum-Seeker Prove He’s Gay

    A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against an immigration judge’s finding that denied an asylum bid by a Nigerian man who says he is gay. The court documents filed by Peter Udo asserted a fear of persecution or torture in Nigeria based on his status as a gay man and the harm he suffered after being discovered having sex with his boyfriend in a hotel.

    According to Reuters, the US Board of Immigration Appeals had affirmed an immigration judge’s ruling that Udo’s asylum bid was frivolous because he deliberately fabricated a key element of his application and failed to establish that he is gay. Udo initially gave an asylum officer the name of a hotel that did not exist, later saying that he was afraid to identify the actual hotel, according to court filings. But the location of the hotel is at best ancillary to Udo’s claims, the 9th Circuit said, “and is certainly not a material element.”

    Udo fled Nigeria after being beaten and detained by Nigerian authorities, filing a claim for political asylum, in part, based on the 2014 Nigerian law that criminalizes homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and same-sex relationships. On 4 May 2022, the 9th Circuit Court returned the case to the US Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider Udo’s case.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/05/06/federa

  • 4. ianbirmingham  |  May 7, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Immigration judges get their jobs by being appointed by the Attorney General. One can only imagine the Trump Administration's requirements for appointment…

    * Hates immigrants? (Check!)
    * Hates gays, women, non-religious people, etc.? (Check!)
    * Has close relatives whose jobs involve Building The Wall? (Check!)
    * Donated megabucks to Trump and his bootlickers? (Check!)

  • 5. JayJonson  |  May 11, 2022 at 6:43 am

    Tokyo will begin recognizing same-sex partnerships, but not as legal marriages. The registrations are open to all adult residents of the city, including foreigners.

    More here: https://apnews.com/article/japan-tokyo-same-sex-u

  • 6. Randolph_Finder  |  May 12, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Looks like the same setup as they have in other parts of Japan. Most useful in terms of having someone renting an apartment and having a recognized partnership, it means that the rental transfers to the other on that person's death. Means that the other partner isn't out on the street before the corpse is cool.

  • 7. VIRick  |  May 11, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Querétaro: 7 Same-Sex Couples Marry in San Juan del Río

    Desde la entrada en vigor de la reforma al Código Civil sobre el matrimonio igualitario en el estado de Querétaro, en San Juan del Río se han efectuado hasta el momento, siete: cinco de ellos son de parejas mujeres, y dos de hombres.
    https://presenciauniversitariauaq.com/registran-7

    Since the reform to the Civil Code concerning marriage equality entered into effect in Querétaro state, so far in San Luis del Río, there have been 7 performed: five of them are between female couples and two are between men.

    San Luis del Río is the second-largest city in the state, and the largest to have never allowed same-sex couples to marry until after state law had been changed.

  • 8. VIRick  |  May 11, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Tennessee:

    On 6 May 2022, Governor Bill Lee (R) signed a bill that effectively bans transgender women from competing on college sports teams consistent with their gender identity in Tennessee. The new law, SB 2153, “prohibits males from participating in public higher education sports that are designated for females.” The law also requires Tennessee colleges to determine a student-athlete’s gender using the student’s “original” birth certificate.

    Every university and college in the state will also be required to adopt and enforce a policy ensuring compliance with the new law. The measure would also prevent any government entity, organization, or athletic association from taking “an adverse action” against a school that complies with the law or a student who reports a violation.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/05/09/tennes

  • 9. VIRick  |  May 12, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Greece Bans "Conversion Therapy" for Minors

    On Wednesday, 11 May 2022, Greek lawmakers approved a bill that will ban so-called "conversion therapy" for minors.

    According to the new legislation, media reports note that mental health providers will face fines and prison if they were to subject a minor to "conversion therapy" without their consent. In addition, the bill will ban the advertisement of "conversion therapy" throughout the country.
    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/05/12/greek-

  • 10. VIRick  |  May 12, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Florida Grand Jury Indicts Former BVI Premier on Drug Smuggling Charges

    On 10 May 2022, a grand jury in Florida indicted former British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie and his alleged accomplices for conspiracy to import cocaine, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, and attempted money laundering. Fahie was Premier at the time of his arrest but has since been removed from the post. In an effort to retain some control and work with the UK, the territory’s ministers have formed a new National Unity Government. It is headed by former Acting Premier Natalio Wheatley who was sworn-in as Premier on 5 May 2022.

    If convicted, Fahie, BVI Port Authority Director Oleanvine Pickering Maynard, and her son Kadeem Maynard, could be sentenced to 20 years in prison for each of the money laundering charges and life for the drug charges. Fahie and Pickering Maynard were arrested on 28 April 2022 while in Miami to attend a tourism trade conference. They had allegedly spent weeks in negotiations with US Drug Enforcement agents who were posing as drug runners.

    Prosecutors said the two boarded a private jet to inspect what they thought was $700,000 in cash, a tiny fraction of the tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars they allegedly hoped to reap for importing hundreds of thousands of kilograms of cocaine through their British Overseas Territory to the US Mainland. The indictment also mentions bribes the two allegedly planned to distribute in furtherance of the scheme.
    https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/11/gra
    https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/10/fah

  • 11. VIRick  |  May 12, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Chile: First Birth Certificates Issued to Children of Same-Sex Couples

    Per Fundación Iguales:

    El 12 de mayo 2022, el Registro Civil de Chile entregan primeros certificados de nacimiento de niños inscritos con dos madres o dos padres, familias que logran concretar hoy el largo anhelo por ejercer sus derechos filiativos y ser considerados legalmente como una familia, tras la Ley de Matrimonio Igualitario.
    https://twitter.com/IgualesChile/status/152486389

    On 12 May 2022, the Civil Registry of Chile deliverd the first birth certificates for children registered with two mothers or two fathers, families that today have gained the long-sought ability to exercise their filiative rights and be legally considered a family, following passage of the Marriage Equality Law.

  • 12. VIRick  |  May 12, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    Colombia: Bill Introduced to Ban "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Durante la mañana de este martes, 10 de mayo 2022, y ante el Congreso de la República, se radicó el proyecto de ley denominado como "Inconvertibles," con el que se busca que a las personas homosexuales en Colombia no se les practiquen "terapias de conversión," también conocidas como ECOSIG.

    El proyecto de ley busca prohibir las “terapias de conversión” contra la población LGBT en Colombia. El autor del proyecto, el representante de la Alianza Verde, Mauricio Toro, asegura que ese tipo de procedimientos atentan contra el libre desarrollo de la personalidad.

    Cabe recordar que Mauricio Toro es uno de los congresistas abiertamente homosexuales de la nación y por eso, desde que llegó al Congreso, ha trabajado para reivindicar a los miembros de la comunidad a la que pertenece.
    https://www.infobae.com/america/colombia/2022/05/

    On Tuesday morning, 10 May 2022, and before the Congress of the Republic, the bill called "Inconvertibles" was filed, one that seeks to block homosexual persons in Colombia from being subjected to "conversion therapies," also known as ECOSIG.

    The bill seeks to prohibit "conversion therapies" against the LGBT population in Colombia. The author of the bill, the representative of the Green Alliance, Mauricio Toro, assures that these type of procedures threaten the free development of the personality.

    It is worth remembering that Mauricio Toro is one of Colombia's openly gay congressmen and that is why, since he arrived in Congress, he has worked to vindicate the members of the community to which he belongs.

  • 13. VIRick  |  May 12, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    To whomever mis-read and then down-voted the above:

    1. The first paragraph in Spanish is quite difficult to translate correctly. I first attempted to translate the florid language fairly literally, but have edited it multiple times because I am still not satisfied with the result.

    2. "Inconvertibles" is not translatable, but summarizes the entire point of the bill: NOT convertible.

    3. Rather than merely down-vote my translation (whichever version of it you may have read in English, and assuming that you did not read the original Spanish), submit your own improved version of the translation. Then we can discuss it. Here is a simplified version, more reflective of the first sentence in the second paragraph:

    A bill was recently introduced into the Colombian House by Mauricio Toro seeking to ban "conversion therapy" throughout Colombia. He is openly gay and has been very pro-active on LGBT issues and concerns.

  • 14. ianbirmingham  |  May 14, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Didn't see the original version, but your translation seems perfectly readable to me. "Free development of the personality" is a phrase Justice Anthony Kennedy would certainly have liked!

  • 15. VIRick  |  May 13, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    Edomex Congress Presently Working on Marriage Equality Legislation

    Per la Legislatura Edomex:

    El 12 de mayo 2022, las comisiones unidas conjuntaron las tres iniciativas en materia de matrimonio igualitario en una sola propuesta de reforma al Código Civil, que continuará en análisis. Se reunirán en mesa de trabajo o reunión de dictaminación el próximo 19 de mayo a las 11:00 horas.
    https://twitter.com/Legismex/status/1524894659293

    Per Paola Jiménez Hernández, Presidenta de la Comisión para la Igualdad de Género:
    https://twitter.com/paojimh

    On 12 May 2022, the united committees brought the three initiatives on the matter of marriage equality together into a single proposal to reform the Civil Code, one that will continue to be analyzed. They will meet again in a work session or a drafting meeting on 19 May at 11:00 AM.

    Outside on the streets of the state capital, Toluca, there were multiple speeches, many protestors, assorted counter-protestors, multiple marches, counter-marches, numerous traffic blockades, and generalized noisy agitation all day long. Some are even speculating that the Edomex Congress might finally pass the necessary legislation next Thursday, 19 May 2022, but couched in the famous Mexican phrase, "podría ser" (it could be).

    However, the vote next Thursday, if it happens at all, will only be a committee vote. If positive, the measure would still need to be submitted to the full Congress for a final vote. And that final vote will likely not happen until September.

  • 16. VIRick  |  May 13, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    To the anonymous individual who continues to down-vote various posts that apparently are not to their individual liking: I am simply attempting to translate and provide up-to-date factual information to a wider readership, with or without your personal approval. Or would you have preferred that I post the misinformation that the Edomex Congress might actually vote to approve marriage equality legislation next week, like others have been doing on various other sites?

    I am merely attempting to communicate to them to calm their eager anticipation. That you interfered without any further input is irrelevant and rather meaningless. In addition, I have no idea as to which aspect of that post does not meet with your liking.

    Still, please note:

    Podría ser la última vez que tenga la capacidad de hacerlo.

  • 17. ianbirmingham  |  May 14, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Probably a Trump-fellating Log Cabin Republican… just disregard.

  • 18. VIRick  |  May 14, 2022 at 11:13 am

    De acuerdo, podría ser.

  • 19. VIRick  |  May 13, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Texas Supreme Court: Governor Cannot Order Investigations of Parents of Trans Kids

    On 13 March 2022, the Texas Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Attorney-General Ken Paxton (R) do not have the authority to force the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate the supportive parents of transgender children.

    Today's ruling leaves the DFPS where it was before Abbott issued his order – the department can investigate families who it believes need to be investigated, but it is not required to investigate any of the supportive parents of transgender minors – except regarding the family and the psychologist who sued, who it cannot investigate. Other parents and professional caregivers are now free to sue to obtain the same court protection.
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2022/05/tx-supreme-co

  • 20. Fortguy  |  May 14, 2022 at 1:53 am

    This decision applies merely to the case of the specific plaintiffs who filed suit against the state. The decision is much more nuanced and not at all an affirmation of LGBT youths and their parents. The judges of the Texas Supreme Court are elected, and like all other statewide elected offices since the mid-'90s, are entirely GOP. This is not a progressive opinion nor a victory for our cause. For more info, see the following:

    Eleanor Klibanoff, The Texas Tribune: Texas Supreme Court allows child abuse investigations into families of transgender teens to continue

    Michelle Pitcher, Texas Observer: Texas Supreme Court Throws Out Protections for Trans Youth

    As a side note on Texas news sources, the Tribune, like Texas Monthly which so far is not reporting on this story, tries to be a non-ideological mainstream source of news. The Observer, on the other hand, has a decidedly progressive editorial bent. Unfortunately, most of the state's major daily newspapers are now behind paywalls to some degree.

  • 21. ianbirmingham  |  May 14, 2022 at 9:11 am

    The website 12ft.io can sometimes bypass paywalls. Also, paywalled newspaper articles can sometimes be found at Web Archive sites such as archive.org or archive.is.

  • 22. Elihu_Bystander  |  May 14, 2022 at 4:12 am

    Thank you for helping us out with this very difficult to understand case. The state brief on this one looks and reads like it was written by a high school sophomore aspiring to be a lawyer. I have a question on the briefs. They did not use terms like plaintiff and defendant or respondent. Rather they used the term relator for both parties.

  • 23. VIRick  |  May 15, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    The majority Opinion in "In re Abbott" is here:

    "In re Greg Abbott in His Official Capacity as Governor of the State of Texas; Jaime Masters in Her Official Capacity as Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services; and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, JUSTICE BLACKLOCK delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court as to Parts I and II. JUSTICE BLAND delivered the opinion of the Court as to Part III, in which Chief Justice Hecht, Justice Lehrmann, Justice Busby, and Justice Huddle joined."
    https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1454197/220229.pdf

    Justice Young did not participate.

  • 24. ianbirmingham  |  May 14, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Marvel announces it's introducing TWO new transgender superheroes in upcoming Pride-edition comic

    Announcing the new heroes, Marvel said in a statement that the pair's first adventure will be in a 'high-flying, yet intensely personal mission' on the mutant nation of Krakoa in a special Pride comic.

    A press release says the duo 'tear through the Marvel Universe as professional thieves, stealing from criminal and corrupt organizations' until an event changes Escapade's life forever.

    The concept was created by transgender writer Charlie Jane Anders who told Marvel's website that Escapade is a 'cool weirdo' with a 'profound loyalty to her friends.'

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10814977

  • 25. VIRick  |  May 14, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Alabama: Court Blocks Law Criminalizing Gender-Affirming Healthcare

    On 13 May 2022, a federal judge partially blocked Alabama’s law that criminalized the providing of gender-affirming care to trans youth. The preliminary injunction by US District Judge Liles Burke in the case of "Eknes-Tucker v. Ivey" prevents Alabama from implementing the ban on prescribing gender-affirming treatment, including providing puberty blockers and hormone treatment to trans minors, until a lawsuit against the law progresses.

    In his ruling, Burke, a Trump appointee, wrote, “Defendants produce no credible evidence to show that transitioning medications are ‘experimental.’ While Defendants offer some evidence that transitioning medications pose certain risks, the uncontradicted record of evidence is that at least twenty-two major medical associations in the United States endorse transitioning medications as well-established, evidence-based treatments for gender dysphoria in minors.”

    Burke said that Alabama’s “proffered justifications are hypothesized” and “not exceedingly persuasive.” He also added that there is no evidence of medical professionals pushing for gender-affirming medication for minors. Over 20 medical organizations came out against the law, encouraging Burke to block it.

    The Rev. Paul Eknes-Tucker, senior pastor of Pilgrim Church in Birmingham, four Alabama parents, and two health care providers filed the suit against the law in April. The suit argues that the law is not only discriminatory, but that it violates the children’s right to equal protection and free speech. The Justice Department had also joined the lawsuit.
    https://www.advocate.com/law/2022/5/14/judge-bloc

    The Opinion and Order is here:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/222-cv-00184-107/

  • 26. VIRick  |  May 14, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Veracruz: Bill Introduced to Ban "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Para evitar que las personas y menores de edad sean obligados a recibir una "terapia de conversión," o de esfuerzos para "corregir" la orientación sexual e identidad de género, el Congreso estatal se presentó una iniciativa que propone la aplicación de la pena máxima.

    La diputada del PVEM, Tania Cruz Mejía, y el diputado del PT, Ramón Díaz Ávila, presentaron la iniciativa con proyecto de decreto para adicionar la Fracción VI al penúltimo párrafo del Artículo 196 del Código Penal estatal.
    https://www.diariodexalapa.com.mx/local/quien-pro

    In order to prevent adults and minors from being forced to receive "conversion therapy," or efforts to "correct" their sexual orientation and gender identity, the state Congress was presented with an initiative that proposes the application of the maximum penalty.

    The Verde deputy, Tania Cruz Mejía, and the PT deputy, Ramón Díaz Ávila, presented the bill with a draft decree so as to add Section VI to the second-last paragraph of Article 196 of the state Penal Code.

    In codified penal law, various types of crimes are grouped together depending on the seriousness of the violation(s) in question. So, for example, in the matter at hand, if it were to be classed into the grouping whereby the punishment for a violation were to be 2-5 years incarceration, then 5 years in prison would be the "maximum penalty."

  • 27. VIRick  |  May 15, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Liechtenstein: Landtag Passes Law Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Adopt

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Following a 2021 court ruling, in the first week of May 2022, the Liechtenstein Landtag voted to entirely repeal the ban on LGBT couples adopting, rejecting the government proposal for stepchild adoption only. The new law will take effect from July, as long as:

    Letzendlich, muss das Gesetz vom Fürsten sanktioniert werden.
    https://www.radio.li/news-1/anpassungen-beim-adop

    Ultimately, the law must be sanctioned by the Prince.

    The president of the Liechtenstein LGBT association, Daniel Seger, is also one of the 25 members of the unicameral Liechtenstein Landtag, and one of the 20 members of its progressive governing coalition. According to his statement:

    Das nächste grosse Ziel: Ehe für alle.
    https://www.vaterland.li/liechtenstein/politik/da

    The next major goal: Marriage equality.

  • 28. VIRick  |  May 16, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Poland: Administrative Court Annuls Two More "LGBT-Free" Zones

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A number of authorities have scrapped their “LGBT-free” zones after being threatened with a loss of EU funding, with seven more being voided by the courts following legal challenges. On 9 May 2022, two more were dissolved by court order, the 8th and 9th to thus be struck down and annulled.

    The Lublin Regional Assembly passed a resolution in April 2019 declaring that LGBTQ rights aim to “annihilate” the “values shaped by the Catholic Church.” To stop this from happening, the province pledged to stand up against “homo propaganda.” In the same month, Ryki County, a district within Lublin Province, passed a resolution voting to protect “children, young people, families, and Polish schools” from an apparent wave of “homo terror” being unleashed by “left-liberal groups."

    The Provincial Administrative Court in Lublin found that both resolutions were “adopted without legal basis and in gross violation of the law,” after a legal challenge against them was mounted by the Polish Ombudsman.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2022/05/11/poland-lgbt

    Lublin Province (Województwo Lubelskie), one of 16 provinces, is located in southeastern Poland abutting both Belarus and Ukraine.

  • 29. ianbirmingham  |  May 17, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Lambda Legal Launches New LGBTQ+ Students' Rights Video Series

    https://www.lambdalegal.org/studentsrights

  • 30. VIRick  |  May 17, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    South Carolina: Governor Signs Anti-Trans School Sports Bill

    On Monday, 16 May 2022, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed an anti-trans sports bill into law . Like others around the country, this new law bars trans student athletes from playing on the sports teams that best match their gender identity.

    The legislation, House Bill 4608, requires student athletes from elementary school to college to play on the team that corresponds to the gender they were assigned at birth.
    https://www.advocate.com/law/2022/5/17/south-caro

  • 31. VIRick  |  May 17, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    USA: 1,000,167 Have Died from COVID-19

    As of 17 May 2022, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, over one million Americans have now died of COVID-19.
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliareinste

  • 32. VIRick  |  May 17, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Veracruz: LGBT Widower Will Receive Pension via Cohabitation

    Veracruz: Viudo LGBT Recibirá Pensión por Concubinato

    Por la primera vez en Veracruz, un viudo LGBT recibirá una pensión por concubinato. Rafael Hernández no pudo casarse con su pareja porque el matrimonio igualitario no se había aprobado en Veracruz, pero después de un proceso legal de 2 años y medio, pudo demostrar que vivieron juntos durante cinco años hasta que su compañero falleció en un accidente automovilístico en 2018. Se trata de un importante precedente para las parejas LGBT y la construcción de igualdad sustantiva ante la ley.
    https://twitter.com/MuseoMyT/status/1526378740325

    For the first time in Veracruz, an LGBT widower will receive a pension via cohabitation. Rafael Hernández could not marry his partner because marriage equality had not been approved in Veracruz, but after a legal process of 2 1/2 years, he was able to demonstrate that they had lived together for five years until his partner died in a car accident in 2018. This decision is an important precedent for LGBT couples and the construction of substantive equality before the law.

    In Mexico, "concubinato" (cohabitation) is a legally-defined term granting/implying certain legal rights short of "matrimonio" (marriage). It corresponds to "unión de hecho" (de facto union), the legally-defined term for the same concept employed elsewhere in Latin America. Words like "casamiento," "boda," and "unión civil" are not legally-defined terms.

    Gradually, over time, with the successful conclusion of cases like the above, the legally-defined recognition of rights implied by "concubinato" is being expanded/confirmed.

  • 33. VIRick  |  May 17, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Tennessee: Anti-Trans Restroom Signage Law for Businesses Struck Down

    Per Alejandra Caraballo:

    On 17 May 2022, in "Bernstein v. Lawrence," the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee granted summary judgment for the plaintiffs and permanently enjoined Tennessee from enforcing its bathroom signage law which required businesses to post a sign if they let trans people use the bathroom according to their gender identity. The law violates the first amendment rights of the plaintiffs by compelling speech.
    https://twitter.com/Esqueer_/status/1526604461904

  • 34. VIRick  |  May 20, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Fiji:: Marriage Equality Ban Could Be Challenged on Constitutional Grounds

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A law professor in Fiji states that the ban on marriage equality could be challenged in court under the Fiji Constitution's Bill of Rights, which forbids anti-LGBT discrimination.
    https://twitter.com/LGBTMarriage/status/152770160

    The Fijian Constitution, through the Bill of Rights, protects the rights of gay people. However, Fiji’s Marriage Act limits the union of two people to only that of a male and a female. Part four, Subsection 15 of the Marriage Act states that marriage in Fiji shall be the voluntary union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

    However, former Director of Human Rights and University of Fiji’s Dean of Justice, Professor Shaista Shameem, says this latter can be tested in the courts.

    In the past, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has made it clear that as long as FijiFirst is in government, it will not allow same-sex marriage in Fiji.
    https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/news/marriages-act-can

    Fiji is one of the very few countries in the world with such an explicit LGBT non-discrimination provision embedded in its constitution. Some years ago, in a separate court ruling, the same provision was utilized to overturn Fiji's ban on same-sex sexual relations.

    Bolivia is another with a similar LGBT non-discrimination provision in its constitution.

  • 35. VIRick  |  May 20, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Chile: First Foreign LGBT Marriage Takes Place

    Dos venezolanos (con residencia en Chile) son la primera pareja extranjera LGBT en contraer matrimonio en Chile.
    https://twitter.com/reflejosdevzla/status/1527642

    Una pareja conformada por los venezolanos Rafael Lozada y José Adonay se convirtieron en la primera pareja LGBT extranjera en contraer matrimonio en Chile (el 11 de marzo 2022), a tan sólo un día de haberse aprobado (entró a vigencia) el matrimonio igualitario en la nación. Debido a que en Venezuela esta ley, hasta el momento, no ha sido aprobada a pesar de las insistencias de muchos, diversas parejas homosexuales han optado por mudarse a otros países con este propósito.

    Sin embargo, en el caso de Lozada y Adonay, su mudanza al Chile no fue por este motivo, ya que llegaron al país a mediados del 2017 a causa de la crisis generalizada en Venezuela.
    https://gossipvzla.com/dos-venezolanos-son-la-pri

    Two Venezuelans (resident in Chile) are the first foreign LGBT couple to marry in Chile.

    A couple comprised of Venezuelans Rafael Lozada and José Adonay became the first foreign LGBT couple to marry in Chile (on 11 March 2022), only one day after marriage equality had been approved (entered into force) in the nation. Owing to the fact that in Venezuela, until now, this law has not yet been approved despite the insistence of many, various same-sex couples have opted to move to other countries for this purpose.

    However, in the case of Lozada and Adonay, their move to Chile was not for this reason, as they had already arrived in the country by mid-2017 because of the generalized crisis in Venezuela.

  • 36. ianbirmingham  |  May 22, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation says school administrators are now stopping him from running for senior class president

    Jack Petocz is being honored next week with an award at the 2022 PEN America Literary Gala for organizing students to protest the Florida [Don't Say Gay] legislation and fighting book bans. PEN America is a New York-based nonprofit that advocates for free speech and is made up of novelists, journalists and other writers.

    “Jack Petocz is leading his generation in fighting back against book bans and legislative efforts to police how individual identities can be discussed in schools,” PEN America said in a news release announcing that the Florida student would be receiving an award.

    More than 500 Flagler Palm Coast High School students walked out in protest of the [Don't Say Gay] legislation in early March, as well as thousands of other students around Florida. Petocz says he defied school officials’ orders not to distribute 300 rainbow pride flags he had purchased for the protest.

    https://floridapolitics.com/archives/526244-gay-s

  • 37. VIRick  |  May 23, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Guanajuato: Marriage Equality By the Numbers

    Aunque la circular de la Secretaría de Gobierno, Libia Muñoz Ledo, para permitir el matrimonio igualitario sin amparo trajo consigo un incremento de registros, la legislación sigue pendiente. La funcionaria informó que (en los 6 meses) de diciembre del 2021 a la fecha, un total de 102 parejas del mismo sexo han contraído matrimonio en Guanajuato. De esta manera, tras la expedición de la circular de la Secretaría de Gobierno, la cifra está a 51 parejas de alcanzar de 153, el número reportado en 7 años (con amparo).
    https://noticiasradioirapuato.com/2022/05/23/sg-c

    Although the circular from the Government Secretary, Libia Muñoz Ledo, to allow marriage equality without amparo brought with it an increase in registrations, the legislation is still pending. The official reported that (in the 6 months) from December 2021 to date, a total of 102 same-sex couples have married in Guanajuato. In this manner, after the issuance of the circular from the Government Secretary, the figure is only 51 couples away from reaching 153, the number reported in 7 years (with amparo).

    This latter number, 153, is the highest number of equal marriages, with amparo, to have been performed in any single state in Mexico prior to said legalization within the given state. Thus, with only two states surpassing the 100-equal-marriages-with-amparo mark, Guanajuato with its larger population beat Yucatán for this peculiar "honor."

  • 38. VIRick  |  May 23, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Izmir, a large port city located on the southwest coast of Turkey quite close to the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios, and Samos, historically had a majority-Greek population, and was known as Smyrna.

  • 39. VIRick  |  May 23, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Edomex: Nothing to Report (Other Than a Riot by the State Police)

    El titular del pasado viernes,(el 20 de mayo 2022,) debió ser algo como “Aprueban Matrimonio Igualitario en Edomex;” pero quienes debían hacer posible esa realidad estaban más preocupados por recibir al nuevo arzobispo de Toluca que por legislar.
    https://diarioportal.com/2022/05/23/relacion-de-l

    The headline last Friday, (20 May 2022,) should have been something like "Marriage Equality Approved in Edomex;" but those who needed to make this reality possible were more concerned with receiving the new archbishop of Toluca than with legislating.

    That one sentence sufficiently summarizes the main point without going into all the gory details (literally).

  • 40. VIRick  |  May 24, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Colorado Governor Signs Bill Modernizing State Family Law

    On Monday, 23 May 2022, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed into law legislation streamlining the legal process for the parents of children conceived through assisted reproduction. Under “Marlo’s Law,” both parents in a couple that has used fertility treatments to conceive are guaranteed equal protections and parental rights, a major step forward for members of same-sex couples who previously had had to adopt their own children.

    Marlo’s Law, named for the daughter of Colorado House Majority Leader Rep. Daneya Esgar (D) who was born last summer, creates a simpler process to affirm the parental rights of parents who are not biologically related to their children or who did not give birth to them. The measure, set to take effect in August, replaces a longstanding state policy that only automatically acknowledges the legal parenthood of women who give birth to their children.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/colorado-

  • 41. VIRick  |  May 24, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    Indiana Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto of Anti-Trans School Sports Bill

    On 24 May 2022, the Indiana Legislature voted to override the governor's veto of the anti-trans bill that bans transgender girls from participating in girls' school sports, K-12.

    Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed the bill in March. He said the bill fell short in clarifying or creating policy to ensure "fairness" in school sports. In his veto letter, he said he echoed the Indiana High School Athletic Association's concerns that the bill does not address inconsistencies about enforcement across different counties and school districts and will cause confusion and litigation against schools. He also pointed to pending litigation seen in other states that have passed similar laws, where courts have enjoined or prohibited the laws from taking effect.

    The Republican-controlled House and Senate only needed a simple majority to override the veto, unlike most states that require a two-thirds vote. Regardless, 71 of the 100 members of the House are Republican and 39 of 50 senators are Republican. The House voted 67-28 to quash Holcomb's veto, while the Senate voted 32-15. The law will go into effect on 1 July.

    LGBTQ advocates in the state are expected to challenge the law in court.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/legislatu

  • 42. ianbirmingham  |  May 25, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Kelli Stargel’s daughter speaks out against mother’s congressional run in viral TikTok video

    While Hannah told Florida Politics that the two never agreed on policy matters, Hannah stopped communicating with her mother after the Senator championed the controversial transgender sports measure passed in the 2021 Session that barred trans students from participating in sports with their identifying gender. Hannah had come out to her mother as a member of the LGBTQ community just three months earlier.

    It’s not the first time one of Stargel’s children has spoken out against the Lakeland Senator. Back in 2021, Kelli’s daughter Laura was a vocal opponent of the transgender sports bill, publicly urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto the legislation. She wrote an op-ed for the Orlando Sentinel speaking out against the bill.

    https://floridapolitics.com/archives/527095-putti

  • 43. ianbirmingham  |  May 25, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Florida State Representative Anna Eskamani tweets her strong support for Pansexual and Panromantic Visibility Day

    May 24th is Pansexual and Panromantic Visibility Day! We're sending love and #PanPride to all who identify in the LGBTQ+ community with a reminder that #TeamAnna values your authentic self.

    https://twitter.com/AnnaForFlorida/status/1529295

  • 44. VIRick  |  May 26, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Croatia Administrative Court Rules: Same-Sex Couples Have the Right to Adopt

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Beginning from today, 26 May 2022, same-sex couples in Croatia have the right to adopt children, the Croatia High Administrative Court ruled. The decision went against the Family Ministry's arguments, and instead, was decided in favor of a Zagreb same-sex couple who wanted to be listed in a registry of potential adoptive parents.

    The legal battle by Mladen Kožić and Ivo Šegota for this right began eight years ago, when the Center for Social Assistance rejected their request to be included on the registry of possible adoptive parents, after an evaluation of their suitability, in the same way as heterosexual couples. All subsequent requests were rejected, with the explanation that the Croatian law on civil unions, in place since 2014, does not include the right to adopt, while still guaranteeing to same-sex couples all the other rights of a traditional marriage.

    On Wednesday, 25 May 2022, the top administrative court said that the above motivation was discriminatory, citing the European Convention on Human Rights and its rulings, which consider distinctions based on sexual orientation to be illegal, including in family law. Substantially, the court ordered social centers to accept the applications of same-sex couples for consideration, and if they are considered suitable to adopt, to include them on waiting lists, which are very long in Croatia, for the adoption of minors without a family.
    https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections

  • 45. VIRick  |  May 26, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Lithuania: Gender-Neutral Civil Unions Bill Advances in Parliament

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 26 May 2022, a gender-neutral civil union bill, aimed at regulating relations of same-sex partners, has passed the first vote in the Lithuanian Parliament. It will now move to parliamentary committees before returning for a second plenary vote in June.

    Seventy MPs voted in favor of the civil union bill, 49 were against, and six abstained. The bill, drafted by the ruling conservative-liberal coalition, is seen as a compromise after an earlier proposal instituting same-sex partnerships failed to pass in 2021.

    In Lithuania, civil partnership is currently not available for either same-sex or opposite-sex couples.

    An alternative and more conservative bill, allowing same-sex couples to register “intimate relationships," has also passed the initial vote with 70 votes in favor, 23 against, and 30 abstentions. The two bills will continue to be discussed together in parliamentary committees and should return to the full body on 21 June.
    https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1702998/

  • 46. VIRick  |  May 26, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Latvia: Civil Union Bill on Hold until after October Elections

    Per LV Votes:

    After several conservative MPs accused proponents of the Civil Union Bill of vote-buying, S parliamentary group has decided to support postponing consideration of the bill until after the October parliamentary elections, and will abstain from voting on the bill.
    https://twitter.com/lv_votes/status/1529434375351

  • 47. VIRick  |  May 26, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Costa Rica: 2nd Anniversary of Marriage Equality

    Hoy, hace dos años, el 26 de mayo 2020, Costa Rica se convirtió en el primer país de centroamérica y en el país 29 en el mundo en aceptar matrimonio igualitario. Según datos del Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE), desde esa fecha, se han registrado oficialmente 1715 matrimonios igualitarios entre personas del mismo sexo.
    https://twitter.com/Intertextualcr/status/1529952

    Two years ago today, on 26 May 2020, Costa Rica became the first country in Central America and the 29th worldwide to accept marriage equality. According to data from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), since that date, 1715 equal marriages have been officially registered between same-sex couples.

  • 48. ianbirmingham  |  May 29, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    'We have the power': Poles march for LGBTQ+ rights in Gdansk

    Thousands of Poles marched to demand an end to homophobia on Saturday, as the northern port city of Gdansk hosted its seventh annual Equality March under the slogan "We have the power".

    Waving the rainbow flags of the LGBTQ+ community and the blue, pink and white transgender flag, the marchers made their way through the city holding placards with slogans like "We make love not war" and "Jesus would walk with us".

    According to a police spokeswoman around 7,500 people took part.

    https://www.reuters.com./world/europe/we-have-pow

  • 49. ianbirmingham  |  May 29, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Taiwan: Same-sex cross-national couples continue fight for marriage equality

    [Editor's Note: This is Part 1 of a three-part series that takes an in-depth look at the challenges still facing same-sex couples and LGBTQ individuals in Taiwan, three years after the country became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Since 2019, more than 7,900 same-sex couples have registered their marriages in Taiwan, but many cross-national couples are still unable to do so. All same-sex couples are also barred in Taiwan from adopting children together. This series, which will be released over the next two weeks, examines those issues.]

    https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202205280014

  • 50. Elihu_Bystander  |  May 30, 2022 at 5:29 am

    New Ways Ministry Welcomes Cardinal-elect McElroy

    The following is a statement of Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director, New Ways Ministry, on the appointment of Bishop Robert McElroy to the College of Cardinals:

    “As a national ministry that tries to build bridges of justice and reconciliation between LGBTQ people and the wider church, New Ways Ministry welcomes the appointment of San Diego’s Bishop Robert McElroy as a cardinal. His new position will help to re-shape the episcopacy of the Catholic Church in the U.S., which has been overwhelmingly and vehemently anti-LGBTQ. He represents the kind of prelate our church needs, one who will stretch out a hand, not a fist, to the LGBTQ community.

    “With the appointment of McElroy as a cardinal, Pope Francis is making sure that his outreach to LGBTQ people will continue after his papacy ends. As an elector of future popes, McElroy can play a role in making sure that the next papacy will continue in the welcoming spirit of Pope Francis.

    “I am optimistic that his appointment will have a great influence in further opening up the conversation on LGBTQ issues in the church in a positive way.

    “As a bishop, Cardinal-elect McElroy has a strong record of standing up for LGBTQ people.”

    https://www.newwaysministry.org/2022/05/30/new-wa

  • 51. VIRick  |  May 30, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Veracruz: State #27 with Marriage Equality, Supreme Court Invalidates Marriage Restrictions

    Only 5 states remain, as Veracruz now has marriage equality, effective from 31 May 2022, as a direct result of the ruling just issued in the "Action of Unconstitutionality" that was filed against the state as Expediente 185/2020 in June 2020, almost 2 years ago.

    Per Gabriel Gutiérrez García:

    La SCJN le abre la puerta al matrimonio igualitario en Veracruz, invalidando disposiciones civiles de Veracruz que excluían del matrimonio a parejas del mismo sexo.
    https://twitter.com/Gabrielgtzg

    The Supreme Court opens the door to marriage equality in Veracruz, invalidating civil provisions of Veracruz that excluded same-sex couples from marriage.

    Per Suprema Corte (SCJN):

    Se invalidaron disposiciones civiles de Veracruz que excluían del matrimonio a parejas del mismo sexo, y aquella que impedía asentar en el acta de nacimiento al progenitor, que en la época de la concepción o al sobrevenir el nacimiento, hubiera estado casado con otra persona.
    https://twitter.com/SCJN/status/15314118145836195

    Civil provisions of Veracruz that excluded same-sex couples from marriage, and that which prevented the birth certificate from recording the parent, who at the time of conception or at the time of birth, had been married to the other person, were invalidated.

    As noted, this Supreme Court ruling is dated 26 May 2022, but was only publicly released late today, 30 May. As a result, it will go into effect as of tomorrow, 31 May 2022.

    See also for additional detail:
    https://imagendelgolfo.mx/xalapa/historico-corte-

    Thank you, Mónica Robles. Two years ago, you did what you needed to do. Otherwise, we would still be waiting.

  • 52. VIRick  |  June 1, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map of Mexico Needs Up-Dating (English-Language Version)

    Here are up-dated maps of Mexico, per several Spanish-language sources, correctly reflecting the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down any/all impediments to marriage equality that were found to be unconstitutional within the Veracruz Civil Code.

    The Wikipedia English-language version needs some serious up-dating, not only concerning the map of Mexico, but also within the written text throughout the article.
    https://twitter.com/maguillomx/status/15321938189
    https://twitter.com/luisigg/status/15325671883511

  • 53. VIRick  |  May 30, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Curaçao: Government to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Per "Curaçao Chronicle," 23 March 2022:

    The Government of Curaçao will appeal against the court's ruling on the ban on same-sex marriage. The judge ruled in September 2021 that the ban on same-sex marriage is contrary to the constitution.

    Immediately after the ruling, Prime Minister Gilmar Pisas indicated that he would appeal against the ruling, but his answer has only now (in March 2022) been sent to Parliament. According to the Prime Minister, gay couples in Curaçao can easily arrange their legal and financial affairs through, among other things, a cohabitation contract and a will.

    The human rights organization, Human Rights Caribbean, brought the case against the government in early 2021. The judge then ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage is "unlawful discrimination," and that it violates the principle of equality and the prohibition against discrimination.
    https://www.curacaochronicle.com/post/local/curac

  • 54. ianbirmingham  |  May 31, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Ukraine's 'unicorn' LGBTQ soldiers head for war

    As volunteer fighters Oleksandr Zhuhan and Antonina Romanova pack for a return to active duty, they contemplate the unicorn insignia that gives their uniform a rare distinction — a symbol of their status as an LGBTQ couple who are Ukrainian soldiers.

    Members of Ukraine’s LGBTQ community who sign up for the war have taken to sewing the image of the mythical beast into their standard-issue epaulettes just below the national flag.

    The practice harks back to the 2014 conflict when Russia invaded then annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, “when lots of people said there are no gay people in the army”.

    “There was no aggression, no bullying… It was a little unusual for the others. But, over time, people started calling me Antonina, some even used my she pronoun,” Romanova said.

    Zhuhan’s unease lifts as one commander makes clear his refusal to tolerate homophobia, and a more senior officer says the only important thing on the front line is to be a good fighter.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/ukraines

  • 55. VIRick  |  May 31, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    New York: State IDs to Feature Gender "X" Marker Option

    Non-binary and transgender New Yorkers can now select a gender "X" marker on their state-issued IDs. On Friday, 27 May 2022, Gov. Kathy Hochul made the announcement that the new gender option will be available on driver’s licenses, learner permits, and non-driver IDs issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles across the state.

    The option is made available through New York’s Gender Recognition Act, which will go into effect from 24 June, according to a press release. The act will also make changing names, sex designation, and birth certificates easier, allowing non-binary and trans people to have legal documents that reflect their gender identity.

    New Yorkers can now change the gender marker on their documents from "M" or "F" to "X." Those applying for a photo ID for the first time will have the option to select "X" from the start. Those who cannot visit a DMV office to change their ID can do so online beginning in July, according to the release.
    https://www.advocate.com/news/2022/5/30/new-york-

  • 56. VIRick  |  June 1, 2022 at 11:43 am

    Utah: Families Sue over Trans-Exclusionary School Sports Ban

    Two Utah families have filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on transgender girls participating in girls’ school sports. The families, identified by pseudonyms, filed the suit on 31 May 2022 in a Utah state court in Salt Lake City. The plaintiffs are identified as Jenny Roe, a 16-year-old high school junior who wants to play volleyball her senior year, and Jane Noe, a 13-year-old swimmer, along with Roe’s mother and Noe’s mother and father.

    They are represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the ACLU of Utah, and the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. It names as defendants the Utah High School Activities Association, the Granite School District, and the district’s superintendent, Rich K. Nye.
    https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2022/6/01/ut

  • 57. ianbirmingham  |  June 1, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Florida: St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch is set to join local LGBTQ community leaders Wednesday morning to ring in Pride month by raising the Pride flag at City Hall.

    This year will mark the 20th anniversary of St. Pete Pride, the largest Pride parade and street festival in Florida. The city will celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, which spans the entire month of June, with festivities leading into the return of the downtown Pride Parade and Street Carnival in the Grand Central District.

    The city will kick off the month with the flag-raising; joining Welch will be St. Pete Pride’s Board President Tiffany Freisberg and Executive Director Nicole Berman. On Thursday, city officials will read a special proclamation in the City Council Chambers for Pride. Other events throughout the month include the Pride Lighting of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which will last from June 22-29, and the annual parade, which will take place on the evening of June 25. The street festival will follow on June 26.

    “At a time when Florida is the national epicenter for LGBTQ+ backlash, the mission of St. Pete Pride is more important than ever. In this crucial time and as we approach our 20th anniversary, the support we receive from the city is quite simply invaluable,” Freisberg said. “To host events the size of our June celebrations requires orchestration that extends far beyond our own organization. Without the commitment and collaboration of almost every facet of the city’s team — special events, police, fire, sanitation, parks and recreation, and many more — St. Pete Pride as we know and love it wouldn’t exist. We are deeply grateful.”

    https://floridapolitics.com/archives/528760-st-pe

  • 58. ianbirmingham  |  June 2, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Indonesia: LGBTQ rights activists are worried that proposed legal reforms could be used to penalize and persecute same-sex couples

    Indonesia has been trying to renovate its Dutch colonial era criminal code since the 1960s. The last attempt to ratify this particular RKUHP bill was in September 2019. However that was postponed after massive protests broke out throughout Indonesia, mostly led by student groups.

    The bill would have made "defaming" public figures, institutions and religion an offense. Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim-majority country by population. It would also have prohibited premarital sex and included "morality" clauses.

    According to a public version of the draft seen by DW, it is the proposed article in RKUHP on "fornication" that has raised concerns among local LGBTQ groups.

    Although Indonesia has traditionally embraced diversity and many locals practise tolerance toward people with different sexual orientations if they are discreet about it, intolerance towards the LGBTQ community has grown over the past few years.

    In 2016, the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, a regulatory body for local media, issued a regulation prohibiting all broadcasters from showing men behaving in a feminine way, including dressing in drag or wearing cosmetics. This deprived many artists of income.

    A recent podcast by an Indonesian celebrity, Deddy Corbuzier, stirred public anger on Twitter. Corbuzier interviewed a gay Indonesian man named Ragil Mahardika and his German husband, Frederik Vollert, about their life as a gay couple in Germany.

    Soon after, the hashtag #UnsubscribePodcastCorbuzier was trending on Twitter, leading Corbuzier to take down the interview and issue a public apology.

    On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, the British embassy in Jakarta sparked controversy by raising a rainbow flag. The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the ambassador and asked the embassy staff to be mindful of the host country's culture, local media reported.

    https://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-lgbtq-fears-crack

  • 59. VIRick  |  June 2, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Baja California State Congress Bans Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy"

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    For the second time, on 26 May 2022, the Baja California State Congress voted In favor of the bill to ban so-called "conversion therapy," thus over-riding the governor's recent veto of the same identical measure. It will now become law as soon as it is published.

    De Nuevo, Prohíben "Terapias de Conversión" en Baja California

    Con 20 votos a favor y cuatro abstenciones, el Congreso del Estado prohibió las "terapias de conversión" en Baja California, al adicionar el Capítulo XII, denominado Delitos Contra la Orientación Sexual, la Identidad y Expresión de Género, otra vez.

    El dictamen se enviará al Ejecutivo del Estado para su publicación en los próximos días.
    https://radarbc.com/incluyente/de-nuevo-prohiben-

    Once Again,"Conversion Therapies" in Baja California Are Prohibited

    With 20 votes in favor and four abstentions, the State Congress again prohibited "conversion therapies" in Baja California, by adding Chapter XII, called Crimes Against Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression.

    The draft law will be sent to the State Executive in the coming days for its publication.

  • 60. ianbirmingham  |  June 2, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Florida: Gender-affirming treatment will no longer be covered by Medicaid in Florida.

    In yet another Pride Month attack on the LGBTQ+ community from Governor Ron DeSantis, gender-affirming care, including gender-affirming surgery, hormones and puberty blockers will no longer be covered by Medicaid plans in Florida.

    https://www.wmfe.org/gender-affirming-treatment-w

    https://www.eqfl.org/ahca-report

  • 61. VIRick  |  June 2, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Puebla State Congress Bans Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy"

    Puebla Prohíbe las "Terapias de Conversión" o los ECOSIG

    Por la tarde del 2 de junio 2022, el Congreso de Puebla se puso a discutir la iniciativa presentada por el diputado de Morena, Carlos Alberto Evangelista, para reformar (cambiar) el Código Penal del estado y tipificar los ECOSIG.

    Ahí, la iniciativa fue respaldada con 33 votos a favor, cero en contra, siete abstenciones, y un impedimento, desatando la alegría de activistas de las comunidades LGBT que estaban en afuera del Congreso a la espera de esta noticia.
    https://www.sopitas.com/noticias/puebla-ecosig-pr

    Puebla Prohibits "Conversion Therapies" or ECOSIG

    On the afternoon of 2 June 2022, the Puebla Congress began to discuss the initiative presented by the Morena deputy, Carlos Alberto Evangelista, to reform (change) the state Penal Code and criminalize ECOSIG.

    There, the initiative was supported with 33 votes in favor, zero against, seven abstentions, y one non-vote, unleashing the joy of LGBT community activists who were outside the Congress waiting for this news.

  • 62. VIRick  |  June 2, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Veracruz State Congress Codifies Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On 2 June 2022, the Veracruz State Congress voted on the bill to codify the Supreme Court ruling of 30 May 2022 that ended the ban on marriage equality. The congress approved said bill in a 38-4 vote, with 8 abstentions.
    https://twitter.com/_encontactomx/status/15324643

    El pleno del Congreso de Veracruz aprobó reformas legales para permitir el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo. Ello, luego que la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) declaró inválido un artículo en la constitución de aquello estado que establecía el concepto de matrimonio solamente entre un hombre y una mujer.

    Ahora, el Artículo 75 del Código Civil Estatal establece que el matrimonio es la unión de dos personas a través de un contrato civil que, en el ejercicio de su voluntad, deciden compartir un proyecto de vida conjunto, a partir de una relación afectiva con ánimo de permanencia, cooperación, y apoyo mutuo, y sin impedimento legal alguno.
    https://diariodecolima.com/noticias/detalle/2022-

    The full Veracruz Congress approved the legal reforms to allow marriage equality. This, after the Supreme Court (SCJN) declared invalid an article in the constitution of that state that established the concept of marriage as only between a man and a woman.

    Now, Article 75 of the State Civil Code establishes that marriage is the union of two people through a civil contract who, in the exercise of their wishes, decide to share a joint life project based on an affectionate relationship with a spirit of permanence, co-operation, and mutual support, and without any legal impediment.

  • 63. VIRick  |  June 2, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Baja California Sur Becomes 9th State with Legal Abortion

    Per Naty Huerta Ferrari:

    Y en Baja California Sur tenemos el noveno estado con aborto legal.
    https://twitter.com/nathuferrari/status/153257997

    And in Baja California Sur we have the 9th state with legal abortion.

    Per Vianey García:

    Baja Sur reconoció el derecho a decidir de las mujeres.
    https://twitter.com/vianeygarciar_

    Baja California Sur recognized women's right to decide.

    It would appear that any number of states in Mexico are prepping themselves to be ready to receive "tourists" from the USA, Central America, and other parts of Mexico who are anticipated to be travelling there seeking abortions.

    Per María Vega:

    So far, the 10 jurisdictions are:
    Baja California
    Baja California Sur
    *Coahuila (must adhere to Supreme Court ruling against it and eliminate restrictions)
    CDMX
    Colima
    Guerrero
    Hidalgo
    Oaxaca
    *Sinaloa (must adhere to Supreme Court ruling against it and eliminate restrictions}
    Veracruz
    https://twitter.com/_mgvegac
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_Mexico

    *Supreme Court established binding precedent with rulings against these two states.

  • 64. ianbirmingham  |  June 3, 2022 at 7:53 am

    Florida: Governor DeSantis vetoes $500K in homeless LGBTQ-plus youth housing funds for Orlando

    This is the second year that lawmakers have included funding for the Zebra Coalition and the second year that the Governor has vetoed it.

    According to the Zebra Coalition’s website, the association assists young people facing homelessness, bullying, isolation from their families, and physical, sexual and drug abuse with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

    The veto coincides with an announcement from Florida Medicaid officials that the state will move to alter its existing Medicaid policy to specifically ban treatment for gender dysphoria.

    Thursday’s actions were decried by advocates for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

    https://floridapolitics.com/archives/529533-veto-

  • 65. ianbirmingham  |  June 3, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    Progressive LGBTQ-plus Ally Anna Eskamani endorses Charlie Crist for Governor of Florida

    Eskamani, a progressive leader whose background includes serving as senior director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, was considered at points to be a prospective candidate for Governor or for Congress. She ultimately chose this cycle to run for re-election in House District 42.

    A heavy social media user with more than 76,000 followers on Twitter, her support could prove especially valuable in energizing young voters in a Democratic Primary. One of the most prominent women in Florida politics, she endorsed Crist over Primary competitors Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and state Sen. Annette Taddeo.

    “I trust Charlie to fight for our collective rights and to solve problems, like the affordable housing crisis and climate change,” Eskamani said. “I trust Charlie to champion the needs of our most vulnerable community members, and to work with the best people to get it done. I did not make this decision lightly — but as Democrats we need to unite and stay focused on victory in November. Charlie is the best candidate right now to bring us together and to help build a more prosperous Florida for all.”

    Crist embraced the support.

    “Representative Anna Eskamani is a true fighter and community leader, and I am proud to earn her support in our campaign’s mission to restore justice and compassion to Florida,” Crist said.

    “I’m running for Governor because I love Florida too much to watch as this Governor mounts culture war after culture war to hurt and divide us. Together, our grassroots movement will defeat Ron DeSantis and bring the sunshine back to the Sunshine State.”

    The backing comes on the heels of Crist landing the support of the Florida Education Association and other teachers’ unions.

    https://floridapolitics.com/archives/529218-anna-

  • 66. ianbirmingham  |  June 4, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Butthurt conservatives boycott Pizza Hut after it promoted a children's book featuring a little boy who dresses in drag

    The pizza chain has been running a children's reading scheme called Book It since 1984 where kids are awarded certificates from their school for completing books, which can be cashed in for a free pizza. Dozens of books are added to the list on a regular basis, but its latest addition has sparked fury.

    Big Wig, by Jonathan Hillman, tells the story of a little boy who likes to dress up, and whose wig gives magical powers to those who wear it. The publishers, Simon and Schuster, said the book, published in February, 'celebrates the universal childhood experience of dressing up and the confidence that comes with putting on a costume.' They added: 'And it goes further than that, acknowledging that sometimes dressing differently from what might be expected is how we become our truest and best selves.'

    Some commenters found the furore ridiculous.

    '"Big Wig, which is a book about a child who dresses in drag to compete in a costume contest." the horror, its the collapse of society and the end of general humanity. I just cant even handle it, what to do??' joked one commenter.

    Another said: 'These books celebrate acceptance, inclusivity & self-confidence.'

    One shared a photo of George Washington, noting: 'You know who else wore big wigs and makeup? The Founding Father's. Stop worrying about what books kids might read, and do something about gun control instead.'

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10883847

  • 67. ianbirmingham  |  June 4, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Thailand: Bangkok’s first proper pride parade to take place along Silom Road on June 5

    The Bangkok Naruemit Pride Parade will traverse the length of Silom Road, with the starting point at Maha Uma Devi Temple on Pan Road. The parade will surely bring together the LGBTQ community, activists and allies, and help further promote sexual and gender diversity, and shed light on other social issues like marriage equality, the rights of sex workers and abortion.

    https://www.timeout.com/bangkok/news/bangkoks-fir

  • 68. VIRick  |  June 5, 2022 at 8:39 am

    Georgia: Employers Can Not Deny Gender-Affirming Healthcare

    A federal court in Georgia has ruled that employers who refuse to cover gender-affirming health care for workers are in violation of US civil rights law. On 2 June 2022, Marc Treadwell, chief judge of the District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Macon Division, issued the ruling in the case of "Lange v. Houston County."

    Anna Lange, a sheriff’s deputy in Houston County GA, sued in 2019 because she had been repeatedly denied insurance coverage for gender-affirming care under the county’s employee health plan. Lange came out to her colleagues and supervisors as a transgender woman in 2017, after having worked for the county since 2006. In seeking the care she was prescribed by her doctor, she found out that the health plan excluded gender-confirmation procedures.

    Treadwell ruled that denial of this coverage violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He drew on the 2020 US Supreme Court decision in "Bostock v. Clayton County," which held that Title VII, in banning sex discrimination, bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. "Bostock" had not been decided when Lange filed her suit, but it had when the district court heard oral arguments, so it applied in her case, Treadwell wrote. Treadwell also noted that the county excluded gender-affirming treatment from its health plan even though its insurance administrator noted that this would violate Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.
    https://www.advocate.com/law/2022/6/03/gender-aff

  • 69. bayareajohn  |  June 5, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Any hope of getting a new section? This one's over a month old. Scottie, are you OK?

  • 70. VIRick  |  June 6, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    I sent Scottie a message on Facebook, at this address, the same one I used previously when the server here had crashed. On that occasion, he replied almost immediately. However, this time, so far, I have not yet received any reply from him:
    https://www.facebook.com/EqualityOnTrial/

    He must be having some sort of health issue, as there is certainly nothing awry with the server here. As a result, we are most probably on auto-pilot until his return.

    New thread is up!!!! Scottie is back!!!

  • 71. ianbirmingham  |  June 5, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Thailand: Bangkok sees first LGBTQ Pride march in years

    A celebratory march made its way through the Thai capital of Bangkok on Sunday, the first of its kind in almost 16 years.

    The "Naruemit Pride 2022" event — using the Thai word for "creation" — was the result of organizational work by NGOs promoting LGBTQ rights with the support of the recently confirmed Governor of Bangkok Chadchart Sittiput.

    Thousands of people made their way through the streets waving rainbow and transgender flags.

    Chants for same-sex marriage and sex workers' rights could also be heard. The Thai parliament is set to soon vote on a bill introducing same-sex unions with almost the same legal rights as married couples.

    This year's march is the first with local government backing.

    Drag queen Johnnie Phurikorn, wearing a scarlet ruffled dress and red lipstick to his first pride, said to AFP: "I feel so glad and thankful to have this moment," but added that there is still more to do to support LGBTQ individuals in Thailand.

    https://www.dw.com/en/thailand-bangkok-sees-first

  • 72. ianbirmingham  |  June 5, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Florida: At least five Tampa Bay Rays players refuse to wear uniforms with LGBTQ rainbow logos for Pride month citing their right to make a 'faith-based decision'

    A number of Tampa Bay Rays players decided not to wear rainbow-colored logos on their uniforms as part of the team's annual 'Pride Night' on Saturday.

    In the buildup to Saturday's MLB game against the Chicago White Sox, which also marked the franchise's annual 16th Pride Night celebration, the Rays added rainbow-colored logos to their uniforms, caps and on the right sleeve of their shirts.

    'Our Pride Nights continue to grow both in terms of visibility and participation,' Rays president Matt Silverman told the Tampa Bay Times. 'By doing this, we extend an invitation not just for this game but for all of our games that the LGBTQ+ community is invited, welcomed and celebrated.'

    Members of the LGBTQ community also took part in pregame activities organized by the MLB franchise. Mini LGBTQ flags were additionally given out to fans, while the field's mount and the stadium's roof both displayed pride colors.

    Rays officials described the one-night event as an 'opt-in' exercise and respect the difference in choices made by the players despite expressing that the preferred outcome would have been to have all the players onboard with the idea.

    The Rays have long supported its LGBTQ+ members, even signing an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down all state bans on same-sex marriage in 2015. The franchise has also invested in the 'It Gets Better' project to tackle youth bullying that targets LGBTQ+ minors in school.

    Saturday's attendance was 19,452, above the season average of 16,868. The turnout for Sunday's series finale against the Chicago White Sox was 11,162.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10887465

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