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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending December 15, 2014

SUMMARY

Un-Pride March - Up to 40 frightened and naked allegedly gay men are paraded out of a Cairo bathhouse with news cameras rolling as they're being arrested for “perversion” and “debauchery” …

Biting the Hand - thousands march in Gambia’s capitol of Banjul to protest the EU’s withdrawal of financial aid because of the enactment of draconian new anti-gay laws …

No, It's Not Free Speech - a U.S. federal appeals court in Boston advances an unusual “crimes against humanity” lawsuit by Ugandan activists against professional homophobe Scott Lively …

Movin' On Up - same-gender couples in English and Welsh civil partnerships begin converting them to civil marriages …

Decent Proposal - a civil marriage bill is introduced in the Chilean House of Delegates …

Sorry for Dehumanizing You - after a five-day sit-in by equality advocates at City Hall, Seoul’s mayor apologizes for dumping an LGBT-inclusive municipal Human Rights Charter because Christian conservatives had objected …

Game Changer … Almost - the International Olympic Committee adds sexual orientation to the named characteristics in the Charter’s anti-bias Principle 6, but as activist (and Harvey Milk nephew) Stuart Milk notes, transgenders are still without specific mention …

What's the Problem? - U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James tells the “USA Today’s” Susan Page that she has no objection to military service by qualified transgender people …

Empire Progress - transgender rights advance in New York City and New York state …

When the Unexpected Happens - Roman Catholic Pope Francis tells an Argentinian newspaper that parents finding themselves in the “somewhat unusual situation” of having a gay or lesbian child should support them …

Lavender Lotuses - Kyodo’s 500-year-old Shunkoin Zen Buddhist Temple becomes Japan’s first to host the wedding ceremonies of same-gender couples ….

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gilman Says He Will!

Week of December 8, 2014
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Country star Billy Gilman talks about coming out and shares some of his new CD Say You Will with correspondent Steve Pride.

There’s Christmas coal for the cold-hearted: Governor Mike Huckabee, radio-talker Linda Harvey and Pastor Steven Anderson.

And in NewsWrap: EuroCourt of Justice outlaws asylum-seeker queer "tests," Putin defends homophobia as Russian LGBT refugees skyrocket, dozens of Bangalore hijras busted for begging, Finns flee Archbishop's marriage equality glee, Polish city pooh-poohs Winnie's nakedness, and more news reported this week by Natalie Peoples and Rick Watts (produced by Steve Pride).

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Friday, December 12, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending December 6, 2014

SUMMARY

In the Pudding - The European Court of Justice tells all E.U. member nations that they can't require gay and lesbian refugees fleeing persecution in their homelands to "prove" their sexual orientation to get asylum …

All Good … Not - Russian President Vladimir Putin tells the UN that his country is getting a "bad rap" when it comes to LGBT rights, and that recent homophobic legislation merely "protects children" and "the traditional family" – even as applications by Russian LGBT people for asylum in the U.S. skyrocket …

More ISIL Executions - two young men perceived to be gay are stoned to death in separate incidents in Syria by members of the Islamic State …

Crime of Poverty - 167 transgender women are rounded up in the Indian city of Bangalore for breaking anti-begging laws …

Revolt Against Archbishop - thousands of Finns have left the state-sponsored Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland after parliament passes a bill to open civil marriage to same-gender couples …

Will You Marry Us? - Slovakia sets the date for a referendum on marriage equality …

More States, More Cakes - U.S. federal judges overturn marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi, and homophobic Florida officials are running out of time to stop lesbian and gay couples from getting married in the "Sunshine State" …

Gratulacje - Robert Biedron becomes Poland's first elected openly gay mayor …

Tuszyn Has Brain - the Polish town of Tuszyn bans depictions of Winnie the Pooh on a new school playground because of his "dubious sexuality" and "bear bottom" ….

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

It's #GivingTuesday -- QuEars of the World Unite!

Iraq. Afghanistan. There's no shortage of headlines about war, terrorism, sectarian divides and other horrors. It's not unusual to rank LGBT issues as a comparatively low priority in the midst of such life and death circumstances.

But LGBT issues are life and death issues! Remember this from a NewsWrap story just last week (under-covered in the mainstream press):

     [LGBT people are] caught between Islamic State forces, that punish homosexuality with execution, and violent assaults by pro-government vigilantes.  A report released this week by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission – or IGLHRC – and the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq warned that LGBT Iraqis are at “imminent risk of death” amid a breakdown in law and order and the rise of sectarian militias.  In June, two adolescent boys thought to be gay were beheaded by the League of the Righteous, their heads thrown in the garbage. … Once exposed, an LGBT person’s only hope is escape to a shelter or safer area. … According to the report, “Family and community members, along with the authorities, are often complicit in abuses against LGBT individuals… Parents tend to disown their LGBT sons and daughters or, even worse, kill them to protect tribal or 'family honor.'"
     IGLHRC Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Hossein Alizadeh told the “Washington Blade” that, “There’s sheer chaos... There is not enough international interest in providing protection.”

Despite the chaos something remarkable has been happening. In recent months the number of This Way Out's website visits and Facebook "Likes" from Iraq and Afghanistan have mushroomed! My mind boggles when I think of LGBT sisters and brothers in such dire situations, seeking support and hope. A few have even asked if there's anybody on our crew who speaks Arabic.

During the next year, we want to respond to those cries. It really wouldn't be difficult to initiate some basic multi-lingual services online -- not difficult, that is, if we can expand our shoestring budget … with your help!                                                             

December 2, #GivingTuesday, is a great day for you to join our 2014 Year End Campaign to raise funds to keep us on the air and promote our growth. You can do that right now at our #GivingTuesday page.

Can This Way Out really make a difference? "Sapphic Nomads" Katie Cook and Maggie Young, whose "audio postcards" have been bringing you wonderful insights into our international community, believe it can:

     "In our travels we had the privilege of meeting LGBTQ warriors around the world, and we quickly came to realize, we truly are everywhere! Oftentimes despite great risk, people shared their stories with us, and these stories were able to reach a global audience through This Way Out. The more we learn about the strengths and struggles of our LGBTQ family around the globe, the more empowered we become to support one another and help lift each other up. This Way Out has been and continues to be a unique and vital resource and meeting point for international audiences to learn about global LGBTQ issues, and we are hopeful that they will continue to empower and inspire us all for a long time to come!"

How much more could we accomplish if we just took the first step towards speaking the same languages as some of the people in the world who need us the most? The only thing more vital than their desire to be connected to the world-wide LGTB community is your willingness to act!

We have some terrific ways of thanking you for your contribution that in themselves demonstrate the track record we're building on. We're working again with the Pacifica Radio Archives in a joint LGBT History Project aimed at restoring and preserving historic recordings, and you can be among the first to get your hands on some recently unearthed treasures:

  • QuEars of the World Collection -- including an early 70s meeting between folksinger/activist Holly Near and a group of Japanese lesbians; heart-rending reports from Egypt, South Africa, Kenya and Malaysia; and the Sapphic Nomads' "audio postcards" from Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. ($25 donation)    
  • Gays in Cuba -- a 1976 interview with two gay members of the Venceremos Brigade. ($25 donation)Sappho Was A Right-On Woman -- a raucous 1972 discussion of lesbians in the U.S. ($25 donation)
  • An Evening with Linda Tillery, June Millington and Mary Watkins -- a 1981 concert recorded at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. 3 CDs! ($75 donation)
Ask for one or more of these special CDs ... or get them all for $125!

#GivingTuesday is a major event for worthwhile non-profits both large and small. We're confident that a little dinghy like This Way Out will be lifted with rising tide of attention on charitable giving created by our more prominent colleagues.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Anti-Trans Violence & Queer India!

Week of November 24, 2014
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Political priorities and Eighteen trans-forming moments in a poem by activist Andrea Jenkins, shared with correspondent Dixie Treichel.

"Sapphic Nomads" Maggie Young and Katie Cook get Mumbai psychologist/activist Deepak Kashyap's coming out in India story -- one with a happy ending!

And in NewsWrap: Gambia joins Africa's "jail the gays for life" club, LGBT Iraqis are trapped between the Islamic State and pro-government vigilantes, South Carolina and Montana tie the knots, two U.S. country stars come out in harmony, Benjy the gay Irish bull makes bail with the help of a Bart Simpson benefactor, and more news reported this week by Michael LeBeau and Greg Gordon (produced by Wenzel Jones and Steve Pride).

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending November 22, 2014

SUMMARY

Sinking to Their Level - With a new law punishing "aggravated homosexuality" with life in prison, Gambia joins notorious fellow African nations Uganda and Nigeria as one of the most horrific places for LGBT people on the continent …

No One Hears Them Scream - LGBT Iraqis caught between forces of the Islamic State and pro-government Muslim militia face "imminent risk of death" …

Count Two More - new actions this week open civil marriage to same-gender couples in South Carolina and Montana …

Passing the Ball - the first out NCAA Division I men's basketball player Derrick Gordon has a successful debut, while the first pro basketball player to come out, 35-year-old Jason Collins, announces his retirement …

Standing By Their Men - country music stars Ty Hendron and Billy Gilman come out separately on the same day …

Bart's Bail Bondsman - "Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon saves Benjy the gay Irish bull from becoming "a sandwich" ….

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rappin' Transboy to Singin' Transman!

Week of November 17, 2014
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Singer/songwriter Joe Stevens transposes gender keys in conversation with Dixie Treichel (including a sample from the title cut from his new solo CD, Last Man Standing).

There's style and stylin' for hate and hope from the ridiculous fashion musings of Jehovah’s Witness leader Anthony Morris III to the sublime coming out rap by Camp Aranu'tiq's 8-year-old transboy Alex.

The Great Mademoiselle who mentored several gay composers is profiled in a Rainbow Minute (produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns at WRIR-FM/Richmond, Virginia, read by John Deboer).

And in NewsWrap: Botswana recognizes lesbigay rights, homophobic Nigerian vigilantes claim 25 busts, Saudis jail gay social media nudist, New South Wales passes "bring your own marriage" bill, high school gender swap helps Japanese students see differently, and more news reported this week by Carole Meyers and Wenzel Jones (produced by Wenzel Jones and Steve Pride).

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