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Monday, October 20, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending October 18, 2014

SUMMARY

Gratus Interruptus - An extraordinary gathering of Roman Catholic Church bishops in Rome considers an LGBT semi-welcoming document, but the move is so controversial that even a compromise attempt ultimately fails …

Dancing With Draco - Kyrgyzstan lawmakers overwhelmingly approve a worse-than-Russia's "no promo homo" bill that punishes offenders with up to a year in prison …

Free To Be - the Pacific island nation of Palau decriminalizes gay sex …

Slate Cleaning - New South Wales looks to join the states of Victoria and South Australia to expunge criminal records of those arrested for consensual adult gay sex before the law's repeal …

Love's Lasting Flame - Paris memorializes the last gay couple in France who were burned at the stake for homosexuality …

Auld Lang Syne - Scotland will celebrate marriage equality on New Year's Eve …

Weddings March - Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming join the growing number of U.S. marriage equality states – and related developments …

Steadfast in the Streets - Taiwan LGBT activists pressure lawmakers to unjam a marriage equality bill …

Aegista Diversifamilia - the name Taiwanese scientists have given to a newly-discovered species of land snail endemic to the island honors the struggle for civil marriage rights ….

Complete NewsWrap text and this week's podcast to be posted October 21, 2014.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mushrooming Marriage Equality


Week of October 13, 2014
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As the United States Supreme Court stays mum on pending appeals, doubling the number of marriage equality states, Rachel Maddow, Bryan Fischer, Stephen Colbert, John Boehner and Whoopi Goldberg have plenty to say!

Producers Marlee Walchuk and Tully Callender, also known as the lesbian musical duo Sugarbeach, get artists and fans activated for the RightOutTV Music & Video Awards (interviewed by Len Rogers).

And in <i><a href="http://bit.ly/1tyAP9r">NewsWrap</a></i>: the U.S. Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit combine to open civil marriage to same-gender couples in almost a dozen new states, Estonia engages gender-free civil unions, Kyrgyzstan considers a Russian-style "no promo homo" law, a Kenyan trans-activist wins her landmark identity fight, opponents torch Cape Town's LGBT-welcoming Open Mosque, D.C.'s Catholic University sours on Milk, and more news reported this week by Michael Allan and Sarah Sweeney (produced by Steve Pride).

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending October 11, 2014

SUMMARY

Equality Floodgates - The U.S. Supreme Court's October 6th decision opens civil marriage to same-gender couples in almost a dozen new states, and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals the following day adds five more to that burgeoning list …

Narrow Opening - a civil unions proposal for same-gender couples squeaks by Estonia's Parliament …

Copy Kyrgyz - a pending law banning "gay propaganda" in Kyrgyzstan is even worse than its Russian counterpart …

No Offense Intended - a Latvian Roman Catholic Archbishop says homosexuality is destroying humanity but claims that he’s not anti-gay …

Wrath of Bigots - Cape Town, South Africa's LGBT-welcoming Open Mosque is firebombed …

Mistaken Identities - transgender activist Audrey Mbugua wins a landmark legal battle in Kenya, but 11 girls in a Kenyan private school are suspended for "lesbianism" …

Trade Out - a Russian high school exchange student studying in the U.S. seeks American asylum because gay people are persecuted in his homeland …

Soured Screening - the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. cancels a previously-approved screening of the Oscar-winning biopic "Milk" because, among other concerns, rainbow flags on flyers promoting the event were too big ….

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Pride -- The Movie!

Week of October 6, 2014
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The unlikely true story of the 1980s Thatcher-era pairing of striking Welsh coalminers and London LGBT activists comes to the screen in the Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm award-winning Pride, written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus. Mary Milton of ShoutOut Bristol chats with union organizer David "Dai" Donovan, one of the real life characters portrayed in the movie destined to become a classic!

And in NewsWrap: marriage equality advances in the U.S. but stalls in Australia, Belgrade clears the way for a thousand Serbs to parade with Pride, trade pressure gives Museveni pause on Uganda's pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill, the Philippines' Quezon City and Spain's Catalonia region block bias and hate, drag queens fight Facebook's names game, and more news reported this week by Michelle-Marie Gilkeson and Rick Watts (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending October 4, 2014

SUMMARY

Timing Troubles - A civil marriage equality bill stalls yet again in the Australian parliament …

Don't Ask Us - equality activists and opponents alike were awaiting word on whether the U.S. Supreme Court would hear one or more civil marriage cases – but the Justices take a pass …

How Many More Shoes to Drop? - a Missouri Circuit Court judge is the latest to overturn a state's ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples …

Safe, Not Silent - more than a thousand LGBT people and their supporters march in the first peaceful Pride parade in four years in the Serbian capital of Belgrade …

Bad for Business - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is apparently having second thoughts about the latest version in parliament of the possibly trade-killing "Anti-Homosexuality Law" …

"Enormous Step Backwards" - the semi-autonomous Indonesian province of Aceh, which operates under Islamic law, enacts a new statute to punish same-gender sex with public caning …

Development Over Discrimination - Quezon City, the biggest in the Philippines, expands its LGBT anti-bias protections to include education, insurance, access to goods and services, and accommodations …

Hate Gets the Spanish Boot - the Spanish region of Catalonia approves a bill levying heavy fines on perpetrators of anti-LGBT hate crimes …

We Are Not Amused - social media giant "Facebook" learns the hard way that you don't mess with drag queens ….

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending September 29, 2014

SUMMARY

Allied Victory - The United Nations Human Rights Council approves a landmark resolution condemning anti-LGBT violence and harassment around the world …

Fair Play - the International Olympic Committee – not wanting to chance another Sochi – adds a provision to the standard host city contract requiring an affirmation of the rights of sexual- and gender-variant people …

It's Okay By Us - Russia's Constitutional Court upholds the nation's notorious law banning "the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations to minors" …

Assalamu 'Alaikum - South Africa's first mosque to welcome people regardless of gender or sexual orientation to worship together is shut down less than a week after it opens …

Undercover Avatars - as the crackdown on Egyptian gay men escalates, the meeting app Grindr warns its users in that country that police officers could be "posing as LGBT on social media to entrap you" …

Bundle of Justice - France's top court okays co-parent status for a lesbian couple, one of whom conceived via in vitro outside the country …

Uh, Ya Think? - a state judge in Louisiana declares that state's ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples unconstitutional …

Ready When You Are - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will file briefs with the Supreme Court in support of marriage equality if and whenever the high court decides to hear a case  …

Bending the Arc - the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges two businesses with bias on the basis of gender identity in first-ever lawsuits citing Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 …

Dress For Success - skirted Brazilian schoolboys brilliantly support a brave transgender classmate ….

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Queer India Now & Collins Gets Better

Week of September 22, 2014
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As the news breaks that India’s government will challenge the recent Supreme Court ruling that legally recognized trans-people as a third gender, we hear "Sapphic Nomads" Katie Cook and Maggie Young's second audio postcard from Mumbai.

It Got Better for pro-basketball player Jason Collins after he came out, as he tells Chrisanne Eastwood at the OutFest screening of the docu-series on the LGBT youth support project.

Plus: right-winger Tony Perkins' homophobic radio rant against the Smithsonian Institution.

And in NewsWrap: Justice Ginsberg makes U.S. marriage equality predictions, Egypt grinds gay men into entrapment, Russia's "no promo homo" pol poisons  opening of St. Petersburg's QueerFest, Texas hotels "86" Museveni, Ugandan gay activist wins U.S. asylum, and more news reported this week by Carole Meyers and Wenzel Jones (produced by Steve Pride).

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