Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Trans singer on anti-gay laws; gay British men not "queen"
World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2014-02-25

This article shared 21971 times since Tue Feb 25, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Rizi Xavier Timane, a transgender activist/gospel singer from Nigeria, has shot a music video featuring all LGBT individuals to protest anti-gay laws and actions, including the one recently passed in Uganda, according to an email Timane sent to Windy City Times. ( The video for the song, "The Way God Made Me," is at www.youtube.com/watch. ) Timane is also a registered associate clinical social worker with the state of California.

As England and Wales prepare for the new Marriage ( Same Sex Couples ) Act to come into effect March 29, civil servants have identified a list of statutes and regulations dating as far back as 1285 to be amended. According to a Gay Star News item, the proposed amendments will prevent the male spouse of a gay king or the prince of Wales from becoming queen or princess of Wales, respectively, as current laws would allow. Likewise, the male spouses of dukes, earls and other male peers would not be called duchess, countess or lady.

On Feb. 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that criminalizes homosexuality, CNN reported. Last month, Museveni said he wouldn't sign the bill, describing gay people as "sick" individuals who needed help, not imprisonment. Then he changed his mind this month and said he'd sign it because scientists had determined that there's no gene for homosexuality and that it's merely abnormal behavior. He then said he would seek advice from U.S. scientists before he made any decision. Although same-sex acts are illegal in Uganda, the measure toughens penalties for certain acts, adding the possibility of life imprisonment.

Several European nations on Tuesday said they were suspending assistance to Uganda, a day after the country's president signed a law that could see some homosexuals jailed for life.

Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark are moving toward withholding aid to the Ugandan government in protest of the new law, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In a related matter, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu pleaded with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to use the debate on the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill as a "catalyst" for improvements to human rights in the country, according to Gay Star News. The 82-year-old anti-apartheid champion said improving other areas of law would provide families and children with more protection than criminalizing "acts of love between consenting adults." Tutu said Museveni had promised him he wouldn't sign the anti-gay bill, and that the president's change of heart has disappointed him.

In Australia, intersex activist and former Hobsons Bay Mayor Tony Briffa has announced resignation from the council after five and a half years of service, according to the Star-Observer. Briffa said one of the reasons for resigning was a desire to increase focus on human-rights work in Australia and abroad, and with Organisation Intersex International Australia, with whom Briffa serves as vice president. After serving two terms as deputy mayor, Briffa was appointed as an independent to the position of mayor in 2011, becoming the world's first openly intersex mayor and serving in the role until 2012.

The Netherlands-based Hague Centre for Strategic Studies ( HCSS ) has released the LGBT Military Index—the first-ever global ranking of countries by inclusion of LGBT service members in the armed forces, according to the organization's website. The index ranks more than 100 countries ( on a scale of 0-100 ) in an overview of 19 policies and best practices. Scores varied widely, with the United States ( 72.8 ), Israel ( 92.0 ), Canada ( 94.3 ), Brazil ( 86.8 ), Algeria ( 31.0 ), the Russian Federation ( 32.5 ), India ( 34.0 ) and Australia ( 95.0 ) providing evidence of that. New Zealand was tops with a 100.0 rating, while Nigeria was at the bottom with a score of 3.0.

The International Transgender Day of Visibility is Monday, March 31. Michigan-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall started the day as a Facebook event in 2009, and it has now become a day that includes "protests, actions, sit-ins, poetry events, social events and other activities to show that the Transgender community is important, and intrinsic to the fabric of human existence," according to the event's website.

In Britain, Anthony Kavanagh, better known as "I Can Make You Feel Good" singer Kavana, has revealed that he is gay, according to The Daily Mail. The 36-year-old star opened up in an emotional interview, and admitted that he has been keeping his sexuality a secret for the past 14 years. Kavana added that he didn't tell his father about his sexuality before his passing four years ago, and won't tell his mother because she suffers from Alzheimer's and is in a care home.

Two players for Italy's national soccer team have spoken out on the taboo of homosexuality in the sport, Gay Star News noted. Mattia Perin, a 21-year-old goalkeeper, has said it would be incredibly difficult for a gay player to come out while 31-year-old striker Alberto Gilardino stated he would have no problem playing alongside a gay teammate. Many soccer pundits, and gay fans of the game, predict 2014 will be the year when a top soccer star will reveal his sexuality and continue to play.

A Russian court dismissed the case against a freelance journalist who founded an online LGBT teen-support group, ruling that it found no evidence that she had been promoting "non-traditional sexual relations," according to LGBTQ Nation. Elena Klimova had been charged for violating the country's anti-gay propaganda law for creating the "Children 404" group on Russian social media website VKontakte ( vk.com ) and Facebook. The name of Klimova's group is a reference to the Internet message "Error 404, Page Not Found," inferring that LGBT Russian youth are unable to be visible.

Germany's top court has ruled gay couples are banned from joint adoption, despite being allowed to on a technicality, according to Gay Star News. The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe dismissed a request from a Berlin district court to rule on whether same-sex couples living in a registered civil partnership could adopt children together. However, gay-rights activists have said the ruling is effectively meaningless, as same-sex couples are allowed to use a system called "successive adoption," when gay individuals can adopt a child already adopted by their civil partners.

In Australia, a billboard advertising a gay film festival that featured two men kissing has been banned from being displayed in Brisbane, Pink News noted. The image, which displayed two men kissing on a beach, was intended as one of three to advertise the Brisbane Queer Film Festival. However, Krista Adams, the chair of the city's lifestyle committee, thought the poster was too inappropriate for the eyes of the public, so she requested it be banned.

NSW ( New South Wales ) Health has issued a warning following an outbreak of shigella among gay men in Sydney, according to the Gay News Network. Shigella is a bacteria that causes bowel infections; the infection is transmitted through feces, and symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever and nausea. With an influx of thousands of gay visitors expected for the Mardi Gras season, NSW Health's Communicable Diseases Branch was concerned more infections may occur.

Former Australia's Next Top Model judge and Mardi Gras host Charlotte Dawson, 47, was found dead in her home in non-suspicious circumstances in Woolloomooloo, Gay News Network noted. The New Zealand-born television presenter was also an anti-bullying campaigner and LGBT-rights advocate who had hosted the Mardi Gras parade twice. Dawson suffered a long battle with depression and was hospitalized in late 2012 after an extreme bullying campaign against her on Twitter.

In Singapore, it is believed that Faith Community Baptist Church senior pastor Lawrence Khong is responsible for a leaked guide that supports the anti-gay Section 377A of the country's penal code, according to Yahoo! News. Under Section 377A, "any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years."


This article shared 21971 times since Tue Feb 25, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Hastert settles sexual-abuse lawsuit
2021-09-16
Days before a trial was set to begin, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert reached a tentative settlement in a hush-money lawsuit filed by a man whose decades-old sexual-abuse allegations led to the politician's downfall six ...


Gay News

Gov. Pritzker signs transformative energy legislation for Illinois
2021-09-15
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Delivering on principles previously laid out, Governor JB Pritzker signed landmark legislation into law that puts the state on a path toward 100% clean energy, invests in training a diverse workforce for the jobs ...


Gay News

Catholic theologians urge protections for LGBTQ+ people
2021-09-14
More than 750 of the nation's leading Catholic theologians, church leaders, scholars, educators and writers have joined New Ways Ministry in voicing support for nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, according to a New Ways press release. ...


Gay News

Men Having Babies surrogacy conference on Oct. 9
2021-09-13
The Men Having Babies 2021 Midwest Surrogacy Conference & Expo will take place Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. According to a press statement, more than 100 (vaccinated!) ...


Gay News

Former HRC President Alphonso David accuses organization of racism
2021-09-13
Former Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Alphonso David opened up about the fallout from the investigation into former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that eventually led to his own firing—and accused the HRC of racism, ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Teachers, GLAAD talks HRC, 9/11 items, Dr. Rachel Levine
2021-09-12
In North Carolina, a former teacher won a lawsuit against Charlotte Catholic High School and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte after he lost his job following an announcement on Facebook that he planned to marry ...


Gay News

WORLD False report, Indian activist dies, fashion exhibit, LGBT Awards
2021-09-12
In Spain, a man who claimed eight hooded men carved an anti-gay slur on his butt using a knife in a horrific hate crime later said the act was consensual, according to out.com. According to police ...


Gay News

Women & Children First hosting virtual event with Anita Hill on Sept. 29
2021-09-11
Anita Hill—the University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's and Gender Studies at Brandeis University who played a major role in the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas—will be part ...


Gay News

Chicago neighborhood nonprofits join forces to provide free attorneys
2021-09-07
Four Chicago neighborhood nonprofits—LCLC (Lawndale Christian Legal Center), Breakthrough, BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) and New Life Centers—have formed a partnership to assign free ...


Gay News

One in ten LGBT workers experienced discrimination at work in the last year
2021-09-07
LGBT employees of color were more likely to report being denied jobs and verbal harassment A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds an estimated 46% of LGBT workers have experienced ...


Gay News

Constand breaks silence about Bill Cosby
2021-09-07
Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand is breaking her silence to NBC News about the comic/actor's release from prison two months ago, Deadline noted. In a brief clip, Constand tells Kate Snow she "was really shocked — ...


Gay News

HRC fires its president, Alphonso David
2021-09-07
On Sept. 6, the national LGBTQ+ organization the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) fired its president, Alphonso David, for advising now-former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during his sexual-harassment scandal ...


Gay News

Afghan LGBTQs in peril, with little help in sight
2021-09-06
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of LGBT Afghan citizens, who dared to take modest steps toward living openly when their country was under the occupation and influence of a more tolerant "western culture," are now literally hiding in ...


Gay News

HRC president refuses to resign, despite co-chairs' reported request
2021-09-06
Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has refused to resign in the midst of controversy—even after the organization's co-chairs reportedly requested that he do so. According to NBC New York, David is ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ exhibit removed from Missouri Capitol
2021-09-05
Kansas City Sen. Greg Razer, the only openly gay member of the Missouri Senate, demanded an explanation after an exhibit on the LGBTQ+-rights movement in Kansas City was removed from the state Capitol (in Jefferson City) ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.