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 Pre-order Book!
Pre-order Book!
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

WORLD: Bhutan's pro-gay move, LGBTQ+ refugees, official comes out
by Windy City Times staff
2020-12-14

This article shared 1098 times since Mon Dec 14, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


A joint sitting of both houses of Bhutan's parliament approved a bill to legalize gay sex, making the tiny Himalayan kingdom the latest Asian nation to take steps toward easing restrictions on same-sex relationships, Reuters reported. Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code had criminalized "unnatural sex," widely interpreted as homosexuality. Lawmaker Ugyen Wangdi, the vice chairperson of a joint panel considering the changes, said 63 of the total 69 members of both houses of parliament had voted in favor of amending the code to scrap the provision; six members were absent. In a press release, OutRight Action International Executive Director Jessica Stern said, "For too long, the human rights of LGBTIQ people have not been recognized. Today, Bhutan chose to tell a different story and create a different future for itself. The decriminalization of homosexuality in Bhutan is a huge achievement."

Nearly two dozen North American companies have signed up to mentor LGBT+ refugees, preparing them to find jobs while overcoming obstacles like discrimination in their new homelands, Openly News reported. The companies will help with resume writing, cover letter reviews and interview skills, said the Tent Partnership for Refugees. An initial 23 companies committed to mentoring at least 50 LGBTQ+ refugees, totaling about 1,250 people over the next three years in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Among the participants are eyewear maker Warby Parker, the Hilton hotel chain and consulting and professional services company Accenture.

French Minister for European Affairs Clement Beaune publicly came out as gay in an interview with French gay magazine Tetu, in which he also promised to support LGBTQ communities in Poland, Politico reported. "I am gay, and I have no problem saying it," he told the magazine. Beaune promised he would visit a Polish "LGBT-free" zone early next year, as well as bringing his support to a Polish pro-choice organization.

The first gay Indonesian policeman to sue the conservative country's police force for wrongful dismissal due to sexual orientation was back in court, saying he wants to be reinstated, Reuters reported. Tri Teguh Pujianto, a 31-year-old former police brigadier, was fired in 2018 after 10 years on the job—after police in a different town apprehended him and his partner on Valentine's Day when they were saying goodbyes at his partner's workplace. A survey by the Pew Research Center this year also showed that 80% of Indonesians believe homosexuality "should not be accepted by society."

Turkey is prosecuting 18 students and one academic for their participation in a Pride event at a local university last year. If convicted, they face up to three years in prison. Pride and all other LGBTQ+ events have been banned in Turkey since 2014, but a court lifted the ban and allowed last year's event to take place; however, police still ignored the ruling and responded violently to those who attended.

A group of LGBT people in Europe appealed to the Philippine government to allow Filipino LGBT and same-sex couples to enter the country, especially this Christmas season, ABS/CBN News reported. Through the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 85, Filipinos and their foreign spouses and children are allowed to enter the Philippines—but the travel advisory is not explicit whether it includes married same-sex couples. In an appeal to IATF, sent to different Filipino embassies in Europe, people said the government should clarify whether the term "spouse" in the advisory includes same-sex/LGBTQ partners who are legally recognized in many European countries.

Sir Elton John revealed it might be a while before fans get to hear another album from him, NME.com noted. The music icon told Record Collector Magazine that another record from him isn't needed "at the moment" and he's currently enjoying fatherhood after coronavirus derailed plans for his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour," adding, "I have no idea what the fuck I'm going to do next—and that feels great." And here's something people may not know about John: He owns more than 120,000 CDs and 15,000 vinyl records.

Qatar will allow Pride flags to be flown at the 2022 World Cup—but the deeply homophobic country will still expect visitors to respect its "culture," according to PinkNews. Homosexuality is illegal in the Arabic country, with same-sex relations being punishable with up to three years in prison or the death penalty for Muslims under Sharia law. World Cup Chief Executive Nasser Al-Khater told the Associated Press, "We are open and welcoming—hospitable. We understand the difference in people's cultures. … Just like our culture is a culture of this world, we also expect people to respect our culture. I think there's a balance and there's a feeling that people will respect people from everywhere."

Julia Hoggett has been appointed the first-ever out gay chief executive of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in its more than 300-year history, PinkNews noted. Hoggett previously worked at the Financial Conduct Authority, where she was since 2014; she will start her new role in 2021. She is the second woman, following Dame Clara Furse, who ran the exchange from 2001 to 2009.

A gay man in Mexico made headlines after a recent TikTok video of him went viral, out.com noted. In the video, Henry Jimenez invited his mother to the upcoming wedding with his fiance; however, rather than welcoming the news, she called her son a sinner who was making her sicker and going to be the cause of her death. The call left Jimenez (a 21-year-old photographer and influencer from southern Mexico) and viewers in tears.

Queen guitarist Brian May said that although Wayne's World was released after Freddie Mercury died, the singer actually saw the band's iconic moment shortly before he passed away and "laughed and laughed" at the famous "Bohemian Rhapsody" scene, Yahoo! noted, citing SPIN. May revealed the tidbit during the premiere of Wayne's World Reunited Apart—PARTY TIME! Many of the cast members—including Mike Myers, Alice Cooper, Dana Carvey and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler—participated in the event. It turned out Myers gave a VHS tape to May, who recalled, "I took it round to Freddie not long before he went and showed it to him. He loved it, he laughed and laughed. He was very weak, but he just smiled and laughed."

Canada's Oscar entry for Best International Feature is the Sri Lankan queer coming-of-age film Funny Boy, directed by Deepa Mehta, according to a press release. With Ava Duvernay's Array as the distributor, Funny Boy follows Arjie from boyhood to his teens in Sri Lanka of the '70s and '80s. Raised in the elegant world of wealthy Tamils, a minority group in a largely majority Sinhalese country, Arjie loves dressing up like a bride for pretend wedding ceremonies with his girl cousins—although he knows of the whispers of his other relatives. When his magnetic, free-spirited aunt Radha returns to the family home and embraces Arjie for all that he is, the two develop an unbreakable bond.

On Dec. 5, Lunko House—a trans-led, community-based organization based in Kenya for gender diverse and sexual refugees, asylum seekers, and refugee and host-community youth—showcased its tailor-made 2020 fashion line at the East Africa International Fashion Week, according to a press release. The refugee run fashion house made a runway splash, resulting in an award of honor at the event. Executive Director Lunko Caitlyn Lubega said, "The opportunity for us being selected and considered to exhibit our work on a runway came at a time when we had just concluded our strategic plan to focus on skills development for our beneficiaries and clothing as an income-generating activity. We took it as a tool of refugee-host community integration so we may enhance our capacity to contribute productively to our host community, network, and expose our ability as refugees among others. We were honored and thrilled to present our work at East Africa Fashion Week."

Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel backed a Berlin start-up aiming to make psychedelic drugs to treat mental-health disorders in a $125 million funding round, CNBC.com reported. ATAI Life Sciences, which describes itself as a drug development platform, was set up to acquire, incubate and develop psychedelics and other drugs that can be used to treat depression, anxiety, addiction and other mental health conditions. Earlier this year, media outlets reported that Thiel, who is openly gay, financially backed anti-LGBTQ+ Republican Kris Kobach (who eventually lost his race).

British actor Rupert Everett has apparently changed his tune about Madonna, Page Six noted. In his 2006 autobiography, Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins, the openly gay actor referred to Madonna—who he was close friends with before co-staring in 2000 box office bomb The Next Best Thing—as a "whiny old barmaid." However, on a recent appearance on the Lorraine show, Everett said of the "Borderline" singer, "We are friends. I'm a great admirer of her as a person. I think she as well is an amazing woman. And where tenacity has taken her is unbelievable. And so I have great respect for her."

Canadian singer Shawn Mendes discussed rumors about his sexuality, according to Queerty, citing The Guardian. "There was a desperation for me to come out as being gay, which is such a ridiculous thing," he said. "I got upset because I know people who are gay who haven't come out yet and I know the suffering they experience because of that." In 2018, Mendes told Rolling Stone he was struggling with the feeling of trying to "convince" people he is straight.

Speaking of Mendes, he apologized to fellow singer Sam Smith for using the wrong pronouns at iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball, according to Page Six. Smith identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns "they, them, and theirs;" Mendes called Smith "he" during the live show. "Oh @samsmith I'm so sorry for refferring [sic] to you as a 'he' for your jingle ball introduction," Mendes wrote on his Instagram Stories. "It absolutely slipped my mind. Wont happen again … Sending you so much love ! Also you absolutely are one of the funniest people I've ever met!" Smith appeared to have accepted Mendes' apology, writing back on their Instagram Stories, "We're all learning together. Happy holidays, all my love xx."

The International Olympic Committee announced that breakdancing, or breaking, will make its debut as an Olympic sport at the 2024 Summer Games in Paris, according to EW.com . Breaking was previously featured at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. The Paris Games will also feature skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing—three sports set to debut in 2021 at the Tokyo Games, which were postponed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.


This article shared 1098 times since Mon Dec 14, 2020
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

Republican North Dakota governor vetoes anti-trans measure
2021-04-22
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican, vetoed a proposal April 2, that would restrict the participation of transgender athletes in K-12 sports throughout the state. According to the Grand Forks Herald, the decision came after ...


Gay News

Illinois Senate passes proposal removing gendered language from marriage certificates
2021-04-21
--From a press release - On April 21, on its third reading, the Illinois Senate passed (by a bipartisan vote of 44-13) a proposal that amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to allow the removal of gendered language ...


Gay News

Jennifer Pritzker threatens to leave Tennessee over anti-trans legislation
2021-04-21
Jennifer Pritzker—the world's first out and only known transgender billionaire, as well as a cousin of Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker—threatened to pull her fortune from Tennessee if lawmakers pass transphobic ...


Gay News

Ex-cop Chauvin found guilty of murder, manslaughter; LGBTQs react
2021-04-20
On April 20, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter in his case involving George Floyd. Floyd died in May 2020 after Chauvin placed ...


Gay News

Gay, trans panic defenses continue in court cases in many US states
2021-04-20
--From a press release - Gay and trans panic defenses first appeared in court cases in the 1960s and continue to be raised in criminal trials today. ...


Gay News

Pilsen Law Center responds to death of Adam Toledo
2021-04-16
--From a press release - Chicago Illinois — The shooting by Chicago Police of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, is yet another reminder to our community that much critical work remains to be done to prevent the use of lethal force through policies ...


Gay News

GLAAD responds to increase in suicide attempts among trans youth in Arkansas
2021-04-19
--From a press release - (New York, NY - April 19, 2021) — GLAAD is responding to reports of an increase in suicide attempts among transgender youth in Arkansas, which on April 6 became the first U.S. state to outlaw gender-affirming ...


Gay News

Hall of Fame honors 21 LGBTQ elected and appointed leaders
2021-04-19
--From a press release - Washington, DC — On Sunday, May 2 during a virtual event, LGBTQ Victory Institute will launch its LGBTQ Victory Hall of Fame to honor the LGBTQ elected officials, appointed officials and candidates who made a lasting ...


Gay News

Lightfoot calls resignation rumors 'homophobic, racist and misogynistic'
2021-04-19
On April 18, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called rumors that she's resigning "homophobic, racist and misogynistic," The Chicago Tribune reported. Lightfoot tweeted, "1/ Good morning from my mansion in Sauganash. ...


Gay News

NATIONAL More trans deaths, bullied teen, Manhunt, trans writer, Biden
2021-04-18
A Black transgender woman in Missouri was shot to death—and investigators swiftly tracked down a suspect they believe shot her after meeting on an online dating website, LGBTQ Nation reported. Dominique Lucious was found dead April ...


Gay News

WORLD Peru items, Kenya, UK government, Poland city
2021-04-18
The first lesbian elected to Peru's Congress promised to put up a "strong battle" for LGBTQ+ rights in the South American nation as two social conservatives go head to head for a presidential run-off vote in ...


Gay News

Poll: Most Americans oppose anti-trans laws
2021-04-18
A new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll showed that two-thirds of U.S. residents oppose laws that would limit transgender rights, PBS reported. About one half of one percent of U.S. adults are transgender, according to a recent Gallup ...


Gay News

Everytown for Gun Safety groups respond to police shooting of Adam Toledo
2021-04-16
--From a press release - The Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety's grassroots networks, released the following statement responding to the video and subsequent reports of the fatal police shooting ...


Gay News

Equality Florida, HRC condemn Florida House passage of trans sports ban
2021-04-15
--From a press release - Tallahassee, FL - The Florida House has voted 77-40 to ban transgender girls from playing sports alongside their peers. The vote comes just hours after transgender students and advocates held a press conference in the Florida ...


Gay News

Simmons moves to gather data on how COVID-19 has harmed LGBTQ+ communities
2021-04-15
--From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — To better determine how the COVID-19 pandemic has harmed LGBTQIA+ communities in Illinois, State Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) passed legislation out of an Illinois Senate committee Thursday that ...


 



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.