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
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

WORLD Dutch apology, Swiss gov't, Victory Institute, 'Queer Japan'
by Windy City Times Staff
2020-12-07

This article shared 791 times since Mon Dec 7, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The Dutch government issued a formal apology to transgender and intersex citizens who were required to undergo sterilization surgeries to legally change their gender and agreed to compensate some of those who underwent the procedures, The Washington Blade reported. The law, which was in place from 1985 to 2014, mandated that trans and intersex people had to undergo sterilization surgeries to change their official gender registration. The government agreed to pay 5,000 euros (about $6,070) each to about 2,000 trans people who had the sterilization surgeries.

In Switzerland, the Senate (like the House of Representatives before it) voted in favor of "marriage for all," according to SwissInfo.ch. The legislative proposal also foresees allowing lesbian couples access to sperm donation, facilitated citizenship for partners and co-adoption rights. The Netherlands was the first country in the world to allow same-sex marriage, back in 2001.

LGBTQ Victory Institute announced that Pennsylvania state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta was slated to receive its 2020 Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award and Mexican Congresswoman Ana Lucia Riojas the inaugural Global Trailblazer Award, a press release noted. Both recipients received the honor and award at the virtual International LGBTQ Leaders Conference, which took place Dec. 3-5. The Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award was presented by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Dec. 3 and the Global Trailblazer Award by Peruvian Congressman Alberto de Belaunde on Dec. 4.

Following a successful run on the global film-festival circuit, Altered Innocence has announced the North American release of Graham Kolbeins' feature debut, Queer Japan, a press release noted. The colorful and vibrant documentary will be available in the US and Canada on Dec. 11 via Theatrical At Home and on Digital HD, including Apple TV, Prime Video and Google Play. The documentary profiles individuals from across the spectrum, including drag queen Vivienne Sato, erotic-manga artist Gengoroh Tagame, butoh dancer Atsushi Matsuda, multimedia artist Nogi Sumiko, HIV+ advocate Hiroshi Hasegawa, activist Akira the Hustler, and transgender author Tomato Hatakeno.

Magnolia Pictures will release the film Two of Us in theaters and On Demand on Feb. 5, 2021, a press release noted. The movie—France's official submission for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards—centers on two retired women, Nina and Madeleine (played by Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier), who have been secretly in love for decades; an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine's daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them.

In the book The Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler, Chris Bryant tells how the several gay and bi members of a group of rebels drew the prime minister's ire—for being among the first to sound the alarm about Adolf Hitler's fascist threat, a Reuters item noted. Dismissed as "glamour boys" and warmongers, their warnings initially fell on deaf ears. At a time when gay sex was still illegal in Britain, their decision to break ranks with then prime minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasing Hitler in the 1930s was all the more courageous, said Bryant.

A retired doctor has filed a new legal challenge to force the Singapore government to either fully enforce or introduce legislation to scrap a colonial-era law that can jail men for engaging in same-sex relations, Openly News reported. Tan Seng Kee—a prominent LGBTQ+ advocate also known as Roy Tan—launched his legal bid in Singapore's High Court to target a section of the country's penal code, known as Section 377A, that criminalizes gay sex. Section 377A can imprison men for engaging in gay sex for up to two years, although prosecutions are rare in the modern but socially conservative city-state.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation—the educational arm of the organization—launched its fourth annual HRC Equidad MX: Programa Global de Equidad Laboral, a survey evaluating LGBT workplace inclusion within major Mexican businesses and multinationals, a press release noted. This year, 212 employers have earned top ratings in the 2021 HRC Equidad MX report, a 77% increase over last year's total of 120. The HRC Equidad MX program is modeled after HRC's Corporate Equality Index.

A former employee at a Japanese company reached a rare settlement with the company, according to Queerty. The man in question was outed as gay by his boss to his fellow employees, and claimed he dealt with discrimination by his co-workers and personally developed mental illness. The Japanese Times reported that the firm has pledged to pay damages to the employee under a new law banning LGBTQ discrimination in Japan; the statute went into effect this past June.

An outspokenly anti-LGBT politician raised eyebrows after a semi-naked man appeared behind him during a Zoom call, The Daily Mail noted. Video showed a document on screen before cutting to Lithuanian MP Petras Grazulis' webcam. Only the top of his head is visible as a topless man peered at the screen over his shoulder. A parliamentary chairman suggested the man was likely a relative assisting the MP with computer troubles.

A senior MEP from Hungary's ruling Fidesz party admitted he took part in a Belgian "lockdown party"—described by local media as "an orgy"—that was broken up by Brussels police, politico.eu reported. Jozsef Szajer said in a statement that he was "present" at the "private party"—at which, according to the Belgian press, police found 25 naked men, including an MEP and a number of diplomats. Szajer said police gave him "an official verbal warning" and took him home. He said he had not taken drugs and added that he was "sorry" and that he "deeply" regretted breaking COVID restrictions. The Hungarian, a long-serving member of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's party, resigned as an MEP two days before his public statement.

British pop-punk star Yungblud discussed an intimate aspect of himself in a recent interview, according to Out.com . While the performer had previously indicated that he was fluid but "more straight," he told Attitude Magazine that things have changed. "I probably would say now, I am polyamorous. Before I didn't f***ing know what I was," he said. Polyamory is in and of itself not a sexuality and is instead having multiple intimate relationships. While the performer isn't quite ready yet to put an exact label on his sexuality, he does consider himself part of the queer community. According to LGBTQ Nation, he credited his ex-girlfriend, the musician Halsey, and his queer fans for helping him to explore and consider his sexuality; Halsey has previously come out as bisexual.

The family of British novelist Roald Dahl—who wrote the children's classics James and the Giant Peach as well as Matilda—quietly apologized for the late writer's "prejudiced" anti-Semitic comments, The New York Post noted. Dahl, who died at age 74 in 1990, had made offensive declarations in several interviews, including a 1983 interview with The New Statesman, reported The Sunday Times of London.

In London, police arrived at singer Rita Ora's 30th-birthday party for allegedly breaking lockdown rules, Page Six noted, citing The Sun. There were allegedly more than 30 people at the gathering, including models Cara and Poppy Delevingne. Nicholas Fallows—who is listed as owner of Casa Cruz restaurant (the site of the event)—told the British tabloid that it was the first he'd heard of the party, as the spot is "owned by shareholders."


This article shared 791 times since Mon Dec 7, 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

Biden and Harris are inaugurated; Biden signs LGBTQ executive order
2021-01-20
Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in Jan. 20 as the next president of the United States, ushering in a much-improved political climate for LGBT people and, many might say, the nation. In one of his first ...


Gay News

Biden, Harris inaugurated, leaders comment
2021-01-20
--From press releases. Come back for additional statements - Planned Parenthood Illinois: Statement attributed to Jennifer Welch, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action: As the eyes of the world turn from the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago to today's inauguration ...


Gay News

City Hall, Cook County Building closed Jan. 20 for safety reasons
2021-01-19
Chicago's City Hall (121 N. LaSalle St.) and the Cook County Building (118 N. Clark St.) will be closed to the public Wed., Jan. 20 as a precautionary step to ensure public safety on Inauguration Day, ...


Gay News

National COVID-19 Memorial Service Jan. 19 to remember lives lost
2021-01-19
CHICAGO, IL— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the City of Chicago, in partnership with the incoming Biden-Harris Administration, invite everyone in Chicago to take part in the National COVID-19 Memorial Service to remember the lives lost ...


Gay News

Steans resigns from Illinois Senate; tenure marked by advances in women's, LGBTQ rights
2021-01-19
--From a press release - State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) today announced her resignation after 12 years of service, declaring "it's time for fresh faces and new energy" in Springfield. "It's been the privilege of a lifetime to represent the most ...


Gay News

Biden nominates Dr. Rachel Levine, first trans person nominated for Senate-confirmed position
2021-01-19
--From press releases - From Victory Institute: Washington, DC — President-elect Joe Biden nominated Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine to be the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health — a historic nomination that makes her the first out trans ...


Gay News

Biden picks transgender assistant health secretary
2021-01-19
President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health—positioning her to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a Seattle Times ...


Gay News

Lightfoot and city leaders lead MLK interfaith event
2021-01-18
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot virtually gathered with civic, business and religious leaders this weekend to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the City of Chicago's 35th Annual Interfaith Celebration. This year's ceremony ...


Gay News

WORLD Global Fund, Croatian case, Poland items, Hillsong
2021-01-17
In 2020, the Global Fund signed 157 grants for a total of $8.54 billion for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programs and to strengthen systems for health—and this is the highest number of grants the program ever ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Defamation case, inauguration items, PrEP, Capitol riot
2021-01-17
A New York appeals court ruled that falsely accusing someone of being gay is no longer considered defamation per se, NBC News reported. Defamation is a false statement that damages someone's reputation. "It meant that it ...


Gay News

COVID-19 Three regions to end Tier 3 mitigations; IRA responds to dining changes
2021-01-15
Following a decrease in COVID-19 test positivity rates and hospitalizations throughout Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker announced regions across the state are now eligible to move out of Tier 3 mitigations—the ...


Gay News

Gov. Pritzker activates Illinois National Guard for security of state buildings
2021-01-15
SPRINGFIELD — Governor JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard for State Active Duty in response to the warnings issued this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding threats to ...


Gay News

Research on military trans ban shows urgency of Biden acting on pledge
2021-01-14
--From a press release by The Palm Center - President-elect Joseph Biden has promised to reverse the military's ban on service by transgender Americans on "day one" of his presidency. Research recently released by the Palm Center explains why lifting the ban is an urgent ...


Gay News

Gov. Pritzker releases statement on impeachment of President Trump
2021-01-14
--From a press release - Springfield — Governor JB Pritzker issued the following statement following the second impeachment of President Trump. "For the first time in United States history, a sitting President has been impeached on two separate occasions by the ...


Gay News

40+ national LGBTQ and movement leaders call for removal of President
2021-01-14
--From a GLAAD press release - GLAAD and more than 40 national LGBTQ and movement leaders have signed onto a statement calling for the removal of Pres. Trump from office: "Our nation's security and the personal security of every American is in ...


 



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.