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 2022-03-16
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

WORLD Indian commission, queer royals, MTV, Putin, attack in Jamaica
by Windy City Times staff
2021-10-24

This article shared 1370 times since Sun Oct 24, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


India's National Medical Commission has ordered publishers and medical schools to edit their textbooks and curricula to exclude discriminatory and unscientific portrayals of LGBTI people, according to Human Rights Watch. The order from the country's highest medical regulator follows a June 2021 Madras High Court ruling instructing institutions across the country to roll back prejudicial and inaccurate portrayals of sexual and gender minorities. In the judgment, Judge N. Anand Venkatesh said, "Ignorance is no justification for normalizing any form of discrimination."

In light of the Dutch monarchy's recent announcement about same-sex marriage and in honor of LGBTQ History Month, NBC News unveiled a list of 13 queer royals. Among others, individuals on the list included Emperor Ai, of Han (27-1 B.C.), who was widely known to have been romantically involved with one of his ministers, Dong Xian, although both men were married to women; the gender-nonconforming ruler Queen Ana Nzinga, of Ndongo (1583-1663); Queen Christina, of Sweden (1626-1689); Archduke Ludwig Viktor, of Austria (1842-1919), who was banished from Vienna after making an unwelcome pass at another man; and King Umberto II, of Italy (1904-1983), who was married to Queen Marie-Jose, of Belgium—although Benito Mussolini's secret police had dossiers on Umberto's male lovers.

MTV's Europe Music Awards (EMA) will go ahead in Hungary this year in a bid to counter the country's new stringent anti-gay laws, with President & CEO Chris McCarthy saying the outfit will "use the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in Hungary and around the world," Deadline noted. The awards will take place in the Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena in Hungary on Nov. 14 and air globally in prime time. The Hungarian government has passed anti-LGBTQ+ legislation that bans TV content featuring gay people during the day and in primetime airing to people under 18.

Russia President Vladimir Putin described transgender rights as "a crime against humanity," The Washington Blade noted, citing The Washington Post. Putin made the comment in a speech in Sochi, a resort city on the Black Sea where the 2014 Winter Olympics took place. Putin specifically said the idea that children are "taught that a boy can become a girl and vice versa" is "on the verge of a crime against humanity." Putin, according to the Post, also said trans activists are demanding an end to "basic things such as mother, father, family or gender differences."

In Jamaica, an 18-year-old man remains hospitalized in critical condition after he was targeted on a gay dating app and attacked in Montego Bay, according to The Washington Blade, citing The Jamaica Gleaner. The would-be date and two other men abducted the victim, robbed him and partially severed his penis before setting him on fire. Officials said the three men took his cellphone and used his bank card to withdraw money from his account. Violence against LGBTQ Jamaicans remains commonplace, and consensual same-sex sexual relations remain illegal in the country.

Netflix is dealing with another anti-LGBTQ situation, according to Yahoo! News. Leaked documents show that Netflix investigated one of its top executives for "aggressive and intimidating" anti-LGBTQ behavior. The internal investigation was triggered by claims made against vice president for original content in Spain and Portugal, Diego Avalos, via an anonymous tip line. However, Netflix decided to allow Avalos to remain in his position. The same letter said Netflix would give Avalos a chance to "change his communication and leadership style," and provide "tough feedback" and coaching to support this. The news came amid a storm of criticism over Netflix's recent work with comedian Dave Chappelle, who used anti-trans jokes in his special The Closer.

The 2023 Census will be the first to ask everyone in New Zealand about gender, sexual identity and variations of sex characteristics (also known as intersex status), Express reported. Collecting information on gender and sexual identity in the census will allow more detailed geographic breakdowns of the data produced than may be possible for data collected in household surveys. The 2023 Census also marks the first time in any Stats NZ survey that information will be collected on variations of sex characteristics (also known as intersex status).

The film Make Me a King will premiere at the UK Film Festival on Nov. 7, according to a press release. The short film follows Ari, a Jewish drag king ostracized by their family who clings to their hero: Pepi Littman, the first Jewish proto-drag king, who performed in the early 20th century. Make Me a King won for best script at the 2021 UK Jewish Film Festival.

A historic Iranian car has been reimagined as a symbol for LGBTQ+ rights in the Middle Eastern nation, according to out.com . PaykanArtCar is a new art project unveiled earlier this month at the Human Rights Foundation's Oslo Freedom Forum in Miami; it means to raise awareness of the persecution faced by LGBTQ+ people in Iran. The car features a beautifully painted portrait of a naked reclining man with a jeweled band on his arm. The figure holds a flower over his crotch on one side and an ornately-dressed man holding a flower on the other side. The two figures are shown embracing on the car's hood.

Transgender cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat, who has been on the run from the Malaysian government, has been granted political asylum in Australia, according to says.com . Sajat took to her Instagram Live to share that she is now living in Sydney and that she was never coming back to Malaysia, reported Malay Mail. Sajat was charged in January under Section 10(a) of the Syariah Criminal Offenses Enactment (Selangor) 1995, with authorities alleging her transgenderism brought contempt to Islam.

In the United Kingdom, Birmingham leaders announced proposals to tackle the increase of homophobic attacks in and around the Gay Village, PinkNews reported. New measures include increased police patrols and a funding injection to support victims of hate crime. The possibility of a 24-hour public transport service is also being examined. West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, Birmingham Council Leader Ian Ward and West Midlands crime commissioner Simon Foster announced the plans following the most recent attack, on Oct. 10.

A court in Russia declared an anti-feminist, anti-LGBT, racist group known as Male State an extremist organization, RFERL.org noted. The Nizhny Novgorod regional court in the Volga Federal District recently banned the online group's activities in Russia. Vladislav Pozdnyakov created the group online in 2016; its members were openly racist and misogynist, advocating extreme right-wing views and even calling for morality police.

LUST Magazine published a list of the world's 25 most sexually liberal cities, per a press release. New York City, with 176 LGBTQ+ bars, topped the list. Others in the top 10 included Cologne, Germany; Berlin; Madrid; Los Angeles; San Francisco; London; Amsterdam; Montreal; and Atlanta. With the exceptions of the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney as well as the South American city Santiago, Chile, all cities in the top 25 were either in North America or Europe.

Nils "Einar" Gronberg, an award-winning Swedish rapper with millions of music platform streams, was gunned down in Stockholm, The New York Post noted. He died at 19 in what is believed to be a gang-related incident, authorities confirmed. The rapper's murder occurred a year after he was reportedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a rival gang. No one was charged with sexual assault in the case although several people, including rappers Yasin Byn and Haval Khalil, were given prison terms for their role in the abduction, The Sun noted.

In Tehran, Iranians flocked to a contemporary art museum to marvel at U.S. pop artist Andy Warhol's iconic soup cans, PBS reported. The circular floors of the Iranian capital's Museum of Contemporary Art display a sprawling line-up of 18 classic Warhol works, recognizable at first glance: silk-screen portraits of Communist China's founding leader Mao Zedong and Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe, paintings of Campbell Soup cans and a vintage print of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The exhibit, "A Review of Andy Warhol's Works," first opened in June and closed Oct. 24.

Hong Kong is getting its first gay dating show, out.com noted. Boyscation is the creation of out gay actor, host and executive Vinci Wong, who is also host and producer of the new show. The series is scheduled to debut on TVB's J2 channel in early November. Production is underway for the program, which will feature 10 single gay contestants vying to find love through dating.

Legendary Swedish group ABBA has released the "ridiculously happy" single "Just a Notion," a press release noted. The song is the third single from ABBA's new studio album, Voyage, which is out Friday, Nov. 5, on Capitol Records. The ABBA Voyage tour opens May 27, 2022; it will have the digital versions of ABBA perform a set jam-packed with some of their greatest hits, along with the new tracks "I Still Have Faith in You" and "Don't Shut Me Down"—alongside a 10-piece live band put together by musician and former Klaxons keyboardist James Righton. Also, the band will feature BRIT-nominated singer Little Boots.


This article shared 1370 times since Sun Oct 24, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Indiana institutes anti-trans sports ban, overrides Holcomb's veto
2022-05-25
The Indiana General Assembly overturned Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's veto of House Bill 1041, which prohibits transgender girls from playing girls school sports, according to the IndyStar. The House voted to override the veto 67-28; the ...


Gay News

CDC publishes new HIV surveillance reports
2022-05-24
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new HIV surveillance report: Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2020; and a new HIV supplemental surveillance report: Monitoring Selected National ...


Gay News

Pritzker signs measure protecting Illinoisans with disabilities in housing, state government
2022-05-23
-- From a press release - Chicago— Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed HB2775 and SB180 into law today, expanding protections for Illinoisans with disabilities in state government and housing. HB2775 amends the Illinois Human Rights Act ...


Gay News

THEATER Musical 'Get Out Alive' running July 8-Aug. 7
2022-05-23
Haven will continue its 2021-22 season with Nikki Lynette's multidisciplinary afrogoth musical Get Out Alive, co-directed by Roger Ellis and Lucky Stiff, which features the writer and her personal journey with mental health. The production will ...


Gay News

Planned Parenthood of Illinois launches abortion pill-by-mail service within the state
2022-05-23
-- From a press release - CHICAGO - Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) will offer abortion pills through the mail to qualifying patients with an Illinois address. The FDA permanently removed in-person dispensing requirement for Mifepristone ...


Gay News

Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith named to Time100 List
2022-05-23
-- From a press release - St. Petersburg, FL — TIME named Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith to the 2022 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes appear in ...


Gay News

Howard Brown Health releases annual report
2022-05-23
Recently, Howard Brown Health released its annual report, "Building Towards Health Equity." The report begins, "In 2021, Howard Brown Health not only rose to the occasion in our pandemic response, we laid the groundwork for the ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Idaho groups, Clay Aiken, Radio Milwaukee, Louisville school
2022-05-22
In northern Idaho, two groups with different agendas plan to hold events on the same day (June 11) at Coeur d'Alene City Park—and both organizations have issued statements, according to the Bonner County Daily Bee. The ...


Gay News

WORLD Nigeria protest, 'Flag in the Map,' Belgium, McDonald's
2022-05-22
Dressed in rainbow-colored vests, members of the LGBTQ+ community marched in a dangerous demonstration in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to protest a bill introduced by lawmakers in Nigeria's lower house of parliament last month seeking to ban ...


Gay News

Penn. LGBTQ+ candidates mostly suffer losses on primary night
2022-05-21
LGBTQ+ candidates running for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, lieutenant governor and a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Philadelphia's "gayborhood" each lost their races in the Keystone State's May 17 Democratic primary, The ...


Gay News

COVID Chicago, Cook County currently still at 'medium' level
2022-05-20
Chicago and suburban Cook County remain at a medium COVID Community Level, even as case rates continue to increase throughout the Midwest and northeastern United States, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced May 20. ...


Gay News

Monkeypox in U.S., other countries; cases include gay, bi men
2022-05-20
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a confirmed case of monkeypox in the United States, according to a press release from the CDC Health Alert ...


Gay News

Five Worth Finding: Chocolate festival, lesbian sci-fi film, 'Smahtguy'
2022-05-16
—The Long Grove Chocolate Festival: The beloved Chocolate Festival will return to the historic streets and parkways of downtown Long Grove for the first time in three years, May 20-22. Chocolate lovers can experience so much—including ...


Gay News

POLITICS GOP candidate Irvin called Trump an 'idiot,' backed LGBTQ+s
2022-05-16
GOP gubernatorial candidate and current Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin has dodged talking about former U.S. President Donald Trump (and many other topics)—but recently revealed records show how Irvin reportedly felt ...


Gay News

Police officer enters Chicago mayoral race
2022-05-16
Longtime Chicago police officer Frederick Collins has jumped into the Chicago mayoral race—and it's not his first. Collins also ran for mayor eight years ago. His 2014 interview with Windy ...


 



Copyright © 2022 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
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
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     
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.