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 2022-06-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

WORLD Japanese case, Jamaica event canceled, Putin's law
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-09-24

This article shared 3006 times since Tue Sep 24, 2019
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


A Japanese court awarded damages to a woman who broke up with her same-sex partner because of infidelity—recognizing their common-law partnership despite same-sex marriage not being legal in the country, Kyodo News reported. After acquiring a marriage certificate in the United States in 2014, the couple held a wedding ceremony in Japan the following year. Soon afterward, the defendant revealed her desire to raise a child with the plaintiff and was artificially inseminated after finding a sperm donor—with whom the defendant had an affair, leading to the original couple splitting. The defendant subsequently gave birth, while the sperm donor went on to have gender reassignment surgery, and is now recognized as a woman.

In Jamaica, the organizers of Montego Bay Pride canceled plans for what would have been their fifth annual celebration because local officials made it too risky—and the organizers also plan to sue, 76Crimes.com noted. In a press release, the organization said, in part, "The planning committee of Montego Bay Pride has made the difficult and painful decision [to cancel the event] because two of our democratically elected officials, [M]ayor Homer Davis and councilor Charles Sinclair, don't feel that we belong in Jamaica and have gone so far as to ban us from using a public space. ... Shame on the mayor and councilor Sinclair, who have brought international shame on Montego Bay and Jamaica."

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron said that Vladimir Putin imposed a "gay propaganda" law in Russia because he wanted to boost the country's birth rates, PinkNews noted. In his memoir For The Record, Cameron recalled an exchange with Putin, who imposed a divisive law in 2013 banning the "promotion of non-traditional sexual relations" towards minors. According to The Moscow Times, he wrote: "[Putin] said that Russia's problem was a declining population, and he needed men to marry women and have lots of children."

On Sept. 24, President Trump used his remarks at the 2019 United Nations General Assembly to promote his so-called "global campaign" to decriminalize being LGBTQ—an effort that was created under the Obama administration, a GLAAD press release noted. GLAAD's Zeke Stokes posted, "Actions speak louder than words @realDonaldTrump and @RichardGrenell. Here's the real record: 125 attacks in policy and rhetoric since he took office." The organization also said that Trump has been silent on important international issues involving the LGBTQ community, including the anti-LGBTQ attacks on Chechnya and his refusal to condemn Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for his anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.

An Australian gay man said he and his brother were 'hunted down' and brutally beaten by a group of teenagers, Metro Weekly reported. The 21-year-old was visiting family in Australia's Gold Coast in Queensland when he said he and his 16-year-old brother were attacked because of his sexuality. The victim, identified as "Joshua," told the Gold Coast Bulletin that he and his brother were on a bus when a group of teenagers started yelling homophobic slurs, including "fucking fa—-ts" and "gay c—ts." Then, later that afternoon, Joshua said the same teenagers plus others—about 10 in all—attacked him and his brother in the food court of a Westfield mall.

Four young Mauritians approached the Supreme Court of Mauritius for leave to seek constitutional redress by the declaration that Section 250 of the Mauritian Criminal Code Act of 1838 ( which bans sodomy, as amended ) violates their fundamental rights and freedom and is unconstitutional, The Rustin Times reported. Lead plaintiff Najeeb Ahmad Fokeerbux said, "LGBT people in Mauritius are your friends, family, and neighbours and deserve the same rights to have loving, caring relationships as everyone else. It's time to get rid of this colonial-era law, and we ask all Mauritians to support our effort." The plaintiffs—who come from Hindu, Christian and Muslim backgrounds—are all members of the Young Queer Alliance.

Almost two dozen people, including Stonewall co-founder Simon Fanshawe, have signed an open letter stating that the British charity undermines "women's sex-based rights," PinkNews reported. The letter, published in The Sunday Times, said the signatories are considering forming a "new organisation" that would oppose Gender Recognition Act reform to make it easier for trans people to have their gender legally affirmed. The letter was signed by Fanshawe, journalist Julie Bindel and former LGBT Labour officer Miranda Yardley, among other anti-trans campaigners.

A Ghanaian ( whose name has been withheld ) who was attacked in Ghana in 2015 on suspicion of being gay has succeeded in securing asylum in the United States, Ghanaweb.com reported. Two law students of New York Law School's Asylum Clinic secured the asylum for the Ghanaian, who was code-named M.A for security reasons. In May 2015, M.A. was brutally assaulted by a Ghanaian vigilante group known as Safety Empire in a local suburb of Nima, for befriending a gay man, based on the perception that M.A. might be gay himself.

Gay Australian former bobsledder and rugby player Simon Dunn thanked his followers for their responses to a very personal revelation, one that almost anyone who uses social media can relate to: the pressure to present a happy face, even when life is hard. Dunn said that earlier this year, he found himself financially broke and living in a spare room in his mother's Australian country home, anxious about the "monumental task" of rebuilding his life. In another social media post, Dunn discussed his "real self" and his personal struggles with anxiety, despite his social media persona as a confident athlete.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is asking for forgiveness in the middle of his re-election campaign after a photo of him wearing brownface was made public, CBS News reported. However, the leader of the New Democratic Party slammed the prime minister for the 2001 image, calling it "troubling" and "insulting." The picture, published in a Time magazine article online, appears in a 2001 yearbook from a private school where Trudeau used to teach; Trudeau also admitted he wore brownface as a high school student to imitate singer Harry Belafonte at a talent show.

British singer Marc Almond shared his thoughts on the different labels people use for gender and sexuality, saying he's opposed to descriptions beyond LGBT, OutInPerth.com noted. The Soft Cell singer took to Twitter to share his thoughts but quickly deleted his posts when fans disagreed with his views and called him out on using labels ( saying he's "a bloke, male, someone who likes to explore a feminine side depending on how I feel, or what kind of show I'm doing" ) while arguing against using labels. "I draw the line after LGBT as well. I won't add all those extra things. I find it ridiculous and alienating NOT inclusive," added Almond, who then complained about unisex restrooms.


This article shared 3006 times since Tue Sep 24, 2019
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Brittney Griner pleads to Biden for release
2022-07-05
Brittney Griner has appealed to President Joe Biden in a letter passed to the White House through her representatives, NPR reported. In the letter, Griner said she feared she might never return home and asked that ...


Gay News

WORLD KyivPride, Romanian bill, marriage items, Cynthia Erivo
2022-07-03
Ukraine's largest LGBTQ+-rights event, KyivPride, went ahead as a peace march—in Warsaw, Poland, CNBC reported. It joined Warsaw's yearly Equality Parade, the largest such event in central Europe, using it as a platform to keep international ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Lambda Legal, N.J. politicians, funding, monkeypox
2022-07-03
Lambda Legal issued a statement about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a former football coach for a high school in western Washington who lost his job after praying on the 50-yard-line after games. ...


Gay News

Sen. Baldwin, colleagues applaud confirmation of Global AIDS Coordinator, push for global LGBTQI+ rights
2022-07-02
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen.Tammy Baldwin joined her colleagues in congratulating John Nkengasong on his recent confirmation as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. The lawmakers also urged Ambassador Nkengasong to ensure ...


Gay News

Attorneys discuss anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, other legal threats
2022-07-02
On June 29 at a Citywide Pride event, Elizabeth Myers and Jennifer Ecklund—partners in the Dallas office of law firm Thompson Coburn—shared insight about the unprecedented amount of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation passed this year and how it relates ...


Gay News

Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law takes effect
2022-07-02
Florida's Parental Rights in Education law—which some have nicknamed the "Don't Say Gay" law—went into effect July 1, and some of the state's public school districts have begun rolling out new policies to limit LGBTQ issues ...


Gay News

New MAP analysis: How states rank on voting & democracy compared to LGBTQ equality
2022-07-01
-- From a press release - As we wrap up Pride Month, we at the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) are sharing new analyses utilizing our LGBTQ Equality Maps, which track 50+ LGBTQ state laws and policies, and our new Democracy Maps, which ...


Gay News

ACLU files case against Indiana's anti-trans law
2022-07-01
On July 1, a law banning transgender girls from playing on girls' sports teams in schools went into effect. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has asked for an injunction on the law, WTHR reported. On ...


Gay News

VIEWS How same-sex couples can ensure parenting rights if Supreme Court reverses Obergefell
2022-06-30
By Jeffery M. Leving - After the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade last week, many are now wondering if the court would go after same-sex marriage next. Justice Samuel Alito, in his majority decision, wrote that nothing in its ...


Gay News

Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes first Black woman on U.S. Supreme Court
2022-06-30
On June 30, Ketanji Brown Jackson marked a milestone in U.S. representation when she was sworn in as the first Black woman in history to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. She also becomes only the ...


Gay News

Ricky Martin at center of $3M lawsuit
2022-06-30
Superstar singer/actor Ricky Martin has been sued by his former talent manager, Rebecca Drucker, Deadline reported. Drucker was Martin's manager during 2014-18 and 2020-22. The complaint, filed June 29 in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks in ...


Gay News

R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years
2022-06-30
On June 29, Chicago-born R&B superstar R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, The Chicago Tribune reported. The sentence marked a fall from grace after decades of sexual-misconduct ...


Gay News

Wisconsin governor challenges abortion ban
2022-06-29
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the state's 173-year-old ban on abortions, asking a state court to declare the law unenforceable, ABC 7 Chicago reported. In ...


Gay News

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission adds X gender marker to charge intake process
2022-06-28
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today full implementation of the opportunity to select a nonbinary "X" gender marker during the intake process for filing a charge of discrimination. "By adding a ...


Gay News

HRC on how the end of Roe v. Wade impacts the LGBTQ+ community
2022-06-28
-- From a press release. Video below. - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, in light of the dangerous Supreme Court decision in Dobbs ...


 



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


 



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.