Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


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



World Roundup

This article shared 1850 times since Wed Nov 10, 2004
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

Lebanese gays push for decriminalization

An organization in Lebanon is pushing for decriminalization of gay sex—a first in the Arab world, Middle East Online reported Oct. 19.

The group Hurriyyat Khassa ( Private Liberties ) launched its campaign with a screening of the British film Victim, which is credited with helping end Britain's gay-sex ban in the 1960s. The movie was shown at the American University in Beirut.

The activists say Article 534 of Lebanon's penal code, which punishes 'sexual intercourse against nature' with one year in prison, violates the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

South Africans overwhelmingly disapprove of homosexuality

South Africa's constitution may have been the first one in the world to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, but the people of South Africa still overwhelmingly disapprove of same-sex relationships, Afrol News reported Oct. 21.

Seventy-eight percent of 5,000 people surveyed by the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa said homosexual relationships are 'always wrong.'

Less than 7 percent said they are 'not wrong at all.'

The results varied by race. Eighty-one percent of Blacks said gay sex is always wrong, compared with 76 percent of Indians, 70 percent of whites, and 64 percent of what South Africans call 'coloureds,' or mixed-race people.

Geography is also a factor. Disapproval was highest in Limpopo and Eastern Cape provinces, around 90 percent, and lowest in the Free State and Western Cape, around 75 percent. Cape Town, South Africa's gay capital, is in Western Cape province.

South Africans also oppose abortion. Fifty-six percent said abortion is 'always wrong' even if it is known that the child will be born with a serious defect. Seventy percent said it is wrong if the reason for the abortion is that the family cannot afford to have any more children. Abortion was legalized in 1994.

Gay man sues

British Airways

A South African gay man is suing British Airways for about $254,000 after flight attendants allegedly chastised him for kissing and hugging his lover as the couple awoke on a flight from Cape Town to London four years ago.

Neal Potgieter filed suit in the Cape High Court, saying two flight attendants told the couple 'not to kiss each other as doing so was offensive to the other passengers on the flight.'

Heated exchanges ensued and Potgieter later was arrested and fined about $7,200 for refusing to tighten his seat belt prior to landing.

As a result of the ordeal, Potgieter says, he suffered depression and anxiety which affected his ability to work.

Man called 'fifi'

wins payout

A gay man who was called a 'fifi' by a car salesman in Sorel, Quebec, was awarded $1,000 ( US$799 ) by the provincial Human Rights Tribunal Oct. 11.

The tribunal said salesman Marcel Bardier at the Roger Poirier Automobile dealership used 'hurtful and vexatious terms.'

'The use of this term wounds and adds to the disgrace and lack of respect of human dignity [ of ] a person, homosexuals in particular,' Judge Michéle PauzĂ© wrote.

The auto dealership also was ordered to pay Dominique Lanthier expenses and interest. Sorel is about 42 miles ( 70 km ) northeast of Montreal.

Dutch worried about gay acceptance

The Netherlands' Social and Cultural Planning Office thinks acceptance of gay people may be on the decline and has launched a study to look at the matter.

The office is particularly upset about the recent rejection of the gay youth magazine Expreszo by scores of Christian and immigrant-oriented schools.

Surveys show a majority of Dutch residents believe the magazine should be distributed to help combat antigay discrimination.

Some school officials said they were upset about a 'tolerance test' in the magazine that refers to seeing a neighbor having sex with a goat.

The Netherlands is famously liberal but in recent years the Dutch have openly discussed the fact that immigrants, particularly Muslims, often do not share that liberal mindset. As often as not, such conflicts seem to center on gay issues.

Taipei withdraws

Pride funding

The city government of Taipei, Taiwan, will not fund the gay-pride parade.

The city did fund last year's parade as well as a gay-pride festival in 2000.

'Because the government has the responsibility to instruct the next generation that homosexual conduct is wrong, it follows that it is inappropriate to subsidize the GLBT Pride Parade event,' the city reportedly said.

The parade was expected to go ahead as planned Nov. 6, stepping off from the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial and winding through the 228 Peace Park to the Red Theater in Ximending.

'Displaying our rich diversity, we will carry forth the call for a more tolerant and more progressive future for our capital city, our republic and our country,' organizers said.

This article shared 1850 times since Wed Nov 10, 2004
facebook twitter 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.


Gay News

ART The Peninsula hosting installation by Bob Faust
The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St., an art installation featuring Chicago artist Bob Faust—half of a power couple of the art world, with Nick Cave. Titled "with all, and still…," this exhibit debuted mid-September and ...

Gay News

LGBTQ+ lullaby album to be released Oct. 28
Broadway Records announced the impending release of The Rainbow Lullaby—which the label said is "the world's first LGBTQ lullaby album." The album will be available Thursday, Oct. 28, wherever digital music is sold and on ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Carl Bean dies, LGBT History Month, military events, Dykes on Bikes
Archbishop Carl Bean—an openly gay former Motown singer, longtime AIDS activist and leader in the LGBTQ church movement—died at age 77, The New York Daily News reported. In a statement entitled "The Giant Sleeps," the Unity ...

Gay News

WORLD Germany's compensation, Lyra McKee, LGBTQ Afghans, tennis player
Germany has compensated almost 250 people who were prosecuted or investigated under a Nazi-era law criminalizing homosexuality, according to euronews. By September, 317 people had applied for compensation for their ...

Gay News

Former bishop who pushed for LGBTQ+ inclusion dies at 90
Retired Newark Bishop John Shelby Spong—a best-selling author and cleric known for his progressive theology and his support of women and LGBTQ+ clergy in The Episcopal Church—has died at age 90, Episcopal News Service reported. "It ...

Gay News

Stephen Amell, 'Outlander' star to be at Wizard World Chicago
Stephen Amell, known to millions as the crime-fighting vigilante lead in the hit TV series Arrow, will return to Wizard World Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 16. Amell—who also starred in DC Universe vehicles such as DC's ...

Gay News

THEATER Out actor Dan Butler to be in 'When Harry Met Rehab'
Don Clark, a Chicago-based film/theater producer as well as co-owner of the Chicago Magic Lounge, will present the world premiere of When Harry Met Rehab—a comedy that takes sobriety seriously and is based loosely on the ...

Gay News

Gavin Newsom wins Calif. recall election
On Sept. 14, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated a GOP-backed effort to remove him from office, media outlets reported. Speaking from Sacramento, Newsom thanked Californians for rejecting the recall effort, according to He also ...

Gay News

First Floor Theater announces 2021-22 season
--From a press release - CHICAGO, IL (Sept. 13, 2021) — First Floor Theater is excited to announce their ninth live-production season, featuring one world premiere and one Chicago premiere, along with a second round of The Blueprint Commission, it' new ...

Gay News

Former HRC President Alphonso David accuses organization of racism
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

Dutch study: Transgender people face twice the odds for early deaths
A long-term Dutch study revealed that transgender people have double the odds of dying early compared to folks whose identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth (cisgender), according to the U.S. News & World ...

Gay News

Constand breaks silence about Bill Cosby
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

MUSIC Upcoming 'Carmen' featuring queer lead, male drag
On Sept. 16 and 18 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago audiences will have the rare opportunity to hear two world-class dramatic mezzo-sopranos debut new roles opposite one another ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Idol' alums, Zendaya, Gaga, 'Queer As Folk,' women rappers
American Idol alum David Archuleta said that God urged him to come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, NBC News noted. The Nashville resident told he wasn't sure if the community would embrace ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Calif. bill, lawsuits, Billy Porter, 'Southern LGBTQ Experiences'
The California legislature okayed a bill that would launch a pilot program to better track the gender identity and sexual orientation of victims of fatal violence, Gay City News noted. Under AB 1094, or the Sexual ...


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.








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.