The Latest Gay News and World Events

I knew we Tucsonans are pretty proud of our fun little city, but there is a whole gay world out there full of amazing people and we should know a little about their lives.  With that in mind, I present to you the Gay News section; a few of my favorite news sources talking about Gay News and Events around the world.  Check back regularly for constantly updated news and information that truly matters.

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It's a gay bar, Pamela T-shirtRed BubbleShe wanted to start a boycott of a gay bar. It didn’t end well.
A police car burningScreen capThe night the man who murdered Harvey Milk got away with murder, there 12 incinerated police cars, 150 arrests, and dozens of arrests.
Marie Osmond arrives for the Hollywood Beauty Awards 2018 on February 25, 2018 in Hollywood, CAShutterstockShe said that when she was little men made her sick because of the sexual abuse she suffered.
Anna Foster's Facebook post on the hate crimeFacebookShortly after her attack, someone hung a banner at the local medical school which read, "Arm Trans People, F*ck the CPD."
The Temple Owls cheerleaders perform on the court during the NCAA basketball game November 30, 2014, in Philadelphia.ShutterstockHe showed up for every game to cheer the team on, even when they called him a "fag."
Sevier County Commissioner Warren HurstScreenshotThe public applauded and shouted "Amen" when he was done ranting about gays and Democrats.
Hate group leader Mat Staver (front row, third from right) helps ring the NYSE opening bell.ScreenshotHe was celebrating the listings of "biblically responsible" funds. In other words, companies that don't support LGBTQ rights.
Miley Cyrus arrives to "An Unforgettable Evening" on February 28, 2019 in Hollywood, CAShutterstockShe didn't really mean that women become lesbians because they hate men, but that she was "talking shit about sucky guys."
The victim on a hospital bedCampus Liberty UgandaThe doctor beat the victim with an iron bar after she mentioned his daughter's name during an office visit.
grunge portrait of frustrated and depressed business man holding mobile phone in stress feeling disappointed suffering headache and anxiety looking tired and under work pressureShutterstockHe still thinks the phone turned him gay, he just wants to avoid all the negative attention he's gotten since his case went viral.
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Bishop of Liverpool says he regrets that Archbishop Glenn Davies ‘seems to want to exclude people rather than to engage with them’

A senior Church of England bishop has expressed regret at comments by the Archbishop of Sydney that supporters of marriage equality should leave the Anglican church.

Reflecting sharp divisions within the global Anglican communion over LGBT+ issues, the Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, said: “I regret that the archbishop [of Sydney] seems to want to exclude people rather than to engage with them within the wider Anglican family.”

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As the law changed at midnight, same-sex couples celebrated the culmination of a rollercoaster campaign

Amanda Milnes proposed to her partner Christina Conlon in January when same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland was illegal. It was an act of love and hope.

On Tuesday, 10 months after Milnes went on bended knee and offered a ring, the Belfast couple celebrated a historic change to the law.

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The first southern hemisphere city to host the world’s biggest LGBTQI event plans to shine a light on Indigenous culture and the Asia Pacific region

Adrian Phoon, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ newest board director, was tired yet excited as he nervously awaited the results of Sydney’s mammoth bid to host WorldPride 2023.

Widely described as the “gay Olympics”, reflecting its sheer scale, he knew WorldPride, which has run every two years since 2000, is a juggernaut – now the world’s biggest LGBTQI event. It unites Gay Prides and their communities across the globe – attracting, at a conservative estimate, a million visitors and world-class talent. At this year’s WorldPride in New York, Madonna performed hits including Vogue and songs from her new album Madame X.

We’re inviting the world to come join the close-knit family that is Australia’s LGBTQI community

Related: I’m gay, married, and not leaving my church | Joel Hollier

Related: My first Mardi Gras last year forced me to embrace the culture I’m now so fond of | Ben Freeman

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Reading branch of US chain to close after protests over stance on same-sex relationships

A US fast food chain is to close its first branch in the UK after protests and boycott calls by LGBT campaigners.

Chick-fil-A faced demands to “cluck off” when the fried chicken outlet opened in a shopping mall in Reading this month.

Related: Chick-fil-A CEO puts an end to speculation, comes out … as anti-gay

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A lesbian activist in a rural town has developed a new strategy to reach those most at risk of HIV

Maria Nantale is enjoying a beer at a rickety wooden bar after a long day’s work. “Forty people tested today,” she reflects. “Found three positives. One of them is in denial. She has run away.”

Twice a week, from dawn until dusk, Nantale holds an “outreach” in the town of Mbale, population 76,000. The aim is to combat HIV among those most at risk: LGBT Ugandans, drug addicts and sex workers.

Related: Tax on drinks to raise funds for HIV treatment in Uganda

Related: Soap opera could be unlikely form of birth control in Uganda

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These jagged, intoxicating pieces from the cult American author chronicle two fraught decades for feminism and lesbianism

Anyone who knows anything about the American author Michelle Tea will recognise the joke in the title of this collection of journalism. More than most, she has made an industry out of writing her own life, either in straight-up memoir or adapted into autofiction (most recently, 2016’s bracingly apocalyptic Black Wave). But, as she admits in the title piece here, it’s something she feels ambivalent about. At a reading, Tea meets the woman for whom a long-ago ex left her, and on whom she revenged herself in the novel Valencia: “Times change and people change and new information comes to light, and forever in the pages of that book Sara is the destroyer of my young lesbian romance. I am forever done wrong.”

It’s an anxiety about the way writing can trap us in our own past selves, and it might explain one of the strangest features of Against Memoir, which is that several of these articles have been unsubtly amended to be more representative of the contemporary Tea than the one who originally wrote them. The effect is disconcerting. You can be rattling along under the spell of, say, 2003 Tea (and she is an intoxicating writer, a mix of swagger and bathos, delivering sentences that land with the snap and force of a punch); then suddenly a voice cuts in from the present, and the whole vehicle shudders on its wheels.

The book suffers from bittiness as Tea moves from smartmouthed blogging to frank and fierce pieces about her pregnancies

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How does it feel to campaign against racism, come out, have an abortion or lose a parent to suicide? People who went through the same things, years apart, share their stories

Sam, 26, and Diane Munday, 88, had abortions five decades apart

The first public meeting I spoke at in the 60s, I went in trembling. They were respectable ladies in hats and gloves

You’ve got to have someone you can sit down with and say, ‘My God, you won’t believe what he said to me…'

Part of me thinks – even knows, deep down – that you never get over it. There’s something about it that wrenches you

I could not have had this conversation with a gay man 20 years ago – there would have been more of a sense of danger

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Melbourne synod’s vote comes days after Sydney archbishop said Anglicans who back same-sex marriage should leave church

Melbourne’s Anglican church has formally voted to record its “sorrow” over a regional Victorian diocese’s decision to bless same-sex marriages.

The nod of approval given by the Wangaratta diocese in August has angered the Melbourne church’s governing body.

Related: Anglican churches reject Sydney archbishop’s stance on same-sex marriage

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Inspired by remarks made by a unionist MP, an incendiary opera is about to unleash gay cake and drag on Belfast. Will Arlene Foster be in the front row? We meet its creator

The Newtownards Road in the heart of Protestant, unionist east Belfast is the unlikely setting for rehearsals of Abomination: A DUP Opera, the incendiary work that will open the Outburst Queer arts festival in the city next month.

The building is surrounded by murals recording the unionist struggle; there is a memorial to Ulster Defence Association volunteers nearby, and union jacks adorn many houses and lamp-posts. Yet here, in the heartland of the Democratic Unionist party, composer Conor Mitchell is hatching an opera that dramatises an incident that showed the socially conservative, Christian evangelical party at its most bigoted.

That incident was a phone interview in June 2008 in which Radio Ulster presenter Stephen Nolan talked to Iris Robinson, then a DUP MP and wife of Northern Ireland’s first minister, Peter Robinson. In the interview, which came soon after a homophobic assault on a gay man in Newtownabbey, north of Belfast, Robinson branded homosexuality an “abomination”.

A few years after I heard those remarks on the radio, I was drinking myself to death

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Churches in Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria say they welcome everyone and his comments cause ‘deep distress’

Anglican churches around Australia have pushed back against Sydney Archbishop Glenn Davies’ suggestion to same-sex marriage supporters that they “please leave” the church.

In an address to the 51st Synod of the Diocese of Sydney, Davies said those who supported same-sex marriage should abandon the church.

Related: I’m gay, married, and not leaving my church | Joel Hollier

What a different #Anglican spirit we have in #southernQld! 🙂 Very grateful for the continued support of my affirming diocese, and this official commitment to a truly welcoming & safe Church which works with diversity & views calls for people to leave as betraying love & Jesus pic.twitter.com/uAfmbIEBJq

Related: NSW Uniting church backs school climate strike, Sydney Anglicans and Catholics decline

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Human Rights Watch Gay News

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The United Kingdom government has been forced by Parliament to make public its contingency plans in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The “Operation Yellowhammer” document sets out the risks in a “no-deal” Brexit scenario.  The document makes clear the severe implications for the human rights of people in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU.

A British flag flutters in front of a window in London on June 24, 2016, after Britain voted to leave the European Union in the EU BREXIT referendum. 

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The immediate rights impacts are likely to be worse for people on the lowest incomes, as their standard of living is more vulnerable than other groups to  rising food and fuel prices caused by supply shortages and disruption.

The Yellowhammer document also states clearly that “certain types of fresh food supply will decrease,” and although widespread food shortages are unlikely, reduced availability will likely drive up prices. The government concedes “this could impact vulnerable groups,” and foresees additional food supply disruption caused by panic buying and stockpiling by those who can afford it.

Yellowhammer also outlines the impact on medicine supplies, affecting people’s right to health. It also flags potentially significant electricity price increases for consumers, negative impacts on social care for older people, regional fuel shortages, and the danger of civil unrest.

I have spent a lot of time recently documenting problems faced by people on the lowest incomes in the UK. Low income and single-parent households are already struggling after a decade of cuts to social security support and rising living costs. Their reliance on emergency food handouts has already skyrocketed, with many families already having sometimes to choose whether “to heat or eat”.

Yellowhammer makes clear that an active government decision to pursue a no-deal Brexit on October 31, just as winter sets in, would put their most basic rights – to feed their children, to warm their homes, to cook and wash, and to get medicine if they fall ill – even more at risk. A government which proceeds with such action regardless of the consequences would breach international human rights law.

Parliament would surely be debating these vital issues today if the government had not suspended it for five weeks. Instead, with Parliament now muted, the government is gambling recklessly with the human rights of society’s most vulnerable. 

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