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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From LGBTQ elected officials to weddings to cultural breakthroughs, here are 20 positive stories that took place in the year 2020.
Instagram The PR campaign has begun to try to restore their social standing.
President Donald Trump and jailed former "zookeeper" Joe Exoticcomposite: Shutterstock/Netflix"He should pardon the Thanksgiving turkey. He should pardon everyone, from himself to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has to."
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters in Wilmington, Delaware.ShutterstockCarlos Elizondo will be the second gay man to help coordinate White House events and visits by heads of state.
The transgender flag held up by several peopleTed Eytan/FlickrBiden and Harris can help reset the social divisions that have resulted in the destruction of so many lives a virus and by a pandemic of hatred against transgender people.
The pride flag flies outside the US Supreme CourtScott DrakeThe United States Supreme Court is taking unusual steps that could start the unraveling of marriage equality.
Starbucks Pride T-shirt from 2019Starbucks.caStarbucks handed out Pride t-shirts, and now she's suing because the shirt she didn't have to wear would "show her advocacy of a lifestyle in direct contradiction to her religious beliefs."
J.K. Rowling and John CleeseShutterstock"Is that allowed, or am I being unrealistic?" he asked sarcastically.
Alex and Alex hug after their performanceTwitter screenshot/M6They got a standing ovation from the judges for their emotional performance.
Asia Jynaé Fostervia HRC"Asia was outgoing, funny, and she could put together a read that left everyone around her scrambling to pick up their jaws."
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The once-in-a-decade population survey has enabled same-sex couples to register their status

China’s LGBTQ+ community has seized a once-in-a-decade chance to be counted with the launch of the nationwide government census.

More than seven million workers have been going door to door across China this month, on a mission to capture the demographic changes among its 1.4 billion people. Guangzhou-based LGBTQ+ Rights Advocacy China is calling on same sex couples to declare the status of their relationship. The campaign, under the tag line, “they are not my roommate, they are my partner,” aims to get Chinese policymakers to pay attention to their community.

Related: How globalisation has transformed the fight for LGBTQ+ rights

Related: Four years, two continents: a gay Chinese couple's journey for a surrogate son

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Monica Zanetti’s new film is distinctively Australian without being annoying about it, steering clear of tropes – and bringing some big laughs

There are two love stories in Monica Zanetti’s queer teen romcom, Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt).

One, of course, is the budding romance between Sydney high schoolers Ellie and Abbie. The other is the intergenerational affection, respect and solidarity that develops between these teenagers and the queers that came before them – in particular, Ellie’s lesbian aunt Tara, who died in the 80s long before Ellie was born. The two narratives wind around each other in a sweet and daggy double helix.

Related: Growing up, a lesbian romcom could have changed my life. This new Australian film made me weep | Rebecca Shaw

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LGBT correspondent said he and his family were sent racist and homophobic abuse after actor’s post

The BBC’s LGBT correspondent said he and his family have been targeted with racist and homophobic abuse after the actor Laurence Fox tweeted about him.

Ben Hunte said he would “let the police take over” dealing with the incident.

My family and I have been sent racist and homophobic abuse following the below screenshot of me being posted. I am fine - but I will let the police take over. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/Bw8GMfeMOH

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Government says legislation being introduced on Wednesday sends clear message that no one is ‘broken’ because of their sexuality or gender identity

The Victorian government will introduce legislation to outlaw conversion “therapy” seeking to change someone’s sexuality or gender identity, with fines of close to $10,000 or up to 10 years in jail.

The Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020, to be introduced on Wednesday, will empower the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to investigate reports of conversion practices.

Related: Queensland religious groups fight move to make gay conversion therapy a crime

Related: Canada moves to criminalize LGBTQ+ 'conversion therapy'

On 25 November 2020 this article was amended to make clear that conversion practices are not therapy.

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Students at Liberty University have to sign an honor code, which describes accepted and forbidden behavior – and LGBTQ students fear they have to remain in the shadows to graduate

It took one weekend to leave Tessa Russell truly exposed.

On 6 April 2019, her girlfriend Ash Ables traveled to Liberty University in central Virginia to surprise her. They had been dating for four months, but it was her first time visiting Russell on campus.

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Student tells how he and others were arrested on Covid-related charges, publicly humiliated and left without a place to stay

When you ask Ronald Ssenyonga, a 21-year-old Ugandan, to tell you about his arrest, he asks: “Which one?” Like many gay people struggling to survive in a country that has used Covid-19 as an excuse to clamp down on human rights, Ssenyonga is used to arrests and raids.

Even before the pandemic Uganda was labelled the worst place to be gay after its parliament proposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts. The constitutional court annulled the law in 2014, but security agencies continue to hound gay people – relying on information from community vigilantes to attack and smoke them out of places they thought were safe.

Related: Uganda elections: on the campaign trail with the country’s rudest feminist

They tied us like slaves and marched us through a trading centre full of homophobic people

Related: 'We were beaten': 20 LGBTQ+ Ugandans file lawsuit over alleged torture

When you are gay in Uganda, you are not considered a person

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The actors star in Happiest Season, the first mainstream festive romcom about a same-sex couple. They talk about their friendship, the sudden abundance of queer content – and run the rule on Love, Actually

“It’s a gay Christmas movie,” says Kristen Stewart. “And I know that’s an annoying thing to label it right off the bat, but, for me, that is extremely attractive, and sounds like ... a huge exhale.”

Quietly and unobtrusively, Happiest Season feels like a big deal. It’s a festive romcom, directed by Clea DuVall, and stars Mackenzie Davis as Harper and Stewart as Abby, a couple who are forced to navigate Harper’s conservative, wealthy family at Christmas. Over five increasingly frantic days, they have to pretend to be friends who just happen to live in the same apartment, for fear of Harper’s parents finding out they are together. While those ingredients could make for a potentially hefty drama, Happiest Season cooks them up into comedy, finding touching moments amid the sharply written silliness and chaos. It’s funny, it’s ambitious and it’s the first mainstream gay Christmas romcom.

Related: Happiest Season review – queer Christmas comedy is a festive treat

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The BBC has laid out differing rules when playing the Pogues song, which features homophobic and misogynist slurs. Listeners to Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music consider the decision

A culture war around the Pogues’ song Fairytale of New York feels like a new Christmas tradition, like a Lindt chocolate Santa, but homophobic. In this year’s iteration, Radio 1 has removed two offensive words from the recording it plays, but Radio 2 will continue to play the original; Radio 6 Music DJs can choose between the recordings.

As a bisexual man, a load of straight people suddenly singing 'cheap lousy faggot' has made me feel uncomfortable

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Shadow minister criticises move to cut grant covering 2,250 schools across country

Ending government funding for projects tackling bullying of LGBTQ+ students in England’s schools will “further marginalise” those young people, ministers have been warned.

The news that programmes that have benefited from £4m in funding since 2014 to counter LGBTQ+ bullying will not be continued overshadowed Department for Education efforts to mark anti-bullying week.

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The new administration has promised to undo Trump’s discriminatory policies, but activists want to see bold support for queer and trans rights

Joe Biden has promised to undo years of anti-LGBTQ+ policies by Donald Trump’s administration, but advocates and civil rights leaders are urging the president-elect to go further in expanding protections and opportunities for queer and transgender people.

Related: Trans women in Ice custody already suffered sexual harassment and abuse. Then came Covid-19

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Click to expand Image Pakistani police officers gather at the district court in Peshawar following the killing of Tahir Shamim Ahmad, who was in court on charges of blasphemy, July 29, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad

(New York) – Pakistani authorities should urgently and impartially investigate a surge in violent attacks on members of the Ahmadiyya religious community, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today. The authorities should take appropriate legal action against those responsible for threats and violence against Ahmadis.

Since July 2020, there have been at least five apparently targeted killings of members of the Ahmadiyya community. In only two of the cases have the police taken a suspect into custody. Pakistani authorities have long downplayed, and at times even encouraged, violence against Ahmadis, whose rights to freedom of religion and belief are not respected under Pakistani law.

“There are few communities in Pakistan who have suffered as much as the Ahmadis,” said Omar Waraich, head of South Asia at Amnesty International. “The recent wave of killings tragically underscores not just the seriousness of the threats they face, but also the callous indifference of the authorities, who have failed to protect the community or punish the perpetrators.”

On November 20, a teenage assailant is alleged to have fatally shot Dr. Tahir Mahmood, 31, as he answered the door of his house in Nankana Sahib district, Punjab. Mahmood’s father and two uncles were injured in the attack. The police reported that the suspect “confessed to having attacked the family over religious differences.”

Several recent attacks have occurred in the city of Peshawar, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. On November 9, Mahmoob Khan, 82, was fatally shot while waiting at a bus station. On October 6, two men on a motorcycle stopped the car of Dr. Naeemuddin Khattak, 57, a professor at the Government Superior Science College, and fired five shots, killing him. His family said he had a “heated argument over a religious issue” with a colleague a day before. Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya, a community organization, issued a statement saying Khattak had previously received threats and was targeted because of his faith.

On August 12, Meraj Ahmed, 61, was fatally shot as he was closing his shop in Peshawar. On July 29, an alleged 19-year-old assailant killed Tahir Ahmad Naseem, 57, inside a high-security courtroom. Naseem was facing trial for blasphemy accusations. In a video that circulated on social media, the suspect states that Naseem was a “blasphemer.”

Successive Pakistani governments have failed to protect the human rights and security of the Ahmadiyya community. The penal code explicitly discriminates against religious minorities and targets Ahmadis by prohibiting them from “indirectly or directly posing as a Muslim.” Ahmadis are banned from declaring or propagating their faith publicly, building mosques, or making the Muslim call for prayer.

The authorities arbitrarily arrest, detain, and charge Ahmadis for blasphemy and other offenses because of their religious beliefs. The police have often been complicit in harassment and bringing fabricated charges against Ahmadis or have not intervened to stop anti-Ahmadi violence. The government’s failure to address religious persecution of Ahmadis has facilitated violence against them in the name of religion.

“Pakistan was part of the consensus at the UN General Assembly that required that states take active measures to ensure that persons belonging to religious minorities may exercise fully and effectively all their human rights and fundamental freedoms without any discrimination and in full equality before the law,” said Ian Seiderman, legal and policy director at the International Commission of Jurists. “The Pakistani government has completely failed to do so in the case of the Ahmadis.”

The Pakistani government also promotes discriminatory practices against Ahmadis. For example, all Pakistani Muslim citizens applying for passports are obliged to sign a statement explicitly stating that they consider the founder of the Ahmadi community an “imposter,” and consider Ahmadis to be non-Muslims.

Pakistani laws against the Ahmadiyya community violate Pakistan’s international legal obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Pakistan ratified in 2010, including the rights to freedom of conscience, religion, expression, and association, and to profess and practice one’s own religion.

Independent experts of the United Nations Human Rights Council, including the special rapporteurs on the freedom of religion or belief and the UN special rapporteur on minority issues, and the special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, have previously expressed concern at the persecution of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan.

“Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments should take immediate legal and policy measures to eliminate widespread and rampant discrimination and social exclusion faced by the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan,” said Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The government should repeal the blasphemy law and all anti-Ahmadiyya provisions.”

 

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