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.
Guardian football writer Nicky Bandini, who previously worked under the name of Paolo, has come out as transgender.
In a video posted on Twitter, the Serie A expert said: 'The thing that you need to know is nothing much changes in terms of my work. I am still going to be covering Italian football, European football and hopefully a bit of NFL'.
For 13 years I have written under a different name. Today I am coming out as transgender, but my love of storytelling remains
I have always loved to write. When I was little, I remember thinking that English exams were a treat: an opportunity to sit down and play with words, to tip my imagination on to paper.
As an adult, I have had the privilege to write for some of the biggest media outlets in the world, starting with this one. I was 23 years old and fresh from a 20-week journalism course when the Guardian’s online sports desk took a chance on me in 2006. I like to tell myself they never regretted it.
Once renowned for luxury lifestyles and bad behaviour, players are speaking out on big issues from mental health to politics
“I wanted to see if anyone from our industry would speak out about the [Alabama] abortion bill, but I guess people are too scared. This isn’t just an issue for women, it’s one for every human being. We fight for equality and this is something men should fight for and not hide away from.”
That’s not a politician, a columnist, or a “progressive lovey” with an Oscar on their bedside table. Those are the words of 24-year-old Arsenal footballer Héctor Bellerín – to his 1.65m followers on Twitter.
Players have always had an opinion. It depends if the club would let you express it
I recently won the parliament prize 2019! My video entry (below) regards birth certificate reform. The issue is being discussed over the next week in VIC parliament. I urge you discuss this with your MP and persuade them to support the bill. pic.twitter.com/AewGhk26ie
Amid increased backlash to the business of Afropunk, a host of collectives, festivals and artists of color have continued the punk resistance elsewhere
In the summer of 2001, a young first-time film-maker traveled across the US, shooting a documentary about an overlooked subject: black people inside the predominately white punk rock counterculture. Even with the established, historical contributions of African Americans to rock music and outsider culture – from Jimi Hendrix to Funkadelic – black people in punk rock was, at the turn of the 21st century, still an unfamiliar and unaddressed topic.
Having himself grown up as a black person in the punk scene, James Spooner knew from experience that there was usually at least one black punk kid in every American town, and he sought to amplify their voices, to let them know they weren’t alone.
Gareth Lee to challenge ruling that Northern Ireland bakery had right to refuse to bake cake with pro-gay marriage message
Lawyers representing a man from Northern Ireland who sued a bakery for refusing to make a cake with pro-gay marriage message are going to Europe to challenge a supreme court ruling that its evangelical Christian owners had a right to refuse to bake it.
Belfast human rights law firm Phoenix Law confirmed on Thursday it had been instructed by Gareth Lee to take his case to the European court of human rights (ECHR).
Music producer, promoter and co-founder of groups such as the Ritchie Family and Village People
The record producer and label boss Henri Belolo, who has died aged 82, helped define the “Eurodisco” genre of the later disco era in the second half of the 1970s.
He and his production partner, Jacques Morali, infused the emerging disco sound of New York with a flamboyant melodic style derived from French chanson and big-band opulence. With the groups he created, the Ritchie Family and especially Village People, Belolo took this European-influenced pop-dance music to commercial success in the US and globally.
Ten years ago, I was walking on a boulevard in central Moscow when my phone rang.
It was a glorious summer day. The day before, I had returned from a week-long trip to Chechnya, which was grueling but productive. After melting in a stifling car from morning to dusk in different villages, interviewing local residents about torture, killings, and house-burnings, and then typing it all up until 3 a.m. every night, everything was ready to make these harrowing abuses public.
There were practically no loose ends to tie up before I could finally take a week of vacation. Squinting at the sun, I lazily thought about how my favorite sundress was frayed at the seams. Some shopping was in order. I was mentally working on a shopping list when I pulled out the buzzing phone from my bag.
“Natasha’s disappeared,” the voice of a Chechen friend said, sounding almost uncertain and apologetic. I stopped dead in my tracks. In ordinary conversations, “she disappeared” is often no different from “she stood me up.” In Chechnya however, it can mean something else – like that security officials had dragged her off. It can mean torture and possibly death. “Tell me all you know,” I replied.
The truth slowly came together. Natasha Estemirova, a star human rights defender in Chechnya and a close friend, was murdered on July 15, 2009. Security officers dragged Natasha into a car as she left her apartment building in Grozny in the early morning and sped away.
Neighbors saw it from their apartment windows. Some even heard her calling out, "I'm being kidnapped!" but given the level of repression in Chechnya, people chose to mind their own business. Reporting a crime by local law enforcement agents could make you their next victim.
At first, Natasha’s colleagues at Memorial, Russia’s leading human rights organization — which has worked in Chechnya since the early 1990s when the armed conflict in the region began —weren’t too worried when she missed a couple of meetings that morning. Natasha tended to cram so much into her schedule that at times she showed up late or totally forgot about an appointment. But when she failed to pick up her 15-year-old daughter as scheduled at 2:30 p.m., everyone got worried and began looking for her.
Ten years later, Natasha’s daughter, Lana, would describe that horrific day in a book she’s writing about Natasha: “No one can reach my mum, both of her phones are unavailable. Something happened. She’s probably at some official’s office, unable to charge her phones. Or maybe she’s been detained... These kinds of things happen to mum from time to time, I can imagine that she’ll return with a good story. The clock is ticking: 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. Mum is not there… I get reassured by everyone — nothing bad has happened to your mum, she’s going to be fine… Of course, she’s going to be fine, she’s my mum! Whatever ordeal life throws at her, mum comes back in one piece. I just hope she comes back today.” She did not.
Natasha’s bullet-ridden body was found later the same day. For many years, Natasha had reported on forced disappearances and extrajudicial executions in Chechnya, first by Russia’s federal military and security personnel and later by Chechen law enforcement officials. Those forces operated under the de facto control of Ramzan Kadyrov, chosen by the Kremlin to run the turbulent region and given a free rein to ruthlessly eradicate all forms of dissent. Natasha died like many people whose stories she documented — living her life for them and at the end, becoming one of them.
Russian authorities have made little attempt to ensure accountability for Natasha’s murder. The threats against Natasha and Memorial by Chechen authorities pointed to possible official involvement in her killing. Yet one year later, the investigation had its eyes firmly on one theory only: Natasha had been shot by an insurgent, who conveniently disappeared soon after, and her murder was supposedly intended to discredit Chechnya’s leadership and the Kremlin.
“The version about the insurgent perpetrator came about in the first half of 2010 and since then, officials have been doing nothing but shuffling papers and repeatedly suspending and re-opening the investigation,” said Kirill Koroteev, a human rights lawyer who has been working on Natasha’s case at the European Court of Human Rights. The complaint about the authorities’ failure to conduct an effective investigation into her murder was lodged by Natasha’s family in 2011.
I know that history will be on Natasha’s side. Justice may take years. But one day it will come.