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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Kai Shappley, 9, appeared in an episode of the 2020 Netflix series.Kailey Schwerman/NetflixKai Shappley's "Christian mom" said she struggled to accept her trans daughter. Now her daughter is playing a trans character on Netflix.
Kelson AkomolafeScreenshot/Facebook"The guy pulled a knife trying to rob me of my bag. So I put him on the ground."
Patricia McCloskey holds a gun on a group of protestors passing by her homeScreenshotPersonal injury lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey love to use the court system as a tool for intimidation.
Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred and Linda Cardellini as Velma in the trailer for "Scooby Doo."Screenshot/YouTubeVelma and Daphne even had a kiss in the first cut of the film.
JANUARY 2018: Crowds of people wait outside the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA for the musical "Hamilton"ShutterstockA curse word has one of the nation's largest religious right groups aquiver with outrage.
A worker prepares food at a Burger King.ShutterstockThe woman worked for a week with severe symptoms after management allegedly told her to keep working. She died.
A home HIV test kitShutterstockPublic health officials are taking advantage of coronavirus measures to fight HIV.
A section of a letter sent through the mail to a DC residentPoPvilleThe all-caps letter claiming to be from "black heterosexuals" calls LGBTQ people "the most racist group of people in America." Responses online, though, were inspiring.
ShutterstockWhen another doctor spoke up, asking the irate surgeon what he had against gay people, the surgeon ejected them from the operating room.
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Sampaio, of Brazil, describes moment’s significance: ‘Being trans usually means facing closed doors to people’s hearts’

The model Valentina Sampaio has made history by becoming the first openly transgender model to be featured in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.

The 23-year-old Brazilian has been selected as a model for the issue that will be released on 21 July.

Related: Marketing boss quits Victoria's Secret after first trans model hired

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The re-election of Andrzej Duda as president, by the narrowest of margins, shows Polish liberals must find a way to reconnect with non-urban voters

To understand what was at stake in Sunday’s cliffhanger presidential election in Poland, it is worth rewinding a few days to an interview with Jaroslaw Kaczyński, the chairman and éminence grise of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS).

Mr Kaczyński, who was prime minister of Poland in the mid-2000s, was not standing in the contest himself. But he still calls the shots in PiS, whose preferred candidate, Andrzej Duda, has been re-elected as president by the narrowest of margins. Speaking to an arch-conservative Catholic radio station, Mr Kaczyński warned that Mr Duda’s liberal opponent, Rafał Trzaskowski, lacked a “Polish soul”. The evidence, he said, was Mr Trzaskowski’s unpatriotic willingness to even consider Jewish restitution claims in relation to the second world war. He went on to hint at a need to “repolonise” sections of the media partly under foreign ownership. And, emphasising a running theme of Mr Duda’s successful campaign for re-election, Mr Kaczyński predicted an opposition victory would see Poland capitulate to an “LGBT offensive”, corrupting the minds of the young.

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Moderates fear country will become even more authoritarian after their candidate lost the election

Anaemic grey clouds hung over much of Warsaw as the city’s liberals and progressives came to terms with the fact that it will almost certainly be another three years, during parliamentary elections in 2023, before they get a chance to challenge the ruling party’s hold on power after its preferred candidate, Andrzej Duda, won re-election as president on Monday.

“This was not a normal, fair election held in a liberal democracy,” said Agnieszka Graff, a public intellectual and professor of cultural studies at the University of Warsaw. “This was an election in which we would either allow or prevent the final stage of dismantling democracy of Poland, and right now it really feels like it’s game over.”

Related: Polish election: Andrzej Duda victory hands populists free rein

The problem is that the conflict in our society is not going to end just because the elections are over”
Prof Marcin Matczak

Related: Andrzej Duda's re-election set to intensify Poland-EU tensions

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Lib Dem MP who is bringing private member’s bill says move would make a big difference

Fresh attempts to force the government to introduce an “X” gender option on passports for non-binary people will be made in parliament this week.

Stonewall, the LGBTQ+ charity, is backing a new private member’s bill demanding ministers recognise gender-neutral passports, which have already been rolled out in Australia, Canada and Germany.

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Sophie-Grace Chappell says it’s only those on the right who are benefiting from the row over trans women

In the autumn of 1969, a five-year-old boy called Timothy Chappell, in his first term at school, had an idea. Could he, he asked his mum, go to class as a girl?

“My mother looked at me,” says Timothy – now Sophie-Grace – “and there was both terror and fury in her eyes. And she said to me: why?”

Related: Schools pulled into row over helping transgender children

Trans women are like adoptive parents, who want to be accepted as being the same as biological parents

Related: UK universities struggle to deal with ‘toxic’ trans rights row

Related: Sacked or silenced: academics say they are blocked from exploring trans issues

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Something has to change. The majority of trans people don’t want a fight, they want safety and respect

For as long as the human species has existed, so have trans people. They make up only a small fraction of the population – and yet the discourse around them has become increasingly hostile, vastly overshadowing the small number of individuals at its centre. Why, in the past few years, have the rights of this extremely marginalised group become something everyone feels they need to have an opinion about?

Under the Equality Act, trans people have been using bathrooms, changing rooms and public services that fit their gender for many years. But calm discussion about trans rights is now rare. The government’s recent announcement that it is scrapping a reform of the Gender Recognition Act, which would have allowed trans people to self-identify, has ignited this discourse once again. Those against the reform – including feminists who identify as “gender critical” or “gender abolitionist” – argue that male sex offenders could “opt in” as female in order to enter women-only spaces. This risk, although not impossible, is slim; when researchers at the UCLA School of Law studied the relationship between equality laws and reported crimes in public toilets and other gender-partitioned facilities, they found no evidence of increased safety risks when transgender people used spaces that corresponded with their gender identity.

Related: Trans rights have been pitted against feminism but we're not enemies | Kim Humphery

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Andrzej Duda, running for re-election as president of Poland, has included strong verbal attacks on the country's LGBT community in his campaign. Recently, he has referred disparagingly to 'LGBT ideology' in an attempt to appeal to his conservative base, calling it more destructive than communism, while some towns have proclaimed themselves 'LGBT-free zones'. In the last week of the election campaign, can the LGBT community stop Duda from winning another five years in power?

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Gregory Storer and Michael Barnett may walk at very different paces, but when it comes to the deeper things in life, they’re on the same speed

Names: Gregory Storer and Michael Barnett
Years together: 11
Occupations: Manager and IT specialist

“I always saw our relationship in some ways like The Odd Couple,” says Michael Barnett of his marriage to Gregory Storer. “[The way] we do things is very different,” he says with a smile, “but we get on really well despite that.”

Related: Love in a time of Covid: tell us how you stay together

Related: How we stay together: 'I’m very happy to be proven wrong by my wife regularly'

I encourage the differences so that we can live a full and whole life together

Related: How we stay together: 'If we’re not all together, then it’s not home'

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Andrzej Duda, who is running for re-election, will propose a constitutional amendment later this month

Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, who is running for re-election in the conservative, Catholic EU member, said on Saturday that he wanted the constitution to explicitly forbid the adoption of children by same-sex couples.

He said he planned to propose a constitutional amendment on Monday.

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A recent supreme court ruling forbids discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation. This is good news all round

A guy in Georgia was fired from his job because he started playing in a gay softball league. Another guy in New York State was fired for mentioning he was gay. A trans woman who worked for a funeral home in Michigan was fired when she presented herself as a woman. These are true stories and, yes, this still goes on in 2020.

Even before the pandemic, small business owners like myself worried every day about collecting money, responding to customer issues, keeping up with the competition, motivating our workers, and balancing the stresses of our work and our family lives. And yet, some of these same business owners actually have the time to spend to come up with ways to fire an employee because of his or her sexual orientation or identity? Wow. To me, that’s amazing.

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