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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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A gavel and a chair, suggesting judgesShutterstockStudent groups that violated the University of Iowa's anti-discrimination policy said their religion requires them to exclude LGBTQ people. Courts agreed.
Santiago Chile 29 October 2019: Crowds protesting at Santiago de Chile streets in Plaza de Italia during protests and general strike. Police repelled the crowd with tear gas.ShutterstockChile will become the 31st country to recognize same-sex marriages.
ShutterstockThere's something for everyone here, whether you're into pop culture, want to explore religion and its connections to queerness, fancy learning more about LGBTQ history, or just really love The L Word.
ShutterstockThe restaurant doesn't allow guns on the premises, but it turned into an "anti-police" PR nightmare for the queer safe space.
Pastor Craig Duke gets a hug from "Drag Race" alum Eureka O'HaraJake Giles Netter/HBOPastor Craig Duke thought wearing drag would bring him closer to his queer daughter. His church then allegedly fired him for wearing a wig and make-up.
A criminal suspect being detained with hands handcuffed in front of graffitiShutterstock“[W]e were right there you…FREAK!!!" one of the man's letters said. "No matter how long it takes, you will be taken out…. high-powered bullet…. bomb….knife…. whatever it takes.”
Rachel MaddowScreenshot"I’m just saying. He did just confess to that in detail on national TV last night."
CORBISThe common thread running through Nazi ideology was their intense campaign to control the bodies of members of entire communities in an attempt to control their minds.
Leigh Finke spoke at the rallyScreenshotAfter being chased out of their home by an online mob, the mother of two said, "I dropped to the floor, and I cried." 
Gov. Ron DeSantisShutterstockThe information included tips for LGBTQ students. It's now "under review" after complaints from the far-right supporters of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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Vote seen as a blow to conservative presidential candidate José Antonio Kast, who won majority of votes in November’s first round

A historic vote granting equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in Chile has been heralded by activists as a triumph and a blow to the conservative agenda of presidential candidate José Antonio Kast.

Kast won the majority of votes in November’s first-round vote, instilling a wave of fear among the country’s LGBTQ+ community. A tight runoff between Kast and his progressive opponent, former student protest leader Gabriel Boric, is scheduled on 19 December.

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Kristina Keneally expresses support for every school to require all staff to ‘live out and profess’ its values

Labor will extend an olive branch to religious communities through a faith and climate summit on Thursday, Kristina Keneally has revealed.

The ALP’s deputy leader in the Senate announced the outreach effort in a webinar with the Christian lobby group FamilyVoice on Monday evening, in which she also expressed support for every school to require all staff to “live out and profess” its values.

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LGBTQ+ performers are making sure that queerness isn’t ‘swept under the carpet’ this Christmas – and providing community, fun and celebration for audiences

Drag king Mark Anthony loves Christmas. He always has – it’s a big thing in his family. Still, he says he found his Christmas “blighted slightly” in recent years since coming out as transgender and non-binary. “It wasn’t a big sob story of rejection,” Anthony, whose family fully accepts him for who he is, explains. “It was a discomfort type thing, from both sides, where you’re trying to work out how you fit into a different role. By this point, we’re pretty much adjusted now.” (Out of drag, Anthony, performed by Isaac Williams, uses the pronouns they and them.)

Anthony knows how Christmas “might have quite negative associations” for those LGBTQ+ people “who don’t feel they can be authentically themselves at home with their families”. It is a time that “puts a spotlight on anything that’s changed and makes it feel really kind of awkward”, for example, if someone has come out about their sexuality or gender identity.

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Rumours about a young athlete’s sexuality have devastating consequences in an public-service lesson that lacks dramatic acuity

Directed by Leyla Yilmaz, this film finds troubled waters underneath the seemingly placid surface of a typical middle-class household in Turkey. As member of the school water polo team, Umut (Emir Özden) is under constant pressure to perform well in the pool and in his exams. All is not well for his parents, either. A compassionate doctor at a public hospital, his mother Selma (Senan Kara) spends her evenings secretly messaging a former flame on Facebook. Meanwhile, his father, Sinan (Yurdaer Okur), an engineer, endures daily intimidation from his new, much younger boss, whose demands lead him to drink heavily. The shaky stability of this nuclear family topples over when rumours about Umut’s sexual orientation spread through the school, causing the sensitive young boy to suddenly disappear without a trace.

Dealing with the loaded topics of growing pains, homophobia and bullying, the film expresses characters’ interior lives entirely through dialogue. The enveloping sense of uncertainty – Umut never acknowledges whether he is gay or not – isn’t helped by uninspiring visuals or sudden narrative revelations that announce mounting emotional turmoil. Certain plot points, such as an inheritance dispute, are introduced and never explored fully, and character motivation is at the mercy of the sequence of events: Umut’s bullies are threatening one moment then sob remorsefully the next. Social messaging appears to eclipse everything. What remains is a cautionary tale that functions better as a public service announcement than a humanist drama.

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Peter Grace and Peter Sanders disagreed with the conservative Anglicanism of their Armidale diocese, so they left – and took the congregation with them

On a cool, grey Sunday in November, in a small home on the edge of Armidale, a new church is born.

About 30 parishioners are crowded on the wooden deck, spilling back through the sliding doors and into a living room dominated by a black Kawai concert grand piano. They sit on patio furniture, white plastic lawn chairs and stools from the breakfast bar.

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Labour MP says No 10 has stirred social divisions and minority groups have suffered as a result

The Labour MP Chris Bryant has said that Downing Street’s focus on culture wars has contributed to an ideological environment in which he feels “less physically safe as a gay man” than was the case 30 years ago.

Bryant, the MP for Rhondda since 2001, whose work as chair of the Commons standards committee has seen him take a leading role in recent discussions about parliamentary sleaze, said he had discussed his worries about fomenting culture wars with “people who work in Downing Street”.

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UK transphobic attacks also rose as recorded incidents hit three-year high in summer 2020

Police chiefs have urged victims of homophobic and transphobic abuse to come forward after figures showed the number of hate crimes soared to their highest monthly level since the beginning of the pandemic, after lockdown restrictions were eased at the beginning of summer.

Reports of sexual orientation hate crimes recorded by UK police forces rose from an average of 1,456 a month from January to April this year to 2,211 on average from May to August.

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Conservatives joined Liberals in unanimous vote, prompting applause in House of Commons

Canadian lawmakers have passed a motion banning the discredited practice of “conversion therapy”, in a rare show of unanimity in the country’s parliament.

A surprise motion on Wednesday by the opposition Conservatives to fast-track the legislation prompted applause in the House of Commons. A handful of Liberal cabinet ministers hugged their Conservative colleagues after the vote.

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Sky’s documentary tells the story of how a devastating HIV/Aids epidemic unfolded in Britain, via the people who cared for its casualties – and those who antagonised them

By 1981, Aids was in Britain. Forty years on, World Aids Day offers us a chance to look back and take stock, and gives television a chance to make a documentary in which a specific issue reflects the changing mores of society.

Episode one of Positive (Sky Documentaries), a three-part chronology of the Aids era, takes us back to a period when not enough was known by enough people, with fatal consequences. The theme is one of uncertainty, gathering fear and a learning process that was painfully slow. Archive footage vividly recreates the atmosphere within a London gay scene that had really only just got going when a shadow loomed over it, and the programme does well to point out historical moments of interest. Among them are a 1981 Time Out article headlined Scourge of the Gays, as doctors tried to figure out exactly what this new disease could be; the 1983 BBC Horizon documentary Killer in the Village (available on iPlayer), which outlined the epidemic in the US; and the conference held in the same year at London’s Conway Hall, organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust, where the severity of the crisis was laid out.

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Continuing our series of exposés about the TV industry, insiders talk about being misgendered, treated like sexual predators and having to work with ‘outwardly homophobic and transphobic’ talent

‘My colleagues ignored me for a year’: what it’s really like to work in TV as a disabled person

‘He fell on my body then bit me’: what it’s really like to work in TV as a woman

Despite an increase in on-screen representation and hits such as It’s a Sin and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, being LGBTQ+ and working in television can still be difficult. It has been described as a “cloak-and-dagger” industry where most people work freelance and therefore are often afraid to speak up about incidents of homophobia or transphobia. The discrimination and harassment that LGBTQ+ people experience is often horribly insidious; dressed up as “banter” or dismissed as ignorance.

Here, seven anonymous LGBTQ+ people who work in television, in front of and behind the camera, share their experiences.

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Click to expand Image A group of people on the deck of HMC Seeker as they wait to be brought ashore by the UK Border Force in Kent. September 22, 2020. © 2020 Gareth Fuller/PA Wire via AP Images

Perhaps the most draconian immigration bill in the United Kingdom’s history is moving swiftly through parliament, currently in its final days of scrutiny in the Commons. The Nationality and Borders Bill seeks to dismantle core tenets of the international refugee regime, one which the UK helped establish. It would see vulnerable Afghans and other asylum seekers being criminalized and imprisoned for up to four years; pushed back at sea; sent abroad for offshore asylum processing, and afforded lesser rights as refugees simply for exercising their basic right to seek asylum in the UK.

Less than two weeks ago, at least 27 people died after their boat capsized crossing the English Channel. Among those rescued and brought safely to British shores was an Afghan soldier who had served alongside British forces in Afghanistan and his family.

Under the proposed law, refugees like this Afghan soldier, would face the prospect of being pushed back at sea or taken to an offshore detention site, which have essentially become protracted black holes for refugees when used by Australia in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, and the United States in Guantánamo Bay. Many Afghans are at imminent risk and don’t have the luxury of waiting to see if they’ll get a place under the UK’s resettlement scheme, forcing them to hastily flee by boat or on foot. Under this bill, they would face pushbacks and, if lucky enough to arrive, criminalization, and discriminatory treatment in the asylum system.

Following the Taliban takeover in August, Prime Minister Boris Johnson committed the UK to doing everything it could to support the Afghan people, in particular those who helped the UK in Afghanistan. Despite these lofty promises, the two resettlement and relocation schemes the UK government have established have been heavily criticized for being unduly restrictive both in terms of who qualifies and the number of asylum seekers the government will accept. The main scheme is not even operational more than three months after the takeover.

Upholding its commitment to protecting at-risk Afghans during the ongoing humanitarian crisis requires the UK government to expand the scope of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, immediately operationalize the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, and scrap the draconian Borders Bill. If the UK fails to do this, they will not only have abandoned vulnerable at-risk Afghans but will inflict further misery and suffering.

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