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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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Chief Justice Tom Parker has made overturning marriage equality one of his main goals.
They used the n-word and gave Nazi salutes at the annual Republican gathering.
Abbott signed seven anti-LGBTQ+ bills last year, some of which have been blocked in federal courts.
Police walked back an initial statement claiming the nonbinary teen hadn't died due to injuries sustained in a school bathroom attack.
They just want to do their jobs and actually teach the students.
Matthew Jordan Lindner reportedly believed online misinformation about the doctor "castrating" children.
He was asked about a nonbinary teen's death and he responded by calling LGBTQ+ people "filth" that a "Christian state" should keep out.
A conservative claimed that Biden has criminal genetics because his great-great-grandfather got in a fight in 1864. Mary Trump wasn't having it.
Oklahoma police released new body cam footage, though the cause of death remains unclear.
The gay icon's face is on the coin along with a lyric from "Faith."
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The Guardian LGBT News Feed

LGBTQ+ rights | The Guardian

Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Sixteen-year-old student died on 8 February after ‘physical altercation’ with classmates in bathroom of Owasso high school

Dozens of students at an Oklahoma high school walked out in a peaceful demonstration on Monday to show support for the LGBTQ+ community after the death of a non-binary teenager following a fight in a school bathroom in which they said they were a target of bullying.

Nex Benedict, a 16-year-old student who identified as non-binary and used they/them pronouns, died on 8 February after a “physical altercation” with classmates in the bathroom of Owasso high school, according to local law enforcement.

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Bogna Kowalczyk’s lively and moving film follows 82-year-old Lulla La Polaca who embraces the future and its uncertainties with irresistible joie de vivre

Still sorely underexplored on screen, the autumnal years of queer life are vibrantly explored in Bogna Kowalczyk’s lively and moving portrait of 82-year-old drag artist Andrzej Szwan, who goes by the name Lulla La Polaca on stage. Living in Poland, a country riddled with anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, Andrzej brings a pop of colour to the concrete, Soviet-build apartment block where he lives alone.

As Lulla, Andrzej represents a bridge of knowledge between older and younger generations of the queer community. Andrzej talks of saunas and public bathhouses, long before the age of apps, where gay men could cruise in secret. At the same time, the film also frankly and empathically grapples with the challenges of ageing. When it comes to partying and drinking, Andrzej can’t quite keep up with his thirtysomething friends. Yet he is also too young at heart for peers of his own age, who are more interested in mushroom foraging than clubbing.

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As a child, he lived in fear of his stepfather and watched the abusive men in his church defend one another. The Oscar-winning screenwriter discusses the role of religion in his new TV drama, life with his husband Tom Daley – and why the UK government owes him an apology

Dustin Lance Black got an early life lesson in unfairness. His mother, Roseanne, was paralysed from the waist down, after childhood polio that also left her with severe scoliosis. She didn’t use a wheelchair, but walked with leg braces and crutches.

“I was aware from a very young age that many people did not respond well to how different she looked,” says Black. “It angered me as a kid, because I knew who she was. I knew, if anything, she was smarter than most of the people I would meet – more capable, more driven. And I loved my mom deeply. So to see her being treated as somehow less than whole because of her differences infuriated me. I think that is where my sense of justice comes from.”

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Nex Benedict, 16, who said they were a target of bullying, got into an altercation with three girls in Owasso high school bathroom

Vigils took place across the nation on Friday and Saturday for an Oklahoma teenager who died the day after a fight in a high school bathroom in which the non-binary student said they were a target of bullying.

Nex Benedict, a 16-year-old Oklahoma student who identified as non-binary and used they/them pronouns, got into an altercation with three girls in an Owasso high school bathroom who were picking on Benedict and some friends. The girls attacked Benedict for pouring water on them, the teen told police in a video released Friday.

In the US, you can call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 988, chat on 988lifeline.org, or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on freephone 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at befrienders.org

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Thirty years after Holding the Man author Timothy Conigrave died, Belvoir St theatre’s artistic director is bringing back the play adapted from the book – with his partner in the lead role

In 2006 Eamon Flack auditioned to play Timothy Conigrave in the premiere season of Holding the Man at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre Company.

To prepare he bought a copy of the book from which it was adapted: Conigrave’s devastating 1995 memoir about his 16-year relationship with John Caleo, which started when both were in high school in Melbourne and ended when Caleo died of an Aids-related illness in 1992. Conigrave would die just two and a half years later. “I read most of it on a plane to Perth and finished it sitting in a Ford Laser in a car park in Leederville,” Flack says.

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Alabama’s supreme court ruling that frozen embryos are ‘children’ is a chilling example of the Republican party’s extremism

In a case centering on wrongful-death claims for frozen embryos that were accidentally destroyed at a fertility clinic, the Alabama supreme court ruled last Friday that frozen embryos are “children” under state law.

As a result, several Alabama in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics are ceasing services, afraid to store or destroy any embryos.

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A show of inner strength; stone age family life; a brilliant guide to the brain; plus a whistlestop tour of queer history and more

Eviltato vs Superpea by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Simon & Schuster, £7.99
When everyone’s favourite potato goes bad, it’s up to the (temporarily) reformed Evil Pea to save the day before Supertato squirty-creams the entire supermarket. The latest in this riotously silly picture-book series continues to delight.

Strong Like Me by Kelechi Okafor and Michaela Dias-Hayes, Puffin, £7.99
After Kamara’s classmates accuse her of showing off, she struggles to take pride in her strength – but when her aunt tells her not to dim her light to please others, she discovers there are many ways to be strong. A warm, inspiring picture book, celebrating achievement and compassion.

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Twenty-five years ago, the Channel 4 drama revolutionised what it meant to be gay in the UK – mostly for the better

When Queer As Folk was first broadcast on Channel 4, 25 years ago this week, I knew immediately that I was witnessing something momentous. The first episode famously featured graphic images of rimming. Sexy and shameless, the series went on to show drug use, pornography and endless “copping off”. This was accompanied by a jolly theme tune, an uplifting soundtrack and a lot of humour – much of it directed at straight people. It was clearly unlike anything I’d seen on TV before. What I couldn’t have realised is that it would change everything for gay men in the UK.

Queer As Folk, written by Russell T Davies, told the story of two gay best friends and their wider circle – including families and found families, boyfriends and casual sexual partners – as they romped through a series of adventures on and around Manchester’s Canal Street. As this had been the setting for my own sexual awakening just a few years earlier – like the character Nathan, as a schoolboy travelling in from the suburbs – for me it carried an extra charge.

Matt Cain’s latest novel, One Love, is out now

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To write about sex and queer lust is a pursuit filled with such anxiety-stirring shame that even as I write this, my pulse rises

My forthcoming novel, Exhibit, follows a trio of Korean women rioting with desire. It’s shot through with physical longing, queer lust and kink. The characters find joy and delight in trying to fulfill their bodies’ cravings.

I’m also a Korean woman. I was raised Catholic. For a while, until I lost the faith, I turned into an evangelical Protestant so fervid that my life’s hope was to be a pastor – an ardent, single-minded servant of the Lord.

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Activists decry anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric as they mourn Nex Benedict, 16, who died after ‘altercation’ in Oklahoma high school bathroom

The death of a non-binary 16-year-old in Oklahoma has left LGBTQ+ Americans overwhelmed by anger and grief this week.

Nex Benedict, a 16-year-old non-binary student, died on 8 February after a “physical altercation” with classmates in their high school bathroom, according to a statement by local law enforcement on 21 February.

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Human Rights Watch Gay News

Human Rights Watch News

Click to expand Image Oleg Orlov reading Franz Kafka’s The Trial in a Moscow courtroom during his trial, February 2024. © 2024 Ekaterina Yanshina, for Memorial

(Moscow, February 27, 2024) – A Russian court sentenced one of the country’s top human rights leaders, Oleg Orlov, to 2 years and 6 months in prison, on charges of “discrediting” Russia’s armed forces in what was clearly a farcical trial, Human Rights Watch said today.

Orlov, 70, is the co-chair of Memorial, one of Russia’s leading human rights groups and one of three recipients of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. The charges against him stem from an article he published in 2022, alleging that Russia was descending into fascism.

In October 2023, a court fined Orlov on a “repeated discreditation” charge. Orlov appealed the verdict, and the prosecutor’s office counter-appealed, charging him with an aggravated “discrediting” offense, after which the case was sent to retrial.

The following quote can be attributed to Tanya Lokshina, associate Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch:

“The case against Oleg Orlov is a Kafkaesque farce. The Kremlin should not be allowed to eliminate its critics in sham trials. International actors should do everything in their power to free Orlov and hold Russia accountable for its persistent and outrageous human rights violations before it’s too late.”