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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Surgeons work on a patient.ShutterstockA supervisor called him part of the "a**-to-mouth crew" and blamed LGBTQ patients' illnesses on their "lifestyle."
Rush LimbaughWhite House photoRush said that people are mad at him for outing Pete Buttigieg.
Police cordon tape lies on the ground in a small amount of bloodShutterstock"I was very aware of blood going down my face," the victim said, adding that he was "lucky" not to lose any teeth.
Brock Miller is suing the Grace Cathedral megachurch of Ohio after Rev. Ernest Angley allegedly sexually harassed and abused him.YouTube screen captureThe pastor said "Homosexuality is vile" in his book, but allegedly told his teenage associate pastor, "I’d really like to teach you how to [kiss]."
Former Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) founded a group that's behind many of these bills.United States CongressIf it seems like there are a lot of anti-LGBTQ bills this year, it's because there are. And this group is coordinating the effort.
U.S. President Donald Trump attends a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.ShutterstockThe local party also endorsed a primary challenger to the region's only black female representative from the area.
J.K. Rowling at the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in 2010.ShutterstockThe "Harry Potter" author was widely criticized for an anti-transgender tweet earlier this year. So this bookstore is offsetting money that would go to her.
Rosario DawsonShutterstockShe's dating Sen. Cory Booker and now she's going to live her truth.
Two young people holding the blue, pink, and white transgender flag in front of the White House.Ted Eytan/FlickrThe Constitution doesn't protect a Christian teacher harassing transgender students, even if it's his "sincerely held religious belief."
ScreenshotBill Barr is not only using his office to protect the interests of Trump, but also to protect his theocratic agenda against 'so-called progressives.'
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Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) shows many queer kids no longer feel they have to hide who they are

I was recently asked to guest on a podcast called Were You Hot in High School? The premise is fairly self-explanatory – you go on and talk about your high school experience, what dating and romance was like, and tell funny stories about it all. As I started preparing for it, I realised my answer to the podcast’s title was going to be: “I was nothing in high school.” I don’t have any funny stories.

As a kid growing up in regional Queensland in the 90s, every single minute of my life from about 11 to 20 years old was spent desperately making sure nobody ever figured out that I was queer.

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Rebecca Shaw is a writer based in Sydney

Ellie and Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) has an encore screening on February 23

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Woman’s Place UK demands evidence for allegation on pledge card signed by some candidates

Labour leadership candidates who signed a pledge calling several organisations “trans-exclusionist hate groups” are facing demands to produce evidence for the allegation.

A row over a pledge card drawn up by the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights group broke out last week after Rebecca Long-Bailey, Emily Thornberry and Lisa Nandy, as well as deputy leadership candidates Angela Rayner and Dawn Butler, all expressed support for the charter. It calls on Labour to expel “transphobic” members, and describes campaigns including Woman’s Place UK as “trans-exclusionist hate groups”.

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The vice-president’s daughter is increasingly becoming a link between anti-abortion organizations and the youth vote

America’s anti-abortion movement has a new darling with an indisputable pedigree and a firm link to the heart of the White House: Charlotte Pence Bond, vice-president Mike Pence’s middle daughter.

I joke with people that I’m not very political, which everybody says, ‘You know, you’re in the wrong family for that.'

I just personally don’t believe that abortion and the culture of a pro-choice culture is pro-woman

I don’t think there was a time that I considered being pro-choice.

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Queer activists were met with chants of 'Boot-Edge-Edge' after they disrupted a private fundraiser for Pete Buttigieg in San Francisco on Friday evening. The activists, escorted out of the event, reflected unease among the LBGTQ+ community over the Buttigieg campaign

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Fundraiser highlights division as growing number of LGBTQ+ voters say his views don’t represent them

At the center of San Francisco’s National LGBTQ Center for the Arts, two queer activists stood up and disrupted a private fundraiser for Pete Buttigieg after he received a question from the audience about his husband, Chasten.

The packed room quickly booed down the activists, drowning out their pointed questions on Friday with chants of “Boot-Edge-Edge! Boot-Edge-Edge!” as they were escorted out of the building.

Related: 'Earn it': Pete Buttigieg's plan to court communities of color

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Trans girls condemn discrimination as families of three cis girls claim unfairness in federal case

The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls’ sports.

Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury high school, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton high school, and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury high school, are represented by the conservative not-for-profit organization Alliance Defending Freedom. They argue that allowing trans athletes to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities.

Related: Vietnam accused of teaching young people that being gay is a ‘disease’

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Government has ignored laws intended to prevent stigma, discrimination and bullying, Human Rights Watch claims

Young people in Vietnam continue to be taught at home and at school that same-sex attraction is a “disease” and a “mental illness” that can be cured and treated, despite legislation designed to support and protect LGBTQ+ rights.

Stigma and discrimination about sexual orientation and gender identity contribute to the verbal harassment and bullying of LGBTQ+ young people, which in some cases leads to physical violence, according to a report published on Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Related: Turkey urged to drop case against LGBT activists charged over Pride march

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Candidates differ on pledge that describes Woman’s Place UK and LGB Alliance as ‘trans-exclusionist hate groups’

A controversial pledge card calling on the Labour party to expel “transphobic” members has split the party’s leadership contenders.

Lisa Nandy has joined Rebecca Long-Bailey in signing the 12-point pledge card by the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights (LCTR) that also describes some organisations including Woman’s Place UK as “trans-exclusionist hate groups”.

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Nicholas McInerny, a writer, came out as gay aged 45 and after nearly 20 years of marriage. It took a huge toll on his family and it all came flooding back last week when the TV presenter Phillip Schofield went public with his story. Also today: Alex Hern on the government’s plans to regulate the internet

When Nicholas McInerny was 45 he sat down with his family at the dinner table and announced that he was gay. He says it was one of the most difficult things he has ever done. Last week, when the TV presenter Phillip Schofield came out publicly it brought all those emotions flooding back.

He tells Anushka Asthana that after growing up at boarding school in the 1970s where homophobic bullying was rife, he found himself struggling with his identity throughout adulthood. Now remarried, he looks back at his decisions without regret about the final outcome, but with sorrow at the hurt he caused along the way. Nicholas now hosts the Rainbow Dads podcast and a volunteer with the LGBT helpline Switchboard.

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Abandoning so-called ‘woke’ issues would hand the right victory in its culture war

It’s the woke what lost it. Corbynism’s Waterloo can be explained as a long-deserved revolt against the tyranny of a censorious, oh-so-superior progressive left, which hounded anyone who dared question its elitist social norms. Alienated by the assault on their sacred traditional values by the metropolitan-quinoa-Taliban, Labour’s working-class base tore the red wall down.

Here, at least, is a narrative that has emerged since the party’s devastating rout, most recently aired in a report by Tory pollster Lord Ashcroft. The party “had come to embody an excessively politically correct or ‘woke’ culture,” the report deduces from focus groups, with objections including the claim “You’re a bigot if you don’t agree there are 125 different genders”, and disapproval at Jeremy Corbyn for declaring his pronouns.

Whoever becomes Labour leader, the voices demanding a tack to the right on social issues must be resisted

Related: I am not prepared to tell trans women they are less valid | Gaby Hinsliff

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Rohingya refugees walk through rice fields after crossing the border from Myanmar into Palang Khali, Bangladesh, October 19, 2017.

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(Brussels) – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) order on January 23, 2020, directing Myanmar to prevent all genocidal acts against Rohingya Muslims is crucial for protecting the remaining Rohingya in Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. The court unanimously adopted “provisional measures” that require Myanmar to prevent genocide and take steps to preserve evidence.

Myanmar’s military committed extensive atrocities against the Rohingya, including murder, rape, and arson, that peaked during its late 2017 campaign of ethnic cleansing, forcing more than 740,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. In September 2019, the United Nations-backed International Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar found that the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Myanmar “may face a greater threat of genocide than ever.” 

“The ICJ order to Myanmar to take concrete steps to prevent the genocide of the Rohingya is a landmark step to stop further atrocities against one of the world’s most persecuted people,” said Param-Preet Singh, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch. “Concerned governments and UN bodies should now weigh in to ensure that the order is enforced as the genocide case moves forward.”

The order follows Gambia’s November 11, 2019 application to the court alleging that abuses by Myanmar’s military in Rakhine State against the Rohingya violate the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and urgently seeking provisional measures. The ICJ held hearings on Gambia’s provisional measures request in December.

The ICJ provisional measures order is legally binding on the parties. In November, Myanmar explicitly recognized the ICJ’s authority and in December, Aung San Suu Kyi, representing Myanmar before the ICJ in her capacity as foreign minister, acknowledged the court’s role as a “vital refuge of international justice.”

The court unanimously ordered Myanmar to prevent all acts under article 2 of the Genocide Convention, ensure that its military does not commit genocide, and take effective measures to preserve evidence related to the underlying genocide case. The court has also ordered Myanmar to report on its implementation of the order in four months, and then every six months afterwards.

The order does not prejudge the question of the court’s jurisdiction to deal with the merits of the case, the case’s admissibility before the court, or the merits of Gambia’s allegation that Myanmar has violated provisions of the Genocide Convention. A case before the ICJ can take years to reach a resolution. 

Under article 41(2) of the ICJ Statute, the court’s provisional measures orders are automatically sent to the UN Security Council. Such an order will increase pressure on the council to take concrete action in Myanmar, including through a binding resolution to address some of the indicators of genocidal intent outlined in the comprehensive 2018 report of the international fact-finding mission.

For example, the Security Council could pass a resolution directing Myanmar to lift restrictions on Rohingya’s freedom of movement, eliminate unnecessary restrictions on humanitarian access to Rakhine State, repeal discriminatory laws, and ban practices that limit Rohingya access to education, health care, and livelihoods. Thus far, the Security Council has not taken significant action on Myanmar, in part because of Russia and China’s apparent willingness to use their vetoes to shield Myanmar’s government and military.

“The ICJ order brings increased scrutiny of Myanmar’s horrific brutality against the Rohingya and raises the political cost of the UN Security Council’s weak response to the crisis so far,” Singh said. “China and Russia should stop blocking the Security Council from taking action to protect the Rohingya.”

Even with a deadlocked Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres could bring the matter of Myanmar before the council under article 99 of the UN Charter. On September 2, 2017, Guterres wrote a letter to the Security Council president urging the council to “press for restraint and calm to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe,’’ and for “full respect for human rights and international humanitarian law, and the continued presence and safety of the United Nations partners to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need without disruption.”

Other UN bodies should take steps to reinforce the order, Human Rights Watch said. The UN Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly could pass resolutions calling on Myanmar to comply with its terms. This could spur other countries to take concrete action in their bilateral relations with Myanmar.

In filing the genocide case, Gambia has the backing of the 57 members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. On December 9, 2019, the governments of Canada and the Netherlands, both parties to the Genocide Convention, announced that they considered it “their obligation to support the Gambia before the ICJ, as it should concern all of humanity.” On January 9, 2020, the British government welcomed Gambia’s case against Myanmar. Other parties to the convention should press Myanmar to comply with the court’s order, Human Rights Watch said. If Myanmar fails to act, Gambia could raise Myanmar’s non-compliance with the Security Council under article 94 of the UN charter.

“The growing global support for Gambia’s case raises the stakes for Myanmar to engage in the ICJ process in a meaningful way and change its approach to the Rohingya,” Singh said. “The Myanmar government cannot hide behind its powerful friends or the banner of sovereignty to escape its responsibilities under the Genocide Convention.”