Hate Crime: Senior Gay Couple Attacked in Palm Springs
An LGBT rights activist, George Zander (71), a field manager for Equality California, suffered a fractured hip during an unprovoked attack Sunday, as he and his husband walked down the street holding hands.
The couple was holding hands and leaving a nightclub, when the suspect, described as a white male, started yelling anti-gay slurs and attacking them. Chris Zander told the man he didn’t want to fight. The suspect left and came back with two friends who sneaked up on the Zanders and attacked them again, the station reports.
“It was complete anger, it was just anger. I don’t understand why somebody would push a 71-year-old man over. It makes me want to cry every time I talk about it.”
Police arrived around 8:40 and an ambulance took the couple to Desert Regional Medical Center, where Chris received staples in the back of his head and stitches in his lip before being released. George is expected to make a full recovery in two months.
Police investigators described the two suspects as a white male adult with a stocky build and red hair and a white male adult who fled in a sedan-type vehicle. “PSPD believes both victims were battered because they were gay,” says the statement.
February 29, 2016
Taiwan: ‘Before love, everyone is equal’
Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwanese presidential frontrunner, officially endorsed marriage equality, proving as the most LGBTI-friendly candidate.
Tsai is the chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party and is expected to become the island’s first female president next year.
In a 15-second video posted on her Facebook page Saturday, October 31, to coincide with Taiwan Pride – the largest of its kind in Asia – she said:
“Before love, everyone is equal,”
“I am Tsai Ing-wen, and I support marriage equality,”
“Let everyone be able to freely love and pursue happiness.” She concluded.
The Democratic Progressive Party, earlier in the week, lit up its election campaign headquarters in rainbow colors and Tsai shared another video celebrating gay couples ahead of the weekend’s festivities
She told reporters: “This an issue the whole society must face together as there are many who support marriage equality but there are also many who are reluctant”
“I hope that in the process, society will not be polarized and divided, and that we can all come together in a rational and understanding approach.”
68% of Taiwanese are in favor of legalizing gay marriage, according to a ministry of justice poll in August.
February 28, 2016
World mourns 271 dead on Trans Day of Remembrance
Trans Day of Remembrance is remembering the world of the horrible 271 trans people reported murdered.
20th of November is marked as TDoR by transgender people, groups and supporters of transgender people
Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) project revelaed that two hundred and seventy one transgender people have been reported murdered in the past year
They reported that murders took place in a period from 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2015.
The list is even shorter than it should be because many murders pass by unreported.
The number of homocides has gone up from last year is what the report showed.
As a result of their actual or perceived transgender identity people died, so the the TDoR is held in order to remember those victims who suffered a horrible death.
In 1998. the first event of the kind was held ,following the murder of Rita Hester, a transgender African American woman in Massachusetts
Transphobic crime still remains underreported, and not all jurisdictions document or treat the cases accordingly which makes people think that the state doesn’t care about those cases.
The Americas consitute most of the trans people who get murdered, according to figures.
February 27, 2016
Fifth Vote in Northern Ireland on Same-Sex Marriage
The Democratic Unionists (DUP), the largest party in the Stormont assembly, will use a parliamentary veto known as a “petition of concern” to torpedo any vote in favour of gay marriage
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that still does not recognise same-sex marriage in law.
A fifth attempt to make gay marriage legal in Northern Ireland will be made in the region’s parliament.
In the four previous votes to attempt to bring in gay marriage reform there have been narrow majorities against change. In April, the margin was only two votes against gay marriage.
A number of unionists and assembly members from the cross-community Alliance party, who abstained in previous votes, have indicated they will vote in favour of the pro-gay marriage motion.
Yet if there is a narrow vote in favour this time of same-sex marriage being legalised, the DUP has indicated it will use the petition of concern to sink the legislation.
Dr Richard O’Leary of the Faith in Marriage Equality group said:
“As a vulnerable, peripheral region fighting for its economic life in the teeth of a global depression, the message we risk sending out about Northern Ireland is that it is a region stuck in the past, out of touch with the cutting edge of global society. We should be honest – our history and the religious roots of our communal divisions mean we already suffer from a serious image problem.”
February 27, 2016
Ukrainian Parliament ‘will never support same-sex marriage’
Ukraine will never support same-sex marriage is the statement of Chairman from the Ukrainian Parliament.
According to a statement on the Parliament’s website, the claim was made by Volodymyr Groysman.
“You and we stand for family values. Under no circumstances will there be same-sex marriages.” was his answer when he was asked about it on a debate about legislation. He tried to emphasize family values against gay rights.
After the vote passed he made it clear that LGBT activists shouldn’t even try to use this as a start of something bigger, going towards bill about same-sex marriage.
Ukraine wants to join The Schengen zone which is their main goal. They don’t really care about the LGBT rights at all. If they make it , they get free trade across European Union and visa-free travel for their citizens.
The LGBT activists hope that the European Union will further more make demands on the Ukrainian Parliament so they can continue a fight for their rights.
Ukraine has a history of neglecting LGBT people. A meeting that was held after a planned pride march was banned was ruined when activists of the LGBT were attacked, which just reminded them that their way into normal society is a long way.
February 26, 2016
Boxer Yusaf Mack says he’s bisexual and wasn’t drugged and tricked into doing gay porn
Boxer Yusaf Mack, a 35-year-old, had insisted that the only time he’s touched a man was when he was in the ring fighting.
Now Mack has come out with a story as bisexual and he is admitting his earlier claim of being drugged and tricked into making a gay porn film was a lie.
‘My life was completely destroyed once it had been outed that I participated in a gay film,’ he wrote in a lengthy post Monday (2 November) I selfishly tried to cover the truth and remain in denial, rather than accept the fact that I was leading a double life secretly.’
‘I did participate in the adult film because at the time I needed money but also because I am a bisexual man. Meaning I enjoy safely being intimate with whomever I choose.
‘I want to say sorry to my children and my ex fiancé, I am so sorry that I was a coward and hid a huge part of my life from you all. To the ones that were once my friends and now feel disgust, I’m sorry, but this is my life. I’m not looking for sympathy or even understanding, I’ve kept this secret for a long time. It is time to move forward and this is me walking in my truth.
‘The extreme taboo and harsh criticism of living a same sex lifestyle, especially as an African American male, makes it hard to be completely honest and comfortable within yourself. But I had to remember that I am a champ & I can fight and will fight through this.’
Mack said that he was drugged when he turned up at the set in the Bronx, New York City in June and he hadn’t remember anything whatsoever until he got back on the train in Philadelphia.
He said:‘My whole life, I’ve been what they call a whoremonger. I love females. The only time I touch a man is when I’m in the ring fighting.’
February 26, 2016
Ukraine ‘to lose out’ on EU travel agreement after blocking LGBT rights law
A protester holds the flags of Ukraine, bearing the country’s coat of arms, and the European Union in front of a rainbow flag, as members and supporters of the LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) community take part in a May Day rally in Saint Petersburg on May 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)
Shortly after the Ukrainian Parliament blocked a law protecting LGBT people from discrimination they were set to lose out on a visa-free travel agreement with the EU.
Ukraine is divided two groups, those who want better relations with Europe and those who want closer ties with Russia. Ukraine applied to join European Schengen zone earlier this year.
With 26 countries permitting visa-free travel for citizens and abolishing the need for passports across European borders, the Schengen zone aims to bolster free trade across Europe.
EU has consistently maintained that Ukraine must legally ban discrimination against LGBT people before joining
This week the plan for Ukraine to join suffered a setback, when its Parliament overwhelmingly voted to block the LGBT rights changes required.
Out of 450 in the Parliament only 117 voted for the changes.
It comes after the head of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, told that Ukrainian citizens would not be granted a visa-free access deal without judiciary and human rights reforms.
With the capital Kyiv’s Pride often subject to brutal attacks from homophobes, clashes between far-right groups and gay rights protesters are common.
Two policemen were reportedly wounded in an exchange with the violent mob earlier this year
February 25, 2016
Conservatives Bashing Chick-fil-A for “Going Gay”
Chick-fil-A, the Atlanta-based company gets hated on when its CEO hates on gays. Yet when it tries to support a dialogue about faith and sexuality, it gets hated on by the conservatives who used to love them.
Conservative supporters are calling on Chick-fil-A to explain itself after they discovered that the company is a sponsor of Level Ground, a Los-Angeles based organization that seeks to “create a safe space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality through the arts.”
So they launched an online petition, “CFA Goes Gay, Corporate Needs to Know,” to publicly shame the company for not continuing to hate the gays.
The conservatives, led by Steven Policastro, launched the petition after Level Ground hosted a Film & Art Festival in Nashville on Oct. 8-10. Level Ground includes Chick-fil-A among 15 sponsors of the overall organization – not necessarily the Nashville event – on its website. Others include Hilton Pasadena, Fox Audience Strategy, Stone Brewing, Whole Foods and First United Methodist Church Pasadena.
It’s not the first time that conservatives have aired their grievances with Chick-fil-A, whose CEO erupted a controversy when he proudly embraced the company’s anti-gay antics in 2012 and shamed the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 when it dumped DOMA.
February 25, 2016
Obama: First Ever President to Appear on Cover of Gay-Rights Magazine
Barack Obama is the first sitting president to sit for a portrait by an LGBT magazine, according to the editors of Out magazine, which describes itself as “the world’s leading gay fashion and lifestyle brand,” and is featuring the nation’s 44th chief executive as Ally of the Year.
The cover of the 2015 Out100 issue features a black-and-white close-up of the president looking straight into the camera with a Mona Lisa almost-smile. He was photographed by Ryan Pfluger.
Out editors said their selection of Obama for the cover represents “a statement on how much his administration has done to advance a singularly volatile issue that tarnished the reputations of both President Clinton and President Bush.”
In an interview with Out reporter Aaron Hicklin, Obama reflected on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, saying that the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges had not come as a surprise to him, considering the “remarkable attitude shift — in hearts and minds — across America.” Hicklin wrote.
“When he was sworn in on January 20, 2009, there were two states where same-sex marriage was legal. Today it is a right nationwide. Many share credit for what has transpired, but there’s no question that without the active engagement of the 44th president of the United States, who has made securing the rights of LGBT Americans a fundamental part of his legacy, we’d still be working to fulfill that dream.”
February 24, 2016
Trans Labour candidate to run for London Assembly
Announcment that she is running for a spot on the London Assembly was made by Labour’s Emily Brothers.
Earlier this year Ms Brothers became Labour’s first openly transgender Parliamentary candidate.
The activist and disability campaigner, who is also blind, revealed she was trans, but she lost out to the Conservatives.
However, The Labour Party has announced she is running for a London-wide spot on the London Assembly, in next year’s London elections.
Ms Brothers said: “I look forward to campaigning across London to get Sadiq Khan elected as our next Mayor and secure more Assembly seats.
“It is only a Labour administration that can create economic growth, tackle the housing crisis, deliver more affordable and effective public transport, meet modern policing challenges and broker a better deal for Londoners.”
Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Mayoral Candidate, said: “I worked with Emily in the general election when she ran a good campaign – far exceeding all expectations.
“Emily is a conviction politician with real Labour values.
“She is a brave and strong person, whose experiences will make her an excellent candidate.”
Ms Brothers is ninth in Labour’s list of candidates on a proportional vote system. The party picked up four list seats at the last election in 2012.
A complaint made by Ms Brothers about Sun columnist Rod Liddle was upheld by the press watchdogs after he mocked her in a column.
Mr Liddle was again last month joking about “transgender guide dogs” in his column, despite the ruling,
February 24, 2016