Tag Archives: LGBT rights

MALAYSIA: Party Leader Calls For Stepping Up Ex-Gay Torture Before God Sends Earthquakes As In Indonesia

The Malay Mail reports: Opposition leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi expressed concerns about efforts needed to stem lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activities in the country, saying a recent earthquake in Indonesia was caused by such behaviour. Speaking at the Dewan Rakyat today during Question Time, Ahmad Zahid said he was worried that Malaysia might similarly incur the wrath of …

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Trump Continues To Sell “LGBTQ For Trump” Shirts

Teen Vogue reports: In a bizarre and objectively hypocritical turn of events, Trump’s official website is still selling a pro-LGBTQ T-shirt in its online store. The “Trump Pride Tee” is a basic white crewneck shirt emblazoned with watercolor stripes of the colors of the rainbow, over which the words “LGBTQ for TRUMP” are printed. “Show your pride and your support …

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CANADA: Straight Pride Flag Roils Small Town [VIDEO]

CTV News reports: The man who petitioned the government of a small village in New Brunswick to raise a ‘straight pride’ flag says he’s disappointed the flag was later taken down. “Why should I not be allowed to fly my flag?” Glenn Bishop told CTV Atlantic. “That’s disgraceful. This is discrimination against straight people.” The flag was raised Sunday, next …

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Tony Perkins Cheers Trump Latest Anti-Trans Move

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: This isn’t exactly the age of responsible journalism — so this weekend’s New York Times probably doesn’t surprise anyone. But for every American sick of fake news (and according to polls, that’s everyone), Sunday’s headline was one for the record books. “‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined out of Existence under Trump Administration,” …

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Democrats Cite 15 Anti-LGBT Actions Under Trump

I don’t often post these kinds of press releases in full, but reminders of all these past and ongoing actions are worth your attention. From the Democratic National Committee:  This weekend, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration has developed a proposal that would legally define gender as based solely on a person’s genitalia at birth, a significant …

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Heritage Foundation Linked To New Anti-Trans Ploy

Peter Montgomery reports at Right Wing Watch: The push by the Department of Health and Human Services to impose a trans-denying definition of “sex” onto federal civil rights law “would essentially eradicate federal recognition” of an estimated 1.4 million transgender Americans, according to the Times story. The effort is being led by Roger Severino, who has taken the anti-LGBT agenda …

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#WontBeErased: Trans Activists To Rally Against Trump

The New York Times reports: Activists in the L.G.B.T. community mobilized a fast and fierce campaign on Sunday to say transgender people cannot be expunged from society, in response to an unreleased Trump administration memo that proposes a strict definition of gender based on a person’s genitalia at birth. The existence of the memo, the administration’s latest effort to roll …

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ACLU Vows To Sue Over Trump’s Anti-Transgender Plan

Via press release: The Trump administration is reportedly working to dramatically roll-back protections for transgender students and narrow the definitions of sex and gender that courts have increasingly used to provide protections for LGBTQ people. This is an attack on the very lives and existence of transgender people. It is painful, it is hateful, and it will not go unchallenged. …

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Trump Administration Considers Defining Gender As An Immutable Biological Condition Determined At Birth

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a government-wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender …

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POLL: Trump Voters Say Men Are More Discriminated Against Than LGBT People, Women, And Minorities

The Hill reports: People who voted for President Trump say they believe men are more discriminated against than LGBTQ people, most minorities and women, a new poll conducted by YouGov and The Economist found. The survey found that forty-nine percent of people who voted for Trump said they believed men currently face either “a great deal” or “a fair amount” …

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Nancy Pelosi To Make Passage Of LGBT “Equality Act” A Top Priority If Democrats Regain Control Of The House

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: With expectations of a “blue” wave in the congressional mid-terms and good chances Democrats will retake control of the U.S. House, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has signaled that comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination legislation will be a top priority if she becomes speaker. Speaking at an event Tuesday at the John F. Kennedy …

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THAILAND: Government Set To Legalize Civil Unions

The Asian Review reports: Thailand may have a reputation for acceptance when it comes to the transgender females that perform in the capital’s extravagant cabaret shows, but the country’s legal system, like many in Southeast Asia, has traditionally been less accommodating to the LGBT community. This appears to be changing, however, as the junta aims to prepare a bill that …

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20 Democratic Senators Petition Pompeo To Reverse “Cruel” Denial Of Visas To Partners Of LGBT Diplomats

Politico reports: Twenty Democratic senators on Thursday urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse course on the “unnecessarily cruel” decision to end an Obama-era policy that granted visas to the same-sex partners of LGBTQ diplomats whose unions are not recognized by their home countries. In July, the U.S. mission to the United Nations informed foreign delegations that beginning Oct. …

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BRITAIN: Anti-Gay Bakers Win Wedding Cake Case

The BBC reports: The Christian owners of a Northern Ireland bakery have won their appeal in the so-called “gay cake” discrimination case. The UK’s highest court ruled that Ashers bakery’s refusal to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage was not discriminatory. The five justices on the Supreme Court were unanimous in their judgement. The high-profile dispute began …

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ROMANIA: Ruling Party To Introduce Civil Unions Bill After Hate Groups Fail With Marriage Ban Referendum

Reuters reports: Romania’s ruling party aims to introduce legislation to legalise civil unions for same-sex couples, the state news agency quoted a cabinet minister as saying, after a referendum to curb such rights failed to draw enough voters to be valid. Sunday’s referendum to change Romania’s constitution to prevent same sex couples from securing the right to marry was seen …

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REPORT: Trans Student Excluded From Shooter Drill

Washington DC’s CBS affiliate reports: An alarming day for a young, transgender girl after she was barred from using both the boys’ and girls’ locker room. During a lock down safety drill at her middle school in Stafford County, Virginia, last week the LGBTQ rights group Equality Stafford says she was forced to sit alone on the bleachers and then …

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Tokyo Passes Japan’s First LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law

Human Rights Watch reports: The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has passed a bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said. The act, enacted on October 5, 2018, also commits the city government to conducting public education about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights. Tokyo authorities were inspired to draft the bill …

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Tony Perkins Celebrates New Anti-LGBT Visa Policy

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: The rainbow didn’t just color the White House — it colored Barack Obama’s entire legacy. For eight years, Americans watched the 44th president’s obsession with LGBT activism eclipse every other urgent issue. And the U.S. State Department was exhibit A. No sooner had Hillary Clinton taken over as secretary than the …

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Minnesota Debuts Non-Binary Driver’s Licenses

The Twin Cities Pioneer-Press reports: For the first time, Minnesotans have the option to choose a gender other than male or female on their driver’s license. Along with “M” for male and “F” for female, there will be “X” for non-binary when choosing a gender on a license application. The new option to identify as non-binary, a term used by …

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ROMANIA: Top Court Backs Rights For Gay Couples

Radio Free Europe reports: Romania’s top court has ruled that gay couples should have the same family rights as heterosexuals, a judgment that comes ahead of a national referendum seeking to ban same-sex marriage. The Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex couples had the same rights to a private and family life as heterosexuals and should “benefit from…. legal and juridical …

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