QueerMinded Anniversary Show - World NewsBrief 6/25/15

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This photo was obtained via screenshot of PinkNews.com

This week QueerMinded looked into activists arrested in Moscow for trying to host a pride parade, Norway stepping up with progressive trans* youth laws, and a Egyptian man facing up to a year in prison for using Grindr. This show was originally broadcast 6/25/15.

From PinkNews

Activists arrested in Moscow for trying to host a pride parade. During the incident, around 30 counter-demonstrators threw eggs at those participating in the pride parade. It is understood that the rally was not authorised in advanced, and that a Moscow court had banned them from demonstrating.

Read more on this story at PinkNews 

Norway could enact some of the most progressive transgender youth laws in the world, the proposal would formally allow children ages 7 and up to change their gender with parental consent. those 16 and older can do so on their own. The change would affect identity documentation such as passports, but not extend to reassignment surgery. under Swedish law, a person must be 18 years or older to seek reassignment surgery.

Read more on this story at PinkNews 

The worlds smallest nation legalized gay marriage. The Pitcairn islands, located in the pacific, legalized same sex marriage back in May, but a technical issue kept the information from appearing on their website.

Read more on this story at PinkNews 

From GayStar News

A man could be jailed for trying to hook up on tender in Egypt. A Syrian refugee fled to Egypt and allegedly used the app to hook up. the person he met, though, was an undercover officer from Egypt's morality police. the man was arrested and and charged with inciting debauchery and solicitation to commit immoral acts in public, charges which the man denies. Read more on this story at Gay Star News

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QueerMinded Anniversary Show - National NewsBrief 6/25/15

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This photo was obtained via screen shot on PinkNews.com

This week QueerMinded takes a look into Cisgender being added to the dictionary, Virgin airlines sends out racy tweets, Trans* healthcare coming in 2016, also a Texas man has been indicated on the murder charges of his daughter and her girlfriend. This show was originally broadcasted June 25th, 2015.
 

From GayStar News

The Word Cisgender  has been officially added to the Oxford English dictionary. The term cisgender is defined as "designating someone whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned at birth."  Additionally added words include twerk, half-ass, sext, and stanky.  Fiona McPherson, senior editor of Oxford English Dictionary, has said the new entries have ‘earned their place’ in the history of the English language.

Read more on this story at GayStar News 

From PinkNews

Virgin airlines is celebrating LGBT pride in a racy way via twitter. The airline took to twitter to ask users questions like are you a top or bottom? and asking for retweets if you like the feel of leather when you strap in."  It comes after Sir Richard Branson called for the US Supreme Court to rule in favour of same-sex marriage.  Branson told PinkNews “It is not for any government (or anyone else) to cast judgement on people’s sexuality. Globally, 19 countries have passed laws to allow same-sex marriage and it’s time for the U.S. to move forward too."

Read more on this story at PinkNews 

Healthcare for Trans* U.S federal employees will be available starting January 2016. The office of personnel management reported to Pinknews that  "no carrier participating in the federal employees health benefits program may have a general exclusion of services, drugs or supplies related ot the gender transition of sex transformations."   Insurance companies that provide plans for federal employees will no longer be able to exclude coverage for transition care, such as hormones and surgery.

Read more on this story at PinkNews 

From Khou

Texan man has been indicted on the capital murder charges or the death of his daughter and her girlfriend. A Galveston County grand jury indicted James Cosby . Cosby had previously been charged with tampering with evidence in the case. The bodies of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, both 24, were found in March 2014 outside a store in the 700 block of State Highway 87 on Port Bolivar.

Read more on this story at Khou

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Iggy Azalea Cancelled, Marriages Still On Hold In Arkansa, Trans* Soldiers to Serve in the Military - QueerMinded National News 6/11/15

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This week QueerMinded dives into Arkansas marriage recognition, Iggy Azalea's pride performance cancelled, the acceptances of  Trans* soldiers in the military and much more queer news from around the nation. Originally broadcast on June 11th, 2015 on QueerMinded.

From Pink News 

Iggy Azalea's Pride appearance has been cancelled

Due to controversial tweets dealing with racism and homophobia rapper, Iggy Azalea's performance organizers replaced her just a few days before the scheduled show.. After LGBTQ and ally groups vowed to boycott the event this weekend Pittsburgh Pride cancelled Iggy Azalea's performance. Azalea drew controversy for racist and homophobic tweets from 2010, groups like Pittsburgh GLSEN said they wouldn't participate if Azalea was performing. Azalea has issued a statement of apology via twitter. Pop star Nick Jonas will fill her spot at Pride.

Read more at Pink News 

Arkansas state ban was struck down

Arkansas has been ordered to recognize the weddings of 500 same-sex couples, who married before a marriage ban was put back in place. The state’s Republican administration has done its best to avoid all recognition of the marriages – but on June 10,2015  Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen has ruled that the 500 licenses are valid. After the ban was replaced in May, The judge wrote in his ruling: “With shameless disrespect for fundamental fairness and equality, (Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration Director Larry Walther) insists on treating the marriages of same-sex couples who received marriage licenses between May 9 and May 15 as ‘void from inception as a matter of law”.

Read more at Pink News 

Trans* soldiers to serve in the Military.

The American Medical Association is giving the green light for trans* soldiers to serve in the military. Several organizations, including the United States Air Force have come out supporting an end to the ban. Despite the fact that the ban on gay, lesbian or bisexual members, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, was repealed in 2011, the ban on transgender military service is still in place because of an old regulation. The Palm Center estimates that there are over 14,500 active duty Transgender personnel in the Armed Forces.

Read more at Pink News 

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BREAKING: US Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal

We’ve just received word that the Supreme Court of the United States has declared in a 5-4 decision that marriage equality is now the law of the land. The decision came just after 10am this morning, with the court holding that the fourteenth amendment requires a state to licens a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognized those marriawges The decision overturns that of the 6th circuit court of appeals – the group of cases included Obergefell V Hodges from Ohio, as well as cases in Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee…QMLogo We’ll bring you more on this historic decision as information becomes available.

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Trans* Activist Killed In El Salvador, Grindr a Big Help In China, Religious University Declined Students Celebration of Pride on Campus- QueerMinded World News 6/11/15

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This week QueerMinded takes a look into queer news around the world including a Trans* activist killed in El Salvador, Grindr lending a helping hand in China, a pride celebration rejected on a religious campus, and many more. QueerMinded was originally broadcast on June 11th, 2015.

From Gay Star News 

A trans* activist was killed in El Salvador this week

A leading trans* activist was killed recently in El Salvador, prompting calls by human rights groups to ensure the authorities to prosecute and punish those responsible. The 29-year-old had been a member of Salvadoran trans advocacy group Colectivo Alejandría since it was founded in 2010, working tirelessly for human rights and in HIV prevention programs. This is believed to be the seventh killing of a trans* woman in the country this year alone.

Read more at Gay Star News 

Grindr using it's technology to help queer people in Mainland China

Popular gay social networking app Grindr is using its technology to help queer people in mainland China. The app makers partnered with the Beijing Gender Health and Education Institute to help raise awareness for LGBTQ issues in the country. The CEO of Grindr Joel Simkhai said "In partnership with BGHEI we will make sure that Grindr users in China have relevant sexual health information in colloquial Chinese".

Read more at Gay Star News

From Advocate 

Israeli university rejected a request for students to hold a Pride celebration on campus

An Israeli religious university rejected a request for students to hold a pride celebration on campus. Administrators at Bar Ilan University, told organizers "that the event was not academic or connected to student activities and that they could hold an alternative event with speakers like psychologists or rabbis who could offer help to participants." A spokesman for the school also said the pride celebration would be like celebrating pedophilia. The Spokesman, Haim Zisowitz, has since apologized via Facebook, claiming the statement was taken out of context.

Read more at Advocate 

   

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Legendary Stonewall, Police Seeking Suspect in Hate Crime, Chick-fil-a partners up with Pride, Trans* Flag in Philly,Barnard Women Now Accepts Transwomen- QueerMinded National News 6/4/15

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Image via www.etsy.com

This week Queerminded takes a look at the new city codes in Long Island, the historical Stonewall Inn, and Trans* flag hanging high in Philadelphia, and much more queer news around the nation. Originally broadcast June 4th ,2015 on QueerMinded .

From NEWSDAY 

City Codes To Protect Transgender Workers In Long Island

The town board of North Hempstead Long Island has voted to change their city code to protect transgender workers. North Hempstead is located in Nassau county that currently has no gender identity protections, unlike its surrounding counties including New York and Suffolk.There is also a bill before the New York state legislature which would protect residents from discrimination based on gender identity .Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said the change is necessary "so that it does cover everyone that it was intended to cover." The law will also apply to employees of businesses under contract with the town.

Read more on this story at NEWSDAY

From HUFFINTONPOST

Police Seek Suspect Who Pushed Transgender Woman Onto Subway Tracks

New York city police are looking for a suspect in a suspected hate crime against a transgender woman in the city's greenwich village neighborhood. The attack occurred when the 28-year old victim was waiting for a local train. the attacker, whose images were caught in security video, allegedly verbally accosted the victim and then pushed her onto the tracks from behind. The woman was able to be lifted off the tracks by other passengers and the alleged perpetrator has still not been found. New York has issued a monetary reward for information leading to identification of the assailant.

Read more on this story at  Huffpost GayVoices 

From PINKNEWS

The Stonewall Inn could be officially a landmark soon

Regarded to be the birthplace of the LGBT rights movement, the Stonewall Inn has been formally considered for landmark status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s Executive Director, Andrew Berman said: “Today’s vote is a welcome and long overdue step forward in recognizing and preserving a tremendously important piece of our history. The iconic venue has been threatened with closure in recent years, and it is hoped that the listing will help protect it.

Read more on this story at PINKNEWS

Iowa City Pride festival has found an unlikely partner.

Chick fil a, will donate sandwiches to the festival,  the owner of the Chick-fil-a franchise in Coralville Iowa was approached about ways to help after some in the community took issue with a Chick fil a sponsorship. The national chick fil a organization's, COO  Dan Cathy spoke out many times against same-sex marriage, and the charitable arm of chick-fil a has donated funds to anti marriage initiatives across the country. Despite national's actions, the Chick fil a, franchise owner told the pride committee in Iowa city that he was all for helping to build community.

Read more on this story at PINKNEWS

From New York Times

Barnard College All Women's Institution Will Accept Transgender Women

The university announced the decision this week made by the Columbia University -backed college. The change will take effect for applicants for autumn 2016. The new policy, which the board of trustees approved on Wednesday, welcomes applicants who “consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth.” Students who enter as female and then transition to male while at Barnard will be able to stay at the college and receive a Barnard degree.

Read more on this story at NewYorkTimes 

From Advocate

Trans Pride Flag Hanging High In Philadelphia

Philadelphia makes news by flying the trans pride, flag for the first time ever in celebration of the start of it's annual transgender health conference.The iconic pink, white and blue flag is flying at Philadelphia city hall and will be seen through the end of the conference. Organizers hope the raising of the flag  will become an annual event in a city that has seen it's share of anti-trans violence. Including most recently London Kiki Chanel who was murdered in North Philadelphia, allegedly by the boyfriend of her friend - Chanel's death marks the eighth reported murder of a trans woman this week.

Read more on this story at Advocate 

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SK Pride Must Go On, First Same Sex Marriage in Central America, Ireland Welcomes LGBTQ Visitors,Malta Launching First Civil Union and Wedding Fair, Zara Forced to Face Harsh Claims Due to Lawsuit- QueerMinded World News Brief 6/4/15

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QueerMinded takes a look into Pride in Korea, the first same sex marriage in Central America, LGBTQ visitors in Ireland ,the launching of the First Civil Union and Wedding Fair in Malta,  and a lawsuit forcing Zara to face harsh claims. Originally broadcast on QueerMinded June 4th,2015.

From PINKNEWS

Organizers say Pride will go on despite ban police place on Korea

The organizers of Seoul Pride have announced the event will go ahead next week in defiance of government orders, after official permission was revoked . Police allegedly banned the Korea Queer Culture Festival because of public safety and traffic concerns. Executive director of the festival Woo  Ji-Young told Agence France Presse "The police should protect the rights of free expression, rather than siding with those trying to suppress it"  Organizers say that around 20,000 people are expected for the celebration, risking fines and jail time to do so.

Read more on this story at PINKNEWS 

First same sex common law marriage in Central America

A Costa Rican judge made history by granting the first same-sex common law marriage in Central America. The country leads the region in recognizing same sex rights  according to Pink News, last year the government granted social benefits to same sex couples. Marco Castillo, president of the Diversity Movement, said: “This is a big step forward. This is the first time that the law has been recognized as such."

Read more on this story at PINKNEWS

From GayStar News

Ireland is ready to welcome LGBTQ visitors

With Ireland being the newest country to legalize same-sex marriage , tourism Ireland launched a new campaign this month after the historic same sex marriage referendum. Ireland hopes to match the success New York state had after same sex marriage became legal. The campaign also hopes to attract same-sex visitors wishing to get married, spend their honeymoon and more.

Read more at GayStarNews

Malta is launching its first civil union and wedding fair

The European nation does not allow same sex marriage, but does offer civil unions to LGBTQ people. The first-of-its-kind event for Malta will be held at the Phoenicia hotel in Valetta this October.

Read more on this story at GayStarNews

International company Zara is forced to answer claims in lawsuit

International company Zara is forced to answer claims that it's leadership is racist, anti-semitic and homophobic according to a lawsuit. A former Zara employee sued the Spanish-based clothing retailer after being terminated last year. the suit alleges several different instances of harassment from Zara senior leadership, who have denied the charges in a statement. The plaintiff, Ian Miller, alleges that while employed at Zara between 2008 and last year, he observed executives openly exchange racist emails, and graphic depictions of gay sex scenes.
Read more on this story at Gay Star News

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Transgender Woman of Color Murdered, Oregon Bans Gay Conversion Therapy, Issue With Trans Girls Into Girl Scouts, Nevada Becomes 18th State To Protect LGBTQ Youth, & Christian College Puts Restrictions On Gay Athletes - QueerMinded National NewsBrief 05/21/15

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This week QueerMinded takes a look at the tragedy of a transgender woman slain,  the banning of conversion therapy,  LGBT students' rights and many other queer news stories from around the nation. Originally broadcast May 21, 2015 on QueerMinded.

   

From BUZZFEED

Transgender Woman Killed in Philadelphia

The community is mourning what is at least the eighth murder of a transgender woman of color in the United States this year. Twenty one year old London Kiki Chanel was stabbed to death early Monday according to police. There have been seven other confirmed homicides against women of color who are of trans* experience this year - Papi Edwards, Kristina Gomez Reinwald, Penny Proud, Taja Gabrielle Dejesus, Yasmin Payne, Ty Underwood and Lamia Beard all lost their lives at the hands of violence. Read more on this story at BuzzFeed

From  Pink News

Oregon Third State in US to Ban Conversion Therapy

Oregon is now the third US state to ban the practice known as, gay conversion therapy, for minors. Governor Kate Brown signed the bill this week, which explicitly bans the practice on those under 18 years of age.  While the law does prohibit mental health professionals from practicing this therapy, it does not prevent non- registered religious groups or organizations from performing it.
Read More on this story at Pink News 

From Gay Star News 

Nevada 18th State To Protect LGBT Students.

Nevada becomes the 18th state to protect LGBTQ students from bullying with a new law. The law specifically includes sexual orientation and gender identity as protected groups, and creates a separate office to handle bullying complaints within the state department of education. Read more on this story at Gay Star News

Texas Christian College Puts Restrictions On Gay Athletes

Letourneau University, a Texas Christian college says gay athletes can't date or vocally support same sex marriage. The private university recently updated their handbooks to explicitly ban these items. Athletes found in violation could be dismissed from their team and lose academic scholarships. Read more on this story at Gay Star News

Issue With Girl Scouts Inclusion of Trans Girls Into Their Program.

A hate group is taking issue with the Girl Scouts inclusion of trans girls into their program. The Southern Poverty Law Center labeled hate group, The American Family Association, launched a petition to get the girl scouts to do away with their policy of inclusion. Girl Scout councils have the final say on whether or not a trans girl can be admitted but holds that, "if a girl is recognized by family, school and community as a girl, and lives culturally as a girl, girl scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe." Read more on this story at Gay Star News 
Image via www.girlscouts.org

Image via www.girlscouts.org

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Faces of LGBT, Gay Themed Traffic Lights, Eurovison's Return, New Flag Coming For New Zealand, & Gus and Waldo's Book of Love -QueerMinded World News Brief 05/21/15

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 This weeks edition looks into The United Nations' Free & Equal Campaign, the return of Eurovision, bondage penguins, & more.  Here's a look at some of the queer news stories from around the world this week. Originally broadcast live Thursday, May 21, 2015.

From Gay Star News 

A GAY PENGUIN BONDAGE BOOK WAS FOUND IN A PRESCHOOL LIBRARY

Gus and Waldo's book of love was found in the Sovereign Star Nursery and Preschool's library and parents have expressed their concern, saying the book is "inappropriate reading, not suitable for toddlers."  The author, Massimo Fenati, says it is intended for mature audiences but also states that "Many of his straight friends allow their children to read the book because it shows positive, happy relationships of gay couples." The library manager Brooke Philpott explained to Gay Star News that the book was ordered based on a misconception of the cover, which includes brightly colored cartoon penguins. Read more of this story at Gay Star News

From Free&Equal 

UN Launches a Campaign That Puts Faces on the Labels LGBTQ.

The new video campaign features LGBTQ people of various ethnicities talking about their experiences. The initiative is a part of the UN Free and Equal Campaign, which is dedicated to furthering LGBTQ rights across the globe. The Free & Equal campaign aims to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and encourage greater respect for the rights of LGBT people. https://youtu.be/JosMsjRNznM Read more on this story at Free & Equal 

From Reuters 

Singing Competition Eurovision Started This Week In Vienna

The popular singing competition Eurovision started this week in Vienna, and the city is showing it's support with gay themed traffic lights. The campaign is intended to present Vienna as an open-minded city and also to improve traffic safety as the unusual symbols attract the attention of drivers and pedestrians, said a spokeswoman for Vienna's city lighting department. Read more on this story at Reuters 

From GayStar News 

The Israeli armed forces plans to change service regulations to accommodate same sex couples

The IDF or Israel Defense Forces, updated regulations to "accommodate the family needs of reservists who are in same sex relationships in the same way they do those in opposite sex relationships."  Military service is required by all Israeli citizens. Any couple recognized as being in a relationship by the Israeli National Insurance Institute may apply to the IDF's committee for coordinating reservist service to defer their deployment.  The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) updated regulations will accommodate  family needs of reservists who are in same-sex relationships in the same way they do those in opposite-sex relationships. Read more on this story at Gaystar News

From PINKNEWS

A pride themed flag is in the running for New Zealand's new official flag

New Zealand is currently planning to change its flag over concerns that the current design, which features a red southern cross and a Union flag on a blue background, is too similar to Australia’s flag – which features a white southern cross and a Union flag on a blue background. The country has invited citizens to make suggestions for a new flag – leading to calls to officially adopt a Pride flag, to represent the country's status as a "regional hub for same sex weddings after passing the equal marriage law in 2013." Read more on this story at PinkNews 

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Shame On a Local Kenya Newspaper for Homophobic Front Page Spread,Hate Crime Claims The Life Of 4 Trans Women in Pakistan, Swedish Activists Take A New Approach Against Homophobia - Queerminded World News Brief 05/14/2015

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  A Kenyan tabloid is under fire with LGBTQ activist for publishing a newspaper with the "Top Gays and Lesbians List In Kenya Out" stamped on the front page, Hate crime in Pakistan has claimed the life of four trans* women and Swedish activists are determined to stand against homophobia and military aggression in a new way. Here's a peek at the queer news stories from the original live broadcast live Thursday May, 14th 2015 on QueerMinded.
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FROM ADVOCATE

The shameful front page of the Kenyan Newspaper was published by the weekly newspaper "Weekly Citizen"

The paper published a headline with the quote "Top Gays and Lesbians List In Kenya Out".  According to activists, shaming of LGBT people in the media is not as new as it seems. Recent cases in Uganda are documented, and in Egypt a raid on a alleged was broadcast on Egyptian television. With this recent incident, activist George Barasa said in the article "It won't stop us from fighting for our rights." Read more on this story at ADVOCATE 

Mysterious Murders of Four Trans Women in Pakistan

Dawn, a Pakistani news site reported the death of Almaroof Bijli, a trans* women who was found mutilated and burned on May 5, 2015.Three days later, an alleged hate-related drive by shooting claimed the lives of three other trans women. International trans* activists are saying violence against trans* women is an epidemic. This year, nine trans* women have fallen victim to hate crime, most of them being women of Color.  To read more of this story visit ADVOCATE 

FROM PINKNEWS

Welcome to Sweden, Gay Since 1944

Swedish activists have taken a new approach against homophobia and military aggression, with a blinking neon sailor sign. Activists placed a sign reading "Welcome to Sweden" underwater in the Baltic Sea along with "Welcome to Sweden, Gay Since 1944" in English, the year Sweden decriminalized homosexuality. The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society placed the sailor in response to a increase in Swedish military presence in the Baltic Sea. Advocates want the sign to urge the Swedish government to think of new ways of defense.  Read more on this story at PINKNEWS   

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