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Via Twitter, K-Pop star Jo Kwon supports South Korea’s embattled LGBTI community

K-Pop superstar Jo Kwon has recently flourished as an LGBTI supporter in South Korea. The 29-year-old singer has been tweeting messages of encouragement to his 1.2 million followers, according to the Korea Herald. Kwon recently quoted two bible verses. ‘You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one’ he wrote. ‘Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins’. Kwon, who was leader of South Korean pop group 2AM, has previously dressed in drag. He has also taken down LGBTI haters on social media. His career is currently on hold while he serves mandatory military service. While homosexuality is legal in South Korea, powerful conservative Christian groups regularly lobby against LGBTI rights. Recently, they have become more active in disrupting public LGBTI events. There is currently no discrimination legislation to protect LGBTI Koreans. ‘We don’t deserve you’ Kwon also recently shared a series of private messages he received from fans. They thanked him for speaking out on LGBTI issues. ‘We don’t deserve you’, one said, according to the Korea Herald. “My views on religion became very negative after seeing Christian groups brand homosexuality as a sin’ one message read. ‘But reading Jo Kwon’s Instagram posts without prejudice that God loves everyone touched me. Jo Kwon helped me overcome my own negative perception about religious people.’ i was born this way. don’t be a drag just ba a queen/king pic.twitter.com/zorI92u7UB — JO KWON (@2AMkwon) February 10, 2017 In 2017, he courted controversy by wearing a ...

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27 companies in Taiwan speak out for equal marriage

Twenty-seven major businesses in Taiwan spoke out for LGBTI equality on Thursday (15 November). Next week, Taiwan will vote on LGBTI issues in national referendums. Significantly, a Constitutional Court’s ruling that the Civil Code was unconstitutional for failing to recognize same-sex marriages, is at risk. In May 2017, it recommended changing ‘man and woman’ to ‘people’. But, referendums will now ask whether citizens would prefer separate civil partnership legislation. LGBTI advocates have denounced such legislation as failing to give genuine equality. Repealing a portion of an act supporting LGBTI inclusion in Taiwan’s school curriculum is also on the ballot. ‘Diversity, inclusion, respect, equality and non-discrimination are values that we cherish and seek to uphold in our companies and in our business dealings’ Wednesday’s statement read. Taiwan companies including Kunnex, Pegatron and Portico signed the statement. As did Taiwan-based global firms such as Google, Microsoft, and HP. ‘Employees in same-sex relationships deserve the same right to marry in Taiwan as other couples’, the statement read. ‘Taiwanese students deserve an education that prepares them to engage in a world where diversity and inclusion is prioritized’. ‘Pivotal moment’ for Taiwan New York-based Human Rights Campaign welcomed the statement. ‘This is a pivotal moment for equality in the region’, said Ty Cobb of HRC. Jennifer Lu, head of the Taiwan Marriage Equality Commission, said equal marriage is ‘not just the right thing to do, it’s also good for business’. ‘We’re thankful these Taiwanese and multinational companies are speaking in one united voice in support ...

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Australia marks one year since the nation said ‘yes’ to equal marriage

LGBTI Australians and their allies celebrated one year since the country became a ‘fairer and more equal place’ on Thursday (15 November). On 15 November, 2017 results of a Marriage Equality Postal Survey revealed 61% wanted to legalize same-sex marriage. Parliament recognized the opinions of the controversial survey and legislated to allow same-sex marriages in December. Key figures in the yes campaign gathered at Prince Alfred Park in Sydney on Thursday to celebrate the win for LGBTI rights. They City of Sydney recently voted to rename that section of the park Equality Green. MP Alex Greenwich said ‘we have seen 5,000 happy couples get married’ since the survey results came out. ‘A year ago the nation celebrated with LGBTI Australians, their friends and families’ said yes campaignerAnna Brown. Since then we’ve had a year where all Australians have had the same opportunities for love, commitment and to be treated equally’ said Brown of the Human Rights Law Centre. At the soon to be re-named Equality Green where @AlexGreenwich calls for the No campaign to apologise for their conduct during the non-binding postal survey and @CloverMoore celebrates a year of equality pic.twitter.com/dBphBGmYTv — Gary Nunn (@GaryNunn1) November 15, 2018 “Thank you to all the people who worked so hard for marriage equality. We were married after 23 years together. Your hard work means so much.” – Pauline. #MarriageEquality #VoteYES pic.twitter.com/sL96hCLPR5 — AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) November 14, 2018 One year ago today, we heard the official result: Australians from every state ...

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Laverne Cox surprises trans man who’s never met another openly trans person before

Laverne Cox recently took part in Ellen DeGeneres’ new webseries Fearless — and it brought all the tears. The webseries, hosted by model Ashley Graham, is about building people’s confidence and inspiring their stories. This week’s focus is a trans man named Rickey from Kansas City, Missouri. As the video explains, Rickey comes from a conservative family and struggles with his own confidence. He wears hoodies because he binds his chest, and says top surgery would help him feel freer. ‘I have a friend who has gone through something like you’re going through who can relate to you in a much deeper way, and I want to introduce you,’ Graham tells Rickey in the video. The moment Rickey sees Laverne Cox, he kneels down and starts crying. Cox starts crying too, and immediately moves to comfort Rickey. It’s an incredibly moving scene. ‘I didn’t know I was confused,’ Rickey tells Cox and Graham as they sit down to talk. ‘I talked to my therapist and I said, “I want to do hormones.” She asked me how I felt and I said nervous.’ He said when he got his beard, he felt handsome and more like himself. Cox tells Rickey it’s important to have that one person who’s always there for you. Fortunately, Rickey has that someone, his grandma who calls him ‘Rickster’. ‘We want you to know you are no longer alone,’ Cox says. She then reveals they’re giving Rickey $10,000 to help ‘in any way to further your journey’. ...

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Students now allowed to enroll as non-binary in DC public schools

With a new policy rolling out, public schools in Washington, DC, are slated to become some of the first in the United States to allow students to enroll as non-binary. According to a report from the Washington Post, starting next school year, families can select non-binary for students on forms, rather than simply male or female. The DC public school system confirmed the news with a tweet. No longer just male or female: D.C. schools to give families a third option with ‘non-binary’ #PrideInDCPS https://t.co/aDd9watiZL — DC Public Schools (@dcpublicschools) November 13, 2018 Interim chancellor Amanda Alexander of the school system said in a statement: ‘We value the whole child at [D.C. Public Schools], and have worked diligently to ensure our schools are safe and inclusive for all students, staff, and families.’ DC joins the likes of Oregon and Minneapolis, who allow students to enroll with a third gender ‘x’ or tell their school and teachers they have a preferred name and do not identify as male or female. Through these enrollment forms, DC teachers will know which of their students identifies as non-binary. This removes the burden from these students or their families having to inform the teachers. Further, knowing the number of non-binary students in the system also allows for the better allocation of resources. ‘It’s a step in the right direction,’ said Jessica Raven, an activist and mother of a trans daughter in the school system. ‘I hope that it will lead to better accommodation to trans, non-binary ...

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Here are 9 books, TV shows, and movies to enjoy for Transgender Awareness Week

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, a time to celebrate the lives, stories, and experiences of transgender people around the world. It is the precursor to Transgender Remembrance Day, observed annually on 20 November to recognize and memorialize victims of transphobic violence. One of the best ways to recognize and celebrate trans people is to know their stories. For Trans Awareness Week, here are nine books, television shows, and movies you can enjoy. The book Peter Darling | Photo: Less Than Three Press Books Little Fish by Casey Plett All three of the novels listed here are written by trans authors. In Plett’s story, Little Fish, Wendy, a 30-year-old trans woman, discovers her grandfather may have also been trans. Thus, she sets out on a journey to discover more about him and his history and, subsequently, her own identity. Little Fish is the debut novel by Plett, who previously won a Lambda Award for her short story collection, A Safe Girl to Love. Peter Darling by Austin Chant We all know the story of Peter Pan — the boy who wouldn’t grow up, who lived in Neverland, and fought with his most fearsome foe, Captain Hook. But what if Peter’s aversion to becoming a man stemmed deeper than a fearing of growing up? And what if those feelings for Captain Hook suddenly became more akin to romance? Chant takes the beloved story by JM Barrie and turns it on its head, offering a brand-new glimpse into the world of mermaids ...

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Trustees’ Week

The 12th – 16th November is Trustees’ Week.   Trustees’ Week offers a chance to celebrate and show case the amazing work that Trustees do all year round.  LGBT Consortium would like to thank its own amazing Trustees who volunteer their time and energy to sit on the board. You can find out more about LGBT Consortium’s board… Read the original article Author:

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Government Equalities Office Announce LGBT Grants and Contracts

Last week the Government Equalities Office announced a range of LGBT focussed grants and contracts on their Contracts Finder Website.We have created a brief overview of each grant or contract, please click on the link for each fund for full details, deadlines and information about application processes.    … Read the original article Author:

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Nico Tortorella participated at Women of the Year summit as non-binary figure

Glamour Magazine invited non-binary artist Nico Tortorella to their Women of the Year summit this year. The invite and subsequent participation in the evening prompted Tortorella to discuss gender presentation on Instagram. ‘My first thought when asked to participate in any public female driven event is always this. Why me? I am not a traditional “woman,”‘ they wrote. ‘I mean my queer friends and I use she/her pronouns as terms of endearment, but I don’t think that’s the same.’ They further said the invite made them ‘spiral’ as they thought about ‘what it would feel like to be someone who looks like me up there talking to someone who looks like them’. View this post on Instagram My first thought when asked to participate in any public female driven event is always this. Why me? I am not a traditional “woman.” I mean my queer friends and I use she/her pronouns as terms of endearment, but I don’t think that’s the same. I find myself spiraling – thinking and feeling the depths of my own gender and queer identity – thinking about what it would feel like to be someone who looks like me up there talking to someone who looks like them. To be surrounded by these graceful powerhouse women from all walks of life at this years @glamourmag women of the year summit, I am reminded that I too am welcome. I realize pretty quickly how important it is for someone who looks like me, with my non-binary ...

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US is on the brink of having its first openly bisexual senator in Kyrsten Sinema

With her ‘insurmountable’ lead in Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema is close to becoming the first openly bisexual member of the United States Senate. Sinema is running against Republican candidate Martha McSally and Green Party candidate Angela Green. If she wins, Sinema will also became the first female Senator from Arizona. As mail-in votes are counted, Sinema currently has a lead of nearly 32,000 votes over McSally. Politico stated McSally would have to win 57% of the remaining 220,000 votes still be counted in order to over Sinema’s lead. Authorities will release a new portion of votes from the race on Monday (12 November) evening. More than 90% of these votes are coming from counties where Sinema already leads. Most believe Sinema now has the race in the bag. Her campaign manager released a statement called Sinema’s lead ‘insurmountable’. BREAKING @kyrstensinema campaign manager declares her lead ‘is insurmountable… Kyrsten will be declared the next U.S. Senator from Arizona.’ Race has not yet been called by any media org. #AZSEN #12News pic.twitter.com/FqFhmDpPFp — BrahmResnik (@brahmresnik) November 12, 2018 Arizona Republican strategist Chuck Coughlin also said the race is ‘over’ because it’s ‘not in the math’. Meet the potential history-maker At the start of her career, Sinema was a member of the Green Party, before switching and becoming a Democrat. She previously served in both chambers of the State Legislature. The people of Arizona first elected Sinema to the state House of Representatives in 2004, and then the state Senate in 2010. She served ...

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