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This asexual model is launching London’s first asexual club for Pride

Clubbing can easily turn into an uncomfortable experience for asexual people. As the booze flows and more than a few sweaty people at the club might be looking for a hookup, those who don’t experience sexual and/or romantic attraction to others can feel like they don’t belong. Asexuals at Pride Moreover, asexuals are often underrepresented at Pride. Together with non-binary, genderqueer and aromantic people, asexuals are among those who aren’t as visible as the other letters of the vast LGBTI spectrum. This Pride month, however, Pride in London has partnered with Budweiser to bring visibility to every part of the vast LGBTI+ community. They have asked asexual activist and model Yasmin Benoit to help them create an asexual club where ace people can go to and be comfortable. Ace of Clubs will be the very first asexual club in London. It will be on for two nights on 29 and 30 June at Bateman Street Gallery in Soho, London’s LGBTI area. ‘I’d love for there to be a permanent ace bar at some point, but we’ll have to wait and see how this one goes,’ Benoit told GSN. A specific asexual-friendly space ‘The concept originally came from the Budweiser and Revolt London team. They pitched it to me when they asked me to be involved, and I fell in love with the idea instantly,’ Benoit also said. ‘Asexual people are usually underrepresented at Pride events, and there have been many cases of asexual people not feeling included or entirely welcomed. ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Check out these photos from Nashville Pride 2019

GSN writer Charlie Mathers is currently on the ground in Nashville, Tennessee for Pride. Check out these exclusive photos from the event, which apparently drew a bigger crowd than the city’s annual Christmas parade! Protesters Charlie notes that there were some anti-LGBTI protesters marching ahead of the parade with the typical ‘homosexuality is a sin’ signs. However, they were booed by the crowd and soon forgotten about. Charlie Mathers Anti-LGBTI protesters at Nashville Pride Pride photos See Also Neo-fascists put up ‘straight pride’ banners ahead of LGBTI parade in Italy Paris honors American creator of the Pride flag with special plaque Tbilisi Pride, first ever Georgia’s LGBTI march, postponed amid turmoils Read the original article Author: Rafaella Gunz

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LGBTI musical The Prom announces closing date on Broadway

The Prom, which was nominated for seven Tony Awards this year, announced its closing on Broadway in August. With music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Beguelin and Bob Martin, The Prom opened on Broadway last October. It follows Indiana high school student Emma (Kinnunen) who got her senior prom cancelled because she wanted to attend with another girl as her date. Meanwhile, in New York, four down on their luck Broadway stars hear about Emma’s story. They decide to travel to Indiana in support of her — and as an opportunity to improve their careers. After winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical earlier this month, The Prom will close on Broadway on 11 August. ‘It has been an honor and a privilege to bring this original musical comedy, full of heart and humor, to Broadway with this dream cast and creative team,’ said producers Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein, and Jack Lane in a joint statement. ‘Since the earliest days in the journey of The Prom, we have known this story was something special. We are beyond thrilled that our story will continue beyond Broadway.’ Not the end As the producers referenced in their statement, The Prom is continuing its life past Broadway. It’s currently preparing to launch its national tour and Ryan Murphy is adapting it as a movie for Netflix. The Prom also has an impact on both audience members and its cast with the representation it offered. Lead star of ...

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American Psychoanalytic Association apologizes for treating homosexuality as mental illness

The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) apologized on Friday (21 June) for previously treating homosexuality as a mental illness. Dr. Lee Jaffe, president of APsaA, made the apology at the opening session of the group’s 109th annual meeting in San Diego, California. ‘It is long past time to recognize and apologize for our role in the discrimination and trauma caused by our profession and say, “We are sorry,”‘ said Jaffe in a statement. ‘It’s hard to admit that one has been so wrong.’ It is thought that APsaA is the first US medical organization to formally apologize for such past actions. For years, medical organizations have made amends in numerous ways for their treatment of the LGBTI community and its health. APsaA did not remove homosexuality from its list of medical disorders until 1991 under threat of an anti-discrimination lawsuit. Following this, however, APsaA made moves towards supporting the LGBTI community, such as endorsing marriage equality and taking a stance against conversion therapy. More amends from medical groups While no other medical organization has issued a formal apology, they have made amends in other ways. Several others removed homosexuality from their lists of disorders decades ago. Some important steps forward are still relatively recent, however. The World Health Organization only removed transgender from its list of mental disorders this year. India’s largest psychiatrict group removed homosexuality from its list of disorders last year. In other parts of the world, however, administrations are taking steps backward. Indonesia’s Ministry of Health did not remove ...

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Scottish Trans and LGBTI Organisations Welcome Gender Recognition Progress but Call for Faster Action

Scottish Trans Alliance and Equality Network welcome confirmation that the Scottish Government plans to take forward Gender Recognition Act reform by drafting a bill for a statutory declaration application process. Becky Kaufmann, Justice Policy Officer at Scottish Trans Alliance, said, “We warmly welcome that the draft bill will remove… Read the original article Author:

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Iceland passes identification law dismissing lengthy medical process for trans people

Iceland passed a law on Tuesday (18 June) making it easier for transgender and non-binary individuals to change their personal identification. The Icelandic Parliament passed the Gender Autonomy Act. This allows people to change their gender and offers a non-binary ‘x’ option. Prior to this law, transgender and non-binary people had to undergo a lengthy diagnostic process. They also had to undergo various medical treatments. People can now change their gender in the official registry based on their own autonomy and identitty. The bill also allows individuals under 18 to officially change their name and gender with parental consent. If parental consent is not available, a minor can still make the change with the approval of an expert panel. ‘The bill aims to respect and strengthen the self-determination of each individual as their own understanding of gender identity is the basis for decision-making regarding their public [gender] registration, as others are not better suited for this,’ stated a government press release. ‘The Act is also intended to safeguard the individual’s right to bodily autonomy and a working group will be appointed to ensure the legal status of children born with atypical sex characteristics.’ Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir also praised the law. ‘In order to truly improve people’s rights, political courage and political will are needed,’ she said. ‘With the passing of these laws Iceland puts itself in the forefront internationally.’ Still a ways to go on intersex rights in Iceland Trans rights activist Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir helped draft the ...

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NBA star Dwyane Wade says it’s his ‘job’ to support son at Pride

NBA star Dwyane Wade is staying humble amidst heaps of praise for supporting his son attending Pride. In April, the Miami Heat player made multiple Instagram stories about his 11-year-old son Zion attending Miami Beach Pride. Wade couldn’t be in attendance because he was in Toronto for a game, but he made sure his son knew he supported him. ‘Wish I was there to see you smile kid!’ he wrote in one post. Now, Wade is opening up about that support he showed as a parent. ‘That’s our job’ While speaking to Variety, Wade said he doesn’t ‘really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell’. He spoke more openly about choosing to make a public show of support. ‘I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job,’ he explained. ‘And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do.’ Zion with his friends and family at Miami Beach Pride | Photo: Instagram @dwyanewade Wade also offered advice to parents, saying being a supportive parent during Pride is the same as the rest of the year. ‘I have to say to most parents, get to know your kids. Don’t put your wants and needs on them.’ ‘Uneasy’ with the praise Wade also expressed he didn’t feel completely comfortable with the praise he received. ‘I’m very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids or the negativity that comes ...

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Senate confirms anti-LGBTI judge in the middle of Pride month

In the middle of Pride month and on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the United States Senate confirmed a new judge — another anti-LGBTI Trump appointee. Matthew Kacsmaryk achieved his lifetime appointment to the federal bench in the Northern District of Texas with a 52-46 vote. The vote happened along party lines. Only one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins (ME), voted against Kacsmaryk. She cited his ‘extreme statements’ on LGBTI and reproductive rights, stating they ‘reflect poorly on Mr. Kacsmaryk’s temperament and suggest an inability to respect precedent and to apply the law fairly and impartially’. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) referenced Collins’ choice in his remarks on the vote. ‘Mr. Kacsmaryk has demonstrated a hostility to the LGBTQ bordering on paranoia,’ he said. ‘It’s unbelievable that this man has been nominated, and he’s not alone. The parade of narrow-minded, often bigoted people who we’re putting on the bench. . . . One Republican senator rightfully voiced concerns about this man’s fitness. Where are the others?’ What has this judge said about LGBTI rights? Kacsmaryk’s anti-LGBTI comments are extensive. He has previously described identifying as transgender as a ‘mental disorder’ and disputed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) stance that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects sexual orientation and gender identity. He also claimed ‘sexual revolutionaries’ cause married and unborn children to become less important than ‘erotic desires of liberated adults’. Reports have shown at least one-third of Trump’s court appointees, which are lifetime ...

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Anti-LGBTI figure tapped to lead Trump’s Commission on Religious Freedom

Tony Perkins, a vitriolic anti-LGBTI and Islamophobic figure, has been tapped to lead the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Perkins, who is also the president of the far-right Christian lobbying organization the Family Research Council, was initially named chair of the Commission last year. With this new appointment, he will oversee the mission of the USCIRF for at least a year. Created by the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998, the USCIRF ‘uses international standards to monitor religious freedom violations globally, and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress’. The President and Congressionals leaders from both parties appoint commissioners. Hateful views instead of freedom Despite leading a group advocating for freedom, Perkins’ various views counter the ‘freedoms of thought, conscience, expression, association, and assembly’ as outline by the Commission’s definition of religious freedom. His thoughts on LGBTI rights are extensive and hateful. Perkins once compared gay marriage to a marriage between ‘a man and his horse’ and called the It Gets Better project a ‘disgusting’ and a ‘concerted effort’ to recruit youth into the ‘gay lifestyle’. Most recently, he called trans pride flags ‘unpleasant’. The Southern Poverty Law Center also lists the Family Research Council, which endorses conversion therapy, as an anti-LGBTI hate group. Perkins is also extremely Islamophobic. In 2010 while appearing on CNN, he said people who follow the literal teachings of Islam ‘have perpetuated great evils on society’. He also wrote that only 16% of Islam is a religion. The ...

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LGBTQ+ Courageous Leaders

LGBT school leadership initiative receives funding Collaboration between education providers encourages teachers to take next step An initiative that encourages LGBT teachers to strive for senior positions has received an extension of Government funding. … Read the original article Author:

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