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Sunshine and rainbows for the best Exeter Pride to-date

THE 11th Exeter Pride, which turned the City rainbow-coloured on Saturday, May 11, has been hailed as the biggest and best yet. More than 10,000 people showed their support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) communities in the region by taking part or attending. … Read the original article Author:

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Taiwan’s ruling party to amend same-sex marriage bill ahead of crucial vote

Taiwan’s ruling party on Thursday (16 May) submitted a motion to alter their same-sex marriage bill scheduled to be voted on in parliament Friday. They are hoping to appease conservative lawmakers by removing the word ‘marriage’ from the bill. It is a last-minute plot-twist in Taiwan’s bid to become the first place in Asia for same-sex marriage. Taiwan’s parliament on Friday will vote on three bills affording rights to same-sex couples in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling. Activists have slammed the two other bills, largely supported by opposition lawmakers, as homophobic, discriminatory, and unconstitutional. A cabinet spokesperson on Thursday called the proposed changes ‘minor revisions’ that would not affect same-sex couples’ rights. Taiwan’s top leaders on Thursday urged ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers to get behind the government’s bill. ‘History will remember you’ Premier Su Tseng-chang said in an emotional address on Thursday. LGBTI rights activists were receptive of the DPP’s tactic as it still allows same-sex couples to register their marriage with the relevant authorities. Compromise Taiwan became the first government in Asia to submit a same-sex marriage bill to parliament earlier this year. It is rushing to pass a bill before a 24 May court deadline. In 2017, Taiwan’s highest court ruled the Civil Code was unconstitutional. It failed to recognize same-sex marriages. It gave lawmakers a two-year deadline to legislate. But, in a devastating referendum in November 2018. Taiwan voters opted for a separate law to legalize same-sex unions rather than to change the Civil ...

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A third of LGBTI UK people have had suicidal thoughts because of body image

Results from a new survey in the UK revealed startling information that a third of LGBTI people have experienced suicidal thoughts due to body image. This is more than double the rate of heterosexual people experiencing these thoughts over body image. The Mental Health Foundation, in collaboration with YouGov, released their Body Image report this week. Both organizations conducted new surveys this March. Overall, 4,505 adults in the UK and 1,118 teens responded. As the report summarizes, body image has been linked to numerous negative consequences. People who have body concerns have also shown to have poorer quality of health, struggles with eating disorders, and higher rates of psychological distress. How does body image specifically affect LGBTI people? The report has a section dedicated to the relationship between LGBTI people and their bodies. According to the report, there is a correlation between suicidal ideation and concerns of body image. One third (33%) of LGBTI adult respondents said they’ve experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings because of concerns about their body image. This statistic is more than double than that of straight respondents (11%). Similarly, experiencing anxiety and depression around this experience is also higher among LGBTI people than straight people. Internalized anxieties Other research and findings suggest there are different attitudes around body image between LGBTI and straight people. In the research, authors have found heterosexual men are more likely to appreciate their bodies than gay, bisexual, or transgender men. This leads to sexual minority men facing higher pressures of attaining ...

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Australia’s oldest LGBT publication goes into administration

Australia’s largest and oldest LGBTI publication, the Star Observer, has gone into administration and is looking for a buyer. The board of directors appointed Trent McMillen from MaC Insolvency as Administrator on 10 May, according to a statement on their website. ‘Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small organization’s chairman Sebastian Rice said. ‘The Star Observer is an LGBTI community-owned not-for-profit that has always relied on advertising revenue to raise money. We do not receive any government funding.’ “I want to thank our very dedicated staff and volunteers, who have put in a huge effort over the last few years.” The administrator is exploring options to save the business, the statement says. These include selling the business or proposing a Deed of Company arrangement to avoid liquidation. Read the original article Author: Rik Glauert

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Brazil’s homophobic president meets George W Bush

Brazil’s far-right and anti-LGBTI president, Jair Bolsonaro, met with former US president George W Bush in Texas on Wednesday (15 May). ‘A healthy and productive conversation‘ Bolsonaro, who has described himself as a ‘proud homophobe’, wrote on Twitter. ‘We continue to work and seek to increasingly conquer the world’s trust in Brazil’ he said. Na tarde de hoje encontrei-me com o ex-presidente dos Estados Unidos, George W. Bush, em seu escritório no Texas. Uma saudável e produtiva conversa. Seguimos trabalhando e buscando conquistar cada vez mais a confiança do mundo no Brasil. pic.twitter.com/OZvCWkmO9i — Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) May 15, 2019 On Thursday, Bolsonaro will speak at a World Affairs Council of America event in Dallas. LGBTI advocacy group GLAAD called his public appearance a ‘dangerous precedent’. ‘It’s disappointing to see the World Affairs Council of Dallas stepping in and providing a forum to this dangerous leader who promotes violence against LGBTQ people in his own country,’ said Zeke Stokes, Chief Programs Officer at GLAAD in a statement. ‘President Bolsonaro does not deserve this platform. Period.’ Bolsonaro was scheduled to attend a Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce gala in New York this week, but canceled the trip following a major backlash. At least three major sponsors pulled support of the event over Balsonaro and his atrocious human rights record. The American Museum of Natural History also pulled out as hosts following an outcry. Former US president George W Bush, who was in office from 2001 to 2009, has a questionable LGBTI ...

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LGBTI activist dumped from chat show in Malaysia

A popular Malaysian chat show has ditched an interview with LGBTI activist Numan Afifi following an online backlash. Host Sharaad Kuttan tweeted that the Let’s Talk episode would be postponed just five hours after he announced Afifi as a guest. Titled ‘LGBTQ – Favourite Whipping Boy?’, it was due to air on Tuesday night (14 May). Afifi told Gay Star News he found out via Twitter. He said he was ‘disappointed’. Amid rising anti-LGBTI sentiment in Malaysia, a lot of people online called for the show to be canceled. Guess how long it for the show to be postponed since it was posted? 5 hours 314 minutes 18,840 seconds Even Ramadhan bazaar stays open longer than that! Selamat berbuka folks pic.twitter.com/TUd2QlGYL8 — Numan Afifi (@NumanAfifi) May 14, 2019 ‘It would have been one of the first mainstream TV talkshows in Malaysia to feature an openly gay man’ Afifi said. ‘By canceling the show, I cannot get across the advocacy that I have been working on and I cannot share 1001 stories of resistance of my fellow LGBTQ folks’. Afifi told Gay Star News he had taken the opportunity to call on the government to engage with LGBTI people. ‘Harassment and discrimination are getting worse’ he explained. ‘LGBT youth are becoming increasing suicidal’. And here I was thinking we now have a more free media in Malaysia. Such a shame. Was looking forward to listening to @NumanAfifi . No shade to @SharaadKuttan , I’m sure he tried his best. One day, ...

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Eurovision aired a gay kiss and people are losing their minds

The Eurovision Song Contest began on Tuesday (14 May) and fans were treated with a kiss cam on the first night of the competition. In 1998, Dana International won Eurovision representating Israel. This year, she returned to the Eurovision stage, located in Tel Aviv, and wowed the crowd with a powerful performance. During her performance, a kiss cam suddenly panned across the audience and viewers were treated to a glorious gay kiss when two man grabbed each other’s faces and kissed. People praised the simple but revolutionary moment. One Twitter user said it showed ‘the power of Eurovision’. An image of two men sharing a kiss broadcast to millions across the world. Giving hope to people who live in countries where this simple act is a crime. That’s the power of #Eurovision and I absolutely love it. pic.twitter.com/CEY9Rjommt — Liam Beattie (@Liam_Beattie) May 14, 2019 More Twitter reactions for the kiss There was more than just that one gay kiss and some users called it a major win. gays knowing they won tonight cause eurovision broadcasted gay kisses on live tv all over the worldpic.twitter.com/DMWCU35t9J — 𝔞𝔡𝔯𝔦𝔞𝔫 (@JENNIEREGUl) May 14, 2019 Loved #DanaInternational and seeing people share the love. Let everyone kiss! #Eurovision https://t.co/RrG5qaHiY7 — Liora Kern (@liorakern) May 14, 2019 me cheering on the kiss cam #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/Lcgi8qnSGW — Maggy (@maggyvaneijk) May 14, 2019 So many gay kisses on national TV, can you feel the audiences trembling? #Eurovision — Amor Vincit Omnia (@GregoryJMatz) May 14, 2019 Others laughed at ...

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Rights group ‘disgusted’ as Trump reportedly declares opposition to Equality Act

LGBTI rights advocates in the US have slammed the Trump administration after it emerged the president opposed the Equality Act. A senior official said the bill, which protects LGBTI people from discrimination, ‘is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights’, The Washington Blade reported on Monday (13 May). The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill on Friday. President of LGBTI rights group Human Rights Campaign said ‘We’re disgusted, but certainly not surprised’ that Trump opposes the bill. The Equality Act is supported by seven in ten Americans and more than two hundred major businesses, he noted in a statement. ‘By opposing this common sense civil rights legislation, Donald Trump is ensuring that LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired or denied housing in a majority of states’. The American Civil Liberties Union also responded. ‘Thankfully, most Americans disagree with President Trump and believe that our nation’s nondiscrimination laws should explicitly cover LGBTQ people, too’ the organization wrote on Twitter. Commentators were quick to note that in 2000, Trump supported such legislation. ‘I like the idea of amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include a ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation’ he said. What is the Equality Act? The Equality Act seeks to prohibit discrimination for LGBTI people by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Legislators introduced the first version of it in 1974, only including sexual orientation in various areas of life. Previously, the Equality Act ...

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‘Makeup should be for everyone’: Why this new brand for men doesn’t work

A new makeup brand on the market, War Paint, is marketing itself as a brand for men, by men. Almost immediately, however, it began receiving criticism from people online for its promotion of toxic masculinity, lack of shades for people of color, and claims of being ‘gender neutral’. War Paint, as many people pointed out on Twitter, is a term indicative of indigenous people and cultures. It is also what women have been calling makeup for years, implying it as a form of armor against society’s sexism. The company, however, refuses to engage with people of color and says it wants to be gender neutral while making something for men because there are products ‘just for women’. “Our aim is to allow makeup to be gender neutral, which is why we used a potent mix of cultural appropriation and militarization to brand our product as expressly for men’s tough skin” pic.twitter.com/eqGaOQvk7j — andi zeisler (@andizeisler) May 9, 2019 ‘It made me feel cast away’ GSN spoke to beauty bloggers and people who tried to engage with the company on Twitter. One such person was Daqurius, a black man from Florida. He told GSN he doesn’t use makeup, but was interested in products for other uses like under-eye circles. ‘After seeing the company hadn’t offered anything for my darker skin complexion as a black man, I proceeded to ask them about people of my skin color,’ he said. That’s when the War Paint Twitter account blocked him. And I Oop- pic.twitter.com/GbWvPWRqvy ...

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Schoolboys in Taiwan wear skirts to break down gender stereotypes

Male students at a high school in Taiwan wore skirts this weekend to break down gender stereotypes and underline personal freedom. They garnered the support of President Tsai Ing-Wen, who said ‘what girls can do, boys can do too’. ‘Don’t the Scots wear skirts too?’ She also said, according to Taiwan News. Boys wore skirts, earrings, and pro-marriage equality T-shirts at Banqiao Senior High School’s anniversary party on Saturday (11 May), the news site reports. Photos on social media also appeared to show students and staff wearing skirts and posing with rainbow flags. Local politicians questioned the principal over the skirt event, according to Taiwan News Marriage equality in Taiwan It comes less than a week before Taiwan’s parliament votes on marriage equality. Taiwan’s parliament will vote on a same-sex marriage bill on Friday (17 May). Lawmakers from Taiwan’s major parties met last week to discuss three same-sex marriage bills currently under consideration. Parliament is scrambling to enact legislation ahead of 24 May. This is the deadline set by the country’s Constitutional Court when it ruled Taiwan’s Civil Code was unconstitutional for failing to recognize same-sex marriages in 2017. Referendums last year then dealt a blow to LGBTI people in Taiwan. The majority of Taiwan voters voted to enact a separate bill to recognize same-sex partnerships rather than amend the Civil Code and enshrine genuine equality. The cross-party group on Thursday agreed to anew law to recognize same-sex marriages. This is rather than amending the country’s Civil Code. A separate ...

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