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Fyre Festival organizer allegedly told gay employee to perform oral sex, according to documentary

Fyre Festival, the 2017 failed music festival in the Bahamas that became a viral sensation, is back in conversation after Netflix and Hulu released documentaries about it last week. In the Netflix documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, one festival employee has made a claim about something he was asked to do during the festival. Andy King, the event producer of the festival, discussed an alleged conversation between him and organizer Billy McFarland. Following the festival, McFarland was charged with and convicted of fraud. What did McFarland allegedly ask of his employee? King shared the memory of McFarland’s request in the documentary. ‘We had four containers filled, four 18-wheeler trucks filled with Evian water,’ he recalled. ‘But I had left the week before for two days to go to meetings in Bermuda for the America’s Cup and when I came back, I’d missed the big meeting with customs. And of course customs had said to Billy and the gang, “You need to pay us $175,000 in cash today for us to release the water.”‘ In discussing the issue, McFarland allegedly told King he needed to ‘take one for team’. King’s response was that he’d been taking one for the team every day of the festival. Then McFarland got to his request, according to King. King remembered: ‘He said, “Well, you’re our wonderful gay leader and we need you to go down, will you suck dick to fix this water problem?” And I said, “Billy, what?” And he said, ...

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Hong Kong LGBTI activist detained for three days in mainland China

Chinese police detained Hong Kong LGBTI activist Cheung Kam Hung for three days last week. The founder of Rainbow China, a Hong Kong-based charity promoting LGBTI rights in China, said he was traveling in the southern city of Shenzhen when he was detained. ‘I was “administratively detained” by authorities for three days and then received a “forced repatriation” to Hong Kong’ he told Gay Star News. ‘What is the specific reason? Like many friends and family who care about me, I want to know!’ He wrote on Facebook. China’s Hong Kong The UK handed its former colony back to China in 1997. But, China agreed to govern Hong Kong under a ‘one country two systems’ for 50 years. Under this system, Hong Kong is not subject to China law and retains a higher level of freedom of the press and free speech. But, Beijing is increasingly influencing the region and activists are hitting back demanding greater democracy. Local media linked Cheung’s arrest to his previous involvement with pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong. Cheung told Gay Star News Chinese authorities hinted that he should not participate in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. ‘But I have not worked on these issues for years’, he said. ‘I am now focused on LGBTI rights and HIV Aids in China’. Rainbow China, according to its Facebook page, aims to ‘give support to the fight for equality of LGBT rights in China’. The organization also supports HIV and Aids services and other minorities’ rights in China. LGBTI ...

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Malaysia tells Indian trans woman to change passport to male

An Indian trans woman is seeking help from the government after Malaysia asked her to change the gender in her passport to ‘male’ before applying for a visa. Shane Anthony Mills was scheduled to travel to represent India at a summit in Malaysia this month. But, the Malaysian consulate in Chennai told the IT analyst, who is vocal about trans rights, that she could not apply under her passport’s current, third, gender. ’This is so embarrassing’ Shane Anthony Mills told Times of India. ‘To be told to go back and change my gender to “male” feels humiliating’. In a landmark 2014 Supreme Court case, India recognized a third gender. In South Asia, people regard a number of gender identities as a third gender. For example, ‘Hijra’ may have been assigned male at birth and live as women. Some also identify as trans or intersex or just as Hijra. Shane Anthony Mills took to Twitter to ask India’s Minister of External Affairs to help. @SushmaSwaraj Shane Anthony Mills I am transgender from Hyderabad. I work as senior analyst for Dell. I have been nominated for Global Erg summit at Penang Malaysia to be held on January 28th 2019. However I am unable to get Evisa it has no option for my gender. Please help — Shane Mills (@Shanemils18) January 18, 2019 Malaysia’s crackdown Since Malaysia’s new government took power in May year, LGBTI residents have faced a conservative backlash. Malaysia publicly caned two women for ‘attempting lesbian sex’. A number of government ...

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Trans actor Jen Richards plays cis character on NBC’s Blindspot

Jen Richards, popular trans actor, is flipping the script by playing a cisgender character on NBC’s show Blindspot. In the past, roles of transgender women have typically gone to cis men. It was FX’s groundbreaking show Pose that brought trans women playing trans characters to the forefront. But now, Richards is breaking out of the typecasting bubble to play cisgender CIA agent, Sabrina Larren. Blindspot Blindspot follows the story of a woman who awoke in New York’s Times Square with no memory. The only clues she had as to how she got there are mysterious tattoos on her body. Transface Richards has previously spoken up about cis men being casted as trans women in a phenomenon called ‘transface.’ One example is the Matt Bomer film Anything, which Richards had auditioned for. ‘I auditioned for this. I told them they shouldn’t have a cis man play a trans woman. They didn’t care,’ Richards Tweeted at the time. Additionally, Richards was vocal about Scarlett Johansson’s decision to accept (and then step down) from the role of a trans man in Rub & Tug. ‘To exhibit the spirit of generosity I earnestly want to see more of, I am going to take Scarlett Johansson at her word that she listened to feedback, realized that despite her intentions this was going to cause harm, and made the right decision to step down,’ Richards Tweeted. ‘Well done.’ CIA Agent Sabrina Larren Check out a clip of Jen Richards as Sabrina Larren in Blindspot below: Jen ...

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Amazon removes LGBTI documentary, claims it didn’t meet Prime’s ‘quality standard’

Amazon Prime has removed the LGBTI documentary Words, by trans filmmaker AJ Mattioli. Words The documentary explores the question if identity, especially as it relates to LGBTI people living in New York City. It includes interviews from various LGBTI figures, including Carmen Carrera, Bob The Drag Queen, Miss Fame, and more. Words initially went up on Amazon Prime over a year ago. However, the company decided to remove it on 17 January. The emails GSN spoke directly to AJ Mattioli about the issue. Mattioli explains his production company received a message stating that Words would be pulled from their streaming service. ‘We are always listening to customer feedback and iterating on their behalf,’ one email from Amazon reads. ‘During a quality assurance review, we found that these titles contain content that does not meet our customer content quality expectations. As a result, all offers for your title have been removed and may not be made available as “Included with Prime” or to Buy/Rent on Amazon.’ ‘Unfortunately, this decision may not be appealed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will not be accepting resubmission of the impacted titles. This change will not impact any royalties accrued through the date. Note that republishing any film that has been removed is prohibited; doing so may result in your account being suspended.’ Mattioli replied with the following: ‘This title been on Amazon Prime for very long time. What was so bad about this title that was taking down? Could it be ...

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Trans woman sues Illinois governor’s campaign for discriminating and firing her

Emma Todd, a transgender woman worked on the campaign of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, is now suing Pritzker’s campaign for unlawful discrimination and termination. Todd worked for Pritzker as a Field Organizer on his campaign from August 2017 to March 2018. According to the lawsuit, Todd ‘received good evaluations and feedback on her work performance’ for the majority of her time of employment. Problems arose in February 2018 when Pritzker’s campaign hired Raynal Sands as Todd’s supervisor. Todd alleges that Sands ‘viewed transgender identity as a sexual fetish’ and ‘asked about transgender sexual habits in a prurient manner’. She also reportedly told Todd she was ‘the reason people don’t like transgender people’. The lawsuit further states that Sands treated Todd differently from other employees, highly criticized her, and in March 2018, told other employees she planned to fire Todd. Ultimately, the lawsuit says Sands, ‘on behalf of Defendant [Pritzker’s campaign]’ terminated Ms. Todd for reasons other than her job performance’. The reasons, according to Todd, were her sex and/or gender. Todd is now demanding a trial by jury. Blindsided and now suffering the consequences Todd is represented by Jillian T. Weiss and Oak Park, IL attorney Joanie Rae Wimmer. ‘Ms. Todd’s improper termination has caused her to suffer a loss of wages and out-of-pocket medical and insurance payments, as well as loss of reputation,’ Weiss said. She further confirmed Illinois’ federal courts ruled transgender discrimination violates the law. Todd, meanwhile, expressed that she loved her job and was ‘blindsided’ by her firing. ...

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Triathletes banned from displaying rainbow flag in competitions

Athletic organization International Triathlon Union released new rules for athletes in the new year. One of those rules bans displays relating to sexual orientation, such as the rainbow flag. Published in the ITU Competition Rules, the inclusion of sexual orientation displays was added in November 2018. Part X of athletes’ general conduct states they will ‘avoid displaying any kind of demonstration of political, religious, sexual orientation or racial propaganda’. The ‘sexual orientation’ portion was specifically added only two months ago. There is no mention of gender identity. Penalties for disobeying ITU’s rules include a verbal warning, time penalty, disqualification, suspension, or expulsion. Outsports reported that ITU defended the inclusion of sexual orientation in this rule. ‘It is a similar wording that is included in many other sporting organizations,’ spokesperson Olalla Cernuda told the outlet. Some triathlon athletes, however, are unhappy with the inclusion. A ‘step backwards’ Gay triathlete Jack Bristow spoke to Outsports about the new policy, describing it as a ‘step backwards’. ‘I’ve flown a rainbow flag at a race before because I’m proud to be a gay athlete and I want to be a visible example so that other LGBT people feel like they can get involved,’ he explained to them. ‘To have my pride equated with political extremism and to be told to go back in the closet for my own safety is insulting.’ He further revealed to Outsports that he intends to break the rule and fly a rainbow flag at an upcoming European championship in May. See also ...

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Evolving for the future and for our Members

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Could Bangladesh be set to get its first transgender MP?

Bangladesh may be set to get its first transgender MP after national elections at the end of last year. The ruling Awami League (AL) is considering a transgender candidate for one of the parliament’s 50 seats reserved for women, local media said. These are allocated to political parties based on their proportion of seats won in the election. AL will, therefore, choose 43 women from the political party. The Dhaka Tribune this week reported eight transgender women had filed their nominations with the party. Despite recognition in 2013, Bangladesh’s estimated 10,000 trans people still face extremely high levels of discrimination and violence. Many identify as a third gender, Hijra. Hijra may have been assigned male at birth and live as women. Some also identify as trans or intersex or just as Hijra. What’s more, homosexuality is illegal in Bangladesh under a colonial-era law. In 2016, a suspect Islamists murdered prominent LGBTI activist and editor Xulhaz Mannan. ‘No representation’ ‘We are citizens of Bangladesh but we have no representation in the parliament’ one of the AL’s candidates, Falguni, told the Dhaka Tribune. ‘There is no one from our community who can understand and raise our concerns. That is why we are running for the seats’. President of a transgender welfare organization, Arifa Yasmin Moyuri, is another of the AL candidates, according to the Dhaka Tribune. Moyuri led a transgender delegation in September 2018 to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Bangladesh in September announced its first transgender official at Bangladesh’s Human Rights ...

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Court dismisses case of lesbian couple denied place at retirement home

A US District Judge dismissed a lawsuit by a lesbian couple in St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday (16 January). Mary Walsh, 72, and Bev Nance, 68 sued the Friendship Village senior living community in July last year. The pair have been together for nearly four decades and married in 2009. They alleged the Friendship Village discriminated against them based on their same-sex relationship. Marriage is ‘the union of one man and one woman, as marriage is understood in the Bible’, according to the Village. They, therefore, launched a case, alleging discrimination based on sex under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). Not protected But, on Wednesday, Judge Jean Hamilton, wrote that the FHA only prohibits discrimination on the basis of ‘race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin’, according to the St Louis Post. ‘Under (the) circumstances, the Court finds the claims boil down to those of discrimination based on sexual orientation rather than sex alone,’ Hamilton’s decision read. ‘The Eighth Circuit has squarely held that “Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against homosexuals.”‘ But, previous district courts have ruled that sexual orientation discrimination comes under sex discrimination. Another fight on the horizon. U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton said the Fair Housing Act offers no anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation. https://t.co/IfxnCr3446 — Gay & Lesbian Alliance of North TX (@galanorthtx) January 17, 2019 ‘Very hurtful’ Walsh and Nance first applied to Friendship Village senior living community in July 2016. What’s more, the couple have friends who live in ...

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