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City For LGBT+ Live crowdfunding event

Consortium is looking forward to celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) at a special event on 21st May. We’re partnering with Give Out and The Funding Network for City For LGBT… Read the original article Author:

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San Francisco swears in first LGBTI fire chief

The mayor of San Francisco swore in the city’s first LGBTI fire chief on Monday (6 May). Jeanine Nicholson, a 25-year veteran of the fire department, said it was an ‘honor’ to be the first gay chief. ‘Because of my position and job in general, I have been a role model for much LGBTQ youth, and I will continue that’ she said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Congratulations to newly pinned Chief of Department Jeanine Nicholson. We look forward to working with you and @LondonBreed to keeping #SF safe. #yoursffd pic.twitter.com/MvKL8ATrSi — SF Firefighters 798 (@SFFFLocal798) May 6, 2019 ‘I look forward to ensuring that our department remains prepared to respond to any emergencies facing the city’ she also said. In her decades-long career, Nicholson has suffered second-degree burns in the line of duty. She also fought a battle with cancer and has since campaigned for efforts to prevent cancer among firefighters. Today we swore in our new Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson, who is the first LGBT Fire Chief in San Francisco’s history. Chief Nicholson is a dedicated public servant and a 25-year veteran of the Department who has worked her way up from being a Firefighter and a Paramedic… pic.twitter.com/kn1MajB0BH — London Breed (@LondonBreed) May 6, 2019 ‘This woman is tough, this woman is resilient, this woman is a leader’ Mayor London Breed reportedly said. ‘I am confident she will be ready to lead the department on day one’. Breed also said: ‘Yes, she has made history, and ...

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Gay US politician Brian Sims explains ‘aggressive’ confrontation with pro-life protesters

Pennsylvania and openly gay politician Brian Sims posted a video of himself on Twitter on Tuesday (7 May) explaining an interaction he recently had with pro-life protesters outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic. The original interaction, which he filmed and posted online, received plenty of criticism. Sims posted the video of himself approaching the protesters last week on Periscope. Lila Rose, the president and founder of Live Action, an anti-abortion organization known for publishing biased undercover sting operation videos against Planned Parenthood, posted another portion of the video on her own Twitter. In this video, State Rep @BrianSimsPA says he’ll pay his followers $100 if they are able to dox three teen girls he films who are quietly praying outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. How is this guy still allowed to be on Twitter? pic.twitter.com/yfNCHhRSqY — Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) May 6, 2019 In the videos, Sims repeatedly says ‘shame on you’ and ‘shame’ to the various people outside the clinic. At one point, as seen in the video posted by Rose, he offers his followers $100 (€89.35) to identify the protesters. He adds he’ll donate that money to Planned Parenthood. Sims also rhetorically asks the protesters why they think they should get to police women’s bodies. Many people online criticized Sims for the videos. Texas Senator Ted Cruz described Sims as an ‘angry, hateful Dem’ and asked in a tweet if the Democratic party would ‘condemn this abuse’. Cruz’s tweet about Sims | Photo: Twitter @tedcruz Sims responds in ...

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These LGBTI icons wowed the Met Gala red carpet

The most important people of the fashion world – including a host of LGBTI icons – gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday (6 May) for the annual Met Gala. The queer community was in the spotlight this year, as the event celebrating the opening of the spring fashion exhibit took the theme ‘camp’. It came from on bisexual author and philosopher Susan Sontag’s essay, Notes on Camp, dedicated to queer icon Oscar Wilde. Sontag wrote that camp is ‘love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration… style at the expense of content… the triumph of the epicene style’. And, global LGBTI icons did not disappoint with their lavish, eccentric, and fantastically queer outfits. Let’s look at some of the best: Lady Gaga Lady Gaga stunned the Met Gala red carpet with four different looks and three outfit changes. The bisexual pop star and LGBTI super-ally rocked looks in sleek black and bright hot pink. As always, her accessories were on point. Out of the four outfit changes so far, which one of Lady Gaga’s is your favourite? #MetGala pic.twitter.com/42Qs0IPvy7 — Lady Gaga Media (@GagaMediaDotNet) May 6, 2019 Billy Porter Actor Billy Porter arrived at the Met Gala decked head-to-toe in gold, including a 24-karat headpiece and face adornments. But Porter didn’t simply walk up the red carpet — he was carried. Six shirtless men, in gold pants, headpieces, and boots, carried Porter on a black velvet chaise. BILLY PORTER HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!! #MetGala pic.twitter.com/MaxMQuaGgZ — ...

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Lady Gaga slays the Met Gala red carpet with four different looks

Lady Gaga stunned the Met Gala red carpet with four different looks and three outfit changes. The bisexual pop star and LGBTI super-ally rocked looks in sleek black and bright hot pink. As always, her accessories were on point. The fashion industry’s big names gathered for the Met Gala on Monday night (6 May) to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This year’s theme was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ a nod to the queer history of design. Out of the four outfit changes so far, which one of Lady Gaga’s is your favourite? #MetGala pic.twitter.com/42Qs0IPvy7 — Lady Gaga Media (@GagaMediaDotNet) May 6, 2019 Lady Gala Gaga, who is co-hosting the Gala, arrived in an over-sized voluminous hot pink gown designed by her friend Brandon Maxwell. Lady Gaga arriving at the #MetGala! pic.twitter.com/GKsXeAE5ib — Lady Gaga Media (@GagaMediaDotNet) May 6, 2019 A number of staffers helped her carry the huge train up the Gala’s stairs. Next, they helped her peel off the bright pink gown to reveal a black strapless dress. Gaga accessorized the gown with an umbrella. Witness the exact moment of Lady Gaga’s outfit reveal. #METGala pic.twitter.com/f7tqu1m0t8 — Lady Gaga Source (@MisterBroRo) May 6, 2019 But the Gaga wasn’t finished yet. Then, she removed the black gown to reveal a pencil dress in the same hot pink as the first outfit. She swapped her umbrella for an old-school mobile phone and large black sunglasses. A perfect illusion? Lady Gaga ...

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Opposite-sex marriage is ‘prevailing social norm’ says Singapore govt

Singapore’s ‘prevailing social norm’ remains opposite-sex marriage, a government spokesperson has said. They were responding to a recent survey that found Singaporeans are becoming increasingly accepting of same-sex couples. The results buoyed LGBTI-rights campaigners in the conservative city-state where gay sex remains illegal. ‘The prevailing social norm remains that of a man and a woman marrying, having and bringing up children within that framework of a stable family unit’ an unnamed spokesperson for the Ministry of Social and Family Development told Today Online. The spokesperson said maintaining social cohesion is the Government’s priority. ‘On issues where there may be deeply held views based on personal beliefs and values, it is important for… respectful and civil dialogue and for society to find common ground across the different perspectives’. ‘Robust surveys and studies can be useful in informing and supporting this process, but do not replace it.’ A survey conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) last week found just over 20% of people polled did not think that same-sex relations between consenting adults were wrong. Importantly, the survey found a 10% increase compared to five years ago. Section 377A But, a March survey found that Singaporeans were in favor of maintaining Section 377A of the Penal Code. The British colonial-era law which punishes homosexual sex between men with up to two years in prison. Authorities rarely enforce the law. But, it fosters negative attitudes towards LGBTI rights in the city-state. Prior to this, a petition launched in favor of maintaining Section 377A received over ...

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‘Discriminatory’ same-sex marriage bill advances through Taiwan’s parliament

A same-sex union bill slammed as ‘discriminatory’ has advanced through Taiwan’s parliament. Taiwan’s lawmakers are now debating three bills that would legalize same-sex unions ahead of a court deadline later this month. One bill, which advanced to a second reading last week, would allow relatives to launch a court appeal if they believe the marriage is ‘fake’. Taiwan’s Constitutional Court on 24 May, 2017 ruled Taiwan’s Civil Code was unconstitutional for failing to recognize same-sex marriage. It gave a two-year deadline for parliament to enact a law in line with the ruling after which same-sex marraige will be legal by default. But, a referendum in November last year found the majority of Taiwan voters supported a separate law for same-sex marriage rather than changing the Civil Code. It was a devastating loss for the LGBTI community. The latest bill was drafted by the notoriously anti-LGBTI chairwoman of smartphone maker HTC, Cher Wang. Pro-LGBTI legislator, Yu Mei-Nu, last week described the bill as ‘stark discrimination’ against same-sex couples. She questioned what right relatives or the courts had to scrutinize the sincerity of others’ marriage. The bill also contains a clause saying: ‘As one’s conscience and freedom should not be affected by the enactment of this act, conveying or inculcating beliefs against the relationship described in Article 2 [same-sex union] does not constitute discrimination’, according to the Taipei Times. Taiwan and same-sex marriage Taiwan is set to become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex unions by May 24. In February, ...

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Schools call for more support when teaching lessons on LGBTI-inclusivity

Teachers have called on the UK government to provide more support for schools teaching lessons on LGBTI-inclusivity. Headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson of Anderton Park School said that guidance on teaching LGBTI issues at schools was unclear at the National Association of Head Teachers’ (NAHT) conference on Saturday (4 May). The move comes after months of protests outside schools with LGBTI programs in Birmingham, including Anderton Park primary. The protests began in opposition to the No Outsiders program being taught in Parkfield Community School. Hewitt-Clarkson said that the ‘beyond-awful state of affairs’ needed to be addressed. Education Secretary Damian Hinds has spoken out against the protests. ‘The lead protestors have no children at my school’ Speaking at the conference, Hewitt-Clarkson called out people involved in the demonstrations who had no ‘The lead protestors have no children at my school,’ she said. Hewitt-Clarkson also addressed some of the banners the protestors had displayed at the school grounds. These included slogans such as ‘Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve’ and ‘We have a say in what they learn’. ‘How have we got to this beyond-awful state of affairs?’ Hewitt-Clarkson asked attendees at the conference. She praised the government’s upcoming relationships education policy as ‘excellent and clear’. The policy will teach children that both opposite-sex and same-sex marriages are a life-long commitment. It also teaches that families can be in a multitude of forms, such as LGBTI parents, single parents, grandparents. But Hewitt-Clarkson said that the policy remained vague on numerous points. This includes that the policy did not inherently support ...

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Sailors told to ‘clap like you’re at a strip club’ upon visit from Mike Pence

A group of sailors in the United States Navy were told to ‘clap like you’re at a strip club’ for Mike Pence as he delivered a speech on 30 April. What happened? Pence spoke to the sailors as the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman was docked at the Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia. Journalist Brendan Ponton of WTKR-TV in Norfolk attended the event. He Tweeted about the request right before the speech began. Sailors being instructed to “clap like we’re at a strip club” when VP arrives (not kidding) https://t.co/7NquC4wNxw pic.twitter.com/gUqYtOGiuc — Brendan Ponton (@brendanponton) April 30, 2019 While the purpose was to make Pence look good in front of the media, it’s a bit ironic that the strip club analogy was used, considering Pence’s refusal to be alone with a woman who is not his wife. In addition, a group of uniformed men clapping for Pence as if he were a stripper seems to be in contradiction with Pence’s anti-LGBTI beliefs. Reactions People on Twitter picked up on this irony too: Would that be the “Magic Mike” variety of strip club for Mike Pence? pic.twitter.com/jUDHgGSMVd — Tony Verow MD (@tonyver45) April 30, 2019 They were instructed to clap for you, “Like they were at a strip club”. What would mother say????? pic.twitter.com/jcAUjU7IdJ — DCSTORM40 (@dcstorm123) April 30, 2019 Not often this @VP and “strip club” appear in the same tweet. https://t.co/ZHgqVroZiF — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) April 30, 2019 QT: In other news. . . . News Headline: “Sailors ...

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Richard Branson urges businesses to pledge support for LGBTI rights

Billionaire Richard Branson has urged businesses to use their influence to push for LGBTI rights in countries they conduct business with. In a blog post, the founder of the Virgin Group said he wanted to see businesses ‘shift the conversation [on LGBTI rights] on a global scale’. His comments were in reference to controversial laws implemented in Brunei which target gay people. The country’s Sharia Penal Code (SPC) punishes male homosexual sex with death by stoning. Brunei experienced widespread condemnation over the SPC. There have been renewed calls for businesses to exert pressure or cut ties with the tiny oil-rich nation due to the country’s adoption of the laws. Branson has also joined 20 other business leaders who have put their names to a pro-LGBTI rights initiative. The initiative is supported by Open For Business, a coalition of global businesses which promote LGBTI rights. ‘Scores of countries continue to marginalise, criminalise and persecute LGBT+ populations’ In his blog post, the Branson wrote that while Brunei is an extreme case, headline-grabbing case, numerous other countries also continue to maintain anti-LGBTI laws with far less scrutiny. ‘[The] debate about Brunei also raises the question of priorities,’ Branson wrote. ‘Scores of countries continue to marginalise, criminalise and persecute LGBT+ populations. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran have executed gay people in recent years, whilst Brunei has not seen any executions since the 1950s. Why take action now? ‘The answer is simple. I feel that every opportunity to stand up for what we believe in is a good opportunity ...

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