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Gay pastor creates stunning rainbow display with university students

The Royal Veterinary College in the UK decided to commemorate the end of LGBTI history month with a celebratory and rainbow-filled send-off, all thanks to a gay pastor at the school. Revd. Andy Marshall, Chaplain and Interfaith Advisor to the Royal Veterinary College, led the event on 28 February. ‘It has been a joy to organise this event, to see and meet those staff and students who have found it meaningful,’ the openly gay pastor said. ‘I am indebted to the staff that helped make the event a success. My hope is that this will speak to those who are a part of under-represented communities – both inside and outside the College – and witness to our commitment to make the Royal Veterinary College a safe place for all to flourish.’ The visual installations were meant to honor LGBTI history month, as well as bring awareness to the school’s new LGBT+ Staff & Allies Network. They consisted of sixty-four meters of fabric, eight meters each of the eight colours of the ‘People of Colour-inclusive’ rainbow flag. All eight colors on display | Photo: Facebook/Royal Veterinary College Chaplaincy The College Principal, Professor Stuard Reid, said of the day: ‘The RVC seeks to embrace diversity in all its manifestations, but today has been more than that. Joining with my colleagues and our students, it has been an opportunity to advocate and celebrate publicly our community as a place we can call home. #RVCisOpen for everybody!’ Ceri Chick, the Vice President for Welfare at the RVC Students’ ...

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Sydney to build first-of-its-kind LGBTI health center

Leading Australian LGBTI health organization, ACON, will build a dedicated LGBTI health center with the help of government funds in Sydney. The health center will be the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, ACON said in a statement released Friday (1 March). The New South Wales government will first provide US$350,000 for planning. Established in 1985, ACON offers services for the LGBTI community including HIV prevention, HIV support, sexual health, and mental health. ACON Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Parkhill said mainstream health professionals did not always understand the specific needs of LGBTI people. ‘Our vision for this Health Centre is that LGBTIQ+ people feel safe, understood and included as they seek health care’ he said. ‘Through the establishment of a multi-disciplinary, community-driven health service, we know we can make a meaningful contribution to addressing the significant gaps in health service delivery for LGBTIQ+ people and their families’. He said there were signs that mental health problems of LGBTI Australians were increasing. ‘Through the Centre, we aim to directly improve access to care that is appropriate, inclusive and responds to the particular drivers of poorer health outcomes for our communities’. Independent MP for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, welcomed the new center. ‘For the LGBTI community to have a dedicated health centre, it’s going to be vital for both their health and wellbeing’ he wrote on Twitter. We’ve helped secure 2 significant wins for Sydney’s LGBTI community ahead of this weekend’s @sydneymardigras parade: 1. Funding for @ACONHEALTH towards a dedicated LGBTIQ+ ...

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Anti-LGBTI group enraged by same-sex Walmart ad

A Walmart ad featuring two gay men has enraged an anti-LGBTI group in the US. The Love in the Aisle advert posted on Facebook shows Andy and Pat go on a blind date in Walmart. They crack jokes and flirt in the aisles of the US retail giant. It is a little bit cringe, but also quite adorable. The ad has, however, enraged the evangelical anti-LGBTI group the American Family Association (AFA). AFA president Tim Wildmon accused Walmart of normalizing homosexual relationships. ‘I honestly never thought Walmart would join the cultural revolution and reject the beliefs of its customer base,’ said in a statement ‘It’s clear that Walmart is on the path of elevating homosexual relationships to the same level as the male-female model of marriage’ Wildmon wrote. Wildmon also claimed that late Walmart founder Sam Walton, a devout Christian, ‘is probably turning over in his grave’. He urged members to write to Walmart demanding the company remove ‘the pro-homosexual video and remain neutral on the controversial issue of homosexuality’. Comments section As usual, the video invited both positive and negative responses from online users. ‘ You have got to be kidding. No more Walmart for me and my family. Very disappointing.’ Kristi Shade wrote. ‘Done with Walmart too…so tired of the minority’s push in my face…4.5% of the population, NOT 95%..’ Pamela Sullivan wrote. There were plenty of Facebook users who supported the ad, however. ‘Thank you Walmart for promoting unconditional love which we seem to have very little ...

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Some of ‘our best’: Trans military members testify before Congress

Transgender military service members testified on Wednesday (27 February) before the House Armed Services Committee. This is the first time trans members of the military have ever formally testified in Congress. They were called before the committee to testify about Donald Trump’s ban of transgender individuals serving in the military. In January, the Supreme Court, voting along party lines, stayed an injunction allowing the ban to continue. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), chairwoman of the committee, called the hearing. Five military members testified: Lieutenant Commander Blake Dremann (Navy), Captain Alivia Stehlik (Army), Captain Jennifer Peace (Army), Staff Sergeant Patricia King (Army), and Corpsman Akira Wyatt (Navy). Combat veteran and Doctor Jesse M. Ehrenfeld also testified. In her opening remarks, Speier stated: ‘Transgender service members are exceptional but also exceptionally normal.’ ‘I believe the the transgender military ban is unconstitutional, discriminatory, and self-defeating,’ she continued. ‘When the service chiefs were asked, they made it clear unit readiness and cohesion were not affected by transgender military service.’ Numerous people within the military, both retired and active, have slammed the ban. Further, 70% of Americans also support trans people in the military. Performing their duty, first and foremost The service members present before the committee were their to testify about their performance and how the ban affects them. ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re female or LGBTQ. What matters is that each member is focused on the mission,’ Dremann said. ‘It just so happens that some of the best and brightest we have to offer just happen to be transgender.’ Stehlik added ...

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Is this the world’s first rainbow airport?

Wellington International Airport has marked the city’s upcoming pride festival by painting a 3,000 square meter rainbow along the runway’s embankment. The capital of New Zealand this month will hold its pride festival and host the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association annual conference. The special temporary turf paint in six colors will last about three to four weeks, according to the New Zealand Herald. ‘We’re proud to reveal what could possibly be the largest pride rainbow in New Zealand on the embankment of our runway!’ Wellington International Airport wrote on Facebook. ‘We’re looking forward to welcoming those attending the events and being part of the celebration of diversity and inclusion around the capital’ airport chief executive Steve Sanderson told the New Zealand Herald. Co-chair of the Wellington Pride Festival Roxy Coevers also told the paper it was the ‘largest-scale painted rainbow in honour of pride in New Zealand’. The Wellington Pride Parade will kick off on the evening of Saturday, 16 March at Tennyson Street. Read the original article Author: Rik Glauert

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Politician thinks only ghosts, drunks, and LGBT people use highways at night

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has apologized after insulting LGBT people while discussing toll-free roads at night. He said a government plan to let people use highways for free between 11pm and 5am would only benefit ‘ghosts, drunks and LGBT looking for clients’. Najib, who was prime minister from 2009 to 2018 and is on trial for corruption, later apologized. ‘It was not my intention to insult those in society who work at night or those who use the expressways after 11pm’ he wrote on Facebook. ‘I humbly apologize if anybody was offended.’ Online users widely denounced his comments. Mr Najib, here is a list of people who work late to make an honest living (do look up the meaning of honest) Night shift workers, waiters, police, nurses, doctors, security guards “Only ghosts, LGBT will benefit from off-peak congestion charge, says Najib https://t.co/vIn62vbDgb — The IvyGram (@ivyjosiah) February 26, 2019 Just the latest anti-LGBTI comment In the last year, many political and religious leaders in Malaysia have badmouthed the country’s LGBTI population. It comes amid rising intolerance towards LGBTI people. Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamed, has said Malaysia ‘cannot accept’ LGBTI rights. He labeled them ‘Western’ values. A senior mufti in Malaysia last month became the latest figure to speak out against LGBTI people. He urged the country’s Muslims to treat trans women as males. ‘There are only two recognized genders,’ he said. The country’s human rights commission, meanwhile, has advised LGBTI people to keep their ‘lifestyle choices’ private. Last ...

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Chinese broadcaster ‘straight-washes’ Rami Malek’s Oscar speech

People are accusing a Chinese broadcaster showing the Oscars on Sunday (24 February) of straight-washing Rami Malek’s speech. ‘We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically as himself’ Malek said as he was handed the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The biopic of the Queen frontman and queer icon picked up four Oscar’s at Sunday’s ceremony in Los Angeles. But, China’s Mango TV translated Malek’s ‘gay man’ as ‘special group’. Tens of thousands of users shared screenshots of the mistranslation on Chinese social media, according to BBC News. ‘Even the word “gay” can’t appear on our screens, this is so sad’ one user wrote. China’s censors Mango TV irked Eurovision last year by screening censoring several moments of the semi-final, including LGBTI content. Eurovision eventually banned Mango TV from airing the final. China legalized gay sex in 1997 and removed it from the list of mental illnesses in 2001. But, in a conservative and family-orientated society, many LGBTI Chinese live in the closet. In June 2017, China’s state censorship body labeled homosexuality ‘abnormal sexual behavior’. It banned it from television and online. Internet users launched a #IAMGAY viral protest on China’s social media platform, Weibo, after it banned LGBTI content. Finally, the website backtracked in a rare win for the community. A court in Beijing last year ruled the country’s ban on online LGBTI content was lawful. Bohemian Rhapsody, meanwhile, has faced criticism of straight-washing, bi-erasure and glossing over issues ...

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Drag queens protest US border wall

Drag queens gathered at Brownsville, southern Texas on Saturday (23 February) to protest President Trump’s border wall with Mexico. The No Border Wall Drag Protest also raised money for LGBTI asylum seekers, according to NBC News. Organizers wanted to dispel myths of a crisis on the border with Mexico. Trump claims migrants from central and southern America traveling to the US pose a threat to national security. He wants a total of nearly US$8 billion to construct a wall on the southern border. After Congress agreed to US$1.3 billion in border security funding, Trump declared a national emergency in an attempt to get the rest of the money as soon as possible. Rights activists have warned Trump’s immigration policies are harming asylum seekers at the border, including LGBT individuals. Last year, a group of LGBT migrants split off from a larger group after reporting harassment and violence. Dragtavists from around the #rgv gathered today to protest at the border wall in Brownsville. Money raised today goes to LGBTQ asylum seekers. pic.twitter.com/skAVi1fCBV — Reynaldo Leaños Jr. (@ReynaldoLeanos) February 24, 2019 American Idiot The queens lip-synced to tunes including Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Green Day’s American Idiot, NBC also reports. A dragtavist who goes by the name of Beatrix Lestrange told the network ‘the vision was to perform in front of this wall and project our beauty and our glamour and our empowerment against this symbol that stands for hate, racism and xenophobia’. ‘All of these things that aren’t really ...

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Actor claps back at homophobes by introducing world to his boyfriend

English actor Ryan Sampson publicly came out on Twitter by introducing his boyfriend to the internet after homophobes tried to bait him. Sampson, who stars in the ITV2 series Plebs, decided he needed to ‘straighten’ things out last week. As he explained on Twitter about his decision to come out: ‘I was on Instagram and I looked at my direct messages and it turned out someone was trying to rope me in to some (pretty creaky) homophobic banter. Huh! So, for clarity, here’s a pic of me and the boyf.’ What followed was an absolutely lovely photo of Sampson and his boyfriend. Hi y’all. So. I was on Instagram and I looked at my direct messages and it turned out someone was trying to rope me in to some (pretty creaky) homophobic banter. Huh! So, for clarity, here’s a pic of me and the boyf. Just to, y’know… straighten that one out. As it were. pic.twitter.com/c7dZpfPfIy — Ryan Sampson (@MrRyanSampson) February 20, 2019 Sampson’s followers quickly replied to his tweet with words of support and love. They also commended him for the dignified way in which he responded to the Instagram message. You know, by not responding at all and instead living a happy life with his boyfriend. In case you need a bit more, here’s Sampson dressed fabulous for New Year’s. View this post on Instagram have an Absolutely Fabulous New Years, won’t you? A post shared by Ryan Sampson (@mrryansampson) on Dec 31, 2018 at 2:21pm PST This ...

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Adam Lambert and Queen rock the Oscars

They performed with an image of queer rock legend Freddie Mercury behind them Queen, fronted by gay popstar Adam Lambert, opened the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday (24 February). With renditions of We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, they paid homage to late frontman, Freddie Mercury. Lambert and Queen performed with Mercury’s image behind them. Adam Lambert and your majesty QUEEN pic.twitter.com/3aQB2ToQ6r #Oscars — Bumblebee /unbrokenfaith16 (@Lonelywarrior3) February 25, 2019 An image of Freddie Mercury was projected onto a screen while Adam Lambert + Queen perform onstage during the #Oscars pic.twitter.com/FJUKhHOwkj — Music News Facts (@musicfactnews) February 25, 2019 Hollywood blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody tracks the rise of Queen’s fame from the early days of original front man Mercury’s career as a baggage handler at Heathrow Airport. It is nominated for five Oscars. It has already picked up one for sound mixing. Queerest Oscars yet? Movie fans are gearing up for the most LGBTI-inclusive Oscars in history this Sunday (24 February). For the first time, more than half of the Best Picture nominations include LGBTI characters or actors. The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Vice, and Green Book are all up for the award. LGBTI characters, actors, directors, and screenwriters have been nominated for awards across the board. This year’s nominees ‘reflect a banner year for LGBTQ inclusion in film’ US LGBTQ organization GLAAD said. ‘The diversity across the full list of nominations should be celebrated and will no doubt lead to more inclusive, culture-changing films’ ...

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