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20 things the LGBT+ world will be talking about in 2020

Syndicated Content Will 2020 be the beginning of a bright new decade for the LGBT+ world or a death slide to despair? So will it be the year of Trump’s triumph? Will RuPaul rule her new comedy? A year when LGBT+ Olympians are covered in gold? Or perhaps a year when Brexit undermines LGBT+ rights? Predictions are a dangerous business. But we can confidently predict at least some of the TV, politics, parties and events that will dominate 2020. So find out why everybody will be talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and why Sex Education will never be the same again. 1 Time to take on Trump Naturally, US and international news will be dominated by the Presidential election on 3 November. During Donald Trump’s presidency, many LGBT+ people have felt threatened and seen their rights eroded. In particular, trans schoolchildren and members of the military have lost protections. Trump’s record, therefore, will be in the forefront of many LGBT+ American’s minds. Meanwhile, key election issues will include gun control, climate change, international trade, healthcare, abortion and immigration. Right now, a wide pool of 15 major candidates are still vying for the Democratic nomination. Among them is Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay candidate to seek the nomination, although he is not a frontrunner. Will one of them win through or will Trump ‘Keep America Great’ until 2025? 2 Thirsty tweets may be over with Twitter’s porn ban Could Twitter be about to follow Tumblr and ban porn? The ...

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UN: LGBT+ torture, murder and arrests break international law

Syndicated Content The UN has instructed countries to make gay sex legal, stop torturing LGBT+ people, prevent ‘conversion therapy’ and end the sterilisation of trans people. It has even said countries must recognize same-sex couples and give them benefits in the same way as opposite sex couples. This can be done by offering marriage, civil unions or civil partnerships. In a wide-ranging report just published, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has a clear message to its 193 member states. She says they have already committed to LGBT+ rights and signed legally binding treaties so they have to comply. At the moment over 70 countries still criminalise homosexuality and trans rights are even less well advanced. The UN report also outlines how intersex rights and protections are behind even those given to trans people around the world. But it’s not just the countries that make gay sex illegal who have to change. For example the UN’s demand that all countries forbid ‘conversion therapy’ or so-called ‘gay cures’ would require law changes in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and most of Europe. Only a handful of countries currently have a nationwide ban; Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Fiji, Malta, Switzerland, Taiwan and Uruguay. Overall, it is likely every country in the world will have to make changes, some radical, to fully comply with the UN’s instructions. LGBT+ torture, murder and discrimination High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet says the UN has ‘documented widespread violations and abuses targeting LGBTI people in all regions of ...

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Voting records reveal how British party leaders really act on LGBT+ rights

Syndicated Content What do the leaders standing in the UK General Election next week really think about LGBT+ equality? We’ve looked at their House of Commons voting records to find out. Conservative leader Boris Johnson has the worst voting record on LGBT+ rights of the candidates to be the next Prime Minister. Johnson has two votes against the community to just three in favour. He has also missed many opportunities to support LGBT+ people, being absent from 11 votes, the most of any leader. By contrast, both Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson have consistently voted for equality. Unsurprisingly, the DUP’s Nigel Dodds, is the worst of the Westminster leaders overall. He boasts a clearly homophobic voting record. Obviously, some of the party leaders have been MPs for longer. Therefore, they have had more chance to show a pro or anti-LGBT+ performance in the House of Commons. So when you look at the overall scores, it is the number of votes for us, versus the number against or abstentions which counts. Some of the votes we’ve charted date back more than two decades. But the issues were brought bang up to date this year. MPs seized the opportunity to make same-sex marriage legal in Northern Ireland, just as they are in the the rest of the UK, after a six year wait. Britain will go to the polls next Thursday in an election which experts say is still close to call. But before you vote for ...

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Tropical island of Mauritius could be next country to make gay sex legal

Syndicated Content The tropical island of Mauritius could be on a path to decriminalise gay sex as a second case against the current law comes to the Supreme Court. Abdool Ridwan Firaas Ah Seek, a 29-year-old human rights activist, claims Section 250 is unconstitutional. The law dates from 1898 when Mauritius was under British colonial rule and punishes ‘sodomy’ with five years in prison. His lawyers argue the law goes against fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution of Mauritius. These include the right to  equality, privacy, freedom of expression, personal liberty, non-discrimination and protection against inhuman and degrading treatment. A law change may also be good for the economy. Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa. Its warm seas, pristine beaches and stunning plants and flowers make tourism a large part of the economy. Second case against Section 250 Ah Seek’s case is not the only appeal against the law currently before the Supreme Court of Mauritius. Another 29-year-old, Najeeb Ahmad Fokeerbux, founder of Mauritian LGBT+ group Young Queer Alliance, and three other young gay men are also challenging the law. The cases represent frustration with the government for failing to strike down the colonial-era law. The country’s Law Reform Commission said Section 250 should be scrapped in 2007. Furthermore Former Attorney General Rama Valayden tried to pass a law to make consensual same-sex activity legal but failed to get it through. The government of Mauritius promised to reconsider the issue in 2017. But since then, ...

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Gus Kenworthy abandons US team and will ski for Britain at next Olympics

Syndicated Content American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy has given up being on the US Winter Olympics team and will ski for Britain at the next games. Kenworthy has become internationally famous as an LGBT+ sporting hero after he came out as gay in 2015. Kenworthy grew up in Telluride, a ski and golf resort town in Colorado US. However, he was born in Essex, southern England. Moreover, he has an English mother, Heather Tyler, as well as an American father, Peter Kenworthy. While he is just 28, the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022 are likely to be his last games. Kenworthy switches to team GB Kenworthy, a keen Instagrammer, announced his reasons for the team switch on the social platform. He said: ‘I am very excited to announce that I will be competing for Team GB on the road to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. ‘Although I was raised in the US I was born in the UK and my mum is British through-and-through. ‘She has been my #1 fan for my entire life and has proudly stood at the bottom of the mountain waving the stars and stripes in support of me for two Olympic cycles. ‘Now, in what is sure to be my last Olympic appearance, I’d like to return the honor by proudly holding up the British flag for her.’ Some have suggested that Kenworthy was also inspired to make the switch because the British Winter Olympics team is easier to get into. Previously Britain’s ...

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Trump’s favorite Evangelist, Franklin Graham, is praying for Chick-fil-A to keep funding anti-LGBT+ hate groups

Syndicated Content Franklin Graham, Donald Trump’s favourite Christian evangelist, is praying for fast-food chain Chick-fil-A to keep funding anti-LGBT+ causes. The chain, which has over 2,300 branches, has long been controversial for giving millions of dollars to anti-LGBT+ groups. It’s CEO Dan Cathy confirmed the chicken sandwich chain is against same-sex marriage equality. But, after years of campaigning by LGBT+ activists, it seemed Chick-fil-A has appeared to be softening its stance. A new donation strategy released in November would have stopped further donations to groups against LGBT+ people. It came after Chick-fil-A learned they will not be able to keep open their first store in England. The restaurant opened at the Oracle shopping center in Reading in October this year. But after the chain’s anti-LGBT+ stance sparked protests, the Oracle said it wouldn’t continue the lease after an initial six month trial. ‘Corporate America has caved to the LGBTQ agenda’ Franklin Graham went on Facebook to say there was a lot of ‘concern and criticism’ that Chick-fil-A may stop ‘charitable giving’ to organisations against equality. ‘He added: For Christian schools, businesses, and organizations, there is always a danger of drifting to the left. It is my sincere hope that Chick-fil-A will not allow that to happen. ‘With the majority of corporate America caving to the LGBTQ agenda, Chick-fil-A has stood against the tide – with people of faith supporting them all the way.’ Now, Graham encouraged his followers to ‘pray for Dan Cathy, his brother bubba, and the family’ who ...

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Heartbreaking Last Words of Man Sentenced to Death ‘Because He Was Gay’

Convicted murderer, Charles Rhines, has been executed by the state of South Dakota despite claims that the sentence received from the jury could have been biased. Claims have been made that the jury sentenced Charles Rhines unfairly to death because he was gay. Charles Rhines, 63, from South Dakota was convicted for killing Donnivan Schaeffer, 22, whilst robbing his former workplace on West Main Street in Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1992. Rhines was brought to death in South Dakota State Penitentiary on November 4th. It has been reported that in his last words, he addressed Donnivan Schaeffer’s parents. It is thought that Rhines attempted to rob Dig ’Em Donuts when he was interrupted by his 22-year-old co-worker, Donnivan Schaeffer. He then reportedly tied his co-worker up in the storeroom and stabbed him to death. Rhines was found guilty and convicted for first-degree murder before being sentenced to death by a jury. Up until his death, Rhines claimed that his conviction was made on a biased decision by the jury because of his sexual preference. He believed that the death penalty sentence was picked over life without parole because he was gay. Rhines’ lawyers wrote petitions in hope of having his sentence reduced to life with parole as they believed that they had sufficient evidence of bias present at Rhines’ sentencing. The appeal paperwork submitted to the Supreme Court in 2017, states that “newly discovered information [had] disclosed that Mr. Rhines’s homosexuality was definitely a focal point of the deliberations.” ...

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Eminem Asks Himself ‘What If I’m Gay?’ In New Song

Eminem appears as a featured artist with Joyner Lucas on the leaked song “What If I Was Gay.” A section of the song was leaked to Rap Century on October 29th. The new track looks like a possibility for Lucas’s upcoming album. The preview of the track is around 13 seconds long, and the lyrics seem to be exploring what it might be like to be a part of the LGBTQ community and what the public reaction might be if the artist came out as gay. Eminem raps: “What if I’m a hypocrite who’s just afraid to face truth? / Wait, what if I told you that I’m gay too?” Controversial lyrics for the rapper, as he has been accused of homophobia in the past. His homophobia goes as far back as the 2000s but, most recently, Eminem released a dis-track wherein he called Tyler, the Creator a “f*ggot.” Lucas and Eminem have worked together previously on Eminem’s most recent studio album, Kamikaze. With Joyner collaborating on the track “Lucky You.” The lyrics also say: “But on the real, what if I told you that I was brave? / I grew up different than I was raised / But still, what if I told you I’m out of place? / Wait. What if I told you that I was gay.” The leaked song received a mixed review online with some fans loving the song. @XXL in the article you only reported the backlash on “What if I was gay”, you are ...

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Only Half Of Voters Are Ready For A Gay President, According To Poll

Openly gay Democratic presidential hopeful, Pete Buttigieg, could be facing a disadvantage as a new Politico/Morning Consult poll reveals that only half of voters believe that they are ready for a gay or lesbian president. In the National Tracking poll, one of the questions asked was if they were ready for a president who is gay or lesbian. The results showed that only 33% of people said “yes, definitely” and 17% “yes, probably.” Whilst 13% said they were “probably not” ready for a gay/lesbian president and 24% said “definitely not.” The remaining 13% said that they had no opinion on the matter. When voters were asked if they thought that the country was ready for a gay/lesbian president, the numbers decreased even more, with only 40% saying “definitely” or “probably.” And they weren’t any more optimistic when asked if they thought that their neighbors were ready as only 26% voted “definitely” or “probably.” The Politico/Morning Consult poll questioned 1,997 registered voters between October 25th and 28th and has a margin of 2% for a sample error. Morning Consult’s vice president, Tyler Sinclair, told Politico that Buttigieg’s sexuality “may be an issue for some voters as he remains in contention for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.” “Notably, 58 percent of Republicans, 32 percent of independents and 22 percent of Democrats say they aren’t ready for a gay or lesbian president. The comparative figures not ready for a female president are 36 percent of Republicans, 15 percent of independents and 8 percent ...

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Caitlyn Jenner Celebrates Her Birthday, Fans Stunned To Find Out Her Real Age

Caitlyn Jenner was joined by a group of her family and friends for her birthday dinner. She turned 70 on October 28th, but you would not be able to tell from looking at her! She looked incredibly youthful as she posed for Instagram pictures with her family. Caitlyn was joined by daughters, Kylie and Kendall, son, Brandon Jenner, and stepdaughters, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian.   View this post on Instagram   Such a special birthday dinner with family. Love you all A post shared by Caitlyn Jenner (@caitlynjenner) on Oct 30, 2019 at 8:14am PDT The family documented the whole night on Instagram Stories, with Kylie and Kendall sharing videos including the birthday cake they got her. Noticeably missing from the pictures was stepdaughter, Khloe Kardashian, and son, Brody Jenner. Khloe and Caitlyn have had a publicized turbulent relationship since Caitlyn’s memoir was released, which spoke about Kris Jenner. A rift between Caitlyn and Brody was rumored to have started when Caitlyn failed to attend his wedding. Read the original article Author: Liam Bond

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