1355 posts categorized "International"

February 05, 2016

Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband

February 04, 2016

The President Speaks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore

President Obama was right to speak at an American mosque, as Jeb Bush agreed.

February 03, 2016

Russia fines gay activist for giving advice to LGBTI teens

January 31, 2016

Bolivian Feminists Revolt Against Christianity

(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

Women in the World 2012: Meryl Streep's Tribute to Hillary Clinton

From four years ago, an extraordinary and illuminating tribute to our former Secretary of State. You may learn things you didn't know from this. And if you have bought into the decades of calumny, you may decide you have sold her short. Appropriate viewing on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.

January 29, 2016

Russian lawyer accuses goat and tiger of breaking 'gay propaganda' law

Not The Onion.

Former Australia PM to anti-gay group: Marriage must be kept 'undamaged'

Oh, so he's opposed to adultery and divorce? Nah, he's just against us. Phooey.

New Taipei City to start registering gay couples next week

A gay couple's lawsuit is the first test for same-sex marriage in China

I love this NYT photo of Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang. They have summoned the same simple courage as countless other gay folk all over the world in standing up for their love. They inspire others, and the struggle grows and spreads.

January 27, 2016

Five years later, Uganda's LGBT groups on David Kato’s murder

January 26 was the fifth anniversary of the brutal murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato. His colleagues have carried on with great courage and remarkable grace. Below is video from Kato's funeral in 2011, where his friends carried his coffin themselves.

January 25, 2016

Ian McKellen on Oscars: Industry is also discriminating against gay people

J.K. Rowling Responds To Trump Official Lamenting Lack Of 'Pure Breed' Candidates

Pope Francis reiterates opposition to same-sex marriage

Dear gay Catholics, His Holiness is not that into you.

Creating Shame: Anti-Israel protest misguided, offensive

An excellent commentary by Kevin Naff on the last week's contretemps at Creating Change.

January 23, 2016

Protesters disrupt reception with Israeli activists at LGBT conference

UN lodges protest over Malawi political party spokesman's 'kill the gays' remarks

Chinese couple will have first hearing regarding marriage January 28

January 21, 2016

Biden speaks about LGBT rights at World Economic Forum

Former Botswana president speaks in support of LGBT rights

January 20, 2016

Task Force reverses decision to cancel the ‘Beyond the Bridge’ reception

I am glad to see this development. ADL responds below.

January 19, 2016

Russia's Duma rejects bill banning gays from coming out

LGBT group cancels conference reception with Israeli activists

Allowing diverse voices to be heard and challenged is essential to advancing equality and dignity for all. Enforcement of some folks' view of ideological purity is no better coming from the left than from the right. I say as a strong critic of Netanyahu's policies and war crimes that the Task Force's action in this case was pernicious and lamentable.

Our colleague Craig Howell writes, "Illustrating why I haven’t been a Task Force member for years." Our friend Dana Beyer wrote a bracing response.

January 17, 2016

Taiwan's newly elected first female president supports same-sex marriage

January 16, 2016

Reporter Jason Rezaian, three others released by Iran in prisoner swap with U.S.

CNN reports on the months-long diplomatic effort that led to today's release of WaPo reporter Jason Rezaian and three other Iranian Americans who were held by Iran. This is another diplomatic success for the Obama administration, though the president's detractors will never admit this.

But as inevitably as the night follows the day, Sen. Marco Rubio and Donald Trump quickly condemned the deal. They could not even wait until the released prisoners had cleared Iranian airspace before politicizing it.

The thing is, a lot of folks on the right are less interested in resolving conflicts than in having conflicts. They want to swagger and talk big and send other people's children into battle and see if they can make the sand glow in the dark. they do not care how much harm they do. We need to understand that everyone does not share the same values and goals. Everyone certainly does not agree about what America stands for or ought to stand for. If they did, don't you think they would agree that voting should be made easier, not harder?

As a group of young Iranians jubilantly chanted in Tehran last summer after the nuclear deal was announced, "Death to no one!"

January 14, 2016

Anglican Church Suspends Its US Affiliate Over Same-Sex Marriage

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, delivers his Christmas Day sermon (Chris Ratcliffe / Getty Images)

BuzzFeed reports:

Leaders of the 80-million-member Anglican Communion decided Thursday to suspend its U.S. affiliate, the Episcopal Church, for a three-year period in response to a decision last year allowing priests to marry same-sex couples.

There can be no true communion with people if you have to abandon your conscience to preserve it. There is a de facto schism already. Our friend Bob Witeck writes:

America's Episcopal leaders are listening to their "better angels." They understand that people of faith alleviate pain, rather than add more to the world.

Blade: LGBT groups cautious over decriminalizing sex work

D.C. Council member David Grosso said he was reconsidering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C. because he’s unsure it would pass. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Lou Chibbaro reports for the Blade on the push to decriminalize sex work, or at least to de-prioritize enforcement of anti-prostitution laws, an effort which many LGBT groups including GLAA have supported because so many already marginalized LGBT youth and trans women end up in the criminal justice system due to their having to rely on survival sex. Here is an excerpt that mentions GLAA and quotes me:

In D.C., the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance has been calling for decriminalization of sex work since 2008. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large), a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, said at the time of the Amnesty International declaration last August that he was considering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C.

But Grosso has since said he’s uncertain about whether such a bill would have any chance of passing at this time and he was reconsidering his plans for the legislation.

At a news conference on Monday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and an official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced plans for a cooperative D.C.-federal government effort to crack down on human trafficking, including trafficking of sex workers. When asked by a Blade reporter what they thought about calls by some LGBT organizations to decriminalize prostitution, Bowser and Maria Odom, the head of a Department of Homeland Security project to combat trafficking stopped short of backing decriminalization.

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January 13, 2016

Lesbian murdered, mutilated in South Africa

Another awful reminder that the struggle for LGBT equality and dignity is not done, even where it has seen great advances.

Queensland to expunge historical convictions for gay sex

Tory cabinet minister David Mundell comes out as gay

Obama: the adult in the room

The president soared last night, a fact that was all the more clear as Republicans, trapped in their refusal to give him credit or respect for anything ever, sat on their hands. He outclassed his detractors by so far it was embarrassing, and showed he was the grownup in the room. Here are excerpts.

"Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people? Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together?"

"Some of the only people in America who are going to work the same job, in the same place, with a health and retirement package, for 30 years, are sitting in this chamber."

"Food Stamp recipients didn’t cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did."

"Sixty years ago, when the Russians beat us into space, we didn’t deny Sputnik was up there. We didn’t argue about the science, or shrink our research and development budget. We built a space program almost overnight, and twelve years later, we were walking on the moon."

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January 11, 2016

Space Oddity: Rest in peace, Starman

This was first published on May 12, 2013. Commander Hadfield wrote:

A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

He now appends, "Rest in peace, Starman." He says more here.

About that "El Chapo" interview

The whole story of Sean Penn interviewing a drug cartel boss who was on the lam is a big WTF moment.

Anglican church could split over gay issue this week

If the alternative is more pandering to homophobia by Lambeth Palace, then it ought to split. What in heaven or earth is the point in pretending to a unity that is not there?

January 04, 2016

I for one welcome our new Moroccan overlords

With all due respect to Mr. Trump (none), I am not concerned about people flooding across the U.S.-Morocco border. It is instructive that his people could not find a suitably dramatic video of Mexicans rushing across our border in large numbers (since it isn't happening). Naturally, Trump's campaign staff isn't even embarrassed at this. The more of this recklessness Trump indulges, the more he advertises the limits of his appeal.

January 03, 2016

Korea's first-ever openly gay student council president speaks out

Nation that executed 47 people in one day sits on U.N. Human Rights Council

ISIS execute teenage boy for having sexual relations with ISIS leader

Kind of reminds me of Deuteronomy 22:28-29 where a woman who is raped is forced to marry her rapist.

A gender-fluid lioness

The price of secularism in Bangladesh

Some extraordinarily brave people on the front lines in the fight against obscurantism.

John Huntsman praises Hillary Clinton

Thank you, Ambassador.