1478 posts categorized "International"

August 26, 2016

US-backed group in Indonesia supports anti-LGBT crackdown

Oops.

August 25, 2016

Jill Stein calls Julian Assange a hero

It gets worse and worse for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, because she keeps opening her mouth.

Gay couple makes history in South Africa with birth of triplets

The man behind Belize’s gay rights ruling

August 24, 2016

"Al Roker Gives Ryan Lochte All the Shade He Deserves"

Ciara and Russell Wilson moved wedding to London after NC's HB2

Good for them.

August 23, 2016

Wikileaks outs gay Saudi, two rape victims

Why is Julian Assange doing this?

Obama's 6 Gay U.S. Ambassadors Are Leading the Global Fight for LGBT Rights

I know one of these guys, and he's a terrific human being. But here's a pop quiz: what's wrong with this picture?

Olympian Feyisa Lilesa stood up to Ethopia's violence & became a hero

Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa cannot safely return to Ethiopia because of his brave protest against his government's brutal oppression of the Oromo people. I have an Oromo friend who has been sending me firsthand reports of the government violence. It is sickening. If Lilesa wants to come to America, we should welcome him.

August 18, 2016

Rio Summer Games go down as the gayest Olympics ever

Center Global seeks housing assistance for LGBT asylum seekers

Tyson Gay: going for gold, wearing gold

Very nice.

The story of Aleppo, in one image of a dazed boy

The job of a photojournalist is not a comfortable desk job. By its nature it often puts a photog in harm's way, or close to suffering, to capture a story in one striking image. You and I can gaze at this remarkable photo at a safe remove, but not the photographer. The Syrian child covered in dust and blood is 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, and the photographer is Mahmoud Raslan. Without such images, we would avoid confronting the horrors of war even more than we do.

August 17, 2016

Belize sodomy ruling could have sweeping impact in Caribbean

Rudy forgets 9/11 in attack on Obama

Someone give Rudy warm milk and put him to bed.

Japanese pole vaulter hits back at foreign media

What can I say?

US gymnast Danell Leyva promises to help the LGBT community achieve equality

"Your tiny foot is cold"

Silence your mockery. The man is a poet. He was enacting Puccini's beloved aria, "Che gelido piedino," from La Bohème. See video below, though in that production they perversely insisted on changing "foot" to "hand."

August 16, 2016

Donald Trump will test migrants' support of gay rights to detect ISIS sympathizers

Trump states a position that the majority of his party opposes. Count me as a skeptic.

August 14, 2016

Trump Spokesperson says Obama Started the War in Afghanistan

This would be an impressive achievement, since Obama was a state senator in Illinois when President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11.

Army Sec. Fanning, Jason Collins to attend Olympics closing ceremony

August 12, 2016

NBC Sports has a gay problem

Yep.

Daily Beast deletes gay Olympian Grindr article. Nice Hines & editors should be next.

Nico Hines and the Daily Beast put gay Olympians from oppressive countries at risk, and took a full day before taking the exploitive article down. I agree with Cyd Ziegler and Amina Fonua.

August 10, 2016

Viewpoint: Trump, the Curious Christian Choice

My column this week looks at the odd alliance between the religious right and the utterly heathenish Trump.

August 05, 2016

Police raid pride event in Uganda, make arrests - attendees take to Twitter

Our friend Pepe Julian Onziema, one of those arrested, has tweeted:

August 04, 2016

Gaps in Melania Trump's immigration story raise questions

As Sue O'Connell, my editor at Bay Windows, says, "Oops."

Video: the personal cost of Peter Tatchell's human rights activism

Our friend, British human rights activist Peter Tatchell, talks about the personal price he has paid for his decades of activism.

LGBT groups criticize Pope Francis over gender comments

Pope Francis does not know what he is talking about. This is but the latest reminder that his pastoral gifts do not change the fact that he is a conservative.

Anti-LGBT violence, impeachment of Rousseff threaten to overshadow Olympics

July 31, 2016

Answering Trump Supporters

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Wayne Grudem, a Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, writes at the conservative website Townhall.com about why he supports Donald Trump. His article, "Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice," acknowledges several of Trump's character and behavioral flaws and then says it doesn't matter if the alternative is worse. He goes into a long list of issues on which he claims that Trump is better than Hillary Clinton.

I could not disagree more with Professor Grudem, so here I will respond to several of them. Given the enormous gulf between the candidates with regard to experience and qualifications, this election should not be close. The fact that the race is close should be a stark reminder not to treat the frightening prospect of a Trump presidency as something to dismiss lightly. Perhaps you may find some of my arguments useful in making the case to friends and family members who are sticking with Trump despite his almost daily barrage of appalling statements. Here goes, for what it's worth.

Abortion. I am sick of the religious bullying on this issue. The utter contempt for people making different choices in this area is very disturbing. I am personally troubled by abortion, and think that the ideal situation is for unwanted pregnancies to be prevented through contraception. But the question of whether to continue or end a pregnancy is not my decision. It is up to the woman. You can say a thousand times that this makes me pro-abortion, but that is not true. Respecting people's right to make a different choice than mine does not mean I agree with that choice. The point is that IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.

As for contraception, the Catholic Church, in which I was raised, is stoutly opposed to it. A leading anti-choicer, former senator Rick Santorum, has made it clear that he does not just want to overturn Roe v. Wade, but also Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized contraception for married couples, and Eisenstadt v. Baird, which did the same for single women. I find it stunning that people in this day and age are willing, much less determined, to mind their neighbors' business in such an intrusive way. The constitutional separation of church and state protects everyone by prohibiting us from imposing our religious dictates on one another.

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July 29, 2016

Khizr Khan at DNC 2016 slams Trump's Islamophobia

A powerful rebuke of Donald Trump's Islamophobia by the father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who died in service to this country.

Opinion | What we owe Elie Wiesel

I don't know how I missed this a couple of weeks ago. Former GLAA president Craig Howell writes about the key role the late Elie Wiesel played in ensuring that the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum would include all the victims of the Holocaust, including gay folk.

July 28, 2016

Kaine: Somos Americanos todos

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Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine has demonstrated throughout his career how faith can motivate service rather than be used as a tool for bullying.

July 25, 2016

Trump's GOP Inherits the Wind: Time to turn back a fascist mob

My new Blade column gapes at Trump's fascist rally in Cleveland, as well as the growing scandal over Russian interference in the American election. And I examine the sharp contrast between the two parties' vice presidential candidates. Have a gander while you watch self-defeating leftists trying to sabotage the proceedings in Philadelphia.

July 20, 2016

Trump's Walk of Fame star gets a tiny border wall

(Hat tip to our friend Josh Riley, who comments, "Exquisite shade.")

Look at the company gay Republicans are keeping

Pamela Geller? Geert Wilders? Fine company you are keeping, Chris Barron.

Kirchick: If Trump wins, a coup isn't impossible here in the U.S.

I am appalled to say this, but I entirely agree with Jamie Kirchick, who by the way is not just a conservative, but an outspoken one.

July 13, 2016

David Cameron's final Prime Minister's Questions (highlights)

The outgoing PM's wit was on full display this morning. Thanks to BBC News for highlights.

June 30, 2016

UN Human Rights Council approves creation of first-ever LGBT rights watchdog

Opinion: Amid Chaos, Don't Count Trump Out

My latest column in the Washington Blade looks at Britain's #Brexit debacle and its implications for the American presidential election. [Note: since I filed the article just before noon on Monday, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn suffered a no-confidence vote from his party members in Parliament, and #Brexit leader Boris Johnson said he would not be a candidate to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister and Tory Party leader. Also, Trump suffered further in polls, even as he was attacking the Chamber of Commerce.]