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Facebook to Meet With Drag Queens Over “Real Name” Fiasco

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Sister RomaFacebook has agreed to meet with a group of drag queens about not allowing them to use their drag names on their FB profiles.

Queerty reports:

As momentum grew, Sister Roma planned a protest at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA… “This issue affects a lot of marginalized, creative, and professional communities, including transgender people, bullied youth, activists, LGBTQ people who aren’t out everywhere, survivors of domestic violence and stalking, migrants, sex workers, artists who work under pseudonyms, and various professionals who work in sensitive professions (eg. mental health, criminal justice, etc.) who may want to interact with friends without being found by clients…” Well wouldn’t you know it, the last thing Facebook wants are viral videos of drag queens with protest signs outside their headquarters hitting social media and the national news.

Don’t mess with Drag Queens.

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Vatican’s Special Meeting On Gay Marriage – Good News or Bad News?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The VaticanPope Francis clearly wants to put his mark on the Catholic Church, but what exactly what is that mark? We may get a better sense this fall. The pontiff has just ordered an “extraordinary” session of bishops to gather at the Vatican then to discuss family and relationship issues that include marriage equality.

Whether or not this is a positive development is anyone’s guess.

Among his first acts as pontiff, Pope Francis ordered every diocese in the world to survey Catholics for their attitudes about any number of controversial issues, including marriage equality, contraception and divorce. The gathering of bishops will discuss the results of those surveys. In 2015, they will meet again to formulate policies based on their discussion.

Authored By John Gallagher – See the Full Story at Queerty

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Ireland: Landmark Day for Transgender Rights

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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The President of Ireland welcomed 10 transgender activists to his official residence to discuss transgender rights in the country.

Gay Web Source reports:

“This was a milestone for the trans community,” said Phillips. “President Higgins was well-versed on our work, and we had a fruitful conversation about our efforts to gain progressive Gender Recognition legislation for Ireland. As a community that has been marginalised and is still denied basic human rights, being welcomed so warmly to Áras an Uachtaráin gave us encouragement and support in our ongoing work.” Also in the delegation was Dr Lydia Foy, who has been seeking a birth certificate noting her true gender since 1993. Dr Foy won her case six years ago, when the High Court declared Ireland to be in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights in not providing Dr Foy with a pathway to be legally recognised in her true gender. “The President gave us a warm reception and was very generous with his time,” said Foy. “He was supportive of our work, and he spoke knowledgeably about the issues we face.”

Ireland is finally moving ahead on LGBT rights, and also has a referendum planned on marriage equality for 2015, although some want to move that date up a year.

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USA, Hawaii: Churches, Lawmaker Meet to Discuss Marriage Equality Bill Exemptions

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

HawaiiIn a sign that Hawaii religious leaders are taking the proposed marriage equality bill seriously, a group of churches met with lawmakers to request religious exemptions in the law.

Edge Boston reports:

Religious leaders in Hawaii have been meeting with state lawmakers about a religious exemption in pending gay marriage legislation, balancing opposition to the bill with trying to protect their interests as much as possible should it pass.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday ( ) that leaders trying to strengthen the exemptions still mainly want to persuade the Legislature to vote down the bill.

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USA: Bisexuals at the Table

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

BisexualOn Monday, Sept 23, 2013, I found myself in Washington, DC, in a room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. With me were 31 other bi activists from around the US – and one from Canada – to meet with White House staff and federal government officials for an historic event, a true first of its kind. The meeting was a bisexual public policy roundtable, and there was a total of about sixty of us in attendance.

That day happened to be National Celebrate Bisexuality Day. For years, bisexual activists have asked for a place at the proverbial table. Now we finally had one. We had three hours to state our case and share with the federal government the unique and debilitating challenges facing our community, to hear from them the things they were doing or want to do to partner with us for change, and to build relationships that will hopefully save and improve bisexual lives.

Sounds very active, huh? Jam-packed? It was! Then why did I use the passive-voiced, “I found myself” in the opening sentence of this essay? That’s because that’s what I did. Oh, I worked to get myself in that room. I worked hard to keep myself in that room, and I busted my butt to make the most of my time in that room. But I also found myself in that room.

Authored By Amy Andre – See the Full Story at the Billerico Project

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USA: White House Held First Meeting on Issues for Bisexuals

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

BisexualThe White House held another first-of-its-kind meeting this week, this time to discuss the issues US bisexuals face.

Dot 429 reports:

Some people might see the idea of discussing bisexual issues as redundant; the B in “LGBT” does, after all, stand for “bisexual,” and legislation such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is inclusive of the bisexual community. However, the president of BiNet USA, Faith Cheltenham, told the Washington Blade, “Our community is definitely in desperate need. When we do come out, the things that happen to us are different than what happens to gays or lesbians. We won’t get promoted sometimes because we’re out and people think we’re flaky.” Cheltenham, who is married to a straight man, pointed out that many bisexuals suffer discrimination from both the gay community and the mainstream community. She also cited a 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which found that sixty-one percent of bisexual women have been on the receiving end of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking due to their sexual orientation, compared to forty-four percent for lesbians and thirty-five percent for straight women.

Bisexuality gets so little coverage on both the mainstream and LGBT press – believe me, we’re always on the look-out for articles and news relating to our bisexual brothers and sisters. So it’s great to see this meeting taking place.

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USA: White House to Hold Roundtable on Bisexual Issues

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

White HouseThe White House announced that they are planning a September roundtable on bisexual issues – the first of its kind. The Washington Blade reports:

In an email invitation dated Aug. 16 and obtained this week by the Washington Blade, White House LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan refers to the event as a “a roundtable discussion on issues of importance to the bisexual community” and says it’ll take place Sept. 23 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House. “Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health, and bullying,” Raghavan writes.

I think it’s a good first step. Bisexual issues get short shrift in the LGBT universe.

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Nepal: Asian LGBT Activists Meet to Plan Strategy

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

LGBT rights have historically expanded much more slowly in asian countries than in the West. A group of LGBT activists is working to change that. Pink News reports:

LGBT activists from across Asia gathered this weekend to plan a strategy ahead of this summer’s United Nations Human Rights Council meeting. The LGBT activists from over a dozen countries, met in Nepal this weekend to formulate a plan for overcoming problems in the region surrounding religion and culture. The event was also attended by Nepalese government officials.

The UN Secretary General even spoke to the gathering:

In a video speech to kick off the conference, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said: “Far too many people and governments still refuse to acknowledge the injustice of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and the hardship it causes.”

There have been recent signs of change in Asia – nepal has become surprisingly gay friendly. In Taiwan, a gay couple is pursuing a lawsuit for marriage equality. Even Vietnam is said to be considering marriage equality, although the vote was put off until 2014.

But change is coming to this part of the world, just as it’s sweeping through Europe, the USA, and Latin America.

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UK: Islamic Center Holds Anti Marriage Equality Meeting in London

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Anti Marriage Equality PosterAfter Muslim Members of Parliament voted to support marriage equality, opponents have organized a meeting to fight the proposed law. Pink News reports:

A public meeting against the government’s plan to introduce equal marriage for England and Wales is taking place this evening at Tooting Islamic Centre in south London. Organisers say: “This unique public meeting will address both the impact of gay marriage and what Muslims must do to oppose it.” Attending the event is Yusuf Patel from Muslims Defending Marriage and the Iman of Tooting Mosque.

The poster asks “How Will it Impact your Children?” It won’t.

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Scotland, UK: Scottish Replacement Bishop Asked to Meet With Gay Community

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Glasgow, ScotlandRemember the whole gay scandal a few days ago that brought down the UK’s top bishop, Cardinal Keith O’Brien? Well, his temporary replacement, The Archbishop of Glasgow, is being asked to start a new dialogue with Scotland’s LGBT community. Pink News reports:

Daniel Donaldson, a solicitor in Edinburgh has now written an open letter to Archbishop Tartaglia. He writes: Dear Archbishop, I invite you to meet with me and other members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Community in Scotland. I want to give you an opportunity to have a positive and straightforward dialogue with LGBT people in Scotland.

Will he accept the invitation?

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