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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NewsWrap for the week ending May 23, 2015

SUMMARY

Big Yes - Voters in Ireland make it the first country in the world to establish marriage equality through a popular vote …

Heavens Opened - the Church of Scotland moves toward welcoming legally-married gay ministers, while the United Protestant Church of France approves blessing same-gender marriages …

Be Prepared - Boy Scouts of America national president Robert Gates urges the organization to lift its ban on openly gay adult leaders and volunteers …

Curing Quackery - Oregon’s openly bisexual Governor Kate Brown makes her state the third in the country to ban so-called “conversion therapy” for minors, while minority Democrats in the U.S. House introduce a bill to ban such “therapy” for all ages as fraud under federal law …

Betting Against Bullies - Nevada’s Republican Governor Brian Sandoval signs an LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying bill …

Calculated Hate - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal bids for the far-right vote in his quest for the GOP presidential nomination by issuing an executive order allowing religious-based bias only hours after the state legislature rejects such a measure …

Second Down - after failing to make professional teams in St. Louis and Dallas, Missouri college defensive standout Michael Sam, the first out gay football player in the NFL, heads north to the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes …


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hearing Voices?

As the tidal wave of LGBT rights advances engulfs the western world, the more acutely aware we become of the need to connect with those who still fight against the odds in the globe's most dangerous hotspots. On Facebook and other social media outlets, This Way Out: The International LGBT Radio Magazine is seeing a dramatic rise in friends and followers from places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

They are hearing our voices -- we want to start hearing theirs!

A recent bequest from a long-time volunteer has made it possible for us to consider how to bring the issues of LGBT people in "unlikely" locations to the air. Our idea is to establish an international program development initiative with a $5000 production fund for original reporting on targeted subjects during the next year. Overnight Productions, Inc., the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that oversees the production and distribution of "This Way Out," is putting up a matching fund of $2500 for GiveOUT Day

-- the other $2500 to underwrite this important project is up to you!

The estimated cost for this type of feature piece is $300-500. It's a small price to pay for a deeper understanding of the lives of LGBT sisters and brothers in circumstances most of us could hardly imagine … a small price to pay to let them know that somebody hears their voices. Please make this dream a reality!

You're one of the loyal listener-supporters who have been the backbone of This Way Out's volunteer-driven production and free distribution to community radio stations since 1988. Don't let GiveOUT Day go by without helping us turn up the volume on the voices of your LGBT family who live in places where silence is the rule!

Click here to go to "This Way Out's" GiveOUT Day page to make your donation!

Your contribution today, no matter how small, will help us cut through the static of homophobia and allow us to go "where no queer radio has gone before"!

Sincere thanks for your on-going support,
The Friends of "This Way Out"

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NewsWrap for the week ending May 9, 2015

SUMMARY

Belated Proposal - It took two years, but the Cyprus Cabinet finally sends a civil partnerships bill to Parliament …

Heal Thyself of Homophobia - Costa Rica’s Supreme Court rules that professional associations (such as lawyers and doctors) must give members’ same-gender spouses equal access to their recreational facilities …

And Baby Makes Four - Buenos Aires makes 3-parent Latin American history by registering the names of the the lesbian mom and her partner and sperm donor dad on the baby’s birth certificate …

Surrogate Snatcher - a judge in Britain awards custody of their baby girl to a gay dad and his partner over the dishonest surrogate mother …

Parliament in Pink - British voters elect what could be the world’s largest number of out MPs …

No Room at the Inn - Kenya’s Deputy President tells a church service that there’s “no room for gays” in his country …

Who Let Them In? - some 600 self-identified Russian LGBT people and their allies are surprisingly allowed to march in St. Petersburg’s huge May Day Parade despite the protestations of Vitaly Milonov, the author of the local and national bans on “gay propaganda” …

Tell It To Your Therapist - the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear the appeal by two self-identified Christian counseling services of a New Jersey law that bans so called “conversion” therapy for patients under 18 …

Devil's Advocate - a Nebraska woman sues “all homosexuals” on behalf of “plaintiffs God and Jesus Christ” demanding that same-gender-loving people be declared legally sinful …


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Thursday, May 07, 2015

High Noon at the High Court!


Week of May 4, 2015

Highlights from the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage equality hearing -- the justices, the lawyers, the plaintiffs, the analysts … and the heckler!

And in NewsWrap: Nepal's killer quake cracks queer HQ in Kathmandu, Ecuador's civil unions law passes without apocalypse, marriage equality loses its fourth fight in Northern Ireland, the EuroCourt seals France’s stringent gay/bi blood ban, Tokyo Pride toasts rights recognition, and gay choral compadres harmonize U.S.-Cuba relations, and more news reported this week by Matthew McLaughlin and Carole Meyers (produced by Steve Pride, written by Greg Gordon).



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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

NewsWrap for the week ending May 2, 2015

SUMMARY

Shaken - Leading activist Sunil Pant describes the specific impact of the devastating earthquake in Nepal on LGBT people …

Stranded - an emergency airlift evacuates Israeli gay couples and their Nepalese surrogates and newborns …

Approved - Ecuador lawmakers okay civil unions …

Excluded - El Salvador legislators approve initial proposals to ban same-gender couples from civil marriage and adoption …

Denied - the Northern Ireland Assembly rejects a marriage equality proposal for the fourth time …

Exsanguinated - the E.U.’s top court okays continued bans by member countries on the donation of blood by gay and bisexual men …

Emboldened - the annual Rainbow Pride Parade in Tokyo expands to a two-day festival as buoyant crowds celebrate advances toward equality in Japan …

Harmonized - Washington, D.C.’s Gay Men’s Chorus will be one of the first U.S. imports into Cuba as relations warm between the two countries after decades of antagonism …



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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Ex-F.O.B. & Jokes On Them!

Week of April 27, 2015

Veteran rights activist David Mixner recalls the "Don't Ask" double-cross (in conversation with Steve Pride).

Matt Baume of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, and stand-up "comic in chief" Barack Obama use pro-equality humor to herald historic U.S. Supreme Court hearings.

And in NewsWrap: rights trump religion in Kenya's top court, a trans rights bill passes India's upper house, a well-known Japanese lesbian duo defiantly weds, U.S. Republicans still swim against the marriage equality tide, Dallas does "Hooters" the gay way, and more news reported this week by Abby Dees and Michael LeBeau (produced by Steve Pride, written by Greg Gordon).



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Monday, April 27, 2015

NewsWrap for the week ending April 25, 2015

SUMMARY

Rights Trump Religion - Kenya’s High Court orders the government to allow LGBT groups to register as NGOs …

Revised Repression - a proposal in Uganda would essentially outlaw LGBT NGOs "in the public interest" …

Protections Pending - India’s upper house passes a ground breaking transgender rights bill …

Acting On Their Own - a celebrity lesbian couple symbolically weds in Tokyo …

Not In My Constitution - two far-right politicians push anti-marriage equality bills in the U.S. Congress …

2 + 2 = 900,000 - a Utah lawyer claims that opening civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples will lead to 900,000 more abortions …

Whack-A-Mole - a few cities in Arkansas push back against the recently-enacted law banning them from enacting LGBT anti-bias protections, and Little Rock’s City Attorney believes a state anti-bullying law already provides those protections …

Give a Kid a Break - Arizona’s governor overturns a policy denying adoption and foster parenting to legally-married same-gender couples …

Sun Shines In - Florida Senate leaders shelve a bill that would have allowed taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to use “religious belief” to discriminate against prospective LGBT parents …

Who Needs It - with the dust yet to fully settle over contentious so-called “religious liberty” bills in Indiana and Arkansas, North Carolina’s House leader says his chamber won’t debate a similar measure this year …

Toilet Training - the Nevada Assembly rejects a bill to require transgender students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their biological gender …

Naked Lunch - Tallywackers, a male version of “Hooters”, is scheduled to open in May in Dallas, Texas’ Oak Lawn gayborhood  …



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