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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending November 22, 2014

SUMMARY

Sinking to Their Level - With a new law punishing "aggravated homosexuality" with life in prison, Gambia joins notorious fellow African nations Uganda and Nigeria as one of the most horrific places for LGBT people on the continent …

No One Hears Them Scream - LGBT Iraqis caught between forces of the Islamic State and pro-government Muslim militia face "imminent risk of death" …

Count Two More - new actions this week open civil marriage to same-gender couples in South Carolina and Montana …

Passing the Ball - the first out NCAA Division I men's basketball player Derrick Gordon has a successful debut, while the first pro basketball player to come out, 35-year-old Jason Collins, announces his retirement …

Standing By Their Men - country music stars Ty Hendron and Billy Gilman come out separately on the same day …

Bart's Bail Bondsman - "Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon saves Benjy the gay Irish bull from becoming "a sandwich" ….

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rappin' Transboy to Singin' Transman!

Week of November 17, 2014
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Singer/songwriter Joe Stevens transposes gender keys in conversation with Dixie Treichel (including a sample from the title cut from his new solo CD, Last Man Standing).

There's style and stylin' for hate and hope from the ridiculous fashion musings of Jehovah’s Witness leader Anthony Morris III to the sublime coming out rap by Camp Aranu'tiq's 8-year-old transboy Alex.

The Great Mademoiselle who mentored several gay composers is profiled in a Rainbow Minute (produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns at WRIR-FM/Richmond, Virginia, read by John Deboer).

And in NewsWrap: Botswana recognizes lesbigay rights, homophobic Nigerian vigilantes claim 25 busts, Saudis jail gay social media nudist, New South Wales passes "bring your own marriage" bill, high school gender swap helps Japanese students see differently, and more news reported this week by Carole Meyers and Wenzel Jones (produced by Wenzel Jones and Steve Pride).

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending November 15, 2014

SUMMARY

We're Here, We're Queer - Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana win the legal right to exist …

Beyond the Law - Nigerian vigilantes say they've taken 25 gay men into custody and turned them over to authorities for violating Islamic law …

Facebutt - a Saudi Arabian gay man gets a three year sentence for posting his nude photos and offering free gay sex on social media sites …

Mad Man - the owner of "Gayway," an ostensibly gay Asian news and entertainment website based in Taiwan's capital of Taipei, faces up to two years in jail for posting "obscene" pictures to promote his gay erotic massage parlor …

BYO Marriage - New South Wales becomes Australia's third state to recognize the civil marriages of same-gender couples legally performed elsewhere …

How Many Is That? - a District Court makes South Carolina the latest U.S. state to have its ban on civil marriage overturned …

Counties On It - clerks in a growing number of Kansas counties begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples despite state officials' vows to continue defending the ban in court, while Mississippi county clerks prepare to issue licenses to same-gender couples anticipating an imminent ruling by a District Court judge overturning the "Magnolia State" ban …

Courtship Rituals - all parties agree to forgo oral arguments for a directed verdict by a federal judge in a case challenging Montana's ban, a federal judge refuses to dismiss a challenge to South Dakota's ban, and Nebraska officials promise to fight a pending challenge to their ban by the ACLU …

Their Michigan - plaintiff couples appeal last week's aberrant 6th Circuit ruling upholding bans in Michigan and three other states, while Michigan officials ask a court to invalidate the marriages of some 300 same-gender couples who legally wed during the few days in March between a district court decision overturning the ban and a stay being issued pending appeal …

Dis-dress Signal - Malaysia's Deputy PM calls for a challenge to last week's Court of Appeal decision overturning a state's laws against cross-dressing …

Rebirthing Process - new Mexico City legislation allows trans people to change the gender designation on their birth certificates without medical examinations or court orders …

Wide Angle - "Sex Change Day" teaches students at a Japanese high school a valuable lesson ….

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending November 8, 2014

SUMMARY

Repression Walks Again - A new bill in Uganda seeks to revive the infamous "Anti-Homosexuality Act", and is being called "even more draconian" …

Many Happy Arrests - leading Nigerian LGBT rights and health advocate Ifeanyi Orazulike says he was arrested without charge on his birthday and threatened by police officials …

Hard Time for A Good Time - eight Egyptian men who appeared in a notoriously viral "gay wedding" video each get three year prison terms …

Success for Dress - Malaysian transwomen win the right to cross-dress, and the Irish government settles a 21-year legal battle with trans activist Dr. Lydia Foy …

Breaking the Wedding Ceiling - a contrary marriage equality ruling by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals may finally force the Supreme Court to settle the issue, as state marriage equality battles continue to rage in Missouri, Kansas and Florida …

Not Laughing - Estonia becomes the region's third country to deny entry to Russian sitcom actor Ivan ("burn gays alive in ovens") Okhlobystin …

You're Out, I'm OUT - Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, who banned the aforementioned Okhlobystin from his country last week, announces that he is "proud to be gay" on his official Twitter page …

Dropped Call - Russian officials tear down a six-foot interactive iPhone tribute to late Apple founder Steve Jobs on a St. Petersburg college campus after current CEO Tim Cook comes out, explaining that the memorial has now become "a public call to sodomy" ….

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Taiwan Queer Film Fest!

  Week of November 3, 2014
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The unique Asian island of Taiwan hosts its first International Queer Film Festival, highlighting human stories that make equality real. Festival coordinator Victor Stevenson explores the event, as well as the politics and culture of the country, with correspondent Keith Perron.

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert "massages" the U.S. military -- and the foolishness rubs off on Comedy Central’s faux conservative commentator Stephen Colbert!

And in  NewsWrap: Singapore barrels backwards on homosexuality, sodomy charges against Ugandan activist dismissed as new anti-gay law gets fast-tracked, Sri Lanka claims constitutional LGBT protections while defending sodomy law, Latvia bans hateful Russian sitcom star, and more news reported this week by Natalie Peoples and Ryan Pest (produced by Wenzel Jones and Steve Pride).

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending November 1, 2014

SUMMARY

Step Back, Pass Buck - Singapore's highest court upholds the Southeast Asian island city-state's colonial-era sodomy law …

Out of the Frying Pan - cases against three men charged with violating Uganda's sodomy law are dismissed, but a new version of the East African nation's notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill gets fast-tracked in Parliament …

Gross Equality - the Sri Lankan government tells the U.N. Human Rights Committee that LGBT people are protected from bias in the South Asian island nation's constitution, but defends its colonial-era "gross indecency" law by claiming that it doesn't specifically target them …

Trick or Exorcist - Jordan's government bans Hallowe'en to avoid a repeat of riots in Amman by fundamentalist Muslims the past two years who call the holiday "homosexual and Satanic" …

Back in the Pulpit Again - a U.S. United Methodist Church jury reinstates pastor Franklin Schaefer, who was defrocked for officiating at his gay son's wedding …

Dunking the Quacks - the Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest protestant denomination, now renounces so-called "reparative therapy" to make gays and lesbians straight, but reaffirms Biblical edicts about homosexuality and marriage …

Computer Virus Hoax - Apple CEO Tim Cook officially comes out to almost universal acclaim – except for Vitaly Milonov, the "father" of Russia's infamous "no promo homo" law, who wants Cook banned from entering the country because he might bring "the Ebola virus, AIDS (or) gonorrhea" with him …

No Tolerance, No Service - Latvia bans homophobic Russian sitcom actor Ivan Okhlobystin from entering the country for a one-man show in Riga because he's called for all LGBT people to be "burned alive" ….

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Out in the Night

Week of October 27, 2014

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Black lesbian friends out on the town find themselves Out in the Night -- their true story revealed in Blair Dorosh-Walther's acclaimed documentary film. Entertainment Correspondent Steve Pride talks with Renata Hill and Patreese Johnson, two of the New Jersey 4.

Right-wing U.S. televangelist Pat Robertson issues a neurotic "gay terrorism" alert.

And in NewsWrap: Liberian churchmen blame Ebola on homosexuality, a Nigerian court nixes a straight challenge to the country's draconian anti-gay laws, hooded vandals invade a Macedonian LGBT celebration, a trans veteran proves U.S. Army discrimination, a lonely Puerto Rican judge upholds the U.S. territory’s civil marriage ban, "Gandalf" fights school bullying, and more news reported this week by Wenzel Jones and Michael LeBeau (produced by Steve Pride).

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