News from the LGBT World

Last Updated 12.02.2018
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Weekly update — 12/02/18

Indonesia has ramped up discrimination and abuse against the LGBT community, and insiders say a law banning same-sex relations could be coming as soon as next week.On Wednesday, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein warned the Indonesian government that such measures are “deeply wrong.”“The hateful rhetoric against this community that is being cultivated seemingly for cynical political purposes will only deepen their suffering and create unnecessary divisions,” Zeid, the son of Jordan’s Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid, said on the last day of a three-day visit to the Muslim-majority country. He added that if Indonesia expected others to fight Islamophobia, it had to end other forms of discrimination.Full article:

Five years ago, I sat across from my daughter at a restaurant in New York when she casually blurted out, “I think that I will date women.” I responded to this naively by saying, “Why would you want to go out with women?” I was surprised by her statement but denied and minimized what she was trying to tell me. I was not ready to hear this. It never occurred to me that my child would date women.My daughter was the little girl who wore pink dresses and princess crowns around the house growing up. I envisioned Prince Charming, and now this new information was not in keeping with the future as I imagined it.The conversation did not come up again until about a year later when Alex informed me that she was going to date men and women, stating that she was bisexual. And even though I heard this before, it was now registering as a reality. I think I initially thought it was a stage where she was exploring her sexuality.Full article:

Bermuda has become the first national territory in the world to roll back same-sex marriage.The British overseas territory’s governor signed legislation into law Wednesday night that replaces same-sex marriages with domestic partnerships.Rights groups said the move was unprecedented on the world stage, and stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry, while politicians in Britain expressed profound disappointment, calling it a “backwards step” for human rights in Bermuda.Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global, said: “Despite this deplorable action, the fight for marriage equality in Bermuda will continue until the day when every Bermudian is afforded the right to marry the person they love.”The island’s minister of home affairs said the law gave same-sex couples “equivalent” rights to heterosexual married couples.Full article:

A transgender woman and LGBT-rights advocate has been killed in what was reportedly the first murder of a transgender person this year.Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, a trans beauty pageant organiser, was stabbed to death by her husband in their Massachusetts home, local police said. Her husband, Mark Steele-Knudslien, pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge and is being held without bail.Mr Steele-Knudslien turned himself in to police on Friday night, telling them he had “snapped” after an argument with his wife and done “something very bad,” according to a police report. Police responded to the couple’s home and found Ms Steele-Knudslien’s body wrapped in bedding and a tarp in the basement.Full article:

Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy, two of Team USA’s out Olympians this year, posted photos of the duo cuddling up to each other at the PyeongChang Games’ Opening Ceremony, which took place Friday morning (or Friday evening in South Korea, given the time difference).Rippon, who is competing in the men’s figure skating competition, was the first openly gay athlete to qualify for Team USA’s 2018 roster after the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in early January. He has spoke out against the Trump administration, and specifically criticized the choice of VPOTUS Mike Pence as one of the U.S. Olympic delegation’s leads. “I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” he told USA Today.Full article:

As Toronto’s municipal election draws nearer, LGBT residents looking to run for office met on Saturday to get a crash-education in the rough and tumble world of political campaigns and life in the public eye.“Running for office is already a difficult process — there are lots of barriers — but for members of the LGBTQ community, there are even more barriers, especially for new candidates,” said Chris Cowperthwaite, executive director of the Open Democracy Project and the son of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.The not for profit organization provides assistance to would-be politicians in an effort to diversify local councils and school boards so that they accurately mirror the communities that they represent. The group produces something called a DemocracyKit, essentially a resource that political rookies can use to better understand the kinds of challenges that candidates face, such as fundraising and organizing.Full article:

In a moment when some countries have stepped back on LGBT rights, a January 9thdecision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has opened a window of opportunity for Latin America to lead the way.In a landmark advisory opinion, the court affirmed that the American Convention on Human Rights requires countries to allow same-sex couples to access civil marriage, and all of the rights and benefits that derive from it. It also asserted that governments should allow people, through a fast, easy and cost-free process, to change their name and gender marker on official documents, in accordance with their self-perceived gender identity.Conservative lobbyists in Latin America quickly suggested that the court’s advisory opinions don’t directly obligate other countries to comply. But the court’s authoritative guidance leaves no doubt that the American Convention does indeed guarantee these important rights to LGBT people. And state parties are required to take the court’s opinion into consideration in developing their own laws and policies.Full article:

Since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015, a slew of controversial cases have raised questions over whether LGBT rights can coexist with religious rights. One of the most hotly debated cases involved Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who famously refused to let her staff issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015 and went to jail for six days during a legal battle that went to the Supreme Court.As the battles continue in the courts and in legislatures, some religious-freedom advocates who would like to see a compromise have expressed fears that the country is at an impasse and that the law will ultimately favor one set of rights or the other.Full article:

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