EU Partners Can Now Live Together

While their marriages won’t be recognized, yet, I feel this is a step in the right direction.

The highest court in the European Union has declared on Tuesday that all EU citizens – whether in opposite-sex or same-sex relationships – can bring their non-EU spouses into their country to live with them, even if that member state doesn’t recognise same-sex marriage. LGBT organisations have hailed the historic ruling as a victory for human rights.

In a landmark case, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in favour of a Romanian man, Relu Coman, who had been denied the right to bring his American husband, Robert Hamilton, into Romania (where same-sex marriage is not legal), and who had brought a legal challenge against the decision.

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Trans Woman Part of the Caravan Died in ICE Custody

One of the most often overlooked groups of society. They want the same things we want: peace, liberty, a good job, and most of all, to live their whole authentic selves. Those transgender immigrants deserve the same things the rest of them do. So heart breaking that she died so young. </3

A transgender woman who was part of the caravan of Central American migrants that arrived at the US border earlier this month died in custody Friday from what appeared to be cardiac arrest.

Roxsana Hernandez, 33, died in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She had been taken to another hospital in New Mexico more than a week earlier with symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration, and complications associated with HIV.

Hernandez asked for asylum at the San Ysidro port of entry on May 9, according to Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which organized the caravan. The group said she was first detained by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in holding cells known as “iceboxes” because of how cold they are.

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24 May 1988; Section 28

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What impact do laws against homosexuality have on those “too young to understand”? It’s often something none of us thinks about.

That is not sex, he said. The teacher had just shown a series of sex education videos and asked us what we thought. I’d raised my hand and said they were good but did not mention gay sex. I was 11.

That is not sex, he said. It was 1988, the year a new law was enacted that forbade local authorities and teachers from “promoting homosexuality”. Today is exactly 30 years since that law (which was not repealed until 2003) came into effect. It was so vague as to muzzle everyone working in schools from mentioning gay people. It was the height of the AIDS epidemic.

In the confusion and furore surrounding Section 28 (often called Clause 28) of the Local Government Act 1988, teachers – those we entrust to prepare the young for the world – became mute through fear of contravening it. Pupils like me did not know at the time that teachers had been prohibited from talking about homosexuality, because they had been prohibited from talking about homosexuality.

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Gay man says pope told him: ‘God made you this way’

Unprecedented.

MADRID (Reuters) – A Chilean man who suffered clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him in a private conversation that God had made him gay and loved him that way, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

The Vatican declined to comment on the report but, if confirmed, it would be a striking statement of tolerance towards homosexuality, which the Church has condemned as an immoral disorder if it is actively practised.

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Weibo Walks Back LGBT Ban

Power of the people! LGBT content should not be lumped with violent content.

China’s Weibo, the popular Twitter-like microblog site, has said it will not suppress LGBT content as planned, following a public outcry.

Thousands of Weibo users protested a three-month “clean-up campaign” that would have targeted LGBT content along with other subjects deemed obscene.

Over the weekend, people used hashtags like #Iamgay and #Ihavegayfriends, and many shared selfies and personal stories.

“My son and I love our country. No matter where we go, we always proudly tell people that we are from China,” wrote a Weibo user in Shanghai who said her son was gay in widely-shared post.

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Fighting LGBT Laws that Punish People

We may still struggle here in the US, but elsewhere the situation is still far more dire.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Gatura Gatura was watching Black-ish late one night when her neighbor came over to her apartment and asked to borrow a lighter. As she turned to find one, he asked if her girlfriend was home. Gatura, who was getting ready to begin her second year of law school, told him no; though they lived together, her girlfriend was a DJ and had a gig that night.

The next thing she knew, he had pinned her to the ground and started beating her. Her back was hurt from where she’d been thrown against the floor, her face was swollen from the blows, she had scratch marks on her chest, and she was left with a permanent scar on her lip from where he forcefully tried to kiss her. If Gatura hadn’t screamed, she doesn’t know what would have happened next.

But almost three years after the events of that night, her neighbor has never been prosecuted for what he did.

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Gay ‘cure’ therapist had sex with patients

FURTHER proof that those who hate LGBT the most are the ones who are deepest in the closet.

Dr Melvyn Iscove, 72, was registered as a psychiatrist with the  College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and claimed to be able to ‘cure’ patients of ‘same-sex attraction’.

However, Dr Iscove – who was described as having a “special interest in the treatment of patients with problems related to homosexuality” – was handed a suspension this week for having sex with patients.

The committee alleged that Iscove,  who believes homosexuality is a “sexual disorder”, engaged in “mutual masturbation and oral sex” with two male patients during sessions, and had anal sex with one male patient.

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Violence. Period.

There’s too much hate in the world. Not only against LGBT folk, but of course that’s the main focus. Why has it become such a huge problem to be different than others? To have different skin color, to practice a different religion, to believe that weapons should be regulated (here in the US), but above all that love is for all, to whoever your heart deems worthy? Why are we allowing hate to rule us? To shame us. To destroy love. It makes me sick every time there’s an article of this nature, but I don’t know what the answer is anymore, because the majority still don’t want love to win.

TORONTO — When Alihan finally made his way home, he could barely move. His badly bruised back had a rotting smell to it he couldn’t get rid of, no matter how much he showered. He had been beaten so badly during the weeks he spent in prison without charge that the blood under his skin began to dry, curl, and become infected. He had a high fever and needed help using to the washroom, but his family was too afraid to bring him to a hospital or a specialist.

A soft-spoken man in his twenties with short brown hair, Alihan is one of dozens of men the authorities have identified as gay who have been captured and beaten in the Russian republic of Chechnya since last February.

“I could have died,” Alihan told BuzzFeed News in an interview conducted in Russian. “When I stood up, I couldn’t breathe.”

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Christian Teacher Claims Faith Requires Him to Misgender

I would really like to know what verses in the bible or what part of his faith that’s written down in a book requires this of him. Also, “being enthusiastic” about something is irrelevant. I do stuff on a daily basis I’m not enthusiastic about, but I do it anyway because it’s the right thing to do or I know there will be consequences if I don’t. It is possible to do it even if he’s not enthusiastic.

A teacher is suing his school – claiming his Christian faith requires him to misgender a transgender student.

Maths teacher Joshua Sutcliffe, from Oxford, had repeatedly refused to refer to the transgender boy by his preferred gender.

The teacher was suspended from Cherwell School after the pupil – whose identity is being kept private – complained that Mr Sutcliffe repeatedly referred to him as female.

Mr Sutcliffe refused to agree to respect the pupil’s gender, and in a letter to the school insisted his faith required him to misgender the transgender boy.

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MP Voted Yes for Same-Sex Marriage After Son Died

This is one of many emotionally charged stories from Australia about their YES vote for same-sex marriage. I’m sure this woman’s son is looking down on her and knows what she did and that she did it for him. Love wins!

After more than a decade of debate, 13 million votes and $122m spent, Australia finally enshrined in law the right of all its citizens to marry the person they love.

MPs of opposing parties broke into spontaneous celebration – singing, cheering, even crying as the law was passed.

The public gallery serenaded politicians with a very unparliamentary rendition of ‘I am Australian’ without censure from the speaker.

These were not usual scenes for any parliament, let alone Australia’s notoriously rowdy chamber, as same-sex marriage was voted through almost unanimously.

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