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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A Netflix Doc Has Ignited Debate Over LGBT History

On Friday, David France’s award-winning film, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, began streaming on Netflix. It is a stirring piece of art that explores the controversial death of Johnson, a black woman who was an icon of transgender rights in the United States. Her attitude toward the cultural conservatism of the time was captured by her self-chosen middle initial, P, which she said stood for “pay it no mind.” She is rumored to have been among the first to confront police during the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969, she co-founded one of the first grassroots groups to provide do-it-yourself social services to transgender women in New York City’s West Village, and she remained a staple of the LGBT-rights movement until her body was discovered floating in the Hudson River on July 6, 1992. France’s film tells the story of those left to grapple with her death and carry on her legacy.

Small Cities Stand Up for LGBT Rights

In conjunction with the previous post regarding the map showing which states have full on lgbt protections, there’s this story of how one small city of 28,000 in West Virginia is embracing lgbt rights because they understand what it means financially and otherwise if they don’t. People have taken notice to what happened in North Carolina when they passed that bathroom bill.

When Mike Lujano and George Lenz hoisted a rainbow flag outside their business in a Victorian brownstone on Market Street two decades ago, they found that few neighbors in socially conservative Wheeling, West Virginia, knew it was a symbol of gay pride.

The married owners of Edna’s hair salon in this faded industrial city of 28,000 at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains never dreamed that one day they would be at a packed city council meeting, cheering the passage of an ordinance barring discrimination over sexual orientation and gender identity.

Defying stereotypes in the U.S. culture wars over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Wheeling is among a recent wave of small cities, many in parts of the country that voted for Republican President Donald Trump, to embrace these protections.

“We told people this wasn’t a bad place,” said Lujano, 53, who was in the audience when the ordinance passed in late December. “Finally, this confirmed it.”

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Kenya might be the next African country to legalize homosexuality

Let’s celebrate with our Kenyan Sisters and Brothers! ❤

In a country where gay sex is punishable by up to 14 years in prison and where attacks on the LGBT community occur frequently, a solitary rainbow flag flapping in the wind just a stone’s throw from the president’s official residence in Nairobi serves as a small but symbolic mark of rebellion.

Inside the building flying the flag, one of Kenya’s leading LGBT rights organizations, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), is working on a case currently filed in the country’s high court that could remove criminal punishment for adults who engage in homosexual activity altogether.

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Inside the Unique Battle Between Two Moms for Custody of Their Kids

There’s not much to say in this sad tale. Mostly because I think the non-bio mother is going to lose in the end because she and her partner were never legally married. And of course divorce is always sad for the children.

Custody battles are always upsetting. But the case of Joy Phillips’ and Amber Berndt’s fight over their two daughters is an especially excruciating conundrum. That’s because the same-sex couple was never legally married, leaving the non-biological mother, Phillips, in limbo — struggling to secure her parental rights so that she can then defend them.

“This is a very important case,” American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) LGBT Project attorney Jay Kaplan tells Yahoo Parenting. The legal drama, currently unfolding in a Michigan court, is between the former couple, together for more than 13 years. They were married in a non-legal ceremony, wore wedding rings, and together raised their two daughters, now 10 and 7, who were given the legal last name of “Berndt-Phillips” before their moms split in Dec. 2014. “And we are going to see more of these cases in the future, because courts are going to have to deal with the effect of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision,” Kaplan adds. “Couples who didn’t get married because they couldn’t shouldn’t be denied the rights that same sex-married couples now have.”

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This Is What It’s Like Being A Gay Christian Rock Star

We definitely need more of Ms Beeching to help other gay Christian teens.

A year ago, at the age of 35, Vicky Beeching said the words that can save a person: I am gay. The complexities and repercussions of doing this stretched far beyond her family and friends.

She was raised an evangelical Christian in Britain before becoming a major star on the American Christian rock scene, her songs booming from every megachurch across the Bible Belt. They do not like lesbians there; women who love women are “sinners,” not poster girls. So Beeching had stayed silent. Her livelihood depended on it. Her relationships with her evangelical loved ones did too. She knew no gay people. She lived alone.

But on 13 August 2014, now back in Britain, as a leading religious commentator, and a friend of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Beeching decided to fight.

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Mozambique decriminalises gay and lesbian relationships

Hello Lovelies!!

I am thrilled to bring this news to you. There are so many real criminals in Mozambique that steal or bring harm to another or even murder. Our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters only want the right to love wherever they live. Once again, Love Wins!!!

The revised code, in force from Wednesday, drops a colonial-era clause outlawing “vices against nature”.

There were no prosecutions under that clause but rights activists have said this change is a symbolic victory.

It comes as other African countries have moved to tighten anti-gay laws.

In Nigeria, a law that came into force last year banned same-sex public displays of affection and introduced a possible 14-year prison sentence for gay sex.

A study released on Tuesday found that 87% of Nigerians supported a ban on same-sex relations.

In Uganda, the government has pledged to introduce a new restrictive law after the last law which criminalised homosexuality was successfully challenged in the constitutional court.


Franklin Graham pulls bank accounts from Wells Fargo over LGBT ad campaign

I say good riddance to bad rubbish. I’m sure Wells Fargo isn’t going to go under because Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is no longer using them as a bank. I think this ad campaign is a beautiful one. I’m sure the Grahams don’t like the promotion of adoption, either.

Franklin Graham took to Facebook to send his followers a message last week — stop doing business with companies that support the gay community.

For his part, Graham is pulling all bank accounts for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association out of Wells Fargo.

“This is one way we as Christians can speak out — we have the power of choice,” Graham wrote on his Facebook page. “Let’s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards. Maybe if enough of us do this, it will get their attention. Share this if you agree.”

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Supreme Court Decision On Marriage Equality ‘Just The Beginning’

“Our fight for LGBT equality is not nearly over,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) stated emphatically in an interview with me last week on SiriusXM Progress. “And I’m hopeful, very hopeful, that the Supreme Court will say it’s unconstitutional to ban gay marriage. But that’s really just the beginning of fighting for our rights. We have to actually make sure all LGBT couples can have full parenting rights, have full social security and other federal benefit rights. We want to make sure companies can’t discriminate against members of the community because of who they love and who they are. And it’s really important [to take on] discrimination wherever it exists.”

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