E. Winter Tashlin

What You Need To Know (9/15-9/21)

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | September 21, 2013 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: anti-gay, Congo, Desmond Tutu, ESPN, NOM, Russia, same-sex marriage, tchaikovsky, trans* youth, Uganda

Here are some news stories you may have missed over the last couple of weeks:

  • A former ESPN broadcaster was not welcome back to the company after a failed run at political office, based on anti-gay statements he made during his campaign.
  • A British journalist stole a document from the Ugandan parliament that highlighted the depths of homophobia in Uganda, as well as the American roots of the campaign against gay people.
  • In Congo, a mob of neighbors and police armed with machetes raided a safe house for LGBT youth, destroying the building and scattering its occupants.
  • The former South Carolina lawmaker who led the push for a state ban on marriage equality has had a major change of heart.
  • A ten year old trans* girl is working to change the rules in her Canadian province in order have her gender recognized so she doesn't have to ID as a boy when crossing international borders.
  • The Russian culture minister says that celebrated composer Tchaikovsky was not in fact gay, despite a wealth of evidence to the contrary.
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu again affirmed his support for gay rights, saying that God compels him to speak up against discrimination and violence against gay people.
  • The mayor of a conservative California town was removed from office over her declaring June LGBT Pride Month.
  • The author of Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law harassed attendees at the nation's queer pride and culture festival, QueerFest.
  • NOM is actively working to repeal a California law that protects trans* students from discrimination.

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