LGBT groups urged rejection of Trump judicial nominee who said gay marriages are ‘troubled”

LGBT groups urged rejection of Trump judicial nominee who said gay marriages are ‘troubled”

© Getty Images LGBT advocacy groups are demanding that the Senate reject President Trump ’s nomination of Gordon Giampietro to a federal court in Wisconsin because of comments he’s made, including that same-sex relationships are “troubled.”

The groups noted radio interviews in 2014 and 2015, first reported by BuzzFeed, in which Giampietro said children are best raised by heterosexual couples.

He also said that said legalizing same-sex marriage would open the door to a brother and sister being married, and urged listeners to ignore Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality case.

Trump has nominated Giampietro to be a federal district court judge in Wisconsin’s Eastern District.

In a letter to the Senate Wednesday, Lamda Legal and 40 national, state and local LGBT groups said the White House should withdraw the nomination.

They said the Wisconsin attorney’s remarks about same-sex marriage and same-sex relationships should disqualify him, and that he failed to disclose the radio interviews on the application he filed with Wisconsin’s Federal Nominating Commission.“Mr. Giampietro has left no doubt that he would be willing to use the federal bench to curtail LGBT protections,” the groups said.BuzzFeed also reported that Giampietro wrote on the website Catholic Thing in […]

Miss Transgender UK hoping to inspire and support LGBT people in the community

Miss Transgender UK hoping to inspire and support LGBT people in the community

Bea Wood A transgender woman from Scunthorpe has spoken about her future plans to help inspire and support LGBT people in the community.

After searching through beauty pageants stating that all participants must be naturally born females, Bea Wood came across the Miss Transgender UK pageant.

The pageant, which took place last year, doesn’t score people according to beauty or size, but on votes from the crowd and the amount of charity money raised.

Bea, 29, raised more than £1,000 and was crowned Miss Transgender UK, as well as winning most inspirational outfit.

She is now in the process of setting up her own support service and hopes to inspire other LGBT people to be themselves by winning Miss Transgender UK.

Bea has a number of exciting plans for 2018 including competing in Miss Mystic Beauty in October and taking part in a world-record attempt for the longest catwalk on water in May.She will also be competing in a Miss UK competition organised by Dream Street Models.Bea, who now lives with her partner Donna Shipley, has set up an aptly-named foundation called Bea Yourself and plans to set up a support service."It is in the early stages but my aim is that with the […]

In Eastern Caribbean LGBT People Face Bias, Violence Under Colonial-Era Laws

In Eastern Caribbean LGBT People Face Bias, Violence Under Colonial-Era Laws

( Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018 ) — Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 107-page report "’I Have to Leave to Be Me’: Discriminatory Laws against LGBT People in the Eastern Caribbean" covers seven countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. All seven countries have versions of buggery and gross indecency laws, relics of British colonialism, that prohibit same-sex conduct between consenting persons. The laws have broad latitude, are vaguely worded, and serve to legitimize discrimination and hostility toward LGBT people.

"While people are rarely prosecuted for these crimes, the laws single out a vulnerable social group," said Boris Dittrich, LGBT advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. "The laws give social and legal sanction for discrimination, violence, stigma, and prejudice against LGBT people."

The report is based on interviews with people from all seven countries during February 2017 with a total of 41 self-identifying LGBT people between the ages of 17 to 53 by Human Rights Watch researchers, working closely with the Eastern Caribbean […]

LGBT communities brace for criminalization

LGBT communities brace for criminalization

The Indonesian parliament is expected to vote in favor of proposed Criminal Code amendments that will criminalize consensual same-sex behavior and sex outside of marriage (extramarital and premarital). This vote will disproportionately impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people along with thousands of heterosexual adults in intimate non-marital relationships.

For the LGBT community, this is blatant betrayal; betrayal by fellow Indonesians, betrayal by moderates in parliament, and betrayal by President Joko Widodo, who campaigned on a platform for human rights in 2014 – the first president in nearly 70 years who is not from the political elite or the military, often celebrated as the “people’s president.”

From the outside, what I see in Indonesia is an unfettered rise of Islamist power, shredding the reputation that Indonesia has long held: a country with the largest Muslim population in the world that practices a tolerant, moderate Islam. For the last 26 months, there has been an erosion of pluralist, moderate Islam fueled by Islamist hardliners. Moving away from moderate Islam

The majority religion of Indonesia has been moderate Islam. In 2017, Widodo declared that Indonesia is still a nation of moderate Islam despite indications that the country is moving backwards on […]

LGBT activists physically attack Dutch Christians protesting erotic ads

LGBT activists physically attack Dutch Christians protesting erotic ads

NIJMEGEN, Netherlands, March 21, 2018 ( LifeSiteNews ) — You’d think that a manufacturer of men’s business suits would favor a conservative image, but not Holland’s Suitsupply.

The clothing manufacturer angered many families in the Netherlands with its sexually-explicit advertising, which appears on posters and billboards. In the past, the firm has used photographs that exploit naked or near-naked women; more recently, they have shown men in homoerotic poses. More than 5,000 of these advertisements have been posted in Holland.

In response, 10 men belonging to the Dutch pro-family organization Stichting Civitas Christiana held a demonstration in Nijmegen’s Keizer Karelplein Square on March 10. They all wore suits.

In response, a crowd of approximately 150 LGBT activists, including members of Antifa, held a violent counter-protest. They were not wearing suits. While police and politicians looked on, several LGBT activists darted across the few feet that divided them from the pro-family demonstrators to hit them or throw glitter in their eyes. The young men of Stichting Civitas Christiana held signs reading “Stop Suitsupply” and “God’s marriage=1 man + 1 marriage” and handed out flyers.

“They were hypocrites because they were preaching that we should be tolerant (of) them, but they were very aggressive,” said […]

Relatable LGBT teen romance comes out on top

Relatable LGBT teen romance comes out on top

Photo courtesy of @lovesimonmovie, Twitter Most films that convey LGBT narratives are showcased at indie film festivals and archived on Netflix, but 21st Century Fox’s latest movie “Love, Simon” accurately adapts gay teenhood for the big screen.

This major motion picture is not only a great addition to the LGBT film canon, but important for the teen movie genre overall as it skillfully blends mystery with a romantic comedy we haven’t seen before.

Adapted from the novel by Becky Albertalli, the story revolves around a high school senior named Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) who swears he is just like everybody else except he’s been keeping a secret. His secret does not only involve being gay, but that he’s been exchanging anonymous emails with another gay classmate from his school.

After accidentally leaving the emails on a school computer, a nerdy blackmailer approaches Simon in hopes of arranging a few dates with one of Simon’s friends. If Simon doesn’t deliver on his promise, then his blackmailer will release screenshots of his emails via social media.

What follows is an extremely stressful few months as Simon slyly manipulates his friends to protect his secret, while adamantly trying to uncover the identity of his online pen […]

Ben Carson: trans people in homeless shelters make others ‘not comfortable’

Ben Carson: trans people in homeless shelters make others ‘not comfortable’

(Getty) The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development has failed to recognise that nearly one-third of transgender Americans have experienced homelessness at one point in their lifetime, according to a 2015 survey of transgender people in the U.S – and has decided to focus on the fact that bigoted views are getting in the way of trans people having a roof over their heads.

Speaking out the spike in LGBT homelessness in a House subcommittee hearing, Carson responded to Illinois Democratic Representative Mike Quigley by saying that he will be driving an initiative to create separate homeless protections and shelters for transgender people.

“[We] obviously believe in equal rights for everybody, including the LGBT community. But we also believe in equal rights for the women in the shelters, and shelters where there are men and their equal rights,” Carson said at the meeting.

“So we want to look at things that really provide for everybody and doesn’t impede the rights of one for the sake of the other. So it’s a complex issue.” When trying to explain why this would be the case, Carson referred to the use of a “different anatomy” in the shelter’s shared spaces.

“There are some women […]

Australian government to subsidise HIV-preventing PrEP drugs

Australian government to subsidise HIV-preventing PrEP drugs

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis The Australian government will be offering subsidised HIV-preventing drugs, it has announced.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drug Truvada, which can drastically reduce people’s chances of being infected with HIV, has seen a massive uptake by the gay community globally over the past few years.

The drug is recommended for groups considered to be at high risk of exposure to HIV, most significantly men who have sex with men – and the evidence suggests that it can massively reduce HIV infections where it is provided to groups.

In a historic step, the Australian government today confirmed that it would subsidise the cost of PrEP across the entire country, adding it to a list of eligible medications for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which subsidises the cost of prescription drugs for Australians.

While branded PrEP drugs would previously have cost Australians thousand of dollars, Health Minister Greg Hunt says they will now be able to access the drugs at a greatly reduced price.

It will be available to people at high risk of HIV at a cost of $39.50 per month, with users receiving a three month prescription and a sexual health check each time they visit their GP. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with health […]

Cynthia Nixon is an out-and-proud woman hoping to make electoral history – so why is the LGBT lobby lined up against her?

Cynthia Nixon is an out-and-proud woman hoping to make electoral history – so why is the LGBT lobby lined up against her?

(Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) Cynthia Nixon announced her run for office this week with an election ad featuring her wife and children… but the LGBT lobby is backing a straight man instead.

The Sex and the City star and long-time LGBT activist this week announced a bid to become Governor of New York , as a Democratic primary challenger to the incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

But while Nixon could make history as the first out Governor of New York, her candidacy has been met with a largely hostile reaction from the LGBT lobby.

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT campaigning organisation in the United States, has resolutely stood by its endorsement of Gov. Cuomo, despite previously lavishing Nixon with praise.

The Victory Fund, which promotes LGBT candidates at all levels of politics, has remained silent on her candidacy.

And at the same time, many of the state’s prominent gay political figures have come out against Nixon’s campaign. Cynthia Nixon (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney – the first openly gay member of Congress from New York – laid into “holier-than-thou” Nixon for running against Cuomo, while Christine Quinn, who was the first out lesbian New York City […]

Will Young reveals he was told his singing voice was ‘too gay’ after winning Pop Idol

Will Young reveals he was told his singing voice was ‘too gay’ after winning Pop Idol

(Getty) Will Young has revealed that he was told his voice was “too gay” for music executives.

The British singer won Pop Idol in 2002, releasing three chart-topping singles and attracting millions of fans as he did so.

Nonetheless, Young had to endure music bosses who made him re-record tracks to avoid telling him that they thought his voice was ‘too gay.’ (Getty) He only found out when he was in the studio to lay down Leave Right Now, which went to number one and sold more than half a million copies in the UK.

“I didn’t know at the time,” he told The Telegraph.

“But when I was recording Leave Right Now, someone at the record company said I ‘sounded gay’ and kept making me re-record the track.” (Getty) Young, who revealed last month that he had to come out twice – once in his personal life and once professionally – opened up about how this made him feel.

“There’s a real flavour to homophobia and bigotry,” said Young, who now hosts podcast Homo Sapiens alongside his music career.“It’s really shaming. People don’t understand the power of language.” (Getty) The singer also opened up about his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder […]