Gay Rights! LGBT Center to Introduce Poppers on Tap

Gay Rights! LGBT Center to Introduce Poppers on Tap

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In a sustainability win, the LGBT Center recently announced the arrival of poppers of tap. The party drug, popular amongst queers and avant-garde heterosexuals, will now be supplied on tap at the LGBT Center. Drop by with your reusable vial and fill up!

The announcement comes after months of pressure from numerous environmental groups on campus. Everyone knows one of the biggest sources of waste is poppers packaging. Go to any landfill and all you see are poppers bottles. With this historic installation, the days of poppers filled landfills will be over.

Students around campus rejoiced upon hearing the news and they can’t wait to feel the rush! College junior and hag Jaime Miller was especially ecstatic. “The environment is one the things I most care about in this world and it always broke my heart to have to throw away the 10 to 20 poppers bottles I would use every weekend,” said Miller. Now all Miller has to do is grab her reusable vial and head to the LGBT Center any time she needs a kick.

Miller excitedly declared, “I’m proud to attend a school that takes environmental issues so seriously. We may be deeply invested in the fossil fuel industry, but I sure sleep better at night knowing our landfills are poppers free! ”

Inspired by Ireland, Taiwan’s LGBT activists feel empowered for future battles

Inspired by Ireland, Taiwan’s LGBT activists feel empowered for future battles

The gay community in Taiwan followed the Irish same-sex marriage debate and referendum very closely and they kept in close contact with groups active in the campaign. Photograph: Ashley Pon/Bloomberg via Getty The battle has been long and at times bitter, but Taiwan’s LGBT activists say they now feel empowered to tackle remaining discrimination where they see it and act as a beacon for the burgeoning gay rights movement in Asia.

Taiwan became the first Asian state to recognise same-sex marriage last year, a historic breakthrough following a prolonged campaign, and one that activists say was buoyed by Ireland’s marriage equality referendum in 2015.

The introduction of the new law was divisive in Taiwan, and conservative and church groups vowed to punish President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party at the January 11th elections and vote in lawmakers who would reverse the legislation.

The electorate, however, delivered Tsai a landslide victory, meaning the LGBT community could heave a collective sigh of relief and focus on consolidating their position over the next four years. There is great solidarity across the world, and the Irish community was very helpful sharing all their experiences Taiwan has a vibrant LGBT scene, and one that has been spurred on by the legislative change. More than 200,000 people joined last year’s riotous gay pride parade in Taipei , among them many of the 2,600 same-sex couples who have legally tied the knot in Taiwan since the new law was introduced.

Also joining the party were representatives of several gay groups from all across Asia, many looking to emulate Taiwan’s legislative success in their own countries.

“We have had so many groups visit, from Hong Kong , Japan , Singapore , Malaysia , Korea, all over. We share our experience and resources, and together hope to develop the LGBT movement across Asia,” said Sih-Cheng Du, director of policy advocacy from the Taiwan TongZhi (LGBTQ) Hotline Association.

The community in Taiwan followed the Irish same-sex marriage debate and referendum very closely, he said, and they kept in close contact with groups active in the campaign in Ireland.

“It was inspiring. There is great solidarity across the world, and the Irish community was very helpful sharing all their experiences,” he said, “and now we are doing the same across Asia.” Taiwan president Tsai Ing-Wen was re-elected in a landslide victory on January 11th, cementing her government’s same-sex marriage legislation. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty The origins of the path to legislative reform can be traced back to 1986, the year before Taiwan’s four decades of martial law under Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek finally came to a close.

Chi Chia-wei, a solo activist at the time, decided to call a press conference in a downtown McDonalds. He stuffed notices into the postboxes of local and international media outlets, reserved a small section of the fast-food venue, bought dozens of soft drinks from the counter, and waited to see if anyone would show up.

His invites stirred press intrigue and with the cameras rolling he did the unthinkable in such oppressive climes: he openly declared his sexual orientation and launched a one-man HIV/Aids education campaign. He also petitioned the legislature to permit same-sex marriages, a proposal that was promptly and angrily rejected.

Chi quickly found himself in trouble with the law, and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on robbery charges that were widely seen as fabricated. He sat in a cell for five months, before being pardoned by a lenient and tearful judge who sent him on his way.

In the following years he set up an LGBT support hotline, raised funds for Aids victims, and continued challenging the island’s laws in the courts. A well-known public figure on the streets of Taipei, he would hand out free condoms, occasionally dressed in a suit made of condoms.

In 2013 he made another of his many attempts to apply for a marriage licence, and when denied he appealed to the Taipei city government, who referred the constitutionality question to the courts.

As that was winding its way through the legal system, Tsai Ing-wen was preparing for her first presidential bid. In November 2015 – the same month that same-sex marriage became legal in Ireland – she announced her support for the legislation in Taiwan.

When she came to power the issue was sidelined, though it proved to be deeply contentious amongst her governing ranks, much to the disappointment of the LGBT community, who accused her of reneging on campaign promises. She did, however, manage to appoint several liberally oriented judges to the constitutional court in her early days at the helm.

That court, considering Chi’s latest application that the ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, then reached the landmark decision in 2017, declaring that marriage in Taiwan should indeed be opened to same-sex couples. It gave the government two years to find a legal solution. Chi Chia-wei began his solo campaign for LGBT rights in Taiwan with a press conference in a branch of McDonalds in 1986. Photograph: Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty The court decision was met with a conservative outcry, and opponents put forward a series of referendums in which two-thirds of the voters opted to reject same-sex marriage. While the government had said prior to the referendums that they were obligated to follow the court ruling regardless of any referendum outcome, it was an acrimonious time that drove a wedge into society.

“When we spoke to LGBT groups and individuals in Ireland, they told us to avoid a referendum if we could. They said it would be bitter and divisive and offensive and cause a lot of hurt to our community,” Du said. “They were right but we had no choice here. So, they advised us to prepare to protect our community, to give them emotional support.”

Conservative and Christian groups ran a well-funded campaign of hate and scare-mongering, he said, “and so much fake news” that led to “a huge amount of pain in our community . . . we really got beaten up in the process.” Same-sex couples still face areas of discrimination that the TongZhi group and others intend to challenge And while the vote was non-binding, it did lead the government to pass a special same-sex law as a compromise move, rather than amending the civil code, which is what the LGBT and human rights groups had been seeking to deliver full equality.

So, in May last year, right on the court’s two-year deadline, the legislators passed a Bill making same-sex marriage a reality.

Speaking to Taiwanese media at a rally outside the legislature after the vote, the 60-year-old Chi marvelled at the massive crowd around him.

“It was just a one-man campaign when I started, now I have 250,000 people here beside me. I am not alone in doing what is right,” he said.

He was never discouraged by the setbacks, he said, but always felt the cause was worthy.

“My belief is that if you can do one thing right in this life, then it is all worth it,” he said.

As the civil code was not amended, same-sex couples still face areas of discrimination that the TongZhi group and others intend to challenge, Du said.

Currently, same-sex couples can only adopt if the child is the biological offspring of one of the couple, for instance, and Taiwanese citizens can only have a transnational same-sex marriage recognised if their partner is from one of the 30 or so countries around the world that recognise gay marriage, he said.

“There are other issues too, such as gender equality education, that we need to tackle,” he said. “It will all take time. It’s a long process.”

But Taiwan, and Asia, are changing, he said.

After Tsai signed the historic law, she gave her pen to Chi in recognition of his decades-long struggle.

“I used this pen to sign the same-sex marriage Bill. Please keep it as a token. May love unite everyone in this land,” she wrote in a note to him.

Chi then acted as witness for the first same-sex marriages in the country, using the president’s pen to sign his name on the official marital documents.

Mormon university that bans ‘homosexual behaviour’ allows same-sex dancing for the first time

Mormon university that bans ‘homosexual behaviour’ allows same-sex dancing for the first time

Same-sex dance partners will be able to compete for the first time in the competition at the Mormon university. (DANIEL GARCIA/AFP via Getty) A Mormon university that bans “homosexual behaviour” will allow same-sex couples to dance on its campus for the first time ever.

Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon church.

BYU’s honour code prohibits “homosexual behavior”, and students can be expelled for not adhering to the code.

It states: “One’s stated same-gender attraction is not an Honor Code issue. However, the Honor Code requires all members of the university community to manifest a strict commitment to the law of chastity.

“Homosexual behavior is inappropriate and violates the Honor Code.

“Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.”

But this year, when the US National Amateur DanceSport Championships are held at the Utah campus March, the will be no limitations on the gender of partners dancing together.

The National Dance Council of America (NDCA) announced in September 2019 that it would be redefining the term “couple” in its rules to include people of any gender, including non-binary people.

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The US National Amateur DanceSport Championships are held every year at BYU, but this will be the first year anything other than opposite-sex partners will be allowed.

If BYU did not abide by NDCA rules it would no longer have accreditation from the organisation, but its own rules do stipulate that “competitors must not be overly suggestive in their movements” and there are strict guidelines for keeping costumes modest.

In August 2019, It Chapter Two star Taylor Frey said that his experience of being gay at BYU was like “a witch hunt”.

He told Attitude: “It’s the most incredible tattle-tale society. It’s damaging and it’s hurtful because you can be kicked out of school based on lies and rumours.

“I feel this fire in my chest when I speak about it because it was such a scary time for me… I’m still trying to let it go.”

“It’s happened to a lot of people, some people weren’t allowed to have their credits transferred, some people were close to graduating and were kicked out and their degrees were withheld.

“That’s why it’s scary, especially for someone like me who wasn’t out of the closet yet. I was afraid that had these accusations gone forward I’d have had to to tell my parents what they were about. That was horrifying.

“It was almost like I was being dragged through the mud. It was a witch hunt.”

Israel kowtows to Russia’s demands and bans LGBT people from adopting Russian children

Israel kowtows to Russia’s demands and bans LGBT people from adopting Russian children

After a decade of negotiations, Russia and Israel have agreed a deal that bans same-sex couples from adopting Russian children (Peter Muhly/Getty) Israel and Russia have signed a deal banning LGBT+ people from adopting Russian children, after a decade of negotiations.

The agreement, signed on January 22, stipulates that same-sex couples cannot adopt children from Russia.

Ze’ev Elkin, Jerusalem affairs minister, met with a senior Russian delegation Wednesday ahead of president Vladimir Putin’s scheduled Thusday visit to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum.

The senior Russian delegation included Russia’s foreign minister, economics minister and education minister, according to the Jerusalem Post .

Israel and Russia finalised two agreements at the meeting, one on same-sex adoption and the other regarding cooperation between the two countries’ foreign ministries. The adoption agreement is in accordance with Russian law and prevents LGBT+ couples from adopting Russian children.

Multiple Israeli lawmakers – including chairman of left-wing party Meretz, Nitzan Horowitz – expressed outrage at the agreement.

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Horowitz said the deal was “a spit in the face of the LGBT community”.

He added: “Netanyahu is getting in line with Putin’s homophobic policies and once again trampling the basic rights of hundreds of thousands of citizens of Israel who are members of the gay community.”

Eitan Ginzburg, of new liberal party the Blue and White MK, said: “The Netanyahu government is preventing us from being parents…. This is a continuation of Israel’s discriminatory policies.”

Minister Elkin also discussed economic cooperation and trade, which recently passed $5 billion per year between the two countries, as well as the possibility of a Russia-Israel free-trade agreement.

In September 2019, two gay dads fled Russia because they were afraid their children would be taken away from them.

Andrei Vaganov and Evgeny Erofeyev said they were forced to flee Russia after the government began investigating their family when it discovered that their two sons did not have a mother.

This came six years after Russia introduced what has become known as the “gay propaganda” law, which bans the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations to minors”.

Human rights organisations have been highly critical of the discriminatory law and have said that it is exacerbating hostility towards minority groups.

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia has violated the rights of its LGBT+ citizens on three occasions since the law was introduced.

This guy is living with six brothers and having sex with two of them, yet somehow it isn’t a reality TV show

This guy is living with six brothers and having sex with two of them, yet somehow it isn’t a reality TV show

A man is sleeping with two of six brothers that he’s also living with. Not awkward in the slightest, we imagine. (Stock photo via Envato Elements) Sometimes, a series of words all fall together and form a sentence that you can’t help but read over and over again.

Words strung together that you thought you’d never see in your lifetime, such as ‘Donald Trump Jr’s book is a New York Times bestseller ‘, or ‘a gender reveal party involved a hippo munching a Jell-O-filled watermelon’.

Or: “What’s the word for the thing when you live with six brothers and have sex with two of them?”

Oh.

Uh. Man having sex with two out of six brothers he’s living with is somehow not a reality TV show.

The surreal sentence was not pulled from cancelled episode of Jeopardy! but rather from The Slate ‘s agony aunt column, ‘How to do it’.

“Oh, brother” has written in with quite the dilemma. He lives in a house share with six brothers, all around the same age.

The economy, huh?

Two of them he’s sleeping with. “I am naturally much closer to them than the other four,” he wrote.

The two brothers are completely aware of the dynamic, even with Ferdinand’s “occasional flares of jealousy”.

He continued: “The house we share the rent for is large enough that I’m sure the other four brothers don’t know about the sex.

“The problem is that I don’t know what to call this arrangement, even to myself. I’m often uncomfortably aware of just how unconventional it really is.

“When with one or both of them in public, I don’t know how to answer when people ask what Yarin and/or Ferdinand are to me.

“Yarin usually answers that we’re friends, which I don’t mind

“Ferdinand has brazenly answered that I am his boyfriend whom he shares with his brother, which I DO mind.

“That part isn’t anyone’s business!

“Ferdinand is somewhat hurt by this, as he is openly affectionate with me in public and expects reciprocation, but I’m a quiet person, while there are Mardi Gras parades more reserved than Ferdinand.

“My sex life is absolutely not the business of random strangers.

“Should I follow Yarin’s lead and just say we’re friends? And can I tell Ferdinand to cool it in public?”

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The agony aunt Rich Juzwiak is as stumped and confused as you are. Wondering why six brothers would be sharing a house – regardless of size – in the first place.

“You’ve given me a rather hearty paragraph, and I still have no idea what to call this,” Juzwiak explained. “Your situation defies easy summation.”

No kidding.

“You need not a label, not a paragraph, but an essay, at least, to explain yourself. I don’t know if there’s love involved here or if your relationship with these men is purely about sex.

Juzwiak suggests “polyamory” as the closest terms, but even he’s more concerned with “why their parents weren’t more concerned with overpopulation and what it might mean for a looming water shortage, how you found that house and were able to claim a bed, and why you all aren’t monetising your kooky living situation via a reality show”.

If you need to queue a few more classic tunes from Juzwiak’s column, may we suggest ‘ wife furious husband used to sleep with gay friend , assumes he must be cheating’.

Because, you know, there’s definitely no such things as bi or pansexual, right?

This non-binary eight-year-old understands identity and acceptance better than most adults

This non-binary eight-year-old understands identity and acceptance better than most adults

R said coming out was like "telling someone about a really cool comic". (Envato) A non-binary second grader at an elementary school in Pennsylvania has explained her thoughts on identity and acceptance, and she’s more insightful than most adults.

The eight-year-old, referred to as “R” in an interview with PublicSource to protect her identity, uses she/her pronouns and wants to be a meteorologist when she grows up.

R came out as non-binary last year, shortly before her eighth birthday, and said: “I’m not a girl, not a boy. I’m just me.”

The first person she told at school was another child in the playground who asked her if she was a boy or a girl. She responded by saying: “I’m non-binary!”

R said the feeling of excitement at being open about her identity was “like you were telling someone about a really cool comic that you like”.

She added: “I feel like… in the gender section of my heart, there is nothing.”

But at eight, R is already learning that other people see her as different. When she came home with district forms that required her mother to tick either a “male” or “female” box, R asked her mother to draw a third box that said “other”.

“It made me feel angry that people don’t include people who are both or neither,” R said.

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She is able to understand that when other children are mean to her at school, it comes from a place of misunderstanding, insecurity or fear.

She said: “I get called a lot of harsh things just because people don’t understand. They just don’t know what to call me, so they call me something mean.

“I wish that kids who were non-binary got all the same things as kids who are male or female.

“I wish that everybody could know what it means so that they don’t call kids mean names just because they’re non-binary.”

Her mother said that she began discussing the topic of identity, for example around race or gender, with her child when R was four years old.

She said of R coming out: “The fact that she even had the language to use, we were pretty proud of her. We need to have these conversations early and often.”

According to a Trevor Project survey, 78 per cent of transgender and non-binary youth reported being the subject of discrimination and three in 10 have attempted suicide.

But, consistently using the correct name and pronouns for trans people can reduce their rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts to almost the same levels as their cisgender counterparts.

Evangelical pastor who was sacked for coming out as gay in 1980s has been reinstated after 35 years

Evangelical pastor who was sacked for coming out as gay in 1980s has been reinstated after 35 years

Ralph Carl Wushke (firstelc.ca) A pastor who was effectively sacked from his church because he is gay has been reinstated more than 35 years after he left.

Ralph Carl Wushke was first ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) in 1978. In 1984, he left, feeling that he was no longer able to keep his sexuality a secret. A number of years later, he still felt the calling to serve as a pastor . But when he contacted the church, he was given the cold shoulder.

“One by one, the bishops just said, like, this is not possible really,” Wushke told CBC Radio’s As It Happens .

“I mean, unless you’re going to commit to celibacy, you know, we couldn’t even consider this,” bishops told him. The Evangelical Lutheran Church banned openly gay men from being ordained in 1988.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church doubled down on its stance in the following years. In 1988, they banned “self-declared and practising homosexuals” from being ordained, and those already ordained were forbidden from leading parishes.

The gay pastor said that time was “quite painful”.

“The Lutheran Church in Canada is quite small, and all of the bishops were also personal friends.” One by one, the bishops just said, like, this is not possible really. The archaic policy was finally reversed in 2011, but Wushke had already become a priest with the United Church of Canada. Despite his newfound role, he always wanted to return to the Lutheran church. When he retired in 2018, the doors were finally open for him to be reinstated. More from PinkNews

It was made even easier after the Lutheran church last year introduced a new process whereby pastors who had been forced out because of their sexuality could be fast-tracked back in. Ralph Carl Wushke spent years imagining what it would be like to return to the Lutheran church.

“I imagined it a lot over the years. I never knew if it really would happen,” Wushke said.

“I’ll try to serve faithfully,” he continued.

“Our congregation is in the heart of the city, surrounded by Ryerson University. There are no end of possibilities. There is a safe-injection site around the corner. There’s poverty.

“The general public, I think, mostly associates the church with that kind of church that is rejecting, that is judgmental, that isn’t warm and welcoming.

“So we have a task to say the church is a complex place … and, I mean, just dispelling the perceptions of the church as a very negative, hostile institution is a big job in itself.”

Aaron Carter’s response to an artist who called him out for stealing his work is all kinds of problematic

Aaron Carter’s response to an artist who called him out for stealing his work is all kinds of problematic

Former tween pop star Aaron Carter’s latest controversy is with a German freelance artist (Instagram/Twitter) Erstwhile 90s pop singer Aaron Carter has made an enemy of the online art community after he unapologetically used an artist’s work without permission to sell his new line of hoodies.

Carter is the younger brother of Backstreet Boys ‘ Nick Carter. He began performing at age 7 but became a household name in the early 2000s with the singles ‘I Want Candy’, ‘Aaron’s Party’ and ‘Bounce’.

Last year Nick announced he’d filed a restraining order against his brother “in light of Aaron’s increasingly alarming behaviour and his recent confession that he harbours thoughts and intentions of killing my pregnant wife and unborn child.” Shortly afterwards Aaron revealed a huge facial tattoo.

The bisexual singer is now directing his energy towards his new range of $100 hoodies , and recently used an image of two lions facing each other for his promotional campaign. The only problem was that he didn’t ask permission from Jonas Jödicke, the artist who created the image, and he didn’t take kindly to this being pointed out.

“The lion piece is called ‘Brotherhood,’ I painted it a few years ago in a time of personal confusion and hurt. It’s still is one of my favourite paintings I ever created,” Jödicke told Forbes.

‘Brotherhood’ has special meaning to Jödicke as it was the peice that started his freelance career. So when one of his followers told him Aaron Carter was using it to sell merchandise, he politely tweeted to him.

“Hey @aaroncarter … You are using my artwork to promote your merchandise. I have not given you permission to do so,” Jödicke wrote. “My art is being commercially exploited by people on a daily basis. We artists have rights, too!”

Rather than responding professionally as one artist to another, Aaron Carter replied… like this.

“You should’ve taken it as a compliment d*ck a fan of MINE sent this to me. oh here they go again, the answer is No this image has been made public and im using it to promote my clothing line, guess I’ll see you in small claims court F*CKERY” you should’ve taken it as a compliment dick a fan of MINE sent this to me. oh here they go again, the answer is No this image has been made public and im using it to promote my clothing line https://t.co/lgrQOZMPAq guess I’ll see you in small claims court FUCKERY https://t.co/MG78rgCwZr

— Aaroncarter (@aaroncarter) January 18, 2020 Jödicke said: “I was absolutely amazed as to how he could respond in such a way and not expect people to lash out. I shared his response on my Twitter and Instagram and that is when it really blew up.”

His tweet now has over 53,000 retweets and 141,000 likes. In a flash, the former tween popstar was being accused of “making a mockery” of artists, his angry response held as emblematic of the struggle artists face in claiming ownership of their work.

“You could say the artist community on Twitter is outraged,” Jödicke said.

Carter, it seems, could not care less. When Jödicke tweeted photos showing just how much effort he put into his work, Carter still refused to back down and referred to the artist as a “clout chaser”. Nice. here’s too clout chasers I was speaking about my family and a fan sent me the work your absolutely immature and I create my own artwork. stop trying to get clout of my name from a picture I posted. oh and fuck you and have a nice day. #assholechallenge I promote people #Fuckery https://t.co/N3CDywLepN

— Aaroncarter (@aaroncarter) January 19, 2020 Jödicke creates his digital art using a graphic tablet and Adobe Photoshop, and his work can take anywhere from five to 40 hours to complete.

Friends, don’t be like Aaron Carter: show your support for freelance artists and check out Jödicke’s website here.

Traumatising conversion therapy for LGBT children has finally been banned in Mormon state Utah

Traumatising conversion therapy for LGBT children has finally been banned in Mormon state Utah

A woman holds a sign at a rally in downtown Salt Lake City demand that the Mormon Church change their policy of doing "worthiness interviews" with children that may involve sexual matters. (George Frey/Getty) Traumatising conversion therapy is now officially illegal for LGBT+ children in Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS church), commonly known as the Mormon Church, is headquartered.

The anti-LGBT+ LDS church dominates politics in Utah and around a third of all Mormons in the US live in the state.

Most US states have a Mormon population of between zero and five percent, but according to the latest LDS figures, 68 percent of the Utah population is Mormon.

The proportion of the population who are members of the LDS church is greater than the proportion of Utah women who have jobs.

In October, 2019, the church announced that it opposed a proposed ban on conversion therapy in the state.

The church’s “family services” branch also sent a letter to the Utah Department of Commerce raising its concerns about the bill.

In the letter , the church said: “Regardless of a person’s sexual orientation, some behaviours related to or associated with sexual orientation can be destructive and psychologically unhealthy… Certainly a minor client with gender dysphoria who desires to change, through appropriate therapies, extreme or destructive ‘behaviours that express aspects of gender’ should be able to find help from responsible therapists.”

A month later, after assurances were added that churches would still be able to provide spiritual counselling, the LDS church u-turned and said it would not resist a ban on the traumatising and debunked practice of conversion therapy.

The change in law became final on Tuesday January 21, making Utah the 19th US state to ban the practice.

According to the Los Angeles Times , the original sponsor of the proposal, Republican Utah representative Craig Hall, said: “This measure will truly save lives.”

A study published in 2019 found that “transgender people who are exposed to conversion efforts anytime in their lives have more than double the odds of attempting suicide compared with those who have never experienced efforts by professionals to convert their gender identity.”

Chick-fil-A still wants a permanent UK restaurant despite immense backlash and two branches already closing

Chick-fil-A still wants a permanent UK restaurant despite immense backlash and two branches already closing

A Chick-fil-A logo is seen on a take out bag at one of its restaurants on July 28, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty) Despite immense backlash over its funding of anti-LGBT+ organisations, Chick-fil-A has insisted that it will push forward with opening a “permanent” UK location.

The statement comes on the same day that the UK’s only remaining Chick-fil-A shut its doors after facing a fierce public boycott . A second location in a shopping centre in Reading was also forced to close after sustained pressure from LGBT+ activists.

The chicken chain said the closure of the restaurant inside the Macdonald Aviemore Resort in the Scottish Highlands was not related to the backlash, despite a petition to the hotel chain attracting 1,200 signatures and support from Scottish parliamentarians.

The petition’s creator Scott Cuthbertson, manager of LGBTI Scotland, celebrated the closure and told PinkNews : “Chick-fil-A is a company with a terrible record of supporting anti-LGBT+ causes.

“Many LGBT people in the Highlands and beyond expressed alarm at the opening of a restaurant with such a record… I want to thank everyone who signed the petition to tell Chick-fil-A to cluck off.”

But, it seems the fast food chain is not gone for good.

A spokesperson for Chick-Fil-A told the The Herald Scotland : “The Chick-fil-A at Macdonald Aviemore Resort officially closed its doors on January 18, 2020 in line with our plan for a temporary pilot licensed location.

“It has been our pleasure to serve guests at this pilot restaurant for the past several months, and we are grateful to Macdonald Hotels for allowing us the opportunity to learn from each and every customer.

“These insights will help us immensely as we look to having a permanent location in the UK in the future.”

Chick-fil-A has a long history of opposing LGBT+ rights. The Baptist-owned company has given millions of dollars to anti-gay groups, leading to protests, boycotts, and several new US branches being banned from opening .

In 2013, it was reported that the chain’s anti-LGBT+ donations had almost doubled . The Chick-fil-A Foundation donated almost $3 million to an anti-marriage equality organisation in 2011.

In 2012, Chick-fil-A boss Dan Cathy confirmed that the chain is against same-sex marriage. He later said he regretted getting the company entangled in controversy surrounding LGBT+ rights, but said his views had not changed.