Rainbow Rage: Kyrgyz Rail Against LGBT After Central Asia’s ‘First’ Gay-Pride March

Rainbow Rage: Kyrgyz Rail Against LGBT After Central Asia's 'First' Gay-Pride March

Human rights activists were quick to defend the Women’s Day march and excoriate deputies for their remarks. What many consider the first gay-pride march ever held in Central Asia has unleashed a storm of controversy in Kyrgyzstan, with threats of violence against participants, counterprotests, and fiery parliamentary debate over whether to rein in civil society.

The peaceful march by some 400 people in central Bishkek on Women’s Day on March 8 promoting women’s rights and "equality for all" was fiercely criticized by socially conservative lawmakers in the predominantly Muslim country.

"The men who do not want to have children and the girls who do not want to pour tea…must not only be cursed, they must be beaten," Kyrgyz parliament deputy Jyldyz Musabekova wrote on Facebook of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) supporters who took part in the march in the Kyrgyz capital, with several of them carrying rainbow flags.

"We have to beat the craziness out of them," she added. "Are there any decent guys out there [willing to do that]?"

She warned later during a March 13 debate in parliament that "if we sit silently…Kyrgyzstan will become a ‘Gayistan.’" Kyrgyz parliament deputy Jyldyz Musabekova: "We have to beat the craziness out of them." Musabekova’s comments were harshly criticized by some parliament members and on social media but echoed in gentler terms by other deputies.

Deputy Ziyadin Zhamaldinov said that in allowing the march to take place Kyrgyzstan had "disgraced" itself in front of neighboring countries. No women’s marches were held in any of the four other Central Asian states.

Zamaldinov’s colleague, Ainuru Altybaeva, said the march had "damaged" the concept of the traditional family.

Such comments are emblematic of a deep societal division within Kyrgyzstan, the region’s only democracy and arguably its most progressive country.

‘Very Proud’

Human rights activists were quick to defend the Women’s Day march and excoriate deputies for their remarks.

"We are not offended by this parliament — these deputies have in past years expressed even more absurd ideas," rights activist Tolekan Ismailova said.

"I think it’s very cool that the LGBT community came on the march, because this is also related to the rights of women if we are talking about lesbians and transgender girls who face tremendous violence in Kyrgyzstan," said Bektour Iskender, the founder of the popular Kloop.kg website and a participant in the march.

"This is part of the women’s rights movement — it’s impossible to separate them. And I’m very proud of Kyrgyzstan that this has become possible here."

Iskender added that it wasn’t the only time that supporters of sexual minorities in Kyrgyzstan had been taking part in the women’s march — only that this was the first time opponents of the LGBT community had noticed.

"I urge people in Kyrgyzstan to stop being afraid of LGBT people — they’re also part of our society," he said. "I think that parliament deputies would also do well to get some kind of education in the field of human rights, because they’re saying some very uneducated things."

30 Or 40?

Bektour told RFE/RL that this year’s women’s march had more participants than in previous years because of actions by the nationalist 40 Warriors (Kyrk Choro) organization, which had made threats to marchers and city officials allowing the event to be held.

City officials initially tried to discourage organizers from the Bishkek Feminist Initiatives (BFD) from holding the march, saying that it could cause traffic jams and lead to confrontations.

But the BFD was undeterred.

"The city police told us that for ‘security reasons’ you should not go out because members of Kyrk Choro could ‘come and do something,’" BFD representative Gulaiym Aiylchy said. "We told them that despite your warnings we will still come out [and march]."

While there were 40 Warriors members present at the march, they didn’t directly interfere with the procession. However, they are accused of making threats to female activists and others who attended.

Rights activist Rita Karasartova, political analyst and former government deputy minister Edil Baisalov, and ex-lawmaker Ravshan Jeenbekov also said they had been intimidated or threatened for taking part in the march.

40 Warriors was also criticized for the behavior of its leader, Zamirbek Kochorbaev, who was accused of intimidating Mira Tokusheva, a march organizer, during a public TV program on March 11 in which he said he had the organizers’ "addresses." Kyrk Choro leader Zamirbek Kochorbaev addresses media in Bishkek on March 11. 40 Warriors called on March 11 for Bishkek Mayor Aziz Surakmatov to resign for permitting the march, and two days later the nationalist group held a counterprotest in front of parliament, warning its members that it and its "thousands" of supporters would take action if lawmakers did not.

Only about 30 people attended the nationalist group’s rally. "We propose that 40 Warriors rename themselves," Iskender said, "to 30 di**heads."

Sociologist and anthropologist Altyn Kapalova said the statements by deputy Musabekova on social media and in the parliament may have violated the law.

"What Musabekova wrote can be regarded as a violation of the fundamental rights of every Kyrgyz citizen," she said. "It is not just rudely expressed, but also calls on other people to commit violence. To this we must not just respond but bring to justice."

Blaming NGOs

The debate in parliament on March 13 included the national security agency deputy chairman, Orozbek Opumbaev, who said he "shared" deputies’ concerns about the participation of LGBT members in the Women’s Day march.

He told the deputies it was "necessary" to pass a law similar "to what was adopted in Russia" that would monitor the finances of NGOs — a reference to the controversial "foreign agents" law passed in Russia in 2012.

"This is the main problem — that the financing [of NGOs] goes unchecked," he said. "In particular, on LGBT [groups]. How much money comes in [from abroad]?" he asked. "If we pass this law we have control."

For activist Ismailova, the idea is a nonstarter for Kyrgyzstan, where there are more than 14,000 registered NGOs.

"To those who say that NGOs should be checked, I would say: Read the constitution! NGOs openly show where they get funding from, provide all reports, and pay taxes," she said. "The companies of [some parliament] deputies do not pay as much taxes as we do."

Written by Pete Baumgartner based on reporting by RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service correspondents Ernist Nurmatov, Eleonora Beyshenbek Kyzy, and Kasym Rakhmankulov, and Current Time

Tyler Posey hopes Now Apocalypse gay character inspires others

Tyler Posey hopes Now Apocalypse gay character inspires others

Tyler Posey attends the premiere of ‘Now Apocalypse’ in which he plays a gay character for the first time. (Frazer Harrison/Getty) Actor Tyler Posey has opened up about his excitement at playing a gay character for the first time in the new Starz comedy series Now Apocalypse.

Posey, best known for playing the lead role in MTV’s Teen Wolf , stars as Gabriel in Now Apocalypse. The character develops an intimate relationship with main character Ulysses Zane, played by Avan Jogia, after the two meet on a gay dating app.

Posey has previously played a bisexual character in Jane The Virgin , but his role in Now Apocalypse includes several gay sex scenes, as well as full-frontal nudity. “I was excited to play a gay character, because I’m really comfortable with my sexuality.”

“I was excited to play a gay character, because I’m really comfortable with my sexuality” Posey told AOL in an interview published on Friday (March 15).

Posey said he hoped his character will inspire others to be just as self-confident. “I think it’s cool that somebody could see me on the show and say, ‘Hey, that kid is really comfortable with his sexuality, and he’s going all for it and that can inspire me to love myself,’” he said. The cast of Now Apocalypse, L-R: Tyler Posey, Karley Sciortino, Roxane Mesquida, Avan Jogia, Beau Mirchoff, Kelli Berglund, and Gregg Araki. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Now Apocalypse star Jogia instead defined his character as “a sexual astronaut” in an interview with TVLine.

“Sexuality is a spectrum, and he moves around it. He definitely has the realms in which he’s most comfortable, but he’s also down to try new stuff out. I like playing a character that’s asking a different question about sexuality, even blurring of the lines of sexuality,” he said.

Jogia added: “It’s not so cut and dry. We can explore many things all at the same time. There aren’t enough characters doing that in movies or on TV.” Tyler Posey weighs in debate on actors playing LGBT+ roles

Posey was asked about how he feels about being a straight actor playing a gay character, amid an ongoing debate over the portrayal of LGBT+ characters on the small and big screen.

Several other actors , both straight and LGBT+, have been expressing their opinions on the matter.

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace star Darren Criss , who is straight, recently vowed to never play another gay character again, as to avoid being “another straight boy taking a gay man’s role.”

Posey, who in 2017 apologised after posting a video on Snapchat in which he appeared to come out as gay, welcomed the debate. He questioned, however, the idea of imposing limits on what actors can and cannot play.

He said: “Does that mean that gay people are only limited to play gay roles and can’t play straight roles? It puts lines and barriers around what we’re trying to portray on the show of being fluid and open and everyone being accepted.” Skintology MD My Skin Tags Just Vanished Like That

8 LGBTI wrestlers smashing stereotypes and changing the wrestling game

8 LGBTI wrestlers smashing stereotypes and changing the wrestling game

LGBTI wrestlers from left to right – Dave Marshall (@davemarshall89), Sonya Deville (@sonyadevillewwe), Darren Young (@realfredrosser) and Nyla Rose (@nylarosebeast). | Photos: Instagram Like most competitive sports, seeing openly LGBTI wrestlers can be a rare occurrence.

But that’s all slowly changing.

There are a handful of LGBTI wrestlers making waves in the wrestling game, smashing stereotypes and living their lives out and proud.

These eight LGBTI wrestlers are showing the world how it’s done: 1. Sonya Deville

Sonya Deville (real name Daria Rae Berenato) is an American professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) SmackDown brand, although she started out in Raw.

The 25-year-old wrestler made her professional wrestling debut in December 2015 in WWE’s developmental brand NXT.

In 2017, she formed a trio with wrestlers Mandy Rose and Paige, known as Absolution.

Although Paige retired from wrestling in April 2018, Deville still wrestles alongside Mandy Rose. She’s also competed in big wrestling events, like Royal Rumble and Survivor Series. Deville came out as a lesbian on national television four years ago during a televised Tough Enough competition.

‘Mandy and I were both on the show,’ she recalled to Sky Sports . ‘During the preliminary taping of the first premiere episode, they asked me if I was in a relationship.

‘I had a girlfriend at the time,’ she said.

Deville then explained: ‘I thought “What do I do… well, tell the truth, right?” So I said, “Yeah, I have a girlfriend, but she’s not my wife yet”.

‘I got nervous, and they all started smiling.

‘I said “Oh my god, I just came out on national television”. And Triple H replied “Yeah you did!”

On why coming out is important , she said: ‘If you’re scared to do it, my advice would be do it, because it was the best thing that ever happened.’ 2. Dave Marshall

Dave Marshall made international headlines in November last year when Gay Star News broke the story of his charity fundraising efforts.

Marshall is a personal trainer and openly gay wrestler from Perth, Australia.

He started his wrestling career in 2015, at the age of 26. He now wrestles for Perth-based wrestling company Southern Hemisphere Wrestling Alliance.

Marshall initially came out as bisexual to his now ex-girlfriend at the age of 23, then came out again as gay at 25.

‘I owed it to myself to explore [it] at a mature age,’ he said. ‘My family – even a very homophobic uncle – were all very supportive.’

What makes Marshall remarkable is his hugely successful charitable initiative of making homemade porn to fight LGBTI suicides.

Marshall explained he wanted to do something to give back to the community after his father took his own life two years ago.

In an Instagram post, Marshall revealed he saw ‘how big depression and anxiety has become in society and almost overlooked.’

Marshall then added: ‘Older men have a “Harden the fuck up” mentality they were brought up with.

‘Stats on LGBT in this area are quite scary too so I hope I can in some way, give back to my community. Positivity is everything,’ he said.

He initially donated the money to suicide prevention charity Beyond Blue, but they informed him they couldn’t accept his money because it came from pornography.

So he decided to instead donate his money to mental health charity, the Black Dog Institute . He’s raised $10,000 AUD ($7,228 US) in a year. 3. Nyla Rose

Washington-born Nyla Rose (aka Nyla the Destroyer) actually started out as an actress.

She starred in the 2016 Canadian television comedy series The Switch as the lead character. Rose played a Native American IT manager who comes out as a trans woman and has to rebuild her life after losing her job and her apartment as a result of her announcement.

The show aired six episodes over one season. Just last month, Rose made history by becoming the first transgender person to sign onto a major wrestling league.

All Elite Wrestling (AEW) made the announcement on 7 February and Rose confirmed the news on Twitter by posting a photo of the AEW logo, with the caption: ‘Oh it’s true alright.’

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing, with Nyla Rose getting into a heated argument with Kylie Ray on stage: Kylie Ray vs. Nyla Rose #DoubleOrNothing pic.twitter.com/9IB5vCIit4 — GIF Skull – #RAW #ThankYouKurt (@GIFSkull) February 8, 2019 The transgender wrestler has won the Warriors Of Wrestling Women’s Championship twice, the Covey Promotions Women’s Championship three times and the United Pro Wrestling Association Women’s Championship once. 4. Darren Young

Darren Young (real name Frederick Douglas Rosser III) is a hugely successful professional wrestler.

He made several appearances on WWE’s Sunday Night Heat, Velocity, Raw and SmackDown and is best known for his time as one half of the Prime Time Players with Titus O’Neil, as well as being part of the seven-member team Nexus.

In an interview in 2015, Darren Young publicly came out as gay . This made him the first ever active wrestler to come out as gay. The 35-year-old revealed his sexuality to a TMZ photographer after he was asked if a gay wrestler could be successful.

Laughing, he said: ‘Absolutely, absolutely! Look at me. I’m a WWE Superstar, and to be honest with you I’m gay. And I’m happy, very happy.’

Young then added: ‘It’s very important to me that people understand that someone’s sexual preference shouldn’t really matter. It should be about the person.’ A post shared by Freddie fka Darren Young (@realfredrosser) on Aug 2, 2018 at 9:53am PDT He’s since gone on to participate in anti-bullying campaigns and be vocal against WWE touring the United Arab Emirates , due to the country’s anti-gay laws.

Young was also a playable character in WWE’s 2K14 video game.

He now wrestles on the independent circuit under his real name. Young also revealed his mother is a lesbian. 5. Paige

Paige (real name Saraya-Jade Bevis) is an English professional wrestler, making her debut at the age of 13.

She signed on with WWE in 2011 and debuted on their main roster in 2014. In her debut match, she won the Divas Championship, becoming the youngest champion in the title’s history at the age of 21.

Paige quickly became one to watch, winning several big titles throughout her professional wrestling career. She’s also amassed a huge online following, with over 5.3 million followers on Instagram to date.

She announced her retirement from in-ring wrestling in April 2018, but then became the general manager of SmackDown. At the end of last year, she stepped down from the position, but remains in the show.

Alongside her wrestling career, Paige joined the cast of Total Divas – an American reality television show on the lives of female professional wrestlers.

During one of the episodes, fellow WWE colleague Rosa Mendes kissed Paige, who then revealed she’s bisexual.

As the cast were discussing if they’ve kissed girls in the past, Paige said: ‘I feel like it’s ok to do these days. It’s like the 21st century – I’m not very fussy.’

Mendes responds: ‘So you have been with a girl then?’Then Paige replies: ‘Well yeah, it’s the 21st century – I just said that.’Paige said she doesn’t discriminate between genders when it comes to finding love. She is currently dating rock band Falling in Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke. 6. Kris Wolf Kris Wolf (real name Kris Hernandez) is a Chicago-born professional wrestler. She spent her childhood years in New Jersey, but eventually settled in San Fransisco before moving to Japan to be an English teacher in Tokyo.After a year and a half of teaching, she entered a competition to start joshi puroresu – a popular form of professional wrestling in Japan. She signed with World Wonder Ring Stardom.Over the next four years, she won a couple of championships, including the High Speed Championship and the Alternative Wrestling Show Women’s World Championship.In January this year, Wolf posted to Twitter about her wedding to her wife.‘I found my human,’ she wrote on Twitter. ‘She makes me feel like existence is slightly less terrifying. Thank you, universe.‘P.S. All of my in-laws are tall vikings. The universe has quite a sense of humor,’ she tweeted.Last month, Wolf announced her latest tour will be her last and she’ll retire due to injuries. 7. Mack Beggs Mack Beggs made international headlines in 2017 when the state of Texas forced him to compete in the female state wrestling tournament, despite identifying as male.According to guidelines, athletes must compete in tournaments that match their gender assigned to them at birth.As a result, Beggs won both the 2017 and 2018 state championship tournaments.The crowd ended up booing Beggs after his 2018 win.He said in a recent interview with Daily Dot : ‘I still get upset about it sometimes. Yeah, I won two state titles. But I identify as a dude.’Beggs then added: ‘I couldn’t do anything about it. Technically, I did win but I didn’t win. It’s a fucked situation.’The 19-year-old wrestler recently announced on his Instagram page that he will now be wrestling for Life University in Georgia.ESPN created a new documentary entitled Mack Wrestles, which follows his inspiring story. It also features the unique relationship he has with his supportive grandmother. 8. Jake Atlas California resident Jake Atlas (real name Kenny Marquez) came out as gay at the end of 2017. He made the announcement on Twitter, right after winning the Southern California Rookie of the Year award.The 24-year-old said winning the award was the ‘proudest’ moment of his life and it gave him the confidence to live his truth.He first realized he was gay in the sixth grade, when he liked a boy in his class.But when he actually came out to his mother and brother three years later, they didn’t react well.‘Being openly gay is still something I struggle sharing with my mom,’ he told Gay Star News in 2018. ‘She’s fully become accepting, but she always admits that in her heart, it hurts her.’Atlas found Santino Bros Wrestling Academy in Los Angeles in July of 2014 and initiated his training then.He trained at least three to four days a week for the next two years until finally achieving his professional debut on 6 August 2016.He’s now on the independent scene and said he’s ‘having a blast’. See also: Wrestler stripped of college scholarship for yelling ‘F**k f*ggots!’ at Trump rally

Ambiga calls out Pakatan’s cowardice, says law protects LGBT minority too

Ambiga calls out Pakatan's cowardice, says law protects LGBT minority too

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan says the law gives equal protection to everyone, even the LGBT community which is marginalised and vulnerable due to the discrimination and hate directed against them here. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 ― Politicians from Pakatan Harapan (PH) and PAS who verbally attacked the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) minority community in Malaysia are showing cowardice, prominent lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today.

Currently a commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists also reminded the federal government that the law gives equal protection to everyone, even the LGBT community which is marginalised and vulnerable due to the discrimination and hate directed against them here.

“Are they proud of the way they attacked a minority community with their non-scientific based views, thus exposing them to more violence and hate?

“But then, it is easy to attack a minority group. That is not courage. That is cowardice,” she said in a stinging statement as she tore into politicians who tried to score political points with voters at the expense of the vulnerable LGBT community.

Ambiga listed examples of how the LGBT community has to grapple with threats to their welfare and lives, including the murder of transgender people with victims found with signs of having undergone extreme violence or torture; a Penang teenager who died in 2017 after being assaulted for being effeminate; accounts of transgender women being arrested and forced to strip naked; and LGBT persons facing discrimination at workplaces and at hospitals.

Ambiga, who is formerly a member of the government’s Institutional Reforms Committee, said it was horrifying to hear PAS and even PH MPs pour vitriol on the LGBT community on Thursday.

“I urge all leaders who condemn LGBT persons to consider this ― you do not have to agree with the LGBT community or approve of them. But as leaders you do have a duty to ensure their safety and to protect their fundamental rights,” she said.

“It is easy to beat up on minority communities who are unable to fight back. What takes courage and leadership is to fight for their fundamental liberties even if you disagree with them,” she added.

Ambiga claimed that some PH leaders were behaving like bullies instead of responsible leaders, where they allegedly not only fail to protect the weak but further endanger them with discriminatory remarks.

Calling for the police to stop probing the organisers of the Women’s Day march which featured demands against violence or discrimination towards LGBT persons, Ambiga also gave PH leaders a tip on what to say if they are questioned by the public on this issue.

“We are aware that there are many who may not personally approve of the LGBT community. However, everyone is entitled to equal protection of the law. The Federal Constitution does not discriminate on the grounds of gender or sexual identity. This government will not tolerate any form of violence against any person.. Every human being deserves to live free from fear,” she suggested to the PH leaders.

While saying that Malaysians want the PH government which it voted in to succeed, Ambiga noted that they must show leadership on tough issues by relying on the rule of law and using a rights-based approach.

“If they do not, then they are no better than the previous government who, at least, did not pretend that they cared about minority rights and the rule of law,” she said.

In her statement, Ambiga also noted the parallels between the LGBT minority in Malaysia and Muslims who are a minority in New Zealand and who yesterday were gunned down while preparing for Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch by a man who has been described in the media as a white supremacist and a terrorist.

Ambiga expressed sadness at the mosque attacks against that took the lives of 49 people and injured another 48 to date, including two Malaysians, one is critical after being shot in the spine.

“While writing this article, I read with overwhelming sadness of the Christchurch massacre. Heinous crimes of hate such as these are no less acts of terror and must be condemned in the strongest terms.

“May the lives lost in this senseless violence rest in peace and may those who were hurt recover speedily. This is a crime upon all of humanity,” she said.

Poland’s ruling party picks LGBT rights as election battlefront

Poland's ruling party picks LGBT rights as election battlefront

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s ruling nationalist party aims to stem a decline in its popularity ahead of two key elections this year with warnings that opposition support for LGBT education is a threat to Polish culture and should be blocked wherever possible. Police officers stand guard as far-right protesters try to block first in the city "Equality Parade" rally in support of the LGBT community in Lublin, Poland October 13, 2018. Jakub Orzechowski/Agencja Gazeta/via REUTERS

The Law and Justice Party (PiS) has condemned a new school sex education program planned in Poland’s opposition-ruled capital Warsaw, calling it an infringement of traditional Catholic values by Western liberalism.

PiS has targeted LGBT rights as it strives to reverse a decline in popularity amid corruption allegations against financial regulators and questions about party chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s business dealings, among other things.

Poland’s European Coalition, an umbrella grouping of opposition parties, has passed PiS by two points ahead of May’s European Parliament elections, according to a new opinion poll. Parliamentary elections will follow in the autumn.

The approved lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) education program in Warsaw is meant to teach students about sexual orientation, discrimination and reproductive health, according to standards set by the World Health Organization.

Conservative politicians, Roman Catholic leaders and commentators argue such lessons will rob parents of the right to decide how their children should be educated and see children discovering their sexuality too early.

“The whole social mechanism of preparing a young person, first a child and then a youth, for future roles as women and men, to start a family, for the role of mother and father, is being questioned. It could be destroyed,” Kaczynski told a PiS party convention on Saturday.

He added that if the opposition prevailed in the coming elections, it would “continue this attack on families, on children,” and urged voters to help PiS foil such outcomes.

Over half of Poles think homosexuality is not normal but can be tolerated, while a quarter believe it should not be tolerated at all, according to a poll carried out in late 2017 by CBOS.

Poland remains one of Europe’s most devout countries. Roughly 90 percent of the 38 million population identify as Catholics and some 12 million attend mass every Sunday. But while PiS is popular in small town and rural areas of Poland, it draws much less support in larger cities like Warsaw. ATMOSPHERE OF FEAR?

Some analysts said the PiS decision to zero in on LGBT matters in an election year was a strategy of playing on fear of the unfamiliar to win votes at a time when support for the PiS is floundering among young voters and urbanites.

“What the ruling party is doing isn’t a normal discussion about LGBT rights. Through certain connotations, linking this subject with a so-called threat to children, politicians are trying to create an atmosphere of fear,” sociologist Malgorzata Fuszara told daily Rzeczpospolita on Wednesday.

The tactic worked for PiS previously, analysts said, noting how in 2015 it used anti-migrant rhetoric to drum up support before its election defeat of the governing center-left Civic Platform.

“Here they’re playing on fear just like they did with migration. Only this time it’s not against migrants and Islamic countries but against the expansion of Western values,” said Aleksander Smolar at the Stefan Batory Foundation.

For their part, Polish bishops said in a statement that the Warsaw sex education program would undermine democracy by limiting parental rights and eroding free speech, as children would be instructed in ways at odds with Polish tradition.

PiS has used its electoral mandate to strengthen Catholic values, vowing to “lift Poland from its knees” in its fight against the alleged imposition by countries like Germany and France of a more secular, liberal way of life.

“We don’t want families to be replaced by a new social structure. We don’t want the state, specialists or experts to be the only ones to decide on how we raise our children,” said Zdzislaw Krasnodebski, a PiS ally in the European Parliament.

Polish schools do not currently offer formal sex education, instead teaching students how to prepare for “family life”.

Poland ranks second to last out of 28 European Union states when it comes to equality and non-discrimination, according to Rainbow Europe, an organization linked to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

Gay marriage is illegal in Poland and homosexual partnerships are not legally recognized.

PiS has long focused on bolstering the traditional family unit, comprised of a mother, father and children through social spending programs such as “500+”, which awards 500 zlotys ($131) a month per child to families with more than one child.

Before One Day At A Time: 8 queer shows canceled by Netflix

Before One Day At A Time: 8 queer shows canceled by Netflix

Sense8 saw a massive online campaign to give the show a well-deserved two-hour series finale in 2018. | Photo: Netflix Despite a campaign on social media to save the show, Netflix announced it will not be renewing One Day At A Time on 14 March.

The show about ‘an American familia’ features a lesbian character in a relationship with a non-binary person. ODAAT was not only praised for its positive representation of the LGBTI community, but also for tackling issues such as sexual consent, homophobia, and racism.

Many in the show’s loyal fanbase took to Twitter to criticize Netflix for the decision. Some pointed out that canceling similar shows conveys the message that certain narratives don’t matter.

The LGBTI series starring Justina Machado and Rita Moreno isn’t the first of its kind to have been axed by the streaming giant.

Throughout the years, we had to say goodbye to several queer shows due to lack of viewers or non-sustainable production costs. 1 Sense8

The popular 2015 sci-fi drama features eight characters of different sexualities and gender identities who find out they are mentally and emotionally linked.

Applauded for its diversity, the show created by trans sisters Lana and Lilly Wachowski cast trans actress Jamie Clayton in the role of Nomi Marks. Alongside Clayton, several actors of different ethnic background also starred.

When Netflix abruptly canceled the series in 2017, fans protested on social media. Their Twitterstorm earned the show a two-and-a-half-hour series finale featuring the most sensuous orgy scene. 2 Everything Sucks!

Set in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon, in 1996, Everything Sucks! focuses on a bunch of annoying high school kids struggling with first love.

One of the main characters, sophomore Kate (Peyton Kennedy), develops a crush on drama club queen Emaline.

A failed, premature attempt to recreate a sense of nostalgia for the 1990s, the show got axed after just one season. Let’s face it, despite the same-sex storyline, Everything Sucks!… sucked. 3 The Get Down

Starring Jaden Smith, the series is set in the late 1970s and offers a portrayal of the rising hip hop and disco scene.

Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama also briefly explored the queer relationship between Rumi (Jaden Smith) and Thor (Noah Le Gros) without giving too much away.

After releasing 11 episodes, Netflix announced the series was concluded in 2017. 4 Shadowhunters

Boasting a very passionate fandom, supernatural drama Shadowhunters about demon-trackers feature characters identifying as gay and bisexual.

Internationally distributed by Netflix, the series got canceled in June 2018. Constantin Films, the series producer, reportedly lost its output deal with Netflix, which was funding much of the project.

Freeform announced a two-hour series finale to give the show a proper sendoff. The final episode will air in May 2019. 5 Gypsy

Starring two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts as psychologist Jean Holloway, Gypsy wasn’t more than an average psychological thriller with a problematic title.

Jean begins infiltrating the lives of her patients when she develops an inexplicable attraction to another woman, manipulative barista/musician Sidney.

Netflix canceled the series after one season in 2017. 6 Jessica Jones

Marvel’s Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter in the titular role.

Centered on a former superhero who starts working as a private investigator, Jessica Jones received positive reviews for its raw portrayal of sexual assault and harassment and PTSD.

The series also featured powerful lesbian character Jeri Hogarth, a lawyer hiring Jessica to solve her cases. Played by Carrie-Ann Moss, Hogarth was a straight man in the original comic.

Netflix axed the show in February 2019, revealing its upcoming third season will be its last. 7 Super Drags

Short-lived Brazilian adult animated series features three friends who also perform as drag queens.

In a Powerpuff Girls fashion, Scarlet Carmesim, Lemon Chifon, and Safira Cyan, aka The Super Drags, are responsible for protecting the LGBTI community.

Featuring the voice of drag queen Pabllo Vittar, the English version sees RPDR contestants Trixie Mattel, Ginger Minj, Willam, and Shangela lending their voices to the characters. 8 Degrassi: Next Class

The last incarnation of high school drama franchise Degrassi, Next Class has several queer characters.

Particularly, the character of Tristan Milligan (Lyle Lettau) struggles not only with his sexuality but also with his body image. Tristan eventually loses his virginity to bisexual Miles (Eric Osborne).

The show also features a female same-sex couple, Zoe and Rasha, played by Ana Golja and Dalia Yegavian respectively.

Jointly produced by Netflix, Epitome Pictures and DHX Media, Degrassi officially came to an end on 7 March 2019. Read also:

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In Malaysia, uproar over LGBT groups at Women’s Day march

In Malaysia, uproar over LGBT groups at Women's Day march

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian minister has decried the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups at a march celebrating International Women’s Day on Saturday, calling it "a misuse of democratic space".

The statement comes amid concerns over growing persecution of the LGBT community in the Muslim-majority country, where sodomy and other same-sex acts are outlawed.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in September last year that Malaysia could not accept same-sex marriage or LGBT rights .

Mujahid Yusof Rawa , the minister in charge of religious affairs, said the government did not recognise LGBT practices as lawful.

"I am very shocked with the actions of certain parties… that misused democratic space in order to defend things that are wrong from the point of view of Islam," he said in a statement posted on his Facebook account on Saturday night.

Other groups condemning the presence of LGBT activists at the march include Parti Se-Islam Malaysia (PAS), a conservative Islamic party, and the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO), which ruled Malaysia for six decades before being toppled by Mahathir’s coalition last year.

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday calling for greater women’s rights, media reported.

The rally’s organisers, led by women’s rights groups, said the focus on the LGBT community was a distraction from key demands, such as calls for a dignified minimum wage, a ban on child marriage, and an end to patriarchy and violence based on gender and sexual orientation.

"Disproportionate attention was made to single out and target the presence of LGBT participants," the march’s organising committee said in a statement Sunday.

"This borders on incitement to hatred and violence towards a section of Malaysian society who are already at risk and facing multiple forms of discrimination."

The attack on the LGBT community is the latest in a series of incidents in the past few months that civil rights groups say illustrate growing hostility against gay and transgender people in Malaysia.

Mujahid had previously come under fire for ordering the removal of portraits of two LGBT activists from an art exhibition.

Last September, two lesbians were caned for "attempting lesbian sex" in Terengganu, a conservative state in Malaysia’s east. Mahathir later denounced the punishment, saying it "did not reflect the justice or compassion of Islam".

Malaysia describes oral and anal sex as against the order of nature. Civil law stipulates jail for up to 20 years, caning and fines for offenders, although enforcement of the law is rare.

Muslims are also governed by state-level Islamic laws, most of which carry provisions outlawing cross-dressing and same-sex acts.

Rep. Bailey Opposed Mandating LGBT History for K-12 Schools: No Parental ‘Opt Out’ Allowed

Rep. Bailey Opposed Mandating LGBT History for K-12 Schools: No Parental ‘Opt Out’ Allowed

Hide caption State Representative Darren Bailey (R-Louisville), voted no today on House Bill 246 that will mandate school books must include the teaching of the sexual identity of historical figures and that the sexual identities of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) must be identified.

“I am opposed to yet another mandate on our teachers,” said Rep. Darren Bailey, a former school board member. “There is nothing that prevents the teaching of the lives of historical figures including if they were known to have been homosexuals. But forcing that information on 5 year olds and elementary school children is more of an effort of indoctrination than of learning history about individuals who accomplished important discoveries in science or created great works of art.”

This bill would amend the Illinois school code regarding the textbook block grant program. It provides that the textbooks authorized to be purchased must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must be non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Act. Provides that textbooks purchased with grant funds must be non-discriminatory. Provides that in public schools the teaching of history of the United States shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.

Rep. Bailey added, “I also opposed this legislation because it does not provide an ‘opt out’ option for parents who do not wish their children exposed to this kind of information for religious reasons or because their child may not be of a mature enough age to fully understand the meaning and implications of what LGBT actually is.”

This legislation now goes to the Illinois Senate for consideration. If it passes the Senate, it would go to the Governor for his signature or veto. If approved, the law would then become effective July 1, 2020.

Republicans demand parents get ‘opt-out’ from LGBT history lessons

Republicans demand parents get ‘opt-out’ from LGBT history lessons

San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk, a pioneering gay activist who was assassinated in 1978. Republican state lawmakers have said parents should get an ‘opt-out’ from history lessons that relate to LGBT public figures.

Rep. Darren Bailey, who represents the 109th district in the Illinois House of Representatives, made the claim as the body approved a bill on the issue.

HB0246, which passed the House by a vote of 60 to 42 on Wednesday (March 13), expands education guidelines that state history lessons in Illinois public schools should reflect the “contributions of all people.”

In addition to existing guidance that states “the teaching of history shall include a study of the role and contributions of African-Americans and other ethnic groups,” the bill adds that lessons should reflect “the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.” Republicans want ‘opt-out’ from history lessons

Bailey, one of the 42 lawmakers who cast a vote against the law, said that parents should be able to pull their children out of history lessons about LGBT+ people.

According to the Pontiac Daily Leader , Bailey said he opposed the bill “because it does not provide an ‘opt out’ option for parents who do not wish their children exposed to this kind of information for religious reasons, or because their child may not be of a mature enough age to fully understand the meaning and implications of what LGBT actually is.” A newspaper from 1969 hangs in New York’s Stonewall Inn, considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement, where patrons fought back against police persecution in 1969. (Drew Angerer/Getty) He added: “Forcing that information on 5 year olds and elementary school children is more of an effort of indoctrination.”

Another opponent, Republican lawmaker Rep. Tom Morrison also complained that “there’s no parental opt-out” from history lessons.

However, Democrats insist lessons would be based on “historical facts.” LGBT+ history bill backed by Democrats

The bill’s sponsor, Anna Moeller, said: “Let’s give LGBT students a safe inclusive and welcoming environment and ensure that all of our students have an accurate and improved history and understanding of how LGBT individuals and movements have contributed and shaped our world today.”

The law now heads to the Illinois Senate, which backed a previous bill on the issue in 2018.

If approved again by the Senate, the bill will then head to the desk of the state’s Democratic governor J. B. Pritzker, a supporter of LGBT+ rights who was endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign.

It would take effect in July 2020.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged in 2016 to put LGBT history on the school curriculum .

He said: “As part of our commitment to equality and inclusivity we will advance LGBT+ inclusion in the education system by updating the national curriculum to reflect LGBT+ historical figures and LGBT+ rights.

“[We will] work with schools to promote a safe and inclusive environment for LGBT+ young people and encourage the adoption of inclusive practices and language to ensure that LGBT+ students achieve positive educational outcomes.”

Bi YouTube star Lilly Singh to replace Carson Daly in NBC late-night slot

Bi YouTube star Lilly Singh to replace Carson Daly in NBC late-night slot

YouTube sensation Singh (center) announced the news on her Twitter account | Picture: Twitter (@IISuperwomanII) NBC has found its next late-night host, and she’s a bisexual women of color. YouTube star Lilly Singh is taking over the 1:30am spot currently occupied by Last Call With Carson Daly.

It will make her the only woman with a late-night talk show on a broadcast network.

Her new show, A Little Late With Silly Singh, will debut in September.

The half-hour program will feature in-studio interviews, and pre-taped comedy sketches and segments. ‘This is a dream come true’

Announced yesterday (14 March), Singh said: ‘An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late-night show? Now that is a dream come true.’

‘I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.’

Singh’s reached YouTube fame eight years ago with her channel, Superwoman.

Since amassing 14 million followers, Singh appeared in the 2016 film Bad Moms and appeared in HBO’s Fahrenheit 451. ‘I’m fully embracing my superpowers’

Singh, 30, came out as bisexual last month in an inspirational post.

She said: ‘Female, Coloured, Bisexual.

‘Throughout my life these have proven to be obstacles from time to time.

‘But now I’m fully embracing them as my superpowers.’

Signh since took a hiatus from her channel for mental health reasons.

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