Fighting for LGBT rights in Myanmar with a ”pink pinky”

Fighting for LGBT rights in Myanmar with a ''pink pinky''

Yangon, Jan 22 (AFP) LGBT activists in Myanmar campaigning to decriminalise same-sex relations are urging thousands of people to paint their little finger pink as they try to highlight the issue ahead of elections later this year.

Although space is opening up for the LGBT community in the conservative country, same-sex relations are still illegal, a legacy of former colonial power Britain.

At the "pink pinky" campaign launch on Wednesday — held ahead of a Pride party in Yangon this weekend expected to attract more than 10,000 people — rights groups called for the ban to be repealed and for an anti-discrimination law to be enacted.

Fronting the movement is Myanmar”s Miss Universe contestant, who came out publicly as lesbian late last year — the first to do so in the event”s history.

"We need legal protection, we need legal recognition and we need legal reform," Hla Myat Tun, deputy director of the group Colours Rainbow, told AFP.

This year”s Pride is the country”s sixth edition and biggest so far, spanning three weekends and multiple locations across the commercial hub, with organisers calling for attendees to show support with their hands.

The country is likely to hold elections in November and activists have been working closely with counterparts in India, where the country”s highest court revoked a similar law in 2018.

Hla Myat Tun said the victory had huge ramifications for Myanmar too.

"What are the lessons, what things can we learn, what things can we apply here?" Miss Universe beauty queen Swe Zin Htet will on Saturday receive the Pride”s "Hero" award for an outstanding contribution to the LGBT cause.

The 21-year-old said coming out was not easy but it was the right decision, and "so many people" had offered her support.

A prominent suicide of a gay man last year blamed on workplace bullying cast a spotlight on the long-marginalised community in Myanmar. (AFP) SCY

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Petition revives calls for LGBT street names

Petition revives calls for LGBT street names

A man has started a petition to change the name of Isis Street to Harvey Milk Street. Photo: Courtesy Twitter A petition to rename a South of Market street after Harvey Milk has reignited the issue of honoring LGBT leaders with street names in San Francisco.

Last week, a change.org petition ( https://bit.ly/2uNuSg9 ) was created that asks Mayor London Breed and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to change the name of Isis Street, a small side street in the South of Market neighborhood, to Harvey Milk Street.

As of Tuesday, it had garnered 45 signatures toward a goal of 100.

The first such proposal to rename a street after Milk failed to gather steam back in 1999. Milk was the first openly gay man elected to office in San Francisco and California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated the next year.

But now the creator of the petition — David Collins, 59, a straight ally who owns property on Isis Street — said he would be open to renaming the street after someone else, after members of the LGBT community indicated in Facebook discussions after the Bay Area Reporter’s initial January 15 article online that a street in SOMA should be named for a member of the leather community, or that Milk should be honored with a different street.

"Maybe instead of Isis Street, it could be something that has a patriotic connotation like Veterans Street," Collins said in a January 17 interview with the B.A.R., adding that he may rework his efforts to reflect that. "The most compelling thing is to take the Isis name off.

"The LGBT community is in a better position to name Harvey Milk street, and I would support that," he added.

Terry Beswick, the executive director of the GLBT Historical Society, wrote on Facebook that he would support renaming Market Street for Milk. The 1999 proposal would have renamed a section of Market Street for Milk.

Gerard Koskovich, also of the GLBT Historical Society, suggested renaming Isis Street for Michel Foucault, the French philosopher who frequented the SOMA LGBT scene and died of complications from AIDS in 1984.

At least two San Francisco supervisors expressed their support for the idea after the initial petition was launched. District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney (Isis Street is in his district) wrote to the Bay Area Reporter via text message, "I love it."

"I’m definitely for more streets named after our local LGBT heroes, and it’d be amazing to have a street named after Harvey Milk in West SOMA," Haney wrote. "It’s a great location for that. I’ll check in with the community about it and next steps."

Gay District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, the lone LGBT member of the board, wrote to the B.A.R. that he supports having a street named for Milk, but would prefer it if such a street would be in the Castro neighborhood that Milk represented.

"I’m a fan of naming everything we can after Harvey Milk! Naming a San Francisco street after Harvey certainly seems appropriate, though I’d obviously love for it to be in the neighborhood he represented on the Board of Supervisors," wrote Mandelman, who now represents the Castro at City Hall. "I’m happy to have discussions about any possibilities with community members and friends and family of Harvey’s."

Isis Street is near the SF Eagle leather bar and the under-construction Eagle Plaza in the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District.

"Its name presumably had paid homage to ‘Isis,’ a goddess from the polytheistic pantheon of Egypt," the petition states. "Unfortunately, Isis has taken on a new, maleficent meaning, referencing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

"This petition will be presented to San Francisco Mayor London Breed and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in hopes that they will take action and change this street name to Harvey Milk St.," it reads.

Collins spoke with the B.A.R. by phone early January 16. He owns a 10-unit building on Isis Street.

"How would you like to be a disabled American veteran in your wheelchair on Isis Street?" he asked.

Collins said that his proposal is primarily about getting the Isis name off the street while honoring Milk, saying his LGBT relatives and friends might not have come out if not for Milk. The gay leader, both in his political columns he wrote for the B.A.R. and in his campaign stump speeches, implored LGBT people to come out of the closet.

"This isn’t about me," Collins said. "If someone in the LGBT community wants to take the mantle, I don’t mind. But if it starts with me, it’s OK. I just want a more positive name for the street and neighborhood."

Collins feels that the location is appropriate because of the historic LGBT presence in the South of Market neighborhood.

"We have the Eagle Plaza on one side and Folsom Street on the other side," Collins said. "Harvey Milk would fit right in."

Robert Goldfarb, a gay man who serves as the president of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District board, wrote in an email to the B.A.R. January 16 he will see what people in the area think of the proposal.

"Naturally, we are in favor of ways to honor Harvey Milk and we’re also interested in what the residents think of the change," Goldfarb wrote. "Additionally, we believe that on other streets in the leather & LGBTQ district, there are many ways to commemorate leather leaders and the neighborhood’s rich history which would benefit everyone who visits, works, or lives in the district."

Collins said that he reached out to then-District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim "four or five years ago" about the possibility of a name-change for Isis Street and she said she would support it if Collins got a petition started. But at the time he thought that ISIS would fade from people’s memories, and he was occupied with other things.

"I thought ISIS would go away, but in the meantime it’s only gotten worse," he said.

Kim did not respond to a request for comment.

Past effort unsuccessful
San Francisco does not have a street named for the slain LGBT civil rights icon. San Diego had the first street named for Milk, in 2012. Salt Lake City named a street for Milk in 2016, followed by Portland, Oregon in 2018.

Twenty-one years ago a proposal to rename a stretch of Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to Portola Drive — a main artery through the heart of the city’s LGBT Castro district — after Milk went nowhere. A resident and business owner of the Castro, Milk represented the neighborhood at City Hall for 11 months in 1978 until he was assassinated November 27 that year.

That proposal from the Castro Citizens Congress, a neighborhood improvement group, needed 10,500 signatures to make the November 1999 ballot, according to a contemporaneous story in the San Francisco Examiner.

It didn’t make it, according to the San Francisco Department of Elections website.

But in the City by the Bay, and especially in the Castro neighborhood, Milk’s name is still omnipresent.

The San Francisco Public Library branch in the Castro is named for Milk, as is the plaza above the Castro Muni station, and the LGBTQ Democratic club he founded after his 1976 election defeat (originally called the Gay Democratic Club).

Milk’s name appears on Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport, the building that houses a Job Corps center on Treasure Island, an elementary school in the Castro, and an arts center in Duboce Triangle.

Milk also has an F Market streetcar, a bust in City Hall, a United States Postal Service stamp (2014), and a state holiday of special significance on May 22, Milk’s birthday.

The U.S. Navy announced last month that it began construction on a ship named for Milk.

Street names
Any request for a street renaming faces a lengthy process. It would need to be scheduled for a supervisors committee and voted on by the full board.

Several street names in San Francisco have changed in recent decades to reflect the diversity of the city’s population. Most notably, there was a bitter fight in 1995 over Army Street.

The Board of Supervisors voted to rename the street after Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez in 1995. But the name change came at a time of racial discord in California in the aftermath of the anti-immigrant Proposition 187, and many white residents wanted the name changed back to Army.

A ballot proposition to remove Chavez’s name went down in defeat November 7, 1995 by 54%-45%, according to the elections department.

In more recent years, there was considerably less controversy when Phelan Way was renamed in 2018 for Latina bisexual artist Frida Kahlo, and when a block of 16th Street was renamed 1 José Sarria Court, after the first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States. Sarria, a legendary drag queen, ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961 and founded the Imperial Court system.

That block, where the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library is located, was renamed for Sarria in 2006, when he was still alive. (Sarria died in 2013.)

The city has also bestowed honorary street names that recognize LGBT community members, meaning that they do not impact the mailing addresses for businesses and residences on that block.

The 100 block of Taylor Street was renamed Gene Compton’s Cafeteria Way after the business where a transgender-led uprising against police brutality occurred in 1966, three years before the more famous Stonewall riots in Manhattan.

The 100 block of Turk Street was named Vicki Mar Lane, after trans performer Vicki Marlane, who died in 2011 at the age of 76 due to AIDS-related complications.Marlane had hosted a popular drag revue show at gay bar Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, which is located at 133 Turk Street. She is the first transgender person to be honored with a street naming in San Francisco.In 2014, Lech Walesa Alley between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue was renamed Dr. Tom Waddell Place, due in part, to the former Polish leader making homophobic comments. Waddell was the founder of the Gay Games.A block of Myrtle Street near City Hall is named for lesbian author Alice B. Toklas, who was born nearby. And Jack Kerouac Alley in North Beach honors the bisexual Beat Generation writer.

Online Extra: CA LGBTs urged to fill out census forms

Online Extra: CA LGBTs urged to fill out census forms

Equality California Institute Executive Director Rick Zbur said the organization is launching a campaign for LGBT people to pledge to complete the 2020 census. Photo: Courtesy EQCA With billions of federal funding at stake and California at risk of seeing its congressional representation diminish, the state’s LGBT residents are being urged to fill out their 2020 census forms. Doing so is being pitched as a way to not only protect the Golden State’s political clout and financial resources but also as a protest against the Trump administration’s rollback of federal LGBT rights and protections.

During the Obama administration, a working group of federal agencies had been looking at including questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on the 2020 census form but the final decision was left up to the administration of his successor. And in March 2017, nearly two months after President Donald Trump took office, the U.S. Census Bureau confirmed the forms would not include SOGI questions, causing an uproar among LGBT groups and federal lawmakers supportive of seeing the census collect SOGI data.

Since then LGBT groups and advocates have been using the hashtag #WillBeCounted on social media platforms to drum up awareness about the importance of taking part in the census despite the lack of the SOGI questions. It is especially critical in California, where for the first time in the state’s history it could lose a House seat in Congress because the state’s population is no longer growing as fast as several Western and Southern states that are expected to pick up House seats next year.

Not only is the census population count used to allocate House seats to the states, it also determines funding for myriad social services, from food stamps and Medicaid to Section 8 housing vouchers and community health centers.

Equality California, the statewide LGBT advocacy group, on its website is asking people to pledge that they will fill out their census forms this spring. For the first time people will be able to do so online, or they can return the printed forms that will be mailed to them by April 15.

"Thank you for taking the pledge and letting the Trump-Pence administration know we #WillBeCounted!" states a note that pops up on the screen of those who fill out the online form.

Pledge to be counted
Starting Wednesday (January 22) EQCA will be running ads on Facebook and the hookup app Grindr to encourage people to sign the pledge. It is part of a $1 million campaign the agency is undertaking this year to ensure LGBT people fill out the census.

"The 2020 census is nothing less than a fight for our future — a future that values diversity and invests in the communities that need it most," stated Equality California Institute Executive Director Rick Zbur. "Too often, California’s diverse LGBTQ community is undercounted — which denies us power, representation and funding for programs that the most vulnerable members of our community need to survive. There’s far too much at stake to allow that to happen in 2020. LGBTQ Californians will be counted."

The bulk of the money came from a grant EQCA received from the California Complete Count Office, which is overseeing the state’s 2020 census efforts. It also received funding from the California Community Foundation specifically for outreach efforts in Los Angeles County and from the California Wellness Foundation for its statewide efforts.

"Right now we are just asking people to pledge to complete the census. In March, we will be doing follow up outreach to people to remind them to fill out the census," said EQCA spokesman Samuel Garrett-Pate.

EQCA has been working with a coalition of LGBT groups around the state to prepare for this year’s census. A major awareness drive was conducted last year at Pride events across the Golden State.

Amanda McAllister-Wallner, director of the California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network, told the Bay Area Reporter that the census campaign generated overwhelmingly positive reactions.

"I think people were both receptive to the idea of being counted and that this is important for these services that are important to me and the community," said McAllister-Wallner, adding that the Trump administration’s attempts not to count LGBT people in various government surveys also registered. "They are attacking you at the federal level constantly and this is an opportunity to fight back and demand I will be counted in the census. It is a way for people to say, ‘You can’t erase me. You can’t erase my community.’"

The decennial count of the nation’s population will fall short in terms of collecting exact data on the number of LGBT residents, since the 2020 census will not be asking people to specify if they identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. In terms of a person’s gender, the only choice one can select is either male or female.

There will be a question where same-sex couples can clearly mark their relationship. New to the 2020 census forms in explaining how people living in the same household are related are the options "same-sex husband/wife/spouse" or "same-sex unmarried partner." In 2010 the options on the census form were the generic terms "husband or wife" or "unmarried partner."

Despite the lack of SOGI questions for LGBT individuals, there does not appear to be a concerted effort to depress LGBT participation in the 2020 census, according to half a dozen LGBT leaders the B.A.R. spoke to about this year’s count. Rather, there seems to be a broad recognition within the LGBT community of the critical importance for filling out this year’s form.

"We need to be counted as a community. We need to know we exist," said Miguel Bustos, a gay San Francisco resident who serves on the California Complete Count Committee and is the senior director of the Center for Social Justice at GLIDE SF.

The Bay Area Reporter will have more about efforts to ensure LGBT Californians take part in the 2020 census in its January 30 issue.

Batwoman Ratings Drop To Season Low With Recent LGBT Episode

Batwoman Ratings Drop To Season Low With Recent LGBT Episode

The ratings of Batwoman have taken a nosedive, with the latest episode hitting a season low by a significant margin.

“How Queer Everything Is Today!”, featuring Kate investigating a hacker holding Gotham City to ransom, pulled in just 780,000 viewers, a drop from the 1.01 million of “A Mad Tea-Party” (“ Crisis On Infinite Earths ,” as a separate entity, shouldn’t really be taken into account when postulating on viewing preferences) and the steepest percentage fall since the pilot. It’s worth noting that these are only live figures, which are steadily decreasing in relevance as increasing numbers of people watch TV through DVR.

While Batwoman ’s viewing figures have been steadily declining as the season has progressed, this is a frequent trend for any TV show, and even though they so far haven’t been exactly stellar, the series has actually been outperforming the latest seasons of both Supergirl and Arrow , and in its first two episodes, The Flash . Any decline in viewership won’t be an issue for a while, either, as the show has already been renewed for a second season , but it’s something that those at higher levels of network control might take note of.

It’s also worth noting that it’s unlikely to be a coincidence that the ratings slump occurred concurrently with an episode title referencing Kate’s sexuality. Detractors have been critical of this part of her character since day one, although they’re quick to point out that their criticisms are due to their perceived quality of the show and not specifically their issues with ‘being woke,’ ‘the gay agenda’, the existence of LGBT people being ‘shoved down their throats’ or other such telltale phrases that highlight their being perfectly happy to accept the fact that Kate is a lesbian, just so long as nobody brings it up. Such attitudes are even referenced in the episode itself, with radio presenter Vesper Fairchild using all-too-familiar lines like “not that there’s anything wrong with that” or “politics staying out of our superheroes.”

While the subplot of Kate addressing people’s presumption of Batwoman being straight was an important aspect of the episode, it in no way dominated it, and when it did occur it was as part of her questioning whether she can truly consider herself to be the Paragon of Courage if she feels unable to live her own truth in all aspects of her life. Additionally, through her brief interactions with teenage hacker Parker, she realized that having someone to look up to with whom you can identify makes people feel less alone, especially if, like many gay people, they feel marginalized. This isn’t politics, it’s people’s lives, and if certain viewers of Batwoman can’t accept that, then maybe they shouldn’t be watching it.

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?

Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey declares unequivocally that trans women are women and backs self-ID

Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey declares unequivocally that trans women are women and backs self-ID

Rebecca Long-Bailey (left) interviewed by the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg. (Screenshot) Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey has told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg that trans women are woman and the law should allow trans people to self-identify their gender.

“Do you believe trans women are women?” Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, asked Long-Bailey in a January 22 interview.

Long-Bailey replied quickly and firmly: “Yes.”

Long-Bailey also pointed out that trans people already self-identify their gender in many instances.

The notable exception to this is the gender on birth certificates, which can only be changed by obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate – a complicated, expensive and bureaucratic process that requires providing medical evidence to a panel.

This process is controlled by the Gender Recognition Act, which the government has repeatedly promised to reform. What Kuenssberg misses here is that "self-identification" is already a well-established legal reality here in the UK. The two big exceptions are passports (where you need a doctor’s letter), or for birth certificates (where you need to apply for Gender Recognition Certificate). https://t.co/krsE06NHVj

— Ruth Pearce (@NotRightRuth) January 22, 2020 Kuenssberg then asked : “And do you have any concerns about changing the Gender Recognition Act? Because this is a tricky issue, Labour has got different views on this issue. Do you think that moving to self- identification is the right thing to do?”

“I think we need to fully support our trans community,” Long-Bailey replied, “and I understand the arguments on all sides of this debate, but I’m very firm in supporting the rights of trans people and I think as a party, you would expect the Labour Party to be at the forefront of doing that.” "We have to let people be who they want to be"

Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey tells @bbclaurak trans women are women and that self-identification – where trans people self-identify their gender – "should be the law" https://t.co/nSvBU0GvpB pic.twitter.com/RgPnz6hEFz

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 22, 2020 Kuenssberg said that was “not the same as saying that self-identification should become the legal way of doing it. Do you think that we should move to a situation of self-identification?”

“I think people self-ID,” Long-Bailey replied.

“I mean going through transition as a trans person, it’s a very, very difficult process. And speak to people who’ve been through the process themselves and self-IDing is the first step in that process for many.

“And we’ve got to respect and understand that we have to let people be who they want to be and respect their choices.”

“Should that be the law?” Kuenssberg asked.

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“I think it should be the law.”

“So you do, to be clear, self-identification-” Kuenssberg reiterated.

“Self-identification,” Long-Bailey confirmed. Hear more on why she still backs the defeated manifesto, abortion, trans rights, Netflix and takeaways and having Tory mates on #BBCNews6 and will post the full interview here later on

— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) January 22, 2020

Poster for antifeminist and LGBT event triggers backlash against Wardah Cosmetics

Poster for antifeminist and LGBT event triggers backlash against Wardah Cosmetics

Love wins: A passerby hugs an activist campaigning for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people during Car Free Day in Jakarta on June 16, 2019. (JP/Seto Wardhana) A poster for an antifeminist and lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LGBT) event supposedly sponsored by Wardah Cosmetics has sparked an online backlash against the halal makeup producer.

The poster was first posted on the Instagram account of a religious organization called Majelis Umat Rabbani Nur Islam (MURNI), advertising an open discussion about "The Dangers of Feminism and LGBT".

The post was taken down at noon on Wednesday after Indonesian feminist website Magdalene wrote a comment objecting to the poster’s use of one of its illustrations.

When contacted by The Jakarta Post, Wardah Cosmetics public relations staff member Suci Hendrina said the company was looking into whether it was a sponsor of the event.

A number of activists, feminist groups and other social media users have also asked whether the makeup company was sponsoring the event and threatened to boycott the brand if it did. "Bad marketing, @wardahbeauty. Do you think that there are no feminists or LGBT people among your customers?" the Indonesia Feminis community wrote in a post on Instagram. "If it’s true that you are antifeminism and anti-LGBT, we will stop using Wardah."

LGBT rights activist Lini Zurlia tweeted that she was considering boycotting Wardah over the issue, but was concerned that the move would affect the company’s workers. Mau bikin boikot @wardahbeauty tapi boikot boikot itu yg akan terdampak paling terdepan ya buruh-buruh yg bekerja di pabrik2nya. Kalo warda ya para pekerja di PT Paragon TI ☹️

Mix feeling banget akutu.

Wardah kamu kok gitu sih? — Lini Zurlia (@Lini_ZQ) January 22, 2020 Hartoyo, the director of Suara Kita, an NGO focusing on LGBT rights, also chimed in through a tweet.

"Is it true that @wardahbeauty supports this event?" he wrote. "Aren’t many of Wardah’s customers women and LGBT people? Why are you being mean to your own customers?

A few hours after the poster on MURNI’s Instagram account was taken down, the Instagram account of the Al-Mukhlishin Mosque, where the event was supposed to take place, posted a different poster of what seems to be the same event. The poster did not have Wardah’s logo and the event was now titled "Feminism and LGBT from the View of Islam."

Wardah did not immediately respond to the Post’s further requests for comment.

Editor’s note : This article has been updated.

Ofsted boss criticises government inaction over anti-LGBT schools protests

Ofsted boss criticises government inaction over anti-LGBT schools protests

Protestors demonstrate against the ‘No Outsiders’ programme, at Parkfield Community School on March 21, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) The head of schools watchdog Ofsted has attacked the government for failing to publicly back teachers facing protests for LGBT+ inclusive relationship education.

Schools across England have faced pressure over their teachings on LGBT+ issues, after protests were sparked at Parkfield School in Birmingham in early 2019.

The High Court banned the group of protesters from standing outside the school in November, but the government has been accused of fuelling the row by failing to publicly back headteachers. ‘Intolerable’ that children were forced to listen to anti-gay protests

Launching Ofsted’s annual report on Tuesday, chief inspector Amanda Spielman said: “This year, a small number of state schools were picketed and bullied by protestors. Some were undoubtedly parents, but many others were seasoned agitators, wanting to escalate problems.

“The subject of their anger was relationships education in primary school – which generally amounts to telling children that there are different types of families, some with a mum and a dad, some with just one parent, some with only grandparents, and some with two mums or two dads.

“Out of this simple concept, protestors constructed a depressing tissue of exaggeration, outrage and, sometimes, lies. Actually, children were not being taught about the mechanics of gay sex; and they were not being turned towards homosexuality nor away from their families and their faith.

“The children, as well as teachers, had to walk into school past placard-waving protestors and then listen to diatribe blasting through megaphones outside. It was, quite simply, intolerable.” Protestors demonstrate against the ‘No Outsiders’ programme at Parkfield Community School on March 21, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Stars you didn’t know are gay or lesbian

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She added: “And yet, there was no swift condemnation from government and remarkably little from other local and national political leaders.

“The powerful voices that should have supported the children and the school were largely muted. Headteachers spoke of being isolated. Where leadership was desperately needed, it was lacking.” Ofsted boss: Children ‘should learn’ about different kinds of family

Spielman made clear that Ofsted believes “unequivocally that children should learn about different kinds of family.”

Referring to tensions between religious freedom and “the law of the land,” she added: “We will keep us doing what we can to get people to face and talk about the difficult things.”

On Tuesday, Wales announced that parents would no longer be able to opt their children out of relationships and sexuality education.

Welsh education secretary Kirsty Williams, a Liberal Democrat, said: “Our responsibility as a government is to ensure that young people, through public education, have access to learning that supports them to discuss and understand their rights and the rights of others.

“It is essential that all young people are provided with access to information that keeps them safe from harm. Today’s decision ensures that all pupils will learn about issues such as online safety and healthy relationships.”