Los Angeles, CA – As reported by the BBC, a man married to his wife for 67 years decided to come out at age 95. Is it ever too late to come to terms with one's true nature? Perhaps not. Meet Roman, who decided at age 95 that it was time to set the records straight. In a three-and-a-half-minute video interview with popular YouTuber Davey Wavey - himself a gay man - Roman, who is now 96, says he has had a wife for 67 years, two children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. But last year he decided it was time to "come out of the closet." Davey told the BBC that he was connected with Roman through his grandson Brandon Gross.
Dallas, TX - Bullying and bravery are the themes of Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females, an exhibit now on display at the Museum of Biblical Art and National Center for Jewish Art in Dallas. It features a series of leather collages created by lesbian artist Linda Stein that honor women who were heroes of the Holocaust. “How do you keep your self-respect and survive?” Stein’s work asks. The women she honors in her artistic creations maintained their self-respect, though some didn’t survive.
The Vatican - Pope Francis strongly implied that Donald Trump is un-Christian in a February 8 sermon, while Trump advisor Steve Bannon has been working with traditionalist Catholic clergy to undermine the pontiff. “In the social and civil context as well, I appeal not to create walls but to build bridges,’ the pope said in his weekly catechism lesson. “To not respond to evil with evil. To defeat evil with good, the offense with forgiveness. A Christian would never say 'you will pay for that.' Never. That is not a Christian gesture. An offense you overcome with forgiveness. To live in peace with everyone.” Francis has used the 'bridge not walls' theme before. Last year, after visiting the US-Mexican border, the pope replied to a question about Trump by saying that anyone who wants to build a wall instead of a bridge is “not Christian.”
Washington, D.C. - Donald Trump executive orders suspending the US Refugee Admissions Program and banning people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen from entering the US will have devastating consequences for thousands of LGBT refugees fleeing Iraq and Syria. According to an HRC study, titled “Helping LGBTQ Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Age of ISIL,” the jihadi group “continues to actively target and execute Gay men,” leaving them no option but to try to escape to countries like the United States.
Mogadishu, Somalia – Reuters reports that the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab shot a man and a teenager in southern Somalia on January 10, saying the man and the 15-year-old had been seen having gay sex, a senior al Shabaab official said. According to Reuters hundreds of civilians gathered in a field in the town of Buale to watch them being shot, the second time al Shabaab has killed men accused of homosexuality, the official said, without giving details of the previous killing. Homosexuality and gay sex is outlawed in most of Africa's 54 states and can be punishable by imprisonment.
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