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Beyond the Beltway

Compiled by Jim Becker

Friday, April 14, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-April 14

Gay men being tortured and murdered in Chechnya

Grozny, Chechnya – Detainees in Chechen prisons allege that gay men are being tortured and murdered within the facilities. Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper, reported that detainees told them Chechen police rounded up more than 100 men suspected to be gay and have killed at least three of them. According to the early April report, some detainees said the men were tortured and electrocuted while they were imprisoned, and others described seeing prisoners beaten to death.

Friday, March 31, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-March 31

LGBT Caucus Decries Trump choice of Anti-Trans activist

Washington, D.C. -- The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus denounced President Donald Trump's appointment of Roger Severino as the head of the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services. “Appointing Roger Severino is another warning shot to those of us fighting for civil rights in the Trump era,” said Transgender Equality Task Force Chair Joe Kennedy III (MA).  “Mr. Severino has built a career on demonizing the transgender community, stoking fear about transgender identity, and -- in particular -- undermining equal access to health care. It's clear the President has no intention of keeping the promises he made to LGBTQ Americans.

Friday, March 17, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-March 17

Man comes out at 95 after 67 years of marriage

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.

Friday, March 03, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-March 3

Art exhibit on resistance to Nazis has special meaning now

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.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-February 17

Pope implies Trump’s Mexican wall is not Christian

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.”

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