Beyond the Beltway

Beyond the Beltway

Compiled by Jim Becker

Friday, December 08, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-December 8

Canadian PM apologizes to LGBT community for wrongs

Ottawa, Canada - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to his country's LGBT community in an emotional speech to parliament on November 28. “Today, we offer a long overdue apology to all those whom we, the Government of Canada, wronged,” the prime minister said. “We are sorry. We hope by acknowledging our failings we can make the crucial progress LGBTQ2 people in Canada deserve. We will continue to support each other in our fight for equality because we know that Canada gets stronger every single day that we choose to embrace diversity.”

Friday, November 24, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-November 24

Three HIV advances to celebrate on World AIDS Day

Charlotte, NC - As World AIDS Day approaches on December 1 each year, there is as always much work to be done, but there is also cause for celebration. Each year it seems we get closer to the ultimate goal of controlling and eradicating this global epidemic that first began making headlines over 30 years ago. Three historic firsts are among the victories that can be celebrated this year:

Thursday, November 09, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-November 10

Federal judge blocks Trump’s Trans military ban

Washington, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s Twitter-originated ban on transgender military members has suffered a major setback. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled on October 30 that the August directive barring transgender individuals from serving in the military encourages “inherent inequality.” She partially granted an injunction requested by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, who are leading a suit against the directive. The Judge’s ruling halts the ban as the suit moves forward. In issuing her ruling, the judge noted that the transgender plaintiffs NCLR and GLAD represent are “likely to succeed” in proving their claim that the ban violates trans individuals’ constitutional right to due process.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-October 27

Registry of LGBT community in Tajikistan raises concerns

Washington, D.C. - On October 18, Human Rights First expressed alarm over reports that Tajikistani authorities have created a registry of gay and lesbian citizens and called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to publicly raise concerns about this action. The organization notes that this registry could serve as a precursor to violence and discrimination against the LGBT community. These reports come amidst the ongoing crisis for LGBT communities in Azerbaijan and in Chechnya, where victims, mostly gay and bisexual men, have been detained, tortured, and killed in custody.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-October 13

US opposes UN ban on death penalty for gay people, others

New York, NY - As reported in, on October 6, the United Nations voted to pass a resolution banning a death penalty for the crime of being homosexual, and to our immense relief, the motion passed with a vote of 27 to 13. What isn't so relieving, however, is that the United States was one of the nations to vote against the measure. The United States was joined in its no vote by Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, China, Japan, Qatar, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which currently maintains a death penalty for the crime of sodomy. Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, and Switzerland brought the ban forward, each of these countries having made LGBTQ rights a high priority in their legal initiatives.


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