INDIA’S SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS SODOMY LAWS

New Delhi – India’s Supreme Court overturned a law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations. The law dates back to British colonial rule and the ruling overturns 150 years of anti-LGBT legislation. Section 377 penalized sex that was “against the order of nature” with a maximum penalty of life in prison. Chief Justice Dipak Misra called the law “irrational, indefensible, and manifestly arbitrary.” The decision threw out hundreds of laws that discriminated against LGBT Indians. One of the people who brought the case through the courts, Arif Jafar, was arrested in 2001, charged with violations under Section 377 and spent 49 days in […]

India’s Supreme Court overturns sodomy laws

New Delhi – India’s Supreme Court overturned a law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations. The law dates back to British colonial rule and the ruling overturns 150 years of anti-LGBT legislation. Section 377 penalized sex that was “against the order of nature” with a maximum penalty of life in prison. Chief Justice Dipak Misra called the law “irrational, indefensible, and manifestly arbitrary.” The decision threw out hundreds of laws that discriminated against LGBT Indians. One of the people who brought the case through the courts, Arif Jafar, was arrested in 2001, charged with violations under Section 377 and spent 49 days […]

UK orthodox rabbi writes pamphlet for LGBT students

London – Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has published groundbreaking guidance to Orthodox Jewish schools on how to care for LGBT students. Mirvis is part of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Rabbi Mirvis believes Orthodox schools must adopt strict policies against bullying and be equipped to offer support. Rabbi Mirvis’s 36-page booklet, titled “The Wellbeing of LGBT+ Pupils,” was produced with input from LGBT Jews and with the support of KeshetUK, an organization promoting LGBT equality in the Jewish community. Rabbi Mirvis emphasizes that Orthodox Jewish schools “can and must be a safe haven for all children and teens, […]

HRC: Kavanaugh’s dodges show he’s threat to LGBTQ rights

Washington, DC – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has responded to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s repeated refusal to answer basic questions from Sen. Kamala Harris on whether the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing marriage equality throughout the United States, was decided correctly. “Brett Kavanaugh’s refusal to answer very basic, very direct questions about the Supreme Court’s historic ruling bringing marriage equality nationwide is alarming and completely unacceptable,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The Obergefell decision is settled law. If this nominee cannot so much as affirm that or the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and our […]

Insurgent Dems shake up party with primary wins

Boston – “Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!” Thus, did Union Admiral David Farragut order an attack on the Confederate fleet at Mobile Bay in 1864. As with Farragut, defeating Donald Trump’s tide of racist populism calls not for caution but for boldness and conviction like that of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Gillum, who is African-American and won the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida, is dismissed as a socialist and a communist by partisans of a president whose lips are firmly planted on the butt of veteran KGB agent Vladimir Putin. Republican nominee […]

Philadelphia trans woman shot to death

Philadelphia – Shantee Tucker, a Philadelphia trans woman of color, was shot dead September 5th in the Hunting Park section of the city and the shooter remains at-large, police said this week. At a press conference the same day, homicide captain John Ryan said Tucker was shot around 1 am on the 4300 block of Old York Road. Witnesses indicated Tucker got into a brief argument with the driver of a black pick-up truck, who fired eight bullets. Tucker was hit once in the back and transported by police to Temple University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about four […]

John McCain’s replacement even worse on LGBT issues

Phoenix – John McCain may have been a lovely man, but he was no friend of the LGBT community. His appointed successor, however, is even worse. On September 5th, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appointed former Sen. Jon Kyl to fill McCain’s Senate seat. Kyl represented Arizona in the US Senate from 1995 until he retired in 2013. McCain was in the Senate from 1987 until his death last month. During the course of his career there, he managed to vote for almost all the anti-LGBT measures before that body. In 1993, he opposed President Bill Clinton’s initiative to remove the […]

A stolen pair of ruby red slippers have been recovered

Grand Rapids, Michigan – A pair of Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz have been found, 13 years after they were stolen from The Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids. The slippers were in a private collection and on loan to the museum when they were stolen. The theft was described as a smash-and-grab with no clues left behind. Security cameras were not working that night. According to the BBC, the slippers were covered in 2,300 sequins. Garland wore four pair during filming. One of those pairs is in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington. Leonardo […]

Foundation launches videos with first transgender puppet

Montreal – Edge Media Network reports that the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation has launched new educational tools as part of its anti-bullying mission. The foundation has developed three awareness videos featuring Julien, the first trans puppet. These videos are accompanied by an educational guide to provide parents, educational milieus, daycare services and community organizations with the necessary tools to better understand the trans reality and thereby promote the development of young people’s emotional and relational skills. According to the pan-Canadian survey LGBT Realities which the Foundation conducted last summer, the families of 51% of binary trans and 44% of […]

Chicago Youth Storage Initiative helps homeless LGBT youth

Chicago – In 2015, the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative (CYSI) was born after several LGBTQ youth shared a need for more storage options at homeless shelters at a youth summit hosted by Tracy Baim, editor and publisher of Windy City Times. At the time, only 40 units existed, despite there being an estimated 12,186 young people experiencing homelessness in Chicago on a nightly basis. Three years later, CYSI will have completed installation of an additional 755 safe storage options across 22 shelters, drop-ins and schools in all regions of the city, triple their initial goal. CYSI is a success story […]