Istanbul police attack Pride marchers

Istanbul, Turkey – Istanbul authorities have banned the annual LGBT pride parade for the last five years. Turkish police fired tear gas at pride marchers in Istanbul on Sunday, June 30th. Organizers of Istanbul LGBT Pride Week had hoped the march could go ahead despite authorities banning the event for the last five years. Police allowed people to gather in a side street as organizers read a statement, according to Turkey-based Bianet. But riot police then used shields and fired tear gas to disperse the crowds, local media reported. Police also closed off streets. “These walks have become more and […]

Psych association apologizes for saying LGBT people sick

San Diego – Reuters reports that the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) apologized June 21st for previously treating homosexuality as a mental illness, saying its past errors contributed to discrimination and trauma for LGBT people. It may be the first US medical or mental health organization to issue such an apology. Although psychiatrists declassified homosexuality as a disorder in 1973 and psychoanalysts came around nearly 20 years later, the APsaA says it is unaware of any related professional group that had apologized. “It is long past time to recognize and apologize for our role in the discrimination and trauma caused by […]

Trump judges are a real threat to LGBT progress

Dallas – Pride Month events took place throughout the country in June. But in stark contrast to celebrations over the LGBTQ equality gains made during the 50 years since Stonewall, our senators have been rushing through the confirmations of federal judicial nominees who threaten all the progress we have made toward “equal justice under law.” President Trump and the Senate Republicans are trying to remake our courts in their image and position hardliners who will push their political agendas by rolling back civil rights progress. Foregoing precedent and traditional oversight of the process, they’ve forced through some of the most […]

HRC names House committee okays tax bill to affirm LGBT couples

Washington, DC – On June 20th, the House Committee on Ways and Means yesterday passed a bill that contains Representative Andy Levin and Representative Judy Chu’s Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act, which would modernize the tax code to remove outdated gendered language and to affirm the dignity of LGBTQ couples and families. The bill was included as part of HR 3299, the Promoting Respect for Individuals’ Dignity and Equality (PRIDE) Act of 2019. “Our tax code, like all of our laws, should accurately represent and include all the people to whom it applies,” Congressman Andy Levin said. “Gendered language […]

Lesbian self-described tomboy was allowed to be a girl

Oslo, Norway – Tonje Gjevjon was a girl who stuck out – not feminine enough and a lesbian, she worries that today she would have been transitioned into a boy. She writes in Feminist Currents “I was born in 1967, into a time of upheaval. Equality, the right to self-determined abortion, and equal pay for equal work were high on the political agenda. I grew up in a small town outside Oslo. My mother was considered uppity and my father a wuss because they were concerned about women’s right to an education and ability to make decisions about their own […]

ICE challenged on transwomen’s death

Washington, DC – After the recent death of transwoman Johana Medina Leon and nearly a year after Roxsana Hernandez’s death, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today demanded answers from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the reported neglect that led to her death. In a letter to ICE Acting Director Mark A. Morgan, he raised concerns that the treatment of Johana has not been an isolated incident for transgender asylum seekers in ICE’s custody. As Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, Kennedy recently hosted a briefing on the challenges and threats that trans migrants and refugees face. “LGBTQ asylum-seekers […]

‘Drag Queen Bingo’ to Benefit BARCS

Help raise money to help all the pooches, kitties and other critters taken care of by BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter) by joining in at Drag Queen Bingo for BARCS Animal Shelter on Thursday, July 18th, from 7 to 9 pm The event will be held at Points South Latin Kitchen (1640 Thames Street, Baltimore). This one’s about saving lives, folks. It’s free to play bingo, and a portion of all food and drink sales will benefit the shelter. There will be some great raffle baskets up for grabs. Tito’s Vodka will donate an additional dollar for every […]

‘Love Has No Borders’: Immigrants & Refugees in the Bible

Immigration and faith is the topic of the day on Sunday, July 14th at the local community faith project Dreams and Visions. Join the discussion from 4 to 5:30 pm at 3400 Norman Avenue, Baltimore (look for the big red doors; the entrance is close to Lake Avenue). Speaking will be Karen Gonzalez, author of The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong. Her book explores the stories of immigrants and refugees in the Bible, including Hagar, Joseph, Ruth, and Jesus. Immigration is a central theme of scripture, she maintains, and discusses how people can welcome […]

La Garou Hosts Craft Night at R House

The Midnight Dreary Den, the Mid-Atlantic chapter of La Garou, invites you to a munch-style meet-up to meet members, friends, and those curious about La Garou on Tuesday, July 9th at R House (301 West 29th Street). La Fraternite du Loup-Garou, or “La Garou” for short, is a traditional leather / Levi fraternity with full membership open to “assigned-female-at-birth masculine gender outlaws.” Associate membership is open to all supporters of their mission. The event welcomes the crafty and the craft-phobic alike! There will be good food, drinks and conversation, and bring a game if you’d like to engage some folks […]

U of Maryland Grad Alphonso David Named as HRC President

Washington, DC – On June 25th, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), announced that Alphonso David, an accomplished and nationally-recognized LGBTQ civil rights lawyer and advocate, will lead the organization beginning in August. David will be the first civil rights lawyer and the first person of color to serve as president of the HRC in the organization’s nearly 40-year history. David most recently made history as the first openly gay counsel to the governor of the state of New York and, before that, served as the first Deputy Secretary and Counsel for Civil Rights in New York. In these roles, he […]