USA: – Catholic Bishops Trash The Trans Community and Gay Marriage…Again

 

“The movement today to enforce the false idea—that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa—is deeply troubling.”

Yeah, right. If you’re the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, that is. They’ve issued an open letter which expresses particular concern about trans kids. It’s a rather confused document, which denies the experience of thousands of people who have successfully transitioned.

Children especially are harmed when they are told that they can “change” their sex or, further, given hormones that will affect their development and possibly render them infertile as adults.

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Marriage and the Language of Visibility

A year ago, this utility company advertising poster on a wall in a Berlin U-Bahn station might have been considered “provocative” and pushing a progressive social agenda. Now, it’s showcasing the new normal, as marriage in Germany is no longer defined by gender, and so it follows, neither are families. Fighting bigots for the right to same-sex marriage was about our being able to pitch our wedding reception tent on the enemy’s lawn, and with the law in place…well, now it’s our lawn too. Continue reading “Marriage and the Language of Visibility”

Oscar Wilde Finally Avenged

It’s been a long time coming, but now around 65,000 gay and bisexual men in England and Wales convicted of long-abolished sexual offences are being pardoned.

For most, the news comes too late, as some 40,000 of these men are already dead,  including the playwright, novelist and poet Oscar Wilde, imprisoned in 1895 for sodomy and gross indecency.  The change in the law has been frequently been dubbed the Turing Law as it follows the 2013 pardoning of World War Two code-breaker Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 and underwent experimental chemical castration.

Not all survivors are happy about being pardoned, arguing that this implies they did something wrong to start with…

USA:- National Pride March set for Washington on June 11th

The National Pride March on Washington now looks set to go ahead, on the weekend already set for Capital Pride (8th – 11th June).

It was a spur of the moment idea – and a good one – which Brooklyn resident David Bruinooge floated on Facebook while watching the Women’s March.  The Capital Pride team have worked with Bruinooge to develop the march plans further.  As Queerty reports, “this would mark the first large-scale LGBTQ march on Washington since the National Equality March in 2009”.  Continue reading “USA:- National Pride March set for Washington on June 11th”

USA:- Crackdown on LGBT Rights Could Start Next Week

It’s a sad fact that not a single person appointed to Team Trump’s administration supports equal protection for same-sex couples and due process under the law for LGBTQI people.

So just how quickly could the incoming Republican administration start to undermine the rights  the LGBQTI community has won during the Obama years? Continue reading “USA:- Crackdown on LGBT Rights Could Start Next Week”