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'Our collective shame': Trudeau delivers historic apology to LGBT Canadians

 

November 28, 2017

 

Prime Minister says state-sponsored laws, policies led to discrimination, violence and ruined lives

 

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...cords-1.4422546


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"Since we first emerged, a few million years ago in East Africa, we have meandered our way around the planet. There are now people on every continent and the remotest islands, from pole to pole, from Mount Everest to the Dead Sea, on the ocean bottoms and even, occasionally, in residence 200 miles up - humans, like the gods of old, living in the sky."


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Canada is moving forward as we move backwards.

 

Canada is looking really good.


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Austria court legalises same-sex marriage from start of 2019, ruling all existing laws discriminatory
    Harriet Agerholm

 

Austria's Constitutional Court has decided that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the beginning of 2019, ruling that the existing laws are discriminatory.

Same-sex couples in Austria have been allowed to enter legal partnerships since 2010, but until now have not been able to marry.

 

http://www.independe...s-a8092516.html


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Canada is moving forward as we move backwards.

 

Canada is looking really good.

time to move to canada.



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Marriage equality law passes Australia's parliament in landslide vote
Source: The Guardian Australia

 

Australia’s parliament has legislated for marriage equality, passing a bill almost unanimously to allow two people, regardless of sex, to marry.

On Thursday the House of Representatives passed a cross-party bill after an unprecedented national postal survey gave unstoppable momentum to legislate the historic social reform.

Australia, which changed the law in 2004 to say that marriage is only between a man and a woman, now joins 24 countries which recognise same-sex marriage.

The lower house passed marriage equality with almost all members of the governing Liberal-National Coalition joining Labor, the Greens, and crossbench MPs in a free vote to pass the bill which cleared the Senate last week without amendment.

 

 

Read more: https://www.theguard...-landslide-vote


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Gene variants identified that may influence sexual orientation in men and boys
December 8, 2017 by Bob Yirka report

 

(Medical Xpress)—A large team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. and one each from Australia and the U.K. has found two gene variants that appear to be more prevalent in gay men than straight men, adding further evidence of sexual orientation having a biological component. In their paper published in Scientific Reports, the group describes their study, which consisted of comparing the genomes of multiple gay men against multiple straight men.

 

https://medicalxpres...l-men-boys.html


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Gene variants identified that may influence sexual orientation in men and boys
December 8, 2017 by Bob Yirka report

 

(Medical Xpress)—A large team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. and one each from Australia and the U.K. has found two gene variants that appear to be more prevalent in gay men than straight men, adding further evidence of sexual orientation having a biological component. In their paper published in Scientific Reports, the group describes their study, which consisted of comparing the genomes of multiple gay men against multiple straight men.

 

https://medicalxpres...l-men-boys.html

I just hope it won't be exploited.



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ME too

 

 

Canada passes bill to clear criminal convictions from the records of gay men
    Jess Glass   

 

The Canadian government has passed a bill that will allow men convicted under anal sex and gross indecency laws to have their convictions erased.

This follows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians who had faced discrimination from previous governments. 

Trudeau said last month: “We will be introducing legislation on this later this year, and further we will acknowledge and apologise for the historical discrimination faced by LGBTQ2 Canadians.

“We are committed to apologising in an inclusive and meaningful manner before the end of 2017.”

 

http://www.pinknews....rds-of-gay-men/



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Philippines' Duterte, in about-face, says he supports same-sex unions

 

DECEMBER 17, 2017 / 7:13 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

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MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday expressed his support for same-sex unions, after previously declaring his opposition to gay marriage, in an about-face that may displease bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic country.

Speaking at a gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in his hometown Davao City, Duterte vowed to protect the rights of homosexuals and invited them to nominate a representative to work in his government.

“I said I am for (same) sex marriage if that is the trend of the modern times,” he said. “If that will add to your happiness, I am for it.” Duterte previously was quoted by local media as saying he was opposed to gay unions because marriage in the Philippines is only between a man and a woman.

Duterte had brought up the gender issue in the past while attacking Western countries that allow it, especially those who criticize his brutal war on drugs.

 

 

Read more: https://www.reuters....SKBN1EB0EJ?il=0



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With much recent progress, there is still a lot of work to be done in ensuring full acceptance of the LGBT+ community.  Case in point:

 

Study: Denying Service to Gay Couples Isn’t Just About Religion

 

https://www.courthou...about-religion/

 

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(Courthouse News)  – The calendar may say 2018 is dawning, but a new survey indicates the United States remains firmly set in the 1950s: Over half of all Americans believe private businesses have the right to deny service to same-sex couples – and nearly 40 percent feel the same about interracial couples.

 

Support for denying service to same-sex couples, however, is not automatically tied to support of religious freedom, according to the study released in the scientific journal Science Advances. People are likely to support businesses that deny service for reasons other than religion, suggesting a more libertarian slant to the issue.

 

“The finding challenges the idea that denial of service to same-sex couples is all about religious freedom,” Brian Powell, Indiana University sociology professor and lead author of the study, said in a statement. “People may oppose same-sex marriage because of their beliefs, but their views about denial of service have nothing to do with whether the denial is for religious reasons.”

 

Powell’s findings come as the U.S. Supreme Court mulls whether a Colorado baker has the right to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples based on his religious beliefs. Attorneys for both sides argued their cases in early December, and a decision is expected by June.

 

The results of similar studies and polls this year have resulted in mixed responses. In August, a McCourtney Institute poll found 52 percent of Americans support small business owners who deny service to same-sex couples on religious grounds. A September poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute found the opposite, with 53 percent of respondents opposing wedding-service businesses’ right to refuse service.


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It’s an election year in Texas and LGBTQ candidates are flooding the zone
Everything's bigger in Texas.
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Jan 2, 2018, 3:04 pm

 

A record number of openly queer and transgender Texans are seeking office across the state in 2018, part of a growing response to national and state-wide policies targeting the LGBTQ community.

According to OutSmart, a queer Houston publication, at least 35 openly LGBTQ Texas candidates are running for public office in 2018. That’s approximately twice as many as have ever run during any election cycle in Texas history. While six of the candidates are incumbents, the rest are newcomers. At least two are running for governor, with others eyeing seats at a national level in Congress. Some are vying for positions in the state Supreme Court or the Texas Legislature.

 

https://thinkprogres...8-8d6da6e2fcc4/



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It’s an election year in Texas and LGBTQ candidates are flooding the zone
Everything's bigger in Texas.
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Jan 2, 2018, 3:04 pm

 

A record number of openly queer and transgender Texans are seeking office across the state in 2018, part of a growing response to national and state-wide policies targeting the LGBTQ community.

According to OutSmart, a queer Houston publication, at least 35 openly LGBTQ Texas candidates are running for public office in 2018. That’s approximately twice as many as have ever run during any election cycle in Texas history. While six of the candidates are incumbents, the rest are newcomers. At least two are running for governor, with others eyeing seats at a national level in Congress. Some are vying for positions in the state Supreme Court or the Texas Legislature.

 

https://thinkprogres...8-8d6da6e2fcc4/

Can't wait for them to break down crying and generally being mentally instable during random intervals.



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Mark my words, pedophilia and beastility will be legalized in the next 40 years. I think beastility been legalized a bit some 1st world countries, What shame.

 

WTF? Both children and animals can't consent.

 

I was digging what you were saying up to here. Perfectly valid and sensible argument. Constructive delivery.

 

You just don't like full grown adults being free to live their own life. What a Fascist asshole you're. Please tell it to my face how you think you can control me...You won't like it.

 

and here came the segment that made me not want to like your post.


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Doctors Aren’t Asking Most Gay Patients the Right Sexual Health Questions

 

https://www.alternet...ealth-questions

 

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(Alternet) You’re supposed to be able to tell your doctor anything. But how are patients supposed to know what to tell their doctors if the doctors don't ask the necessary questions in the first place? When it comes to sexual health screening, many doctors either missed the class in medical school that was supposed to teach them to ask patients about sexual health questions, or their lack of attention to sexual health is a conscious choice. Bespoke Surgical recently conducted a study of 1,000 Americans of various ages and sexual identities to hear what they’ve been asked by their doctor on the topic. The results suggest few doctors are asking questions about sexual health at all, and that LGBTQ patients, in particular, are being neglected.

 

The survey asked participants what kinds of questions their primary care physician focused on when they brought up sexual health during physical exams. The results varied based on the sexual orientation of the patient, as the graph below shows.

 

There are some outliers here that should be noted, but first, take a second to note how low these numbers are overall. Over half of heterosexual respondents said they were never asked about basic sexual health questions like HPV and STD exposure—a number that’s surprising, especially since 79 million Americans have HPV, a condition that can lead to cancer in both men and women. In general, it seems like doctors aren’t asking patients the right questions about sexual health.

 

But consider the shocking numbers revealed in the chart above (see below). Of the physicians who saw homosexual patients last year, only 13 percent asked their patients if they had received the PrEP HIV prevention drug. Nearly half of all gay and lesbian respondents said their doctor had not asked them about HPV/Gardasil, anal pap smears, PreP/Truvada, or prior STD exposure. Only 40 percent of patients gay, straight and bi said they were asked if they used any kind of protection during sex.

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If this report is accurate, I think the Christian right and the Trump administration may have just hit a new low:

 

The Trump Administration Just Gave the Craziest Justification for Allowing Doctors to Deny Care to Women and LGBT People

 

http://www.motherjon...nd-lgbt-people/

 

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(Mother Jones) The Trump administration just made it easier for doctors to deny care to women and LGBT people. On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a new division devoted to “conscience and religious freedom” that will protect health workers who refuse to treat patients because of moral or religious objections—a move that critics fear could jeopardize access to birth control and abortion, hormone therapy for transgender people, fertility treatment for lesbian couples, or medications for HIV and AIDS.

 

In a press conference about the new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, Roger Severino, a senior HHS official, said it was necessary to shield medical staffers who deny care on religious grounds, comparing their situation with that of Jews who were slaughtered during the Holocaust and Martin Luther King Jr. in his quest for racial justice. 

The Nazis, he said, had forced Jews to wear a certain type of insole in their shoes with Hebrew writing on them, “so that every step they took, they would be violating their conscience….I could see the common humanity of why someone is forced to violate their conscience with every step they take, how it’s an attack, really, on their human dignity.” He did not explain what the writing might have said. 

 

Severino then described King’s letter from a Birmingham jail, in which the civil rights leader defended his strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism. “Dr. King in his letter wrote that…this this is the exercise of conscience—this is what conscience looks like,” Severino said. “And now we’ve come to today, where we see that health care, especially with the Office of Civil Rights at HHS, is the next area where the issues of conscience and the issues of life and death are coming to the fore.”

The new “religious freedom” division falls under the umbrella of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which is led by Severino. In 2016, when he worked for the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, Severino wrote that Obama-era rules shielding transgender patients from discrimination would “penalize medical professionals and health care organizations that, as a matter of faith, moral conviction, or professional medical judgement, believe that maleness and femaleness are biological realities to be respected and affirmed, not altered or treated as diseases.”


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^ Yes, and Christians accuse us of taking away their freedoms and basically declaring war on them. Freedoms to discriminate.
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History will remember Trump supporters as brainwashed as*holes who voted against their own freedom, self-preservation, and right to live.


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Religion is all about controlling people and justifying the worse elements of society. Now they're going to kill people based on their vooodooo as it is justification for doing evil shit to people.


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Of course, when I mark the "like" button it is "like" in the sense of agreeing with the analysis, not "like" in the sense of approving of the situation.


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West Point marries first active-duty, same-sex couple
Source: Newsweek Magazine

 


BY LAUREN GILL ON 1/21/18 AT 10:55 AM

 

Two Army captains who met in the “don’t ask, don’t tell” era of the military, became the first active-duty, same-sex couple to get married at West Point when they exchanged vows last weekend.

Capt. Daniel Hall, 30, and Capt. Vinny Franchino, 26, both Apache helicopter pilots, were married at the New York military academy’s picturesque chapel, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The couple met in 2009 when Hall was a senior and Franchino was a freshman. At the time, former President Bill Clinton’s policy, “don’t ask, don’t tell” was in effect, barring homosexual or bisexual members of the military from disclosing his or her sexual orientation and from speaking about homosexual relationships.

“We couldn’t tell the truth for fear of what would happen to us,” Franchino told The Times. “So we put it in our minds that we were never going to say we were gay, we were never going to get made fun of, and we were certainly never going to get kicked out of the Army.”

 

 

Read more: http://www.newsweek....x-couple-786257



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Texas Is at the Epicenter of an ‘Epidemic of Violence’ Against LGBTQ People

 

https://rewire.news/...e-lgbtq-people/

 

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(Rewire) Texas led the United States in hate-related violence against LGBTQ people, which jumped by 86 percent from 2016 to 2017. “This data makes clear that our elected officials can no longer ignore that their anti-transgender rhetoric is putting lives at risk."

 

Gwynevere River Song grew up feeling like an outsider in their hometown of Waxahachie, a small town of about 30,000 in north Texas.

 

Song’s mother, Marcy Sutton, told Rewirethat they came out to her as transgender nearly three years ago. While it was unexpected, she supported her child, whom she calls Gwyn.

Sutton often choked back tears or paused to regain her composure when speaking about Gwyn, who was 26 when they were killed last August. Gwyn, who according to social media used “them” pronouns, was one of seven LGBTQ people murdered last year in Texas—which had more anti-LGBTQ homicides than any other state.

 

Fifty-two LGBTQ people in the United States were killed in 2017 as a result of hate-related violence, according to a new report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). That’s the highest number recorded in the 20 years that NCAVP has tracked this information, representing an 86 percent increase from 2016. of the 52 victims were transgender. In Texas, four of the seven victims were transgender

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Gwynevere River Song. 
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