Kenyan author, LGBTQ activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) | One of Africa’s best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at age 48, a colleague and friend said May 22.

The Kenyan author died May 21 in Nairobi after an illness, Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust which Wainaina founded, told The Associated Press.

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More than 300 attend Victory Institute conference in Colombia

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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BOGOTA, Colombia | More than 300 activists and elected officials from around Latin America attended an LGBTQ Victory Institute-organized conference that took place in the Colombian capital of Bogota from May 16-18.

Colombian Congressman Mauricio Toro, Venezuelan National Assemblywoman Tamara Adrian, Belizean Sen. Valerie Woods, Antiguan Sen. Akika Lake, Cuban National Assemblyman Luis Angel Adan Roble, Arizona state Sen. Tony Navarrete and Colorado state Rep. Brianna Titone are among those who attended. Claire Lucas, a prominent Democratic activist in D.C. who was previously a senior advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Innovation and Development Alliances, and Juan Carlos Archila of Censurados, a group in the Colombian city of Cucuta that provides assistance to Venezuelans with HIV/AIDS, also participated in the conference.

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IDAHOBiT marked in US, around the world

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Politicians and activists in the U.S. and around the world on Friday commemorated the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a statement shortly before the Equality Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal civil rights laws, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Cuban lawmaker: Activists ‘paid’ to organize unsanctioned LGBTI march

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A Cuban lawmaker on Saturday suggested independent activists were “paid” to organize an unsanctioned LGBTI march that took place in Havana last week.

“It’s not only religious groups, but also these so-called activists are often times paid to hold this type of event,” said Luis Ángel Adán Roble in response to questions from the Washington Blade during a panel at an LGBTQ Victory Institute conference that is taking place in the Colombian capital of Bogotá. “I am not saying that everyone who went to it were paid or anything.”

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Taiwan lawmakers approve same-sex marriage bill

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ABOVE: Lawmakers in Taiwan on May 17, 2019, approved a bill that will extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association)

Lawmakers in Taiwan approved a bill that extends marriage rights to same-sex couples on May 17.

“On May 17th, 2019 in Taiwan, Love Won,” tweeted President Tsai Ing-wen after the vote. “We took a big step towards true equality, and made Taiwan a better country.”

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Puerto Rico’s first center for LGBTQ elders opens

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Puerto Rico’s first center for LGBT elders took place in San Juan on Tuesday.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz spoke alongside Wilfred Labiosa, executive director of Waves Ahead and SAGE Puerto Rico, and San Juan Municipal Assembly President Marco Antonio Rigau before they took part in the ceremony. Representatives of Intersections International, a New York-based LGBT-affirming ministry, and CenterLink were among those who also attended.

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France reports record number of homophobic attacks

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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A record number of anti-LGBT assaults were reported in 2018, according to French non-profit association SOS Homophobie.

SOS Homophobie’s anonymous hotline for victims to report assaults saw a 66 percent increase in reports with 321 reported cases in 2018, up from 139 in 2017. 231 physical attacks were reported in 2018 which beat out the 188 reported cases from 2013 which was correlated to France’s same-sex marriage legislation.

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Andy Brennan is the first male Australian pro soccer player to come out as gay

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Andy Brennan is the first male Australian professional soccer player to come out as gay.

The 26-year-old, who plays forward for the club Green Gully, made the announcement in an Instagram post.

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Australian political leaders agree gays don’t go to hell

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ABOVE: Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia. (From Wikimedia Commons)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) | The leaders of both of Australia’s major political parties agreed on May 14 that gays don’t go to hell because of their sexual orientation, as Christian beliefs rose to extraordinary prominence in the final days of an election campaign.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison opposed same-sex marriage while opposition leader Bill Shorten argued for marriage equality ahead of a national vote in 2017 that led to Australia legally recognizing same-sex unions.

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Cleve Jones ‘dismayed’ by arrests at LGBTI march in Havana

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ABOVE: Cleve Jones marching at the National Equality March in 2009. (Photo by Gil Goldstein via Wikimedia Commons)

Cleve Jones said May 14 he is “dismayed” by the arrest of several people during an unsanctioned LGBTI march that took place in Havana over the weekend.

Jones, who is based in San Francisco, and Rainbow World Fund Executive Director Jeff Cotter in a statement said they “are saddened by the” Cuban government’s decision to cancel two International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia marches that were scheduled to take place in Havana and the city of Camagüey “due to pressure from anti-LGBTQ fundamentalist Christians who oppose the significant advancements that LGBTQ people have made in Cuban society.”

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Cuban LGBTQ rights groups hold unauthorized march in Havana

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HAVANA (AP) | LGBTQ-rights activists organizing on social media held an unauthorized march May 11 down eight blocks of one of Havana’s main thoroughfares before they were stopped by police.

The march was the second by a non-governmental organization in Cuba in slightly more than a month. That’s highly unusual in a country where the only legal civil society groups are de facto arms of the Communist government. Any sort of unofficial march or demonstration has long been met with a swift and overwhelming police response.

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Cuba blocks DC LGBT reporter from entering country

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Cuban authorities on May 8 refused to allow Washington Blade International News Editor Michael K. Lavers to enter the country.

Lavers arrived at Havana’s José Marti International Airport on an American Airlines flight from Miami shortly before noon EST.

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