Cyprus AG: Bishop’s remarks that anal sex creates LGBTQ children not hate speech

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ABOVE: Bishop Neophytos of Morphou. (Screenshot from YouTube)

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) | Cyprus’ attorney general says he’s found no indication that a senior Orthodox Christian cleric broke the law by making widely-condemned remarks about homosexuality.

Costas Clerides said in a statement that some “isolated references” by Bishop Neophytos of Morphou merited criticism and dissent. But he said the full context of his remarks did not incite hatred or violence, or constitute hate speech.

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Anti-gay attitudes blamed for high HIV rates in Hong Kong

By : Staff Reports From THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hong Kong. (Photo by Diliff; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

HONG KONG | HIV diagnosis rates in Hong Kong have climbed over the past decade, unlike in other places in the world where there has been a consistent decline in the numbers of new HIV cases, the South China Morning Post reports.

Between 2010-2016, the annual number of new HIV diagnoses in Hong Kong increased by nearly 80%, to a total of 692 new cases in 2016. By contrast, between 2010 and 2017, the annual rate of new HIV diagnoses declined by 14% in Asia and the Pacific as a whole, the Post reports.

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Brazil court overrules Rio mayor on ban of gay kiss in ‘Avengers’ comic

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ABOVE: Marvel’s first kiss between same-sex couple Wiccan and Hulkling in “Avengers: The Children’s Crusade.” (Photo from Twitter)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has blocked efforts by Rio de Janeiro’s conservative mayor to have a book fair remove a comic book showing two men kissing.

Mayor Marcelo Crivella had ordered the Bienale to remove the comic “Avengers: The Children’s Crusade” that included the kiss, saying he was acting to protect children against “sexual content.”

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Gay US ambassador marches in first-ever Bosnia Pride parade

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina Eric Nelson, second from left, who is openly gay, marches in the first-ever Sarajevo Pride parade on Sept. 8, 2019. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina)

The openly gay U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina is among the thousands of people who took part in the country’s first-ever Pride parade Sept. 8.

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo tweeted a picture of Eric Nelson participating in the parade that took place in the Bosnian capital.

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Ethiopian church-affiliated group urges action against gays

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ABOVE: Dereje Negash, photo via Twitter.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) | A group affiliated with Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church is condemning what it calls the government’s silence on homosexuality in the country.

Speaking at a conference Sunday in Addis Ababa, the capital, Dereje Negash of the Orthodox Church group dedicated to an Ethiopian saint, said the government’s indifference on the issue is helping the LGBT movement in the East African country.

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Protest at Chick-fil-A opening in Canada over LGBTQ issues

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ABOVE: Protesters at Toronto’s Chick-fil-A Sept. 6. Photo via Meagan Fitzpatrick, Twitter.

TORONTO (AP) | Dozens of protesters crowded a downtown Toronto sidewalk Friday to voice their opposition to the opening of the first franchised Chick-fil-A restaurant in Canada over the chain owner’s record on LGBTQ issues.

The protesters said the company has funded anti-LGBTQ initiatives while company chairman and CEO Dan Cathy has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage.

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Bahamas LGBTI activists contribute to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Boats swept ashore in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, photo public domain.

LGBTI activists in the Bahamas have joined efforts to help victims of Hurricane Dorian in their country.

Alexus D’Marco, executive director of the D’Marco Organization, on Friday told the Washington Blade her organization is providing support to people who are now living in shelters in the Bahamian capital of Nassau and assessing the specific needs they may have. D’Marco and her colleagues are also tracking missing people and reporting them to Bahamas’ National Emergency Management Agency.

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Watch: teaser for ‘Queer Eye: We’re in Japan’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: “Queer Eye” Fab Five: Tan France, Bobby BerkAntoni PorowskiKaramo Brown and Jonathan Van Ness. (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Queer Eye” will return to Netflix for a four-episode mini-series set in Japan.

The Fab Five “will bring their expertise to Tokyo to make-better four heroes while experiencing Japanese cuisine, fashion, design, grooming and culture firsthand,” according to Netflix.

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Hong Kong turmoil raises questions about 2022 Gay Games

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of The Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Recent unrest in Hong Kong has some wondering about viability of the Gay Games there in 2022. (Photo by Studio Incendo via Flickr)

The escalating violent street clashes between Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement protesters and local authorities taking orders from China that have taken place each week since June have raised questions about whether Hong Kong can remain a viable host city for the 2022 Gay Games.

In 2017, the Federation of Gay Games, which organizes the quadrennial international LGBT sports event that attracts as many as 15,000 athletes and thousands more spectators, selected Hong Kong as the host city for the 2022 Gay Games.

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More than 6000 attend first-ever Bermuda Pride parade

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: More than 6,000 people attended Bermuda’s first Pride parade that took place on Aug. 31, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Linda Bogle-Mienzer)

More than 6,000 people attended Bermuda’s first-ever Pride parade that took place in the British island territory’s capital of Hamilton on Aug. 31.

Activists from Barbados, Jamaica and other English-speaking countries in the Caribbean are among those who traveled to Bermuda for the parade and other Pride-related events. Clarien Bank, which is based in Bermuda, ahead of Pride announced a $10,000 donation to OUTBermuda, a local LGBTI advocacy group.

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New genetic links to same-sex sexuality found in huge study

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ABOVE: DNA structure, photo public domain.

CHICAGO (AP) | The largest study of its kind found new evidence that genes contribute to same-sex sexual behavior, but it echoes research that says there are no specific genes that make people gay.

The genome-wide research on DNA from nearly half a million U.S. and U.K. adults identified five genetic variants not previously linked with gay or lesbian sexuality.

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Watermark celebrates its silver anniversary with a look back at the LGBTQ headlines of the past 25 years

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For 25 years, in nearly 700 issues, Watermark has been telling the stories of Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ communities.

First premiering in Orlando in 1994, and then expanding into Tampa Bay in 1995, Watermark now covers more than a dozen counties across the state. We can be found in many Florida cities including Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota—and thanks to WatermarkOnline.com, we have developed an international audience which relies on us for news, politics, sports, arts and entertainment as it pertains to the LGBTQ community.

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