Nicaragua LGBTQ activist tortured after arrest

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Above: Ulises Rivas (Photo courtesy of Ulises Rivas)

A well-known LGBTQ activist in Nicaragua who was arrested last September says he was tortured while in custody.

Ulises Rivas said Jan. 6 members of Nicaragua’s National Police on Sept. 1, 2019, arrived at his niece’s volleyball game in Comalapa, a town in the country’s Chontales department that is roughly 75 miles east of the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, and arrested him because “they had an arrest warrant.”

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Eric Rollings, Central Florida Realtor, Activist, Environmentalist

By : State Sen. Linda Stewart, District 13
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I want to congratulate Eric Rollings on being selected for Watermark’s “Most Remarkable People”! I have known Eric for almost a decade and I am so proud of all he has accomplished. He is a close friend, and for as long as I have known him he has been fighting for just causes and been dedicated to issues such as climate change and LGBTQ rights. He has been at the forefront of the Central Florida community serving as a representative for our area locally and at the national level.

Eric has served as a delegate of the first ever delegation from Orlando to the United Nations General Assembly this year, advocating for the city’s place on the international stage at the forefront of fighting climate change and progressing the rights of the LGBTQ community. He has been a leader on the team effort to ban the practice of conversion therapy in Orange County with ConvertToLove.org. because of his advocacy, Congressman Darren Soto entered Eric into the Congressional Record as a “Distinguished LGBTQ Leader for Pride Month.”

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Edith Windsor, lesbian activist who took down DOMA, dead at 88

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Edith Windsor, a lesbian activist who was a pioneer for LGBT rights and brought down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, died Tuesday at age 88.

Judith Kasen-Windsor issued a statement Tuesday confirming Windsor’s death but didn’t disclose a cause. The two were married in 2016.

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Libya LGBT activist receives asylum in Germany

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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An LGBT rights activist from the Libyan city of Benghazi has received asylum in Germany.

The activist, who asked the Washington Blade not to publish his name, on Monday said during an exclusive interview from Berlin that he arrived in Germany in May.

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Prominent LGBT activist to run for Chile congress

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A prominent LGBT rights advocate in Chile has announced he is running for a seat in the country’s congress.

Luis Larraín, who is the co-founder and former president of Fundación Iguales, declared his candidacy for the Chilean House of Deputies in an interview that La Tercera, a Chilean newspaper, published on March 12.

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Activist threatened for challenging Trinidad and Tobago sodomy law

By : Rachael Espinet of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — A Caribbean LGBT activist has received almost 50 death threats following his lawsuit against the attorney general of Trinidad and Tobago to remove the country’s anti-gay sodomy laws.

Trinidad and Tobago is among the 74 countries around the world that has discriminatory laws against same-sex consensual adults. Jason Jones, who has been an activist in both Trinidad and Tobago and the U.K. for 28 years, filed a claim against the state on February 23 contesting Sections 13 and 16 of the country’s Sexual Offenses Act (SOA) that criminalizes sodomy between consensual adults and serious indecency, which is defined as a sexual act outside of intercourse involving genitals.

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Trans activist sues D.C. police

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Above: Lourdes Ashley Hunter (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Longtime transgender activist Lourdes Ashley Hunter on Wednesday sued four D.C. police officers and the D.C. government in federal court on grounds that the officers improperly arrested her at her apartment in Northwest Washington last November without a warrant on a charge of misdemeanor simple assault.

In a lawsuit filed on her behalf by the ACLU of the National Capital Area, Hunter charges that the officers’ actions violated her rights under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and amounted to a false arrest under the laws of the District of Columbia.

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Watermark’s 16 Most Remarkable People of ’16

By : Watermark Staff
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Watermark has chosen those who stood out from the LGBTQ community – 16 remarkable individuals who made a mark in 2016; whether through activism, generosity or beating the odds.

It has been a difficult year for all of us, both politically and personally, and those we have selected have made the most change, been the most inspiring and helped to make our LGBTQ community that much stronger in the face of adversity.

Below, our 16 Most Remarkable People of ’16.

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Hundreds protest rape and murder of transgender activist in Istanbul

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ISTANBUL (AP) — Demonstrators gathered in central Istanbul to protest the rape and killing of a transgender woman and LGBT activist.

Hundreds attended the rally Aug. 21, holding signs and chanting slogans for 22-year-old Hande Kader, whose body was found last weekend. Media reports say the body was burned beyond recognition. Opposition MPs also attended the demonstration.

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“Who’s the Boss?” actor tells Oprah he is HIV-Positive

By : Jeremy Williams
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Actor Danny Pintauro, best known for playing the young son Jonathan on the 80s sitcom Who’s the Boss?, revealed he is HIV-Positive on an episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?

“I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn’t ready. I’m ready now,” Pintauro told Oprah Winfrey in an interview on the show.

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Rollins’ Lisa Tillmann takes her research and activism to her newest book, ‘In Solidarity’

By : Stephen Miller
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Orlando – Professor and activist Lisa Tillmann is a vital straight ally to Central Florida’s LGBT community. She has made it her life’s work to explore and balance inequality—and her new academic book explores that in intriguing, very readable ways.

Besides chairing Rollins College’s Critical Media and Cultural Studies department, Tillmann has produced films about gay rights, fat shaming, body image and disparities in the U.S. food market. 

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Transgender homecoming king takes his own life

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Blake Brockington, a transgender activist, died of an apparent suicide on March 23 in Charlotte where he was a freshman at the University of North Carolina.

Brockington received public attention last year when he became the first openly transgender homecoming king in the nation at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte.

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