LGBTQ community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBTQ community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gays feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.

Juan Carlos Cruz said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their meetings at the Vatican. Cruz was the main whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, and met last month with Francis to discuss it.

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Lady Fingers: Baby Talk

By : Sabrina Ambra
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I’ve really never understood the concept of the “biological clock,” nor have I tried. At the ripe age of 28 (by the way, I can still say that as of this writing) I am very aware that a good portion of my peers have popped-out at least one, if not four children. While that has not personally inspired me to start breeding, it has been a pretty amazing experience to watch my friends become incredible mothers. It seems like just yesterday I was the one projectile-vomiting on them, and now it’s the fruit of their loins that is doing the yacking.

I don’t necessarily feel any pressure to have children, which I find interesting considering that like most women for the last two centuries, I have been and will continue to be asked if/when I’ll have children. I still get asked in some shape or form, but not as frequently and I think I know why.

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Netflix revives ‘Tales Of The City,’ with Laura Linney, Ellen Page

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Ellen Page. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube.

Netflix has ordered a 10-episode season of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City,” according to Deadline.

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Pompeo grilled over anti-LGBTQ statements during confirmation hearing

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The confirmation hearing on CIA Director Mike Pompeo‘s nomination to become the next secretary of state took place before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 12, 2018. Washington Blade by Michael Key.

Mike Pompeo on Thursday during his confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of state faced questions about his previous anti-LGBTQ statements.

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Justin Trudeau to formally apologize for ‘gross indecency’ convictions

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday announced his government will formally apologize to those who were convicted of “gross indecency” before the country decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual relations.

He wrote on his Facebook page that his government on Nov. 28 “will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House (of Commons) — for the persecution & injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on the path to equality & inclusion.” The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported Trudeau will also formally apologize to Canadians who were fired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the country’s military and civil service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay ‘conversion therapy’

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HONG KONG (AP) – The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication, a human rights group said Nov. 15.

The report released by New York-based Human Rights Watch, based on interviews with 17 people subjected to the widely criticized techniques since 2009, comes as awareness has grown in China regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Situation for LGBT Chechens remains perilous

By : Helen Parshall of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Advocates say that the situation in Chechnya remains dire roughly six months after initial reports of arrests, torture and killings of LGBT Chechens emerged.

“It should not be like this. We are all people. We all have rights,” Maxim Laponov said in a press conference on Monday outside the Moscow offices of Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper that broke the story of the crackdown. “If those rights can be violated [in Chechnya], it could happen in any region. And no one knows whose son or daughter will be next.”

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Egypt steps up crackdown on homosexuals, arrests 27

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has stepped up a crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality, arresting a total of 27 in a little more than a week, security officials said Tuesday.

They said the 27 include a man and a woman picked up by police on Monday and all have been charged with “debauchery.”

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New Zealand lawmakers apologize for 100s of gay convictions

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand lawmakers unanimously apologized July 6 for the “tremendous hurt and suffering” of hundreds of men who were convicted of homosexuality during the years it was treated as a crime.

Parliament took the rare step of issuing a formal apology to all those unfairly convicted under the antiquated laws. Lawmakers also approved the first stage of a bill that will allow the men to have their criminal records wiped clean, legislation that comes four years after the South Pacific nation legalized same-sex marriage.

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The FHM Film Series: Paragraph 175 and Panel Discussion

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The Florida Holocaust Museum invites the community to attend a special showing of the film Paragraph 175 followed by a panel discussion, featuring St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer, Department Head of Film at Ringling College of Art and Design Bradley Battersby, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Tampa Dr. Christopher Boulton, and President of the Gasparilla International Film Festival Rachel Feinman.

Paragraph 175 is a documentary film released in 2000, directed by the Academy Award-winning producing/directing team Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, and narrated by Rupert Everett. Between 1933 and 1945, 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code dating back to 1871. Some were imprisoned, others were sent to concentration camps. Of the latter, only about 4,000 survived.

This epic story is told through personal accounts of men and women who lived through it: the Jewish gay resistance fighter who posed as a Hitler youth member to rescue his lover from a Gestapo transfer camp; the Jewish lesbian who escaped to England with the help of an older woman she had a crush on; the photographer and loyal German citizen who was arrested and imprisoned for homosexuality, then joined the army on his release because he “wanted to be with men.”

Paragraph 175 has received numerous awards, including Best Documentary Jury Prize for Direction at Sundance 2000 and the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival.

The screening of Paragraph 175 is presented in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945, on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and on display at The Florida Holocaust Museum through July 2nd. Presented locally by Wells Fargo, this exhibition examines the Nazi regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more.

The screening of Paragraph 175 and panel discussion is free and open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30 p.m. at The Florida Holocaust Museum. Please RSVP by calling 727.820.0100, extension 301.

Indonesia police arrest dozens in raid on Jakarta gay sauna

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesian police detained dozens of men including several foreigners in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital, another sign of growing hostility to homosexuality in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said 141 men were detained for questioning in the raid Sunday evening on the gym and sauna in north Jakarta. Police say the sauna was the venue for a sex party promoted as “The Wild One.”

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“Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals: 1933-1945” Exhibition Opening Event, featuring Erik Jensen

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The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) is pleased to present the traveling exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945, on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Presented locally by Wells Fargo, this exhibition examines the Nazi regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more.

Between 1933 and 1945, the Nazi German regime promoted racial health policies that sought to eliminate all sources of biological corruption to its dominant “Aryan” race. Among the groups persecuted as threats to the national health were Germany’s homosexual men. Believing them to be carriers of a “degeneracy” that weakened society and hindered population growth, the Nazi state arrested and incarcerated in prisons and concentration camps tens of thousands of German men as a means of terrorizing them into social conformity.

The exhibition opening event will take place on Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. and is free to members of The FHM and $9 per person for general admission. The Pardoll Family Lecture Series opening reception will include a lecture by Erik Jensen, a specialist in the history of Germany and of gender and sexuality. Jensen is an Associate Professor of History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he teaches courses in German history and directs the Honors Program. He has written numerous articles about the pink triangle, which was used by the Nazis in concentration camps to identify and shame homosexuals, and on how the Nazis persecuted homosexuals during the Holocaust. Please RSVP by calling 727.820.0100, extension 301.

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 opens to the public on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at The Florida Holocaust Museum. The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

For additional Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 exhibition information, please visit: https://www.thefhm.org/explore-2/exhibits/nazi-persecution-of-homosexuals.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibitions program is supported in part by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990.