Victory Institute to honor former Peru congressman, NC representative at DC conference

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Former Peruvian Congressman Alberto de Belaunde will be honored by the LGBTQ Victory Institute at its annual conference in D.C. next month. (Photo via Facebook)

The LGBTQ Victory Institute on Wednesday announced it will honor former Peruvian Congressman Alberto de Belaunde and North Carolina state Rep. Deb Butler next month in D.C.

De Belaunde and Butler will receive the 2019 Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award at the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference on Nov. 15. The Victory Institute in a press release said the two lawmakers received the most votes among the nearly 30,000 that were cast.

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Landmark ruling recognizes marriage, trans rights in the Americas

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Tuesday issued a landmark ruling that recognizes same-sex marriage and transgender rights in the Western Hemisphere.

The seven judges who issued the ruling stated governments “must recognize and guarantee all the rights that are derived from a family bond between people of the same sex.” Six of the seven judges also agreed that it is necessary for governments “to guarantee access to all existing forms of domestic legal systems, including the right to marriage, in order to ensure the protection of all the rights of families formed by same-sex couples without discrimination.”

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