Buttigieg delivers forceful performance on debate stage

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ABOVE: (L-R) Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang and Beto O’Rourke, photo via CNN.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivered a forceful performance during the Democratic debate Tuesday night, demonstrating a rare knack for both rising above the fray and engaging in it.

The contradictory—but effective—approach from the gay candidate during the debate in Westerville, Ohio, was seen in particular toward the end when Joseph Biden and Elizabeth Warren were quarreling.

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Turkish police disperse LGBTI activists holding banned Pride march

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ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex activists gathered July 1 for an LGBTI pride march in Istanbul, moving from street to street for an hour as police tried to end an event the local government had banned for the fourth year in a row.

Hundreds of people chanted slogans and waved rainbow flags on side streets along Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul’s main pedestrian thoroughfare. The organizers released a statement saying the city’s ban would not deter them from marching peacefully.

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Council of Europe criticizes Turkish ban on LGBTI events

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Europe’s top human rights body is calling on Turkey’s capital city to reverse its decision to ban all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks expressed concern Monday that the ban announced by Ankara governor’s office was a “manifestation of a continuing backsliding in the field of human rights protection” in Turkey. He suggested the move may reflect Turkish authorities’ “growing intolerance toward LGBTI” individuals.

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Turkey bans all LGBTI events in Ankara, citing security

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ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkish officials have banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in the country’s capital.

The ban took effect Nov. 18 for an “indefinite” period and applies to all LGBTI film screenings, theaters, panels and exhibitions.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Outloud Not Out

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Outloud not Out
After the passing of David Jeremiah Zedonek, also known as Justice to many of his friends/fans, the future of the WPRK radio and podcast show he created Outloud Orlando: The Homo Happy Hour was uncertain.
A pet project for many years, David brought an attempt to be a shock-jock frat-boy to the local radio show. It was recently announced on the Facebook page there would be “The NEW Outloud Orlando.” The show will continue on WPRK 91.5 FM starting in late January on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m., streaming live on gayradioshow.com.

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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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Turkish police use tear gas at Pride parade

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Istanbul (AP) – Police in Istanbul used tear gas and detained activists who gathered June 26 to issue a statement to mark gay pride week after authorities banned their rally in the city. At least 19 activists were rounded up, organizers said.

Dozens of activists assembled on Istanbul’s main pedestrian street to publicly read a statement marking the end of the gay, lesbian and transgender pride week and to denounce the ban. Several of them were detained however, before they could speak. Turkish police later used tear gas and rubber pellets to chase activists from side streets.

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German lawmaker detained at Istanbul Pride

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Berlin (AP) – A prominent German lawmaker was temporarily detained at a gay street parade in Istanbul.

The German news agency dpa reported the Green Party lawmaker Volker Beck, an outspoken activist for gay rights, was detained June 27 when he wanted to speak publicly at the end of the gay, lesbian and transgender “Pride Week.”

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Turkish police fire rubber bullets, tear gas at LGBT parade

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Istanbul (AP) – Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators who gathered June 19 for a gay pride rally in Istanbul despite a government ban.

Dozens of participants advocating transgender rights assembled off Istiklal Street, a major commercial artery, some brandishing rainbow flags.

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Islamic State group targets gay men with brutal public killings

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REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) – Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.

He asked one of the men if he was satisfied with the sentence. Death, the judge told him, would help cleanse him of his sin.

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