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Polish Senate votes on first-ever Gender Accordance Act


ILGA-Europe | August 15, 2015

However, the Act was passed with significant last-minute amendments which unfortunately could add another layer of procedural difficulty to the gender recognition process.

ILGA-Europe send our support to all our Polish member organisations , national LGBTI activists and supportive parliamentarians, such as the bill’s champion Anna Grodzka MP, who have fought to get the law to this stage. We will continue to support them in their future efforts to make this law more inclusive.

The Gender Accordance Act  is an attempt to codify the legal gender recognition process for the first time. Previously, trans people in Poland had to go through a series of court proceedings – a confusing and stressful process – and endure lengthy waiting times for decisions. Now anyone applying for legal gender recognition will have to fulfil three criteria: they must be a Polish citizen; unmarried and present two supporting medical opinions for assessment by a regional court.

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Ireland’s President gives assent to gay marriage constitutional amendment


Joesph Patrick McCormick | Pink News | August 31, 2015

President Michael Higgins signed the amendment into law on Saturday, following a referendum in May at which equal marriage was approved.

Now that the law has been signed, legislation can now be brought forward to enact same-sex marriage.

In doing so, Ireland will become the first to legalise equal marriage based on a popular vote, as a referendum was required to move constitutional change.

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Report: Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal Could Become the World’s Third-Biggest


This image shows the test launching of a Ghaznavi missile at an undisclosed location in Pakistan on May 10, 2012. (photo: Interservices Public Relations department/AP)
This image shows the test launching of a Ghaznavi missile at an undisclosed location in Pakistan on May 10, 2012. (photo: Interservices Public Relations department/AP)

 

Tim Craig | The Washington Post | Reader Supported News | August 27, 2015

new report by two American think tanks asserts that Pakistan may be building 20 nuclear warheads annually and could have the world’s third-largest nuclear stockpile within a decade.

The report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center concludes that Pakistan is rapidly expanding its nuclear capabilities because of fear of its archrival, India, also a nuclear power. The report, which will be released Thursday, says Pakistan is far outpacing India in the development of nuclear warheads.

Analysts estimate that Pakistan has about 120 nuclear warheads, while India has about 100.

In the coming years, the report states, Pakistan’s advantage could grow dramatically because it has a large stockpile of highly enriched uranium that could be used to quickly produce low-yield nuclear devices.

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LGBTs should not feel caged in our society, says Priya Dutt


 

Ashok Kumar | OneWorld South Asia | Daily Queer News | Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2015 – 12:16

New Delhi: Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) should not feel caged in our society, asserted Congress leader and Parliamentarian lj. She was speaking at the 3rd National Solidarity Event in New Delhi.

Supporting the cause of men who have sex with men (MSM), Priya said that LGBTs are entitled to enjoy rights like anyone else. “Sexuality of an individual is a private matter and there is no need for anyone to hide because of their sexuality. Every Indian lives by the constitution of our country which talks about equal rights and equal opportunities to all citizens without discrimination of any kind,” she said.

Priya affirmed her commitment towards protecting the rights of MSM and the LGBT community more broadly and called for collective action towards this goal. Talking about the cultural arguments against the LGBTs, she said India has had long tradition of being a diverse and cultural society and the presence of LGBTs is just an extension of that diversity with the former living in harmony with the rest of society for ages.

Prominent gay rights activist Aditya Banopadhyay pointed out that article 377 mobilised the gay community into a movement. “In our society, the lives of MSM are fraught with social taboos and homophobia. What further compounds the issue is criminalization and infringement of our basic human rights by people, police authorities and the government,” he said.

Bandopadhyay urged the gay community for building its own culture and said that the government was not providing enough funds for the welfare of LGBTs. “The need of the hour is that MSM people should come out of their closets and fights for their rights in solidarity, so that the legislature is forced to recognize the strength of our population and work towards our collective welfare,” he said.

James Robertson, Executive Director of India HIV/AIDS Alliance, said, “To address the engaging vulnerabilities of MSM and gay men in India to HIV and a host of social ills, it will be necessary for all stakeholders across the spectrum to collaborate actively and commit themselves to the task ahead.”

Leaders of the LGBT movement, such as Ashok Row Kavi, Rajesh Srinivas, and celebrities like Sushant Divgikar and Yuvraj Parashar, also spoke about the importance of national forums, such as the solidarity event, in ensuring the collaboration of different stakeholders for strengthening the work that has been done so far and to come out with the plan ahead.

The event saw gay rights activists across India come together to consolidate efforts towards the realization of health and human rights for the LGBT community. Policy makers, social welfare officials, UN representatives, members of Parliament, National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) delegates, media, healthcare providers, and civil society also took part in the event.

Organised by India HIV/AIDS Alliance’s Pehchan programme, the event highlighted the continued escalation of violence and discrimination against the LGBT community in India. This year’s Solidarity Event served as a forum for dialogue for different stakeholders from government, civil society and communities to strengthen the movement and create a consensus for a national action plan for the welfare of MSM and other gay men.

Livni proposes ‘Shira Banki’ legislation


LAHAV HARKOV | Jerusalem Post | August 22, 2015

 

The “Shira Banki bills” include establishing civil unions, requiring education for equality and tolerance among other policies meant to counter hate-crimes.

 

The “Shira Banki bills” include establishing civil unions, requiring education for equality and tolerance, prohibiting conversion therapy – to convince gay people to be or act straight – regulating surrogacy and supervising hate criminals after they’re released from prison.

Livni’s goal is to bring the proposals to a vote at the opening of the Knesset’s winter session, in October, as a legislative response to hate crimes and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, and give the government an option to back up their condemnations of violence with actions.

“The Shira bills are meant to be a deterrent and make it clear to anyone planning a hate crime and thinks that violence and racism are the way that their actions will be met with the advancement of equality and tolerance in Israeli society,” Livni said.

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Orthodox Zionists demonstrat the hate that once enabled the “KristallNacht”


Radical-Orthodox-Israeli-hate mongers mirror members of the Westboro Baptist Church and the actions of some fascist radicals that initiated and formented Germany’s Kristallnacht and the resulting spread of hate and persecution in Occupied Europe which resulted in a war that ended the lives of approximately 50 million people.  We must never forget!

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Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images
Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised that the gay community in Israel is accepted:
“In Israel everyone, including the gay community, has the right to live in peace, and we will defend that right.”
A bill has been announced that could help move things forward for gay Israelis, according to the Jerusalem Post:
The “Shira Banki bills” include establishing civil unions, requiring education for equality and tolerance, prohibiting conversion therapy – to convince gay people to be or act straight – regulating surrogacy and supervising hate criminals after they’re released from prison.

Thousands march in Glasgow’s 20th pride parade


Thousands march in Glasgow’s 20th pride parade 20th Glasgow pride parade Photo via Facebook/ Pride Glasgow (Hooch Dady)

 

Sylvia Tan | Gay Star News | August 23, 2015

Thousands turned out for Scotland’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) parade through Glasgow’s city center on Saturday.

For the first time in the event’s history, the celebrations will take place over two days with a rally before the march, performances, a funfair, and information and community stalls.

The parade started out from Glasgow Green before going down Greendyke St, Saltmarket, Trongate, Albion St, Ingram St, South Frederick St, George Sq South Aspect, St Vincent Pl, St Vincent St, Renfield St, Union St, Jamaica St, Clyde St, Bridgegate, Steel St, Turnbull St, Greendyke St and then back to Glasgow Green.

Alastair Smith, Chief Executive of Pride Glasgow, was quoted as saying by the BBC: ‘This year marks 20 years of Pride events in Scotland and we have come along way since the first; Pride is a chance for the LGBTI community and their friends, family and supporters to come together and celebrate the achievements of the community and to stand together as one and raise awareness of the issues that we still face.’

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