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US ruling tipped to bolster gay marriage cause in Australia


Gay marriage supporters celebrate outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

Gay marriage supporters celebrate outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Friday. Photo: AFP

 

Michael Koziol, Adam Gartrell | The Age | June 27, 2015

The US Supreme Court  decision to invalidate bans on same-sex marriage is expected to galvanise movement towards a marriage equality decision in Australia, as pressure builds for a vote to be held this year.

In a 5-4 ruling, the US Supreme Court determined that state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, thereby legalising gay marriage in all 50 states.

National director of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome, said he had discussions with several Liberal Party MPs over the past few weeks who had indicated the US decision would influence their position.

Gay marriage supporters celebrate outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Friday. Photo: AFP

“Many Australian politicians on both the left and the right look to the US for leadership on issues of the day and will find the Supreme Court decision quite compelling,” he said.

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#LoveWins: World celebrates US Supreme Court decision legalising gay marriage


Gay rights supporters celebrate after the US Supreme Court ruling.

Gay rights supporters celebrate after the US Supreme Court ruling. Photo: Reuters          

 | The Age | June 27 2015

 

Legal judgments tend to be associated with jargon rather than prose, but not this time. In all the joy that followed the US Supreme Court legalising gay marriage nationwide, it was Justice Anthony Kennedy’s closing remarks about same-sex couples that drew the most attention.

“Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilisation’s oldest institutions,” he wrote. “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Gay rights supporters celebrate after the US Supreme Court ruling. Photo: Reuters

Those words were shared by tens of thousands in the hours following the historic Supreme Court decision, which ruled that state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional, paving the way for same-sex weddings in all 50 states.

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Suspect charged in death of 17-year-old trans teen


Mercedes Williamson was found dead on 2 June

Mercedes Williamson was found dead on 2 June

 

Joseph Patrick McCormick | PinkNews | June 24, 2015

A suspect has been charged with murder following the death of a 17-year-old transgender teenager

Josh Brandon Vallum, 28, was arrested and charged after Mercedes Williamson was found dead on 2 June.

Vallum is being held on a $1 million bail.

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German Museum Launches Show On 150 Years of Gay History


 

 

Associated Press | South Florida Gay & Lesbian News | June 24, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s main national history museum is launching an exhibition tracing 150 years of gay history, including the first uses of the term “homosexual” and the brutal Nazi-era repression of gays.

The exhibition at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, which is staging it together with the capital’s Gay Museum, has been four years in the planning but opens amid a new debate in Germany over whether to allow full-fledged marriage for gay couples.

Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said at the show’s presentation Wednesday that it “puts the current debate about legal equality into a historical context.” She said it shows “how hard-fought the progress we can speak of today was.”

The exhibition, “Homosexuality—ies,” opens to the public Friday and runs through Dec. 1.

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Courageous Nigerian LGBT Program Hits the Airwaves


Melanie Nathan, June 24, 2015.

In early 2015, a Nigerian journalist and broadcaster, Mike Daemon launched an LGBTI weekly podcast, taking on the form of traditional radio programing, The show NOSTRINGS, includes periodic interviews and talk sessions about LGBTI related issues, especially issues concerning Nigeria’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Given the new Nigerian  anti-homosexuality laws and the upsurge in anti-gay sentiment, this endeavor is nothing short of a spectacular.

 

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 7.22.08 PMNOSTRINGS, already reaching listeners in Nigeria and around the world, is poised to educate all on the realities for gays in Nigeria, serving as a strong voice to impact the struggles of those caught up in a milieu where natural human sexual orientation is criminalized with harsh penalties.

NOSTRINGS is a force to be reckoned with as it tackles the most difficult and controversial of topics asking the crucial questions to fight the lies and myth often spread about LGBT people.

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A Look Inside The Horrifying Reality Of Being Gay In Uganda


Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 11.36.25 AMDan Tracer | Queerty | May 15, 2015

“Tell me something about Ugandan culture,” prompts Vice correspondent Isobel Yeung to a group of locals on a recent trip to investigate violence against gays in the country.

“The first thing we hate is homosexuality,” one man begins. “We hate that one completely. If we find a woman with a woman, we pull out one and we do it to her…We have sex with her…Serious rape.”

“So what would you do if you saw a gay man?” asks Yeung.

The man gets a disturbing smile on his face as he yells, “Kill! You kill that one! Woman and woman we rape, but man and man we kill.”

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Uganda’s Frank Mugisha Finds Safety in Visibility


PAUL SCHINDLER | Gay City News | May 15, 2015

“I do feel safe,” said Frank Mugisha, a gay rights activist in Uganda. “But sometimes I get paranoid.”

With that, the East African nation’s most visible LGBT leader crystalized one of the paradoxes in his society’s posture toward homosexuality.

For more than five years, Uganda has been swept by a contentious debate over anti-gay legislation that would stiffen penalties for repeat “aggravated homosexuality” offenders to life imprisonment. The measure — widely known as the “Kill the Gays Bill” because in its early versions it mandated the death penalty — was temporarily enacted before being thrown out last August by a court based on flaws in how Parliament approved it. Among its provisions, it would have required anyone with knowledge of same-sex sexual conduct, on pain of criminal penalties, to report it to authorities.

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