Malta has become the first country in the world to outlaw Gay conversion therapy, with parliament this evening passing a Bill that criminalises any practice which seeks to change or repress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Bill imposes fines and jail terms for anyone advertising, offering, performing or referring an individual to another person which performs any form of conversion practice.
In addition, the Bill affirms that no sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression constitutes a disorder, disease or shortcoming of any sort.
Earlier this year, a Church position paper had stirred up controversy after its authors had argued that a ban on gay conversion therapy would violate a person’s right to receive treatment from a health professional.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna brought tranquility to the population saying that any therapy that would go against people’s wishes was “a no go”.
Non-Maltese prisoners and others kept in gender-segregated facilities can now live according to their gender identity, with parliament also passing a Bill recognising their right to self-identify their gender.
Amendments to the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act will also allow 16-year-olds to independently request a change in gender on official documents. Previously, the age limit was 18, with minors forced to file an application in court with the approval of their parents or guardians.
Hundreds of people within the Argentinian LGBTQ community are stepping down from participating in the Buenos Aires Pride 2016 event in light of the organisers using the event “to push their anti-government agenda.”
While the whole purpose of pride parades around the globe is to raise awareness on LGBT issues, this may not be the case for Argentina’s biggest LGBT event.
Buenos Aires Pride organisers are advocating for the legalisation of marihuana, legalisation of abortion, and the immediate release of Tupac Amaru’s Leader, Milagro Sala, who has been arrested earlier this year in connection with an ongoing investigation on extortion of government officials, corruption, and misuse of public funds.
Conversely, some pride goers are stepping down –and encouraging others to follow suit, because, in their own words, they are feeling “used” by political organisations opposing the Macri administration. They also want to discuss topics that, however important, they have nothing to do with LGBT, and they think it will only cause unnecessary friction with people outside the community.
Magui, 23, from Buenos Aires, told us on Friday: “The reason why, at least up until today I decided not to go to Pride this year is because I don’t feel represented. While It’s true that in many events, in the past, many of the topics have had little to do with LGBT issues, at least they weren’t strictly political. They were causes I could relate to. This year, however, the topics are mostly about a political party in specific.”
“It is essential [for the integrity of the Argentinian LGBT community] that we have the support of the people outside the community.”
“Don’t get me wrong. I am pro-choice, I also think marihuana should be legalised, but these topics should be left for another rally. Let’s keep LGBT issues apolitical and free of these [unrelated] issues.” She added.
The Argentinian LGBT community seems to be split between those who insist on having a strictly kirchnerista political stance and those who would rather work alongside politicians, independently of their ideology.
“I would like the LGBT community to bury the hatchet and work alongside all government officials, independently of their party and political ideology.” Magui said.
Argentina legalised same-sex marriage in the year 2010, thus becoming the first country in Latin America, the second in the Americas, and the second in the Southern Hemisphere to allow same-sex marriage nationwide.
In the year 2012, Argentina passed a legislation known as the Identity Act, which allows transgender people to change their birth records and gender marker without reassignment surgeries or hormone treatments.
Despite being protected under law, LGBT people in argentina –most specifically transgender people, still struggle with the stigma, bullying, and there are many reports of transgender people struggling to find housing, jobs and quality healthcare.
According to the TDoR records, ten transgender women were murdered in Argentina in the year 2016.
SAN DIEGO, United States — A transgender police officer who helped organise San Diego’s Transgender Day Of Remembrance, was turned away from the event when she tried to attend in her police uniform.
San Diego’s LGBT Community Center later apologised to Officer Christine Garcia and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.
Officer Christine Garcia, who transitioned last year, helped plan the event and was part of the Police Department security detail that watched over a commemorative march down University Avenue.
Later, she attempted to attend the event herself but was asked to leave. She says she was told her uniform could upset others.
The centre’s CEO, Delores Jacobs, called the incident a regrettable misunderstanding.
Jacobs added that the LGBT center supports San Diego’s police officers.
“We do not wish to ever make any community member feel unwelcome … these officers are valued members of our community,” Delores Jacobs, chief executive officer of the LGBT center, said in a statement.
Jacobs said the occurrence was a misunderstanding of the center’s existing policy of inclusion, which seeks to acknowledge the concerns that members of the community may have without excluding others. Leaders have reviewed the policy with its staff since the event.
“While we need to support those that are uncomfortable and honor their reactions to valid and understandable difficult previous experiences, we also need to explain that… our LGBTQ San Diego police liaisons are a valued part of our community,” Jacobs wrote.
Longtime LGBTQ activist, City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez, said the incident was an outrage.
“Any officer, be they gay or straight, should be welcomed into our community center in uniform,” he said. “They protect our community and neighborhoods and make San Diego a better place.”
Patrick Burke, a legislator in New York’s Erie County, proposed a bill this week that would ban conversion therapy for minors. The proposed law would only affect Burke’s county, which includes the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, but the bill has garnered national attention because of its name: Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Childhood Endangerment—or PENCE, for short.
Burke named the bill after Vice President-elect Mike Pence in order to draw attention to Pence’s stated support of programs that would attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ people.
“Conversion therapy is an abomination. It is clearly abuse. It’s brainwashing. It does real damage. Even calling it conversion therapy takes the edge off of what it really is,” Burke told NBC OUT.
“The Vice President-elect has been a supporter of this, and he’s earned the name. People need to remember this. Mike Pence’s views are extreme. I don’t want them to become normalized. This isn’t normal—none of this is OK. We have work to do,” he added.
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In an interview, American president-elect, Donald Trump, said he was “fine” with marriage equality “because it was already settled.”
During his first broadcast interview as president-elect, with CBS’s 60 Minutes, which aired on Sunday evening, Trump also suggested he might deport as many as 3 million immigrants, and said that he intends to retain some of Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms.
In response to the host’s question about whether he was going to overturn the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, he said: “It’s irrelevant, because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the supreme court. I mean it’s done.”
Trump’s vice-presidential pick, Mike Pence, has opposed same-sex marriage throughout his career, and supported so-called “conversion therapy” programs that purport to change people’s sexual orientation.
Pence also signed a religious freedom law that sought to allow people to refuse service to same-sex couples because of religious convictions.
Trump, however, said he considered the matter resolved. “These cases have gone to the supreme court,” he said. “They’ve been settled. I’m fine with that.”
Kate Brown, Governor of the state of Oregon, is openly bisexual.
Brown, buoyed by a wave of new voters and a solid edge in Democratic voter registration, jumped to a nearly double-digit lead over Pierce, a Salem cancer doctor making his first bid for elective office.
She thanked supporters during an election-night rally at the Oregon Convention Center, saying, “”No matter how you voted, thank you for making your voices heard, thank you for caring about the future of your state and thank you for your support.”
In a speech interrupted by frequent applause, she touched on topics including gun control, mass transit, jobs, the economy, climate change, women’s rights, conservation, the economy and education.
Brown added, “I am so honored to be serving as your governor for the next two years.”
In closing, she said, “”I believe that the times call upon us to take action, and I believe that if we work together we can shape both the place and the times in which we live. Let’s work together to make Oregon, our home, a place where everyone can thrive.”
Brown said before the election she was planning to run again in 2018 if she won.
Pierce, after seeing the first returns, took the stage at the Oregon Republicans election night party at the Salem Convention Center to congratulate Brown “on a hard-fought campaign.”
The state of Oregon is one of the most progressive states in the United States, where LGBT people have the same rights as cisgender heterosexual individuals.
On June 10, 2016, an Oregon circuit court ruled that a resident could legally change their gender to non-binary, which is believed to be the first ruling of its kind in the United States.
Kansas, United States — The “Equality House”, owned by Aaron Jackson, Founder of nonprofit organization Planting Peace, has been vandalised.
“This happened last night. A sad reminder of how far we have to go. 2 days ago someone shouted “faggot” at me as they drove by. That happens almost every week. Every morning I look out my window to hate speech from the Westboro Baptist Church.” Davis Hammet, from Planting Peace, said.
“Queer folks are bullied, terrorized, assaulted, and murdered all across the United States. Our country continues to deny basic employment and housing protections to LGBTQ folks. Our politicians continue to use the LGBTQ community as a scapegoat and spew dangerous rhetoric that emboldens the hateful fringes of our society. We went from over 3 years without being vandalized to being vandalized twice in a few months.”
“This is an average experience for those marginalized in our society. Many will have much worse happen to them today. Please recognize that we still have so far to go. Please use your power to advocate for a better society for everyone.”
This happened last night. A sad reminder of how far we have to go. 2 days ago someone shouted “faggot” at me as they…