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Ann Coulter Says God Punished Houston Over Their Lesbian Mayor

Ann Coulter is on an anti-lgbtq, ignorant hate spree again, for a change.

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The far right political commentator said that Hurricane Harvey is God’s response to Houston electing a Lesbian mayor, and not the result of Climate Change, the product of mankind’s greed and irresponsible behaviour with the environment.

Coulter was referring to Annise Parker, the first openly lesbian individual to be mayor in Houston until stepping down in 2016.

In a twitter tweet, she said:

Ann, who has said in the past that “gay marriage is not a right” and gay men who have sex should  “feel guilty about it.” also refuses to believe in the overwhelming, tangible evidence by scientists that proves that climate change is very real.

Despite what some governments in support of coal mining and fracking say about global warming, there is a a global scientific consensus that humans are altering the climate by pouring greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

In addition to rising global temperatures, climatologists believe more intense weather patterns – from stronger storms to more frequent droughts – are potential consequences.

Warmer air and water could feed the size and wetness of hurricanes.

 

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Historic: First Norweigan Gay Couple Tied The Knot in Church Wedding

Pastor Bettina Eckbo  led the historic ceremony in the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Local Norway

In the very second that the clock struck midnight and the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church’s new liturgy allowing gay couples to marry in church weddings came into force, Kjell Frølich Benjaminsen and Erik Skjelnæs tied the knot in Eidskog Church.

A church synod voted on Monday to approve the new liturgy, or service, allowing same-sex couples to get married in the church.
“It was great fun and really cosy to be a part of,” Eckbo told NTB.
The newlyweds have lived together for 36 years – longer than Eckbo has been alive.
“They already represent the values that marriage is about – faithfulness and supporting one another on good days and bad,” she said.
The ceremony marks a new milestone for gays and lesbians in Norway, which like its Nordic neighbours is at the forefront of gay rights in Europe. Civil marriage and adoption have been open to gays since 2009 and the Church also authorises the ordination of homosexuals.

Driver Who Ploughed His Car into Crowd, Killing 4 and Wounding over 20 “Wanted To Kill All Gays and Lesbians.”

The man stabbed his own brother for being gay and pushed his pregnant girlfriend out of his car, before ploughing his vehicle into a crowd.

Reuters

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA —  Four people, including a young child, have died after a car deliberately hit pedestrians in central Melbourne, police say.

At least 29 people were injured, among them a baby who is in a critical condition after the car hit a pram.

Police say they rammed the car, shot the driver in the arm and arrested him.

They say the incident was not terror-related, but is believed to be linked to a stabbing in the south east of Melbourne early on Friday.

The car ploughed into pedestrians in the Bourke St Mall, a busy shopping area, just before 14:00 (03:00 GMT).

Footage broadcast on local media captured moments before showed a maroon car driving in circles, with the driver leaning out of the window, in front of Flinders Street railway station.

Crime scene: A pram was found flipped where a two-year old and their mother were hurt

Police say the same man was involved in an an attack on his brother in the early hours of the morning in a Melbourne suburb.

It is believed he then went and took his own pregnant girlfriend hostage in his car. She was released before the driver proceeded to the city centre and started to hit pedestrians.

The police say the man is known to them, and has a long history of family violence, drug issues and mental health problems.

He was also charged at the weekend in relation to an assault.

The four people who died have not been named, but police say that among them were a man and woman in their 30s, and a young child, none of whom were related to each other.

The injured baby was three months old. Also among the injured was a two-year-old who is in a serious condition, and children aged nine and 12.

The attacker had posted on Facebook last week that he was leading a war against gays and lesbians.

The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said the emergency services had “done us proud” in their response to what he described as an evil criminal act”.

“Our hearts are breaking this afternoon,” he said.

Pakistan: Transgender Population To be Counted In Population Census For The First Time

For the first time in the history of Pakistan, the population census will recognise and count Pakistani transgender people

The Lahore High Court on Monday instructed the federal government, National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and the interior ministry to include the transgender community in the census while hearing a petition filed by a transgender individual Waqar Ali in November 2016.

Ali in his petition had called for the enforcement of the community’s fundamental rights, including enrolment in the upcoming census and issuance of national identity cards specifying their gender.

A deputy attorney general from the federal government was present in court during the hearing and assured the court that the transgender community will indeed be part of the upcoming census.

RELATED: Pakistan Passed law Allowing Transgender People to Legally Marry under Islamic Law

Ali’s petition, filed through Advocate Sheraz Zaka, had pleaded that the transgender community in Pakistan has been marginalised, citing an event witnessed in Sialkot where a transgender was tortured.

Pakistan’s sixth population census will begin on March 15, 2017.

Hate Crime: Transgender Man Followed and Shot in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA, United States — Police are looking for two suspects in connection with the shooting of a transgender man who was followed after leaving a bar and shot in Philadelphia.

The shooting occurred late Sunday night on Malvern Avenue.

Police say the 21-year-old man had left a bar on 66th Street and Lansdown Avenue when he was approached by a man who fired five times with a handgun.

Initial reports said that the victim was a transgender woman, but Philadelphia police has just confirmed us that the victim identifies as transgender male and prefers the pronouns he/him/his

The victim is in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the hip.

Hundreds of Argentinian LGBT People Step Down From Buenos Aires Pride 2016 Amid Concerns Over Differences Of Vision Within The Community

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.”

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BA City displaying the LGBT Flag in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando Massacre, earlier this year

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.

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Official Flyer for Pride Buenos Aires 2016 / marchadelorgullo.org.ar

 

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.

The Pearl Of Africa: A Story About The Struggles Of A Transgender Woman Living Full Time As Trans In Uganda

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Cleopatra Kambugu, 27, The First Ugandan Transgender Woman To dare to tell her story.

The film, set in Uganda, a small land-locked country in the East African Sub region, tells us the story of Cleopatra, a 27-year-old student who came out as transgender and lives full time, in a country that  struggles to recognise, appreciate, reconcile, protect and celebrate this diversity, and has instead condemned and abused this diversity and left it for dead.

In the film we get to learn about her through her multiple identities, as a transgender woman, a daughter, a sibling, an activist, a Ugandan, and an African. A woman who seeks to shine light on the underlying current of her gender identity.

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As one of the very few openly trans women in Uganda, and in all of Africa, Cleo faces any number of challenges to freedom, but she’s luckier than most. She was able to travel to Thailand for her gender reassignment surgery, though her native Uganda does not recognize her as female. That comes with its own set of problems, particularly when traveling, or trying to secure healthcare.

Creating a beacon of hope for her fellow transgender counterparts, we follow her as she writes the story of her life as a transgender woman; not as a disability, not as a psychopathology, not as an inadequacy, or a phase, but as a legitimate identity in our humanity that has for long been shrouded in darkness and misunderstood.

Unlike many films that explore themes related to human rights, The Pearl of Africa focuses on telling a universal love story in an extreme circumstance.

Read more on thepearlofafrica.tv

New York Lawmaker Proposes ‘PENCE’ Bill Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

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.

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David Burke / Erie County Legislature

 

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.
Read the full article on NBC Out

Source: NBC News