Celebrate the birthday of the iconic black, gay author James Baldwin with producer-political activist-straight ally Alfre Woodard’s Global Queer READ-IN performance from The Fire Next Time!
Baja California twice misses marriage equality, Cayman Islands pass queer couple recognition ball to U.K. court, Alaskan town bans bias after a wedding flowers flap, Arizona county reverses adoption services bias, queer-trans Michigan teacher gets an A+, Atlanta’s “gayborhood” honors U.S. civil rights icon John Lewis, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of August 3, 2020
Lawmakers in the Mexican state of Baja California narrowly reject a marriage equality bill in the second of two votes, the Cayman Islands’ rejection of a domestic partnership bill for same-gender couples will likely mean a full marriage equality ruling by the U.K. Privy Council, Ketchikan, Alaska’s City Council answers a local florist’s refusal to do a gay wedding with a wide-ranging anti-bias ordinance, LGBTQ mourners greet the hearse of the late U.S. Congressman John Lewis at the rainbow-painted intersection in Atlanta’s “gayborhood,” and more!
To celebrate James Baldwin’s 96th birthday, we are featuring Alfre Woodard reading from The Fire Next Time and Paul Outlaw reading from The American Dream and the American Negro. Excerpts of The Fire Next Time were selected and compiled for Ms. Woodard by Mr. Melvin Rogers, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University.
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The Black Lives Matter movement comes to OutCasting Overtime with gay black teen Justin sharing his poetry and interviewing Ossining, New York activist Jalay Knowles!
Say so-long to former US Attorney General and former Republican Senator Jeff Sessions!
“Uganda 20” sue over prison abuse, Israeli lawmakers move to outlaw conversion therapy, Brazil’s “too macho for masks” Bolsonaro tests COVID-19 positive again, the U.S. sanctions Chechnya’s queer purge leader, U.S. states sue Trump to protect LGBTQ patients, Trump’s H.U.D. wants to train shelter workers in transgender bias, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of July 27, 2020
A Ugandan human rights group is suing authorities over the treatment of 20 homeless youth detained in a shelter raid, a ban on conversion therapy passes Israel’s Knesset in the first of three votes, notoriously racist and homophobic Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19 after saying that “masks are for fairies,” the U.S. State Department finally bans Chechen queer purge leader Ramzan Kadyrov for human rights offenses, and more!
Poland’s homophobe-in-chief re-elected, Russian lawmakers follow Putin’s path to inequality, Sudan stops executions of sexually active gay men, Colorado’s governor signs four pro-LGBTQ bills, Maine and Oregon expand gender marker options, Trump’s lesbian niece analyzes her family’s dysfunction, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of July 20, 2020
Andrzej Duda’s narrow re-election win for Poland’s presidency benefitted from his pledges to counter “LGBT ideology,” Russia’s Duma moves to solidify a voter-approved constitutional ban on marriage equality in line with Putin’s agenda, Sudan’s government removes floggings and the death penalty as possible penalties for adult gay sex, pro-queer laws signed by Colorado’s gay governor include banning the gay/transgender “panic defense,” and more!
Black lesbian comic Wanda Sykes remembers “The Annual Reminder” — a pioneering LGBTQ event explained in Rainbow Minute — at its July 2015 50th anniversary in Philadelphia, as she hails victories in the U.S. Supreme Court and looks forward to more.
OutCasting Plus commentator Chris talks about the importance of the high court’s latest “right to work” ruling to queer youth.
Thailand’s Cabinet proposes civil partnerships, Dutch House moves to constitutionalize LGBTQ rights, Germany plans compensation for wronged queer vets, religious belief trumps worker rights at U.S. top court, racism forces homophobic Alabama mayor out, real “Mitchell” starts his own Modern Family, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of July 13, 2020
A Civil Partnership Bill back by the Cabinet would create slightly-less-than-equal civil partnerships for Thailand’s same-gender couples, members of the Netherlands’ House vote to enshrine LGBTQ rights in the Constitution, Germany’s Defense Ministry intends to introduce a bill to compensate gay and lesbian service members who received unequal treatment, two “religious rights” U.S. Supreme Court rulings worry equality activists, and more!
Russia’s pro-Putin/anti-equality election results, Duda’s homophobic campaign meets his liberal challenger in Poland’s presidential runoff, Gabon’s Senate follows the House in voting to repeal the country’s year-old sodomy law, USA homeless shelters can religiously shut out trans people, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of July 6, 2020