The genesis of the National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights in October 1979 — kicking off LGBTQ History Month — features Harvey Milk, Robin Tyler, Frank Kameny, Ray Hill, Susan McGrievy, Rev. Troy Perry and more!
Queer youth fight Mauritius’ same-gender sex ban, thugs attack Pride events in Lubin and Budapest, Iowa town defies Trump’s Pride crosswalks decree, Russian court shutters two LGBTQ rights groups, first U.S. Trans Visibility March brings thousands to D.C., Oglala Sioux hate crime laws protect LGBT and two-spirit people, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of October 7, 2019
Young Queer Alliance activists challenge the Republic of Mauritius’ law against consensual adult same-gender sex, homophobic mobs disrupt Lubin, Poland’s LGBTQ Pride Parade and Budapest, Hungary’s anti-bullying film screening, Ames, Iowa officials defy a Trump administration directive to remove its rainbow flag and trans pride colored crosswalks, more than a thousand people take to the streets of Washington, D.C. for the first National Trans Visibility March, and more! See this week’s complete program summary for transcript.
Ty Herndon’s friends The Rainbow Squad are a group of tween LGBTQ+’s based in East Nashville, TN. They exist to give the kids a safe, accepting place to hang out and just be themselves. They also support the parents, providing opportunities to discuss issues that come up raising their kids. The group was started by Deborah Vahle. She tells her story of parenting her trans son in a series of videos. (For more information, email email@example.com or call 615-335-0770.
This track from out country music star Ty Herndon’s new album, Got It Covered, features the LGBTQ youth of The Rainbow Squad, a Nashville-based group based around providing a safe space and community resources for trans and gay kids. The goal is to raise awareness of the need to provide support systems for kids like this during this time in their lives, and inspire other communities and schools to start similar groups.
Ty Herndon harnesses country music to help queer kids with the newly-released video So Small, featuring LGBTQ youth from Nashville’s The Rainbow Squad, and a benefit for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 50th Anniversary (interviewed by Brian DeShazor).
Patricia Arquette and Billy Porter bring out the 71st annual Emmys with liberating acceptance speeches!
And in NewsWrap: a doctor-activist seeks the “cure” for Singapore’s anti-gay sex law, Beirut and Montego Bay are stripped of Pride, South Korean queer kids suicide at shocking rates, gay Russian dads seek U.S. asylum, “hate” groups howl at U.S. government stumbling blocks, and more international LGBTQ news reported this week by Jon Beaupré and John Dyer V (produced by Brian DeShazor).
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of September 30, 2019
Activist Dr. Roy Tan challenges Singapore’s ban on consensual gay sex, government- and God-based violence force the cancelation of LGBTQ Pride events in Beirut and Montego Bay, nearly half of queer teens surveyed in South Korea have attempted suicide, a gay Russian couple fearing the removal of their adopted sons flee in search of asylum in the U.S., and more! See this week’s complete program summary for transcript.
Pat Parker (1944 – 1989) was a black lesbian poet whose work was featured on one of the first LPs released by Olivia Records, called The Poetry of Pat Parker & Judy Grahn, in 1977. They coupled her work with another pioneer, Judy Grahn (1940 –). One of the highlight selections by each appeared on the landmark LP Lesbian Concentrate, later that same year. Watch this slide show by JD Doyle of Queer Music Heritage featuring Parker’s reading of For Straight Folks Who Don’t Mind Gays, But Wish They Weren’t So Blatant. At the beginning she dedicates it (very tongue in cheek) to Anita, meaning Anita Bryant.
Retired Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas came out as a proud gay man in 2009, but he says he’s been “living with this secret for years … and keeping such a big secret has taken its toll.” After a tabloid newspaper threatened to reveal his status, Thomas announced that he’s HIV positive.
The very next day he successfully completed the grueling 140-mile Triathlon to prove that he’s more than physically fit. The “photo finish” splashed across many news sites as he completed a 26.2 mile marathon shows him running into husband Stephen’s embrace.
It’s been a hard time for Rwandan gospel singer Albert Nabonibo since he came out. Before that, he was popular with Christian fans. Here’s the official video of one of his first hits, the 2014 Sogongera.
We reported on the harassment Nabonibo has suffered since opening the closet door (NewsWrap Sept 23). Here’s that original YouTube interview:
As we reported (NewsWrap Sept 23), the first Pride march in Kharkiv, Ukraine was met with violent opposition despite massive police protection. Watch this disturbing video of a young gay man being chased and beaten after the parade, until on-lookers including a Reuters photojournalist stepped in to save him!