Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg deliver major speeches, and more queer people, issues and allies feature heavily at the virtual 2020 U.S. Democratic Party National Convention!
Byron Lane’s memories of “Leia” make for fabulous Hollywood fiction in his new novel, A Star is Bored!
Trump’s anti-trans healthcare rule is blocked by a federal court, trans student athletes block Idaho bias, gay dads fight the U.S. State Department for their baby’s citizenship, government torturers charged in “Uganda 20” case, balloons float a rainbow over the Kremlin, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of August 24, 2020
The Trump administration’s rule allowing religious healthcare providers to deny trans people services halted by federal injunction, the US State Department denies the citizenship of children born by surrogacy abroad to married gay couples, a human rights lawsuit and international condemnation leads to criminal charges against the officials who arrested and abused the homeless queer “Uganda 20,” a Putin opponent turned performance artist sails a rainbow flag with helium balloons over the Kremlin, and more!
Belgian activist and political scientist Remy Bonny goes to Warsaw to assess Poland’s anti-queer crackdown and homophobic efforts elsewhere in Europe.
OutCasting Overtime gay teens Lucas and Justin stand with Black Lives Matter on the scene in Ossining, NY.
Queensland stifles conversion therapy, Beirut blast batters queer groups, trans people win twice in U.S. federal courts, Jamaicans strongly support the island’s gay sex ban, U.S. Democrats top their ticket with queer allies, and a “wascally wabbit” wins the U.S. Post Office drag race, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of August 17, 2020
The Australian state of Queensland’s Legislative Assembly votes to ban the practice of “conversion therapy” by medical professionals, the massive port explosion is Beirut decimates an LGBTQ neighborhood and the offices of two queer organizations, a U.S. federal appeals court upholds a ruling that a Florida school district must allow a transgender male teen access to the boys bathrooms, the first USPS commemorative stamp series to include a drag icon honors Bugs Bunny, and more!
El Salvador makes history convicting cops of trans woman’s murder, Yemeni blogger jailed in Saudi Arabia for pro-queer post, Caymans’ British chief forces domestic partnerships, Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribal Council passes marriage equality, Sweden’s top pop singer Darin “doing just fine” after coming out, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of August 10, 2020
The conviction of three police officers for the brutal murder of a transgender woman in El Salvador makes history, Yemeni migrant in Saudi Arabia sentenced for a blog post supporting LGBTQ rights, two Tunisian men in a debt dispute charged with sodomy and imprisoned on forced confessions having refused anal exams, the Cayman Islands’ British Governor overrides the Legislative Assembly to establish domestic partnerships, and more!
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!
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!