Steve Abbott’s Beautiful Aliens abduct queer life and literature commentator Janet Mason to a world of avant garde voices!
Costa Rica jumps its last marriage equality hurdle, Albania bans conversion therapy, Chechnya’s queer purge despot catches COVID-19, Hungary prohibits gender changes on official papers, U.S. top court nixes block on Idaho inmate’s transition surgery, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of May 25, 2020
Marriage equality finally comes to Costa Rica after last-ditch rightwing delay effort, Taiwan notes a year since marriage equality with activists pushing for more queer bi-national rights, Albania’s psychologists will punish members who practice debunked queer “cures,” 19 detainees taken in a pandemic violation raid on a Uganda LGBTQ homeless shelter are released without charges, and more!
A look back Ireland’s ballot box marriage equality victory five years ago!
Reports reveal European queer rights decay, gay Seoul nightspots are blamed for a COVID-19 comeback, Brazil’s Supreme Court frees gay and bi men to donate blood, all charges are dropped against the “Uganda 19” and they’re released from jail, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of May 18, 2020
Surveys from the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency and ILGA-Europe find stagnation and decay in LGBTQ rights on the continent in the past year, a resurgence of COVID-19 traced to popular queer Seoul nightspots fuel a homophobic surge in South Korean media, a Brazil Supreme Federal Court order allows men who have sex with men to donate blood without a deferral period, a judge in Uganda finally allows lawyers to meet with 19 people rounded up at an LGBTQ youth shelter for allegedly violating COVID-19 lockdown rules, and more!
Gay Aussie independent artist Greg Gould revisits the music of 1998 in a collection of duets featuring Katie Underwood, Lynne McGranger, Rhonda Burchmore, Inaya Day, Peyton and other special guests!
Germany protects minors from “conversion therapy,” Indonesian exorcists claim queer “cures,” acclaimed Egyptian actor supports trans son, Turkey cracks down on kids’ COVID rainbows, Hungary accepts gay and bi men’s blood donations, two black gay U.S. writers bag Pulitzers, Sulu’s phaser stuns Breitbart homophobes, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of May 11, 2020
Germany becomes the fifth country in the world to outlaw debunked “conversion therapy,” Egyptian actor Hesham Selim stuns many during a television interview by proudly embracing his transgender son, the Education Ministry protects Turkey’s children from “LGBT perversion” by ordering them not to draw COVID-19 “hope and support” rainbows with kids around the world, Michael R. Jackson’s musical A Strange Loop and Jericho Brown’s poetry collection The Tradition are awarded Pulitzer Prizes in literature, and more!
AIDS survivor Rev. Steve Pieters shares lessons learned about dealing with isolation and illness, and how believing in “good faeries” encourages hope in frightening times!
“In-casting” with the OutCasting crew, as Sarah describes how the LGBTQA youth team continues to fulfill its commitment to provide reliable content, even under lockdown!
Tunisia flip-flops on imported marriage equality, Japanese nonprofit offers employers proof of same-gender relationships, one in five Russians favor queer “elimination,” Uganda jails 19 men for alleged pandemic restriction violations, Kenyan court refuses to free Rafiki, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of May 4, 2020
Tunisia accepts a gay man’s legal French same-gender marriage until local authorities catch the error, a Japanese non-profit is joining with major companies creating partnership certificates to facilitate benefits for queer couples, a new survey finds about one in five Russians want to “eliminate” LGBTQ people from the population, 19 of 23 arrestees remain in jail since Ugandan police raided a shelter for sexual minorities for violating COVID-19 rules, and more!