Past Imperfect!

Melissa Etheridge, Amy Ray, Elton John, Cyndi Lauper and Janis Ian sing songs to remember Matthew Shepard!

The young adult novel “Pulp” by Robin Talley resonates across the generations with a story that calls up classic lesbian literature!

As Vladimir Putin loses a present-day battle in his war on LGBTQ rights, we hear echoes from an October, 2015 U.N. General Assembly, with the Russian president and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe!

The Pope drops a civil unions surprise, diversity wins in New Zealand elections, an acting mayor makes twin firsts in Anchorage, the U.K. will query queers in the next census, support for marriage equality hits an all-time high in the U.S., and more international LGBTQ news!

Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of October 26, 2020

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NewsWrap: October 26

Pope Francis rocks Roman Catholicism with an expression of support for same-gender civil unions, New Zealand voters elect the world’s most diverse parliament, openly-queer ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr celebrates his re-election win with a much-publicized kiss, Anchorage, Alaska lawmaker Austin Quinn-Davidson becomes the city’s first woman and first out mayor, the next U.K. census will count LGBTQ people, and a new survey finds that 7 in 10 people in the U.S. favor the right of same-gender couples to legally marry !

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Written by Greg Gordon and Lucia Chappelle
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SCOTUS Dancing and Movie Market!

Democratic senators bring LGBTQ issues to the fore during the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett!

Exploring the independent film streaming service Ovid.tv, including an impressive queer collection!

Chile makes progress on marriage equality, advocates push Peru’s high court on languishing marriage lawsuit, an Israeli Orthodox rabbi affirms queer families, gay dads beat the U.S. State Department for surrogacy son’s citizenship, Texas okays bias-based service by social workers, and more international LGBTQ news!

Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of October 12, 2020

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NewsWrap: October 19

A Chilean Senate’s constitutional commission approves key provisions of a long-awaited marriage equality bill, Peru’s Constitutional Court faces pressure from advocates to follow the the Inter-American Court of Human Rights marriage equality order, a prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi says LGBTQ people should be able to have children and build families, a U.S. federal appeals court affirms the citizenship of a surrogacy child born abroad to married gay dads, Texas governor grants social workers the right to reject LGBTQ and disabled clients, and Idaho governor fails in U.S. Supreme Court bid to thwart a trans inmate’s surgery (even after the fact)!

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Better Judgement & Munro’s Musings!

Pictured, clockwise: Serbian PM Ana Brnabić, Belgian Deputy PM Petra De Sutter, California Supreme Court nominee Martin J. Jenkins, and Chris of OutCasting Overtime

No one is reflecting more on the loss of “notorious” U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg than the young queers and allies of OutCasting Overtime who will carry her torch into the future.

Multi-layered California Supreme Court nominee Martin J. Jenkins shares judicious words about the wisdom of coming out — sooner, or even later.

Stan Munro looks back at his eight years emceeing Australia’s “Les Girls” and the group’s legacy on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their Melbourne debut (part 3 of 3).

India’s marriage inequality now faces a triple threat, Belgium’s Deputy Prime Ministers now include Europe’s top transgender pol, Serbia re-elects a controversial lesbian P.M., a gender-fluid U.K. worker collects big bias damages, and more international LGBTQ news!

Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of October 12, 2020

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NewsWrap: October 12

Two more lawsuits are added to the ongoing legal battle over marriage equality in India, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights pushes Panama to follow its order to open civil marriage to same-gender couples, U.S. Supreme Court Justices Alito and Thomas create queer anxiety by urging a review of the Obergefell marriage equality ruling, the appointment of Belgium’s new Deputy Prime Minister Petra De Sutter makes her Europe’s highest-ranking transgender politician, Serbia’s lesbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic wins reelection despite her disappointing record on LGBTQ rights, and workplace discrimination and harassment have costly consequences for U.K.’s Jaguar Land Rover! 

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Biden, Barrett and Burlesque!

The first U.S. presidential debate’s descent into chaos as a musical in three acts!

Our analysis of the nomination of ultra-conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court (including comments from Ann Northrop and Andy Humm of “GayUSA”)!

Star of stage and screen Stan Munro recalls the golden adventures of Australia’s “Les Girls” with correspondent William Brougham!

European Union leads global outcry against rising Polish homophobia, Human Rights Watch slams anti-LGBTQ torture in Egypt, Belizean anti-bias bill crucified by religious right, Cook Islands Parliament delays discussion of sodomy law reform, and more international LGBTQ news!

Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of October 5, 2020

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NewsWrap: October 5

The European Union and diplomats from some 50 nations around the world condemn Poland’s escalating homophobia from its “LGBT zones” to its new anti-queer Education Minister, a Human Rights Watch report details the latest examples of the ongoing crackdown on LGBTQ Egyptians, the Belize government backtracks on a queer-inclusive Equal Opportunities Bill after a religious right backlash, and an anti-LGBTQ legal organization challenges Virginia’s LGBTQ-inclusive anti-discrimination laws on religious freedom grounds! 

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Gold Statues & Gold Girls!

RuPaul, Zendaya, Daniel and Eugene Levy, and Tyler Perry mark the queer inclusion scoreboard at this year’s Emmy Awards!

Drag entertainer Stan Munro celebrates the 50th anniversary of Australia’s Les Girls!

Transphobic criticism leads the U.K. government to retreat from self-declared gender ID changes, the Trump administration pits trans inclusion against desegregation, the U.S. Congress includes queer youth in a suicide prevention bill, out Grammy winner Lil Nas X will reach out to children with a forthcoming book, former gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg plays homophobic V.P. Mike Pence for challenger Sen. Kamala Harris’ debate prep, and more international LGBTQ news!

Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of September 28, 2020

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NewsWrap: September 28

The U.K. government reneges on plans to allow trans people to self-identify for purposes of legally changing gender, U.S. Education Secretary DeVos threatens desegregation funding for Connecticut school districts that participate in their trans-inclusive athletic conference, Mary Trump sues her presidential uncle for fraud, a suicide prevention bill unanimously passes the U.S. Congress that includes a national hotline and specific LGBTQ sensitivity training for its counselors, right-wing Taiwanese parents condemn the government’s recommendation of a Dutch children’s book about two princes who fall in love, out Grammy winner Lil Nas X will reach out to children with a forthcoming book, and former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg brings his experience with V.P. Mike Pence to debate practice with Sen. Kamala Harris! 

NewsWrap is reported this week by Michael LeBeau and Tanya Kane-Parry, produced by Brian DeShazor. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for international LGBTQ weekly news.

                           

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