Memoirist and performer Branden James talks about his political involvement and his latest music with husband cellist James Clark (“Chasing Dreams”)!
Plus a “Rainbow Minute” for “Mrs. Claus and Miss Bates”!
Belgian regions punish Polish homophobia by closing Warsaw offices, Latvia’s high court okays parental leave for queer couples, U.K. trans man can’t be called “father” after giving birth, world’s first Islamic college for transgender Muslims opens in Bangladesh, U.S federal court slams Florida conversion therapy bans, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of November 23, 2020
Two Belgian regions continue the pressure on homophobic Poland by closing their offices in Warsaw, Latvia’s Constitutional Court okays parental leave for same-gender couples with a caveat that marriage equality is not implied, the U.K.’s highest court rejects the bid of a trans man who became pregnant after transitioning to be listed as “father” or “parent” on his child’s birth certificate, the first Islamic college for transgender Muslims opens in Dhaka, a lawsuit targets New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles for its failure to offer an “x” gender designation on state driver’s licenses, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down bans on conversion therapy for minors in the city of Boca Raton and the county of Palm Beach, Florida, the pro-Trump 10,000-person “Million MAGA March” in Washington, DC proclaims racist and anti-LGBTQ slogans, and queer scientists at the North and South Poles unite for the inaugural celebration of Polar Pride!
Troubling talk from U.S. Supreme Court justices give “OutCasting Overtime’s” LGBTQ youth cause for concern about the future of equality!
Former “America’s Got Talent” contestant Branden James opens up in his new memoir, “Lyrics Of My Life: My Journey With Family, HIV, And Reality TV”!
E.U. moves against anti-queer bigotry, Brazil’s Bolsonaro dismisses COVID fears as “fag stuff,” Northern Irish “cure” group sues Barclays for bias, Sydney scales down Mardi Gras for COVID safety, Black gay man is California’s first out non-white top court Justice, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of November 16, 2020
The European Union targets Poland and Hungary in its plan to combat homophobia and transphobia on the continent, Finland exposes and removes military’s homophobic training materials, Norway expands hate speech laws to protect bisexual and transgender people as well as gays and lesbians, President Bolsonaro tells Brazil not to be “a country of fags” about deadly COVID-19, Northern Ireland conversion therapy support group sues Barclays Bank for closing its accounts without explanation, gay African-American Martin Jenkins becomes the California Supreme Court’s first out LGBTQ Justice and its first queer Justice of color!
Dozens of LGBTQ+ candidates are voted into office in the historic U.S. 2020 elections! Hear the victorious voices of many of the winners in our comprehensive round-up, plus the queer-supportive President and Vice President-elect and music to celebrate by!
Puebla joins Mexican matrimonial equality states, Peru’s high court rejects activist’s imported marriage equality claim, Taiwan Pride beats COVID as President beats critics, U.S. top court hears critical “religious freedom” case while cop’s BLM lawsuit is rebuffed, Olympians Bird and Rapinoe share more rings, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of November 9, 2020
Puebla, Mexico is the country’s latest state to open civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples, Peru’s Constitutional Court rejects a marriage equality lawsuit, an estimated 130,000 people celebrate Pride in COVID-free Taipei, Taiwan, the US Supreme Court hears a “religious liberty” case dangerous to marriage equality and LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections, injured police officer’s lawsuit against Black Lives Matter activist rejected by U.S. top court, and champion US lesbian power couple basketballer Sue Bird and soccer star Megan Rapinoe announce their engagement!
The pivotal moment in LGBTQ history when President Barack Obama completed his “evolution” to support marriage equality with a push from his Vice President, Joe Biden!
Stephen Colbert gave a wink and a nod to a queer-inclusive Campbell’s Soup ad facing an onslaught of right-wing criticism early in his “transition” to late night show host.
A “Rainbow Minute” recalls how “Director, John Schlesinger” set new standards for gay-themed films!
The ”Nigerian 47” cases are dropped but not dismissed, Manila enacts anti-queer bias protections, an Estonian Greens’ petition forces a marriage equality debate, a Chilean LGBTQ group ditches its government equality pact, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of November 2, 2020
A Nigerian federal high court judge strikes down charges against all 47 men rounded up in a raid on a 2018 Lagos birthday party — for now, the capital of the Philippines bans all forms of anti-LGBTQ bias, Estonian signers of a Green Party petition force the lawmakers to consider marriage equality, Chile’s leading LGBTQ advocacy group MOVILH withdraws from a languishing marriage equality agreement with the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights and the Chilean government, orders from the Texas Governor and Attorney General to remove state social workers’ rules banning bias are reversed, and the U.S. State Department abandons efforts to deny citizenship to the children of married queer parents born via surrogate abroad!
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
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!