A gay cleric helps LGBTQ Muslims make peace with Islam!
A Day against queer phobias strikes a global chord, undercover Cameroon cops crash the capital’s gay venues, Russia tells the UN that there were no gays in Chechnya to purge, Hong Kong sneaks around its spousal visa rule during its queer exclusion appeal, Trump traps trans inmates in “biological sex” prison cells, and more LGBTQ news!
A gay Muslim cleric reads the Quran with a queer consciousness!
Northern Ireland’s marriage equality impasse withstands Commons sense, Pakistan’s sweeping trans rights bill awaits presidential assent, Portugal’s president vetoes a trans teen I.D. bill, Greece allows gay and lesbian foster parenting, U.S. Methodists remain muddy on queer inclusion, a hip-hop mogul’s lesbian mom makes music history, and more queer news from around the world!
A new biography of Wilde summonses Oscar’s Ghost … and his Letter to Bosie in a Rainbow Minute!
Youthful LGBTQA’s question the outing of history!
Springfield cover of a Margie classic reveals another Beautiful Soul!
A Belfast baker’s cake case mirrors a top U.S. court controversy, a White House “faith initiative” preys on queer rights, Hong Kong’s top court nixes Amnesty International support for a lesbian spousal visa suit, a top teacher trolls Trump with Resist-wear, and more international LGBTQ news!
We “Oscar” more outstanding volunteer producers as “last call” time arrives for our 30th Anniversary party!
Thailand proposes civil unions for same-gender couples, a severed gay Japanese widower sues his “sister-out-law,” queer rights turn partisan in Paraguay, Venezuela, Chile, and Lebanon, India’s government is still roiled by sex law reform, Indonesia’s Parliament slows its slide into “married only” sex statutes, U.S. trans healthcare protections get “Trump’d,” and more international LGBTQ news.
This Way Out’s Associate Producer Lucia Chappelle, who co-founded the only internationally-distributed LGBTQ weekly radio program with Coordinating Producer Greg Gordon, was honored at Founders Metropolitan Community Church (FMCC) on April 22, 2018. This Way Out is celebrating 30 years on the air this month. The presentation was given by FMCC Board Vice-Moderator Dean Coffey, Board Member Roger Owens, and LGBTQ audio archivist Brian DeShazor, who has been coordinating 30th Anniversary events.
Lucia has been involved in FMCC since 1972, and first began doing queer radio with Greg in 1975. Both of them were among the anchors for the live radio broadcast of the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979.
Lucia says, “I was such a kid back then! Coming of age with MCC as my nurturing place had a lot to do with whatever courage it took for me to do the work we were doing before the social environment was as “welcoming” as it is now.
Metropolitan Community Church was founded in Los Angeles in 1968 by the Rev. Troy Perry to serve LGBTQ people, nine months before Stonewall and long before the advent of “open and affirming” churches and synagogues. Nearing its 50th anniversary, MCC has become an international movement, arguably the largest LGBTQ organization in the world.
The lesbian folksinger builds an indigenous bridge from Canada to Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (interviewed by Barry McKay)!
The British government urges sex law reform in recalcitrant Commonwealth countries, activists Twitter-bomb China’s gay ban plan, advocates’ poll shows rising support for Czech marriage equality, rights group joins big banks and legal leaders for lesbian couple’s Hong Kong immigration case, student-led Pride in Pence-town demonstrates diversity, and more global LGBTQ news!
A 30th Anniversary salute to This Way Out’s stalwart volunteers!
Trinidad & Tobago’s top court jettisons anti-sodomy laws, Portugal liberates official gender labels, Ugandan MPs seek to revive the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Act, Carnival Cruises joins the campaign against Bermuda’s marriage equality repeal, Senator Booker pumps U.S. Secretary of State nominee Pompeo on protecting LGBT rights internationally, and more international LGBTQ news!
This Way Out Associate Producer Lucia Chappelle brings 30th Anniversary cupcakes to Lynn H. Ballen of KPFK-Los Angeles’ Feminist Magazine, and talks about three decades of broadcasting LGBTQ news, culture and life around the world.
Beijing and Portland choruses join in a queer musical collaboration! Conflicted Costa Rican courts contend with marriage equality! New Zealand clears convictions for consensual gay sex, four more face caning for gay sex in Aceh, Russia blocks a website that “promos homos,” Singapore “unweds” a couple after one’s post-nuptial transition, U.S. doctors decry the “Trump’d” up study on trans service members, and more global LGBTQ news!s!