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[NEWS] Some Pride links

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  • Christianity Today notes how the Bible verses used to debate same-sex marriage have changed over time.
  • On the subject of same-sex marriage, Lawyers, Guns and Money observes the differences between this court case and past cases involving interracial marriage, Savage Minds looks at the anthropological perspective, and the Tin Man reflects on the achievement.
  • Locally, Torontoist looks at the political history of Pride, the National Post observes the decision of Patrick Brown, Progressive Consrrvative leader, to march in pride as the first leader to do so, Elton John’s Torontonian husband David Furnish reflects on his history growing up gay in Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s, and an epochal 1976 kiss-in at Yonge and Bloor is described in the Toronto Star in the context of LGBT activism.
  • Internationally, CBC reported on the police attack on a gay pride march in Istanbul.

[LINK] “Lebanon Just Did a Whole Lot More Than Legalize Being Gay”

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Muftah’s Erin Kilbride describes the ways in which Lebanon’s recent overturning of laws against non-heterosexual behaviour is indebted to trans issues even as these are ignored by external press coverage.

LGBTQ rights supporters rejoiced on Thursday with news that homosexuality is no longer illegal in Lebanon. A court ruling abolished a case against an unnamed transwoman – accused of having a “same sex relationship with a man” – stating that homosexuality can no longer be considered a crime because it is “not unnatural.” Lebanese law only prohibits sexual acts “contradicting the laws of nature.”

Mirroring coverage of LGBTQ advancement in the Western world, however, a vast majority of reports, blogs, tweets, and celebratory Instagram posts conspicuously erase the critical role of trans people in securing this victory.

Conveniently forgetting the “T” in LGBTQ advocacy and communications efforts is not new. In gender battles from the U.S. to the Philippines, trans people are both purposefully and unconsciously excluded from public discourse. The “transgender exclusion” permeates media coverage, advocacy efforts, health care plans, gender-based social services, and extends into the work of prominent and prestigious gay-rights organizations. Human Rights Campaign, widely regarded as America’s preeminent LGBTQ research and advocacy group, is the target of frequent criticism for its historic failure to include trans issues in their advocacy. While HRC has made significant and praiseworthy in trans advocacy and awareness raising efforts in the recent past, it may be worth mentioning that a Google search for “human rights campaign trans” produces this article first: Why The Transgender Community Hates HRC.

Coverage of Lebanon’s recent ruling has not been an exception to the global tendency to erase the “T” in LGBTQ. The landmark ruling originated in a case brought against a transwoman, yet coverage of the “historic statement” has almost exclusively used the word “gay[.]”

Written by Randy McDonald

June 29, 2015 at 10:50 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • James Bow describes his recent visit to California.
  • City of Brass’ Aziz Poonawalla argues that orthodox Muslims in the United States should celebrate nation-wide same-sex marriage out of their own enlightened self-interest.
  • Centauri Dreams features a guest post from J.M. Nielsen looking at the “zoo hypothesis”.
  • Cody Delistraty examines, with photos, Audrey Hepburn’s lifelong love of Paris.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper noting that very young star MWC 758 seems to be forming planetesimals.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on a woman with a cyborg arm, and examines the history of Mars’ atmosphere loss.
  • Geocurrents maps the relationship between Turkey’s HDP and the Kurds.
  • Kieran Healy looks for sleeping beauty papers in philosophy.
  • Imageo examines the New Horizons‘ photos of Pluto and Charon.
  • Language Hat notes a comparative dictionary of Siouan languages and notes the dynamics of swearing in Québec French.
  • Language Log notes the contribution of an American missionary to the development of Korea’s hangul script.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that low rates of poverty amogn Scandinavians and descendants in the United States has to do with culture not policy, and is scathing about Greece.
  • Peter Rukavina looks inside a hard drive.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog maps Kazakhstan by ethnicity.
  • Torontoist looks at the 1899 Canadian National Exhibition.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World looks at the shared interests of Britain and Australia in Asia.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russians are moving away from identifying Ukrainians as part of their nation, looks at the collapse of the Russian world, and looks at disasters in Sochi.

[PHOTO] Roses at the AIDS Vigil, Barbara Hall Park

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Roses at the AIDS Vigil #toronto #pride #aidsvigil #flowers #roses #aidsmemorial #barbarahallpark

Daily Xtra has more about this year’s event.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 29, 2015 at 2:47 pm

[PHOTO] Absolut Vodka at the LCBO

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Absolut Vodka at the LCBO #toronto #lcbo #pride #absolutvodka #manulifecentre

Happy Pride!

Written by Randy McDonald

June 28, 2015 at 4:21 am

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[CAT] Shakespeare, celebrating

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Shakespeare, celebrating #shakespeare #pride #cats #catsofinstagram #caturday #rainbow

Written by Randy McDonald

June 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm

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[LINK] “Group claiming to turn gay men straight committed consumer fraud, N.J. jury says”

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nj.com’s Susan K. Livio reports on an important legal finding in New Jersey against ex-gay conversion groups.

A New Jersey jury on Thursday found a non-profit group that provides gay-to-straight conversion therapy guilty of consumer fraud for promising clients they could overcome their sexual urges by undressing in front of other men, pummeling an effigy of their mothers, and re-enacting traumatic childhood experiences.

In the first case in the nation to put the controversial practice on trial, the jury concluded that Arthur Goldberg and Elaine Berk, the founders of Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing in Jersey City and life coach Alan Downing to whom JONAH referred patients, “engaged in unconscionable commercial practices” and misrepresented their services.

Chuck LiMandri, president of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund and JONAH’s lead counsel, said he would appeal the decision, which he called a blow to religious liberty.

[. . . T]he victory has broader implications. The national civil rights legal advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Center filed the case to take a stand against conversion therapy — a frequent target of public criticism since the passage of same-sex marriage laws and other LGBT legal protections. In 2013, New Jersey joined California by outlawing licensed therapists from providing the therapy to minors. Oregon and Washington D.C. followed. Last month, a bill was introduced in Congress would classify commercial conversion therapy and advertising that claims to change sexual orientation and gender identity as fraud.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 26, 2015 at 10:24 pm

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