Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

WORLD HIV+ Ugandan men, employment lawsuit, Chilean rejection
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2020-04-20

This article shared 2989 times since Mon Apr 20, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Mbarara Rise Foundation ( MRF ) issued a statement expressing concern about the safety, well-being and health of LGBTQI persons living in Uganda and, especially, for HIV-positive gay men. Founder/Executive Director Real Raymond said, in part, "To prevent the spread of COVID-19, as per in-country measures ordered in Uganda, we are instructed to remain at home in order to stay safe, which has resulted in hundreds of LGBTQI persons losing their jobs. This is a tough situation for the LGBTQI people who are HIV-positive who, in addition to limited access to medical services, have no food to eat." Raymond also said that many people have " stopped taking their daily HIV treatment due to lack of food to eat. The medications they have been prescribed are strong and cannot be taken on an empty stomach, which has led many to stop taking their medication entirely."

In the United Kingdom, an engineer won an employment tribunal case after he suffered harassment and discrimination at work while looking to start a family with his husband, PinkNews reported. Peter Allen joined aerospace component manufacturer Paradigm Precision in 2012 as a quality manager, and rose through the company over six years. He was in line to take over as general manager of the company's UK site in Burnley—but things went awry when he came out at work in 2018 and made enquiries into adoption leave.

By a vote of five to four, the Chile Constitutional Court ( TC ) rejected a request for inapplicability filed by a Chilean-Spanish lesbian couple, CNN Chile reported. The couple married in the municipality of NavÃs, in Barcelona, in March 2012. When they wanted to register their marriage in Chile, the Civil Registry rejected it and registered it as a civil-union agreement. Fundacion Iguales Executive Director Alessia Injoque said, "We regret the decision of the court. If we want to protect the best interests of the child, we have to advance in the recognition and rights of all families."

Australia is set to ease rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood, health officials said—a move decried as "window dressing" by LGBT+ groups who criticized restrictions that would remain in place, Reuters reported. The proposed change—which needs to be approved by federal and state governments—would cut a 12-month waiting period on men who have had sex with men to three months, before they are eligible to donate blood. It came after the United States cut the celibacy period to three months due to rising concerns about blood supplies during the coronavirus crisis.

An LGBT+ asylum-seeker hanged himself from a tree outside a UN refugee agency in Nairobi, Kenya, after an incident, Gay Star News reported. Aneste Mweru, a Ugandan, had sought asylum in Kenya since January 2017; the Kenyan authorities recognized his refugee status in March 2019. Mweru was allegedly roughed up by police and guards working for G4S Security Services during a confrontation.

Young people spat at a same-sex couple as they walked to a supermarket in Amsterdam—despite the city being under coronavirus lockdown, Gay Star News noted. The couple, identified as Daniel and Fabio, said they had faced discrimination before and ignored it. However, this time they filmed part of the attack and will press charges.

Singer/former model Samantha Fox, who is engaged to partner Linda Olsen, has had to put her summer wedding plans following the outbreak of coronavirus, RTE.ie noted. The "Touch Me ( I Want Your Body )" singer and her Norwegian fiancee have been together for more than three years. Fox lost her partner of 12 years, Myra Stratton, four years ago to cancer of the jaw.

Lesbian two-time Grand Slam winner Amelie Mauresmo tweeted it is time to end the 2020 pro tennis season due to the coronavirus pandemic, adding "no vaccine = no tennis," Tennis365.com noted. Tennis is officially on a break until June 7 due to COVID-19, but both the ATP and WTA have admitted that the hiatus could be extended if there is no slowdown in the pandemic while Wimbledon ( which was to start June 29 ) has been cancelled.

Former Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) was tagged by Mauricio Kirschner in an Instagram photo showing the two in a group of friends on a beach in Mexico, Insider.com noted. The influencer Sam Stryker shared the photo on Twitter, saying the group "seem to have a very different definition of "social distancing than the rest of us" while vacationing at a resort in Cabo San Lucas. Kirschner seemed to defend the decision, saying the group had not had any outside contact with others. Schock came out as gay in March in a lengthy letter shared to his Instagram page and website.

Out athlete Gus Kenworthy ( who lives in the United States but will be aiming to represent Britain in the 2021 Olympic Games ) surfaced after a six-week absence from social media to reveal that the coronavirus pandemic has hit his family hard, according to On Top Magazine. Kenworthy said in an Instagram post that a nephew and a niece have had coronavirus symptoms and had to be hospitalized, although he did not say that they had been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Kenworthy reminded followers that reaching out to family and friends during this time was crucial.

A well-known Turkmen entertainer has reportedly been arrested on charges of being gay, which is a crime in the central Asian nation of Turkmenistan, RFERL.org reported. The actor/showman, whose identity was not disclosed, was arrested along with about a dozen other people, including his partner, in late March. The former Soviet republic's Criminal Code imposes up to two years in prison for same-sex relations.

Irish singer Hozier is releasing his rendition of "The Parting Glass" as a charity single, The Irish Post noted. On a variety show, Hozier spoke of how the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children ( ISPCC ) had reported three times as many calls to its Childline helpline since the coronavirus lockdown began; he then performed his hit "Take Me to Church" as well as "Shrike" and "Glass." The latter is now available on all platforms to buy, with all the proceeds going to ISPCC and Childline.

The 2020 Tour de France has been rescheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 20, Cycling News noted. The news followed a video conference between the UCI and representatives of race organizers, teams and riders in which it was also confirmed that all racing has been suspended until at least July 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Tour was originally scheduled to take place June 27-July 19—dates that became untenable when French president Emmanuel Macron extended the current ban on public gatherings until mid-July.


This article shared 2989 times since Mon Apr 20, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Joe Hollendoner to lead Los Angeles LGBT Center
2021-01-27
Joe Hollendoner—who was once in executive leadership roles at AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Howard Brown Health as well as a Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree—will officially succeed Lorri Jean as CEO of the ...


Gay News

New MAP Report: Why We All Need the Equality Act Now
2021-01-27
--From a MAP press release - (Jan. 26, 2021)—A new report released today, "Why We All Need the Equality Act Now," outlines the ways in which the Equality Act is vital legislation not just for LGBTQ people, but also for women, people ...


Gay News

COVID Lightfoot, CDPH unveil plan to ensure equity in vaccine distribution
2021-01-25
On Jan. 25, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), alongside elected officials and community partners, announced new initiatives to address racial equity in the COVID-19 response and vaccine distribution, with ...


Gay News

Biden's repeal of trans military ban impacts over 15,500 adults in the military
2021-01-25
--From a Williams Institute press release - A summary of current data on transgender military service in U.S. Today, President Biden signed an executive order ending the ban on transgender military service. The directive instructs the Department of Defense to reinstate the 2016 ...


Gay News

LGBTQA+ organizations praise Biden's lift of trans military ban
2021-01-25
After President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Jan. 25 lifting former President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals being in the military, several LGBTQA+ groups and individuals issued press releases praising the move: —LGBTQ ...


Gay News

LGBTQ laws rated in Human Rights Campaign State Equality Index
2021-01-25
--From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization ...


Gay News

More abuse charges leveled at Pfleger
2021-01-25
Two brothers have alleged that the Rev. Michael Pfleger molested them dozens of times over several years beginning in the early 1970s, The Chicago Tribune reported. The brothers said they were sexually abused in Pfleger's room ...


Gay News

Pioneering AIDS researcher Dr. Joseph Sonnabend dead at 88
2021-01-24
--From a media release by HIVPlusMagazine - Pioneering AIDS researcher and clinician Joseph Sonnabend, 88, died Jan. 24, 2021 at the Wellington Hospital in London, after suffering a heart attack on Jan.3, 2021. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to a physician mother and ...


Gay News

WORLD Honduran Congress, deportation, Canadian support, athlete comes out
2021-01-24
On Jan. 21, members of the Honduran Congress voted to amend the constitution, making it much harder to reverse existing hard-line bans on abortion and same-sex marriage, as lawmakers double down on socially conservative priorities, Openly ...


Gay News

COVID-19 Chicago, suburban restaurants slated to reopen Jan. 23
2021-01-23
Customers will be allowed back inside restaurants and many bars in Chicago and suburban Cook County beginning Saturday, Jan. 23, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. The city and Cook County will move from Tier 2 to Tier ...


Gay News

Alexi Giannoulias running for secretary of state in 2022
2021-01-21
Alexi Giannoulias—a Democratic politician and financier who was Illinois state treasurer during 2007-11—has thrown his hat back into the political ring, as he plans to run for Illinois secretary of state in 2022. He would succeed ...


Gay News

Planned Parenthood Illinois event to celebrate anniversary of Roe v. Wade ruling
2021-01-21
--From a press release - CHICAGO - Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) and PPIA PAC celebrate the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling at its Roe v. Wade Anniversary Event, to be held virtually on Thursday, January 28. The event ...


Gay News

Day 2 Executive Order prohibits discrimination against millions of LGBTQs
2021-01-21
--From a press release - Today, President Biden directed federal agencies to affirm that LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination under existing civil rights statutes. Biden is the first president to issue an Executive Order directly on LGBTQ rights on the ...


Gay News

Day 1 executive orders impact millions of LGBTQ youth, adults of diverse communities
2021-01-20
--From a Williams Institute press release - Today, President Biden signed a sweeping executive order directing federal agencies to adopt a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including in federal employment, policies, programs, and services. This is the first day one executive ...


Gay News

Biden Orders Implementation of Ruling: LGBTQ discrimination is sex discrimination
2021-01-20
--From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today on his first day in office shortly after being sworn in, President Biden issued an executive order directing all federal agencies to implement the decision in Bostock v. Clayton County issued by ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.