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Noteworthy Articles · August 2021

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Hungarian Parliament, Budapest

Budapest Pride Draws 30,000 ~ Ghana Proposes 10 Years for Gay “Crimes” ~ Daley Wins Olympic Gold ~ Catholic Priest Caught Using Grindr ~ etc.

Some 30,000 marchers flooded the streets of Budapest for the city’s annual Pride event on Saturday in protest of a new law that bans discussion of LGBTQ themes and characters in schools and on daytime television. The European Union began legal proceedings over the law last week, and Hungarian prime minister Victor Orbán announced that it would be put to a referendum. Also on Saturday, some 65,000 people marched in the annual Christopher Day Parade in Berlin, with Berlin’s senator for culture Klaus Lederer expressing sympathy for the situation in Hungary and Poland.

Ghana Proposes Long Sentences for LGBTQ “Crimes”

“Draft anti-gay legislation submitted to Ghana’s parliament could propose up to 10 years in jail for LGBTQ+ people as well as groups and individuals who advocate for their rights, express sympathy or offer social or medical support,” The Guardian reported...  >> Read more >>

Olympic swimmer Tom Daley in 2012 (CC BY 2.0 flikr)

142+ Out Athletes to Compete in Tokyo Olympics ~ HIV Increases COVID Death Risk ~ LGBTQ Rights Worldwide ~ Death Threats ~ etc.

“At least 142 out LGBTQ athletes” will compete in this year’s summer Olympics, which open Friday in Tokyo, according to Outsports. Julian Venonsky (USA, rowing) is one to watch, as are Tom Daley (UK, diving; seen above in 2012), Anton Down-Jenkins (New Zealand, diving; seen below), Jack Woolley (Ireland, taekwondo), and Markus Thormeyer (Canada, swimming). “Women on the list outnumber men by about an 8:1 margin,” Outsports writes. Come on, guys. Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib has come out, and the NFL has tweeted that “football is gay.” We can do it!


HIV Increases COVID Death Risk

A new study by the World Health Organization “found that the risk of developing severe or fatal COVID-19 was 30% greater in [people living with] HIV compared to people without HIV infection.”..  >> Read more >>

Boston Pride Festival tent in City Hall Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts, 2019

Boston Pride Shuts Down; Plus Gay News from Europe and China

After more than a year of bitter conflict with volunteers and other LGBTQ community groups, Boston Pride announced that it will dissolve. The organization faces allegations of racism, transphobia, and a lack of inclusiveness and is the subject of a boycott led by the alternative Pride for the People. “Over the past year, we have invested time and energy to address the concerns of the community,” the board of directors wrote. “It is clear to us that the community needs and wants change without the involvement of Boston Pride… There will be no further events or programming planned.”..  >> Read more >>

Giovanni Lancranco, "Saint Sebastian," 1596-1647 (National Gallery of Denmark)

House Passes Equality Act

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which seeks to prohibit “discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.” The bill now moves to the Senate, where it would need support from all fifty Democrats plus ten Republicans to move forward. But with comparative moderates like Susan Collins and Mitt Romney declining to support the bill, it seems unlikely to pass the Senate in anything like its current form.

The Washington Post described the House debate, in which a Republican representative harrassed a Democratic colleague with transphobic tweets, as yet another sign of a “ramped-up culture war over LGBTQ rights.”..  >> Read more >>