Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Swedish popstar Darin comes out in social media post

Popular Swedish pop singer Darin Zanyar is publicly opening up about his sexuality and coming out to the world as a proud gay man.

The pop star is billed as one of Sweden's most popular and best-selling artists and first shot to fame back in 2004 after competing on the Swedish version of the long-running Idol reality singing competition.

Darin shared his story just as the annual pride celebrations drew to a close in the country’s capital, Stockholm. He told his 100k Instagram followers that “Everyone in the world should be able to be proud and accepted for who they are. I know how difficult it can be. Took me a while, but I am proud to be gay. Happy pride!”

Monday, August 3, 2020

US House passes amendment to reverse Trump's trans military ban, now it is Senate's turn

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment that would overturn Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military, which has been in effect since April 2019. 

As it stands, trans people can serve in the military but only in the sex they were assigned at birth. In order to serve in their true gender identity, they would need to get a waiver.

The new measure, introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, with 28 Democratic cosponsors, was approved by a voice vote alongside dozens of other amendments passed as the House is considering a $1.3 trillion spending package. The amendment would block the use of these funds to implement the current trans service policy.

The same amendment was passed by the Democratic-controlled House last year, when it was also spearheaded by Rep. Speier, but it didn’t pass the Republican-majority Senate. The amendment could suffer the same fate this time around.

Before Trump’s ban, transgender people were free to serve openly since June 2016, thanks to the Obama administration lifting a prior ban on their service. 

Since the trans ban was implemented, only two trans service members have been considered for waivers. According to the Pentagon report, 86 trans people in the Army, 59 in the Navy, 13 in the Marines, and 39 in the Air Force have been identified since Trump's ban took effect.

Over two-thirds of Americans think that trans people should be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, a poll has found. 71% of respondents said they were in favor of trans military personnel.


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Spanish small village shows its support to a threatened young gay resident

Dozens of people have protested in the Major Square of Prades, a small village in Spain, to support a young resident who has received anonymous threats for his status as a homosexual and drag queen.

The young man, who goes by the names of Isaac and Gala Rouge, received two letters in February and June in which he was insulted and threatened. This week he received a third letter demanding that if he does not behave ‘like a normal person’, he should leave the village or attend to ‘the consequences’. He has finally reported the incidents to the police.

The protest, promoted by the town hall of this Catalan village, also sought to reject ‘any discriminatory, threatening or hateful attitude towards the LGBT community’, and in favor of ‘the free manifestation of sexual identity and gender expression’. Some protesters displayed rainbow flags and others carried individual banners with slogans such as ‘Let’s fight fascism’ or ‘We love diversity’.

During the protest, Mayoress LĂ­dia Bargas read a manifesto and the victim thanked the support received. A truly emotional act has been the presence of the young man's father also dressed as a woman, showing full support to his son.

It is a shame that there are still homophobic attacks like these in Spain, but it is a great satisfaction to see the reaction of people in defense of gay rights, which are the rights of everyone to love and dress as they please.

Very well done, good people of Prades!!!

Isaac/Gala has received the support of Mayoress of Prades
and most of residents