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Natalie Morales has come out as “queer”, Madrid Pride saw great political support, Germany’s far-right party is looking at challenging the recent approval, and a lot more in today’s wire.
“I am queer”: Park and Recreation Actress Comes Out in an Essay
The number of people boldly coming out and embracing their sexuality has been rising significantly in the recent years. 32-year-old Natalie Morales, the actress popular for her role in the NBC sitcom Park and Recreation, garnered headlines yesterday. In a rather personal essay where she chronicles her Catholic upbringing, Morales writes, “I don’t like labelling myself, or anyone else, but if it’s easier for you to understand me, what I’m saying is that I’m queer. What queer means to me is just simply that I’m not straight. That’s all. It’s not scary, even though that word used to be really, really scary to me.” The essay was published on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.
Politicians from Top Parties Lead Pride March in Madrid.
Madrid witnessed a euphoric Saturday, as thousands thronged the streets to rally for pride and equality. Held in Spain this year, this magnificent rally was the highlight of the 10-day World Pride Festival that concluded yesterday. Zealous politicians from the leading right and left-wing parties led the spirited crowd. Four activists, the AP reported, read a manifesto that urged the European Union to held export LGBTI rights around the world, with particular emphasis on Chechnya, Russia, and other countries that discriminate, criminalise and torture LGBTs. Security was beefed up in Madrid in the wake of the rally to prevent any untoward incident.
All 6 Muslim leaders voted for same-sex marriage in Germany
All six Muslim parliamentarians in Germany are said to have voted in favour of same-sex marriage. Leading LGBTQ news portal, LGBT Nation reported: Those 393 votes in favor of marriage equality include all 6 of Germany’s Muslim members of parliament. Ekin Deligöz, Omid Nouripour, Cem Özdemir and Özcan Mutlu of the Green Party, Aydan Özoguz of the Social Democratic Party, and Cemile Giousouf of the Christian Democratic Union confirmed to the German paper Welt that they identify as Muslim.
Germany’s far-right party may challenge same-sex marriage approval
The recent approval of same-sex marriage by the Parliament doesn’t seem to have gone down too well with Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party. One of the party leaders told the Bild Zeitung that the AfD is considering a lawsuit. “We are currently studying a challenge at the constitutional court,” he said, without specifying details about the challenge.
Massachusetts LGBT advocates seek to ban conversion therapies
The Eagle Tribune reported on Sunday that LGBT advocates and activists in Boston are pleading to ban conversion therapies for teenagers. A pair of proposals, the report states, has been gaining support at Beacon Hill and seek to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from “forcing minors to change their sexual orientation or gender identity” and strictly declare Ads about such therapies as “deceptive.
LGBT activists concerned about President Trump’s DOJ nomination
LGBT activists in the States have raised concerns over President Trump’s nomination for the Justice Department’s head. Mr Dreiband, who has been nominated, is being criticised for his recent representation in the case that banned people from using bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex as listed on their birth certificates, the CNN reported.
Trump appoints Anti-Trans activist to key human rights post
Donald Trump has appointed a person whose most recent work was activism against Transgender rights to be the senior adviser for women’s empowerment in the US Agency for International Development (USAID), LGBTQ Nation reported.