Yakima Valley now more accepting, Transgender admission in US military delayed, Singapore Pride bans foreigners, Madrid Pride fest to end today, and a lot more…
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US Defence Secretary James Mattis delays transgender admission into military
Defence Secretary James Mattis has delayed the admission to transgenders in the US military till 1st January 2018. His predecessor, Ashton Carter had set 1st July as the date for recruitment of transgenders into the military. A spokesperson said Mr Mattis was looking into recommendations from the military branches. A report in The Washington Times claimed that Mr Mattis has been under pressure from conservative activists and Republicans in Congress to deny recruitment to transgender people.
Pink Dot rally draws thousands, but foreigners kept at bay
Singapore’s Pink Dot pride rally on Saturday garnered tremendous support from the citizens and the local communities. However, adhering the new norm, foreigners were forbidden from participating in the rally. To ensure that barricades had lined the park with seven security checkpoints set up at its perimeter, The Strait Times, Singapore reported.
Madrid’s Pride fest to conclude on Sunday
In an interesting male-only event, several men from the LGBT community wore stilettos and heeled shoes to race down a narrow street in central Madrid’s gay neighbourhood, Chueca. This race was a part of the World Pride 2017 Festival, a 10-day community festival that sees a variety of events, including concerts and marches. The festival concludes on Sunday.
LGBTs in Washington’s Yakima Valley say acceptance is growing in the area
Several LGBT residents of Washington’s Yakima Valley told the Yakima Herald that the acceptance in the area has been growing with time. One Mr Poores said, “The Yakima City Council’s proclamation of an LGBT Pride Week last month is one way the area is becoming an easier place for people of varying backgrounds to coexist peacefully.”
Muhammadiyah leader calls for a Starbucks boycott
A leader from Indonesia’s second largest Muslims group, Muhammadiyah has urged people to boycott Starbucks over the coffee chain’s pro-LGBT stand. “If Starbucks only does business, then fine. But don’t bring ideology here,” the leader, who goes by the name Abbas, told Reuters on Saturday, adding that he was informed about the coffee chain’s stand on a chat group.
India’s first openly gay prince appears on the Kardashian’s show, dines with them later
Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s first openly gay prince, appeared on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ on Friday. He had been invited by the Kardashian sisters after Kendal Jenner shared with them what she had learned about him during her visit to India in February this year. Dressed in a beautiful traditional attire, Gohil ardently shared his story on the show, reminding Kendal of her father Caitlyn Jenner, who came out as a transgender woman. Gohil also joined the Kardashians for dinner.
Same-sex marriage set to be legalized in Germany
The German parliament on Friday voted to legalize same-sex marriage, triggering celebrations all across the country. An elaborate report in the Guardian stated: (Angela) Merkel had appeared to shift her longstanding opposition to gay marriage on Monday when she said that she considered “the values lived out in a same-sex partnership equal to those in a heterosexual marriage”. After dropping a red “no” card into the ballot box in the Bundestag, she explained: “For me, marriage as defined by law is marriage between a man and a woman.
The decision would be incorporated into the law by August this year. Remember, elections in Germany are due to be held in September when Chancellor Merkel would be seeking a fourth term.
Trump declines recognition of LGBT Pride Month
Moving away from the set precedent, President Trump has refused to recognise the LGBT Pride Month. Trump, on the other hand, proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month, National Ocean Month and National Homeownership Month, reported CNN. President Trump has appeared to be dicey about LGBT rights since his victory.