Some people just understand the importance of financial support for new organizations like Alturi.
Steven Solomon is one of those people. He came up with the idea of celebrating his 50th birthday by raising money for Alturi in lieu of birthday gifts. He created a Facebook page and invited all of his friends to make his special day truly special for LGBTI activists around the world. So far he's raised nearly $2,000 from 50 people.
We are in awe of Steven's dedication to helping Alturi continue its work. Thanks, Steven!!
Humanosphere - The U.N. Human Rights Council voted in a hotly contested decision to create a new “independent expert” to investigate human rights violations against LGBT people worldwide. The debate leading up to the vote was intense. Culturally conservative countries opposed to the resolution tried furiously to scuttle the measure, or at the very least water it down. Saudi Arabia tried to block the resolution entirely, and at one point Nigeria even tried to delete the title of the resolution. But in the end, it passed with strong Western and Latin American support: 23 to 18, with six abstentions.
The Guardian - When Juliet Swire gave birth to her third son in February 2014, doctors told her not to tell anyone he’d been born. She didn’t announce Jack’s arrival for weeks – not even to close family and friends. Jack was born with both male and female anatomy, with ovarian and testicular tissue, and genitals that could belong to either a boy or a girl. He has one of at least 40 congenital variations, known collectively as disorders of sexual development (DSD), or intersex traits. It was months before Juliet and her husband, Will, were told Jack’s specific diagnosis, of mixed gonadal dysgenesis.
CBC News - Bassel Mcleash’s long journey from Syria to Toronto and finally to Sunday’s Pride parade was anything but smooth. It was a road filled with war, hatred and hardship, which is why the chance to participate in his first Pride parade was so special. “To be honest, I’m totally speechless,” he said as he moved towards the start of the parade. “The excitement and the emotion that’s happening, it’s overwhelming. It’s too much to handle.”
The Guardian - Several gay men in Ivory Coast say they have been assaulted and forced to flee their homes after the US embassy published a photo of them signing a condolence book for victims of this month’s killings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The photo, published on the embassy’s website, shows the faces of six men with the caption “LGBTI community signing the condolence book”.
New Europe - The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has decided to appoint an “independent expert” to identify the causes of violence and discrimination against gay and transgender people in Vietnam, South Korea and Mongolia. These are the only three Asian countries to back the UN mandate to protect LGBT rights. The other 23 countries that support the mandate are from Europe and Latin America.
India Times - Section 377 of our constitution, introduced with the Indian Penal Code way back in 1860, criminalises sexual acts “against the order of the nature”. This Victorian era statute was struck down by the Delhi High Court in 2009 in the famous Naz Foundation case, but the decision was overturned on appeal by the Supreme Court in 2013, which reasoned that the matter relating to LGBT rights and decriminalisation of homosexuality should be left to the legislature.
KXLY - Taiwan has a large gay community and is one of the most progressive places in Asia in terms of LGBTI rights. Sex between partners of the same gender is legal, discrimination based on sexual orientation is banned in workplaces and schools, and changing one’s legal gender is permitted. The island’s annual gay pride parade is the biggest in Asia.
Washington Blade - The Vatican announced on Monday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Archbishop of Santo Domingo. The Holy See said in a statement that the pontiff has named Monsignor Francisco Ozoria Acosta of the Diocese of San Pedro de Macorís as López’s successor. López has repeatedly used homophobic slurs to describe gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James “Wally” Brewster.
El Pais - A young man had his nose broken for calling another “good-looking” during a night out in Madrid's trendy Malasaña district. Two men sustained fractures to their face in the capital's Puerta del Sol after they were attacked while returning home from a party. Another man was kicked to the ground in the working class Vallecas neighborhood by a gang of youths to cries of “fag, cross-dresser, AIDS carrier, cocksucker.” Such incidents are being reported every other day in Madrid. So far this year, there have been 98 attacks reported against LGBT individuals in the region.
Pink News - The Australian federal election proves that marriage equality is inevitable, say LGBT+ groups in the country. Despite the election having been described as “too close to call”, and could result in a repeat of Malcolm Turnbull’s coalition government, LGBT+ groups say the voting out of at least seven same-sex marriage opponents mean the people have already spoken. The election, the results of which may not be seen until as late as August, took place this week.