12 October 2017- NPWJ News Digest on on LGBTI rights


Lawmakers seek proof Pentagon advised Trump on trans military ban
By Washington Blade, 12 Oct 2017

 Virginia Rep. A. Donald McEachin is spearheading a call for all correspondence and documentation from the Pentagon to show the process that informed President Trump’s directive to institute a ban on all transgender military service. In a letter to Defense Sec. Jim Mattis dated Oct. 10 and signed by 114 members of Congress, including many from California, McEachin writes: “We request information about what discussions or correspondence between the White House and the Pentagon, if any, led President Trump to make his assertion. If senior military or Department of Defense personnel asked that the president ban transgender individuals from military service, we request access to any letters, e-mails, telephone transcripts, meeting logs and minutes or other materials that document such requests.”

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Kim Davis Is Trying to Ban Marriage Equality in Romania
By The Advocate, 11 Oct 2017

Kim Davis is enjoying a nine-day trip to Romania — courtesy of the antigay Liberty Counsel — helping stir up homophobia in preparation for a national vote on same-sex marriage. The Rowan County, Ky., clerk — who gained infamy in 2015 when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and was jailed for five days for the refusal — is attending conferences in Romania's largest cities and meeting with religious leaders. Davis is joined by Harry Mihet, a legal executive at Liberty Counsel, an organization that devotes itself to dismantling the rights of women and LGBT people.

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Greece passes gender-change law opposed by Orthodox church
By The Guardian, 10 Oct 2017

Greece’s leftwing government has passed legislation enabling citizens to determine their gender identity amid fierce condemnation from the Orthodox church and accusations the law would “destroy human beings”. After two days of highly charged debate, the prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, rallied parliament to endorse policies that would permit people to legally change their gender on all official documents without undergoing sterilisation.

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Indonesian Police Raid ‘Gay Party’
By Human Rights Watch, 08 Oct 2017

Indonesian police in Jakarta raided a sauna popular with gay men on Friday night, arresting 51 people.  It's the latest in a slew of actions targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the country. Most of those arrested were released Saturday, but police have detained five employees of the sauna – four men and a woman – who face charges of violating the Law on Pornography. That law prohibits such acts as sex parties, the use of pornography, and “deviant sexual acts,” which is defined to include: sex with corpses, sex with animals, oral sex, anal sex, lesbian sex, and male homosexual sex.

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