2 August 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on on LGBTI rights


Pride Month comes to Singapore
by Gaystar News, 31 Jul 2018

If you like Pride months, skyscrapers and tropical climates, then there’s only one place you should be in August.
IndigNation, Singapore’s annual LGBTI Pride season, kicks off on 1 August for a month of activities and festivities ‘by queers, for queers‘.
Now in its 14th year, IndigNation hosts a series of LGBTI arts, culture and civil society events, in the same month the country celebrates its independence day.

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Anti-LGBTI groups participate in State Dept. religious freedom conference
by the Washington Blade, 28 Jul 2018

A number of anti-LGBTI organizations participated in a three-day religious freedom conference the State Department held this week in D.C.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Thursday tweeted a picture of Family Research Council President Tony Perkins “welcoming attendees” of a workshop that focused on U.S. government grants.
A conference schedule the Washington Blade obtained indicates the workshop took place at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s offices in Northwest D.C. The picture on Twitter shows Perkins — who is a member of the commission — speaking at a podium in front of a screen with the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and its Office of Global Programs’ names projected onto it.

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LGBT adults in U.S. less likely to have jobs, health insurance
Reuters, 27 Jul 2018

Sexual minorities are less likely to be employed or to have health insurance than their straight peers, a new U.S. study suggests.

They are also more likely to report being in poorer health and having a lower quality of life, according to the results published in the online journal BMJ Open.

The study authors suspect these differences from straight peers come down to bias.

“Previous research has shown that nearly half of all sexual minorities experience employment discrimination in their lifetime, which can lead to disparities in health insurance coverage, and ultimately to health-related quality of life,” said lead author Brittany Charlton, an assistant professor at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

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German companies increasingly 'coming out' with LGBTI employees
thelocal.de, 27 Jul 2018

With Christopher Street Day around the corner in Berlin and Stuttgart, more companies are taking initiatives to show their own employees' pride and end workplace discrimination.When homosexual employees of the German corporate giant Bosch first attended Christopher Street Day (CSD) in Stuttgart four years ago, the response within the company was almost entirely positive. Almost. There were also dissenting votes in the subsequent intranet discussion among the workplace.

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Catholic LGBTI group claims it's been frozen out of Pope’s visit: Second LGBTI group to voice concern over exclusion from Dublin event
by Gaystar News, 26 Jul 2018

A Catholic LGBTI group claimed it’s efforts to join a religious event in Ireland next month have been ignored. 
The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics said it was ‘deeply dismayed and disappointed’ to have been left out of the World Meeting of Families.
The GNRC said it applied for an exhibit booth in April, but had received no reply, despite numerous requests.
‘Attempts to get a response about our exhibit booth from World Meeting of Families officials have been very frustrating. We feel completely ignored’, said Ruby Almeida, co-chair of the GNRC, which represents 32 LGBTI Catholic groups around the world.

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