21 September 2017 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


Brazilian judge approves gay conversion therapy amid furious backlash from LGBT rights campaigners
By The Independent , 20 Sep 2017

A judge in Brazil has approved the use of gay conversion therapy, amid a furious backlash from campaigners, psychologists and celebrities. Federal judge Waldemar de Carvalho ruled that homosexuality could be considered a disease. The Brasilia judge last week backed a controversial evangelical psychologist, Rozangela Justino, who wanted to ‘treat’ gay people with discredited and harmful sexual orientation conversion therapies. 

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LGBT reviews are in for Trump’s U.N. speech — and they’re bad
By Washington Blade, 19 Sep 2017

 President Trump is receiving predictably bad reviews from LGBT foreign policy experts for remarks he made Tuesday before the United Nations in which he denounced “rogue nations” for bad behavior, taunted “loser terrorists” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. In his first address before the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Trump said respecting national sovereignty was paramount to U.S. foreign policy.“Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world,” Trump said. “We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: To respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation. This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is foundation for cooperation and success.”

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Russian Activist in Court on ‘Gay Propaganda’ Charge
By Human Rights Watch, 19 Sep 2017

A Russian court will soon decide whether posts that Evdokia Romanova, a Russian activist, made on social media back in 2015 amount to “gay propaganda” – a charge that could result in a fine for the accused and a further blow to freedom of expression in Russia. If the court convicts Romanova, it would be at least the seventh conviction under Russia’s 2013 federal “gay propaganda” law that effectively prohibits any positive information about “non-traditional sexual relations” from public discussion.

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Cory Bernardi warns marriage equality will lead to 'legal warfare' against opponents
By The Guardian, 17 Sep 2017

The Australian Conservatives party senator Cory Bernardi has rallied the spirits of anti-same sex marriage campaigners, telling the national launch of the Coalition for Marriage’s no campaign that they are on the right side of legal and moral history and that is why they are being attacked. Spearheading the launch at the International Convention Centre Sydney on Saturday evening, Bernardi warned the audience that if the Marriage Act was changed to include same-sex couples it would lead to “legal warfare” against supporters of traditional marriage.

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