29 November 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


Taiwan: Referendum results rejecting marriage equality a “bitter blow”
Amnesty International, 29 Nov 2018

Responding to the results of referendums in Taiwan in which same-sex marriage rights and LGBTI-inclusive education in schools were rejected by voters, Annie Huang, Amnesty International Taiwan’s Acting Director, said: “This result is a bitter blow and a step backwards for human rights in Taiwan. However, despite this setback, we remain confident that love and equality will ultimately prevail.The result must not be used as an excuse to further undermine the rights of LGBTI people. The Taiwanese government needs to step up and take all necessary measures to deliver equality and dignity for all, regardless of who people love.”

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TIMELINE: LGBT Rights in Croatia Five Years after Referendum
Balkan Insight, 28 Nov 2018

Five years after a referendum effectively banned gay marriage in Croatia, conservatives behind the vote will gather in a 5-star Zagreb hotel to mark the anniversary. Gay couples, however, have moved on to a new fight – for the right to foster or adopt children.

December 1 marks five years since Croatia voted in a referendum to define marriage as a union ‘between a man and a woman’, effectively banning gay marriage in the predominantly Catholic nation that only five months earlier had become the newest member of the European Union. The main force behind the vote, the conservative group In the Name of the Family, will mark the occasion “and all the successes of the first five years” with a ‘donation dinner’ the following week at a downtown hotel in the Croatian capital, according to an invitation seen by BIRN.

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Twitter has banned misgendering or ‘deadnaming’ transgender people
The Verge, 27 Nov 2018

Twitter now prohibits misgendering or “deadnaming” transgender people, alongside other harassment and abuse tactics. The change appears to have happened in late October, but news of it began circulating late last week. It’s part of a more general rewording of the hateful conduct policy, which now emphasizes the fact that certain groups — including transgender people — are disproportionately targeted with abuse.

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Why LGBT Catholics want to change attitudes in Italy
BBC News, 25 Nov 2018

Coming out can be challenging for young people across the globe - but in Italy many young Catholics are struggling with negative attitudes from both their communities and their churches.While some churches offer support for the LGBT community, others are still asking young people to see a psychologist or stop attending Church events. Sometimes even celibacy is expected.

Giulia is in the committee for an informal LGBT Catholic association that supports people up and down the country. Listen to her chat with her friend and fellow group member Edoardo about the challenges they've faced.

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The 2018 blue wave included quite a few LGBT wins — even though voters are still wary of gay and trans candidates.
The Washington Post, 25 Nov 2018

The blue wave in the midterm elections had some rainbow in it. Democrats gained a significant number of seats in the House of Representatives, state houses and governorships — and women, people of color and LGBTQ Americans were in front.

Kyrsten Sinema, who identifies as bisexual, became the first female senator from Arizona. The LGBTQ Congressional caucus has grown to 10, and for the first time has an equal number of women and men. Voters elected 36 new LGBTQ state legislators, all Democrats, in 26 states, 14 of them flipping red seats to blue; a majority were women. As a result, January will see a new historical high of 134 openly LGBTQ state house members taking office. Three of the five incumbent LGBTQ Republican state house members lost. A year ago, Danica Roem became the first openly identified transwoman elected to a state legislature in Virginia; in November, other states’ voters elected three additional openly transgender women.

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