14 June 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


Korean LGBTQ experts push for peace
by Los Angeles Blade, 13 Jun 2018

A brief statement signed June 12 by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un concluded a historic summit in Singapore. The agreement was short on details but fodder for explosive speculation.
Trump committed the U.S. to vague “security guarantees” in exchange for a “firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” with no specific language about verification or a timeline.


Russian LGBT group sets up safety hotline for visiting World Cup fans
by Outsports, 13 Jun 2018

With the World Cup starting Thursday in Russia — a country that can be hostile to LGBT people — an activist group has set up a safety hotline for any visiting fans who feel threatened.
The St. Petersburg-based group Coming Out notes that “although Russia promises to demonstrate a high level of tolerance and security, foreign football organizations warn LGBT fans that there are no effective laws in Russia that would protect them against potential manifestations of intolerance.”


Beirut Pride Was Forcibly Canceled. Lebanon’s LGBTQ Community Remains Undeterred
by Huffington Post, 11 Jun 2018

BEIRUT ― Behind a building in the northern outskirts of the city, a crowd gathered around a black door.
Inside, drag queens beat their faces with makeup to prepare for the Grand Ball, a nod to the queer subculture that flourished in New York City during the 1970s and ’80s, popularized in the famous documentary “Paris is Burning.” On the catwalk, they danced to Bonnie Tyler’s “I Need a Hero” and other pop songs in Arabic as their young audience roared with applause.