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9/4/2011 This Way Out
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights hears its first-ever LGBT-related case as judge and lesbian mother Karen Atala tries to regain custody of the 3 daughters removed from her care by the Supreme Court of Chile; hundreds march on a Johannesburg, South Africa township police station demanding action against and full investigations of escalating so-called anti-queer corrective rapes and hate murders; the Ugandan cabinet and parliamentary representatives send mixed signals on the fate of the country's infamous Kill the Gays bill; authorities in the Sharia law-governed Indonesian province of Aceh annul the legal marriage of a lesbian couple and threaten them with burning and beheading; several members of the Australian parliament discuss their constituents' views on marriage equality, while Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who opposes opening civil marriage to same-gender couples, nevertheless meets for the first time with LGBT activists and supporters to discuss the issue; analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census by the Williams Institute, a highly-regarded LGBT think tank, reveals Washington, D.C. as the leading locale for the number of same-gender-couples per one thousand households, and an over-all fifty percent increase across the nation during the last decade of self-identified cohabiting gay and lesbian couples; and out U.S. country music star Chely Wright legally marries her LGBT activist partner Lauren Blitzer – each in white gowns but sans hair-spoiling veils - at an interfaith ceremony in Connecticut
The jury in the high-profile BRANDON MCINERNEY murder trial began its deliberations on August 26th in Southern California. There's no question that at age 14 McInerney shot his 15-year-old classmate LAWRENCE KING twice in the back of the head. McInerney's defense team argued that he and the other boys did not feel safe in the school because they were victimized and humiliated by King, who occasionally wore makeup and high-heeled boots. That's the most extreme version of the kind of irrational homo- and trans-phobia that THE YOUTH AND GENDER MEDIA PROJECT is designed to combat. SONALI KOLHATKAR hosted the man behind this unusual effort, director/editor JONATHAN SKURNICK, who shared clips from his two short films, I'M JUST ANNEKE and THE FAMILY JOURNEY
September 4, 2011
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