4/1/2013 This Way Out

 

Program #1,304

Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle

"NewsWrap": An LGBTI-inclusive Sex Discrimination Act is welcomed in the Australian parliament –- with reservations -– while Canada's House of Commons passes a bill banning discrimination against transgender people; Marco Feliciano, the homophobic and racist chair of the Brazil House of Representative's Human Rights Committee adds misogynist to his descriptor, but a Russian regional court overturns a ban on peaceful LGBT Pride events and political demonstrations, while New South Wales police officials hear from dozens of Sydney Mardi Gras revelers claiming to have been victimized by sometimes brutal officers during the world-famous festivities; it only takes a day to qualify a citizens' initiative to force Finland's parliament to consider a marriage equality bill, while a proposal to open civil marriage to same-gender couples moves a step closer in France; Israel's Health Ministry complies with court rulings and agrees to recognize both members of a same-gender couple as parents of children born via overseas surrogacy; city officials in Santa Fe, New Mexico announce that same-gender couples already have the right to civil marriage in the U.S. state; and "fear is the path to the dark side" in Scotland (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by WENZEL JONES and PAM MARHALL)

NEW JERSEY Governor Chris Christie says his concern is for the rights of parents when he expresses ambivalence about a proposed state ban on so-called "conversion" therapy for minors. But outspoken teen JACOB RUDOLPH's concern was for the lives and rights of children when he went before the state Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on March 18th 

The next time someone asks you why civil partnerships are not just as good as civil marriages, we hope you’ll remember this report from DUBLIN by JENNY BUTLER, courtesy of "The Cosmo with Scott De Buitléir" on IRELAND’s RTE Pulse 

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, announced late this week that it was dropping its lengthy name and will now just be known as "GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy organization". The group said it’s also broadening its mission to focus more on advocating for transgender people. And at the March 17th NEW YORK CITY leg of its 24th Annual Media Awards, GLAAD honored CNN anchor ANDERSON COOPER with its Vito Russo Award, which is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who’s made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community

 

 

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