Quickies: International Fight for Same-Sex Marriage, India Pride, Do I Sound Gay?

  • Unsanctioned Same-Sex Marriages in China and Thailand – A Chinese couple had to relocate their wedding ceremony several times before wedding, despite police warnings not to do so. In Thailand, which also doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, a couple held a traditional ceremony for friends and family.
  • Pride Comes to India – “In a first in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, nearly 200 members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or LGBT paraded across the streets, dressed in varied hues, demanding the revocation of section 377 of the Indian Penal Code or IPC and asking for a life of dignity.” It is the 6th annual Pride event, but the first Pride March. Video at the link.
  • Ireland Moves Toward Employment Protections for LGB Teachers” – “Ireland’s government this week passed an amendment to the Employment Equality Act that would allow LGB employees working in religious-run organizations, such as schools and hospitals, to be out at work without fear of being fired, according to Irish LGBT site The Out Most.”
  • Documentary Interview: “Do I Sound Gay?” – Terry Gross interviews David Thorpe, the director of the documentary “Do I Sound Gay?”, in which he explores what it means to “sound gay,” why he cares, and what he would have to do to stop “sounding gay.”
  • NPR Covers Anthrocon: World’s Largest Furry Convention – And Anthrocon’s chair Samuel Conway evades questions on whether being a furry has anything to do with kink. Anthrocon took place this weekend in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Controversy over Oregon Medicaid Pays for Transitioning Teens – The article outlines the way the medicaid system decides who qualifies for transition-related treatment, including hormones and surgery, and why the propagandists at Fox News needn’t worry about surgery being dolled out willy nilly to impulsive/confused/rebellious teens.

Featured image: Gino (left) and Ling Jueding via Sylvia Tan

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  1. I just moved to Pittsburgh a few months ago, and I was surprised and a bit pleased to see the city welcome Anthrocon with open arms! Furry fandom is so very very very much not my thing, but it’s great that others have found a place where they can be themselves and express themselves openly.

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