March 12: The first transgender presenter, thanks to same-gender spouses and the oldest Academy Award winner show that nonagenarian Oscar is still queer; against the backdrop of Australia’s brutal past, Sydney’s 40th Mardi Gras parades into the country’s hopeful future with a show-stopping appearance by queer icon and ally Cher! Plus thousands demonstrate against LGBT rights in the Philippines, marriage equality roils lawmakers in El Salvador, Chile, Panama, and the Caymans, “ballsy” Bermuda official puts tourists before taxpayers, a U.S. appeals court finds trans protections from job bias, and Starkville can be proud!
Queer youth take aim at pro-gun lawmakers; a “Rainbow Minute” celebrates Willie Nelson’s “gay cowboy song with a twist”; Kenyans challenge their country’s “unnatural” sex law, the British Parliament targets Northern Ireland’s marriage equality logjam, lines are drawn for Taiwan’s marriage equality fight, an open door for Pakistani trans youth swings both ways, “Gidget’s” gay son goes red over a Bronzed Olympian, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
“78ers” recall the Sydney Mardi Gras’ brutal beginnings; a “Rainbow Minute” remembers out Australian poet Dorothy Porter; Malaysia’s press parrots the government’s pathetic homophobia, rights advocates condemn Indonesia’s anti-queer attacks, Bermuda is sued anew over marriage inequality, Trump’s Education Department denies bathroom passes to trans students, LGBT Olympians add lavender to gold, silver and bronze, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
Hate on the rise horrifies queer youth; culture heroes expand boundaries in 2 “Rainbow Minutes”; seeing through the eyes of a new “Acquaintance”; Bermuda separates equality from marriage, “cure” clinics are doing big business in Ecuador, the Trump administration says it will reveal its new policy on military service by transgender people on February 21st, a record number of out Olympians at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea include outspoken U.S. competitors Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
A queer Koori component adds color to Sydney’s Mardi Gras; Indonesian lawmakers pursue broad restrictions on sex, Myanmar Pride doubles in the daylight, Tunisia closes its mind to Free Thinkers’ Pride attempt, Jamaica rejects an evangelically homophobic U.S. preacher, El Salvador’s top court denies lawmakers’ hetero definition of marriage, leading Aussie marriage equality opponent Tony Abbott is all smiles at his lesbian sister’s wedding, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
“Mama Roger” and “Tinky Winky”: in memoriam; Australians map a Better Together future; the gay British sound innovator behind an out-of-this-world hit song; Europe’s Court of Justice rejects inkblot tests for queer asylum seekers, married same-gender couples fight for their kids’ U.S. citizenship, an exiled activist challenges Trinidad and Tobago “buggery” laws, anti-LGBT violent deaths spike in Brazil and the U.S., and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
A young social critic asks: are bisexuals queer enough?; “Stronger Together” fights the Chechen purge; a Yankee discovers southern hospitality in “Aunt Sookie & Me”; India’s top court fast tracks review of the nation’s anti-gay sex law, a Kenyan court hears a challenge to that country’s law, Indonesia asks Google to block its queer-related apps, Donald Trump’s war on queers continues, a 90-year-old lesbian U.S. Air Force veteran finally gets her honorable discharge, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
Marriage Equality dawns Down Under; A “Joy” disc jockey loves his lesbian mums; an Inter-American Court ruling requires regional rights for same-gender couples, a Euro-Court Advocate General says “spouse” is inclusive, India’s top court reassesses the country’s infamous Section 377, a Wisconsin trans teen wins his school district anti-bias lawsuit, Cher confirms that she’ll be headlining this year’s 40th Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
A behind the camera view of “God’s Own Country”; the genesis and exodus of the word “queer”; a Beijing court considers China’s LGBT cyber chokehold, Bermuda breathlessly awaits its Governor’s royal assent on marriage inequality, Northern Ireland civil partners take their wedding pleas to an appeals court, Trump makes his HIV/AIDS Council members undetectable, and more LGBTQ news from around the world.
Begin the New Year with a tuneful celebration of newly won marriage equality Down Under, with queer performers from the U.K., the U.S., Ireland, and Australia singing some “Music To Get Married To” — starring Alan Cumming, Janis Ian, David Raleigh, Dave Hall, Jade Leonard with Dolly Diamond and Luke Gallagher, Michael Ross, Cork, Ireland’s Choral Con Fusion Choir, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir, and Tret Fure! [“NewsWrap” returns to “This Way Out” next week.]