Planet Pride: Power and Paradoxes, our LGBT Day special, goes around the world to find how Pride is being celebrated – and defended – this year. The highlight will be coverage from Sydney, Australia of the 40th Anniversary Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (including the aboriginal festival Koori Gras) with the indomitable Cher.
Planet Pride tops off KPFK’s 12-hour LGBT programming marathon, starting at 8am, Saturday, June 9th. Don’t miss a minute!
International intersex activism moves ahead with an online organizer in the Betsy Driver’s seat!
Bermuda backtracks from marriage equality to domestic partnerships, a Hong Kong appeals court revokes spousal benefits, a Chiléan trans victory secures identity rights, Ecuador grants official parenthood to lesbian moms, an HIV-positive soldier sues the U.S. Army over his “non-deployable” status, a trans Texas grad wins his “diplomatic” name change, a gay Kentucky high school valedictorian is forced to horn it in … BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Colorado baker, but doesn’t resolve religious-based discrimination in the marketplace … and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of June 4, 2018
Surrealist lesbians come to life in the new historical novel Never Anyone But You!
The toe-tapping tales of consciousness raising chart-toppers by Lou Reed and Sylvester!
There’s more than humor in the Marlon Bundo White House bunny books!
Plus Fiji’sfirst Pride signals a South Pacific breakthrough, Papalcompassion contends that God creates gays, U.S.primary elections catapult queers into statewide contention, trans teens are triumphant in toilet trials, researchers discover switched genders in trans brains, and more international LGBTQ news!
Melbourne, Australia’s gay Muslim cleric brings a new queer consciousness to the Quran! He sat down with correspondent Barry McKay for a profound conversation in a peaceful park during Sydney’s Mardi Gras festivities.
A gay cleric helps LGBTQ Muslims make peace with Islam!
A Day against queer phobias strikes a global chord, undercover Cameroon cops crash the capital’s gay venues, Russia tells the UN that there were no gays in Chechnya to purge, Hong Kong sneaks around its spousal visa rule during its queer exclusion appeal, Trump traps trans inmates in “biological sex” prison cells, and more LGBTQ news!
A gay Muslim cleric reads the Quran with a queer consciousness!
Northern Ireland’s marriage equality impasse withstands Commons sense, Pakistan’s sweeping trans rights bill awaits presidential assent, Portugal’s president vetoes a trans teen I.D. bill, Greece allows gay and lesbian foster parenting, U.S. Methodists remain muddy on queer inclusion, a hip-hop mogul’s lesbian mom makes music history, and more queer news from around the world!
A new biography of Wilde summonses Oscar’s Ghost … and his Letter to Bosie in a Rainbow Minute!
Youthful LGBTQA’s question the outing of history!
Springfield cover of a Margie classic reveals another Beautiful Soul!
A Belfast baker’s cake case mirrors a top U.S. court controversy, a White House “faith initiative” preys on queer rights, Hong Kong’s top court nixes Amnesty International support for a lesbian spousal visa suit, a top teacher trolls Trump with Resist-wear, and more international LGBTQ news!
We “Oscar” more outstanding volunteer producers as “last call” time arrives for our 30th Anniversary party!
Thailand proposes civil unions for same-gender couples, a severed gay Japanese widower sues his “sister-out-law,” queer rights turn partisan in Paraguay, Venezuela, Chile, and Lebanon, India’s government is still roiled by sex law reform, Indonesia’s Parliament slows its slide into “married only” sex statutes, U.S. trans healthcare protections get “Trump’d,” and more international LGBTQ news.
This Way Out’s Associate Producer Lucia Chappelle, who co-founded the only internationally-distributed LGBTQ weekly radio program with Coordinating Producer Greg Gordon, was honored at Founders Metropolitan Community Church (FMCC) on April 22, 2018. This Way Out is celebrating 30 years on the air this month. The presentation was given by FMCC Board Vice-Moderator Dean Coffey, Board Member Roger Owens, and LGBTQ audio archivist Brian DeShazor, who has been coordinating 30th Anniversary events.
Lucia has been involved in FMCC since 1972, and first began doing queer radio with Greg in 1975. Both of them were among the anchors for the live radio broadcast of the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979.
Lucia says, “I was such a kid back then! Coming of age with MCC as my nurturing place had a lot to do with whatever courage it took for me to do the work we were doing before the social environment was as “welcoming” as it is now.
Metropolitan Community Church was founded in Los Angeles in 1968 by the Rev. Troy Perry to serve LGBTQ people, nine months before Stonewall and long before the advent of “open and affirming” churches and synagogues. Nearing its 50th anniversary, MCC has become an international movement, arguably the largest LGBTQ organization in the world.