China saw its first-ever public gay wedding this month between Lu Zhong and Liu Wangqiang. “With the newly-weds attracting as many as 1000 onlookers, according to the West Strait Morning Post, Liu Hua-sheng, a well-wishing taxi driver, described the scene as being ‘grander than the Chinese New Year.’” More.
In Ontario, Canada, members of all three parties have voted to amend the Human Rights Code to protect people against discrimination based on gender identity and expression.
The measure is intended to fight discrimination against transgender people, particularly in matters like housing and employment. It’s also the fourth time New Democrat Cheri DiNovo tried to amend the Code. A side note from LezGetReal:
The source article for this information incorrectly asserts that “Ontario is the first major jurisdiction in North America to provide human rights protections for transgendered people.” This is incorrect. There are sixteen states in the US which protect trans people with regards to housing, jobs or both. The US simply does not do human rights laws the same way that Canada does. Minnesota, for trivia purposes, was the first state to protect trans people all the way back in 1993.
Not long ago, we talked about Jenna Talackova, the transgender woman who was booted from the Miss Universe Canada pageant when it was discovered she was not born biologically female.
After urging from GLAAD and other sources, the pageant administration has reversed their decision and decided to let Jenna participate.
“The Miss Universe Organization will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions,” according to a statement released by the organization late Monday night.
Woot! It’s a small victory, but a victory nonetheless.
The three men who were accused of distributing violently homophobic fliers at an England pride event in 2010 have been sentenced to jail. They were found guilty of distributing threatening material, including pamphlets that suggested the death penalty for gays. From the Advocate:
The three were found guilty of distributing threatening, antigay material at a Derby Crown Court, making their cases the first time anyone had been convicted of such a crime since legislation was enacted in 2010. Two other associates were also on trial, but were found not guilty. Ali, believed to be the main organizer, was sentenced to two years behind bars, while Ahmed and Javed were sentenced to 15 months.
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