The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #21
As Paris, France celebrated its 2000th same-sex marriage, one anti-gay activist had an outrageous statement about same-sex couples adopting children. Ludovine de La Rochère, president of La Manif Pour Tous, an anti-gay marriage organization, claimed that since the passage of the bill in 2013, 721 requests to adopt by same-sex couples were made and that “there will be 721 more orphaned children” because adoption clearly means abandoning now. La Rochère’s group has not only strictly opposed same-sex marriage since the bill was introduced, but has an agenda to ensure no homosexuals adopt and surrogacy is looked down upon. La Manif has unjustly used children to exploit for their own gain, and have stated that the “Mariage pour tous” act (Marriage for All) jeopardizes human identity and that they must think of the children. Someone must think of the children!
Egyptian authorities have cracked down hard on the LGBTQ community, and have recently been using Grindr to ensnare men using the dating app. A spokesperson for the app advised that users be vigilant, as the app does provide your location. Egypt is no stranger to persecuting LGBTQ individuals. They recently ordered the unfair arrest of nine men for attending an unofficial gay wedding after a video was posted of the men attending the ceremony, due to one man scheming to get revenge on one of the patrons. Egyptian “doctors” have conducted tests to see if men are homosexuals by examining their anuses…because that’s one of the only ways to prove a man has engaged in same-sex relations apparently.
Julia Volkova, half of the now-defunct/faux lesbian band t.a.T.u., stated in an interview, she would condemn her son if he were gay but would be accepting if her daughter were a lesbian. “A man has no right to be a fag” Volkova claimed and further stated that a man must be a man. Despite the singer’s bisexuality, Volkova has not retracted her statements and management offered an insincere apology while not directly disagreeing with the controversial statements. The singer’s statements caused uproar in the LGBTQ community and even former bandmate, Lena Katina, condemned Volkova’s statements.
After Maria Muniz, a Brazilian trans* student, was fined for wearing a skirt to school, many of her fellow classmates were outraged at the school’s decision and staged a demonstration in support of Muniz. Teachers ordered Muniz to order pants in the future despite the student’s uneasiness about wearing them. Faculty and staff did not expect to see a large amount of boys show up at school wearing skirts to stand in solidarity for the trans* teen. Muniz was thrilled at the support from her classmates and hopes it will be an example to others. The principal of the school has been said that he will now consider relaxing the rules since many supporters came out and defended the girl’s right to wear a skirt.
— TeleAragua (@TeleAragua) September 15, 2014