Category Archives: #LGBT
Prominent gay rights lawyer sets himself on fire in protest suicide

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Prominent gay rights lawyer sets himself on fire in protest suicide  CNNIn ‘protest suicide,’ lawyer famed for gay rights cases burns himself to death in New York  Los Angeles TimesGay rights lawyer immolates self in NYC in ecology protest  ABC NewsFamed gay rights lawyer sets himself on fire at Prospect Park in protest suicide against fossil fuels  New York Daily NewsLawyer who killed himself in fossil fuels protest ‘put his heart and soul’ into all his work, colleague says  New York Daily NewsFull coverage

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/15/us/david-buckel-gay-rights-attorney-suicide/index.html

Trinidad and Tobago judge rules homophobic laws unconstitutional

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The ruling, which declared sections of the Sexual Offences Act unconstitutional, may soon lead to decriminalising gay sex

Gay sex between consenting men in Trinidad and Tobago could soon be decriminalised following a court judgment that campaigners said might spark similar decisions elsewhere in the Caribbean.

In a ruling on Thursday, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act, which prohibited “buggery” and “serious indecency” between two men, criminalised consensual same-sex activity between adults, and were unconstitutional.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/13/trinidad-and-tobago-sexual-offences-act-ruled-unconstitutional

Applebee’s used ‘Come to My Window’ in a commercial and stripped it of all lesbian-ness

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At the top of any Gayest Songs of All Time list, you’ll find Melissa’s Etheridge’s “Come to My Window.” It’s hard to find a song more purely, authentically ’90s lesbian than one about two women staying up late so they can hang out in the light of the wolf moon.

That’s why it was so strange for many of us in the Xennial queer community to discover that Applebee’s had used “Come to My Window” in their most recent commercial and stripped the gay right out of it. In the Applebee’s interpretation, “Come to My Window” is less about lesbian sex, more about ordering cheesy quesadillas and mozzarella sticks from their drive thru window. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/04/05/applebees-melissa-etheridge-appropriation-no/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial

Bob Dylan turns classic song into gay love anthem

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Covering ‘She’s Funny That Way’

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/bob-dylan-gay-love-anthem-universal-love-hes-funny-that-way-a8289876.html

Grindr sends HIV status to third parties, and some personal data unencrypted

Hot on the heels of last week’s security issues, dating app Grindr is under fire again for inappropriate sharing of HIV status with advertisers and inadequate security on other personal data transmission. It’s not a good look for a company that says privacy is paramount.

Norwegian research outfit SINTEF analyzed the app’s traffic and found that HIV status, which users can choose to include in their profile, is included in packets sent to Apptimize and Localytics. Users are not informed that this data is being sent.

These aren’t advertising companies but rather services for testing and improving mobile apps — Grindr isn’t selling them this data or anything. The company’s CTO told BuzzFeed News that “the limited information shared with these platforms is done under strict contractual terms that provide for the highest level of confidentiality, data security, and user privacy.” And to the best of my knowledge regulations like HIPAA don’t prevent the company from transmitting medical data provided voluntarily by users to third parties as specified in the privacy policy.

That said, it’s a rather serious breach of trust that something as private as HIV status is being shared in this way, even if it isn’t being done with any kind of ill intentions. The laxity with which this extremely important and private information is handled undermines the message of care and consent that Grindr is careful to cultivate.

Perhaps more serious from a systematic standpoint, however, is the unencrypted transmission of a great deal of sensitive data.

The SINTEF researchers found that precise GPS position, gender, age, “tribe” (e.g. bear, daddy), intention (e.g. friends, relationship), ethnicity, relationship status, language, and device characteristics are sent over HTTP to a variety of advertising companies.

Not only is this extremely poor security practice, but Grindr appears to have been caught in a lie. The company told me last week when news of another security issue arose that “all information transmitted between a user’s device and our servers is encrypted and communicated in a way that does not reveal your specific location to unknown third parties.”

At the time I asked them about accusations that the app sent some data unencrypted and never heard back. Fortunately for users, though unfortunately for Grindr, my question was answered by an independent body, and the above statement is evidently false.

It would be one thing to merely share this data with advertisers and other third parties — although it isn’t something many users would choose, presumably they at least consent to it as part of signing up.

But to send this information in the clear presents a material danger to the many gay people around the world who cannot openly identify as such. The details sent unencrypted are potentially enough to identify someone in, say, a coffee shop — and anyone in that coffee shop with a bit of technical knowledge could be monitoring for exactly those details. Identifying incriminating traffic in logs could also be done at the behest of one of the many governments that have outlawed homosexuality.

I’ve reached out to Grindr for comment and expect a statement soon; I’ll update this post as soon as I receive it.

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/02/grindr-sends-hiv-status-to-third-parties-and-some-personal-data-unencrypted/

Trans people express what they love about themselves in video for Transgender Day of Visibility

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‘No boundaries, no restrictions, no rules’

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/trans-people-love-themselves-transgender-day-visibility-lgbtq-glaad-campaign-video-a8281911.html

Argentine government mocked over heterosexuality tweet

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The tweet by the office of human rights called for heterosexuality to be “made visible”.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43557526

Gender rights groups promise to battle Trump's 'transphobia masquerading as policy' in court

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The President approved a policy recommendation stating that ‘transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition are disqualified from military service’

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-transgender-ban-troops-transphobia-policy-a8273551.html

Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military

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Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military  The HillTrump Allows Current Transgender Troops But Bans Future Recruits  Wall Street JournalFull coverage

Source: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/380050-trump-bans-most-transgender-americans-from-serving-in-the-military

Will Young says he was told to re-record Leave Right Now because he sounded 'too gay'

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Pop singer came out as gay in 2002

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/will-young-leave-right-now-too-gay-comment-music-industry-homophobia-a8269876.html

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