Frank Mugisha and Anti-Homosexuality Act In Uganda; Angela Merkel and Gay Marriage In Germany; Johnny Weir’s Horrible Divorce

Frank Mugisha and Anti-Homosexuality Act In Uganda

Over the weekend a friend I follow on Facebook mentioned a gay activist in Uganda named Frank Mugisha, and I remembered a brilliant article written by Mugisha about year ago where he talks about his struggles as a gay person in Uganda. His article is also timely to what’s happening right now, again, in Uganda.

Mugisha wrote this last year…

That being said, I was starting to feel as though there were reasons to be positive and to hope for change. The abominable Anti-Homosexuality Act, about which I wrote for the Guardian in 2014, was later rescinded. Our close community of activists committed to improving the lives of LGBTI Ugandans is vibrant and as strong a movement as it has ever been. Some of us have even received global recognition for our work. And so Uganda Pride 2016 was set to be a long overdue celebration of our hard work and resilience.

He then goes on to talk about the horrible things that happened during that Pride celebration. You can check this out here. As I said, it’s a brilliant piece about what life is like for some LGBT people.

With that said, here’s what been going on recently in Uganda:

Uganda’s government has vowed to bring back a bill that would punish homosexuality and the promotion of LGBTI issues with jail time.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who wished to pass a ‘Kill The Gays’ bill in 2014, has called on legislators to pass a new law. Homosexuality is already punishable by up to seven years.

Evidently, in some parts of the world the struggle is even more intense than ever, and we should all be aware of it.

Here’s the rest. 

Angela Merkel and Gay Marriage In Germany

This seriously bothers me. I see people praising Angela Merkel all the time on social media without even realizing how anti-gay marriage she’s always been. You can do a simple search for that, and it’s even mentioned in this article to which I’m linking.

However, this bothers me even more.

Merkel seems prepared to have the Social Democrats (SPD), the German Liberal Democrats, and the Greens have an ‘in conscience’ vote for or against the marriage.

‘I want to focus the discussion in a direction that is conscious decision-making, rather than wanting to impose anything,’ she said.

This statement marks a significant change on her position about the topic. In 2013, the Chancellor opposed it fearing the ‘good of the children’ if there were same-sex couples.

How Merkel manages to get so much praise passes me by.

There’s more here.

Johnny Weir’s Horrible Divorce

Although this article doesn’t mention it, I’ll always remember Johnny Weir as the guy who went to Russia and called LGBT activists idiots.

Weir is back in the news…sort of…and he’s talking about his divorce. It’s an interesting follow up for anyone who was following Weir back then.

Champion figure skater Johnny Weir is speaking out about his ‘terrible divorce’ from Victor Voronov in 2014.

Voronov had gone on the syndicated US show Inside Edition and accused Weir of a host of things from biting him to marrying him to provide fodder for a reality show.

Here’s the rest of it. 

And, he’s into fur.

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Transgender Rights and the Fight Is On; Gavin Grimm On Transgender Students; Marriage Equality In Germany

Transgender Rights and the Fight Is On

I remember posting about my frustrations regarding same sex marriage more than once here on the blog. In one post in particular, I ranted a little about how almost every single politician out there kept saying, “leave it to the states to decide.” They all said they didn’t want to force beliefs on anyone. And that includes all previous Presidents. It wasn’t until SCOTUS ruled on same sex marriage that they all started to openly support same sex marriage…in public.

At the time I didn’t totally understand why President Obama just didn’t write an executive order so that same sex marriage could be legal on a federal level. Then he explained it once in an interview and that’s when it made sense to me. If same sex marriage hadn’t been won state by state in so many places, and SCOTUS hadn’t ruled the way they did, things might not have turned out the way they did. And, I finally understood what President Obama was talking about.

With that said, this move to rescind federal guidelines that protect trans kids really gutted me. It doesn’t even affect me personally, but I don’t think it’s fair to remove something that’s already been granted to a group of people, especially when it involves an issue as sensitive as transgender children. And even though Trump is trying to explain his latest move, I’m having a hard time understanding what motivated it.

Spicer repeatedly tried to portray Trump as personally in favor of transgender protections but also concerned with states rights. As proof, he pointed to Caitlyn Jenner once using the female bathroom at Trump Tower without incident.

‘The president was asked at one point Caitlyn Jenner was in Trump Tower and he said, “That’s great.” That’s consistent with everything he said. It’s a states rights issue. …The president obviously understands the issue and the challenges that especially young children face … what he doesn’t want to do is force his issues or beliefs.’

You can read more here. This is where people lose me when they say things like that. I don’t think this about a “belief.” I don’t buy it. This isn’t religion. I don’t think it’s fair to these trans kids to have to wait for someone to “evolve.” This is about equal rights for everyone, including transgender kids.

And the fight is on.

Gavin Grimm On Transgender Students

In case you haven’t been following the Gavin Grimm story, he’s the first trans person to take his case to the Supreme Court. Thanks to this brave kid, this topic has become a national discussion and it’s brought awareness to people like me.

The 17-year-old transgender teen says it is ‘upsetting’ and ‘disappointing’ to see the Trump administration has rescinded federal guidelines protecting transgender students at school – especially when it comes to using the bathroom.

‘Right now transgender students are probably feeling alone and they’re probably they’re probably feeling afraid because their government has just basically said that the protections that they do have, they don’t feel they are deserving of still being there,’ he told MSNBC on Thursday (23 February).

You can read more about Gavin here. This is one brave kid. I don’t even have the courage now that he has at his young age.

Marriage Equality In Germany

It’s hard to even believe that marriage equality in Germany is still an issue. But it is, and thankfully there are people fighting hard right now.

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) want to make marriage equality a main point of their electoral campaign.

That’s according to the ZDF, one of Germany’s publicly funded broadcasters, who quote an unnamed spokesperson for the party.

The SPD also wants to establish full adoption rights for same-sex couples.

There’s more here.

For those of you who have been silent on trans rights so far, just remember it wasn’t that long ago when you couldn’t get married legally here in the US. 

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