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One of the most anti-gay countries is about to host a conference on LGBTQ rights

Homosexuality is illegal in the United Arab Emirates and even cross-dressing is forbidden, but Dubai will host the International Conference on Gender Identity and LGBT Rights in May. The country has recently started to modernize its legal system to make it less reliant on Islamic law and more in step with other countries. The UAE announced changes to the legal code that better protects women, loosens alcohol restrictions, and alters divorce and marriage laws. The World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology’s website has information about the upcoming conference, but doesn’t mention the country’s laws that could end up landing any presenters in prison.

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Party boy former GOP congressman Aaron Schock becomes the latest covidiot shamed online

Disgraced former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) made a name for himself in the U.S. House as a solid vote against LGBTQ equality while denying he is gay. Schock was taken down by a scandal that involved allegations that he spent public and campaign funds inappropriately to decorate his office and travel around the world. Schock finally came out after being photographed hanging out with other gay men around the world, shoving his hands down a male stripper’s pants in Mexico, and making out with men at music festivals. He has lived the stereotype of a rich gay party boy to the hilt – including flouting coronavirus pandemic regulations. While a New Year party in Puerto Vallarta – and the resulting backlash against the men who attended – has captured the most attention, Schock spent his holidays in Brazil. The Instagram account GaysAgainstCOVID has been lifting up examples of gay men egregiously breaking prevention restrictions to party. The account was targeted by a group of circuit queens angry that their bad behavior had been spotlighted and was briefly taken down yesterday. When the account returned, Schock was the next covidiot to be exposed. “BE MY QUARENTINE,” wrote Mauricio Kirschner in a post that says he’s in Cabo San Lucas on the Mexican Riviera, along with a photo of several shirtless men, one of which is Schock.

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Interview With North Miami City Councilman Scott Galvin, Executive Director at Safe Schools South Florida

Q News Tonight is proud to support our local South Florida 501c3 non-profit organizations and charities, and tonight we are pleased to feature Safe Schools South Florida, a non-profit focusing on providing safe space for LGBTQ youth and creating safer schools for all students, regardless of real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. And with us tonight, professionally serving as Safe Schools South Florida’s Executive Director, is Scott Galvin. First elected in 1999, Scott Galvin is also the longest-serving Councilman in North Miami’s history as well as the longest-serving openly gay legislator in the State of Florida. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to more than 1.5 million people in over 40 countries.
So here to tell us a bit more about Safe Schools South Florida and the other great work that he provides to the community, please welcome their Executive Director & North Miami City Councilman Scott Galvin to Q News Tonight!

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Georgia Is On Our LGBTQ Mind. The Latest Results & Impact Of The Runoff Election

Democrats closed in on control of the U.S. Senate with a victory in one of Georgia’s two runoff elections and the lead in the second contest. The Rev. Raphael Warnock won his race against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler by nearly 55,000 votes. In the other race, Jon Ossoff, held a narrower lead over David Perdue, whose Senate term lapsed Sunday. At this hour Jon Ossoff, the democrat leads incumbent Repubican David Perdue by with more than 99% of the vote counted. This means Jon Ossoff has won the senate seat for Georgia and now there’s a 50/50 split in the Senate. With Vice President Kamala Harris the Democrats have taken control of the US Senate. Mitch McConnel has been unseated as leader of the senate. The major takeaways are as follows. This is historic because the African American community in Georgia, which has had a huge record breaking turnout, has elected the first black senator in their history. Georgia is the symbolic heart of the oppression causing the Civil War, Gone With The Wind and Scarlet O’Hara. Also, Queer News Tonight makes note that the African American community of Georgia has likely delivered the long awaited EQUALITY ACT to LGBTQ America. It’s a moment our community has waited for our entire lifetime. When passed, the gay community will finally be equal in the law, in the eyes of our government, in the eyes of the American people, and in the eyes of the world. The importance of this day, January 6, 2021 will go down in history for the LGBTQ community. We just wish the likes of Harvey Milk, Marsha P Johnson and the countless shoulders of the pioneers that helped make this moment possible…. Could share in this victory today.