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.
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.
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!
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