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Queer Up The World

Malaysian man wins landmark case against Islamic gay sex ban

A Malaysian man has won a landmark court case against an Islamic ban on gay sex. In 2018, the man – whose identity has been withheld for his own protection – was arrested in the central Selangor state for attempting gay sex, although he still denies the claims. He subsequently filed a lawsuit in which he argued that Selangor had no power to enforce the Islamic ban on “intercourse against the order of nature” as it was already a crime in the country’s civil law. Malaysia’s constitution says a state cannot exact a law when the same law already exists at a national level. Today, Malaysia’s top court unanimously ruled in his favour declaring that the state’s power to implement such offences is “subject to a constitutional limit”. The decision was hailed as a significant moment for the country, which is predominantly Muslim, and their greater acceptance of gay rights. Numan Afifi, founder of LGBTQ+ rights group Pelangi Campaign said “This is historic. This is monumental for LGBT+ rights in Malaysia.”

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Queer Up The Big Finish

February 25 The Big Finish

Elon Musk loses $15.2 billion in Tesla’s biggest stock slide since September
Trump’s namesake D.C. hotel has become a sad and lifeless ghost town
Republican senators pitch $10 minimum wage

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Queer Up Entertainment

Drag Race All Stars’ Season 6 Is Changing Networks — Get Ready

Ahead of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars season five, the series announced that it would be jumping ship. Instead of airing on VH1 like the regular season, the show would be heading to Showtime. That decision was reversed in light of the global pandemic that sidelined … well everything. Now, the show has announced that All Stars season six will, indeed, switch. But this time, it’s to a streaming service. RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars season six is set to premiere on Paramount+. the show is in a slate of new reality television shows that will air on the new streaming service that includes Road Rules, The Real World Homecoming: New York, and The Challenge: All Stars. Oh, and a brand new drag competition with Queen of the Universe. World of Wonder also produces Drag Race and says about Queen of the Universe “In a singing competition like no other, drag queens from all around the world compete to see who is Queen of The Universe. High heels, high octaves, high competition – this drag queen singing competition will blow your wig off.”

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Full News Episode

Thu Feb 25, 2020 Daily LIVE LGBTQ News Broadcast | Queer News Tonight

In this episode:
House poised to vote on legal safeguards for LGBTQ people
Common App announces changes to create more inclusive college application process for LGBTQ students
Drag Race All Stars’ Season 6 Is Changing Networks – Get Ready
Spring Brings Hooves and Horns From Todd Yeager Case of Accused Miami Gay Bashers Moving Forward
Nothing But Love: Creative Process & Catharsis – An Arsht Center Artist in Residence Series Is Taking Place February 26th at 6:00pm
OUTshine Celebrates Black History with Free Films Happening Now Through March 7th
Malaysian man wins landmark case against Islamic gay sex ban NetWerQ Interview with Bella Dunbar, CEO of Vida Digital
THE BIG FINISH
Elon Musk loses $15.2 billion in Tesla’s biggest stock slide since September
Trump’s namesake D.C. hotel has become a sad and lifeless ghost town
Republican senators pitch $10 minimum wage

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Queer Up Education

Common App announces changes to create more inclusive college application process for LGBTQ students

The Common App — the application used by over 900 colleges and universities nationwide — announced revisions yesterday aimed at creating a more inclusive space for LGBTQ+ people, specifically transgender and nonbinary applicants. Beginning in August, the Common App will ask for applicants’ “legal sex” instead of “sex” with the intent of “reducing student confusion.” Additionally, the Common App will add the option to identify one or more pronoun sets or add their own; before, applicants could not select their pronouns and had an optional text box to further describe their gender identity. Jenny Rickard, President and CEO of the Common App said “What I really hope that it will provide is really an affirmation for students that their background is unique and that they have a space to not only be acknowledged for who they are but also to be able to express themselves. We hope that this will eliminate any potential barriers that stand in the way of anyone applying to college and ensure every student has a pathway to economic mobility and success.” This change is one of many the Common App has implemented in the last year. Since March, Rickard’s team has been working on tweaking the application with LGBTQ student input. The application portal has also made changes to questions regarding citizenship, religion, school discipline, military history and family background that will be implemented in August as well.

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Queer Up South Florida

NetWerQ Interview with Bella Dunbar, CEO of Vida Digital

Q News Tonight is proud to bring you our Thursday Night Business Professional Segment we are calling “Net… WerQ” where we will highlight & network LIVE with Local LGBTQ Business Leaders, Individuals, & Organizations from around South Florida! Tonight’s segment features the CEO of Vida Digital, Bella Dunbar.

She started her career in the digital world at the University of Miami. After half a decade of working in the radio, television, entertainment and hospitality industries, Vida Digital was born.

Vida Digital is a Miami based creative consulting agency specializing in social media marketing, creative consulting, content creation, photography, and video production. She is also a current Board Member of 4Ward Miami and Co-Producer of Gay8 Festival.

Here to tell us more, let’s please the welcome CEO of Vida Digital, Bella Dunbar, to NetWerQ… here on Q News Tonight!

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Queer Up South Florida

Arsht Center Miami Introduces ‘Nothing But Love’ Symposium

NOTHING BUT LOVE, CREATING PROCESS AND CATHARSIS IS A NEW SYMPOSIUM AT ARSHT CENTER’S ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PRoGRAM, A MODERATED DISCUSSION WITH PIONEER WINTER AND A PANEL OF ARTISTS SPANNING THE CREATIVE FIELDS OF DANCE, DRAG, FASHION AND THEATER. THEY WILL SHARE HOW THEIR OWN CREATIVE PRACTICES HAVE BROUGHT CATHARSIS, AS WELL AS HOW THEY EXPLORE AND APPROACH RESILIENCE AND SELF LOVE IN THEIR WORK. IN ADDITION TO WINTER, THE GUEST PANELIST WILL INCLUDE JOSUE GARCIA (KARLA CROQUETA), ROSIE HERRERA, PEAGAY LETREN AND CHAPLINE TYLER. THE SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT EVENT IS FEBRUARY 26 AT 6 PM. PIONEER WINTER HAS ALSO BEEN COMMISSIONED TO CREATE A NEW WORK TITLED BIRDS OF PARADISE, DIRECT BY WINTER, WILL PREMIERE AT THE ARSHT CENTER IN SEPTEMBER 2021. TICKETS CAN BE OBTAINED AT ARSHT CENTER’S WEBSITE.

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Queer Up South Florida

Case of Accused Miami Gay Bashers Moving Forward

Our print news partners South Florida Gay News reports that After years of delays it appears the case of four men accused of attacking a gay couple in 2018 on Miami Beach is inching towards a resolution. A status hearing was held two weeks ago on Zoom where the prosecution said all of the depositions of the law enforcement officers had been taken. Now they’re ready to move on to the civilians. The next hearing will be held at the end of March. Justin Funck, the attorney representing the state, told the judge he hopes all of the depositions will be taken by that time. Funck said “and we’ll have an answer, as to whether or not, we’re going to resolve this, or if we’re going to have to set it for trial as soon as we can go to trial.”
This case is now almost three years old. One of the defendants — Pablo Reinaldo Romo-Figueroa — attended the status hearing but did not speak. In June Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle apologized to the LGBT community for the continued delays, blaming much of it on COVID-19. Rundle said “Honestly, this is such a priority for us. I know it’s very frustrating because it has taken a long time. If those defense attorneys don’t set it down, and don’t move, and the judges don’t prod them to do it, it does languish a bit.” The four defendants — Adonis Diaz, Juan Carlos Lopez, Luis Alonso-Piovet, and Romo-Figueroa — all in their early 20s, have pleaded not guilty.

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Queer Up Gay Culture

Spring Brings Hooves and Horns From Todd Yeager

At Queer News Tonight we constantly like to introduce writers, photographers, painters and other creative disciplines to the LGBTQ community. Tonight we introduce Todd Yeager. He has introduced a new collection of work for just in time for Spring. Yeager’s classically rendered work seems to emanate moonlight and music from the pipes of Pan. His slightly dangerous creatures populate a misty sylvan glen that draws us in. But there is a variety of interesting work, not just woodland creatures. Most of the work shown here is in charcoal, pastel,watercolor, and ink on paper. Todd is a working artist in New York City who has been exhibiting in galleries for a surprising number of years considering what a young man he is. You can find some luscious prints and artwork on his website yeagermuseum.com. We invite you to Follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

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Queer Up Politics

House poised to vote on legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

Late this afternoon The House voted 224 to 206 on legislation to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, an expansive effort that has spurred fierce opposition among conservatives over religious freedom and set off a new round of partisan fighting in Congress. The measure, known as the Equality Act, marks a major plank of what Democrats term their equality agenda, following earlier laws treating attacks against gay people as hate crimes and allowing gay people to serve openly in the military. The Equality Act would amend the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination based on race, religion, sex and other characteristics, to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
At a press conference after the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “It is needed because there is discrimination against people in the LGBTQ community. It breaks my heart that it is necessary.” The White House supports the legislation but its fate in the Senate is uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Thursday declined to say when he would schedule the measure for a vote.
In a press conference with the Capitol as a backdrop and later on the House floor, Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus denounced the legislation, saying that it would discriminate against certain adoption agencies that don’t allow adoptions by same-sex parents, undermine women’s sports, and block healthcare providers from declining to perform abortions on the basis of their religious beliefs. Democrats say that arguments about protecting religious freedom are a fig leaf that provide cover to damaging practices.
Maryland’s Representative Jamie Raskin said on the floor “Every scoundrel in American history has tried to dress up his or her opposition to other people’s civil rights in religious garb.” New Yorks representative Sean Patrick Maloney added on the floor “Their real argument, the only honest argument, is that they believe LGBT people are morally inferior and that firing us should be permitted.” Republicans have criticized a provision of the act that would bar the use of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 as a defense against discrimination claims. The Equality Act now faces a filibuster in the Senate. The historic fight continues.