Britain Breaks Record in Number of LGBT+ Deputies

Following the British general election, the number of MPs who declared to be LGBTI + increased to over 50. Among them is the first gay Muslim MP from the Conservative Party, Imrad Ahmad Khan.

According to the news in Yeşilgazete, the number of LGBTI + MPs in the House of Commons has exceeded 50 after the general elections held in Britain last week. Thus, Britain became the country with the most open LGBTI + MPs in its parliament.

The Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who won the election with 368 seats, entered the parliament by declaring that he is currently at least 24 gay or bisexual . The ranking is followed by the Labor Party with 18 deputies. At least 9 MPs from the Scottish National Party declared LGBTI +.

The world’s first open gay Muslim MP

The election of Imrad Ahmad Khan from the Conservative Party to the parliament was welcomed by Muslim gay communities with great joy. Thus, for the first time in the world open gay Muslim MP was elected.

Elliot: We’re not scared, we won’t hide.

On the other hand, the increase in the number of LGBTI + in the parliament can still cause criticism in the society. Conservative Party’s 27-year-old Elliot Colburn, who entered parliament, celebrated the outcome of the election by kissing her boyfriend gathered reaction on social media.

Commenting on the reactions, Colburn said, “I wanted to show that we wouldn’t hide because people were feeling uncomfortable. It helps people to understand that we are like other couples. Kul

The rate of female MPs is 34 percent

The election results were also pleasing in terms of women’s representation. The proportion of women in Westminster has risen by 2 percent to 34 percent compared to last year’s parliament. For the first time, the number of women deputies in the Labor Party has exceeded 50 percent.

Homosexuality Is Not Disease

The German government is preparing to ban “homosexual transformation therapies.. Health Minister Spahn says homosexuality is not a disease, it cannot be cured

Homophobic practice dönüşüm Homosexual transformation therapies ’will be banned in Germany. Sağlık Homosexuality is not a disease. Therefore, the use of the word ‘therapy baş is misleading in itself.”

In line with the federal government’s decision Wednesday, the implementation of “transformation therapies yönelik for homosexuals known as“ homosexual treatments ”will be banned. Those who do not comply with the ban will be fined and sentenced to one year in prison.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that these therapies aimed at “treating eş homosexuality will be completely banned for minors and partially for minors in the future.

There will also be penalties if minors are forced to participate in practices described as “treatment,, threatened, deceived, or misled by terap harms terap of therapy. Advertising, presentation and transmission of such therapies will also be prohibited.

Bakanı Homosexuality is not an illness, Sağlık said Jens Spahn, Health Minister. Therefore, the use of the word ‘therapy başına is misleading in itself.” Ahn These so-called therapies do not cure, on the contrary, they make patients sick, Sp Spahn said. He also noted that such a ban would be a social message.

The Ministry of Health announced that the implementation is expected to take effect in mid-2020.

dpa, epd / B, TY

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Two Transsexuals Married in Russia

Russian marriage in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan, the marriage of two transsexuals in the official marriage was learned. According to the KazanFirst website, authorities marry the official marriage of two transsexuals in a marriage office in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan.

Sputnik reported on the KazanFirst website that authorities in a marriage office in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, broke the official marriage of the two transsexuals.
Erika’nın men earlier, Viktor’un stated that the woman, these people met 4 months ago and decided to unite their lives after a while was expressed.

According to the news, Erika and Viktor’s marriage was registered, there was no problem, a traditional marriage was cut. Nikaha joined the young couple’s closest surroundings, and after the marriage, the celebration continued in a restaurant.

ErIka I look like a woman and when I have a female identity, she looks like a man and has a male identity, Er says Erika. Those there didn’t even know anything. Kul

It was understood that the newlyweds planned to stay in Kazan first but they wanted to move to Europe and adopt them in the future.

Canada to offer a formal apology to LGBT + Canadians

Nov. 28, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be apologizing for the history of discrimination by the Government of Canada against LGBT+ persons.
The apology will take place at Parliament Hill in the House of Commons, in Ottawa, ON (Algonquin Territory).
“For many of us the apology does not represent the end, but rather the beginning of the process of understanding a darker side of history,” The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) stated in an email. “We hope the Government of Canada will not only fully apologize, but also expunge criminal records and release critical documentation.”

Learn more about how the CCGSD is actively working to advocate for LGBT+ communities at: http://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/agenda/ and learn more about the Apology Process here: http://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/apology/.. To watch the apology online go here.

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Australia votes in favor of marriage equality

Australia has voted to bring marriage equality Down Under with 61.6% of the vote. While the survey itself is not legally binding, Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has vowed the momentum of a YES vote would cause a bill to legalize marriage equality to “sail through” parliament, with a goal of passing marriage equality by the end of the year.

Speaking after the result, Turnbull said it had been an “overwhelming” response in favor of “yes” and called for same-sex marriage to be legalized before Christmas.
“They voted ‘yes’ for fairness, they voted ‘yes’ for commitment, they voted ‘yes’ for love. And now it is up to us here in the Parliament of Australia to get on with it,” he told reporters in Canberra.
The voluntary postal survey was held between September 12 and November 7, with the results announced today. The postal survey came after years of stalled efforts to bring marriage equality to Australia. After the country’s governing party refused to allow a conscience vote on the issue in parliament, it took the controversial step to introduce this expensive, voluntary postal survey in an attempt to settle the issue. The survey was widely criticized for once again delaying the arrival of marriage equality, but today’s results are clear proof that the majority of Australians want marriage equality to become the law of the land.

“We congratulate Australia’s LGBTQ advocates and allies who worked so hard to ensure a victory in this postal survey,” said Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global. “It’s crucial that loving, committed same-sex couples in Australia have the same rights and protections that come with marriage. We urge the Australian Parliament to take swift action ensuring marriage equality becomes the law of the land.”

Anti-equality politicians and activists in Australia have already launched a plan to distort these results by rallying behind a marriage bill that would override non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Australians through religious exemptions.

“With the rising tide of anti-LGBTQ laws and crackdowns around the world, citizens of Australia stood up for fairness and equality by supporting the right for everyone to marry the person they love,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO. “Now it is on the Australian government to heed the will of its people and pass fully equal marriage without exemptions.”

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Canada takes action to increase equity, diversity in research

OTTAWA – Science is strongest when all people—regardless of their gender, race or heritage—are encouraged to ask questions, share their ideas and shape how we understand the world around us. The Government of Canada understands this and is committed to fostering greater equity, diversity and inclusion in the sciences so that all Canadians have the chance to discover and innovate in ways that lead to news skills and jobs, a cleaner environment and a stronger economy.

To deliver on this commitment, Kirsty Duncan, the Minister of Science, has announced a series of changes to the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program. The changes are informed by recommendations made in the Fundamental Science Review and include:

Limiting Tier 1 chairs to a single renewal, allowing chairholders to hold a maximum of two, seven-year terms;
Allowing universities additional flexibility to convert chairs between Tier 1 and Tier 2 and across disciplines until December 2019 to promote greater uptake of diverse researchers into these prestigious positions; and
Revising the distribution of regular chair allocations across the federal research granting councils to promote research excellence in the natural sciences and engineering, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.
By announcing these changes, Minister Duncan continues to implement policies that address the chronic underrepresentation of women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities in the CRC Program.

“We must make every effort to give more people – women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities – the chance to make their greatest contribution to research,” said Duncan. “Today’s changes to the CRC Program will encourage greater diversity in research and will show Canadians that they have a place in science no matter their gender, race or heritage.”

In addition to these changes, universities have been given a deadline of this December to submit Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plans that will map out how they will meet the diversity and equity targets. Universities that do not meet their targets risk having new CRC Program funding withdrawn.

By creating a welcoming culture of science, the Minister is ensuring the future of Canadian research is diverse, inclusive and open to all talented people who are eager to make a difference in the sciences.

“The Canada Research Chairs Program is building research excellence in Canada through its pursuit of a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research landscape,” said Ted Hewitt, president, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Chair of the Canada Research Chairs Program Steering Committee. “As such, it is the cornerstone of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.”

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ILGA Europe launches appeal to help the LGBTI movement in Azerbaijan

ILGA-Europe have launched an urgent appeal to help organizations on the ground support victims of the crisis in Azerbaijan, where members of the LGBTI community are being targeted by police raids.

Members of the LGBTI community in Baku are being actively targeted by police raids, with those detained being assaulted, forcibly medically examined, fined or forced to reveal contact details from their mobile phones.

ILGA-Europe have launched an urgent appeal for donations to help organizations in the region to support these victims. Based on their experience in responding to the human rights crisis in Chechnya, they can provide grants to activists working with victims to meet their needs. This might be used to provide psychosocial support, medical assistance, help with rehousing, or legal fees when someone is under arrest, and for court hearings.

Funds will be re-granted to activists working directly with victims and used by ILGA-Europe to cover costs directly associated with working on the crisis in Azerbaijan in line with ILGA-Europe’s accountability standard.

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Gay Marriage in Malta becomes law of land next Friday

MALTA — Last month, Malta’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to advance a marriage equality bill after the third and final debate on the issue. Malta will become the 23rd country with marriage equality and gay couples can start marrying as of next Friday, when all provisions of the amended Marriage law come into force.

The Times of Malta reported that Parliament approved by an overwhelming majority the changes proposed by the government to the Marriage Act, which replaced references to a mother or father with ‘parent’ and a husband or wife with ‘spouse’.

Nationalist MP Edwin Vassallo was the only dissenting voice, voting against the law and ignoring the party whip.

The government had rejected amendments put forward by the PN to include the gender-neutral terminology alongside references to a mother, father, husband or wife. But the PN parliamentary group still voted in favor of the gender-neutral law to fulfill its own electoral pledge.

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African Union endorses major new initiatives to end AIDS

GENEVA, ADDIS ABABA —African heads of state have endorsed two major new initiatives to help end AIDS by 2030. The community health workers initiative aims to recruit, train and deploy 2 million community health workers across Africa by 2020. The western and central Africa catch-up plan aims to rapidly accelerate access to HIV treatment in the region and close the gap in access between African regions. The initiatives were endorsed at the AIDS Watch Africa Heads of State and Government Meeting, held on 3 July during the 29th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Western and central Africa catch-up plan

Under the leadership of countries and regional economic communities, and in collaboration with UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and other partners, the catch-up plan in western and central Africa, which started implementation in late 2016, seeks to dramatically accelerate the scale-up of HIV testing, prevention and treatment programmes, with the goal of putting the region on the Fast-Track to meet the 90–90–90 targets by December 2020.

While the world witnesses significant progress in responding to HIV, with 57% of all people living with HIV knowing their HIV status, 46% of all people living with HIV accessing treatment and 38% of all people living with HIV virally suppressed in 2015, the western and central Africa region lags behind, achieving only 36%, 28% and 12%, respectively, in 2015. The gap is considerable: 4.7 million people living with HIV are not receiving treatment, and 330 000 adults and children died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2015.

“We cannot accept a two-speed approach to ending AIDS in Africa,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “To put western and central Africa on track to end AIDS, we must address stigma, discrimination and other challenges to an effective response, allocate funding to support the most effective strategies and implement delivery strategies that reach the communities most in need.”

The catch-up plan will aim to increase the number of people on treatment from 1.8 million to 2.9 million by mid-2018, giving an additional 1.2 million people, including 120 000 children, access to urgently needed treatment.

The first call for a catch-up plan for the region was made at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in June 2016. Since then, at least 10 countries (Benin, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone) have developed country operational plans deriving from the western and central Africa catch-up plan with a focus on ensuring the needed policy and structural changes.

Two million community health workers

The community health worker initiative aims to accelerate progress towards achieving the 90–90–90 targets by 2020—whereby 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads—and to lay the foundation for sustainable health systems. Championed by the President of Guinea and African Union Chair, Alpha Condé, the initiative seeks to confront the acute health workforce shortages across Africa and improve access to health services for the most marginalized populations, including people living in rural areas.

“Recruiting 2 million community health workers is a critical step towards achievement of the Africa-wide socioeconomic transformation envisioned in the African Union’s Agenda 63”, said Mr Condé. “Few tools have the ability of community health workers to drive progress across the entire breadth of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Substantial evidence, from both Africa and elsewhere, demonstrates that well-trained, properly supervised community health workers provide an excellent quality of care and improve the efficiency and impact of health spending. Community health workers have helped devise some of the most effective service delivery strategies for HIV testing and treatment, and studies have also linked community-delivered services with increased rates of immunization, exclusive breastfeeding and malaria control coverage.

“Sustainable community health work is a matter of survival and development in Ethiopia, said Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn. “My community health workers have made better health happen. Achieving universal health coverage is not possible without building community health systems.”

UNAIDS estimates that there are more than 1 million community health workers in Africa today, but most focus on a single health problem and are under-trained, unpaid or under-paid, and not well integrated in health systems. The new initiative endorsed by AIDS Watch Africa seeks to retrain existing community health workers, where feasible, and to recruit new health workers to reach the 2 million target.

“Few investments generate such a remarkable social and economic return as community health workers,” said Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University. “Community health worker programmes are essentially self-sustaining, in that they avert illness, keep workers healthy and productive and contribute to economic growth and opportunity.”

While community health workers may hold the key in many settings to achieving the 90–90–90 targets, the benefits of this new initiative extend well beyond the AIDS response. The initiative will expedite gains across the health targets of Sustainable Development Goal 3, create new jobs that will strengthen local and national economies and offer new opportunities to young people. The new initiative is aligned with the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health.

Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free

At the AIDS Watch Africa meeting, the participants also called on member states and development partners to support the African Union campaign to eliminate new HIV infections among children and keep mothers alive as part of the Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free collaborative framework.

“Complacency gives birth to regression of the gains made in reducing HIV prevalence, said, Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda. “We in Uganda have rekindled the campaign to end AIDS; the science exists, as well as the medication. We can win this battle.”

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Marriage equality moves forward in Germany

BERLIN — Today, the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s parliament, voted to make marriage equality the law of the land. Once the legislation is approved by Bundesrat, the upper house, – which is expected to be a formality – and signed into law by the president, Germany will become the 22nd country to secure full marriage equality for same-sex couples.

The vote came days after Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled that she was open to changing Germany’s marriage laws to include same-sex couples, prompting a hurried push from opposition lawmakers to pass the so-called marriage-for-all legislation, reported the Huffington Post.

According to the report Merkel’s shift came after she visited a lesbian couple raising eight foster children. She called her dinner with the family “a life-changing experience” and said she realized her party’s arguments against same-sex marriage were no longer valid.

“We welcome the German people into the growing family of nations that ensure loving and committed same-sex couples have the right to marry,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global. “With the very serious challenges the LGBTQ community continues to face around the world, this is welcome news and an important victory in working to ensure LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society. We congratulate the German advocates who made this historic day possible through their tireless advocacy.”

Although German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the conservative Christian Democrats, has been historically opposed to marriage equality, many individual legislators within the party do support it. Merkel indicated a possible shift in her viewpoint by opening a path forward for the vote. Her decision to allow the vote followed a move by her coalition partner, the Social Democrats, who announced their continued support for Merkel’s government would be contingent on her backing marriage equality.

Recent polling shows that 66 percent of Germans support full marriage equality. Germany has had same-sex civil unions since 2001, although those unions lacked the full dignity, legal protections and rights that come with marriage, including on adoption rights.

In Malta, another European Union nation, members of parliament are also expected to vote soon in favor of marriage equality. This progress in Europe comes on the heels of a recent victory in Asia, where Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in May.

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