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Indonesian city bans gay sex to eradicate LGBTQ+ people

SUMATRA – Pariaman in Indonesia has passed a law banning gay sex and other “acts that are considered LGBTQ+.”

The city on Sumatra island, which is home to more than 80,000 people, will now fine same-sex couples convicted of committing “immoral acts” and anyone who is found to be “acting as a transvestite”.

Fitri Nora, head of the local legislature, explained the legislation, means that “same-sex LGBT and transgender people will be subject to sanctions and fines if they disturb the public order.”

The city’s deputy mayor, Mardison Mahyudin, told Reuters that the law was part of a campaign to “eradicate LGBT.”

He added: “According to our customs, the Minang customs, we are against such acts and behaviour.”

 

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Australian parliament delay bill to protect gay students

STUDENTS – Ruling coalition senators in Australia, recently delayed discussion of an anti-discrimination bill to protect LGBTQ+ students.

It means parliament will now hear much-awaited legislation to dismantle religious freedom protections in January 2019.

Currently, some laws allow religious schools and other organizations to discriminate. But, some state-level laws ban LGBTQ+ discrimination.

On 13 October, ahead of by-elections, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his coalition would enact federal legislation banning the practice within a fortnight.

The coalition, especially Liberal members, has however, repeatedly delayed the bill.

 

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Trump signs trade deal that includes LGBTQ+ protections

TRUMP – President Donald Trump has signed a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada that includes non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people.

Several Republicans were willing to scrap Trump’s trade deal over the inclusive language.

Article 23.9 asks member states to eliminate sex discrimination in the workplace.

The paragraph specifies that sex discrimination includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

The language in the trade agreement is “contradictory” to the administration’s vicious attacks on LGBTQ+ rights.

 

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Pope Francis says no room for homosexuality in the clergy

CLERGY – Pope Francis has said there is ‘no room’ for homosexuality in the lives of Catholic priests and nuns.

He said homosexuality in the clergy is a ‘serious matter’ that ‘worries’ him.

The Pontiff made the comments in an interview with a Spanish priest for an upcoming book. Italian media published excerpts of the interview over the weekend.

He reportedly said ‘In our societies, it even seems homosexuality is fashionable. And this mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the Church.’

Pope Francis has previously stated that homosexual acts were sinful, but not homosexual orientation.

 

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Pope Francis says no room for homosexuality in the clergy

GRINDR – Grindr president Scott Chen has come under fire for saying that he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The head of the gay dating app, who is married to a woman, wrote on Facebook: “There are people who believe that marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman. I agree, but that’s none of our business.”

In the post—which was reported by Grindr-owned publication INTO—Chen continued: “There are also people who believe that the purpose of marriage is to create children that carry their DNA. That’s also none of our business.

Days before writing the status, Chen posted an INTO article on Facebook alleging that the founder of electronics company HTC had a non-profit which was supporting anti-gay groups in the fight against same-sex marriage in Taiwan.

 

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