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Month: April 2020

Tunisia and the possibly fake recognition of a gay marriage
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Tunisia and the possibly fake recognition of a gay marriage

What’s the truth behind the news? We have recently reported the fantastic news of a possible recognition of a marriage happened between a French man and a Tunisian man in France which, apparently, got automatically recognised in Tunisia too. But apparently now, after so many rumors, confirmations and denials, Tunisia Minister Zitoun quashes reports that this happened. The LGBT+ rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told the Jerusalem Post Wednesday that “this ruling is disappointing but not unexpected. […] A same-sex marriage conducted in France appeared to be recognized by default by the Tunisian authorities, possibly due to an administrative oversight. […] The Tunisian government has now confirmed that it does not recognize such marriages.” What is the explanation given by Zitoun? Ap...
Tunisia opens to gay marriages
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Tunisia opens to gay marriages

The male - liwat - and female - mousahaqa - homosexual acts are punished with imprisonment up to three years in Tunisia. Yet despite this troglodyte law, Tunisia has written history between the Arab and Muslim countries, recognizing for the first time a marriage between two men. Shams association - which has always fought in the country for the decriminalization of homosexuality - through their facebook page announced this very important event. A unique news that arrives on the first day of Ramadan - a month sacred to Muslims - and which despite bringing such positive news, has sparked a heated debate in the high religious and extremist spheres of the country. This is the recognition of a marriage celebrated in France between a 31-year-old French citizen and a 26-year-old Tunisian c...
United Nations: a response to Covid-19 and the rights of the LGBT+ population
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United Nations: a response to Covid-19 and the rights of the LGBT+ population

It is time to stop this stigma against LGBT+ population amidst this Coronavirus pandemic.  Too many incidents among the LGBT+ population worldwide accused to be one of the causes of this Covid-19 pandemic brought the United Nations to release a note titled “COVID-19 AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF LGBTI PEOPLE”. There is a clear and urgent request from the High Commission of the UN to stop the stigmatisation of LGBT+ people continuously blamed for disasters, both natural and human, and especially in this historical and delicate time of our lives where we are fighting against a dangerous virus.  The Office of High Commissioner makes clear example to this situation: “LGBTI people have previously been blamed for disasters, both manmade and natural, and there are scattered reports of this happe...
Same Sex Families can finally adopt in Finland
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Same Sex Families can finally adopt in Finland

It took 3 years but it is now a reality. Helsinki is the first city with 2 same-sex families who have finally been able to adopt. In March 2017 Finland reformed and renewed their Marriage Act to finally allow same-sex couples to marry and become fully recognised families, becoming the last country of the Nordic ones to legalise marriage equality, even though until that moment Finland rarely had big homophobic issues and. In fact, equal access to fertility treatments has been legal for same-sex female couples in Finland since 2006. With the introduction of this new law, same-sex-couples, once married, would be able to adopt children: but this was not as easy as it seemed. In fact, as reported on News Now Finland, all couples willing to adopt a child must go through an extensive counsell...
Italy – when homosexuality is compared to mental illness.
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Italy – when homosexuality is compared to mental illness.

Wedding is NULL because his wife is Lesbian. This is what happens in Apulia, south of Italy, in a beautiful region reach of history, art, great food and breathtaking beaches, where religion is way too strong to sometimes stop homophobia, and where Anna - this is the name of this unlucky character - found her self to be considered guilty of “mental illness” simply because she understood and accepted she was Lesbian.  She has been married to Antonio for over 10 years, gave him three beautiful children and slowly, with an inner struggle, she finally understood and accepted her homosexuality, but for the Apulian Ecclesiastical Court and for the Cassation this has been recognized as a disabling reason for the marriage and therefore for its immediate dissolution through the Roman Rota. Th...
Naples to open a shelter for LGBT+ people amidst Coronavirus outbreak
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Naples to open a shelter for LGBT+ people amidst Coronavirus outbreak

Naples has a very big heart. People have always been very divided when speaking about Naples: there’s always been and there’ll alway be  who will have good world for this city and who instead will have bad words, it has been and it will always be difficult to find someone who is realistic about this city, someone who can take pros and cons of Naples and analyse them… but hey, this is not the moment to do it. Naples, however, has a great tradition of acceptance and integration (questionable, of course, but in its own way it something unique) of LGBT+ people, and in times of great difficulty this city knows how to show everyone their great heart. As we can read from Il Mattino: "the council has arranged to make a withdrawal of eight thousand euros from the reserve fund to purchase fur...
Turkmenistan: famous showman and his partner arrested for being gay.
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Turkmenistan: famous showman and his partner arrested for being gay.

Turkmenistan is not a place for LGBT+ people. We spoke about this side of the world in a recent post, but the news we keep on receiving from this area is not really encouraging. A very famous showman from Turkmenistan has been arrested last month, together with his partner and a dozen of other men around the country simply for being gay, even though police officers used the excuse of suspicion of homosexual activities. News and rumors of the gay showman’s arrest came out just a few days after we reported the horrible experience of the young man brutally beaten by police and forced to flee his country simply because he has HIV. Around the arrest of this famous Turkmen showman there is still too much unclarity, and a source told Radio Free Europe that the well-known actor had been ...
One World Together At Home: when music makes the world come together.
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One World Together At Home: when music makes the world come together.

We are all in this together. This is what we all need to understand and it has been a leading message through out the show yesterday night: every single artist, every single doctor, nurse, first line helper interviewed during One World Together At Home Concert, repeated that this is something touching the entire world, that we are in this together, and together we will get back to normality soon, and to celebrate life again.  Eight hours of spectacular show where singers from all around the globe - some of them I admit I didn’t even know, but at least I found some other artists to listen to - delivering messages of hope and positivity together with their songs; artists that allowed us to “walk” into their houses, into their private lives, leaving all gossips out and opening their heart...
Sam and Demi’s new video is what we were waiting for
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Sam and Demi’s new video is what we were waiting for

Sam Smith says that him and Demi are the 2020 Abba. Speaking  from their homes - due to lockdown all around the world - to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Smith described the sounds and rhythms of their song “I’m Read” as “2020 ABBA”. “We’ve had fun doing this. I haven’t taken myself seriously. I’m nervous about the song because the song for me is a song that’s reaching. And whenever I have those. You know what I say when a song’s reaching, when it’s like you’re reaching for the stars in the melody, you’re reaching for the stars in all of it.” And this due is reaching for the stars in their video too! Demi and Sam compete in a series of olympic disciplines and in each one of them they bring that “rainbow-frizz” that we all like. And what to say about the end of the video where the two s...
Lady Gaga’s fans would love her to get Nobel Peace Prize
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Lady Gaga’s fans would love her to get Nobel Peace Prize

It would be about time. We’ve all seen how Lady Gaga has engaged herself with so many humanitarian and social intiatives, last but not the least in her bucket is the One World Together At Home concert: a great event to fight against Coronavirus.  Our loving Sailor Chromatica announced that she’d raised $35 million for the World Health Organisation’s solidarity response fund that will culminate in the benefit concert we are all waiting for - One World Together At Home. Many international stars will take part to this event and Gaga herself will also perform. This is why all her fans have started requesting the Nobel Foundation via tweeter, asking that she gets “what she deseves”. https://twitter.com/ladygaga/status/1249741164028166147 https://twitter.com/thegagaunderyou/statu...
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