THIS WAY OUT Program #1,218

Published: August 1, 2011

(hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle)
Bear witness to the dawn of New York’s "summer of love";
The UN Human Rights chief celebrates Aussie and world LGBT history;
A government official orders a "homo hunt" in Ghana;
ECOSOC likes ILGA again, Uganda revives its "kill the gays" bill,
Turkish Cypriots bust two men under their "unused" sodomy law, Italian
Deputies are in denial about discrimination, and more global LGBT news

– In "NewsWrap": It took 17 years, but the U.N. Economic & Social Council has restored the consultative status of ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association… multiple reports warn of the revival and impending consideration in Uganda’s newly-seated parliament of the internationally infamous "kill the gays" bill… the arrest of two men in Nicosia for "unnatural intercourse" renews calls by Northern Cyprus activists for repeal of the island nation’s British colonial era sodomy law, while the Italian parliament’s lower house defeats a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity… some four thousand celebrants enjoy the 10th annual Pride and Tolerance parade in Jerusalem absent (for the most part) the usual violent protests by religious fundamentalists… Colombia’s Constitutional Court gives lawmakers two years to extend civil marriage rights to same-gender couples, but six previous bills in Congress to do that have failed… and more LGBT news from around the world (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by JOHN TORRES & NATALIE PEOPLES).

– Equality was worth the wait — and worth the fight — for hundreds of NEW YORK’s same-gender couples on July 24th. SALIM RIZVI was among the wedding guests bearing witness on behalf of "Free Speech Radio News*".

– In a new video message released this week, UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS HIGH COMMISSIONER NAVI PILLAY traces the origins of the LGBT rights debate at the world body, starting with 1994’s "Toonen v. Australia"; discusses the progress since then and what yet needs to be done; and underscores the U.N.’s commitment to the advancement of LGBT human rights.

– Last week we reported that both the CHRISTIAN COUNCIL OF GHANA and THE COALITION OF MUSLIM COMMUNITY OF GHANA had held press conferences calling on the government to actively pursue and prosecute gays and lesbians. At least one official appears to have responded. "Free Speech Radio News"* anchor DANNY WOOD learned more about the situation from researcher CHARLOTTE WALKER-SAID of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago.

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