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Some news items you might have missed:
• ET Canada: Juan Pablo Di Pace (starring in the holiday rom-com Dashing in December) says all gay roles don’t need to be played by gay actors. “We do what we do because we love experiencing other people’s stories and lives and what would be of the Meryl Streep’s of the world if we all had to do the thing that we are. Actors like playing and playing is inhabiting another human being.”
• Pink News: Switzerland has taken a major step on the path to equality after its parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of a law to pass same-sex marriage. The council of states – the upper house of Switzerland’s legislature – voted by 22-15 to approve landmark legislation to make same-sex marriage a reality.
• Instinct Magazine: A TikTok user, who was kicked out of his house when his father found out he was gay, discovered his dad secretly had sex with men for pay.
• Gay Star News: Jamaica has been told it is breaching international law and human rights by continuing to persecute LGBT+ people.
• The Advocate: Out singer/songwriter Trey Pearson, who rose to fame in the Christian rock band Everyday Sunday, released his latest single, “We Don’t Want Your War,” in order to remind the world that, even as the pandemic rages, social injustice continues to take root.
In this week’s podcast:
• A young man standing outside a gay nightclub in North Carolina was shot leaving him paralyzed, and people all over the world come together to help with his recovery. Crowdfunding link: www.gofundme.com/f/hope-for-pedro
• A new report shows LGBTQ discrimination costs Jamaica over $11 billion a year
• A lawmaker won her bid to become the first female and first LGBTQ mayor of Bogota in Colombia, considered the second most important office in the country after the president
• On the 5th anniversary of his public coming out, Apple CEO Tim Cook has no regrets
All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report
White House photog Pete Souza captured President Obama shooting a rainbow from his hand yesterday as the President left Jamaica.
The image is particularly significant in that the President “youth leaders” while in Jamaica and acknowledged LGBT advocates.
From the HRC blog:
While in Jamaica, President Obama held a town hall where he invited and recognized LGBT advocates from the country. Following the meeting, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice tweeted, “Anti-LGBT discrimination and violence is unacceptable everywhere. This is US policy globally, as we discussed here in Jamaica today.”
President Obama was in Jamaica to meet with Caribbean government leaders. As part of the trip, the President participated in a town hall meeting with “young leaders.” During his opening remarks, he acknowledged Angeline Jackson, the executive director of Quality of Citizenship Jamaica, the only organization in Jamaica dedicated to the needs of lesbian and bisexual women, for her bravery and advocacy. Dane Lewis, the executive director of J-FLAG, a Jamaican LGBT organization, attended the town hall.
“To hear Angeline being acknowledged and celebrated by the President was awesome to behold. It showed inclusion,” Lewis said in response to the meeting. “The US Human Rights agenda was made even clearer by that bold move to single out persons who had come through ‘hard times’ and persevered in-spite of their social background, gender, race or sexual orientation.”