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Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 7/26/18

Here are recent updates on Queer Rights worldwide:

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BRAZIL
Trans Woman Who Works as Scavenger Gets Dream Wedding
Thousands of people turned out to watch the wedding of a trans woman and her long time boyfriend in Brazil. Erica, 54, and Jorge, 49, are a beloved, well-known couple in the small city of Franco da Rocha. The couple work as scavengers, carting 400kgs (881lbs) of recyclable garbage in Brazil’s south-east.

CUBA
New Constitution Opens the Door to Marriage Equality
Cuba’s new constitution opens the door to same-sex marriage – after behind-the-scenes pressure from LGBT activists.

ISRAEL
Protests Against Anti LGBT Surrogacy Law Bring Israel to a Standstill
Israeli cities were at a standstill Sunday, as protests and strikes against an anti-LGBTI surrogacy law snowball. On Sunday morning campaigners gathered outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem. They also protested in many other Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv, Haifa and Karmiel.

ITALY
Family Minister Wants to Make it Harder for Gays to Adopt
The Italian minister for family has condemned same-sex parents who conceive a child abroad using practices “banned by [the Italian] legal system.” Minister Lorenzo Fontana appeared to suggest that same-sex parents that have children born via surrogacy methods, which remain illegal in Italy, should not be recognised as legal guardians in the country, reports Italian news service Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (Ansa).

PAKISTAN
Thousands of Trans People Turned Away from Voting
Pakistan’s 2018 national elections were supposed to be a historic day for the trans community. But they have turned into a series of ongoing disappointments. For the first time in history, trans people were able to register to vote as the third gender of ‘X’. A change in national laws meant trans people could get ID cards and voter cards that reflect their true gender.

PUERTO RICO
Trans Puerto Ricans Can Now Change Gender on Birth Bertificates
Transgender people in Puerto Rico are now able to change the gender marker on their birth certificates. A federal judge in March ruled the U.S. commonwealth’s previous policy — a 2005 decree from the Puerto Rico Supreme Court that said trans people could not amend the gender marker on their birth certificates — was unconstitutional.

THAILAND
Thai Government Wants to ‘Quickly’ Pass Same-Sex Civil Union Law
The Thai Justice Minister wants to move quickly on legislation to make same-sex civil unions legal. A Justice Ministry subcommittee has just finished drafting a Civil Partnership Bill. The head of the subcommittee said the draft Bill will be ready for parliament in September. From there the Thai parliament will vote on passing it into law.

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND
Northern Ireland Gets Its First LGBT Radio Station
Northern Ireland’s first ever LGBT+ radio station is set to be launched in Belfast. Juice1038 will start broadcasting from the Northern Irish capital from August 4, the same day as Belfast Pride.

USA

Republicans in Congress Want to Ban Embassies from Flying the Rainbow Flag
House Republicans led by Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC) have introduced a new bill to ban embassies from flying the rainbow flag. A bill introduced in the House Foreign Affairs Committee would “prohibit the flying of any flag other than the United States flag over United States diplomatic and consular posts, and for other purposes.”

Forty Senate Dems Call fro Rejection of Anti LGBT Adoption Bill
A group of 40 Senate Democrats led by Sen Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are calling for rejection of an amendment that would penalize states and localities for policies barring taxpayer-funded adoption agencies from discriminating against LGBT families over religious objections.

USA, ARIZONA
Trans Women Says Pharmacist Refused to Fill Her Hormone Prescription
A transgender woman from Phoenix, Arizona alleges that a pharmacist at CVS refused to fill her hormone prescription.

USA, DELAWARE:
Delaware Becomes 15th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture
Licensed mental health professionals in Delaware are now prohibited from practicing conversion therapy on minors, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. John Carney Monday. Conversion or reparative therapy attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ people.

USA, INDIANA:
Florist Refuses Service For Gay Wedding
A man claims the owner of a floral shop in Avon decided not to help with his wedding when she learned he was going to be marrying another man. David Elliott says he went to Avon Florist on Rockville Road on July 19 and he posted about what happened at the shop afterward on his Facebook page.

USA, MISSOURI
Married Lesbian Couple Sues After Senior Community Denies Them Housing
Mary Walsh, 72, and Bev Nance, 68, a married Missouri couple who have been together for more than 40 years, were denied housing in a senior living community because the Bible says marriage is “the union of one man and one woman, as marriage is understood in the Bible,” according to a federal lawsuit filed by the couple.