International News: July/August 2014
Indian Census Includes Trans. Population
The first-ever count of India’s transgender population has found that nearly 500,000 citizens identify as transgender– though activists say the real number may be far higher. Despite the large numbers, Gay Star News reported that only 28,341 registered voters identify as trans, or belonging to the “third gender” as allowed in the country.
Two LGBT Protestors Detained in Moscow
Russian police detained two protestors who were holding an “unsanctioned” gay pride demonstration in the country’s capital. According to the Associated Press, gay rights protesters gathered outside the mayor’s office in Moscow.
Applications for permission to hold gay-rights rallies are generally declined in the city where dissemination of LGBT “propaganda” is an offense punishable by jail time and fines, under the auspices that they “could lead to violence by opponents.” As of press time, it remained unclear as to whether the two protesters arrested would be charged.
U.K. Court Ruling Allows Gay Couple’s Adoption
A British judge has ruled in favor of an unidentified same-sex couple seeking to adopt two children. The children, also unidentified, were removed from their parents’ care over reports of abuse and neglect, but the biological parents attempted to block the adoption on religious grounds.
The parents are of Slovak Roma heritage and were concerned that their children would not be able to be brought up in the Catholic faith because “of the conflicts between Catholicism and homosexuality.” Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the High Court of England and Wales, said that while they are entitled to their views, they are not a reason to block an adoption.
Four Time Olympic Hockey Star Comes Out
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Charline Labonte has announced that she is a lesbian in an interview with the online publication, Our Sports. The Canadian hockey goalie met her girlfriend, speed skater Anastasia Buscis, while they were both competing in the Sochi Games in Feburary. Labonte said that her experience in Russia was a harbinger for her deciding to publicly come out, saying; “the idea of not being completely free during the [Olympic] Games left me with a bitter taste.”
By Rachel Roth