Queer Notes, September-October 2018

September 27, 2018

From the September-October 2018 issue of News & Letters

by Elise

Holding signs such as, “Let Intersex Children Choose” and “Stop Harming Intersex Children,” about 100 Intersex people and their supporters, from various parts of the U.S., protested outside Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital. Demanding Lurie immediately halt performing gender surgeries on minors, protesters called for the medical community to allow Intersex people to make their own informed decisions when they are 18 or older on whether or not to have surgery.

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In the face of Hungary’s government using scapegoats to distract its citizens from its growing authoritarianism, LGBTQI rights group Háttér Society, founded in 1995, strives even more strongly for full human rights for Hungary’s Queer community. The Háttér Society provides legal aid services, HIV/AIDS education, an LGBTQI archive and library, advocacy for policies and laws for full equality of Queer people, and stages awareness-raising events for all Hungarians.

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The Pride March in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, proceeded without incident despite far-right protesters trying to block the parade. Some of the protesters were arrested for throwing gas canisters at police, who guarded the Pride marchers along the entire parade route.

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Cape Verdian Institute for Gender Equality (ICIEG), the Spanish Cooperation, and Praia City Hall partnered to bring about Cape Verde’s fifth Pride Week. In addition to an exhibit of photography by some of the Cape’s Queer community members, there were discussions, debates and a parade. Associaçāo LGBTI-Praia and Associaçāo Arco-Iris circulated a petition to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Brighton Pride hit back at the Lesbian and feminist group Get The L Out by having Transgender rights activists called “L With The T” lead the parade in Brighton, England, on Aug. 4. They chanted, “Keep the L with the T, you can’t break the community” in contrast to Get The L Out’s sign “Transactivism Erases Lesbians.” In London, Get The L Out stayed at the head of the parade until reaching Trafalgar Square. Organizers of London’s parade are being called on to resign for not removing them from the march.

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