Monday, October 08, 2007

Some good news

  • China Daily reports that Scholars struggle to put gay marriage in spotlight: while public discussion of sex issues remains a deeply rooted taboo in China, a new generation of scholars, start to challenge the statu quo. Professor Li Yinhe, himself a gay rights campaigner, as well as Dr. Zhang Beichuan, is leading the call for marriage among other rights for China's homosexuals. Dr. Beichuan pointed that legal unions "will lead to more stable same-sex relationships", as well as "will also help better protect the legitimate rights of same sex lovers, especially the right to inherit their deceased partner's goods."
  • In Colombia, Constitutional Court ruled affirmatively over same-sex couples health benefits, building upon a previous decision granting inheritance rights.
  • A bit southwards, Rio de Janeiro witnessed a demonstration called upon by Grupo Arco-Iris by the worldwide famous Christ of Corcovado, to protest against homophobia and violence against homosexuals, as an event prior to the celebration of Rio's 12th Gay Pride Parade next October 14th. The Association's director said that 2,582 homosexual people have been killed in Brazil over the last 10 years.
  • And across the ocean, in South Africa, Johannesburg celebrated its 18th Pride Parade last weekend, with an estimate attendance of 5,000 gays and lesbians (and their families, points out Mamba Online): "Following a performance by Flash Republic on the main stage, the Parade, consisting of over 30 floats and vehicles, and led by the Joburg Metro Police Department, set out through the streets of Rosebank at 11.30am. And, as if on cue, the rain paused for the one and half hour duration of the Parade."
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