News Brief: Israel to Begin Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage as an Equal Route to Citizenship

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News Brief Israel Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage as an Equal Route to Citizenship

News Brief:  Israel to Begin Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage as an Equal Route to Citizenship

The spouses of Israelis who have tied the knot in countries where same-sex marriage is legal may soon be able to claim Israeli citizenship at the same speed as straight couples, following an announcement by the country’s attorney general.

Until now, same-sex spouses were forced to wait up to seven years and would generally only be granted permanent residency rather than citizenship.  The process was far quicker for those in straight marriages.  Now the government’s chief legal advisor, Avichai Mandelblit, has issuned an instruction to Israel’s Interior Ministry to now consider applications under the same terms, according to reports.

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News Brief: Full Trailer for Tom of Finland Biopic Drops

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News Brief Tom of Finland Biopic Trailer

News Brief:  Full Trailer for Tom of Finland Biopic Drops

The full trailer for Tom of Finland is finally here!

The Finnish film, directed by Dome Karukoski, tells the story of Touko Laaksonen, a World War II veteran whose erotic drawings would become synonymous with the sexual liberation of gay men.

Tom of Finland (1920-1991) is known for his exaggerated depictions of masculinity, which show muscled bikers, uniformed members of the armed services, and workingmen engaged in sexual acts.

The film shows how the postwar oppression of queer people influenced, inspired, and drove Laaksonen’s work in both his native Finland and abroad.  It is set to debut sometime in early 2017.

Watch the trailer HERE.

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News Brief: London Man Receives Life Sentence for Murders of Four Gay Men

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News Brief London Man Receives Life Sentence for Murders of Four Gay Men

News Brief:  London Man Receives Life Sentence for Murders of Four Gay Men

A London man, who murdered four gay men he met online, was sentenced Friday, November 25 to life in prison without parole, in a case that has seen substantial criticism of police response.

Stephen Port was convicted of the murders of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, and Jack Taylor, who were all given lethal overdoses of the drug GHB, London newspaper The Guardian reports.  Additionally, Port was found guilty of several other charges, including drugging and raping other men, who survived.

Port had a fetish for sex with unconscious men, and he testified that he did not intend the drugging of his victims to result in death.  In pronouncing the sentence, Justice Peter Openshaw said he believed Port, but did not find that to be an extenuating circumstance.

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News Brief: One Hungarian Town just Banned Mosques and Same-Sex Marriage

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News Brief One Hungarian Town just Banned Mosques and Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief One Hungarian Town just Banned Mosques and Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief:  One Hungarian Town just Banned Mosques and Same-Sex Marriage

The mayor of a Hungarian village has banned openly supporting same-sex marriage, as well as building mosques and wearing headscarves.

Laszlo Toroczkai, the mayor of the southern Hungarian border village Asotthalom, posted on Facebook about the proposals, which were adopted by his council on Wednesday, November 23.  He wrote, “Instead of looking for a scapegoat, I offer an immediate solution, a defence against the forced mass resettlement [of migrants] by Brussels.”

Other than two abstentions, all of the board voted in favor of the proposed new rules.

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News Brief: Gunman Opens Fire in New York Gay Bar

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News Brief Gunman Opens Fire in New York Gay Bar

News Brief Gunman Opens Fire in New York Gay Bar

News Brief:  Gunman Opens Fire in New York Gay Bar

Around 2 am on Thanksgiving Day, police arrived at Rocks, a gay nightclub in Albany, New York where two men and two women were hot inside.

Albany police spokesman Steve Smith provided further detail, “Two males and two females sustained a gunshot would inside the bar.  One male later died at Albany Medical Center hospital as a result of his injuries the three other victims all sustained non-life-threatening injuries.”

The shooter is still on the loose, but Smith assured the community “this was an isolated incident” and not an attack on the LGBTQ community.

Rocks bar owner says this is the first shooting at the bar and that there was ample security.  He has since handed over surveillance footage to the police.   

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