THIS WAY OUT www.thiswayout.org
The international LGBT radio magazine
Program #1,677 distributed on 05/18/20
(Hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle)
Pride goes virtual to overcome COVID-19 lockdowns;
Irish marriage equality still smiles on its fifth anniversary;
Reports reveal European queer rights decay, gay Seoul nightspots get
blamed for a COVID-19 comeback, Brazil’s Supreme Court frees gay and bi
men to donate blood, the ‘Uganda 19’ homeless queer youth shelter
lockdown detainees get a surprise release, and more global LGBTQ news!
– In ‘NewsWrap’:
Two alarming surveys released this week – from the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, and from the European branch of the global queer rights group ILGA – report an alarming stagnation or deterioration of LGBTQ rights on the continent in the past year … a resurgence of COVID-19 traced to nightspots in Seoul popular with the queer community have fuelled a surge of homophobia in South Korean mainstream and social media …
A Brazil Supreme Court order allows men who have sex with men to donate blood without a deferral period of at least 3 months that’s still being used in most other countries … 5 days before their trials are scheduled to begin, a judge in Uganda finally allows lawyers to meet with the 19 people rounded up at a homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth on March 29th for allegedly violating COVID-19 lockdown rules banning gatherings of more than 10 people …
Trans activist Aimee Stephens, illusionist Roy Horn, and the self-described ‘King and Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll’ LITTLE RICHARD Penniman top this week’s list of notable deaths in the queer community … and more LGBTQ news from around the world [with brief excerpts from his first big hit, 1955’s ‘Tutti Frutti’]
(written by GREG GORDON, edited by LUCIA CHAPPELLE, reported this week by WENZEL JONES & CAROLE MEYERS, and produced by BRIAN DESHAZOR) + This just in: all charges have been dropped and the ‘Uganda 19’ have been released.
– “This Week in TRUMP” – what the President of the United States said about the COVID-19 pandemic during the past week (with a cameo by BARACK OBAMA and music by DEL WOOD & MAMA KARON).
– Happy 5th Anniversary, IRELAND! PRIME MINISTER ENDA KENNY and more than 60% of his compatriots said ‘Yes’ to marriage equality on May 22, 2015 — loudly enough for the whole world to hear. ‘This Way Out’ correspondent SCOTT DE BUITLÉIR reported from DUBLIN (with intro music by THE IRISH TENORS).
– On May 31, 2020, at noon US Pacific time, people around the world will get the chance to be at an LGBTQ Pride parade … virtually. Our own BRIAN DESHAZOR asks ANDY SACHER, the Lavender Effect Executive Director and organiser of perhaps the first of many Virtual Pride events around the world, what that might be like (with intro/outro music by SUGARBEACH).
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