WBEZ | gay rights http://www.wbez.org/tags/gay-rights Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Indiana Senate Will Not Vote on Bill to Protect Gay Rights http://www.wbez.org/news/indiana-senate-will-not-vote-bill-protect-gay-rights-114677 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_121019491403.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>INDIANAPOLIS (AP) &mdash; The sponsor of the&nbsp;Indiana&nbsp;Senate&#39;s bill to extend anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay and bisexual people is pulling the proposal from consideration, dealing a serious blow to efforts to pass legislation this year.</p><p>Republican Sen. Travis Holman said Tuesday he was disappointed but realized there wasn&#39;t enough support for the bill to win approval.</p><p>The measure that cleared a Senate committee last week was criticized by Democrats and LGBT rights activists for not including transgender people. It also faced opposition from religious conservatives who believed it still required services for same-sex marriages even if they had religious objections.</p><p>Indiana&nbsp;faced a national backlash last year after the Legislature passed a religious objections law that critics said allowed discrimination against gay and lesbian people. The law was later revised.</p></p> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/indiana-senate-will-not-vote-bill-protect-gay-rights-114677 The music of Brazil's favelas http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-11/music-brazils-favelas-110320 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP392232449892.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2014 World Cup begins in Brazil tomorrow. There&#39;s an official World Cup song, but it doesn&#39;t necessarily include any of the homegrown sounds coming out of Rio&#39;s favelas. &nbsp;We&#39;ll explore the roots of favela funk with Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-music-of-brazil-s-favelas/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-music-of-brazil-s-favelas.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-music-of-brazil-s-favelas" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The music of Brazil's favelas" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-11/music-brazils-favelas-110320 Morning Shift: Olympians-and reporters-head home from Sochi http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-24/morning-shift-olympians-and-reporters-head-home-sochi <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/by U.S. Army IMCOM.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We get a post-Sochi games wrap-up from Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair. Also, what&#39;s the future of drug policy? And, we talk with the director of a new film that looks at the battle over gay rights within the black community.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-51/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-51.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-51" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Olympians-and reporters-head home from Sochi" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-24/morning-shift-olympians-and-reporters-head-home-sochi Sen. Kirk cancels meeting of anti-gay group http://www.wbez.org/news/sen-kirk-cancels-meeting-anti-gay-group-109167 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/KIRK%20AP%20%282%29.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 429px; float: left;" title="Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk speaks at a Chicago press conference in August. (AP)" />Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is taking heat for refusing a Capitol Hill meeting space to a socially conservative group his office suggests has a &ldquo;hateful agenda&rdquo; against homosexuals.</p><p>Kirk, who has been an <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/sen-mark-kirk-reverses-stance-gay-marriage-106428">outspoken supporter</a>&nbsp;of gay marriage, abruptly cancelled the group&rsquo;s reservation just a day before its Friday event. The Rockford-based Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society contacted Kirk&rsquo;s office last month to set up the <a href="http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/7722973168.html">symposium</a> on what it calls international &ldquo;natural family&rdquo; issues, said the group&rsquo;s vice president, Larry Jacobs.</p><p>That includes a controversial Russian law, criticized as being anti-gay, that makes it a crime to distribute &ldquo;propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations&rdquo; to children.</p><p>Jacobs said Kirk&rsquo;s office cancelled the reservation via email, with little explanation, after gay-friendly media outlets began inquiring about the booking.</p><p>&ldquo;We specifically are there to invite debate,&rdquo; Jacobs said, adding that asking a lawmaker to reserve a congressional meeting space is routine and doesn&rsquo;t imply an endorsement of the group using it. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really, I think, a sad day for freedom of speech, as well as just the process of government when you can&rsquo;t discuss important issues.&rdquo;</p><p>The group was able to host its event after finally booking a meeting room Thursday night through the office of Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Jacobs said.</p><p>Senator Kirk&rsquo;s office initially took the reservation before it knew about the group&rsquo;s agenda, Kirk spokesman Lance Trover told WBEZ Friday.</p><p>&ldquo;Senator Kirk will not host groups that advance a hateful agenda,&rdquo; Trover said in an emailed statement.</p><p>The Howard Center believes that marriage between a man and a woman &ldquo;forms the sole moral context for natural sexual union,&rdquo; according to its website. It also says homosexuality will &ldquo;lead to obsession, remorse, alienation, and disease.&rdquo;</p><p>The group does not support violence against gays and lesbians, Jacobs said.</p><p><em>Al Keefe covers politics for WBEZ. Follow him on Twitter @akeefe.</em></p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/sen-kirk-cancels-meeting-anti-gay-group-109167 Glenn Greenwald and press freedom, CIA admits to backing coup in Iran and gay rights in Russia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-20/glenn-greenwald-and-press-freedom-cia-admits-backing-coup-iran-and-gay <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP929621546873.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Computers and hard drives are destroyed at &#39;The Guardian.&#39; Declassified documents reveals CIA&#39;s role in the 1953 coup in Iran. A kiss between two Russian female athletes calls Russian anti-gay propaganda laws into question.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106378938&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran" target="_blank">View the story " Glenn Greenwald and press freedom, CIA admits to backing coup in Iran and gay rights in Russia " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-20/glenn-greenwald-and-press-freedom-cia-admits-backing-coup-iran-and-gay The privatization of prisons, gay rights in Cameroon and the music of Aziz Sahmaoui http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-24/privatization-prisons-gay-rights-cameroon-and-music-aziz-sahmaoui <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP316724524227.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We learn about the tight grip that multinational corporations have on prison industries in the U.S. and abroad. The murder of Cameroonian gay rights activist Eric Lemembe reflects anti-gay sentiment in the country. Tony Sarabia introduces us to Moroccan trance music.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F102442310&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-privatization-of-prisons-gay-rights.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-privatization-of-prisons-gay-rights" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The privatization of prisons, gay rights in Cameroon and the music of Aziz Sahmaoui" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-24/privatization-prisons-gay-rights-cameroon-and-music-aziz-sahmaoui Chicago Pride Parade crowd tops 1 million http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-pride-parade-crowd-tops-1-million-107906 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/PrideParade2013.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago police say more than 1 million participated in the Chicago&#39;s Pride Parade.</p><p>The number is a big spike from last year&#39;s roughly 850,000. Organizers said the Supreme Court&#39;s recent decisions energized people and pleasant weather during the day helped.</p><p>A coalition of supporters known as Illinois Unites for Marriage had promised a diverse, statewide group at the event.</p><p>The annual Pride Parade took place Sunday on the city&rsquo;s North Side.</p><p>It kicked off at noon on Montrose Avenue and Broadway Street, eventually winding its way down to Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road on Chicago&rsquo;s North Side.</p><p>The Illinois Senate approved legislation in February that would legalize same-sex marriage. But the House adjourned last month without voting on the measure, after sponsor Rep. Greg Harris said he didn&#39;t have the votes for it to pass.</p><p>But most attendees didn&rsquo;t have politics on their mind as they danced and celebrated pride for the gay community.</p><p>State politicians made an appearance despite the fact that they didn&rsquo;t call the same sex marriage bill up for a vote in the Illinois House just a few weeks ago.</p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn made his way down the parade route and even though he&rsquo;s expressed his support for same sex marriage, riled up a few people in the crowd.</p><p>Erin Dunmoore from Will County said she felt like he and others were pandering to the crowd.</p><p>&ldquo;They are talking the talk but not doing what counts, so that&rsquo;s disappointing.&rdquo;</p><p>Some people in attendance were there for the first time.</p><p>Karen Enciso came from Mexico and said she was quite impressed with the turnout.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m straight, but we are individuals, there has to be no difference. Sexuality is a decision and everyone has to be free for that.&rdquo;</p><p>Alexander Roi, who has attended the parade for the last 17 years, said Illinois needs to step up and move towards equality for all.</p><p>&ldquo;Everybody else is going to be doing it. It&rsquo;s about taxes, it&rsquo;s about rights, it&rsquo;s about everything equal for everyone.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Mariam Sobh is the midday and weekend news anchor at WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/mariamsobh" target="_blank">@mariamsobh</a>. The Associated Press contributed to this report. </em></p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 07:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-pride-parade-crowd-tops-1-million-107906 Worldview: LGBT movement in North Africa and the Middle East and a serving of mariachi http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-06-26/worldview-lgbt-movement-north-africa-and-middle-east-and-serving <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP800879356802.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98577868&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>We learn about the LGBT movement in North Africa and the Middle East and take a dive into the world of mariachi music.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-scottish-independence-and-mariachi-music.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-scottish-independence-and-mariachi-music" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Scottish independence and a serving of mariachi" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-06-26/worldview-lgbt-movement-north-africa-and-middle-east-and-serving Worldview: Gay rights in Russia and corruption in India http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-20/worldview-gay-rights-russia-and-corruption-india-107274 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP671471689517.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F93106985&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-20/worldview-gay-rights-russia-and-corruption-india-107274 Gay rights arrive at the Supreme Court http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-12/gay-rights-arrive-supreme-court-104317 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6806_AP217659454282-scr.jpg" title="(AP)" /></div><p>On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, challenged during a Q&amp;A after a lecture about the loaded language he has sometimes used when discussing gay people, <a href="http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/scalia-defends-controversial-remarks-on-gays?ref=fpb">shot back</a>,&nbsp;&quot;If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?&quot;<br /><br />The polemic came in the wake of the Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision to hear two cases which involve marriage rights: the odious Defense of Marriage Act and California&rsquo;s Prop 8. Never mind Scalia&#39;s casual stringing of together of homosexuality and murder and how it might suggest moral equivalency &mdash;&nbsp;neither case involves our rights to &ldquo;feelings&rdquo; or even to discriminate and hate.<br /><br />Scalia, who&rsquo;s a likely nay vote on both cases, <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/in-2003-justice-scalia-saw-gay-marriage-coming.php?ref=fpnewsfeed">saw their arrival</a> on the court&rsquo;s docket way back in 2003. At that time Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_v._Texas"><em>Lawrence v. Texas</em></a>, said the court&rsquo;s ruling &ldquo;does not involve whether the government must give formal recognition to any relationship that homosexual persons seek to enter.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;Do not believe it,&rdquo; Scalia replied. The decision, he argued, opened up the way to legalizing same sex marriage. He added that it left state laws restricting unions to opposite sex couples pretty &ldquo;shaky.&rdquo;<br /><br />Now here we are, as Scalia predicted. <a href="http://www.southfloridagaynews.com/news/national-news/8253-supreme-court-adds-twist-to-announcement-on-prop-8-doma-cases.html">Prop 8</a> is a California case that will mostly affect Californians. The court could decide the merits &mdash; the very legality of same-sex marriage &mdash; but it could also come down very narrowly, making it possible for California to restrict or allow same-sex marriage without spillover effects to other states.<br /><br />The Defense of Marriage Act, which has <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/nyregion/edith-windsor-gay-widow-revels-in-supreme-court-fight.html?pagewanted=1&amp;_r=2&amp;nl=todaysheadlines&amp;emc=edit_th_20121211">tax </a>and <a href="http://immigrationequality.org/2012/12/within-reach-the-end-of-doma/">immigration implications</a> as well as those of equal access, is the real red meat before the Supreme Court. It&rsquo;s what really keeps state bans alive, what keeps binational couples apart and what denies queer families a host of federal benefits available to heterosexually-constructed families. The repeal of DOMA would change that.<br /><br />This time around, the defense of DOMA is brought us by, among others, the Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives. When President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder decided in March 2011 to stop defending the law, Speaker of the House John Boehner and his gang decided to hire Paul Clement (the same guy who argued against Obamacare in front of the Supreme Court), at <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/gop-mute-as-supreme-court-tackles-gay-marriage-84883.html">a cost of $2 million of taxpayer money so far</a>. His job: to convince the high court to keep the law on the books.<br /><br />The law is ugly and it looks uglier now that public opinion seems to be favoring same-sex marriage, but it wasn&rsquo;t always so: DOMA was signed by Bill Clinton and <a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/104-1996/s280">supported in the U.S. senate</a> by none other than Joe Biden.<br /><br />He was joined by several Democratic senators who are still serving: Tom Harkin of Iowa, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Carl Levin of Michigan, Max Baucus of Montana, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Patrick Leahy of Vermont and even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.<br /><br />In fact, DOMA passed 85-14, a shameful exercise in fear. Among those who stood up against the law there are a few who are still in the Senate: Both of California&rsquo;s senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Hawaii&rsquo;s Daniel Inouye, Massachusetts&rsquo; John Kerry, and Ron Wyden of Oregon. Not a single Republican voted to protect LGBTQ citizens.<br /><br />In the House, <a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/104-1996/h316">DOMA passed 342-67</a>, and only one Republican opposed it: Steve Gunderson of Wisconsin. In the Illinois delegation, only two Democrats voted against it: Jesse Jackson, Jr., and Luis Gutierrez. Even Bobby Rush, that great civil rights lion, voted for DOMA, as did current U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.<br /><br />But times change. Clinton says he&rsquo;s sorry about DOMA, and Biden loves gays (I suspect he always did). Every single Democratic Senator who supported DOMA in 1996 now supports its repeal. Durbin and Rush are now on board.<br /><br />And the Supreme Court? Well, if <em>Lawrence v. Texas</em> is an indication, Justices Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Steven Breyer &ndash; who were in the majority &ndash; should be votes to strike down DOMA. Scalia and Clarence Thomas, who were joined by William Rehnquist in this case, will likely continue their dissent.<br /><br />Elena Kagan actively worked <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052702304846504575178390602940072.html">to undermine DOMA</a> as Solicitor General and Sonia Sotomayor has a record of <a href="http://gaylife.about.com/od/samesexmarriag1/a/soniasotomayor.htm">ruling against discrimination of LGBTQs</a>, making them very likely supporters of a DOMA repeal.<br /><br />Before joining the court, Samuel Alito had <a href="http://www.progressive.org/media_mpwolfe010906">supported the right to privacy</a>, including consensual sexual activity, but he also believes that &quot;anti-harassment&quot; policy violates free speech, including the right to make &quot;derogatory&quot; speech on &quot;contentious issues&quot; such as &quot;sexual orientation.&quot; Speech and same sex marriage aren&rsquo;t the same thing, of course, but part of the argument against same sex marriage, especially Scalia&rsquo;s, involves the right of society to discriminate against certain behaviors and reserve certain privileges. If I were to bet, I&rsquo;d say Alito joins Scalia and Thomas. Or maybe he dissents alone, but he very likely dissents.<br /><br />So the count looks good for repeal, so much so that Chief Justice John Roberts&rsquo; vote might not be necessary. But I suspect that Roberts, who is keenly concerned with history and precedent, may be about to disappoint conservatives again. My suspicion is that Roberts&rsquo; hand will be felt in keeping the ruling to its narrowest possible conclusion, but that, in the end, he&rsquo;ll support repeal.<br /><br />It&rsquo;s been a while so most folks will have forgotten, but Roberts is no stranger to gay rights. In fact, once upon a time, he volunteered, pro bono, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/08/AR2005080801146.html">to advise on the queer side of a gay rights case</a>. He doesn&rsquo;t talk about it, the Right tries to rationalize it, but it&rsquo;s there: as a young lawyer, Roberts weighed in for gay rights.<br /><br />It&rsquo;s not often that the Supreme Court makes me feel optimistic. But this time, especially given everything that&rsquo;s happened since Lawrence, LGBTQ Americans may finally get some real honest-to-god rights.</p></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-12/gay-rights-arrive-supreme-court-104317