Friday, May 19 at Urban Mo’s in San Diego ~ Featuring DALILA ALI RAJAH! Plus Dr. Heather Corliss, Ariel Vegosen and Blake Mitchell…

LGBTs In The News is a live-discussion panel series coming soon to a city near you.

With an accomplished panel of experts and equality advocates from the worlds entertainment, journalism, education and public health, the next engagement asks the provocative question: 

What if 80 Percent of the World is “Secretly Choosing” to be Straight?

To RSVP: Email the following information to info@lgbtsinthenews.com :

  1. Your name,
  2. Number of guests including yourself
  3. Any special needs (space for a wheelchair, ASL interpreter, etc.).

That’s it! We’re looking forward to welcoming you and your guests the evening of Friday, May 19 from 6-8 p.m.

Livestreaming

If you can’t make it in person, here’s a link to watch via livestream (special thanks to Lukas, of Mo’s Universe / Urban Mo’s, one of our sponsors for the link):

https://livestream.com/accounts/9213086/events/7412546

Thanks to the following sponsors: drbronners.com | all4uapparel.com | rage monthly.com | sag-aftra.org | genderillumination.org | mosuniverse.com

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LGBTs In The News: Live July 7

Live streaming at https://livestream.com/accounts/9213086/events/5750806/edit

Join us in San Diego…

Join the San Diego Press Club and a host of other sponsors July 7, 2016 for an exciting evening of live discussion with a panel of six dynamic transgender newsmakers, including former U.S. Navy SEAL and former congressional candidate, Kristin Beck. Members of the media and the public are invited as journalist Thom Senzee moderates the next LGBTs In The News panel engagement. Please scroll down to RSPV.

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and The San Diego Press Club present…

Transcending Stereotypes: 

What it means to be transgender

in America today

Thursday, July 7, 2016 7 p.m.

at Urban Mo’s in the Heart of Hillcrest

308 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Join journalist, Thom Senzee, the San Diego Press Club, SAG-AFTRA (formerly the Screen Actors Guild), Mo’s Universe, Fabulous Hillcrest, Dr. Bronners, Gender Illumination and a host of other sponsors who invite you to the return of LGBTs In The News with Thom Senzee to San Diego—the hometown city where this nationwide live-discussion panel series launched in 2013.

Members of the media, local activists and members of the public will gather for the first-ever LGBTs In The News engagement featuring a panel comprised entirely of newsmakers from the transgender community.

Kristin Beck
Kristin Beck

Kristin Beck—PANEL HEADLINER, former U.S. Navy SEAL, suicide-prevention advocate and subject of the multiple award-winning 2014 film, Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

Connor Maddocks–Trans-rights activist, director of the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s “Project Trans”

Vicki Estrada—Award-winning urban planner, trans-rights activist

Sam Moehlig—Transgender youth. The San Diego Union-Tribune recently published a landmark feature story about Sam’s life as a transgender boy, and his transition to realize his true gender identity.

Terrance K. Miller—Trans-rights activist, Black Lives Matter youth leader

Ariel Vegosen—Gender liberation activist, performer, and founder of education and advocacy organization Gender Illumination genderillumination.com

Following what is sure to be an explosive, exciting and engaging discussion and audience Q&A about some of the seminal civil rights issues of our time, all attendees will be invited mingle with the panelists and local media for a private party in Urban Mo’s new Upper Deck bar.

RSPV and learn more at lgtsinthenews.com or sdpressclub.org (RSVPs not required, but are appreciated.)

Visit engagement sponsors at urbanmos.com | drbronner.com | sagaftra.org | sagaftra.org | fabuloushillcrest.com | genderillumination.com

State Dept.'s Human Rights Report to Congress Mentions LGBTs Six Times

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State Dept. Press Release:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release                                                                                         February 27, 2014

FACT SHEET

2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

On February 27, 2014, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the United States Congress.  The reports, now in their 38th year, are available on State.gov and HumanRights.gov.  Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance.  They are also a reference for other governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, legal professionals, scholars, interested citizens, and journalists.

Key Human Rights Developments around the World

The following were among the most noteworthy human rights developments in 2013:

Increased Crackdown on Civil Society and the Freedoms of Association and Assembly

Governments in every region of the world continued to stifle civil society and restrict citizens’ universal right to freedoms of assembly and association.  Authorities increasingly used legislation to silence political dissidence and used excessive force to crack down on civil society and protest.

Restrictions on Freedom of Speech and Press Freedom

Governments around the world also continued to restrict freedom of expression and press freedom as a means of tightly controlling or eliminating political criticism and opposition.  This included hampering the ability of journalists to report on issues deemed politically sensitive by placing onerous restrictions on members of the press, such as requiring government approval prior to meeting with international organizations or representatives, and limiting visas for foreign journalists.  Governments also used harassment and physical intimidation of journalists to create a climate of fear and self-censorship, both online and offline.  Authorities further censored the media by closing independent newspaper outlets and television stations.  Officials detained or arrested activists and journalists on false charges in order to limit criticism of the government and impede peaceful protest, and some have even been killed for simply voicing dissent. 

 

Accountability Deficits for Security Forces Abuses

In too many places, government security forces abused human rights with impunity and failed to protect their citizens.  Military and security forces in numerous countries engaged in unlawful arrests and extrajudicial killings, gender-based violence, rape, torture, and abductions throughout 2013. Weak or nonexistent justice institutions did not hold security forces accountable for human rights abuses and often failed to uphold the rights to due process and a fair trial.

Lack of Effective Labor Rights Protections

 

People continued to work in conditions that were hazardous to their health and safety, some – often migrant workers – against their will.  Workers’ attempts to organize and bargain collectively for improved labor rights protections were frequently impeded by governments’ inability or unwillingness to enforce labor protections, as well as government interference in their activities and violence and threats against labor leaders.  However, 2013 did see the entry-into-force of International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189, which set forth protections for fundamental rights at work, and several countries took steps to enact legislation to protect the rights of domestic workers.

The Continued Marginalization of Vulnerable Groups

2013 saw the continued marginalization of religious and ethnic minorities, women and children, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations.  Governments subjected these groups to repressive policies, societal intolerance, discriminatory laws, and disenfranchisement, and authorities failed to hold those who committed crimes against them accountable. Faith organizations and religious and ethnic minorities suffered growing intolerance and violence, as well as faced threats to and restrictions on their religious belief and practice.  Women and girls in all regions suffered endemic societal discrimination, and there was a surge in gender-based violence.  The rights of LGBT persons were increasingly threatened, as limitations on freedoms of association and assembly for the LGBT community and new laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relations unleashed increased violence and intimidation against LGBT persons.  Finally, persons with disabilities continued to experience a lack of access to quality inclusive education, inaccessible infrastructure, and weak non-discrimination protections.

For further information, please contact Aaron Jensen, Press Officer, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at DRL-Press@state.gov or (202) 647-0516.

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LGBTrights.me offers quick, powerful location-driven rights information.

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LGBTs In The News panelist and NLGJA vice president of print and online media, Sarah Blazucki has an amazing, simple and important tool for comprehensive, at-a-glance understanding of your location’s (state, etc.) rights (or lack thereof) for LGBT people. I’m spending my last night in the D.C. region in Herndon, VA…was kind of mortified to see almost all “X’s” and in “nada” for this location. It would have been a totally different result if I would have looked at my current location from D.C. while I was there! Indicative of the realities of a patchwork of freedom and oppression for LGBT people the U.S. is at the moment. Check outhttp://www.lgbtrights.me/