In this edition of LGBT en Español: Spanish-Language media responds to the controversial advertisement campaign by Benetton that features the Pope in a same-sex kiss, Perez Hilton is interviewed by Univision’s Aquí y Ahora, and LGBT media representations in Latin America.
Over the past week, Seattle’s Southside, Filipino and LGBT communities have gathered to mourn the loss of Danny Vega, an openly gay Filipino American man who died on November 27 from injuries received during a brutal attack in which he was beaten and robbed while taking a walk in his Rainier Valley neighborhood on November 15. He was 58 years old.
El Senado de Puerto Rico ha aprobado una enmienda a su código penal que eliminaría las protecciones a personas LGBT de la ley contra los crímenes de odio. Actualmente en Change.org hay una petición exhortando a la Cámara de Representantes de Puerto Rico a detener la enmienda. GLAAD se a une a Ricky Martin en instar a la gente a firmar la petición.
The Puerto Rican Senate approved a provision to their penal code that would eliminate protections for LGBT people from their hate crimes law. Change.org currently has a petition urging the Puerto Rico House of Representatives to stop the amendment. GLAAD joins Ricky Martin in urging people to sign the petition.
Last Thursday, the Global Post told the heartbreaking story of a Ugandan gay couple, Alex and Michael, who fled to Kenya to escape anti-gay persecution and are living in a refugee camp. LGBT people around the world face extraordinary amounts of violence and discrimination like Michael and Alex have, much of which is sanctioned by law.
Yesterday, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) released Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Latino/a Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, revealing that transgender Latino/a people face poverty, unemployment, homelessness, discrimination and violence at significantly higher rates than both the overall transgender population and the general population.
In Vibe magazine's December issue (on stands today), rapper T.I. says that gay people are “too sensitive” to anti-gay sentiment. The Root, a leading online source of news and commentary from an African American perspective, takes a look at T.I.’s logic.