I hope you're with your closest family and friends this holiday. All my love to you and the very best in 2019!
Your friend always,
I'm in Chicago until next Thursday - and am longing for the beach! But no Puerto Vallarta plans this year. Have plans next year? I'm headed to the Task Force's Creating Change January 24-27 in Detroit. And the IGLA World Conference in Wellington March 18-22. here's also the unique annual parties like Mid-Atlantic Leather weekend in DC MLK weekend and Winter Party in Miami! Are you going, <<First Name>>?
Nearly 2 years after they began, the OSCE has released a report detailing the abuses suffered by members of the Chechen LGBT community, under direction of paramilitary forces. The random arrest, torture, and humiliation of most gay men but also women - who were told to kill themselves or whose families were told to "take care of them." Instances continue to occur - but the major crackdown (due to international pressue) has subsided - yet there is no penalty for the perpetrators.
The backlash continues with this horrific news from Indonesia where 2 men were arrested when neighbors called police on them for (apparently) having sex; police arrested them when they found tissues wet with semen. Plus an app in the country's Google store helps track people committing heresy - any activity against the tenets of religion (punishable by 5 years in prison); clearly targeting LGBT people.
Seattle/LA/SF. Looking to hear about this incredible new book: The Children of Harvey Milk? Meet the author and hear from local politicians discuss the advance of equality on Monday, Jan 7 at the Seattle Foundation. Similar events in LA (Jan 9) and SF (Jan 12) will