Queerious News Flash (Apr 11 - 17, 2017)
The good, the bad and the MUSHY
The city of Osaka became the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex couples as foster parents. The change in policy came about when the city recognized two men, who wish to remain anonymous, as the foster parents of a teenage boy who had been in their care since February 2017. 日本厚生勞動省本月5日證實，有一對同性伴侶已經成為日本首對成功領養小孩的案例。大阪市政府也證實「首對男同志伴侶成功領養一位未滿18歲的男孩」。大阪市沒有公開這對同性伴侶和孩子的詳細資訊。
Apr 07. In a progressive move, the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU) in Tamil Nadu recently announced that the members of the transgender community get free education starting from this academic year. All the institutes affiliated with the university will provide free of cost education to transgender people. This is a step towards ending discrimination and empowering the members of this community. Apart from offering free education, the syndicate of the university also decided to make separate restrooms for transgender students in all its institutions.
LGBT couples who tie the knot have better physical and mental health, more social support and greater financial resources than those who remain single, a new study has found. In 2014, researchers from the University of Washington (UW) in the US studied more than 1,800 LGBT people, ages 50 and older, in locations where gay marriage was already legal. UW researchers found that, in general, participants in a relationship, whether married or in a long-term partnership, showed better health outcomes than those who were single. 一項新的研究發現，相較於單身的LGBT+人士，已結婚的同性伴侶身心較健康，獲得更多的社會支持，並擁有更多的金融資源。美國華盛頓大學（UW）的研究人員於2014年在同婚已經合法的地方，對超過1800名年齡在50歲以上的LGBT人士進行調查。UW研究人員也發現，無論是已婚還是長期伴侶關系，有伴的都比單身人士較為健康。
Ireland is to become the first country in the world to carry out a national LGBT youth strategy. The strategy will help tackle homophobia and address the challenges faced by young members of Ireland’s LGBT community. Young members of the LGBT community are encouraged to attend roadshows in several Irish cities in the coming months. The programme plans to hold consultations with young people between the age of 15-24 so as to provide recommendations in key policy areas.愛爾蘭將成為世界上第一個實施全國性LGBT青年政策的國家。該策略將有助於解決恐同問題，並應對愛爾蘭LGBT社群內的青年成員所面臨的挑戰。其政府鼓勵LGBT社群的年輕成員在未來幾個月參與在多個愛爾蘭城市舉辦的巡迴說明會。此方案計劃與15至24歲的青少年進行諮詢，以獲取重點政策領域的重要建議。
(LGBT flag map of Ireland taken from Wikimedia Commons)
Protesters marched against New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) yesterday in New Taipei City’s Sijhih District, as efforts to recall the legislator continued. There has been a movement since December last year to recall Huang over his support for marriage equality. At a separate news conference celebrating the first anniversary of the NPP’s Hsinchu headquarters, Huang said his support for marriage equality was “unshakeable.” 不滿時代力量立委黃國昌選前選後態度丕變，安定聯盟發動「拔昌列車」罷免立委黃國昌行動，8日上午號召千人上街遊行。罷免活動從2016年底發起，聯盟指責黃國昌選前未將同婚列入政見，選後才表態支持同婚，「形同是騙選票的行為，已經失格，不適任立委」。黃國昌受訪時重申，「我支持婚姻平權的理念，從選前到選後不會有所動搖；我在選前的時候，已經公開地表態，而且做出了承諾；婚姻平權作為一個非常重要、具有憲法層次的人權價值，我支持的立場，不會因此有所改變。」
Gay men are being held in “open camps” in the Chechen Republic where they are subjected to torture and beatings, human rights campaigners have claimed. The claims follow reports last week that 100 gay men had been rounded up and imprisoned in Chechnya, with at least three people allegedly murdered. 人權組織指出，車臣共和國當局近日大肆打壓該國同性戀者，並設置了數座集中營，在其中對同性戀者進行嚴刑拷打。這是繼先前揭露該國有100名男同性戀被拘捕，並已有3人遭當局殺害報導的控訴。
A gay man outed his fellow contestant, on national television, as transgender to other contestants in an attempt to save himself from elimination in the long-running reality competition program, Survivor. The act backfired on Jeff Varner. The other contestants, rightly outraged by what had transpired, voted him off the island for his dastardly deed. 一位實境秀的參賽者為了能繼續參賽，孤注一擲的在美國電視觀眾面前，直接披露另一名參賽者實為跨性別者的隱私。身為同志的Jeff Varner在《倖存者（或譯：我要活下去）》中為拯救自己不被其他組員淘汰，間接地迫使該組員出櫃。其他參賽者對其惡行深表反感，憤怒地將他逐出由戲小島。
This video of a Taiwanese dad learning to accept his lesbian daughter will give you all the feels. In the end, the love for his daughter trumped self-blame, shock, fears and all the negativities. (from ADVOCATE.com - Video by 愛的進行式 with English & Chinese subtitles) 阿爸的心內話：傳統的阿爸，很少說出心內話。他總是默默地思考，該如何面對自己與眾不同的女兒呢？自責、驚訝、恐懼、憤怒，複雜的情緒最後都抵不過對家人的愛。阿爸最後找到了答案。你呢？是否也能敞開心胸，重新認識身邊的人，用溫暖的接納，重新去愛？（製作：愛的進行式）
List of Sorts...
The 10 Most Banned And Challenged Books In America Right Now 當今在美國被禁與遭非議的10本書
If you have time to read only one article about LGBTQ+, read this 如果只有一篇文章的時間，就讀這篇吧：
How Homophobia Became a Word 闡明「恐同」一詞的誕生
(Editing: Hannah Fazio, LEEWANG Ching)