Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black tie the knot, authorities reveal HIV status of Indonesian men, New Zealand to scrap crime of blasphemy & more: the biggest international LGBT stories in today’s Cuppán Gay
This November marked a year Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black have released photographs of their wedding.
The pair tied the knot on Saturday in an intimate ceremony at a lavish golf resort in Dartmoor national park.
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“I married the love of my life shared with 120 of our closest family and friends from Texarkana to Plymouth.”
Mr Daley wrote: “05.06.17 the day I married the love of my life shared with 120 of our closest family and friends from Texarkana to Plymouth”.
Mr Daley, 22, was said to have re-enacted the balcony scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, calling Black, who is 20 years his senior, his Romeo.
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- Pulse Nightclub, the location of the mass-shooting killing 49 people in June 2016, will become a permanent memorial to the victims. Nightclub owner Barbara Poma spoke at a press conference: “What began as a place for fun and joy is now sacred ground. We must never forget the true focus of the project. We must not let hate win.” (Huffpost)
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- Authorities in Indonesia forced fourteen men to take STI tests and released the results of their HIV status following their detention at a private party in a hotel. After neighbours tipped them off, police confiscated a hard drive containing gay porn videos which is an offence in the conservative country. Human Rights Watch have condemned the treatment of these men saying the “police are again violating the basic rights of LGBT people by invading their privacy.” (SBS)
- A court in the US has ruled that those who Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses can sue the religious woman for damages. The US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that although Kentucky’s licensing policies were changed to remove clerks’ names marriage licenses, this does not excuse Davis from the harm she caused to couples she would not issue licenses to. (Dailydot)
- Twenty-two-year-old Olympic diver Tom Daley and acclaimed screenwriter Dustin Lance Black tied the knot yesterday at Bovey Castle. Attending the power couple’s wedding in the luxurious castle were fifty close friends and family. (Pink News)
- New Zealand will scrap the crime of blasphemy following the Gardaí investigation into Stephen Fry’s critical comments about God during a 2015 interview with Gay Byrne. David Seymour, the leader of a New Zealand opposition party called ACT, explained that those in New Zealand “cherish” their secular nature. “New Zealanders cherish the fact that we have strong separation between church and state,” he said. “So when people discovered that there was a law that meant you could spend a year in jail for offending someone of a religious persuasion there was widespread condemnation.” (Irish Times)
- Unchechen, a short film, highlights the horrors of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge which was first reported in April 2017. (Queerty)
On Thursday he concerned fans by sharing a picture of himself in a hospital bed, raising a mug of drink while lying in a hospital gown.
The two-time Olympic medallist, 22, wrote: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. #AtheleteLife
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New Zealand will scrap the crime of blasphemy following the Gardaí investigation into Stephen Fry’s critical comments about God during a 2015 interview with Gay Byrne. David Seymour, the leader of a New Zealand opposition party called ACT, explained that those in New Zealand “cherish” their secular nature.
For a one-time $90 payment, users get lifetime access to several hours of video, plus written materials, from people who are considered “masters” in their field.
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- Mr Daley, who made no reference to what caused the hospital admission, was greeted with warm words of support from fans.
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- The diver came out to fans in a YouTube video posted in December 2013, saying his “whole world changed” when he fell in love with a man.
- He and Mr Black revealed their engagement with a traditional wedding announcement in The Times in October 2015, two years later.
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