Sunday, December 31, 2017
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore tweeted the announcement of rainbow fireworks earlier this month.
She wrote: ‘This New Year’s Eve, I can’t wait to see the rainbow waterfall cascade from Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight to celebrate a historic year for Sydney’s LGBT community.’
2017 was a historic year indeed for Australia. It launched a voluntary postal survey to see public opinion on same-sex marriage.
After Australians voted overwhelmingly in favor of it, politicians quickly passed it through parliament.
Then we started seeing same-sex marriages pop up all over the country.
Congratulations, Australia! And welcome to 2018.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
The White House on Wednesday terminated all members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
According to the Washington Blade, no explanation was given for the move.
Six members resigned in June to protest President Donald Trump's inaction on the epidemic, leaving 16. The remaining members were fired in a letter.
Scott Schoettes was among those who resigned in June.
“No respect for their service,” tweeted Schoettes, a senior attorney at Lambda Legal. “Dangerous that #Trump and Co. (Pence especially) are eliminating few remaining people willing to push against harmful policies, like abstinence-only sex ed. #WeObject #PACHA6 #Resist”
Gabriel Maldonado, CEO of the California-based LGBT and HIV/AIDS group Truevolution, speculated that the terminations were based on “ideological and philosophical differences” with the administration. Maldonado was among the 16 members terminated this week.
Maldonado said it was common for new administrations to make new appointments on PACHA, but he questioned why Trump waited a year.
“I think where the discrepancy comes in is why a year later,” he said.
In his World AIDS Day proclamation, Trump failed to mention LGBT people, one of the groups most affected by the epidemic.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
The employee also changed his title to ‘News-Press Faggoat’.
Gonzalez wrote a story on Monday (25 December) about last-minute Christmas shopping. But little did he know a colleague changed his byline and title to the homophobic slurs before it went to print.
As a result, readers opened their papers on Christmas morning to see the bizarre byline and title.
The Santa Barbara News-Press issued an apology on Wednesday (27 December) and explained the situation.
Director of News Operations Donald Katich said in a statement: ‘In Monday’s News-Press, one of our employees changed another employee’s byline to reflect an offensive slur.
‘The News-Press has taken immediate and swift action with this employee; we do not tolerate any form of harassment in the workplace.
‘We apologize to our readers,’ he said.
He also told the SF Gate: ‘It was a very poor decision made by an employee who is no longer in a position to make that same mistake. The employee is no longer in the building.
‘There is a process we are obligated to follow when it comes to discipline or termination,’ he said.