Yvonne Wingett Sanchez Arizona Republic Published 12:36 PM EST Nov 14, 2018 Kyrsten Sinema is getting national attention as the first openly bisexual candidate elected to the U.S. Senate. Now characterized by some as a standard-bearer for LGBTQ people, Sinema’s sexual orientation was barely mentioned during her hard-fought campaign against Republican Martha McSally for the seat. That it wasn’t even an issue reflects of Arizona’s long libertarian tradition emphasizing individual rights that stretches back at least to the Barry Goldwater era of politics. “It’s not a front-and-center part of Kyrsten’s identity, although she lives with great authenticity — she always has,” said Neil Giuliano, the nation’s first directly elected, openly gay mayor. Giuliano, a former mayor of Tempe, now is president and CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership, a business leadership organization. KYRSTEN SINEMA: The congresswoman who grew … [Read more...] about Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema to be first openly bisexual U.S. Senator
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Last Updated Oct 2, 2018 3:02 PM EDT UNITED NATIONS -- The Trump administration reversed visa policy this week for same-sex partners of United Nations staff, saying they must marry their partners by the end of the year or leave the U.S. within 30 days of the December 31 deadline.In a memo sent to the U.N. Secretariat and obtained by CBS News, the U.S. Mission to the U.N. said that all new applicants who wish to bring a same-sex partner to the U.S. must be married to that partner, despite the fact that the vast majority of U.N. member states do not legalize same-sex marriage. Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power called the policy "needlessly cruel & bigoted." She said only 12 percent of UN member states allow same-sex marriages. The memo on the policy change, dated July 12, updates an earlier diplomatic note concerning the definition of family members. The new rule reverses Obama administration policy and went into effect on October … [Read more...] about U.S. says same-sex partners of UN staff will have to marry or leave
New York (AP) – Even as it celebrates victories in the push for same-sex marriage, America’s gay-rights movement is experiencing self-criticism and internal divisions over its approach to other thorny issues. Some activists say the nationwide marriage campaign, while worthwhile, has diverted energy and resources from causes that may be harder to market – such as rights for transgender people and advocacy to combat HIV and AIDS. “I wish we were spending a little more time working on these other issues and not just making marriage the centerpiece,” said Terry Stone of CenterLink, a nationwide coalition of more than 200 community centers that serve lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Stone said the latest survey of the community centers’ patrons found that their top concerns were anti-gay bullying at schools, transgender rights, HIV and AIDS issues, and the need for more laws against anti-gay discrimination in employment, housing and … [Read more...] about Some LGBT activists regret focus on marriage equality
World Russia China Russian military Chinese Military U.S. Military Vladimir Putin Xi Jinping Donald Trump Updated | Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have easily won national elections that will propel their respective drives to expand global influence and improve military capabilities, as experts say people are seemingly turning away from the Western-style world order traditionally led by the U.S. Putin reportedly secured 76.6 percent of votes Sunday to win an unprecedented fourth term as president, which—along with his four-year tenure as prime minister—would give the Russian leader nearly a quarter century of power, a feat rivaled only by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Related: Russia says U.S. no longer rules the world, as tensions mount in Middle East, Europe and space Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping faced even less opposition during his unanimous re-election vote Saturday at the 13th … [Read more...] about Russia’s and China’s Presidents Are Winning Big as They Challenge U.S. and Take Power From West
Supported by Television The Americans NYT Critic’s Pick By JAMES PONIEWOZIKMARCH 27, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story In the fifth-season finale of “The Americans,” Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), a covert Soviet agent in the United States, offered some advice to a young Vietnamese counterpart: Get a partner. “You’re not going to make it,” she warned him. “It’s too hard, the work we do, to do it alone.”Now, Elizabeth is doing it alone.At the outset of the sixth and final season, which begins Wednesday on FX, three years have passed since Elizabeth’s husband and collaborator, Philip (Matthew Rhys), burned out and left the spy game.Their cover — suburban Virginia parents running a travel agency — has become his real life. While he books international tours, she’s fomenting the international revolution, alone and wearily, and the strain … [Read more...] about Review: Both ‘The Americans’ and the U.S.S.R. Will End. Can This Marriage Be Saved?