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nepal’s sexual Minorities parade to
(AP) Hundreds of LGBT people paraded through
Nepal’s capital Sunday to demand that rights for
sexual minorities be included in the country’s
new constitution that is being finalized.
The colorful rally in downtown Kathmandu - an
annual affair - drew about 500 participants.
“Our main demand is that the rights of the
sexual minorities should be guaranteed in the
new constitution,” said Pinky Gurung of the Blue
Diamond Society, a gay rights group in Nepal.
They are also demanding same-sex marriage be
guaranteed in the new constitution, permitting
gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt, buy
joint property, open joint bank accounts and
inherit from one another.
Nepal this year issued passports under the
category “others” for those who do not want to be
identified as male or female.
These people who identify themselves as
“third gender” have also been issued citizenship
certificates by the Nepalese government. But the
community is saying only a few have been issued
and it is still difficult to get them from government
The parade has been held annually for the
past few years on Gaijatra, a Hindu festival to
remember the dead.
The much-delayed constitution draft is
being finalized by members of the Constituent
Assembly, but political parties are still unable to
agree on the number and border of the proposed
Ashley Madison Looked to Hook
Up with Grindr
(EDGE) Forbes reported that the adultery-enabling site,
Ashley Madison, looked to buy the gay-hook-up site Grindr
earlier this year. If it had, imagine the fracas the hacker data
dump would have had on the gay male community?
“Amongst the masses of emails dumped by The Impact
Team, a group of hackers who have made a mockery of
Ashley Madison’s digital [defenses] this month, are a handful
of conversations showing it was considering a purchase of
Grindr, a dating application for gay, bisexual and bi-curious
men, which many see as a quick and easy tool for initiating
coitus,” Forbes reported on Thursday.
While the relationship between Avid Life Media, which
owns Ashley Madison, and Grindr stretches back three
years, it was earlier this year when Ashley Madison founder
Noel Biderman and “major Avid Life Media shareholders
considered making an offer for a significant stake in the
That was at the time when Grindr, which was founded in
2009 by Joel Simkhai with $5,000, was looking for a buyer,
according to Bloomberg Business. At first, Forbes reports
in its analysis of leaked emails, Biderman was reluctant
to buying Grindr, but made inquiries into the company’s
financial status. Apparently they were impressed.
For its part, Grindr estimated its revenue for 2015 would
rise to $38.1 million with EBITDA of $16.5 million. It also
claimed to have 324,000 paying subscribers this year.
Read the Forbes story to find out the further machinations
between the companies. In the end, though, “it appears
Biderman and his cohorts considered the acquisition too
costly. In light of recent events, it’s unlikely they will be
making any deals in the near future whatsoever,” Forbes
Los Angeles will Host 2016
(NGLCC) During the closing session of the National Gay
& Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 2015 conference, the
NGLCC announced Los Angeles as the host city for their 2016
International Business & Leadership Conference. The event
will take place August 23-26 at the Hyatt Regency Century
American Airlines will be a presenting sponsor for their
fourth year, and will be joined next year by Bristol-Myers
Squibb and Southern California Edison to present the LGBT
business development. The 2016 conference is expects more
than 1000 LGBT and allied entrepreneurs, business owners,
corporate representatives, and LGBT chamber leaders from
across the country and around the globe.
We must continue to push for economic opportunities to
help our community to thrive. We look forward to bringing
together over 1,000 attendees to our 2016 conference and
keeping the momentum of success moving forward,” said
NGLCC co-founder and President Justin Nelson.
Celebrating Marriage Equality
(DNC) The Democratic National Committee passed a
resolution celebrating marriage equality at its Summer
Meeting in Minneapolis. This is in stark contrast to the
resolution passed at the Republican National Committee’s
Summer Meeting supporting a so-called “First Amendment
Defense Act” that would discriminate against LGBT people
and single mothers.
According to a report in the Washington Blade (http://bit.
ly/1hrVB5B ) “The DNC committee approved the resolution
two days after four Republican presidential candidates —
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, U.S . Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas),
former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and neurosurgeon Ben
Carson — signed a National Organization for Marriage
pledge that, among other things, indicates their support of
efforts to overturn the Obergefell ruling.”
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