Teargas, rubber bullets welcome parade
Turkish riot police in Istanbul yesterday fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters defying a ban on the city’s Gay Pride parade. Around 300 young protesters turned out despite the ban on the parade, which rights activists have been staging in Istanbul for the last 12 years.
Fatwa allows transgender marriages in Pak
Lahore: At least 50 Pakistani clerics have issued a fatwa stating that transgender marriages are lawful. The clerics affiliated with the little known Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat issued the religious edict yesterday. The fatwa stated that a transgender person having “visible signs of being a male” may marry a woman or a transgender with “visible signs of being a female” and vice versa. The fatwa, however, decreed that a transgender person carrying “visible signs of both genders” may not marry anyone. It declared that robbing transgender people of their share in inheritance was unlawful and that all funeral rituals for them will be the same as for any other Muslim.
Church should apologise to gays, says Pope Francis
Rome: Pope Francis has said Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated. When the Pope was asked if he agreed with comments by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx that the Church needed to say sorry for the way it has treated the gay community, he said, “We Christians have to apologise for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gay people), but we must ask for forgiveness. Not just apologise — forgiveness.” “The questions is: if a person who has that condition, who has good will, and who looks for God, who are we to judge?” the Pope added, repeating his famous “Who am I to judge?” remark.
US Gay Pride parade honours Orlando victims
New York: Hundreds of thousands of Americans took to streets from New York to San Francisco to celebrate gay pride, honor those who died in the Orlando massacre and promote tolerance. In San Francisco, the crowd cheered and electronic music blared from floats, a group carried placards with photos of the Orlando victims and men in leather bondage walked the route under bright sunshine. The US events, also in Chicago and Seattle, were a celebration but also a tribute to the 49 people killed at a gay nightclub on June 12 in America’s single worst mass shooting, which has once again inflamed calls for gun control.