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Tuesday Conference

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Gays: Are They the Lost Sheep?

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Dear Father,
Tuesday Conference r each es th e 3rd issue titled
“The Gays: Are They the Lost Sheep?” with a heart full of
sorrow and grief. It goes without saying due to the brutal gunshot
attack they faced recently at Orlando. Tuesday Conference pays
homage and prayers for those who lost their lives and to their
Our intention of publishing this issue is to support Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) rights and to defend the
violence. This article will be of advocacy in nature focusing from
LGBT perspective.
The sheep, ignored, wounded and had to flee alone
needs to be cared, protected and encouraged like our
master has shown us.

This world would be a whole lot better if we
just made an effort to be less horrible to one
another.-Ellen Page

This was an act of terror and act of hate.
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This is a heartbreaking day for our friends who are
lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
President Obama

Orlando: Act of Hate

We need to
each other.
We need to
love each
other. And
we will not
be defined
by a hateful
John Dyer

Omar Mateen car r ied an
assault rifle and a pistol into
the packed Pulse club about 2
a.m, on 12th June and started
shooting, killing 50 people
and wounding at least 53.

After a standoff of about three hours, while people trapped
inside the club police crashed into the building with an armored
vehicle and stun grenades and killed Mateen. Omar Seddique
Mateen was born in 1986 in New York. Most recently he lived in
Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando.

Pulse: Nightclub
From the beginning, Pulse has served as a place of love
and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Pulse describes
itself as "the hottest gay bar" in the heart of Orlando. The club
is a vast, open space that was hosting more than 300 patrons
late Saturday and into Sunday morning.

Mayor .

One should never assume another’s identity based on the
appearance. It is always best to ask people how they identify,
what pronouns they prefer, and to respect their wishes.

Know who are LGBTQ...

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Acronyms refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer . Although all of the
different identities within “LGBT” are often lumped together (and share sexism as
a common root of oppression), there are specific needs and concerns related to
each individual identity.
A woman who is primarily attracted to other women.
A person who is attracted primarily to members of the same sex. Although it can
be used for any sex (e.g. gay man, gay woman, gay person), “lesbian” is sometimes
the preferred term for women who are attracted to women.
A person who is attracted to both people of their own gender and another gender.
Frequently used as an umbrella term to all people who do not identify with their
assigned gender at birth. Some transgender people feel they exist not within one of
the two standard gender categories, but rather somewhere between, beyond, or
outside of those two genders.
It is important to note that the word
queer is an in-group term, and a word
that can be considered offensive to
some people, depending on their
generation, geographic location, and
relationship with the word.

It is important to note that
gender identity, biological sex,
and sexual orientation are

Most Pervasive Myths...

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Myth #1: Transgender people are confused or tricking others.
Many think they're somehow confused or actively misleading others by
identifying with a gender different from the one assigned to them at birth. Trans
convey the feeling of being identified by others as the wrong gender.
Myth #2: Sexual orientation is linked to gender identity
Both are very different. Sexual orientation is w h o som eone is
sexually attracted to. Gender identity is who someone is. Still, this remains a very
common misconception.
But a transgender person can identify as a woman, even though she was
assigned male at birth, and be gay (attracted to other women), straight (attracted
to men), bisexual, asexual (sexually attracted to no one), or attracted to a
traditionally undefined gender.
Myth #3: Transitioning is as simple as one
It is a long, complicated process that
involves far more than medical procedures. Trans
people also have to go through personal, legal,

and social changes — and some may go through
some of these changes but forgo medical procedures
Myth #4: Transgender people make up a third gender

Most transgender people explicitly identify as male or female. They aren't part
of a third gender — they are, by all intents and purposes, men and women. It may
not be right to include people of varying sexual orientation to one company.
Myth #5: They are mentally ill
Medical organizations, like the American
Medical Association and American Psychiatric
Association, say being transgender is not a mental
disorder. Th e APA explained this in explicit
terms when it stopped using the term "gender
identity disorder" in favor of "gender dysphoria”.

LGBT Rights
We work
for a
where all

people can
enjoy their

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People around the world face violence and inequality
because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual
orientation and gender identity should never lead to
discrimination or abuse.
We document and expose abuses based on sexual
orientation and gender identity worldwide:

 arrests under unjust laws,

 torture

 unequal treatment,

 killing

 domestic violence,

 executions

 abuses against children,

 censorship

 denial of family rights &recognition.
 discrimination in health and jobs and housing,

Suggestions From the UN
The High Commissioner for Human Rights, in its first report on the human
rights of LGBT per sons appealed to U.N. Mem ber States to
decriminalize homosexuality and enact anti-discrimination laws.

Repeal laws th at cr im inalize h om osexuality,

Abolish death penalty for offenses involving consensual sexual

Enact anti-discrimination laws,

Standardize the age of consent for h om osexual conduct,

Enable LGBT persons fleeing per secution to avoid r etur ning to
countries where their freedom is threatened.

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Laws criminalizing homosexuality pose a serious
threat to the fundamental rights of LGBT -U.N.

The rainbow
flag, is a
pride. The
colors reflect
the diversity
of their
community. It
in California,
by Gilbert

Baker in 1978,
the design has

Check whether you have...Homophobia:
A range of negative attitudes and feelings toward LGBT. It
can be expressed as

 antipathy,
 contempt,

 prejudice,
 aversion,
 irrational fear
This is a source of discrimination against bisexuals, and may
be based on negative bisexual stereotypes or irrational fear.
The fear of transgender people or gender non-conforming
behavior. Like biphobia, transphobia can also exist among
LGBT people as well as among heterosexual people.

revisions and
thus acquired
the present

June is LGBTQ Pride Month
This means Americans around the country should expect some colorful
marches throughout the month. The month's events were originally inspired by









commemoration of the Stonewall Riots(1969).The first march came at a time
when Americans were considerably less accepting of gays and lesbians.

Love is a Human Right

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Civil marriage between individuals of the same-sex is an issue in which
fundamental human rights are at stake. Many oppose discrimination in marriage
laws on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and calls on states to
recognize families of choice, across borders where necessary. States should not
discriminate against minority groups based on identity. (For Catholic position, see
the previous issue of TC , issue 02, pg:07 )
The right of adults to enter into consensual
marriage is enshrined in international
human rights standards. Article 16, Universal
Declaration of Human Rights

Gay rights as Human rights ???
With the media attention on violent acts
inflicted on LGBT persons, a crucial question
before us today is whether gay rights are included
under basic human rights?

One of the human rights challenges
today is guaranteeing the equality and dignity
of members of the LGBT community. This
"invisible minority," whose human rights
were in jeopardy throughout the world. Gay

rights and human rights are not
distinct, as often argued .

It is important to respect people’s desired self-identifications. It is high time to
ask ourselves whether our churches are LGBT-friendly? Or how far their spiritual life
taken cared? Or do our associations issue
to them? Or still are they
invisible to us? If then we need to understand it is
just because we avoid them.

Published from Vincentian Vidyabhavan, Aluva.