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Europe's Top Human Rights Court Waives Sterilization Requirement in Turkish Trans Man’s Gender Reassignment

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against the government of Turkey on Tuesday in favor of a trans man who was denied the right to gender reassignment surgery unless he agreed to undergo sterilization reports Buzzfeed:


The case began in 2005, when a Turkish court ruled that a trans man identified in court documents as Y.Y. could not undergo gender reassignment surgery because he was not infertile, a requirement for gender reassignment under Turkish law. He went to court rather than submit to medical sterilization. A Turkish court ultimately allowed him to move forward with gender reassignment in 2013, but the ECHR still heard his original challenge and awarded him damages of 7,500 euros in damages for the years he was unable to access gender reassignment surgery.

“The respect due to the physical integrity of the concerned party would be in opposition to his having to undergo” sterilization, the court ruled in a unanimous decision, and therefore a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, the treaty on which the ECHR’s authority is based. “The resulting interference in the claimant’s rights with respect to his private life cannot thus be said to have been ‘necessary’ in a democratic society.”

However, the ruling only addresses sterilization requirements, and it does not address other barriers impeding trans people from gender reassignment surgery such as having psychiatric professionals sign off on requests. 

Portuguese Parliament Blocks Bill Allowing Gays To Adopt

PortugalDespite widespread support the left-leaning Socialist party, a bill that would have allowed gay couples to adopt children has been defeated in Portugal’s Parliament. Versions of the law were submitted by the Green, Left Block, and Socialist parties, but the bill that was up for debate this past week was narrowly ousted by a slim 30 votes.

The entire Parliamentary body is composed of 220 representatives. Provisions preventing gay people from adopting children were written into a 2010 law that finally allowed gay couples to marry. 

Two Loggerhead Turtles Released After 30 Years in Captivity: VIDEO


Touché and Daisy, two Loggerhead sea turtles who spent more than 30 years in captivity, two of them in rehabilitation at the Lisbon Oceanarium, were released back into the sea this week.

Loggerheads are an endangered species, protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Touché, a 40-year-old turtle, was 90 pounds when brought to the Oceanarium and today is 142, while Daisy was 75 pounds and today is 91. They had been living in a restaurant aquarium after being separately caught in fishing line off the Portuguese and Moroccan coasts, respectively. The Oceanarium's rehabilitation process included weaning them off both a hand-feeding routine to which they had become accustomed and also the constant presence of people.

The turtles, which are the world's largest hard-shelled turtle, have a life expectancy of 80 years. Bravo!


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Epic Advertisement For Gay Portuguese Film Festival Glams Up 'Braveheart': VIDEO


Mel Gibson and his warriors may have worn a lot of makeup in "Braveheart," but you've never seen a bunch of Scots glammed up quite like this! 

The Queer Lisboa Film Festival, running from September 20-28th, has produced a loud and proud advertisement, titled "Pride Heart," that parodies Gibson's famous pre-battle speech. But this time, there are a lot more feathers. 

Buzzfeed reports:

Every September, Lisbon hosts Queer Lisboa, “the sole Portuguese Film Festival dedicated exclusively to screening gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual themed films.”

And every year, for several years now, Queer Lisboa comes out with an epic promo video ad.

Last year, it was “The Death of the Gay Cliche.” In 2010, it was “Mister Pink,” a brilliant redo of the famous scene from Reservoir Dogs.

Now this year, William Wallace gradually gets more flamboyant (as do his charges) as he gets into his pride speech.

Watch the funny, moving, and seriously epic ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Action Like You've Never Seen, and Never Will: VIDEO


A new promo for Portugal's cliche-killing Queer Lisboa Film Festival (featuring lesbian DDR athletes with hairy armpits), AFTER THE JUMP...

(via the daily what)

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The Village: VIDEO


A bit of tilt-shift loveliness shot just outside of Lisbon, Portugal.


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