Here's a roundup of LGBT news from across Canada and around the world.
India reinstates law against homosexuality On December 11, India's Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court ruling and reinstated a law that prohibits same-sex relationships. LGBT activists told the press they would fight the ruling and several Bollywood stars have also spoken out against the ruling.
There will be one less relative at Kim Jong-un’s dinner table this Christmas.
North Korean media announced today (December 12) that the country has executed Jang Song Thaek, a former state official and Kim Jong-un’s uncle, calling Jang “worse than a dog”.
According to the CBC, this announcement comes days after Jang had been removed from his post—as North Korea’s second-most powerful person—due to allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing, and “generally leading a ‘dissolute and depraved life.’”
The petition, started by Kaine Delay, points to the 2011 Stanley Cup riot as the reason NYE VAN 2015, scheduled for December 31, 2014 should not go forward.
The signature drive by the group Sensible B.C. to petition a provincial referendum on decriminalizing marijuana has run out of time. Monday (December 9) was the deadline for the petition to be handed in to Elections B.C. By all press accounts, like this one in the Province, the effort will fall far short of the required 400,000-some signatures.
If you can't wait to see the Chicago DJ duo at B.C. Place Stadium, you can watch a live stream of their show in Washington, D.C., on Friday (December 13). Part of Flosstradamus's IRL Tour, the concert is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. Pacific time.
And if you can't wait until tomorrow either, here's the video for the track "Crowd Ctrl" by Flosstradamus and DJ Sliink.
Could you survive a week without the Internet?
That's the subject of this short documentary from Mother London, which follows the lives of five digital natives as they attempt to get through a week without social networking, web browsing, or even taking the dreaded selfie.
Tellingly, participants, along with their friends and family members, reported a greater overall level of happiness, with one son saying his dad was much friendlier to be around without the digital distractions.
While much attention has focused on Russia's antigay legislation in the leadup to the Winter Olympics, India has also moved in an unfortunate similar direction when it comes to LGBT rights.
On December 11, India's Supreme Court overturned a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexuality. The controversial ruling is a major blow to LGBT rights in the South Asian country.
According to Section 377, a same-sex relationship is an "unnatural offence" and is punishable by a 10-year jail term. The law is 153 years old, dating from the country's colonial era.
The 2009 New Delhi High Court ruling stated that the law violated basic human rights. The decision faced backlash from conservative and religious groups.
If you saw an interracial couple being subjected to racist remarks, what would you do?
That's what the program, handily entitled What Would You Do?, asks. The ABC News program, hosted by John Quiñones, takes a look a number of social issues, ranging from parenting to various forms of discrimination, such as homophobia and racism.
The program secretly stages scenarios in public spaces, and captures the reactions of bystanders (who don't realize they're watching actors) to see how they will respond.
In one episode, the program staged a black female hairdresser at a Harlem barbershop in New York City to berate a black male-white female couple (also actors) with racist remarks for their interracial relationship.
A South African grocery store was the setting for a touching tribute to Nelson Mandela. On December 7, a Johannesburg location of Woolworths was treated to a flash mob of singers from the Soweto Gospel Choir.
The Grammy Award-winning choir, who last performed in Vancouver in 2012, posed as grocery store employees and customers before breaking out into an a cappella version of Asimbonanga (We have not seen him), a song written by musician Johnny Clegg in 1987 as a call for Mandela’s freedom during his incarceration.
The “impromptu” performance left many customers in the busy grocery store in tears and deeply touched.