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Iraq Implements Restrictions on LGBTQ-related Terms in Media, Raising Concerns 

The Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC) has introduced guidelines that prohibit the use of LGBTQ terms in media. 

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New Rules Substitute “Homosexuality” with “Sexual Deviancy”

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The CMC’s directives require platforms to replace the term “homosexuality” with “sexual deviancy.”

Potential Penalties for Violating Guidelines Await Approval

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Although the decision is pending final approval, potential penalties, including fines, remain uncertain. 

Amnesty International Calls for Reconsideration of Ban

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Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa voices reservations about the ban, expressing concerns about discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ individuals. 

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Criticism Arises Over Ban on the Term “Gender”

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The ban on the term “gender” receives backlash due to its potential obstruction of efforts against gender-based violence. 

Iraqi Law Leaves Room for Interpretation on Homosexuality

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While homosexuality is not explicitly criminalized, moral codes could lead to charges related to “public indecency.”

Anti-LGBTQ Sentiment Increases in Iraq

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Iraq has witnessed a rise in anti-LGBTQ sentiment, partially spurred by a Quran-burning incident in Sweden. 

Rallies Denounce Quran Burning and LGBTQ+ Symbols

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Followers of a prominent Iraqi Shiite cleric organize rallies, burning LGBTQ+ pride flags and endorsing Islam. 

Concerns Over Incitement of Violence Against LGBTQ+ Individuals

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The substitution of the term “homosexuality” with “sexual deviancy” raises concerns about potential violence and discrimination. 

Obstruction of Efforts Against Gender-Based Violence Criticized

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Critics argue that banning the term “gender” could hinder progress in combating gender-based violence.

Legal Ambiguity Leaves LGBTQ+ Individuals Vulnerable

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The uncertain legal status of LGBTQ+ individuals in Iraq leaves them vulnerable to discrimination and violence. 

Ongoing Debate Surrounds Iraq’s Media Restrictions

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The ban on LGBTQ-related terms in media continues to spark debate and calls for reconsideration.

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More from The Stock Dork – Hawaii Department of Health Trains Therapists to Conceal Conversations with LGBT Youth from Parents

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A presentation delivered to staff and graduate students at the University of Hawaii Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy by employees of the Hawaii Department of Health has caused controversy. Titled “Affirming practice with LGBTQ+ youth,” the training urges therapists not to document their conversations with LGBTQ+ youth to keep parents unaware of their child’s sexual identity.

American Federation of Teachers’ Conference Focuses on LGBTQ Education and Social Justice

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The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently held its “Together Educating America’s Children” conference in Washington, D.C., where educators and activists convened to discuss various issues related to education and social justice.

The conference schedule revealed a strong emphasis on LGBTQ education and promoting a woke social justice agenda in schools.

California Governor Gavin Newsom Proposes Fines for School Districts Resisting LGBTQIA2S Curriculum

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Governor Gavin Newsom of California, known for criticizing conservative states over their exclusion of LGBTQ curricula, has now set his sights on local school districts within his own state. Newsom is backing a bill, AB 1078, introduced by Assemblymember Corey Jackson, which would grant the state the power to intervene in districts and impose fines if their curricula lack materials on ethnic groups and “LGBTQ+ Americans.”

University of Michigan Study Shows Gender Differences in Political Ideology

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A recent study by the University of Michigan reveals interesting trends in the political ideologies of high school seniors. According to the “Monitoring the Future” survey, twelfth-grade boys are leaning more conservative, with nearly twice as many identifying as conservative compared to liberal.

Transgender Individual Seeks Euthanasia in Canada After Painful Surgery

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Lois Cardinal, a self-identified “sterilized First Nations post-op transsexual” in Canada, has made a request for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) following a surgery in 2009 to create a “neo-vagina.” Cardinal expresses immense regret over the operation, as it has resulted in constant discomfort and pain.

The surgery often leaves patients with an open wound that requires daily dilation to prevent closure.


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