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LGBTQ News Roundup – 22nd October 2021

Netflix staff to walk out over Dave Chappelle’s transgender jokes    

A rally in support of a walkout by trans employees of Netflix took place today in Hollywood. The protest comes after Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended Dave Chappelle’s special The Closer which critics say contains transphobic and homophobic content. Sarandos wrote: “While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t necessarily translate to real-world harm“. 

Dutch royals can marry same-sex partner without giving up the crown

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has stated that the Dutch crown princess has the right to marry a person of any gender without giving up her right to the throne. Crown Princess Catharine-Amalia (pictured above), is 17 years old and the heir to the throne, but has made no comment or indication about her sexuality. Rutte made the statement after recently published books argued that the country’s rules exclude the possibility of a same-sex royal couple. Same-sex marriage was legalised in the Netherlands in 2001, but royal marriages need the approval of the country’s parliament.   

Texas man who used Grindr to rob gay men sent to jail

A twenty-two-year-old Texan man has been sentenced to 23 years in federal prison for using the Grindr dating app to commit violent crimes and robbery against gay men. Daniel Jenkins pleaded guilty in June for committing a series of robberies, carjackings and other cries in Dallas in December 2017. Jenkins was one of four co-conspirators who created fake profiles on Grindr to lure nine men to an apartment complex in Dallas. The victims were held at gunpoint and forced to drive to ATMs to withdraw cash from their accounts. Jenkins was the last of the criminals to be sentenced, the others also received prison sentences ranging from 11 to 22 years.  

Auckland Pride hires three new team members 

Auckland Pride has announced the employment of three new team members. Elyssia Wilson-Heti has been employed in a permanent capacity as Creative Director; Victoria Walsh has been appointed Major Events Producer in charge of the Pride March and Pride Party, and Hāmiora Bailey will be involved in expanding opportunities for Takatāpui within the organisation and festival.  


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