News Highlights: Week of May 29

Court Ruling Could Make Taiwan First Place in Asia to Legalize Gay Marriage, by Chris Horton of The New York Times

Taiwan is emerging as a progressive leader in the region. Its constitutional court just uprooted the Civil Code’s traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. Leaders of the LGBTQ rights movement are pushing for next steps– an amendment that redefines marriage as simply a union of two spouses, as opposed to a separate law just for gay and lesbian couples. The country’s new President, Tsi Ing-wen, has spoken out in favor of the movement, stating “In the face of love, everyone is equal” but she has yet to take significant action.

UO president recommends renaming former Dunn Hall to Unthank Hall, by Dylan Darling of The Register Guard

The stream of university building name changes continues this week. The University of Oregon is voting to rename a residence hall after DeNorval Unthank Jr., the first Black man to graduate from the university’s architecture school, in 1951. A few months ago, administrators removed the original name, Dunn Hall; Frederick Dunn was a prominent member of the Klu Klux Klan and a UO professor in the early 1900s. The removal was prompted by UO’s Black Student Task Force, who asked the administration to rename buildings with namesakes tied to racism.

Black Women Leaders Demand Representation in the DNC, by Sheryl Estrada of DiversityInc

Black women are, in the words of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Twenty Black female politicians have organized a caucus to support Black female leadership in the Democratic Party. They point out that Black women have demonstrated the power of their leadership for years by, just for example, spearheading the Black Lives Matter and civil rights movements, and that Black female voters are a loyal voting bloc. Still, they say, they are consistently overlooked and under-supported by the DNC. Members of the caucus argue that Black women are ever at the forefront of progressive movements and consistently stand up for the most vulnerable populations.

‘Breaking’ Presents: Ricardo Gamboa, a Latinx Actor and Auteur Who Deftly Mixes Comedy With Righteous Anger, by Colorlines

Ricardo Gamboa is an up and coming Latinx actor, writer, and artist. He started out in commercial acting where he experienced significant racism. Now he has a new show on Open TV, a platform that features radical work by artists from marginalized groups. His new show, ‘Brujos’,  is about gay Latino Ph.D. students who also happen to be witches. He makes the point that when mainstream media does manage to include LGBTQ stories, they are usually white stories. He hopes to change that.  

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