Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Daphne H Wilcox says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rich Basta says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Gun Violence March 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm GLAD to see the Episcopal Church preaching with action instead of words.ABOUT TIME we got exercised about our culture of violence. rev. sandy blake — aurora, colorado Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs March 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm There must be a story connected to the cross that Bishop Curry is wearing. Would love to know it. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 March 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm I and my friends and neighbors and fellow church-goers are with you all the way! Do not back down! God bless what you are doing. Advocacy Peace & Justice, March 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm I am so proud of our Bishops and our diocese for taking the lead on this momentous event . Marjorie Burke, Weare, NH says: March 26, 2013 at 8:09 am Wonderful Bishp Dinis. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC Tags rev. sandy blake says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Katerina Whitley says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI March 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm Thank you for sharing this on fb; otherwise I would not have known about it, not having belonged to a church for many years (hello Ian Douglas, I rmeber you you from St. James’s in North Cambridge MA). Is Bishop Budde the daughter of Samuel Budde who was an Episcopal priest in Waterbury CT at Christ Church many years ago? Sorry about asking here. I am the former Bonnie Brugmann (Burke), now Towle. Peace and greetings to all who are against gun violence and who keep alive the tradition of the Stations of the Cross. 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Featured Jobs & Calls March 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm I’m glad that they have focused on violence against children and the sanctity and dignity of every human life. I agree that we must enact sensible measures to protect everyone from further gun violence, and I applaud the ECUSA for witnessing to that truth. My hope is that the Presiding Bishop and others in leadership in the ECUSA will follow up these words with other actions, including the renunciation of the ECUSA’s membership in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. If 3,000 children dying every day from gun violence is terrible, and it is, aren’t the 1.2 million humans in the womb who die at the hands of abortionists in the U.S. every year also worth lamenting? Just a thought. March 26, 2013 at 8:33 am We can all be proud and inspired by the stand our church is taking. The time has come again, as it has in our nation’s history before, for our faiths to weigh in and help reset America’s moral compass on a better course away from violence and greed. March 26, 2013 at 8:49 am Thank you for this witness, bishops and laity alike. Thank you, Bishop Sengulane, for never giving up on your dream for peace and non-violence. You and Mozambique have stayed in my heart and mind since 1989. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Course Director Jerusalem, Israel DC Stations, Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde recites prayers at thefirst Way of the Cross station March 25 in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Suffragan James Curry, left, and Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglaslisten. ENS photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg[Episcopal News Service – Washington, D.C.] Rain, snow, and temperatures that were barely above freezing did not deter a group of about 400 Episcopalians from taking to the streets of the nation’s capital March 25 to transform the traditional re-enactment of Jesus’ journey to Calvary and the tomb into a prayer procession meant to challenge what they called a culture of violence.The modern-day version of the ancient Holy Week ritual of the Stations of the Cross began outside St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, at the corner of 16th and H streets northwest, across from the White House. The moving liturgy went past the White House and concluded on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol some two and a half hours later. Bishops, priests and deacons in the procession wore cassocks or other clerical attire, and the worshippers were led by a wooden cross as they made their way past the White House and down a lane of Pennsylvania Avenue that had been blocked off from traffic.“You walked for Christ at a time when most people would have just gone inside and found something else to do,” Connecticut Bishop Suffragan James Curry told the worshippers after they finished the Way of the Cross.At a “media availability” event before the Way of the Cross began, Curry had said that “the place of the church in our society is the place of Jesus Christ who faced down violence itself and died because of it.”“We know that this is a struggle that will take years and years, and our pledge is continue to carry that cross for our children and for our society,” he said.While there was mention in the liturgy of the ready availability of guns and the grief caused by gunplay, the worshippers during their stops near memorials, government buildings and works of art primarily offered prayers for an end to a culture of violence and the social and economic conditions that spawn violence.The Stations of the Cross is an ancient ritual that commemorates the ordeal of Jesus from his condemnation by Pontius Pilate to his crucifixion and burial. Worshippers metaphorically walk with Jesus, stopping to offer prayers inspired by events, some legendary, that occurred as Jesus carried his cross.Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Suffragan Laura Ahrens leads the Way of the Cross station outside theWhite House while Connecticut Bishop Suffragan James Curry assists her with the soundsystem. ENS photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergThe specially written Stations of the Cross liturgy is here.Curry, Connecticut Bishop Ian T. Douglas and Bishop Suffragan Laura J. Ahrens organized the service days after the killing of 28 students, teachers and others at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012. Among those who died was Benjamin Andrew Wheeler, 6, who was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown. The bishops worked in cooperation with Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, and a team from her diocese.Other Episcopal bishops who participated in some or all of the event were Wayne Wright of Delaware, Nedi Rivera of Eastern Oregon, Mary Glasspool of Los Angeles, Larry Provenzano of Long Island, Gayle Harris of Massachusetts, Steven Miller of Milwaukee, Mark Beckwith of Newark, David Bailey of Navajoland, Rob Hirschfeld of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson (retired) of New Hampshire, W. Nicholas Knisely of Rhode Island, Dorsey Henderson of Upper South Carolina, Shannon Johnston of Virginia, Douglas Fisher of Western Massachusetts and Porter Taylor of Western North Carolina participated. The Rt. Rev. Dinis S. Sengulane, bishop of Lebombo, Mozambique, in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, who helped to end the civil war in his country and inspired the collection and conversion of weapons from that war for peaceful purposes, was also a participant.Before the Stations of the Cross began, the bishops met at St. John’s to discuss pending legislation to reduce gun violence with Stephanie Valencia, principal deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Paul Monteiro, an associated director in that office.Many of the bishops are part of Episcopalians Against Gun Violence, an ad hoc group of bishops, clergy and lay Episcopalians who are working, collectively and individually, to curb gun violence. The group has a Facebook presence and is on Twitter. The hashtag for the Stations of the Cross march was #DCWitness.Lay people and clergy of all ages came from all over the northeast to attend the Way ofthe Cross: Challenging a Culture of Violence march in Washington, D.C. March 25. ENSphoto/Mary Frances SchjonbergShortly after the conclusion of the stations, most of the participants gathered in the Montpelier Room of the James Madison Memorial Building that is part of the Library of Congress for brief remarks from church and government leaders to support President Barack Obama’s call for gun reform and the legislative actions pending in Congress.Bishops Curry and Douglas, and Sengulane of Mozambique, were among the speakers. Others included Connecticut Rep. John Larson, D.C. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and the Rev. Brenda Griton-Mitchell, director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships of the U.S. Department of Education.Holmes Norton, who was baptized in the Episcopal Church, said, “We in the District of Columbia know the gun lobby more than most,” noting ongoing efforts to prevent the District from enacting tough gun measures.However, she said, people all over the country are stepping forward to call for laws meant to reduce gun violence “and this time we will not step back.”Close to 400 people prayerfully walked down Pennsylvania Avenue in a cold and rainyWashington, D.C. March 25 from the White House to the U.S. Capitol to call for an endto violence. ENS photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergGriton-Mitchell, a lawyer and an ordained Baptist minister, said, “I would rather see a sermon than hear one any day.” She insisted that in the Way of the Cross she had indeed seen a sermon.Sengulane, who celebrated the 38th anniversary of his ordination and consecration as a bishop March 25, said having a gun in the house for protection is like having a poisonous snake for the same reason. There’s no guarantee whom it will bite. A gun is also a “very bad adviser” on how to handle conflict, he said.The March 25 Stations of the Cross was the latest is a series of actions by Episcopalians across the church who are attempting to eliminate gun violence. Leaders at the denominational level have spoken out as well.Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool of Los Angeles captures video of Diocese ofMassachusetts Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris leading prayers at one of the Way of theCross stations. ENS photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergIn mid-February, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in written testimony to the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, urged lawmakers to “press for comprehensive and universal background checks for firearm ownership, regardless of where and how a gun is purchased; for bans on the availability to civilians of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines; and for policies designed to better regulate the manufacture of guns.”Jefferts Schori noted that the Episcopal Church has said continually over more than 40 years “that the role of guns in our society’s culture of violence cannot be ignored.” And, while the church “supports the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms,” the presiding bishop said, the church “is clear that federal, state, and local gun laws and enforcement activities should focus their efforts on keeping guns out of the hands of children and those who would use them to commit violent crimes.”The presiding bishop could not participate in the Stations of the Cross in Washington, D.C. because she was in England for a meeting of the Anglican Communion Standing Committee, which followed the inauguration of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Douglas, who is also a member of the Standing Committee and attended the inauguration, attended the first two days of the meeting before returning to help lead the event.The 13th and 14th stations on the Way of the Cross were on the wet, muddy lawn of theU.S. Capitol. ENS photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergIn late February, the church’s Executive Council called on Episcopalians to “repent of our own roles in the glorification and trivialization of violence.” The resolution urges Episcopalians to work toward “comprehensive social responses that seek to stem the cycles of violence that fuel gun crime.”It also called for making mental-health services available and accessible “without stigma in a variety of settings,” and available to “those who have suffered trauma from exposure to violence or violent environments.”Resolution A&N004 urged elected officials to make gun trafficking a federal crime and empower law enforcement officials to investigate and prosecute straw purchasers, gun traffickers and their entire criminal networks.”And it urged Episcopalians to “examine our own cultural attitudes toward violence through efforts in congregations and communities [and] to repent of our own roles in the glorification and trivialization of violence, and to commit ourselves to another way.”Just after the council meeting, House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and Vice President the Hon. Byron Rushing issued a letter to General Convention deputies outlining council’s resolution and saying they hoped the deputies would “help lead the church to fulfill this resolution.”On March 22, the Episcopal Public Policy Network, based in Washington, D.C., issued a policy alert here suggesting three steps Episcopalians could take to respond to the calls from the church’s leadership to advocate for an end to gun violence.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 25, 2013 Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska David G. Jones says: David Sturges says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Benita Towle says: Rector Shreveport, LA Comments (12) Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA March 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm Thank you for this peaceful witness calling for an end to gun violence in our country. March 28, 2013 at 11:36 am I put guns in the hands of my children and teach them how to respect and use them correctly and safely. Tragedies like Sandy Hook are inevitable in our flawed world, especially in our free society. Restricting the liberty of law-abiding citizens will not solve the problem. Youth Minister Lorton, VA March 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm Anne – that is a cross Bishop Curry received in Mozambique. It is made from old guns that were turned into a program started by Bisshop Sengulane.
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Top Stories’Why Only Certain Judges Get Politically Sensitive Matters?’ : Dave Raises Points Of Criticism Against SC In Prashant Bhushan Contempt Case Sanya Talwar5 Aug 2020 4:40 AMShare This – x Gripping arguments ensued on Wednesday in the 3-hour long hearing in the Supreme Court in the contempt case against Advocate Prashant Bhushan for his tweets about Chief Justice SA Bobde and the Judiciary before Supreme Court.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari heard Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave who appeared for Bhushan in the case. Dave’s arguments’…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login Gripping arguments ensued on Wednesday in the 3-hour long hearing in the Supreme Court in the contempt case against Advocate Prashant Bhushan for his tweets about Chief Justice SA Bobde and the Judiciary before Supreme Court.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari heard Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave who appeared for Bhushan in the case. Dave’s arguments’ centripetal premise was whether Mr. Bhushan’s tweets were contemptuous or not.While doing so, Dave urged the Court to look at Bhushan’s comments as fair criticism aimed at the betterment of the judiciary, with no malice as much, and without intention to bring any disrepute to the independence of judicial system. The crux of his arguments was that the effectiveness of the judiciary was actually on the decline, in light of several unfortunate circumstances and that, Bhushan’s tweets should be understood in that context.’Comments Were Not Out Of Malice; But Out Of Love & Affection For Court’, Says Bhushan As SC Reserves Orders On Contempt Case Dave: “People like Bhushan take up issues that many times the executive is not willing to do. Sure many of his petitions are dismissed, rightly so, that’s for you to decide, but I beseech you to look at this. If Mr Bhushan was ‘pro establishment’ you would have given him Padma Vibushan for his work.”While referring to the statements made by Justices Madan B Lokur & Kurian Joseph at the press conference held by four sitting judges of the Supreme Court on January 12, 2018, Dave emphasised that criticism regarding judicial approach was not wholly unjustified.In their statements, judges had stated, among other things, that the administration of the apex court was “not in order” and many “things less than desirable” were happening,Dave: “Nothing wrong in not withholding views, when you feel that everything is not “hunky Dory” in SC. But can it be held to be contempt?”Next, he talked about recent issues, which he contended had plagued the effectiveness of judiciary such as, its nonchalance on Article 370 cases, inaction in the habeas corpus pleas etc.He said “anyone would be anguished” at such responses of the judiciary.[PRASHANT BHUSHAN’s PLEA AGAINST SUPREME COURT’s SECRETARY GENERAL] Top Court to shortly hear Adv. Prashant Bhushan’s plea against Secretary General for listing contempt plea filed against him on the judicial side sans consent of Attorney [email protected] #ContemptofCourt pic.twitter.com/NKwMCkOM8b— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 5, 2020 Dave then said that SC’s handling of the sexual harassment case against the Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi left a bad impression on the institution. Dave: “Look at the case against him. She(the complainant) was reinstated and all charges were dropped. It 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 shows she was speaking the Truth. Was any contempt issued against her? What impression does it give? We must take up these serious issues. A judge sits on a Saturday in his own cause regarding sexual harassment”He went on to state that that Justice Gogoi got a Rajya Sabha Seat and Z+ security soon after his retirement, which raised a question mark over decisions in cases such as Rafale, Ayodhya, CBI director etc.Dave then said that the manner of allocation of cases to judges also raised sufficient grounds for criticism. He said that only some judges got to handle “politically sensitive” cases.Dave: Why, for example, do only certain judges get politically sensitive matters? Justice Nariman for example — he never gets assigned such matters![PRASHANT BHUSHAN’s PLEA AGAINST SUPREME COURT’s SECRETARY GENERAL] Top Court to shortly hear Adv. Prashant Bhushan’s plea against Secretary General for listing contempt plea filed against him on the judicial side sans consent of Attorney [email protected] #ContemptofCourt pic.twitter.com/NKwMCkOM8b— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 5, 2020 After the hearing, the bench reserved orders in the case.Bhushan has filed a detailed reply affidavit to the contempt notice, stating that expression of bona fide opinion about the Court cannot amount to contempt.Complete updates from the hearing may be read here. [PRASHANT BHUSHAN’s PLEA AGAINST SUPREME COURT’s SECRETARY GENERAL] Top Court to shortly hear Adv. Prashant Bhushan’s plea against Secretary General for listing contempt plea filed against him on the judicial side sans consent of Attorney [email protected] #ContemptofCourt pic.twitter.com/NKwMCkOM8b— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 5, 2020 Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Moving online allows viewers to visit sites, affiliates, researchers around the world Harvard Worldwide Week truly goes global Related The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every aspect of life, including social movements such as the struggle for LGBTQ rights. As part of Worldwide Week at Harvard, on Wednesday the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs hosted “Rethinking Resistance Politics in Troubling Times: Transnational Queer Solidarity During COVID-19,” an online panel discussing recent work examining the international situation.The two-hour-plus forum began with a look at the Arab world. Sa’ed Atshan, visiting assistant professor of anthropology and visiting scholar in Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and assistant professor peace and conflict at Swarthmore, opened the Zoom event by discussing the Arab Spring, the series of nonviolent protests launched in Tunisia in 2010. Although these succeeded in toppling dictatorships there and in other nations, the region has in recent years been experiencing a reactionary pushback that has included a rise in officially sanctioned homophobia.Atshan, who had been a graduate student at the Weatherhead Center, cited as an example the persecution of those who mourned the recent suicide of Sarah Hegazi, who became a cause célèbre for the gay community in the Middle East and beyond. The Egyptian writer and lesbian activist was arrested and tortured by authorities for waving a rainbow flag in 2017 at a concert in Cairo — a city once considered “the queer capital of the Arab world,” said Atshan. She emerged deeply traumatized and depressed and was granted asylum in Canada, where she died in June. This loss, explained Atshan, was exacerbated by the isolation of the pandemic, with widely shared images of Arabs “shaming anyone who mourned her,” he said.“The deeply entrenched nature of homophobia meant that even in her death she could not rest in peace,” he said. “Queer Arabs had to process this alongside living through a global pandemic.”Although Beirut appears to be rising as a new center of the queer Arab world, he said, the hard-won gains of 2010 are endangered. “It is clear that the crisis is offering totalitarian regimes cover to consolidate their power,” said Atshan. “The world cannot turn its back on the people of the region, both queer and straight.”Language offers another frontier in LGBTQ rights, explained the next speaker, Nicole Doerr, associate professor of sociology, and director of the Copenhagen Centre on Political Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies, University of Copenhagen. Delivering her paper “Queer Solidarities in Postmigrant Societies,” she focused on translators, saying, “Social movements today are multilingual movements.”Doerr’s study of queer migrants and people of color in European movements uncovered both weaknesses and strengths in these increasingly multicultural movements. Looking at Denmark and Sweden, for example, she uncovered that resident migrants, rather than refugees, are the most effective at being heard. “Members of the resident LGBTQ community will not take the refugees seriously,” she said. “You always need some white, middle-class citizen group who wants to work with the multilingual migrant activists.”However, the translators who work with the migrant and refugee communities — and often come from these communities — have responded. Many are expanding their roles in ways that defy their traditional job definition. “Whites assume translation has to do with language and nothing else,” said Doerr. In the migrant and refugee community, she explained, translation has more to do with ideas and understanding cultural norms.As translators pushed back against marginalization or racialization, Doerr said, “They develop a counter-hegemonic awareness.” In response, these translators create spaces for new solidarities and dialogue about silenced topics. Translation works by “disrupting dominant culture while remaining in dialogue.”George Paul Meiu, John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology and Department of African and African American studies, tackled the identification of homosexuality with illness and how that association is playing out amid a global pandemic. Equating homosexuality with illness has deep historical roots. In Africa, in particular, homosexuality is often cast as a Western idea that has “infected” native cultural traditions. The leap to associating it with actual sickness has been made overt by such figures as the president of Burundi, who claimed that “homosexuality is the origin of curses like AIDS and the coronavirus.During the pandemic especially, homosexuality has been lumped in with globalization as a source of pollution, if not contagion, an idea that supports the fallacy of gay “recruitment.”In fact, in his study of objects and art that represents “gayness,” Meiu found a surprising similarity of attitudes toward homosexuality and plastics. “Homosexuality or gayism is like a plastic foreign import from the West,” he said, “a form of environmental pollution [that has] nothing to do with African bodies.” Meiu discussed the intentional use of plastics to reclaim the idea of the homosexual body. As the pandemic has restricted mobility, he cited the sharing of queer art over social media as an important entry point for solidarity. International forum cites strong government response as key in battle against COVID Containment works, but a vaccine is still needed Beginning his talk on “The Great Refusal: The West, the Rest, and the Geopolitics of Homosexuality,” Jason Ferguson, acting assistant professor, department of sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, began by discussing the 2015 arrest of seven men for homosexuality in Senegal — and the international pushback that followed. Both, he said, may be understood as part of larger global trends.In Western consciousness, Ferguson pointed out, the trend toward liberalization seems clear. Starting in the 1970s, European countries in particular began to move away from homophobic laws toward gender and sexual equality. More recently, however, African and some European countries have begun to swing back toward repression and even criminalization of homosexuality, and the trend toward liberalization has slowed. “By 2015, 40 percent of countries still had to decriminalize homosexuality,” he said. “Gambia increased criminal penalties for homosexuality. Ankara banned LGBT events; even Europe is moving backward on gay rights.”While these may seem random, such trends may be explained in terms of sociodemographics, he said. That first wave of normalization, for example, coincided with the loosening of the Eastern bloc and Eastern European countries’ desire to join with the more democratic, and wealthier, West. On the other hand, increasing nationalism — particularly among colonized countries — has sparked a pullback from what may be cast as Western decadence or immorality. “The global struggle for gay rights always plays itself out in this theater of inequality,” he said.Tunay Altay, Ph.D. candidate in social science, Humboldt University of Berlin, focused strictly on Turkey in his paper “In the Grip of Rising Nationalism and the Pandemic: Examining Turkey’s Emerging Digital Queer Spaces.”Intolerance is increasing in Turkey, said Altay. As an example, he pointed to the canceled production this past July of the original Turkish Netflix series “If Only” because of conflict over a gay character. Although that character was a supporting role and had only nonsexual scenes, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Netflix of “attacking Turkey’s national and spiritual values,” and the series was pulled.Nevertheless, the country held a digital Pride Month in June, incorporating a slate of online activities that began as early as March and continue today. This has created a divide between the official line and what Altay called “the growing digital visibility of Turkey’s queer communities.”“Zoom created a safe space” for drag queens, DJs, and others in the community, he said. People learned “we are everywhere.”The situation remains complex, he pointed out, with a double standard for what is permissible online and in real life. Still, Altay credits the digital world with “giving form to a new regional queer consciousness.”“It’s a matter of survival,” he said, quoting a Turkish proverb that translates to: “If we ever stop dancing, we shall all turn to stone.”