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Washington Blade: LGBTQ News, Politics, LGBTQ Rights, Gay News: Chileans overwhelmingly reject new constitution


Chileans on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected a new constitution that would have enshrined LGBTQ rights in an unprecedented way.

Upwards of 80 percent of Chileans in October 2020 voted in favor of changing the constitution. 

More than 60 percent of them rejected the new constitution in Sunday’s referendum. Slightly more than 38 percent of Chileans voted to approve it.

The need to change the current constitution, which is a legacy of Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, arose after social unrest in 2019 that exposed long-standing standing inequalities in the South American country.

The new constitution, which a Constitutional Convention with an equal number of men and women and eight openly LGBTQ members, was drafted in one year. Gaspar Domínguez, a gay doctor, was the Constitutional Convention’s vice president. 

There were several points of disagreement.

One of the constitution’s most controversial amendments called for Chile to become a plurinational state that would have recognized the existence of the different indigenous people in the country. The “rejection” groups argued the recognition of indigenous people would have created a privileged group and divided the country.

This discourse permeated the debate over the constitution.

President Gabriel Boric’s government said the referendum went well in terms of participation, public transportation and the functioning of the institutions that helped carry it out. The results were available a few minutes after the polling stations closed.

Boric addressed the country from La Moneda, Chile’s presidential palace, in a nationally broadcast speech after the results were known.

He valued the high participation and celebrated the “triumph of democracy.” At the same time, however, he said the “constituent process has not ended.” 

Boric said his government will “agree as soon as possible on the terms of the new constitutional process,” alluding to the fact that the Pinochet-era constitution must be changed. Those who supported the “rejection” option have also committed themselves to find a new way to change the constitution.

Congresswoman Emilia Schneider, a Boric supporter who is the country’s the first openly transgender member of Congress, on Twitter acknowledged the “hard result” of the referendum.

“The constitution of the dictatorship does not unite us and we could not build a majority around the proposal for which we voted,” said Schneider. “The cycle of changes is not over. Citizens demand social rights and more democracy. It is urgent to give answers.”

“The constituent process does not end here. It is time for those on the side of rejection to assert their commitment,” she stressed. “From tomorrow we must work for a new democratic process, with parity, with indigenous peoples and (a) participatory (process.) Chile has spoken and we need a new constitution.”

Most LGBTQ organizations and activists in Chile urged voters to “approve” the new constitution because it would have extended explicit rights to the community for the first time. These would have included the recognition of non-heteronormative families outside of marriage, the right to gender identity and expression, nondiscrimination and reproductive rights.

Alessia Injoque, director of Fundación Iguales, an organization that works with the Human Rights Campaign, told the Washington Blade “the new constitution, if approved, would have represented a very significant advance in the protection of our families, in freedom to live authentic lives and without discrimination.”

“It is regrettable that this advance will not be consolidated, but it is time to recognize the result and work so that these rights are part of the next process,” Injoque lamented.

Injoque in response to a question about the possibility of a new constituent process to draft a new constitution said “in politics the doors are never completely closed.”

“It is difficult to think that we will have such a clear opportunity, with such a strong constitutional proposal on LGBTIQ+ rights, but we will continue working until we achieve full equality and the same freedoms,” said Injoque.

Javiera Zuñiga, the spokesperson for the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, another LGBTQ rights group in Chile, told the Blade the draft constitution had “unprecedented positive elements” and there was “an excessive confidence that all citizens felt highly represented by the text.”

“Certainly in what follows in the constitutional process, it will be fundamental to achieve greater consensus on the matters that did not convince Chileans on this occasion,” said Zuñiga.

“The matters related to substantive equality that were included in the proposal are not part of the conflictive elements in the proposal, such as nondiscrimination, respect for identity and equality of rights are quite well installed among Chileans as basic principles of the society we wish to build,” added Zuñiga. “I believe that this has been one of the greatest gains of the process.”

Zuñiga said Movilh “will continue to contribute to (the constituent process and) nurture it and achieve for the community nothing less than what this proposal considered.”

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Towleroad Gay News: Olivia Wilde ‘forced to cut sex scenes from the trailer for her new film “Don’t Worry Darling“’


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Olivia Wilde had to cut sex scenes from the trailer for her new film ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ as she believes we live in a “puritanical society”.

The 38-year-old actress told the Associated Press how the Motion Picture Association required her to cut some of the scenes out to approve it.

She said: “There’s a lot that had to be taken out of the trailer. The MPA came down hard on me and the trailer at the last second and I had to cut some shots, which I was upset about because I thought they it took it up another notch.

“But of course we still live in a really puritanical society. I do think the lack of eroticism in American film is kind of new. Then when it comes to female pleasure, it’s something that we just don’t see very often unless you’re talking about queer cinema

“You know, it’s interesting because in a lot of queer films, the female characters are allowed to have more pleasure. Audiences aren’t as puritanical as corporations think they are.”

Olivia went on: “And yet people get upset. I mean, people are upset with me already over this. I think it’s a testament to the film. We want to be provocative. The idea is not to make you feel safe.”

Olivia, who is dating the star of her new film Harry Styles, 28, recently found herself in a public war of words with Shia LaBeouf, who was initially set to play the male lead.

She said Shia’s “process” was “not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions” after the role was recast, with her boyfriend Harry Styles taking the part.

Harry plays the character Jack alongside main star Florence Pugh, who is said to have had “tension” with Shia on the set of ‘Don’t Worry Darling’.

Shia, 36, has supplied alleged evidence refuting Olivia’s claims, including an email he sent to the director and a video she apparently sent to him, which he says proves he walked away from the film rather than being fired.

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Towleroad Gay News: Chris Rock tells Will Smith about Oscars slap apology clip: ‘F*** your hostage video’


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Chris Rock has branded Will Smith’s online apology for slapping him at the Oscars a “hostage video”.

The comic, 57, made the statement during another of his stand-up sets alongside Dave Chappelle, 49, at London’s 02 Arena on Saturday (03.09.22) as part of the pair’s new joint comedy tour.

Referring to 53-year-old Will’s apology video released in July, Chris said: “F*** your hostage video.”

The comic also used the set to refer to Will as “Suge Smith”, in reference to the thuggish and imprisoned Death Row Records executive Suge Knight.

On Thursday night (01.09.22) Chris told fans who attended his and Dave’s performance at Liverpool’s M and S Arena Will had managed to do an impersonation of a “perfect man for 30 years” before showing he is “just as ugly as the rest of us”.

It marked the first time the comic had extensively shared his feelings about being slapped by Will at this year’s Oscars.

Dave asked Chris in front of the crowd: “Did that s*** hurt?” prompting Chris to exclaim: “Goddam right… the mother***** hit me over a bulls*** joke – the nicest joke I ever told.

“Will did the impression of a perfect person for 30 years, and he ripped his mask off and showed us he was as ugly as the rest of us.

“Whatever the consequences are… I hope he doesn’t put his mask back on again, and lets his real face breathe. I see myself in both men.”

Will stormed the stage at the Academy Awards in March and whacked Chris after the comic compared his wife’s shaven head to actress Demi Moore’s buzzcut in the 1997 film G.I. Jane – before Will twice howled from his seat in front of stunned A-listers and while watched by millions of film fans around the world: “Keep my wife’s name out your f****** mouth.”

It was later highlighted Will’s wife of 25 years Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, had shaved it as she suffers hair loss-causing alopecia.

While issuing a grovelling apology in his online video in July,

Will admitted Chris has not responded to his attempts to reach out.

He said: “So I will say to you, Chris, I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

There was widespread outrage when Will went on to cry while picking up his best actor trophy for best actor for his role in ‘King Richard’ after the assault, with many saying he should have immediately been kicked out of the ceremony, not allowed to pick up his award and questioned by police.

Chris is scheduled to perform with Dave Chappelle in London, Copenhagen and Amsterdam before they return to America later this month for more shows.

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