The 2020 Olympics have finally begun in Tokyo after many missteps and a year of delay, but a record is already broken before the games even begin. According to Outsports, there will be at least 163 LGBTQ+ athletes participating in the game, nearly triple the 56 athletes back in 2016.
Day: July 23, 2021
Hundreds of protestors marched outside, as Tokyo’s 2021 Olympic opening ceremony took place today. Demonstrators claimed that Tokyo should not have hosted the Olympics this year because of the pandemic. COVID cases are still at record highs in the area. Regardless, Tokyo kicked off the controversial 2021 Olympic games with a dazzling opening ceremony.
The Biden Administration is extending non-essential travel restrictions for the U.S. northern and southern borders until August 21. The President and his administration are now facing increasing pressure from allies and the travel industry to lift the restrictions. Officials said that Biden is trying to avoid the situation where the restrictions are lifted only to be put in place again in the near future. With the vaccination rate declining in the U.S. and the cases of Covid-19 and Delta variant rising, it’s been a tough decision for Biden and his administration.
Major League Baseball announced Friday morning that the Cleveland Indians are changing their name to the Cleveland Guardians starting next season. The team’s previous name drew many criticisms for decades from Native American groups. The team posted a video on their Twitter Friday morning, and they got actor Tom Hanks to do the narration. “You see, there’s always been a Cleveland, that’s the best part of our name, and now it’s time to unite as one family, one community, to build the next era for this team and this city,” said Hanks.
On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that would prevent minors from getting married. The age of marital consent was raised from 17 to 18. Four years ago, children as young as 14 could legally get married. The new law permits 17-18 year olds to pursue marriage with permission from a parent or guardian.
On Thursday, The State of Mississippi filed a brief, explicitly requesting that the The Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. The state is currently defending its 2018 abortion laws, which ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The state wants for the Supreme Court to uphold their restrictive abortion laws in an upcoming case. The laws are being challenged by the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only organization in the state that provides access to legal abortions.