Politics

The US elections have seen LGBTQ+ politicians elected at federal and state levels. (Getty) Numerous LGBTQ+ candidates have smashed the rainbow ceiling and won seats in the 2022 US elections. Counting is still underway in the tense midterm elections, with Americans watching with bated breath to find out whether Republicans or Democrats will win control
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Suella Braverman. (Getty) The Manston detention centre crisis is the latest in a long list of failures on asylum, with LGBTQ+ refugees among those at risk. But Suella Braverman is only making things worse, writes the Green Party’s migrant and refugee support spokesperson Benali Hamdache. Manston Detention Centre is designed to hold a maximum of
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Tennessee resident Jessee Graham garnered praise online for her emotional speech before local library leaders defending the LGBTQ+ community. (WSMV) A Tennessee woman has gone viral for passionately defending the LGBTQ+ community after conservatives got angry over a Pride book display.  Zachary Fox resigned from his role as library board director in Maury County, Tennessee
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The Florida medical board committee approved a prospective rule that will ban gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth under the age of 18. (Getty) The Florida medical board committee approved a proposed rule banning gender-affirming medical care for trans youth, making it one step closer to reality.  A joint committee of the Florida board of medicine
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Labour MP Ben Bradshaw. (Dan Kitwood/Getty) Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has criticised the Church of England for “actively pursuing a campaign of discrimination” against LGBTQ+ people. The Exeter MP spoke out against the church after it barred the late archbishop Demond Tutu’s goddaughter from officiating his funeral because she is in a same-sex marriage. “This
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Republican candidate Heidi Ganahl claimed there are children in Colorado schools who are identifying as cats, which she described as “furries”. (YouTube/KRDO NewsChannel 13) A school district has had to reject bizarre claims from a Republican candidate that students are identifying as “furries” in schools across Colorado. Heidi Ganahl, the Republican candidate for governor of
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Atlanta city council member Liliana Bakhtiari has come out as non-monogamous, sharing they’re in a relationship with two “wonderful” life partners. (Instagram/@lilianaforatlanta) A queer politician from Georgia has proudly come out as non-monogamous as they introduced the world to their “wonderful” life partners. Atlanta city council member Liliana Bakhtiari, who is the first queer Muslim
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pro-LGBTQ+ protestors marching for trans inclusion in schools. (Mark Kerrison/Getty) A group of parents have ridiculously called for a teacher to be fired just because they are non-binary. The Medford school board in South Oregon heard absurd complaints from several people on Thursday (22 September) about a first-grade teacher at Griffin Creek Elementary school who
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Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania have introduced a new bill,  “patterned” on Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law, that would ban discussions on LGBTQ+ topics in classrooms. (Getty) Republican state lawmakers are rallying behind newly introduced anti-LGBTQ+ legislation that would ‘go further’ than Florida’s reviled ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law.  GOP politicians held a rally at the Pennsylvania state
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Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. (Getty/ Drew Angerer) Pete Buttigieg has hit back at the co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party who called him a “weak little girl”. Buttigieg recently moved to Michigan from Indiana with husband Chasten and their one-year-old twins. Earlier this month Meshawn Maddock, who describes herself as “Ultra MAGA” and is on
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Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić allowed the march to go ahead, but on a smaller route. (Getty) Serbia’s government has been forced into a screeching u-turn after its decision to ban EuroPride’s parade was met with fierce opposition. EuroPride is an international celebration of the LGBTQ+ community hosted by a different European country each year. Serbia
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Police secure serbian LGBT Info centre during the ‘Litiya for salvation of Serbia’ in Belgrade. (Getty) Politicians from across Europe have condemned the Serbian government over the effective ban of this year’s EuroPride. Serbian police announced a ban on the route of the march on Tuesday (13 September) after weeks of hostile back-and-forth between EuroPride
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New sport and culture secretary Michelle Donelan. (YouTube/Sky News) Michelle Donelan is a culture war warrior obsessed with freedom of speech, and who has previously defended notorious anti-trans professor Kathleen Stock. Donelan, the Tory MP for Chippenham, was appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport by new UK prime minister Liz Truss
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Nadhim Zahawi leaving No 10 amid Liz Truss’ reshuffle. (Getty) Nadhim Zahawi has been named minister for equalities in Liz Truss’ cabinet reshuffle. Zahawi, the short-lived chancellor appointed to the post by Boris Johnson in July, has been named chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, minister for intergovernmental relations and minister for equalities. For the
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Nadine Dorries will return to the backbenches as Boris Johnson is replaced by Liz Truss. (Getty) Ultimate Boris Johnson fangirl, former I’m A Celebrity contestant and culture secretary Nadine Dorries will return to the backbenches as Liz Truss takes over as prime minister. Dorries was reportedly offered the opportunity to keep her culture secretary role,
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Maria Walsh speaks in an Instagram clip. (Maria Walsh/Instagram) MEP Maria Walsh has urged EuroPride to continue despite backlash from anti-LGBTQ+ groups. The Midlands-North-West member of the European Parliament insisted that the Pride festival – which is hosted in a different European city each year – should go ahead as scheduled from 12 to 18
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Thousands of people marched against Belgrade hosting EuroPride. (Oliver Bunic/Getty) Thousands of religious and right-wing Serbians have marched in Belgrade to protest an upcoming EuroPride event… that’s already been postponed. Anti-LGBTQ+ protestors took to the streets of the country’s capital on Sunday (28 August) to oppose plans for the city to host EuroPride on 17
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The ruling has been hailed as a “critical victory” for trans youth, their families and their medical providers in Arkansas. (Getty/Spencer Platt) A federal appeals court ruled Arkansas can’t enforce its ban on trans youth receiving gender-affirming medical care.  A three-judge panel on the eighth circuit court of appeals ordered a federal judge’s preliminary injunction to
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Australia’s deputy prime minister and minister of defence Richard Marles speaks at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on 11 June, 2022. (Roslan Rahman/Getty) Australia’s deputy prime minister has repealed a ban on LGBTQ+ events organised by the Australian Defence Force. Deputy prime minister and minister of defence Richard Marles on Tuesday (23 August) scrapped
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Pete Buttigieg thanked LGBTQ+ teen Zander Moricz for his “voice and adovacy” in the fight against Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law.(Paras Griffin/Getty for Essence) US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg sent a heartfelt letter to a teen activist who is part of a lawsuit challenging Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. Zander Moricz gained widespread media attention
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Senator Lindsey Graham says ‘states should decide the issue of marriage’ (Kevin Dietsch/Getty) US Republican senator Lindsey Graham has said states should decide if same-sex marriage is legal. Amid discussions over legislation that would implement legal protections for same-sex married couples, Graham said he had been consistent in his view that “states should decide the
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