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The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has urged for “tolerance” as parliament considers a backbitingly anti-LGBT+ law. The “Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021” has fuelled fear among queer Ghanaians, wary of how a country that already sees their existence as a crime wants to make things even worse.
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South Korea’s military will appeal a court ruling that struck down its decision to discharge the country’s first trans soldier Byun Hee-soo, who died this year. (YouTube/South China Morning Post) South Korea’s military will appeal a landmark court ruling that struck down its decision to discharge the country’s first known trans soldier, who died earlier
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Activists say Russian drag competition ‘Royal Cobras’ removed all mentions of the LGBT+ community from its programme. (YouTube/НАСТЯ ИВЛЕЕВА) An unofficial adaption of RuPaul’s Drag Race has launched in Russia, but it’s removed everything queer from the show. Royal Cobras is hosted by Russian TV presenter and social media star Nastya Ivleeva. The Russian show
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Phillip Luhl and Guillermo Delgado are fighting for Namibian citizenship for their three children (Instagram/@phillipluehl) The High Court of Namibia has granted citizenship to the son of a gay couple after a long, arduous fight. Namibian Phillip Luhl and his Mexican husband, Guillermo Delgado, fought for years to have their son Yona Luhl-Delgado recognised as
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People in the LGBTQ+ community may be more susceptible to mental ill-health so it’s important to know what resources are out there for queer people and their loves ones. (Pexels) Today marks World Mental Health Day, and the conversation around mental health has never been louder – especially for the LGBT+ community. Inequality and mental
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A protester wrapped in a trans Pride flag holds a ‘Never Stop Fighting’ placard during the trans rights demonstration. (Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been urged to focus “more on healthcare access” for the trans and LGBT+ communities on World Mental Health Day. In a poignant open letter published
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The memo said games featuring queer relationships or ”effeminate males” should not be approved for release. (Envato) China will ban video games featuring same-sex relationships, ‘effeminate’ men and moral choices, according to a leaked memo. The internal memo from a recent internal training by the state-backed gaming association was revealed by the South China Morning Post, lays out
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President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro. (Andressa Anholete/Getty Images) Brazil’s homophobe-in-chief Jair Bolsonaro is back at it again with the homophobia, this time sending cruel, anti-LGBT+ texts. On the instant messaging app WhatsApp, the president privately on a new number made homophobic remarks as he mocked LGBT+ rights demonstrators. He blasted to his contacts, according to
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Protesters outside Parliament during the End Queer and Trans Hate Campaign in Cape Town, South Africa (Brenton Geach/Gallo/Getty) South Africa’s LGBT+ community are demanding justice for a lesbian whose alleged murderer gloated about removing a “curse” from her family. Sisanda Gumede, 28, was stabbed in the Umbumbulu area, south of Durban, on Sunday evening (26
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Tessa Ganserer (left) has made history with Nyke Slawik (right) as the first two trans MPs to be elected in Germany. (AFP via Getty/ JOHN MACDOUGALL and Instagram/ nyketomato) Germany will welcome its first-ever trans MPs to the Bundestag after a federal election that saw the centre-left SDP narrowly beat the centre-right CDU. According to preliminary results
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Participants holding placards supporting the LGBT+ community during Krakow Equality March, attended by over 5,000 people. (Alex Bona/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty) Poland has been ordered to pay compensation to a woman whose children were taken away because she is queer, Europe’s leading human rights court has ruled. Judges for the European Court of Human Rights
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Nigerian lesbian couple, Amara and Olayinka, have bravely tied the knot with a heartwarming post on social media despite the country’s fervent anti-LGBT+ laws. (Instagram/@the_amarion) A brave lesbian couple has symbolically tied the knot with a heartwarming post on social media despite Nigeria’s fervent anti-LGBT+ laws. LGBT+ activist and YouTuber Amara shared a series of
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Participant march in the Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade on the streets of Tokyo, Japan. (Alessandro Di Ciommo/NurPhoto via Getty Images) A Japanese politician has apologised after referring to LGBT+ people as a “disease” during a discussion about school uniforms. Toshikatsu Ehara, 63, a member of the Tomisato Municipal Assembly, made controversial comments during a local
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Drag star Priscilla has been unveiled as the host of Drag Race Italia (Instagram/@priscilla_drag) International drag superstar Priscilla has been named as the new host for RuPaul’s latest spin-off show, Drag Race Italia. The inaugural season of Drag Race Italia will sashay onto Discovery Plus Italia and WOW Presents Plus this November, joining the ever-expanding drag
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Russian cadets on stage at the Dobrynin Palace of Culture in Yaroslav (Facebook/Тарас Александрович Сидорин) Russian paratroopers horrified an audience with a homophobic theatre performance depicting a gay man being crushed under a concrete block. The performance was shown as part of an anniversary celebration for a local patriotic military club at the Dobrynin Palace
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OnlyFans said changes to its terms of use were “necessary”. (LightRocket via Getty/ SOPA Images/ Pavlo Gonchar) OnlyFans has suspended its recently announced ban on “sexually explicit” content, following fierce backlash from users and sex workers. This month the platform, which had become a hub for amateur and professional adult entertainers, said it would be
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Out Paralympian Robyn Lambird has spoken frankly about their experience of ableism, saying perceptions of disability often make it “hard to feel empowered and sexy”. The 24-year-old Australian wheelchair racer will compete in the women’s T34 100m Wheelchair Sprint this month as one of three out non-binary athletes in Tokyo. They were diagnosed with cerebral
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Trans women at the Aurat March for International Women’s Day on March 08, 2021 in Karachi, Pakistan. (Betsy Joles/Getty Images) Police officers in Pakistan cruelly laughed at trans and cisgender activists protecting against a surge in transphobic violence that has seized the country. On Friday (13 August), more than 100 demonstrators gathered outside the National
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Silver medallist USA’s Erica Sullivan poses on the podium after the final of the women’s 1500m freestyle swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Getty/Odd ANDERSEN/AFP) Silver medalist Erica Sullivan has revealed that an interaction with her favourite singer on social media fuelled her Olympic dreams. The 20-year-old, who came out as gay in
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Protestor holds ‘Trans Lives Matter’ placard during protest in Warsaw, 2018. (Getty/Maciej Luczniewski) An investigation is being opened into the brutal murder of Cindy Jones Torres, a trans woman found dead with multiple stab wounds in the Philippines. The 39-year-old was found dead on 28 July in her salon in Guiginto, Bulacan. It is believed she was
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