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Hungary: Fidesz proposes anti-LGBT law

(Reuters) – Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has proposed legislation that bans disseminating what it calls content promoting gender change, or homosexuality, in schools, a move which activists said resembled Russia’s 2013 ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, which faces elections in early 2022 and promotes a strongly Christian-conservative agenda, has moved further against the LGBT+ community since last year. Poland’s ruling PiS party, Fidesz’s main European Union ally, has taken a similar stance for years. Continue Reading »

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New York: Bill allows gender-neutral ‘X’

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(Reuters) – The New York state assembly has passed a bill that would allow people who do not identify as either male or female to use “X” as a marker, to designate their sex on drivers’ licences, as the LGBTQ community commemorates Pride Month across the United States.

The new marker would help transgender, non-binary, and intersex individuals’ identity be recognised in government documents, according to a Thursday statement from Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, and Assembly member, Daniel O’Donnell. Continue Reading »

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New Zealand: Govt backs transgender inclusion

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(Reuters) – New Zealand’s Sports Minister Grant Robertson said on Thursday that inclusion should be the starting point for any discussion about the participation of transgender people in the sex class of their choice.

Robertson was responding to an open letter from 43 former Olympic champions and athletes calling on the government to widen consultation on Sport New Zealand’s guidance on the participation of transgender players in sport.

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US: Most Republicans support same-sex marriage for first time – Gallup

Rainbow_flag_and_blue_skies (1)A majority of Republicans in the United States support same-sex marriage for the first time, a Gallup poll found on Wednesday, with a record 70% of all respondents backing gay weddings.

The research shows a significant increase in approval of same-sex marriage since 2015, when it was legalised nationwide following a Supreme Court ruling, and 60% of Americans told Gallup they were in favour of gay marriage. Continue Reading »

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India: Ignorance no excuse, says judge in LGBT+ case

india-flagAn Indian judge, who went to a psychologist to tackle his “ignorance and prejudice” about same-sex relationships, has been praised for his ruling in a police harassment case that campaigners hope could raise awareness about LGBT+ rights.

Judge Anand Venkatesh, who sits in Madras High Court, ruled this week in favour of a young lesbian couple who had accused police of “harassing questioning” when following up a missing persons report filed by the women’s disapproving parents. Continue Reading »

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India: Court calls for huge LGBT reforms

(Reuters) – A court in India ordered state and federal officials on Monday to draw up plans for sweeping reforms to respect LGBT rights, in a ruling that went far beyond the narrow terms of a case brought by a lesbian couple, who said they had been harassed by police.

Judge Anand Venkatesh, of the Madras High Court, ruled in favour of the couple, who had complained that police had subjected them to harassing questioning, after their parents filed a missing persons report. Continue Reading »

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US: Pentagon won’t allow pride flags on installations

pride-flag-1560266475(Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Friday that it would not make an exception to allow US military installations to fly rainbow pride flags in June, keeping a policy set by former President, Donald Trump, that limited the type of flags that could be flown on bases.

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden said that nearly 1,500 of his federal agency appointees identify as LGBTQ,, in a proclamation marking the start of Pride Month, celebrating the LGBTQ community. Continue Reading »

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OPINION: Forty years on, AIDS is not over

hands_AIDS_ribbons_m_0Forty years ago, on June 5, 1981, the first cases of what became known as AIDS were reported in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the U.S. national public health agency, reported:

“Five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among previously healthy young men in Los Angeles,” in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

All were ‘homosexuals’. Two had died. The cases suggested, “a disease acquired through sexual contact”.

Now at the midpoint of the almost forgotten HIV/AIDS pandemic, 77.5 million people have caught HIV, according to UNAIDS. Of those, 34.7 million have died of AIDS-related illnesses. Continue Reading »

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Docu about jailed gay hitman in El Salvador

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Salvadoran Geovany, a gay ex-hitman and partner, in the documentary ‘Unforgivable’. Credit: Neil Brandvold

Geovany, a former gang member from El Salvador, has two reasons to fear he will be killed in the jail where he is serving a long sentence for murder: He quit his gang and he is gay.

Geovany’s days behind bars – his fears, stark confessions about killing, as well as moments of tenderness with his partner, another ex-gangster – are depicted in award-wining short documentary “Imperdonable” (Unforgivable). Continue Reading »

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Ugandan court frees dozens of gay men on bail

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(Reuters) – A court in Uganda granted bail on Friday to 39 people, most of them gay men, held for days after what police said was a raid on a same-sex wedding that violated coronavirus rules, but which a rights group described as a round-up at an LGBT shelter.

Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMU), told Reuters [that] 17 of the men had been subjected to rectal examinations in police custody, in what he called a “witch hunt against the LGBT community”. Continue Reading »