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South Korea’s first trans soldier found dead

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(Reuters) – South Korea’s first transgender soldier, who was discharged from the military last year for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, was found dead in her home on Wednesday, Yonhap news agency reported.

Byun Hui-su, 23, who was a staff sergeant, before being discharged after she underwent the operation in Thailand while on leave, was found by emergency officials at her home in the city of Cheongju, south of Seoul, Yonhap said, citing police. Continue Reading »

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UK: First LGBT+ retirement home to open

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Britain’s first LGBT+ retirement home is set to open in mid-2021, the housing association behind the London riverside apartments said on Tuesday, highlighting a growing market of older people who do not want to be forced back in the closet.

There is a critical need for housing for older LGBT+ people, said Anna Kear, chief executive of Tonic Housing, as many say it would be “terrifying” to live in a predominantly straight home, where other residents did not accept them. Continue Reading »

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Irish Film: The Winter Lake


Director: Phil Sheerin
Cast: Emma Mackey, Anson Boon, Charlie Murphy, Mark McKenna, Michael McElhatton

Set in Sligo, The Winter Lake follows withdrawn teenager Tom (Boon) who, after making a grim discovery in a seasonal lake, discovers the truth about his neighbours, a father (McElhatton) and daughter (Mackey) who are harbouring sinister secrets. Continue Reading »

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Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell urge Ghana to protect LGBT+ people

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Actor Idris Elba, and model Naomi Campbell have joined 65 other British celebrities, designers. and politicians, in calling for Ghana’s president to engage with the country’s LGBT+ community, in an open letter published on social media on Monday.

A public outcry last week forced the country’s first LGBT+ community centre to temporarily close, to protect its staff and visitors, just three weeks after it had opened. Continue Reading »

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Panama: National beauty contest opens to trans women

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(Reuters) – Transgender women will from this year be able to compete in Panama’s national beauty contest, the organisers said on Monday.

The Señorita Panama pageant, which sends a contestant from the Central American country to the international Miss Universe competition, said transgender women, who have completed legal and medical processes, would be welcome to compete. Continue Reading »

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US: HRC – Congress Must Advance ‘Do No Harm Act’

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HRC [The Human Rights Campaign] urges Congress to advance legislation clarifying that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is intended to protect religious freedom, while ensuring it cannot be misused as a weapon of discrimination.

The Do No Harm Act was introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday, by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and Steve Cohen (D-TN).

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OPINION: LGBT+ History Month – [UK] LGBT+ laws still to be enacted?

February [marked] LGBT+ history month, so to celebrate this, I delved into the most life-changing achievements for the community to date.

The law started to recognise LGBT+ rights in 1967, with the Sexual Offences Act and its partial decriminalisation of sex between consenting male adults, in England and Wales. Since this monumental move, we have seen many changes and rights being asserted across all areas of LGBT+ life, and within the law. Continue Reading »

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US: Corey Helford Gallery – ‘Seven-artist’ Exhibition

[L-R]: “Splash Mountain” by Andy Adamson, “On the Nature of Daydreaming No.3” by Helice Wen, and “Life Is Meant To Be Enjoyed” by kozyndan

CHG: Seven Artist Exhibition
On View: Now until April 3, 2021

Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery has announced its latest exhibition, featuring a new series of works by seven incredible artists: Andy Adamson, Helice Wen, kozyndan, Rodolfo Loaiza, Travis Lampe, Yang Cao, and Zoé Byland. The exhibition premiered on Saturday, February 27, in the Main Gallery, and the show’s opening was celebrated with a live-streaming event on Instagram Live (@CoreyHelfordGallery).

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US: Boca Raton Museum – Paul Gervais – Faces and Forms

Left to right: Portrait of Michael Joseph and Woman with a Tattooed Hand, by Paul Gervais (2020) Oil on linen.

Leaning In to Reveal the Personal and the Imagined

Paul Gervais: Faces and Forms

On View through May 30 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Features free virtual programs to enjoy worldwide online.

A virtual visit to the artist’s studio will also be available free to the public, as part of the #BocaMuseumatHome series, sponsored by Art Bridges Foundation and PNC.

Watch the artist’s video interview at: https://youtu.be/UHZfrOicFAw

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BeLonG To: In The Know – Personal Dev Course

The Channel 4 show ‘It’s a Sin’ started essential conversations recently about HIV and LGBTI+ sexual health.

The team at ‘BeLonG To’ know that these conversations can be daunting, but with their online course, ‘In the Know’, you can learn about LGBTI+ safer sex in a fun, relaxed, and non-judgmental setting. Continue Reading »