Culture & Arts

Australia’s First Gay Indigenous Speaker Promises Reform

Australia’s First Gay Indigenous Speaker Promises Reform

The first gay Indigenous Speaker in an Australian parliament said he wanted to see more minorities in politics, and would start by bringing Aboriginal art into the building. Chanston ‘Chansey’ Paech, who made history as Australia’s first gay Indigenous lawmaker in 2016, holds the most senior position in the parliament of the Northern Territory, a […]

Thai pageant for deaf LGBT+ people fights discrimination

Thai pageant for deaf LGBT+ people fights discrimination

A Thai beauty pageant for deaf LGBT+ people is to open up to contestants from other countries in Southeast Asia, to raise regional awareness of the ‘double discrimination’ they face. Organisers of Misster Deaf Gay Thailand, which was held for the first time in February, said Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines had all expressed […]

Spanish village makes its own rainbow after council’s gay pride flag banned

Spanish village makes its own rainbow after council’s gay pride flag banned

(Reuters) – When police ordered a local mayor in southern Spain to take down a rainbow flag put up to celebrate gay pride on Friday, because it was illegal, more than 300 households in the village rallied to the cause, and flew their own flags. By the time gay pride celebrations took place in Spain […]

LGBT+ marches from London to New York call for end to racism

LGBT+ marches from London to New York call for end to racism

As thousands of people marched in support of Pride and racial justice globally this weekend, many demonstrators called for an end to often-overlooked racism within the LGBT+ community. Pride events to celebrate LGBT+ rights are held globally throughout June – although most were cancelled or moved online this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic – […]

Moscow: Police detain over 30 protesting LGBT activists

Moscow: Police detain over 30 protesting LGBT activists

(Reuters) – Russian police on Saturday detained more than 30 people, most of them women, who were staging separate one-person protests in central Moscow, against charges of spreading pornography levelled against a prominent LGBT activist, a monitoring group said. One activist was also detained in St. Petersburg, OVD-Info, the monitoring group, said. Earlier this month, […]

LGBT+ Pride marches return to radical roots to support Black Lives Matter

LGBT+ Pride marches return to radical roots to support Black Lives Matter

Pride is set to return to its radical protest roots this weekend, with a small number of pared-down parades supporting Black Lives Matter and an LGBT+ community hit hard by global coronavirus lockdowns, that have forced hundreds of marches to be cancelled. Parades and rallies are planned in London, New York, Berlin, and Taiwan’s capital, […]

New York: Stonewall Inn seeks help to fight closure after lockdown

New York: Stonewall Inn seeks help to fight closure after lockdown

The owners of New York City’s Stonewall Inn are appealing for help to save the historic LGBT+ bar from closure, after more than three months of not trading, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Greenwich Village bar that gave its name to the 1969 uprising, when its patrons fought back during a police raid, needs […]

Chechnya: Filmmaker uses face swaps for ‘gay purge’ movie

Chechnya: Filmmaker uses face swaps for ‘gay purge’ movie

A US director, who posed as a tourist to document a crackdown on LGBT+ people in Chechnya, said on Wednesday he hoped his film, using digital face swaps to conceal identities, would make the persecution of gay and lesbian people there undeniable. Authorities in the autonomous, deeply conservative, southern Russian region have long denied what […]

LGBT+ stars to parade rainbow-dressed pooches in Pride dog show

LGBT+ stars to parade rainbow-dressed pooches in Pride dog show

LGBT+ celebrities will join other dog lovers parading their pets in a virtual dog show for charity this month with a special category to celebrate Pride. With hundreds of dog shows and Pride parades cancelled due to the coronavirus, the charity Guide Dogs, which provides blind and partially sighted people with guide dogs, wants people […]

Singapore’s gay pride event forges ahead despite opposition

The organisers of Singapore’s annual gay pride rally vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with an online event after nearly 30,000 people signed a petition demanding restrictions and called the content “immoral”. The Pink Dot rally has been held since 2009, under stringent public assembly laws, at a park in Singapore […].