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ANALYSIS-German election seen paving way for trans rights

ANALYSIS-German election seen paving way for trans rights

The victory of Germany’s Social Democrats and the election of the country’s first openly transgender lawmakers has buoyed LGBT+ activists’ hopes for gains on trans rights after scant progress during Angela Merkel’s 16 years as chancellor. Two Greens party candidates, Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik, made history by winning Bundestag seats in Sunday’s election as […]

Japan: PM race may lead to same-sex marriages

Japan: PM race may lead to same-sex marriages

(Reuters) – LGBTQ rights activists are hoping that Japan may finally allow same-sex marriage if Taro Kono, who has publicly supported gay marriage, becomes the country’s next prime minister, but change will not come easily. Kono is seen as the leading contender to win the ruling party’s leadership vote on Wednesday and become premier.

Gay War Veteran Calls for Equal Rights in Ukraine’s Military

Gay War Veteran Calls for Equal Rights in Ukraine’s Military

Ukraine’s Western-backed government has increased support for LGBT+ rights in recent years. Parliament outlawed workplace discrimination in 2015, though homophobic attitudes remain fairly widespread

EU: Polish regions at risk of lost funding over ‘LGBT-free’ zones

EU: Polish regions at risk of lost funding over ‘LGBT-free’ zones

The European Commission has written to five Polish regional councils urging them to abandon declarations that they are “LGBT-free” in order to receive funding, one of the councils affected confirmed last week. The European Union executive is currently at loggerheads with Poland and Hungary over issues ranging from LGBT rights to press freedoms. In July […]

OPINION: Invest in the LGBT+ movement and change will come

OPINION: Invest in the LGBT+ movement and change will come

LGBT+ activists on the ground are the most important tool for creating change for the community around the world, writes Jessica Stern

USA: Sex Education Becomes Battlefield in Culture War over LGBT+ rights

USA: Sex Education Becomes Battlefield in Culture War over LGBT+ rights

The parental opt-out law passed in Tennessee may embolden more conservative states to follow in the run-up to 2022 midterms, LGBT+ activists say Sex education is emerging as the next battleground in a U.S. culture war over LGBT+ rights, as some conservative state legislators seek to keep discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity out […]

NI: Permanent rainbow crossing in Derry

NI: Permanent rainbow crossing in Derry

“Our vision for a permanent rainbow crossing at a prominent position in Derry city centre has been realised. Contractors completed the work [on] Monday evening, Sep 6th, shortly before midnight”, said Jim Doherty, Chairperson of Foyle Pride Committee 2020. “We would like to thank the Foyle Pride Committee 2020 for initiating this project, and Derry […]

Spain: PM to act on hate crime after homophobic assault

Spain: PM to act on hate crime after homophobic assault

(Reuters) – Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will chair on Friday an urgent meeting of Spain’s commission against hate crimes, amid an uproar over a suspected homophobic assault on a 20-year-old Spaniard in central Madrid. The young man was returning home on Sunday afternoon, when eight people wearing hoods managed to surround him in his building’s […]

Velvet Code helps 2SLGBTQIA+ Musicians In Need

Velvet Code helps 2SLGBTQIA+ Musicians In Need

Velvet Code, founder of So Fierce Music, the international 2SLGBTQIA+ entertainment company, has announced the creation of a non-profit organisation, YOU DO YOU Foundation, that will assist struggling 2SLGBTQIA+ / QBIPOC musicians in need. The YOU DO YOU Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a simple mandate: Empowering struggling 2SLGBTQIA+/QBIPOC musicians, and youth, to prosper […]

BeLonG To: Better Out Than In – Life Opens Up When You Do…

BeLonG To: Better Out Than In – Life Opens Up When You Do…

When worries and fears have nowhere to go, they bounce around inside your head, and get amplified more, until they become larger than life. It’s when you share these thoughts that you realise they are far ‘Better Out Than In.’ BeLonG To have recently seen a huge increase in the number of LGBTI+ young people […]