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US: LGBT+ Court win secures social security benefits

US: LGBT+ Court win secures social security benefits

Gay and lesbian spouses in the United States can claim social security survivor’s benefits, even if they were married for less than nine months, a federal court has ruled, overturning a requirement that left some widows and widowers homeless. The US District Court for Arizona said that it was unconstitutional for the Social Security Administration […]

Obituary: Larry Kramer – playwright, AIDS activist and writer (1935-2020)

Obituary: Larry Kramer – playwright, AIDS activist and writer (1935-2020)

-By Ash Kotak Anyone who says one man cannot make a difference never met Larry Kramer, the playwright, author, essayist, screenwriter, and activist, who has died of pneumonia at the age of 84. Bold, unpredictable, angry, articulate, a revolutionary with a sharp tongue but a surprising streak of tenderness, he stirred many to action as […]

China: Same-sex couples welcome property rights in new civil code

China: Same-sex couples welcome property rights in new civil code

(Reuters) – It was an ambush, said He Meili, a 51-year-old lesbian woman, describing how she met with her dead partner’s step-parents at a police station, where they demanded she leave the apartment the couple had shared for 12 years. “It was that very moment at the police station when I truly felt the pain […]

Malaysian wins right to challenge Muslim anti-gay law

Malaysian wins right to challenge Muslim anti-gay law

Malaysia’s top court has given the go-ahead for a man to challenge an Islamic [anti-gay law], his lawyer said on Wednesday, in a test case for gay rights in the mostly Muslim country. LGBT+ rights groups say Islamic laws have been increasingly used to target the country’s gay community, with a rise in arrests and […]

US: LGBT+ visibility builds acceptance – survey

US: LGBT+ visibility builds acceptance – survey

Americans are more likely to accept LGBT+ people if they see them portrayed in film, television and advertisements, said a survey released on Wednesday, findings that supporters say illustrate the benefits of visibility to the LGBT+ community. Nearly half of those who saw LGBT+ images in the media were more receptive of gay, lesbian, bisexual […]

Philip Normal – UK’s first openly HIV+ mayor

Philip Normal – UK’s first openly HIV+ mayor

As Britain’s first openly HIV-positive mayor, Philip Normal says his responsibilities stretch far beyond his constituents in Lambeth, the inner-city borough that perhaps best epitomises London’s demographic hotchpotch. The new mayor, an artist and designer, who runs his own fashion store in Lambeth’s trendy Brixton area, has received thousands of congratulatory messages following his election […]

Zambia: President pardons gay couple jailed for 15 years

Zambia: President pardons gay couple jailed for 15 years

(Reuters) – Zambia’s president has pardoned a gay couple sentenced to 15 years in prison in November under colonial-era [anti-gay] laws, in a case that caused a diplomatic row with the United States. Japhet Chataba, 39, and Steven Sambo, 31, were among nearly 3,000 inmates pardoned by President Edgar Lungu last Friday, to commemorate Africa […]