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Lebanon: Protests may be LGBT+ ‘opportunity’

Lebanon: Protests may be LGBT+ ‘opportunity’

Nationwide protests, that have thrown Lebanon into political and economic turmoil, could end up being an opportunity for the LGBT+ community, according to the head of the country’s most prominent LGBT+ rights organisation. Tarek Zeidan, executive director of Helem, said the anti-government demonstrations that prompted Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to resign could usher in a […]

Suicides decrease with gay marriage in Sweden and Denmark

Suicides decrease with gay marriage in Sweden and Denmark

The advent of gay marriage has cut suicide rates among lesbians and gay men in Sweden and Denmark – but, divorced, widowed or married, homosexuals are still more prone to suicide than their straight peers, according to a study released on Thursday. The researchers said reduced stigma for sexual minorities was likely driving the drop […]

Film: Official trailer for Alex Gibney’s ‘Citizen K’ released

Film: Official trailer for Alex Gibney’s ‘Citizen K’ released

Wildcard Distribution has released the official UK / Irish cinema trailer for Academy Award-winning writer/director, Alex Gibney’s acclaimed documentary, CITIZEN K, which will open in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 13 December.  CITIZEN K, which had its Irish premiere at the Cork Film Festival, is an intimate yet sweeping look at post-Soviet […]

Singapore: Activists challenge anti-gay law after India ruling

Singapore: Activists challenge anti-gay law after India ruling

(Reuters) – Singapore’s top court on Wednesday heard the first legal challenges to its colonial-era anti-gay law, since similar legislation was scrapped in India last year, an issue that divides the socially-conservative city-state. Three activists are arguing that Section 377A, a rarely-used [anti-gay law] was unconstitutional. The law does not apply to lesbians.

Cameroon: LGBT+ sports stars battling anti-gay laws

Cameroon: LGBT+ sports stars battling anti-gay laws

Cameroonian athlete, Thierry Essamba, still trains every day, even though he has little hope of reviving a career cut off when he was ousted from the national squad, in a scandal over homosexuality. The 38-year-old hurdling champion was training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, when a senior sports official told a crowd of journalists and […]

Social media: Double-edged sword for LGBT+ Asia

Social media: Double-edged sword for LGBT+ Asia

Technology has proved a mixed blessing for LGBT+ people in Asia, advocates said on Wednesday, opening opportunities to connect, but fanning hate speech, death threats, and attacks. Social media companies must do more to keep LGBT+ people safe online, human rights campaigners from across the region said, at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual Trust Conference […]

Turkey: Judge refuses to throw out trial of Pride marchers

Turkey: Judge refuses to throw out trial of Pride marchers

A Turkish court on Tuesday rejected calls to throw out the trial of 19 people for participating in an LGBT+ Pride march on a university campus. Most of the 18 students, and a faculty member from the Middle East Technical University (METU) were charged with “refusing to disperse”, after being arrested at a May 10 […]