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9 Countries Seek to Ban Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’

9 Countries Seek to Ban Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’

From electric shocks to ‘praying away the gay’, global momentum is growing to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’, with bills drawn up in nine countries, a rights group said on Wednesday. The United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico, and Germany are among countries seeking to outlaw the treatment, based on the belief that being gay or transgender […]

US: Lawmakers propose third gender option on passports

US: Lawmakers propose third gender option on passports

A US lawmaker on Tuesday introduced a bill that would add a gender-neutral option to US passports, in a move advocates said would advance the rights of LGBT+ people, but which officials earlier ruled out as too expensive. If passed, the United States would join over 10 countries – including Canada, Germany, Australia and India […]

Trans BMXer riding high as Olympic dream edges nearer

Trans BMXer riding high as Olympic dream edges nearer

When American BMX Freestyle rider, Chelsea Wolfe, received an email asking her to register for the Tokyo Olympics this month, it took her one step closer to her dream of making history, as the first transgender athlete to compete in the Games. Wolfe, one of the first openly trans people to receive such an invitation, […]

Nigeria: Broken lives of 47 anti-gay law victims

Nigeria: Broken lives of 47 anti-gay law victims

(Reuters) – The 57 men stumbled out of the back of a dark police truck, into the glare of a sunny courtyard, and a phalanx of cameras. Some clutched another’s hand, as if for comfort. They lined up on wooden benches in the dirt, almost all of them trying to hide their faces, and not […]

Croatia: President condemns burning of gay couple effigy

Croatia: President condemns burning of gay couple effigy

Croatia’s president on Monday condemned the burning of an effigy of two men and a child, at a festival weeks after the country’s highest court ruled that same-sex couples could foster children. Zoran Milanovic said the burning of the effigy, which depicted two men kissing, at a festival in southern Croatia on Sunday, was “inhumane […]

US Supreme Court to hear arguments on same-sex foster care

US Supreme Court to hear arguments on same-sex foster care

(Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a major religious rights dispute, involving the city of Philadelphia’s refusal to place children for foster care with a Catholic agency that bars same-sex couples from serving as foster parents. The justices will take up an appeal by Catholic Social Services, an arm of […]

Toronto-based artist depicts drag-queen Donnarama

Toronto-based artist depicts drag-queen Donnarama

Toronto-based visual artist, Lorette C. Luzajic, who works in collage and mixed media, has created a recent series of art, inspired by, and in collaboration with, a drag queen named Donnarama. These artworks are from a series of 50 squares inspired by Lorette’s muse, the legendary drag performer, Donnarama. They worked in collaboration to present […]