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Uganda: Sex violence law targets LGBT+, HIV-positive

Uganda: Sex violence law targets LGBT+, HIV-positive

A new Ugandan law that seeks to better protect victims of sexual violence has been criticised by rights campaigners, who say it discriminates against vulnerable groups, including LGBT+ people, sex workers, and those living with HIV. The Sexual Offences Bill has drawn praise for provisions, such as protecting victims during trials, and outlawing sexual harassment, […]

UNAIDS: Scrap Anti-gay bans to fight HIV

UNAIDS: Scrap Anti-gay bans to fight HIV

Scrapping [anti-gay] bans around the world is vital to fighting the spread of HIV, because it would encourage more people to get tested, Britain’s former health minister during the 1980s AIDS crisis said on Thursday. Norman Fowler, who this month takes up an ambassadorial role at the UN agency, UNAIDS, said many people are unwilling […]

Germany: Lesbian mothers demand parenting rights in court

Germany: Lesbian mothers demand parenting rights in court

When Inga celebrated the birth of her first child with her wife Jenny, the last thing she expected in her bid to be recognised as the baby’s second mother was a criminal record check – so she went to court to change the law. In Germany, only the biological mother is legally recognised as a […]

Croatia: Court Backs LGBT Adoption

Croatia: Court Backs LGBT Adoption

A Croatian court has ruled that same-sex partners can now adopt children, backing a gay couple in their five-year fight for the right to family life, the government said on Thursday. Zagreb’s Administrative Court ruled on April 21 that same-sex couples should not face discrimination in state adoption, the Rainbow Families Association (RFA), an LGBT+ group, […]

Weightlifter set to become first trans Olympian – report

Weightlifter set to become first trans Olympian – report

(Reuters) – Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to become the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympics, after qualifying for the rescheduled Tokyo Games due to a rule change, Inside the Games website reported on Wednesday. The report said Hubbard was effectively guaranteed a spot in the women’s super heavyweight category, after the International […]

OPINION: I’m a trans parent, and I can’t travel freely with my children

OPINION: I’m a trans parent, and I can’t travel freely with my children

“Whenever my children travel outside of Italy, me being trans is revealed and our privacy is violated”. Egon Botteghi is a transgender parent who shared his story, about travelling freely in the EU, in a recent report by Transgender Europe (TGEU), ‘Stuck on the swing’ My name is Egon, and I’m a transgender parent living […]

Germany: LGBT+ hate crimes rise 36% in 2020

Hate crimes against LGBT+ people increased by 36% in Germany in 2020, highlighting an increase in homophobic attacks and politically motivated violence in the country in recent years, the government and campaigners said on Tuesday. A total of 782 crimes targeting LGBT people were reported last year, about 150 of which involved violence, police data […]

Israel: Transwoman soccer referee makes sports history

(Reuters) – Sapir Berman made sports history on Monday, officiating at a soccer match in Israel’s Premier League, for the first time since coming out as transgender. “This is the first step in a long and wonderful journey. Sapir, we are proud to do it with you,” the Israel Football Association tweeted, as she took […]

UB40’s New Album, BIGGA BAGGARIDDIM (out June 25th)

UB40’s New Album, BIGGA BAGGARIDDIM (out June 25th)

UB40 Announce new album ‘Bigga Baggariddim’ – Out 25th June 2021 An album of reggae collaborations with artists spanning four continents and seven decades of recording experience, featuring House of Shem, Tippa Irie, BLVK H3RO, Inner Circle, Pablo Rider, KIOKO, Gilly G, Slinger, Winston Francis, Leno Banton and General Zooz (Reggae Rajahs) “UB40 are regarded […]

Film Review: Here Are The Young Men

Film Review: Here Are The Young Men

Review By Frances Winston Directed by Eoin C Macken –  Starring: Dean-Charles Chapman, Finn Cole, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Travis Fimmel, Conleth Hill Available on VOD Now! A TV famous cast bring this movie about teenage angst and toxic masculinity to life. Like all good coming of age stories, the tale kicks off with the […]