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LGBT+ people date ‘online’ during coronavirus

LGBT+ people date ‘online’ during coronavirus

With LGBT+ communities warned off casual relationships during the coronavirus pandemic, the latest dating site figures show people are sending more messages online to meet new people. British HIV/AIDS charity, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) issued a statement on Friday, saying the country’s current lockdown and advice to keep two metres from anyone “has to include […]

US: Legal battle over gay adoption intensifies

US: Legal battle over gay adoption intensifies

When Fatma Marouf and her wife, Bryn Esplin, decided to foster refugee children in their home state of Texas, being rejected because of their sexual orientation never crossed their minds. But Catholic Charities Fort Worth, which finds foster homes for unaccompanied refugee children, told the couple in 2017 they were not even eligible to apply, […]

LGBT+ entrepreneurs struggle for funding

LGBT+ entrepreneurs struggle for funding

Struggling to find funding, technology entrepreneur, Bobbie Racette, was told by one investor to downplay her sexuality. “You don’t need to tell us that you’re LGBT,” she was told. “We can just leave that out of your pitch deck.”

Gay anthem YMCA honoured by Library of Congress

Gay anthem YMCA honoured by Library of Congress

The disco hit, YMCA, which became a gay anthem and international dance phenomenon, was deemed on Wednesday to be of historical importance by the de facto national library of the United States. The US Library of Congress said Village People’s 1978 song, which has inspired partygoers globally to shape out letters on the dance floor, […]

India: ‘Invisible’ trans community struggles as coronavirus shuts life down

India: ‘Invisible’ trans community struggles as coronavirus shuts life down

India’s coronavirus lockdown leaves transgender people at heightened risk of poverty and ill-health, because they exist on the margins of society […] activists and community members said on Tuesday. The warning came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown in the country of 1.3 billion, where the virus has claimed at least […]

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra, one of Europe’s smallest countries, is set to legalise gay marriage, highlighting that eastern European countries with anti-LGBT laws are ‘on the wrong side of history’, leading human rights specialists said on Monday. A bill presented by the ruling coalition of Andorra, a nation of 80,000 people on the border of France and Spain, […]

LGBT+ homeless fear violence as coronavirus shuts US shelters

LGBT+ homeless fear violence as coronavirus shuts US shelters

The coronavirus is causing the closure of homeless centres across the United States, putting LGBT+ people without housing at increased risk of suicide, health complications or hate crimes, according to homelessness experts. Homeless centres said they have been forced to shut their doors in order to follow safety precautions over social distancing as enforced by […]