Politics

Myanmar: First openly gay candidate kindles hopes for LGBT+ rights

Myanmar: First openly gay candidate kindles hopes for LGBT+ rights

Myo Min Htun, who is bidding to be elected as Myanmar’s first openly gay lawmaker next month, knows what discrimination feels like, in a country where same-sex relations can be punished with 10 years in jail. Rejected at job interviews, and repeatedly mocked in the street over his sexuality, Myo Min Htun said he would […]

US: Record number of LGBT+ candidates set to run in election

US: Record number of LGBT+ candidates set to run in election

A record number of LGBT+ people will run for office in next month’s US election, reflecting stronger support for LGBT+ rights among Americans that is eroding concerns about the electability of gay, bisexual and transgender candidates. A report by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which seeks to elect gay, lesbian, bi or trans lawmakers, said this […]

Serbia: President nominates openly gay PM for second term

Serbia: President nominates openly gay PM for second term

(Reuters) – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic nominated Prime Minister Ana Brnabic on Monday to remain in office for another term. “Several minutes ago I have signed a nomination for the prime minister, and that is Ana Brnabic,” Vucic, who is head of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), told a news conference. “I think this […]

‘I ELECT: Power Every Four Years’ – (One Woman Show)

‘I ELECT: Power Every Four Years’ – (One Woman Show)

In the grip of the 2020 pandemic, just days before the presidential election, a woman in Miami recalls her shock four years ago, on election night 2016, with renewed feelings of dread about this time around. The recollection of that blistering night, as she watched those fateful election results, sparks a memory that shatters her […]

OPINION: Boris Johnson’s failure on transgender rights is morally untenable

OPINION: Boris Johnson’s failure on transgender rights is morally untenable

By Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt is member of parliament for Reigate in the UK, and chairman of Britain’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT+ Rights The British government has relied on misinformation and populism over evidence and reason in their response to the consultation on reforming the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. This is an unhappy and unsustainable approach […]

Transgender figures in politics around the world

Transgender figures in politics around the world

Petra De Sutter, a gynecologist serving as a Green party member of the European Parliament, was named as deputy prime minister in Belgium this week – becoming the most senior transgender government official in Europe. With LGBT+ rights becoming more accepted worldwide, gay and trans politicians have gained greater prominence in recent years, and Pauline Ngarmpring […]

US: ‘Drag Ambassadors’ register voters one brunch show at a time

US: ‘Drag Ambassadors’ register voters one brunch show at a time

(Reuters) – In front of a single lighted mirror, ‘Kylie Minono’ meticulously applies shades of foundation, powder, and eye and lip liner, transforming into her drag queen persona with each stroke. “It’s exciting to be able to step into a world of hope and positivity with my drag,” said Minono, a nonprofit worker in San […]

Poland: Kaczynski could join government over LGBT+ rights

Poland: Kaczynski could join government over LGBT+ rights

(Reuters) – Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party chief, Jaroslaw Kaczynski ,may take over supervision of the powerful justice ministry, officials said on Thursday, as PiS and its allies in government hold talks to avert a breakdown of their three-party coalition. The move could herald some softening of the government rhetoric over Poland’s opposition to […]

Gay Thai protest leader who emerged with a kiss

Gay Thai protest leader who emerged with a kiss

(Reuters) – It was with a kiss that student activist, Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree, first took centre stage in Thai politics. His embrace with his boyfriend at parliament, as they campaigned for gay marriage rights last December, shocked conservatives and stirred a social media storm. Nine months on, the changes he now demands for Thailand are even […]

US Elections: HRC concludes 5-day LGBTQ ‘Pride Organizing Olympics’

US Elections: HRC concludes 5-day LGBTQ ‘Pride Organizing Olympics’

GOING FOR THE GOLD: America’s largest LGBTQ rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have concluded a 5-day ‘Pride Organizing Olympics’ that involved staff and volunteers reaching out to Equality Voters in key target states. Their staff on the ground are targeting over 10 million Americans who vote on pro-equality LGBTQ issues. The Pride Organizing […]