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Brazil: Trans women helping trafficking victims

Brazil: Trans women helping trafficking victims

When Valeria Rodrigues accompanies Brazilian police on dawn raids to rescue transgender women trafficked into prostitution, she goes armed with snacks – chocolate, bread, pieces of fruit. The 39-year-old transgender woman knows that the victims they find will be tired and hungry after a night on the streets. She also speaks their language, Pajuba, a […]

Australia: Anti-gay Folau says he won’t back down in RA row

Australia: Anti-gay Folau says he won’t back down in RA row

(Reuters) – Australia fullback Israel Folau has said he had chances to ease tensions amid the furore over his social media post, and get back to playing rugby, but had resisted them all, because it would be doing “Satan’s” work. Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, is awaiting sanction after being found guilty of a ‘high-level’ breach […]

Australia: Asics drops homophobic Folau as brand ambassador

Australia: Asics drops homophobic Folau as brand ambassador

(Reuters) – Israel Folau’s protracted dismissal by Rugby Australia looked no closer to a conclusion on Thursday, but the 30-year-old was already being hit hard in the pocket for his decision to post a social media message many viewed as homophobic. While the panel that on Tuesday adjudged Folau had been guilty of a ‘high […]

Cuba: LGBT community denounce government for cancelling parade

Cuba: LGBT community denounce government for cancelling parade

(Reuters) – Cuban gay rights activists denounced the government’s decision to cancel this year’s parade against homophobia, accusing it of snatching away their main platform at a key moment, as the Caribbean nation is set to debate legalising same-sex marriage. The state-run National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), which has spearheaded advances in LGBT rights […]

Brazil: Homophobic remarks by president may harm tourism industry

Brazil: Homophobic remarks by president may harm tourism industry

A comment from President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil must not become a “gay tourism paradise” sparked concerns that LGBT+ people will avoid travelling to the country, fearing violence, campaigners and industry representatives said on Friday. During a talk with reporters on Thursday, Bolsonaro said that Brazil should avoid being known as a gay destination because […]

Australia: RA Johnson criticises Folau’s anti-gay remarks

Australia: RA Johnson criticises Folau’s anti-gay remarks

(Reuters) – Wallabies’ Director of Rugby, Scott Johnson, has backed the hard-line stance taken by Rugby Australia (RA) over Israel Folau’s controversial social media posts and called for the sport to embrace inclusiveness. Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, faces having his Wallabies contract torn up, after posting comments that gay people were destined for “hell” if […]

US: Legalisation of same-sex marriage linked to growing acceptance – study

US: Legalisation of same-sex marriage linked to growing acceptance – study

Anti-LGBT+ biases dropped significantly as same-sex marriage was being legalised across the United States, according to new research looking at the link between attitudes and policy change. Biases declined both in states that legalised gay marriage and in states that did not, said research by McGill University, published in the journal Proceedings of the National […]