Tag Archive | LGBT

South Korea’s first trans soldier found dead

South Korea’s first trans soldier found dead

(Reuters) – South Korea’s first transgender soldier, who was discharged from the military last year for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, was found dead in her home on Wednesday, Yonhap news agency reported. Byun Hui-su, 23, who was a staff sergeant, before being discharged after she underwent the operation in Thailand while on leave, was found […]

UK: First LGBT+ retirement home to open

UK: First LGBT+ retirement home to open

Britain’s first LGBT+ retirement home is set to open in mid-2021, the housing association behind the London riverside apartments said on Tuesday, highlighting a growing market of older people who do not want to be forced back in the closet. There is a critical need for housing for older LGBT+ people, said Anna Kear, chief […]

Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell urge Ghana to protect LGBT+ people

Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell urge Ghana to protect LGBT+ people

Actor Idris Elba, and model Naomi Campbell have joined 65 other British celebrities, designers. and politicians, in calling for Ghana’s president to engage with the country’s LGBT+ community, in an open letter published on social media on Monday. A public outcry last week forced the country’s first LGBT+ community centre to temporarily close, to protect its […]

Panama: National beauty contest opens to trans women

Panama: National beauty contest opens to trans women

(Reuters) – Transgender women will from this year be able to compete in Panama’s national beauty contest, the organisers said on Monday. The Señorita Panama pageant, which sends a contestant from the Central American country to the international Miss Universe competition, said transgender women, who have completed legal and medical processes, would be welcome to […]

US: HRC – Congress Must Advance ‘Do No Harm Act’

US: HRC – Congress Must Advance ‘Do No Harm Act’

HRC [The Human Rights Campaign] urges Congress to advance legislation clarifying that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is intended to protect religious freedom, while ensuring it cannot be misused as a weapon of discrimination. The Do No Harm Act was introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday, by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA), […]

OPINION: LGBT+ History Month – [UK] LGBT+ laws still to be enacted?

OPINION: LGBT+ History Month – [UK] LGBT+ laws still to be enacted?

February [marked] LGBT+ history month, so to celebrate this, I delved into the most life-changing achievements for the community to date. The law started to recognise LGBT+ rights in 1967, with the Sexual Offences Act and its partial decriminalisation of sex between consenting male adults, in England and Wales. Since this monumental move, we have seen many […]

Cameroon: LGBT+ groups on alert after attacks, arrests

Cameroon: LGBT+ groups on alert after attacks, arrests

Three murders, and more than 20 arrests targeting LGBT+ people in Cameroon this month, have raised fears of an upswing in homophobic persecution in the Central African country, rights campaigners and lawyers said on Friday. Same-sex relationships are illegal across much of Africa, but few countries are as assiduous in applying penalties as Cameroon, where […]

Myanmar: LGBT+ people join anti-coup protests

Myanmar: LGBT+ people join anti-coup protests

Growing up in rural Myanmar, Du Wun shunned the jewellery his mother pressed him to wear, and dreaded ceremonies where he had to dress in a traditional htamein, a sarong-like garment for women. Du Wun, a transgender man, was bullied as a teenager, and disowned by his parents. He only began to accept his gender […]

US: Taylor Swift, Tim Cook call on Senate to pass Equality Act

US: Taylor Swift, Tim Cook call on Senate to pass Equality Act

Taylor Swift, Cher, and Apple’s CEO Tim Cook joined a growing list of celebrities and corporations by Friday, calling on the US Senate to pass legislation expanding federal legal protection from discrimination, to LGBT+ Americans. The Equality Act, which amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes, […]

LGBT+ Pride marches planned as COVID-19 vaccinations increase

LGBT+ Pride marches planned as COVID-19 vaccinations increase

Some of Europe’s biggest LGBT+ Pride marches are being planned for later this year, as mass COVID-19 vaccinations raise hopes of a post-pandemic return to the streets, organisers said on Friday. In Britain, where the government said a ban on big events would be lifted in June if cases fall sufficiently, Pride organisers in Birmingham, […]