Tag Archive | LGBTI

Portugal: Trans ‘Big Witches’ survive to become music stars

Portugal: Trans ‘Big Witches’ survive to become music stars

After winning several auditions, including for a Madonna video, Aquila Correia was close to realising her dreams in Portugal, after relying on sex work to survive as a transgender migrant. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and Correia was evicted, despite a government ban on the eviction of cash-strapped tenants. As an undocumented Black Brazilian, without […]

US: Full Text of Biden’s Memo on Advancing LGBTQI Rights Around the World

US: Full Text of Biden’s Memo on Advancing LGBTQI Rights Around the World

Below is the full text of the memorandum on advancing LGBTQI rights around the world, issued by US President Joe Biden, on 4th February 2021, from the Briefing Room of the White House: ‘Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS […]

UK: ‘C of E’ LGBTI resource – Living In Love & Faith

UK: ‘C of E’ LGBTI resource – Living In Love & Faith

The culmination of what is thought to be the largest research and consultation project into identity and sexuality, carried out by a Christian church, was published in November 2020, by the Church of England. Living in Love and Faith (LLF) is a collection of Christian teaching resources, to help C of E parishioners address issues […]

Council of Europe says Poland should stop LGBTI+ intolerance

Council of Europe says Poland should stop LGBTI+ intolerance

(Reuters) – Polish politicians should stop stigmatising LGBTI people, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights said in a memorandum published on Thursday, adding that such behaviour risked legitimising homophobic violence. Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party made battling what it calls ‘LGBT ideology’, a key plank of election campaigns in 2019 […]

We exist: the intersex child on a mission to inform

We exist: the intersex child on a mission to inform

When Wen Long van Knippenberg wanted to tell fellow pupils about life as an intersex child in the Netherlands, the presentation was banned by her teacher, as inappropriate for children. Now the nine-year-old hopes to spread the message far beyond the classroom, as the star of a short film – ‘Girlsboysmix – that shows her finding […]

BeLonG To: 2019 Annual Report Launched

BeLonG To: 2019 Annual Report Launched

BeLonG To Youth Services have launched their 2019 Annual Report. Equipped with their new database in 2019, they gathered 12 months of demographic data, from young people accessing their Dublin-based youth service. They gleaned valuable insights from this data, discovering the most urgent needs of LGBTI+ young people. This information has shaped the future direction […]

UN: Intersex surgery ‘abuses’ condemned by 34 states at rights forum

UN: Intersex surgery ‘abuses’ condemned by 34 states at rights forum

More than 30 countries on Thursday condemned “medically unnecessary surgeries” on intersex children as a human rights violation, amid mounting efforts to ban such operations. It is the first time that unnecessary surgeries on children, born with an indeterminate sex, have been criticised at the United Nations, advocates said, with 34 countries signing the statement […]

Australia’s First Gay Indigenous Speaker Promises Reform

Australia’s First Gay Indigenous Speaker Promises Reform

The first gay Indigenous Speaker in an Australian parliament said he wanted to see more minorities in politics, and would start by bringing Aboriginal art into the building. Chanston ‘Chansey’ Paech, who made history as Australia’s first gay Indigenous lawmaker in 2016, holds the most senior position in the parliament of the Northern Territory, a […]

LGBTI Documentary: Sidney & Friends – 
Now Available on Amazon Prime Video & Lockdown Film Club

LGBTI Documentary: Sidney & Friends – 
Now Available on Amazon Prime Video & Lockdown Film Club

SIDNEY & FRIENDS is now available on Amazon Prime Video, after more than 100 screenings in 28 countries, and winning 13 Best Documentary Awards (plus 11 additional nominations). Also available on UN Lockdown Film Club, see below. The film tells the story of Sidney, who is intersex. When his family tries to kill him, Sidney […]

IDAHOT 2020: Statement from President Michael D. Higgins

IDAHOT 2020: Statement from President Michael D. Higgins

Irish President Michael D. Higgins marked IDAHOT 2020 by releasing the following statement: “Today, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, we are invited to renew our resolve to combat the violence and hate that homosexual and transgender people continue to experience. On this special day, we are all to join the great […]