California judge agrees to second look at language in proposed transgender initiative

A California judge weighing potential prejudice in the title and summary of a proposed ballot measure concerning transgender children is considering his ruling after a Friday hearing. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Stephen Acquisto already had issued a tentative ruling in favor of the state Attorney General’s Office, deciding that the title of the proposed […]

Scotland Pauses Transgender Medications For Minors

Scotland has paused all new prescriptions of transgender medications such as puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for minors, the latest in a string of developments in Britain pumping the brakes on transgender medical services for minors. Scotland’s only youth gender clinic, the Sandyford clinic in Glasgow, which is operated by Scotland’s National Health Service (NHS) […]

Mathabatha Joba’s podcast empowers queer voices

The airwaves buzz with a new and exciting podcast called ‘LivenInspirewithMathabatha’ hosted by an advocate for the LBGTQ+ community Mathabatha Joba every Wednesday from 19:00-20:00 on MyneighborhoodTV. The producer of the podcast Onkemetse Matlahaku said the podcast provides a safe space for members of the queer community to share their stories, both triumphant and challenging. […]

Burundi’s president says gay people should be stoned

Burundi’s president said gay people should be stoned, amid a larger crackdown on the LGBTQ community in the East African country. “If you want to attract a curse to the country, accept homosexuality,” Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye said in a question and answer session with journalists and the public last Friday, according to Reuters. “I even think that […]

LGBT Ghanaians await court ruling on restrictive new law

ACCRA (Reuters) – Members of Ghana’s LGBT community and activists are waiting to see whether the West African country’s president will sign into law a bill that would further restrict their rights and likely worsen the persecution many face. Kwame, a gay man who spoke to Reuters on the condition his real name was not used, […]

A Second Trump Presidency Would Be A Nightmare Scenario For Transgender People

Jules was driving to their friend’s house in St. Petersburg, Florida, last year when a police officer pulled them over for a busted taillight. Jules wondered if the officer saw their “Say Gay” sticker — a small protest to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” bill — and nervously handed over their driver’s license. […]

Puberty blockers paused for under-18s in Scotland

Scotland’s only youth gender clinic has paused prescribing puberty blockers for under-18s. Prescriptions for under-18s currently on the waiting list are to be blocked following the decision by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC). The Sandyford Clinic in Glasgow also said that patients aged 16 and up would no longer receive hormone treatments until they […]

Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf confirms trans women will be protected under new misogyny laws

The Scottish government are set to introduce a bill to address prejudice and violence against women and girls – which rightly includes trans women and girls – before the current parliamentary term ends in 2026. The First Minister said that “anyone affected” by misogyny would be safeguarded, no matter their gender identity. Speaking to BBC’s Good Morning Scotland, he said: […]

Out in the World: Anti-LGBTQ bills, laws are spreading around the world

Anti-LGBTQ bills and new laws are spreading around the world, including in several African nations and the former Soviet republic of Belarus. The proposed or approved legislation in these various countries seek to criminalize same-sex relationships and gender identity, ban promoting LGBTQ rights, and censor media outlets. Prominent Ugandan LGBTQ activists Frank Mugisha, executive director of […]

Russia-style NGO crackdowns spread as Europe dithers

Georgia’s ruling party plans to reintroduce highly controversial Russia-style “foreign agent” legislation aimed at incapacitating civil society and independent media. If adopted, the laws, which were withdrawn last year in the face of massive protests, would require foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations and media to register as “agents of foreign influence”. That would make them subject to additional scrutiny and […]

Federal appeals court overturns West Virginia’s transgender sports ban

A federal appeals court struck down a West Virginia law that barred transgender athletes from competing on girls’ and women’s sports teams in public schools and colleges. In a 2-1 ruling Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Becky Pepper-Jackson, 13, a transgender girl who argued that the law prevented her from […]

Uganda: Activists Appeal Shock Anti-Homosexuality Law Ruling

Twenty-two individuals have filed an appeal with Uganda’s Supreme Court against the Constitutional Court’s recent refusal to strike down the country’s vile Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA). The Supreme Court is the highest appeal court in Uganda. The petitioners include academics, activists such as Sexual Minorities Uganda Executive Director Frank Mugisha and Jacqueline Kasha Nabagesara, as well […]

Iraq postpones vote on bill to impose death penalty for same-sex acts

The Iraqi parliament is threatening to pass a long-delayed anti-LGBTQ bill that would impose the death penalty for same-sex intimacy. Although Iraq does not currently have an explicitly anti-gay law, Erasing 76 Crimes has long included the country in its list of nations with anti-gay laws, because it arrests LGBTQ Iraqis on vague “anti-morality” charges. […]

US Supreme Court lets Idaho enforce ban on transgender care for minors

The conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let a Republican-backed law in Idaho that criminalizes gender-affirming care for transgender minors broadly take effect after a federal judge blocked it as unconstitutional. The court granted Republican Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador’s request to narrow a preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill, who ruled […]

Experience the colorful celebration of diversity at the Texas Gay Rodeo

Over the weekend in Denton, the North Texas Fair and Rodeo hosted a groundbreaking event—a gay rodeo show that drew crowds from all over the state. The Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA) held its 41st Texas Tradition Rodeo. For many spectators, the show was not only a thrilling display of horsemanship and rodeo skills but also an important […]

Government set to discuss transgender inclusion policies in football and cricket

Football and cricket’s transgender inclusion policies are set to come under Government scrutiny at a meeting on Monday afternoon. Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer has convened a gathering of national sports governing bodies to discuss developments related to this hugely controversial topic. The Football Association and the England and Wales Cricket Board’s policies are under review, but do currently permit transgender […]

Muslim parents seek a path forward after protests over LGBTQ rights in school

When Iftekhar Ahmed’s child came out as transgender four years ago, the situation was difficult for him to comprehend. Raised in Pakistan in a Muslim household, Ahmed had little experience with the concept. But after about a year of conversations with his son, Mani, and of lot of learning about his identity, Ahmed was able to […]

Benedict backed me up on rights for LGBT couples, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -Pope Francis found an ally in his predecessor Benedict XVI when he spoke in favour of civil partnerships for same-sex couples, the pontiff said in a new book due out in Spain. The work is set for publication on Wednesday, but its contents were shared in advance on Tuesday with several media, including […]

Beaten, Strangled and Robbed: New Grindr Gang Syndicate Cases in Durban

The LGBTQ+ community in KwaZulu-Natal is urged to be vigilant following new reports of several individuals being targeted by criminals on the Grindr dating app in the Durban area. Last week, an LGBTQ+ individual in Inanda became a victim of the suspected syndicate after arranging to meet a man he connected with on Grindr. Same Love Toti’s […]

Belarus Calls LGBT Lives ‘Pornography’

Belarus has hit a new low in its targeting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. As of today, the definition of pornography under Belarusian law will include depictions of same-sex relationships as well as transgender people. The Culture Ministry recently amended its decree on “erotic materials” to classify “homosexualism, lesbian love” and the “desire to live […]

Germany makes changing legal gender easier

German lawmakers voted Friday in favor of the Self-Determination Act, making it easier for transgender, intersex and non-binary people to change their gender entry at the country’s registry office. In a roll-call vote on the controversial law, 374 MPs voted in favor, 251 against and 11 abstained. Under the Self-Determination Act, people aged 14 and older will be […]

Benedict backed me up on rights for LGBT couples, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis found an ally in his predecessor Benedict XVI when he spoke in favour of civil partnerships for same-sex couples, the pontiff said in a new book due out in Spain. The work is set for publication on Wednesday, but its contents were shared in advance on Tuesday with several media, including Reuters. Francis […]

Beaten, Strangled and Robbed: New Grindr Gang Syndicate Cases in Durban

The LGBTQ+ community in KwaZulu-Natal is urged to be vigilant following new reports of several individuals being targeted by criminals on the Grindr dating app in the Durban area. Last week, an LGBTQ+ individual in Inanda became a victim of the suspected syndicate after arranging to meet a man he connected with on Grindr. Same […]