Moscow university student sentenced to 15 days in jail for ‘displaying LGBT symbols’

A Russian university student has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for “displaying LGBT symbols”, the Moscow court press service reported Friday. Danila Morozov, 22, was also fined 50,000 rubles (€500) for “discrediting the Russian army” in posts on his Telegram channel, which has since been deleted. Morozov is a student at the Higher School of […]

Passage of harsh anti-LGBTQ+ law in Iraq draws diplomatic backlash

BAGHDAD — Human rights groups and diplomats criticized a law that was quietly passed by the Iraqi parliament over the weekend that would impose heavy prison sentences on gay and transgender people. U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a statement that the law passed Saturday “threatens those most at risk in Iraqi society” and “can be […]

Qatar targeted my brother on Grindr – I want him home’

The family of a gay British-Mexican man held in Qatar for alleged drug offences has given further details of what they say was a “honeytrap” operation using the gay dating app, Grindr. Manuel Guerrero Aviña was approached online by a man called “Gio” and they arranged to meet – but he was instead met by […]

Drag Race Brazil host shares horrific conversion therapy experience

Grag Queen, the host of Brazil’s Drag Race spin-off, has spoken about being forced to undergo conversion therapy. The drag queen shot to fame as the winner of the first season of the short-lived singing competition, Queen of the Universe, and later hosted the inaugural season of Drag Race Brazil. Speaking in support of short film The Cure, which was inspired […]

For Turkish performer, drag is a political act

ISTANBUL – Ilker Yazici – stage name Miss Putka – was in secondary school when he discovered he was gay. There he met LGBT advocacy groups and joined street protests in Turkey’s capital Ankara to defend LGBT rights, carrying rainbow flags. “At first I struggled with myself a lot,” he said. “You grow up in the Middle […]

For the first time, IBGE analyzed data on gay marriage in Brazil

Due to the 2013 resolution of the National Justice Council, which emphasizes that all registry offices must carry out civil unions between people of the same sex, it was possible for the IBGE to include such marriages for the first time. According to the survey, gay marriages represent 0,35% of the total number of straight […]

United Methodists in US repeal longstanding ban on LGBT clergy

United Methodist delegates in the US repealed their church’s longstanding ban on LGBT clergy with no debate on Wednesday, removing a rule forbidding “self-avowed practising homosexuals” from being ordained or appointed as ministers. Delegates voted 692-51 at their General Conference — the first such legislative gathering in five years. That overwhelming margin contrasts sharply with the […]

New Queensland Anti-Discrimination Laws Help Protect LGBTQIA+ Community

In a significant stride towards fostering inclusivity and safeguarding human rights, Queensland has now implemented new amendments to its Anti-Discrimination Act that will help protect the LGBTQIA+ community. Effective as of April 29, these reforms not only bolster penalties for hate crimes but also extend crucial protections to marginalised communities, marking a profound shift towards […]

Britain sanctions three Ugandan officials under anti-corruption laws

Britain sanctioned the speaker of the Ugandan parliament, Anita Among, and two high profile Ugandan lawmakers on Tuesday, targeting corruption in the east African country for the first time with its sanctions regime. Among plus Mary Kitutu and Agnes Nandutu, former ministers for the Karamoja region, will be subject to travel bans and asset freezes […]

Anti-LGBTQ+ Kenyans can no longer encourage others to kill queer people

Kenyan anti-LGBTQ activists are now prohibited from calling for the murder of the country’s LGBTQ+ community, the country’s High Court ruled in an order. The order is temporary while the court hears a case on whether city legal officials can allow anti-LGBTQ+ protests that encourage violence against queer Kenyans. The interim conservatory order was placed […]

Conservative states challenge federal rule on treatment of transgender students

Several Republican state attorneys general are challenging a federal regulation that seeks to protect the rights of transgender students in the nation’s schools by banning blanket policies that bar transgender students from school bathrooms aligning with their gender, among other provisions. The officials argue the new policies would hurt women and girls, trample free speech […]

How a digital archive is preserving Canada’s history of LGBTQ+ activism

LGBTQ+ organizations in Canada are gearing up for a “Rainbow Week of Action” that will feature rallies across the country calling on governments to do more to support LGBTQ+ communities. Such events are part of a long history of LGBTQ+ campaigning and protest. However, in a time when anti-LGBTQ+ movements are growing, recording that history […]

Transgender health care must be paid for by state insurance, says an appeals court

A federal appeals court ruled on Monday that state health insurance plans must provide coverage for gender-affirming care in North Carolina and West Virginia. Trans advocates say it’s a huge victory, especially since bills restricting the rights of transgender people have been on the rise in state legislatures. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in […]

Michelangelo and the most sublime declarations of gay love in art

Tommaso de’ Cavalieri was the light of the age, unique in the world – at least in the eyes of the man who loved him. That ardent lover was Michelangelo, who described Cavalieri in these glowing words in a letter from 1532. If only a portrait of Tommaso survived we could have seen his face, […]

Passage of harsh anti-LGBTQ+ law in Iraq draws diplomatic backlash

BAGHDAD (AP) — Human rights groups and diplomats criticized a law that was quietly passed by the Iraqi parliament over the weekend that would impose heavy prison sentences on gay and transgender people. U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a statement that the law passed Saturday “threatens those most at risk in Iraqi society” […]

‘Queer Storytime for Palestine’ drag event for children causes outrage

A Massachusetts-based pro-Palestinian drag event for children from two weeks ago has drawn international criticism, according to global media reports from the last week. Drag queens were recorded encouraging young children to chant “free Palestine,” with the New York Post claiming that some described the chant as “indoctrination” that is “wrong on every level.” “Today, what we’re going to do […]

Thousands rally in Australian capitals to demand gender violence justice

Violence against women is an “epidemic” in Australia, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Saturday, as thousands attended rallies in Sydney and other major Australian cities urging tougher laws on gendered violence. The rallies were spurred by a wave of violence against women that the government says has seen a woman killed every four days […]

Russia seeks to ban non-existent ‘anti-Russian separatist movement’

The Russian Justice Ministry is looking to ban the “anti-Russian separatist movement” as an extremist organisation, it announced Friday. The movement’s goal is to “destroy Russia’s multinational unity and territorial integrity”, the ministry said in its motion that will be heard by the Supreme Court on 7 June. No organisation of that name exists in […]

Ghana and Uganda echo each other’s clamp down on gay people

Ghana, despite its more solid reputation for democracy and respect for human rights than authoritarian Uganda, is joining it in more stringently criminalising homosexuality – and vacillating about the legislation to do that. Gay sex was already illegal in strongly religious, conservative Ghana before 2021 when legislators tabled the ‘Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights […]

4 States Tell Schools to Ignore New Title IX Rules That Protect LGBTQ Students

On Friday, the Biden administration released its final Title IX rules, which include protections for LGBTQ+ students by clarifying that Title IX forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The rule change could have a significant impact as it would supersede bathroom bans and other discriminatory policies that have become increasingly common in […]

European Union confident Ghana’s Anti-gay bill will not become a law

In August of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi, the combination of torrential rain and flawed infrastructure proved deadly. More than 1,800 people died and the price tag for the damage quickly rose to the tens of billions of dollars. In the chaotic disaster response that followed, several communities were disproportionately […]

LGBTQ Data No-go For Personalised Online Ads: EU Adviser

Internet users’ public expression of their sexual orientation does not authorise using this data “for the purposes of personalised advertising,” a legal adviser at the EU’s top court said Thursday. Austria’s Supreme Court referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) based on a case brought by Austrian internet privacy activist Max […]

Congo lawmaker wants jail, not slavery, for LGBT people

Congolese member of parliament and former presidential candidate Constant Mutamba is standing by his bill that would criminalize gay sex for the first time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, although he has clarified that his bill seeks to sentence homosexuals to prison, not to slavery, as had been reported in some outlets. Mutumba had described […]