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Elliot Page thanked fans for their “love and support” after he came out as transgender in December 2020. (Instagram/Rich Polk/Getty) A 75-year-old grandmother has thanked Elliot Page for coming out, which has helped her own trans granddaughter to “live openly with freedom”. Maryann Durmer, who describes herself as a “white, heterosexual cisgender woman who was
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Colton Stankowski was asked to leave a women’s clothing store when she told an employe that she was shopping for herself. (Envato Elements) A trans woman from Calgary, Canada, was told she was making shoppers “uncomfortable” in a women’s clothing store and was asked to leave – and now she’s fighting back. Colton Stankowski opened
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When straight cisgender people travel, they think about the sun, spending money and which tourist spots to hit first. But travelling as queer person means having to think about homophobia, and about the more than 70 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal. Travelling as a Black person means having to think about the
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Transgender student Fouad died by suicide after being told she was upsetting other students by wearing a skirt. (Stock image/Envato Elements) A trans teenager has tragically died by suicide after she was allegedly “humiliated” by school staff for wearing a skirt. The 17-year-old student, identified only by the first name Fouad, died by suicide on
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Donald Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association, an SPLC-designated hate group that received funding from the federal government. (YouTube) Anti-LGBT+ hate groups and schools that ban gay teachers because of their sexuality have been handed millions in coronavirus relief funds in the United States. More than $5 billion was handed to organisations under the
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Toxic masculinity damages men mentally, physically and socially. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty) Toxic masculinity is harmful, limiting, outdated and should be scrapped in favour of a healthier view on what a “man” is, Australians say. Researchers at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation found that, overall, men tend to enforce and care more about masculinity than women, spilling
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Trans people in India can now apply to have their gender identity legally recognised online through a new government portal. The portal, launched on Wednesday (25 November) by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE), will allow trans people to have their gender identity certified by the district magistrate without visiting government offices. The
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Trans Chorus of Los Angeles. (YouTube/A Noise Within) Trans Day of Resilience – observed alongside Trans Day of Remembrance – will this year see an unprecedented concert staged by six trans-affirming choirs. On Trans Day of Remembrance, we remember and honour the transgender siblings who we have lost this year. Founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann
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The Trades Union Congress has released a powerful new short film showing the challenges that come with transitioning in the workplace. The moving video, written and directed by Sam Nicklin, was released by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to mark Transgender Awareness Week. It follows a character named Liam, played by trans masc actor Kenya Sterling,
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The Palace of Culture is illuminated with rainbow colours in a gesture of solidarity with the LGBT community in Warsaw (Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty) Cities in Poland have illuminated buildings in rainbow colours in a powerful display of solidarity with the country’s embattled LGBT+ community. Parts of Poland have become harsh and unwelcoming places for
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G-A-Y bar in Soho, London. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty) Jeremy Joseph, the owner of G-A-Y nightclubs in London and Manchester, has vowed to keep fighting after the courts refused to hear his legal challenge against the coronavirus curfew. Joseph launched a legal challenge against the UK government’s 10pm curfew for pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants
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Bayard Rustin was criticised for being gay, while Angela Davis came out publicly in the late ’90s. (Getty) Queer Black agitators, thinkers and organisers have always been a crucial part of the fight for Black liberation – only now, the rest of the world is catching up. On May 25, George Floyd was murdered in
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J.M. Barrie writing letters to his great friend Robert Louis Stevenson at his desk in Adelphi Terrace House. (Sotheby’s via Getty Images) Never-seen-before letters reveal JM Barrie telling Robert Louis Stevenson “I have discovered that I love you” – and the only possible explanation is that they were “the greatest of friends”. It’s the first
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A 94-year-old grandmother and lifelong Republican has pledged to vote for Joe Biden in the presidential election, after her gay grandson tearfully explained to her the risk doing otherwise poses to his future, and the safety of the LGBT+ community. After congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked Democrats to speak to their Republican-voting loved ones about the
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Gold Coast bar sat on the southeast corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North La Jolla Avenue.(Picture from Gold Coast facebook page) Gold Coast, one of West Hollywood’s most popular gay bars, has closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, its co-owner confirmed Thursday (24 September). With many queer bars already in decline or having to permanently
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Billie Day Wakefield was an LGBT+ activist from Bristol. (Supplied) One of Bristol’s most prominent LGBT+ campaigners, Billie Dale Wakefield, has tragically passed away at the age of 78. Described by local leaders and loved ones as a “hero”, Dale Wakefield founded the Bristol Gay Switchboard in 1975, and became one of the founders of
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More than six in 10 queer people from Iran have been assaulted by anti-LGBT+ family members, and almost half have been sexually assaulted in public, according to a new report. The report, titled Hidden Wounds: A Research Report on Violence Against LGBTI in Iran, details the shocking violence queer people in the Western Asian country face
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The gay bar was raided after rival drag queens sent fake complaints, according to the bar owner (Envato Elements) A gay leather bar in Baltimore was raided by a “COVID SWAT team” after a group of drag queens rivals allegedly sent fake complaints claiming the establishment was violating coronavirus rules. The Baltimore Eagle was raided
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A gay asylum seeker has opened up about the terror he felt while sharing accommodation with two homophobes in the Irish refugee system. Preet Tahul, originally from Mauritius, told Hot Press magazine that he fled his homophobic family and sought asylum in Ireland – but the country’s harsh refugee system, known as direct provision, has left him
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Harpies, billed as Britain’s only LGBT+ strip night. (harpiesstripclub/ Instagram) The founder of a queer-inclusive strip night is rallying to raise funds for two Black dancers who, in the throes of an economy cratered by the coronavirus, are facing eviction and homelessness. Held at Metropolis, an east London strip club that regularly hosts queer nights,
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This grandmother came out to her granddaughter in a touching video (Twitter/@jackremmington) It’s never too late to live your truth, as one adorable grandmother proved when she came out to her granddaughter on camera. When the woman began speaking about her attraction to other women, her granddaughter promptly whipped out her phone to capture the
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Photo of Ukrainian nationalists burning a Pride flag in 2017 (Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty) A Pride flag has been set on fire in what human rights activists are saying was a deliberate “act of hate” against the LGBT+ community. The Pride flag was flying at a home in Rye City in Westchester County, New York State,
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An ancient Viking warrior who was given a hero’s burial may have been “transgender, non-binary or gender fluid”, according to researchers. Three years ago, the ornately dressed remains of a high-status Viking warrior from the mid-900s were discovered alongside swords, spears and two slaughtered horses in Birka, Sweden. Following studies, it was assumed that the
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