LGBTQ

Dr Mohamed Al Dabbas openly practices conversion therapy. (Vezeeta) A psychiatrist in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan has unashamedly described how he “treats” gay people with traumatising conversion therapy. Although Jordan decriminalised homosexuality in 1951, it was only in 2013 that honour killings stopped being legal justification for murder. LGBT+ people face discrimination and
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LGBT+ South Africans wave Pride flags at Durban Pride Festival. (RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images) Lawmakers in the upper house of South Africa’s parliament passed a bill Wednesday (July 1) that bars marriage officers from objecting to marrying same-sex couples. South Africa remains an outlier in the patchwork of policies and laws in Africa wired to erase
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Cars packed a road in Emo, Ontario, Canada, as part of an Pride ‘ambush’ after town officials asked why there is no ‘Straight Pride’. (Borderland Pride) Residents at a northwestern Ontario, Canada, township tied vibrant balloons to the hoods of their vehicles, tossed blankets and unfolded flags before buckling their seatbelts and driving. Around 70 vehicles
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Brennan Gregg came out to his parents in the most ingenious way. (Screen captures via TikTok) A guy came out as gay to his family during a quarantine quiz night and if your heart doesn’t race while watching it, well, we recommend seeking medical attention immediately. Brennan Gregg took to TikTok Wednesday morning (July 1)
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Cars drive past a billboard featuring Black trans model and activist Jari Jones in an advertisement for Calvin Klein. (Angela Weiss / AFP via Getty Images) Popping a bottle of champagne, a Black trans plus-sized woman looked up at a billboard on Lafayette Street, in New York’s lower Manhattan, to see herself. Model Jari Jones was surrounded
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One of the UK’s largest LGBT+ swingers festivals has been cancelled, citing coronavirus safeguarding measures. (Stock photograph via Elements Envato/Aurora Lifestyle Festival) Social distancing measures have imbued every aspect of life – pad-locking the economy, stonewalling loved ones from one another and… leading to the cancellation of Europe’s largest swingers festival. Nothing is sacred, not
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Merritt Corrigan was recently appointed by Trump as deputy White House liaison at USAID Employees at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have raised concerns over the appointment of an official with a deeply homophobic record. Merritt Corrigan was recently appointed by Trump as deputy White House liaison at USAID despite her troubling
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Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon. (John Berry/WireImage) In a momentous landslide victory for LGBT+ activists, the upper house of the Gabon parliament, the Senate, voted to decriminalize homosexuality. It comes after lawmakers in the lower house of the west coast central African country voted to reverse a law criminalising same-sex relations that was only
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Reddit, after years of piling pressure, clamped down on boards that, under new guidelines, promoted hate speech. A transphobic “gender critical feminist” forum was one of them. (Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Reddit, one of the largest social networking and imageboard websites, has banned one of the most prolific “gender critical” communities as part
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In September 1982, Declan Flynn left a pub in Donnycarney, Dublin and walked to Fairview Park, a well-known meeting spot for gay men. Declan Flynn lived in a very different time for Ireland. Homosexuality was illegal and many queer people, like him, lived their lives in fear, secrecy and shame. That September night, Flynn was
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Eyewitnesses say a the centre was attacked by a man with a golf club (Facebook/Oakland LGBTQ Community Centre) Police have launched an investigation after a vandal attacked a local LGBT+ community centre on Pride weekend, leaving staff and volunteers stunned. At around 10.05am on Saturday (June 27), bystanders watched in horror as a man with
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Layleen Xtravaganza Cubilette-Polanco’s death sparked outcry for typifying the failures of the criminal justice system for trans women of colour. (Facebook/Polanco family attorney) A total of 17 corrections officers are to be disciplined for their conduct regarding Layleen Polanco, a trans woman of colour who died in solitary confinement in Rikers Island jail. Layleen Xtravaganza
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Subramanian Swamy, the leader of India’s ruling party BJP, has declared that homosexuality is “a genetic flaw like having six fingers”. Swamy first made the comments in 2016 but retweeted them on Friday (June 26) as the country celebrated the historic repeal of Section 377, a regressive colonial-era law that criminalised homosexual sex. The senior
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Alarming video footage shows the moment a homophobic and racist passenger scorned his Lyft driver after being asked to wear a mask. (Screen capture via YouTube) A Lyft passenger launched into a racist and homophobic verbal tirade against his driver simply because he was asked to wear a face mask. A May 28 ride in
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Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss (WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images) The deputy chair of the LGBT Conservatives has urged the government to show more empathy towards trans people “instead of pandering to a culture war”. Writing in the i, John Cope called on the government to stop punishing trans people for male violence
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Sarah Hegazy was jailed and tortured for holding an LGBT+ flag. She died by suicide in June 2020. (Twitter) Two Egyptian lawyers are suing Noor Hesham Selim, the transgender son of film star Hesham Selim, for an Instagram post that supported Egyptian LGBT+ activist Sara Hegazy, who died by suicide earlier this month. The lawyers
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Joseph Fons holding a Pride Flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building last week (Chip Somodevilla/Getty) An incredible 90 per cent of people in the United States agree with the Supreme Court ruling banning workplace discrimination for LGBT+ people, according to a new poll. Last week, the US Supreme Court ruled that LGBT+
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Peppermint was among the first queens to come onboard. (James Michael Avance) Since the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race aired more than a decade ago, 153 queens have shantayed, sashayed and sissied that walk. And only one of those 153 queens has been openly trans. Her name is Peppermint, the legendary queen from NYC
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Janet Mock on the red carpet for Pose. (Rich Fury/Getty Images) Pose director Janet Mock says bookshops still don’t stock her bestselling debut memoir Redefining Realness because of “racism, sexism and transphobia”. The writer, TV host and Emmy award-winning director was responding to a fan who asked, on June 16, why “neither Barnes & Noble
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Joe Ritchie-Bennett, David Wails and James Furlong have been named as the Reading victims. (Facebook) The three Reading victims killed in a suspected terror attack have been remembered as “true gentlemen” and proud members of the city’s LGBT+ community. James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails tragically lost their lives on June 20, stabbed to
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