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Inside Happy Maki Brighton, where 10 employees quit over owner Anna MacDonald’s “transphobic” and “biphobic” beliefs. (Google Maps) Staff at vegan sushi bar Happy Maki in Brighton have walked out after it emerged the owner said transgender people are “influenced by spirits”. At least 10 workers have quit en masse – half the workforce of
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett reacts as she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing. (Sarah Silbiger-Pool/Getty) Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed for the Supreme Court. The Senate voted to confirm Barrett’s nomination 52 to 48 on Monday (26 October). Barrett is expected
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Danell Leyva, three-time USA Gymnastics Olympic Medalist, attends a viewing party of the Olympic Opening Ceremony hosted by the filmmakers of “Icarus” at the Hollywood Athletic Club on February 9, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Rich Fury/Getty Images for Netflix) Three-time Olympic gymnastics medallist Danell Leyva has explained how stereotypes about male gymnasts held him back
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Cher performed a reworked version of “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe” in support of Joe Biden at a virtual benefit concert, and found time to visit a Las Vegas gay bar to encourage people to vote. As the US presidential election draws close, LGBT+ icon Cher was the final act in an event titled “I
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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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Baroness Nicholson. (UK Parliament, cropped. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) Anti-trans Tory peer Baroness Nicholson claims it’s “very dangerous” that the BBC explained what pronouns are to children. On International Pronouns Day, BBC Bitesize – the public-service broadcaster’s free online study support resource for UK pupils – tweeted a cartoon of three teenagers in a changing room, each with
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Del Martin (L) and Phyllis Lyon (R). (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AFP via Getty Images) The home of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, a late lesbian couple who sought to defy federal and state marriage equality bans in 2004 by getting married, could be preserved as a city landmark. Lyon and Martin were the first in California to receive
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Hayling Island Bowls Club, where trans woman Stella Moore has played for nine months. (Hayling Island Bowls) A women’s bowling club has removed advice on its website saying that “transsexual” women shouldn’t “vamp up” after backlash to its “archaic” policy on transgender inclusion. The first part of the Portsmouth & District Women’s Bowling Association policy,
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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence give a thumbs up after speaking on the first day of the Republican National Convention (Chris Carlson-Pool/Getty) An LGBT+ Republican group has endorsed 12 politicians who have long track records of opposing LGBT+ rights. The Log Cabin Republicans, which describes itself as “the nation’s original and largest
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Peter Farquhar was found dead in his home in October 2015 (Thames Valley Police/Facebook) A gay retired teacher who was abused and murdered by a churchwarden was “vulnerable to exploitation” because of the church’s anti-gay policies, an independent investigation found. Peter Farquhar, 69, was subjected to physical and mental abuse by Benjamin Field, who strangled
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Evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has lashed out at Pope Francis for “trivialising Christ’s sacrifice” by “normalising homosexuality”. Pope Francis suggested in a documentary that premiered on Wednesday (October 21) that gay people “have a right to be part of the family” and threw his support behind “civil union law” so same-sex relationships can be “legally
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The Sri Lankan government has been accused of forcing abusive anal and vaginal virginity “tests” on LGBT+ people in an attempt to prove homosexual conduct. According to a shocking Human Rights Watch report, at least seven people have been forced into the “cruel, inhuman, and degrading” physical examinations since 2017. Together with the non-profit Equal
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Sen. Sen. Susan Collins on September 9, 2020 in Washington DC. (Greg Nash- Pool/Getty Images) Susan Collins, a Republican senator from Maine, has accepted the endorsement of an anti-LGBT+ group by saying she’s “truly grateful” for its support – despite previously supporting the LGBT+ community. Collins was the fourth sitting Republican to indicate support for
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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the 2016 Toronto Pride parade (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images) The UN’s LGBT+ rights expert has praised Canada’s bill to ban conversion therapy, which could set a new international standard on the issue. The legislation, officially tabled in Parliament earlier this month (October 1) with the backing of prime
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Yelena Mizulina, who successfully lobbied for Russia’s 2012 “gay propaganda” law, has emerged as a chilling barometer of the lengths Vladimir Putin will go to squash LGBT+ rights. (Nikolai GalkinTASS via Getty Images) Russia’s cabinet has rejected amendments to the country’s Family Code which would not only have banned marriage equality and same-sex adoption (which
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Asia Kate Dillon attends the “John Wick: Chapter 3” world premiere in 2019. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) There is growing demand for non-binary actors as directors seek more diverse onscreen representation, according to a talent manager. Transgender representation in film and TV has historically been woeful, with cisgender actors of the wrong gender playing trans characters.
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Zendaya and Hunter Schafer stars in Euphoria. (Euphoria/HBO) Euphoria is returning with two new episodes ahead of season two, Zendaya confirmed in an Instagram post on Monday (October 19).  Zendaya, who plays Rue Bennett on the show, told fans that “two special episodes” will air toward the end of this year. The new Euphoria episodes will tide
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Carole Baskin could “just as easily have had a wife”. (Carole Baskin) Carole Baskin has revealed that she is bisexual, and that she discovered her sexuality while spending time with the LGBT+ community during the AIDS crisis. Speaking with PinkNews just two weeks after her elimination from Dancing with the Stars, Baskin said she was
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden addresses a drive-in campaign rally at the Michigan State Fairgrounds October 16, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Joe Biden has been condemned by a designated homophobic hate group for saying he will “flat out change the law” to reverse Donald Trump’s transphobic policies. Biden made the comments in a televised town
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Ann Widdecombe has previously backed gay cure therapy. (Steve Taylor / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Ann Widdecombe, the British former lawmaker known for her high-decibel anti-LGBT+ views, drew criticism Sunday (18 October) for saying “families” wouldn’t be interested in watching a same-sex couple dance on Strictly Come Dancing. Nicola Adams, the
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Kendall Stephens was brutally beaten in her own home. (Human Rights Campaign) Kendall Stephens, a trans woman who survived a horrific transphobic attack in her own home, has described the shocking reaction by police who “cracked jokes while she bled onto the floor”. Warning: contains graphic descriptions of violence against a trans person. Kendall Stephens,
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Nicola Adams (L) and her Strictly Come Dancing partner, Katya Jones. (Strictly Come Dancing/BBC) Nicola Adams made Strictly Come Dancing history Saturday night (17 October) after being partnered with seasoned pro dancer Katya Jones, becoming the ballroom show’s first same-sex contestants. It was a sight 16 years in the making, but now looking forward, both Adams
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Robert Brissette, an ardent Trump support, coughed at Black Lives Matter protesters while hurling homophobic insults. (Screen captures via YouTube) A Donald Trump supporter once again proved that the president’s fans are the pinnacle of grace and decorum by… taunting Black Lives Matter supporters with homophobic slurs before violently coughing on them. While pumping gas
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