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Singapore court rejects challenge to gay sex ban

High court rejects three challenges to law inherited from British colonial eraA fresh attempt to overturn a Singapore law banning gay sex has failed after a court dismissed several challenges, marking a setback for efforts to promote greater LGBT rights in Asia.The law, inherited from the British colonial era, is rarely enforced but campaigners say it jars with the affluent city-state’s increasingly modern and vibrant culture. Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, Singapore, World news, Asia Pacific, LGBT rights


Coronavirus cabaret: the online show combating social isolation – video

How can a community keep in touch when it can’t physically be together? A group of performers have set up what they say is the first global cabaret to tackle the social isolation of coronavirus lockdowns. Getting ready for the show, activist Dan Glass says there is a lot to learn from his own HIV diagnosis, which left him socially isolated for years Continue reading...
Tags: Culture, LGBT rights, Dan Glass, Coronavirus outbreak


Strike a pose! My night at a vogue ball with Malcolm McLaren

In 1988 vogueing was still underground – but the Sex Pistols impresario was ahead of the curve. Our writer remembers a New York evening that would transform pop cultureIt was late September 1988: George Bush was up against Michael Dukakis in the first of their two TV debates. The presidential campaign was hotting up and Dukakis was faltering. I switched off the TV and headed for Bond Street off Broadway, New York City, where Malcolm McLaren was living with Lauren Hutton. We were off to see a vog...
Tags: Fashion, Gender, Music, New York, Celebrity, Life and style, Communities, Society, Dance, Transgender, Culture, Punk, Sexuality, George Bush, Stage, LGBT rights


Drag Race's Michelle Visage: ‘Once you stop caring what people think, you’ll be free'

The reality show judge hustled for 30 years before RuPaul’s show made her a star. She talks about the 80s New York club scene, why she won’t call herself bisexual – and how Madonna stole her lookMichelle Visage is, she says, a born hustler. Were you or I part of the 80s New York nightclub scene, we might have been swept away by the thrill of it all. But even at 17 – her mother had sent her a fake ID – Visage was there to work. “Fun was always involved,” she says. “But I was there to show my ware...
Tags: Reality TV, UK, New York, London, Television, US, World news, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, LGBT rights, Broadway, Madonna, Visage, Michelle Visage, Drag


‘A queer person can be anybody’: the African photographers exploring identity

In his new book, Africa State of Mind, Ekow Eshun celebrates contemporary African photography. Here he showcases the work of artists looking at the self and sexuality, from Zanele Muholi to Eric GyamfiIn August 2009, an exhibition titled Innovative Women opened in Johannesburg, aiming to showcase the work of the city’s young black female artists. The launch was attended by Lulu Xingwana, minister for arts and culture at the time, who had been invited to officially open the show. But instead of g...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Nigeria, Africa, Culture, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Art and design, LGBT rights, Sudan, Johannesburg, Eric, Zanele Muholi, Uganda Tanzania, Art and design books


The new equality: proposing marriage ... simultaneously

Like double rainbows, double proposals feel unexpected and delightful, and they allow couples to tailor their engagement to suit their valuesI hope I’m not giving too much away by saying that episode three of Netflix’s slaphappy romantic reality show Love is Blind opens with a proposal. Contestant Damian Powers is down on one knee, asking his newfound love interest Giannina Gibelli to be his wife.Then, Gibelli flips the script. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Marriage, Life and style, Netflix, LGBT rights, Giannina Gibelli, Gibelli, Damian Powers


Canada moves to criminalize LGBTQ+ 'conversion therapy'

Bill seeks to amend national Criminal Code over ‘discredited and denounced’ practice, fulfilling Trudeau promiseCanada’s federal government has introduced new legislation to criminalize LGBTQ+ “conversion therapy”, as Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government moves to fulfill one of its 2019 election promises.The proposed amendments to Canada’s Criminal Code include offenses such as causing a person to undergo “conversion therapy”, advertising and profiting from conversion therapy and removing a minor...
Tags: Americas, World news, Canada, LGBT rights, Bill, Justin Trudeau, Trudeau


‘My life is not over. But it feels like it is sometimes’: the Rev Richard Coles on losing his partner

The former pop star’s world was shattered when his partner of 12 years died. Three months on, he talks about the ‘madness’ of griefDeath is par for the course for the Rev Richard Coles. Whether it’s pastoral care for the bereaved, discussions about the afterlife with parishioners or being called out to perform the last rites – death comes with the job. But since his partner, the Rev David Coles, died in December, a lot about death has taken Coles by surprise.“I got in the other night,” he says, ...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Relationships, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, Christianity, Death and dying, LGBT rights, Bereavement, Coles, Richard Coles, David Coles


Lesbian priests to lead church service on eve of Anglican summit

Service is intended to send strong message to once-a-decade Lambeth conferenceLGBT+ campaigners will hold a church service led by two high-profile married lesbian priests on the eve of the Lambeth conference, a once-a-decade assembly of Anglican bishops from around the world that is expected to be dominated by conflicts over sexuality and marriage.The move is likely to rile conservative bishops who maintain that homosexuality is a sin. Continue reading...
Tags: Religion, UK News, World news, Christianity, LGBT rights, Anglicanism, Equal marriage


Putin submits plan to enshrine marriage as between man and woman

Draft amendment submitted among raft of conservative constitutional proposalsVladimir Putin has submitted a draft amendment to Russia’s constitution that would enshrine marriage as between a man and a woman in a conservative update to the country’s founding document.The measure was reportedly part of a 24-page document submitted by the president that would also name Russia as the successor to the Soviet Union; explicitly mention Russians’ “faith in God”; and ensure the “defence of historical tru...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Second world war, LGBT rights, Soviet Union


Putin submits plans for constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Draft amendment submitted among raft of conservative constitutional proposalsVladimir Putin has submitted a draft amendment to Russia’s constitution that would enshrine marriage as between a man and a woman in a conservative update to the country’s founding document.The measure was reportedly part of a 24-page document submitted by the president that would also name Russia as the successor to the Soviet Union; explicitly mention Russians’ “faith in God”; and ensure the “defence of historical tru...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Second world war, LGBT rights, Soviet Union


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 - in pictures

A selection of images from the 42nd annual parade Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Australia news, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Sydney, Gay and lesbian travel, Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras


Four years, two continents: a gay Chinese couple's journey for a surrogate son

Li and Xu fell in love in a country where gay marriage and surrogacy are illegal. Their story is part of a growing trendBefore Qiguang Li could pass through customs and step on to US soil for the first time, he faced a three-hour detention where he learned that he needed to be more candid about his identity. It was September 2015, after a long flight from Shanghai to Los Angeles. Li came with another man, Wei Xu, who asked a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer whether the two of them ...
Tags: Family, China, US, Life and style, US news, Shanghai, LGBT rights, Parents and parenting, Li, US Customs, Xu, Border Protection CBP, Wei Xu, Qiguang Li, Los Angeles Li


Pride of Sydney: glamming up for Mardi Gras 2020 – in pictures

Ahead of Saturday’s annual parade down Oxford Street, participants muscling up, perfect their dance moves and put the finishing touches to floats Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Culture, LGBT rights, New South Wales, Sydney, Oxford Street


Lisa Nandy says trans rights pledge wording gave her 'pause for thought'

Labour leadership candidate responds to criticism of Labour Campaign for Trans RightsLisa Nandy has said she was given “pause for thought” about signing a pledge card from the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights.The pledge calls on candidates in the Labour leadership race to back the expulsion of party members who hold “bigoted, transphobic views”. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, Transgender, Labour party leadership, Labour, LGBT rights, Lisa Nandy, Labour Campaign for Trans RightsLisa Nandy, Labour Campaign for Trans Rights


Brigham Young University Retracts Honor Code Rule Banning Some ‘Homosexual Behavior’

(SALT LAKE CITY) — Brigham Young University in Utah has revised its strict code of conduct to strip a rule that banned any behavior that reflected “homosexual feelings,” which LGBTQ students and their allies felt created an unfair double standard not imposed on heterosexual couples. The university is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which teaches its members that being gay isn’t a sin, but engaging in same-sex intimacy is. BYU’s revisions to what the college calls i...
Tags: Utah, News, Religion, Uncategorized, LGBT rights, Salt Lake City, BYU, Brigham Young University, Church of Jesus Christ, Jenkins, Provo Utah, Addison Jenkins, Onetime, Honor Code Office, Carri Jenkins


Growing up, a lesbian rom com could have changed my life. This new Australian film made me weep | Rebecca Shaw

Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) shows many queer kids no longer feel they have to hide who they areI was recently asked to guest on a podcast called Were You Hot in High School? The premise is fairly self-explanatory – you go on and talk about your high school experience, what dating and romance was like, and tell funny stories about it all. As I started preparing for it, I realised my answer to the podcast’s title was going to be: “I was nothing in high school.” I don’t have any funny stori...
Tags: Film, Culture, Queensland, LGBT rights, Sydney, Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras, Rebecca Shaw, Ellie Abbie Ellie


Queer activists escorted out of Pete Buttigieg event in San Francisco – video

Queer activists were met with chants of ‘Boot-Edge-Edge’ after they disrupted a private fundraiser for Pete Buttigieg in San Francisco on Friday evening. The activists, escorted out of the event, reflected unease among the LBGTQ+ community over the Buttigieg campaignQueer activists disrupt Pete Buttigieg event in San Francisco: ‘We deserve better’ Continue reading...
Tags: California, San Francisco, US politics, LGBT rights, Pete Buttigieg, US elections 2020


Queer activists disrupt Pete Buttigieg event in San Francisco: 'We deserve better'

Fundraiser highlights division as growing number of LGBTQ+ voters say his views don’t represent themAt the center of San Francisco’s National LGBTQ Center for the Arts, two queer activists stood up and disrupted a private fundraiser for Pete Buttigieg after he received a question from the audience about his husband, Chasten.The packed room quickly booed down the activists, drowning out their pointed questions on Friday with chants of “Boot-Edge-Edge! Boot-Edge-Edge!” as they were escorted out of...
Tags: San Francisco, US news, US politics, LGBT rights, Lgbtq, Pete Buttigieg, US elections 2020


Teen runners sue to block trans athletes from girls' sports

Trans girls condemn discrimination as families of three cisgender girls claim unfairness in federal caseThe families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls’ sports.Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury high school, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton high school, and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury high school, are represented by the conservative not-for-profit organization Al...
Tags: Sport, Society, US news, Transgender, US sports, Connecticut, LGBT rights, Glastonbury, Canton, Danbury, Alanna Smith, Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell


Vietnam accused of teaching young people that being gay is a ‘disease’

Government has ignored laws intended to prevent stigma, discrimination and bullying, Human Rights Watch claimsYoung people in Vietnam continue to be taught at home and at school that same-sex attraction is a “disease” and a “mental illness” that can be cured and treated, despite legislation designed to support and protect LGBTQ+ rights.Stigma and discrimination about sexual orientation and gender identity contribute to the verbal harassment and bullying of LGBTQ+ young people, which in some case...
Tags: Human Rights, World news, Asia Pacific, LGBT rights, Global development, Vietnam, Human Rights Watch HRW Continue


First same-sex marriage takes place in Northern Ireland

Belfast couple Robyn Peoples and Sharni Edwards make history after law changeA Belfast couple have tied the knot in the first same-sex marriage to take place in Northern Ireland.Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, made history at a ceremony in a hotel in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, on Tuesday afternoon. Their marriage came after a law change in the region. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Marriage, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Northern Ireland, LGBT rights, Belfast, Carrickfergus County Antrim, Equal marriage, Robyn Peoples, Sharni Edwards, Northern Ireland Robyn Peoples 26


Swiss vote to approve legislation to protect LGBTQ+ rights

Referendum approved law that passed in December but was opposed by rightwing parties Switzerland has voted in a referendum to approve a law that would extend anti-racism legislation to cover sexual orientation, defying critics who had claimed such a move would be an infringement of free speech.Unlike many of its western European neighbours, Switzerland currently doesn’t have a law that specifically protects LGBTQ+ people from discrimination or hate speech. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, World news, LGBT rights, Switzerland


‘We’d been denied a personal life’: Northern Ireland’s long road to equal marriage

As the first weddings take place, the partner of murdered journalist Lyra McKee and others describe the fight for their rights Sara Canning, nurse and partner of journalist Lyra McKee, Derry Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Marriage, Life and style, Society, World news, Northern Ireland, LGBT rights, Sara Canning, Lyra McKee, Equal marriage, Lyra McKee Derry Continue


Jameela Jamil comes out as queer after voguing show backlash

The actor made a statement following criticism of her new role on HBO contest LegendaryThe actor and TV presenter Jameela Jamil has come out as queer after a social media backlash to her new role as a judge on a TV voguing contest. Jamil, who started her career on Channel 4’s teen programming slot, T4, and starred in NBC comedy The Good Place, was announced on Tuesday as the host of a new contest, Legendary, based around the predominately black and Latinx subculture of drag balls in the LGBT com...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Nbc, Culture, Television & radio, Paris, Vogue, LGBT rights, Madonna, Dashaun Wesley, Jamil, Jameela Jamil


California pardoned a gay civil rights leader. Activists want clemency for more LGBTQ+ prisoners

Bayard Rustin, who worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr and died in 1987, was arrested in 1953 under a law used to prosecute LGBTQ+ peopleThe California governor has launched an initiative to grant clemency to people historically prosecuted for being gay, starting with a posthumous pardon for Bayard Rustin, a celebrated gay civil rights leader.Rustin, who worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr and helped organize the March on Washington, was arrested in 1953 for having consensual sex, convicte...
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10 Men Jailed in Mauritania Over ‘Gay Marriage’ Video, and Could Face Death Sentences

(NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania) — Authorities in Mauritania have arrested 10 men after a video appeared on social media of a gay couple appearing to take part in a traditional wedding ceremony, human rights groups said. Police later determined the gathering was a birthday party but the men remain in custody with no trial date set yet. Mauritania practices strict Islamic law known as Shariah and homosexuality is criminalized. If convicted, the men could face the death penalty though executions have...
Tags: News, Nigeria, Uncategorized, LGBT rights, Somalia, Mauritania, Shariah, Nouakchott, Amnesty International It, NOUAKCHOTT Mauritania, Onetime, Brahim Bilal, Mauritania Sudan


Second UK venue cancels show by US preacher Franklin Graham

Sheffield Arena joins ACC Liverpool in shunning Graham over homophobic viewsA second venue has cancelled a booking by an American evangelical preacher after concerns were raised about his promotion of homophobic views.Franklin Graham, Donald Trump’s most prominent evangelical ally, had been due to visit Sheffield Arena in June as part of an eight-city tour of the UK. Sheffield City Trust (SCT), which runs the venue, announced on Wednesday that it had cancelled the booking. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, US, UK News, Liverpool, LGBT rights, Sheffield, Graham, Franklin Graham, Sheffield Arena, ACC Liverpool, Franklin Graham Donald Trump, Sheffield City Trust SCT


Liverpool venue drops Franklin Graham event over 'incompatible' views

US evangelist has called Islam ‘evil’ and described same-sex relationships as sinfulA Liverpool conference centre has cancelled a booking by the US evangelist Franklin Graham, saying he had made statements that were incompatible with its values.The ACC Liverpool had been due to host an event featuring Graham on 12 June, as part of an eight-city tour of the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, US, UK News, US news, Liverpool, LGBT rights, Graham, Islamophobia, Franklin Graham, ACC Liverpool


Bernie Sanders 'must reconsider' Joe Rogan endorsement, says LGBTQ group

Human Rights Campaign says podcast host Rogan has ‘attacked countless marginalised groups at every opportunity’Bernie Sanders “must reconsider” his acceptance of an endorsement from Joe Rogan, the president of the Human Rights Campaign said on Friday, given that the comedian and podcast host has “attacked transgender people, gay men, women, people of colour and countless marginalised groups at every opportunity”. Related: Impeachment: Democrats focus on cover-up of alleged Ukraine aid scheme ...
Tags: World news, US news, Ukraine, LGBT rights, Lgbtq, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Human Rights Campaign, Joe Rogan, Rogan, US elections 2020