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Arkansas governor who vetoed anti-trans law defends other anti-trans bills

State legislature overturned Asa Hutchinson’s block on law banning gender-confirming treatment for young people‘Dumb son of a bitch’: Trump attacks McConnellAsa Hutchinson, the Republican governor of Arkansas, has defended his decision to veto a state law banning gender-confirming treatments for transgender youth – a veto the state legislature immediately overturned. Related: 'Trans kids are not new': a historian on the long record of youth transitioning in America Continue reading...
Tags: Arkansas, Republicans, US news, US politics, LGBT rights


‘These are our homes’: LA gay bars fight to stay afloat after year of shutdown

Historic queer institutions across southern California that have been safe spaces for LGBTQ+ crowds for decades are in danger of closing permanentlyFour iconic Los Angeles gay bars, touting a combined history of 130 years, have permanently closed during the pandemic and many more have warned that they are on the brink of shutdown. Related: An order of queer and trans 'nuns' in San Francisco take on an unholy year Continue reading...
Tags: California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, US news, Culture, LGBT rights, Coronavirus


Ted Brown: the man who held a mass kiss-in and made history

After a tumultuous childhood, he helped organise the UK’s first Gay Pride in 1972 – going on to battle against homophobic media, in a lifetime devoted to change On 1 July 1972 Ted Brown walked through central London, stopped at Trafalgar Square for a kiss – and made history. He was at the event he had helped to organise, the UK’s first official Gay Pride, in which more than 2,000 people marched through the capital before holding a mass kiss-in. Half a century later, his memories of the day are e...
Tags: UK, London, Race, US, Society, World news, LGBT rights, Pride, Trafalgar Square, Ted Brown, Gay Liberation Front GLF


Hidden human rights crises threaten post-Covid global security – Amnesty

‘Crises will multiply’ if escalating repression by governments under pretext of pandemic ignored, says secretary generalNeglected human rights crises around the world have the potential to undermine already precarious global security as governments continue to use Covid as a cover to push authoritarian agendas, Amnesty International has warned.The organisation said ignoring escalating hotspots for human rights violations and allowing states to perpetrate abuses with impunity could jeopardise eff...
Tags: Human Rights, Singapore, Africa, Women, World news, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Philippines, Morocco, LGBT rights, Global development, Amnesty International, Western Sahara


'Sexual minorities are often invisible': meet Seoul's only LGBT mayoral candidate

Oh Tae-yang was spurred to run for mayor by the deaths of high-profile LGBT figures, and has upset some in conservative South KoreaOne morning in late March, Oh Tae-yang awoke to news that his campaign banners, which feature rainbow flags and pledges to work toward same-sex marriage, had been vandalised, torn down and strewn across the ground.After he got over the initial surprise, he noticed a particular detail in the destruction. “The banners had been ripped horizontally just below my neck, as...
Tags: South Korea, Asia Pacific, LGBT rights, Seoul, Tae Yang


'Howling anger': How Angels in America and The Normal Heart confronted the Aids crisis

The pandemic inspired many works of art but two furious, turbulent plays written at its onset still tower over the rest. As both return, we explore their enduring powerOn 3 July 1981, a single-column item appeared on page 20 of the New York Times under the headline: “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.” In the four decades since, the cultural response to Aids has spanned every art form. It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies’s Channel 4 series, is only the most recent entry on a very long list. But even n...
Tags: Health, Activism, Aids, Theatre, America, Society, Culture, Sexuality, New York Times, Stage, LGBT rights, Broadway, Aids and HIV, Russell T Davies, Kramer, Larry Kramer


Far right puts brakes on a new law that aims to stamp out homophobia in Italy

Attacks on gay people continue unchecked as activists step up their 25-year battle to win LGBT rightsDaniela Lourdes Falanga has had her fair share of battles. The first was to survive a brutal upbringing as the firstborn son of a mafia boss in Naples. Falanga, 43, had been expected to follow in the footsteps of her father, currently serving a life sentence, into the powerful Camorra organised crime syndicate. Instead, she found the courage to break ranks, and in 2019 was elected the first trans...
Tags: Europe, Religion, European Union, Society, World news, Catholicism, Italy, Christianity, LGBT rights, The far right, Hate Crime, Naples, Camorra, Arcigay, Matteo Salvini, Falanga


Virginia is the first southern state to ban the 'trans panic' defense that previously gave lighter sentences to assailants claiming to react to someone's gender identity

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. Steve Helber/AP Photo Virginia passed a bill nullifying the "gay/trans panic defense" on Wednesday. The defense has traditionally been used in murder and assault cases against LGBT victims. Virginia, with Gov. Ralph Northam signing the bill, is the first southern state to ban its use. See more stories on Insider's business page. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill Wednesday invalidating the "gay/trans panic" defense, which lawyers have previously use...
Tags: Politics, Law, Senate, Virginia, Lgbt, Nbc News, Trends, Research, Arkansas, House, LGBT rights, Mid Atlantic, Asa Hutchinson, Trans Rights, LGBT issues, Ralph Northam


Anti-LGBTQ laws in Uzbekistan fuel hostility and violence

Campaigners say widespread homophobia in the conservative Islamic country is being inflamed by proposed changes to the criminal codeUzbekistan’s LGBTQ+ community says it is facing increasing threats and repression after anti-LGBTQ+ protests turned violent and new laws were passed this week banning the publication of content deemed to show disrespect for society and the state.Human rights groups say that the legislation, passed on Tuesday, will prevent media or online commentators arguing for the...
Tags: Human Rights, World news, South and Central Asia, LGBT rights, Global development, Uzbekistan, Lgbtq, Turkmenistan


New laws fuelling ‘increasing hostility’ and anti-LGBTQ violence in Uzbekistan

Campaigners say that widespread homophobia in the conservative Islamic country is being inflamed by changes to the criminal code Uzbekistan’s LGBTQ+ community says it is facing increasing threats and repression after anti-LGBTQ+ protests turned violent and new laws were passed this week banning the publication of content deemed to show disrespect for society and the state.The legislation, passed on Tuesday, makes it illegal for the media or online commentators to publish content arguing for the ...
Tags: Human Rights, World news, South and Central Asia, LGBT rights, Global development, Uzbekistan, Lgbtq, Turkmenistan


'Trans kids are not new': a historian on the long record of youth transitioning in America

Republicans seeking to restrict children’s lives claim trans youth are a ‘new phenomenon’. Jules Gill-Peterson explains how medical archives prove them wrongRepublican lawmakers pushing to restrict transgender children’s lives have repeatedly argued that trans kids are a “new phenomenon” and that gender-affirming treatments and policies are “experimental”.But Jules Gill-Peterson, a professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies at the University of Pittsburgh, has found extensive evidence of...
Tags: US, America, US news, Transgender, LGBT rights, University of Pittsburgh, Jules Gill Peterson


Celebrate transgender day of visibility by looking at me, specifically | Harron Walker

It won’t improve trans people’s material conditions, but it’ll definitely make me feel greatI awoke this morning as I do every morning with a burning, unquenchable lust to be seen. Thankfully, what with it being Transgender Day of Visibility and all, I might finally have that need met.In case you’re unfamiliar, the annual holiday aims to uplift trans people and affirm our existence. It was created in 2009 by Rachel Crandall-Crocker, the executive director of Transgender Michigan, to “celebrate t...
Tags: Life and style, LGBT rights, Michigan, Rachel Crandall Crocker, Harron Walker


'What is it about my freedom that bothers you?': how trans films are evolving

The recent BFI Flare festival of LGBTIQ+ films showcased a raft of transgender titles from a powerful family drama to a devastating documentary about a jazz musician. They bear witness to a complicated but optimistic new futureThe scenery and production design of Cowboys make you sit up and take notice from the off. They feel like signals that this is not just another trans tearjerker but a film with much bolder ambition and complexity.The plot revolves around dad Troy and 11-year-old Joe, who r...
Tags: Film, Montana, Society, World news, Transgender, Culture, Festivals, LGBT rights, BFI, Joe, Troy, Documentary films, Drama films


Hell Bent for Metal: the podcast for LGBTQ rock fans – with 'horny German werewolves'

Tom Dare’s hilarious podcast celebrates what he calls a ‘really gay’ scene – and has tackled its homophobiaBack in November, the Hell Bent for Metal podcast (HBFM) put out their first episode, called Gay Satanic Love Songs. If you’re worried that they played their trump card too early, this was followed by an edition entitled BDSM Gear and Black Metal, and another named Horny German Werewolves.It quickly became clear what you were getting: it’s gay, it’s about heavy metal, and it’s very, very fu...
Tags: Music, Metal, Podcasts, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Black Metal, Tom Dare, HBFM


Arkansas and South Dakota pass bans targeting transgender minors

Measures are among dozens of anti-trans legislation across the US and conservatives have filed more proposals this year than ever beforeArkansas lawmakers have approved a ban on gender-affirming healthcare for transgender children, sending the governor a bill that has been widely criticized by medical and child welfare groups. Related: How trans children became 'a political football' for the Republican party Continue reading...
Tags: US, US news, US politics, Arkansas, South Dakota, LGBT rights, US healthcare


GCHQ releases 'most difficult puzzle ever' in honour of Alan Turing

12 riddles linked to new £50 note featuring the codebreaker may take seven hours to crackGCHQ has released its “most difficult puzzle ever”, a set of 12 riddles linked to design elements of the new £50 note featuring the mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing.The questions begin with a relatively straightforward crossword-style puzzle that starts by asking where GCHQ’s predecessor agency, where Turing worked, was based during the second world war. A two-word answer, nine letters then four, is...
Tags: Gchq, UK News, LGBT rights, UK security and counter-terrorism, Alan Turing, Turing


'It helps me be myself': trans kids on the healthcare Republicans want to deny them

Doctors and families say wave of bills to ban gender-affirming care dangerously misrepresents the treatment processLawmakers in Arkansas are voting this week to restrict medical care for transgender children and punish doctors who treat them, in one of more than a dozen US states where Republicans are pushing sweeping bans on trans youth healthcare.Proponents of the healthcare bans argue that kids are too young to consent to treatments like hormone therapy and puberty blockers and that the bills...
Tags: Health, US, US news, Transgender, Arkansas, LGBT rights, US healthcare


‘This is radical love’ – the glorious, rich history of black queer Britain

From queer punks in Huddersfield to lesbian-run sound systems in Brixton, Black LGBTQ Britons have been raiding their old photograph collections to document some pioneering scenesWe launched the digital archive Black and Gay, Back in the Day on Instagram at the start of LGBTQ History Month on 1 February. We wanted to document the lives of Black queer people in Britain – not just those seen as icons or famous figures but the everyday people who contributed to the building of Black culture and fre...
Tags: Photography, Music, London, Social Media, World news, Culture, Britain, Digital Media, LGBT rights, Huddersfield, Clubbing, Black, Brixton


A Covid snapshot: 28m UK households to take part in census unlike any other

Pandemic likely to skew answers on work and health in England, Wales and Northern Ireland Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwenty-eight million households are preparing for their Covid close-up on Sunday in what may be the last official census after 180 years of mass data gathering once a decade.The mandatory questionnaire will largely be answered online for the first time, and statisticians are looking at the possibility of using other digital data sources to provide ...
Tags: UK, England, Wales, UK News, Northern Ireland, LGBT rights, Office For National Statistics, Census, England Wales, Coronavirus


‘The best cops’: Indian state recruits its first transgender police officers

The 13 new constables have overcome society’s prejudice to win a place at Chhattisgarh’s training academyThe top police officer in Chhattisgarh state, Durgesh Awasthi, has nothing but praise for his new recruits. He suspects, he says, some of them will prove to be “the best cops” the force has ever enlisted.“They are sensitive, have a high emotional quotient and know not just how the other half lives but what it’s like being on the other side of the law,” said Awasthi. Continue reading...
Tags: Police, India, Society, World news, Transgender, South and Central Asia, LGBT rights, Global development, Chhattisgarh, Awasthi, Durgesh Awasthi


Washington teen testifies on the Equality Act to expand protections for LGBTQ+ Americans – as it happened

People of color, religious groups, women and immigrants would also be shieldedComments come after report bolstered claims of Putin involvementActivists call on Coca-Cola and Delta to fight Georgia anti-voting billsBiden: Cuomo should resign if inquiry confirms claims21 states threaten legal challenge to Biden’s $1.9tn rescue planSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 11.54pm GMT Here’s a recap of today: 11.23pm GMT Joe Biden said the passage of the Violence Against...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Republicans, Washington, Senate, Russia, Georgia, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, House, LGBT rights, Delta, Biden


Former health secretary Norman Fowler: ‘Some said those with HIV should be in isolation. Perpetually’

His public health campaign at the height of the crisis saved countless lives. As a new generation learns about those dark days from It’s a Sin, the politician considers his legacyIn late 1985, Norman Fowler, who was then the health secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government, sent a letter to the prime minister. He said that there had been 275 people with Aids in the UK that year. Of these, 144 had died. Without action, he added, a further 20,000 people would be infected with HIV by 1988. The UK...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, London, Society, UK News, World news, Margaret Thatcher, LGBT rights, Aids and HIV, Fulham, Fowler, Norman Fowler


Japanese court rules gay marriage ban is unconstitutional

LGBT activists celebrate as landmark decision boosts campaign to legalise same-sex unionsA court has given hope to the campaign to legalise gay marriage in Japan after it ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to wed is unconstitutional.Japan is the only G7 nation not to fully recognise same-sex partnerships, while its constitution defines marriage as being based on “the mutual consent of both sexes”. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, LGBT rights, Equal marriage


'Two boys snogging was revolutionary': the greatest gay moments in cinema

From Gus Van Sant to Maryam Keshavarz, Terence Davies to Andrew Haigh, film-makers and writers recall the charged scenes that moved and inspired them – and even helped nudge them out of the closetGus Van Sant, director of My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, To Die For, Milk Continue reading...
Tags: Film, Society, Culture, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Sally Potter, Derek Jarman, Andrew Haigh, Terence Davies, Gus Van Sant, Van Sant, Drama films, Romance films, Maryam Keshavarz Terence Davies


US father pleads against bill that would ban trans daughter’s right to play sports

Brandon Boulware urged Missouri lawmakers to reject bill that would designate school athletic teams based on ‘biological sex’The father of a transgender girl has attracted millions of views with his moving plea to Missouri lawmakers to reject a bill that would ban her from playing on girls’ sports teams.Speaking at a hearing of the bill in the Missouri House of Representatives earlier this month, Brandon Boulware told how for years, against the advice of teachers and therapists, he and his wife ...
Tags: Education, US, US news, Transgender, Missouri, LGBT rights, US education, Missouri House of Representatives, Brandon Boulware


Catholic church cannot bless same-sex unions, Vatican decrees

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rules that God ‘cannot bless sin’The Vatican has decreed that the Catholic church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin”.The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response on Monday to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless gay unions. Continue reading...
Tags: Religion, World news, Catholicism, Christianity, LGBT rights, Vatican, Catholic, Congregation


‘Drag was always a protest, a political statement’: RuPaul's Drag Race UK finalists open up

The second season of the UK spin-off has been a huge hit. Ahead of the final, Ellie Diamond, Lawrence Chaney, Tayce and Bimini Bon Boulash spill the beansOn Thursday nights, drag queen Tayce settles in to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race UK with his housemates. “We sit around, get some food, watch the thing, then have a couple of bevs after,” he says, talking from his bedroom in London. The experience is a little different for Tayce than for most viewers; he is also one of the finalists in this year’s c...
Tags: UK, London, Media, Bullying, US, Bbc, Mental Health, Transgender, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, LGBT rights, Alan Turing, BBC Three, Paul O'grady, Bing


Amazon to stop selling books that frame LGBTQ+ identities as mental illness

Retail giant announces decision in letter to Republican US senators about removal of book by conservative academicAmazon will no longer sell books that frame gay, lesbian, transgender and other sexual identities as a mental illness.The company made the announcement public in a letter sent to Republican senators who had asked why Amazon had stopped selling When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, a book by the conservative academic Ryan Anderson, best known for his oppositio...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Publishing, Technology, US, US news, US politics, LGBT rights, Ryan Anderson, Republican, Sally


Eddie Izzard: 'I’ve had boob envy since my teens'

The actor and comic on making her female pronouns permanent, shouting down abuse, enduring a marathon-a-day – and running for Labour Eddie Izzard doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. In December, it was reported that the standup comic/actor/campaigner/endurance runner had adopted the pronouns “she” and “her” and wanted to be “based in girl mode” from now on. Well, it hardly came out of the blue, she says today. Izzard had spent the past 35 years building up to it, and when she did fina...
Tags: Gender, Film, Culture, LGBT rights, Eddie Izzard, Izzard


Eddie Izzard: 'I'm just trying to create a space for myself'

The actor and comic on making her female pronouns permanent, shouting down abuse, enduring a marathon a day – and running for Labour Eddie Izzard doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. In December, it was reported that the standup comic/actor/campaigner/endurance runner had adopted the pronouns “she” and “her” and wanted to be “based in girl mode” from now on. Well, it hardly came out of the blue, she says today. Izzard had spent the past 35 years building up to it, and when she did fina...
Tags: Gender, Film, Culture, LGBT rights, Eddie Izzard, Izzard