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French minister Mounir Mahjoubi announces he is gay

French minister Mounir Mahjoubi announces he is gay

Mounir Mahjoubi, France’s Minister for Digital Technology, has announced he’s gay saying he hopes his public acknowledgement of his sexuality will help reduce homophobia. The 34 year old junior minister made the announcement on Twitter on IDAHOBIT Day – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. Mahjoubi said that homophobia “sometimes forces us to […]

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Liberian pastor threatens to take anyone claiming to be gay to court

Liberian pastor threatens to take anyone claiming to be gay to court

A Liberian religious leader has responded to calls for gay and lesbian people to be treated with respect by threatening to take anyone publicly claiming to be gay to court. Pastor St Solomon Joah was responding to reports on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia that highlighted that homosexuality was illegal in the African […]

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Police ‘beat up’ women attending gay rights protest in China

Police ‘beat up’ women attending gay rights protest in China

Police in Beijing kicked and punched women who attended a gay rights rally in the Chinese capital. According to The Times police tried to break up the protest which attracted around 1000 people. To celebrate Mother’s Day, a ‘hugging event’ had been organised at the 798 Art District, a public square in the north-west part of […]

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School accused of forcing gay students to read the bible

School accused of forcing gay students to read the bible

A school district in Oregon, USA, has been accused of forcing LGBTIQ students to read the bible as a punishment. It’s just one of several areas of discrimination against LGBTIQ students that has been raised by the state’s Education Department. Earlier this year the Oregon Education Department wrote to the North Bend school disctrict which […]

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Disney releases rainbow mouse ears for Pride month

Disney releases rainbow mouse ears for Pride month

Disney has released a line of rainbow coloured Mickey Mouse ears ahead of Pride month in the USA this June. A spokesperson for Disney said the Mickey Mouse Rainbow Love ears will be an in-park exclusive, though did not offer an official message in support of LGBTI+ park-goers. “We offer a wide range of merchandise […]

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New trans-only dating app Transdr criticised by users

New trans-only dating app Transdr criticised by users

A new dating app aimed at the trans and gender diverse community has been widely criticised just a few weeks after release. Transdr, billed as The Premier Transgender Dating App, was launched by Sean Kennedy who was concerned trans people were treated unfairly on other dating apps. “There should be an app knowing about them […]

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Pizza shop at centre of marriage equality debate closes

Pizza shop at centre of marriage equality debate closes

An Indiana pizza shop that drew world wide attention when they announced they would not cater gay weddings has closed down. Memories Pizza made international headlines in 2015 when they spoke out in support of then Governor Mike Pence’s anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The restaurant announced its support for the bill that Governor Pence, […]

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says LGBTI rights are not a priority

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says LGBTI rights are not a priority

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has argued that LGBTI rights are not covered under the umbrella of human rights, and Kenyans have no interest in acknowledging them. Speaking on CNN’s Amanpour the Kenyan President told respected veteran journalist Christine Amanpour that the Kenyan people had spoken on the issue when they introduced the country’s constitution. Highlighting that […]

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New videos shine a light on LGBTI+ life in Middle East and North Africa

New videos shine a light on LGBTI+ life in Middle East and North Africa

A new campaign from Human Rights Watch is telling the stories of LGBTI+ people living in North Africa and the Middle East. The #NoLongerAlone series was created in partnership with the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality and released alongside Audacity in Adversity: LGBT Activism in the Middle East and North Africa – a report from the […]

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Theresa May: Britain ‘deeply regrets’ colonial era laws against homosexuality

Theresa May: Britain ‘deeply regrets’ colonial era laws against homosexuality

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told a gathering of Commonwealth leaders that Britain deeply regrets its colonial era laws that outlawed homosexuality, and wants to help other nations change their laws. Thirty six of the 53 Commonwealth Nations still have laws that outlaw homosexuality, most of them were introduced during British colonisation. Today at […]

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