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Israeli Health Minister who said coronavirus is punishment for homosexuality has caught coronavirus

Israeli Health Minister who said coronavirus is punishment for homosexuality has caught coronavirus

Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has been diagnosed as contracting COVID-19, just a month after he described the highly infectious coronavirus as a punishment from God for homosexuality. “It’s a divine punishment against homosexuality,” Litzman declared in March, his comments drawing wide spread condemnation. The lawmaker had reportedly shunned the lock down rules recommended by the […]

Leo Varadkar returns to medicine to help out during COVID-19 crisis

Leo Varadkar returns to medicine to help out during COVID-19 crisis

Irish PM Leo Varadkar has reactivated his medical licence and will return to working as a doctor one day a week. Ireland’s leader was a GP before he entered politics, and now he’s doing his part during the COVID-19 crisis by heading back into the hospital to help hands on. His office confirmed to the […]

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Singapore’s court rejects cases for legalisation of homosexuality

Singapore’s court rejects cases for legalisation of homosexuality

Singapore’s High Court has rejected three different cases challenging the country’s colonial era laws that outlaw homosexuality. Section 377A of the country’s Penal Code criminalises same-sex relations between men. The law was introduced in the 1930’s when Singapore was ruled by Britain and echoes similar laws left by the British around the world. LGBTI human […]

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World AIDS Conference 2020 moves to an online program

World AIDS Conference 2020 moves to an online program

The 2020 World AIDS Conference, which was to be held in San Francisco and Oakland later this year will move to being a virtual online conference. Conference organisers have announced the huge conference which would have been the events 23rd gathering will still take place from 6-10 July but it will now be held online. […]

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Singapore’s LGBTIQ+ festival Pink Dot finds new way to celebrate

Singapore’s LGBTIQ+ festival Pink Dot finds new way to celebrate

Singapore’s LGBTIQ+ festival Pink Dot will not take place in its usual arena of Hong Lim Park this year, but the organisers have found a new way to celebrate. Since 2008, the protest event and Pride celebration has been held in Hong Lim Park – the only legal space for protest in the small Asian […]

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After a year behind bars Chelsea Manning has been released

After a year behind bars Chelsea Manning has been released

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be released from custody after a judge declared her testimony was no longer needed in a Grand Jury investigation. Manning, a former intelligence analyst, stole hundreds of thousands of classified documents from the US military and leaked them to Wikileaks. She was asked to testify before a Grand Jury looking into […]

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Chelsea Manning recovering after suicide attempt

Chelsea Manning recovering after suicide attempt

Chelsea Manning’s legal team have revealed that she is currently in hospital recovering from a suicide attempt. The former US Intelligence Analyst is currently being held in a US prison on contempt of court charges after she refused to testify into an inquiry about Wikileaks. Manning has been held on remand since last May, she […]

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Music platforms remove song by Malaysian band over LGBTIQ+ hate speech

Music platforms remove song by Malaysian band over LGBTIQ+ hate speech

Music and social media channels have removed a song by Malaysian band Bunkface over its anti-LGBTIQ+ message. Bunkface song Akhir Zaman was removed from Facebook, Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music for violating the platforms community standards. LGBTIQ+ advocacy group Queer Lapis highlighted the lyrics “LGBT boleh pergi mampus”, which translates to “LGBT can go die”, to […]

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Advocates welcome Canada’s proposed ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Advocates welcome Canada’s proposed ‘conversion therapy’ ban

LGBTIQ advocacy group just.equal has welcomed Canada’s move toward criminalising LGBTIQ conversion practices. Earlier in March, a Bill was introduced in Canada’s Parliament that would effectively ban practices designed to change or suppress a person’s sexuality or gender across the country. The amendments, introduced by Canada’s Attorney General David Lametti and Minister for Diversity, Inclusion […]

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Canada proposes national ban on ‘conversion therapy’ practices

Canada proposes national ban on ‘conversion therapy’ practices

A Bill has been introduced in Canada’s Parliament this week that would effectively ban practices designed to change or suppress a person’s sexuality or gender across the country. The amendments, introduced by Canada’s Attorney General David Lametti and Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger, would expand on province-based bans to criminalise ‘conversion therapy’, […]

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