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Pulse Nightclub site designated a national memorial

Pulse Nightclub site designated a national memorial

Five years after a gunman killed 49 people, and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting at The Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the US Congress have voted in favour of making the site a national memorial. The Congress passed the motion unanimously, and the house has already passed it’s version of the bill last […]

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Kiwi MP Nick Smith says voting against marriage equality is his one regret

Kiwi MP Nick Smith says voting against marriage equality is his one regret

New Zealand MP Nick Smith gave his valedictorian speech this week as he winds up his long political career, telling parliament his one regret was his 2013 decision to vote against marriage equality. Smith was New Zealand’s longest serving MP having first been elected in 1990. Last month he announced his retirement from politics after […]

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Namibia moves to remove laws criminalising homosexual acts

Namibia moves to remove laws criminalising homosexual acts

Namibia’s Justice Minister, Yvonne Dausab, has described the country’s colonial era legislation that outlaws homosexual acts as “outdated and discriminatory”. “The LGBTQI community are human beings and we must not allow them being excluded from the bouquet of rights enunciated in our constitution,” Justice Minister Yvonne Dausab told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “This sodomy law […]

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Calls for release of LGBTQIA+ advocates in Ghana after 21 arrested

Calls for release of LGBTQIA+ advocates in Ghana after 21 arrested

Twenty-one LGBTQIA+ people were arrested by armed police in the city of Ho in Ghana on Thursday 20th May, prompting calls for their release from the local LGBTQIA+ community. The people arrested were representatives of LGBQTIA+ civil society organizations holding a training session on protecting vulnerable LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination. Reports reveal group have been […]

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Politician Charles Peruto wants macho prosecutors on gay bashings

Politician Charles Peruto wants macho prosecutors on gay bashings

Republican Charles ‘Chuck’ Peruto is running to be the next Attorney General of Philadelphia, and he’s put forward his idea on how hate crimes against the queer community can be better tackled. Peruto says the answer is to make sure that the prosecutors assigned to the cases are people who could never be perceived as […]

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‘The Color Purple’ actor Seyi Omooba ordered to pay over £300,000

‘The Color Purple’ actor Seyi Omooba ordered to pay over £300,000

British actor Seyi Omooba has been ordered to pay over £300,000 of court costs after losing her discrimination claim against a British theatre and her own talent agent. Seyi Omooba was cast in a 2019 production of The Color Purple at Leicester’s Curve Theatre. After it was announced Omooba would be taking of the role of Celie […]

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Joe Biden issues a Presidential Proclamation on Trans Day of Visibility

Joe Biden issues a Presidential Proclamation on Trans Day of Visibility

President Joe Biden has become the first US President to issue an official presidential proclamation on Trans Day of Visibility. In his official statement posted to the White House website President Biden acknowledged that many transgender and non-binary activists had fought for recognition over many decades. “Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, […]

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Hasbro tells everyone to calm down about gender neutral Potato Heads

Hasbro tells everyone to calm down about gender neutral Potato Heads

Toy manufacturer Hasbro has clarified the future of long standing toys Mr and Mrs Potato Head after conservative commentators had conniptions over suggestions the toy line would be going gender neutral. On Thursday news quickly spread that the toy line would no longer be called Mr Potato Head, and moving forward would simply been known […]

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New Zealand commits to introducing laws to ban conversion therapy

New Zealand commits to introducing laws to ban conversion therapy

New Zealand has committed to bringing in legislation that will outlaw conversion therapy and other practices that aim to suppress a person’s sexuality or gender identity. Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern had previously voiced a commitment to brining in the laws, but now the government has set a timeline for bringing in the legislation. The Greens […]

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British government under pressure to act on conversion therapy

British government under pressure to act on conversion therapy

The British government is under growing pressure to introduce laws that ban conversion therapy. Former Prime Minister Theresa May made the commitment to bring in legislation, and current PM Boris Johnson has also voiced support, but there has been little progress on the issue. Originally put in motion by former Conservative PM Theresa May in […]

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