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Worth a Read: Five stories that got our attention from around the globe

Worth a Read: Five stories that got our attention from around the globe

There’s so many intriguing news reports and stories for the LGBTIQ+ audience. Here’s some that caught our attention from around the globe. Forced to recite the Koran: The school that failed to protect Benji from bullies Nine Newspapers have reported on a school in NSW which has seen several families opt for home schooling after […]

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Brazil’s Supreme Court rules homophobia should be criminalised

Brazil’s Supreme Court rules homophobia should be criminalised

The Supreme Court of Brazil has ruled this week that homophobia should be seen as a criminal offence under the nation’s laws. The decision was passed by eight-to-three, ruling that homophobia should be treated in the same way as Brazilian anti-discrimination law treats racism. “Sexual orientation and gender identity are essential to human beings, to […]

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Ecuador’s highest court rules in favour of marriage equality

Ecuador’s highest court rules in favour of marriage equality

The South American nation of Ecuador is the latest to move towards marriage equality after a court ruling this week. Judges of the constitutional court in the capital city of Quito ruled that the country’s current laws are unconstitutional and discriminatory towards the LGBTIQ+ community. The ruling passed five votes to four, with dissenting judges […]

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Iranian Foreign Minister defends country’s death penalty for homosexuality

Iranian Foreign Minister defends country’s death penalty for homosexuality

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has defended his countries laws which outlaw homosexuality and punish offenders with the death penalty. Speaking at a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Zarif answered a reporter’s question saying the country was driven by “moral principles”. “Our society has moral principles, and according to these principles we live,” […]

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Malaysian Economic Minister Azmin Ali denies he’s in gay sex video

Malaysian Economic Minister Azmin Ali denies he’s in gay sex video

Malaysia’s Economic Minister Azmin Ali has released a statement denying he is the man featured in an explicit video depicting two men engaging in homosexual activities. “I categorically deny this vicious libel upon me. This is nothing but a nefarious plot to assassinate my reputation and character in an attempt to destroy my political career,” […]

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Ministerial gay sex scandal consumes Malaysian politics

Ministerial gay sex scandal consumes Malaysian politics

Malaysian political discussion has been filled with details of a gay sex tape allegedly involving a government minister. The explicit video was shared through chat groups on the popular phone app WhatsApp, and alleges that one of the men in the video is a recognisable government minister. Homosexual sex is illegal in Malaysia, a relic […]

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Samoa bans ‘Rocketman’ because it has depictions of gay sex

Samoa bans ‘Rocketman’ because it has depictions of gay sex

The pacific nation Samoa have banned the film Rocketman from screening because it has scenes involving homosexuality. The film had been screening but has now been pulled from cinemas. Samoa’s principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Leiataualesa said his office was simply abiding by the Film Control Act of 1978. “We’re concerned with the cultural values and […]

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Franklin Graham praises Donald Trump for rainbow flag ban

Franklin Graham praises Donald Trump for rainbow flag ban

US religious leader Franklin Graham has praised US President Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence, for their decision to ban US embassies from flying the Pride flag during the month of June. Graham says their decision recognised that the gay emblem is offensive to most Christians. June is Pride month in the USA which […]

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Botswana High Court rules to decriminalise homosexuality

Botswana High Court rules to decriminalise homosexuality

The High Court of the African nation of Botswana has ruled that the country must amend its penal code to strike down sections that criminalise homosexuality. The unanimous decision ruled that current laws were discriminatory, against public interest and unconstitutional. Sitting judges declared that “a democratic society is one that embraces tolerance, diversity and open-mindedness” […]

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Straight Pride replace Brad Pitt with Milo Yiannopoulos

Straight Pride replace Brad Pitt with Milo Yiannopoulos

The organisers of Boston’s Straight Pride March have announced they will no longer being having actor Brad Pitt as their mascot, opting instead to appoint professional online troll Milo Yiannopoulos as their Grand Marshall. It is understood that actor Brad Pitt had threatened to take legal action against the group after they announced he was […]

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