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Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich dies in prison

Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich dies in prison

A Russian neo-Nazi who spurred attacks on young gay men back in 2013 has died in prison. Maxim Martsinkevich, who was known as Tesak, which means cleaver or machete, reportedly took his own life. Martsinkevich was serving a 10 year sentence in a hard labour camp for “inciting and fomenting cases of extremism”. His conviction was […]

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JK Rowling doubles down on transphobia with new novel

JK Rowling doubles down on transphobia with new novel

After months of public criticism for sharing her transphobic opinions, author JK Rowling has reinforced her stance with the announcement of her latest novel. The Harry Potter author ignited controversy earlier this year with a barrage of public anti-trans statements, including an essay titled TERF Wars, outlining her trans-exclusive ideas of feminism and arguing against treatment for […]

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US councilor stands up for gay rights after listening to flag objections

US councilor stands up for gay rights after listening to flag objections

Some of the residents of the town of Minot, North Dakota, were up in arms this week, because their local council decided to fly the Pride flag in support of the local LGBTIQ community. Usually Pride celebrations happen in the USA in June to align with the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, but a […]

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Human Rights Watch calls for investigation of Indonesian police raid

Human Rights Watch calls for investigation of Indonesian police raid

International group Human Rights Watch is calling on the Indonesian government to investigate a recent raid of a private party in Jakarta that targeted the LGBTI community. The group said the 2nd September raid raid on a private gathering of 56 men in Jakarta that highlights the threat to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and […]

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Indonesian police detain dozens of people for attending gay party

Indonesian police detain dozens of people for attending gay party

Police in Jakarta have been criticised for raiding a private party in Jakarta on August 29. A police spokesperson announced they had arrested 9 people after attending the private event. Fifty six people were attending the private event. Police detained nine people under the country’s vague pornography laws. Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, except […]

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Tony Abbott appointed to UK trade role despite accusations of homophobia

Tony Abbott appointed to UK trade role despite accusations of homophobia

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been appointed to the United Kingdom’s Trade Board. Abbott will serve as an advisor to the UK has they negotiate a series of new trade deals following their decision to leave the European Union. The appointment has followed a flurry of discussion in Britain about whether the former […]

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Researchers revise findings of study into transgender mental health

Researchers revise findings of study into transgender mental health

Researchers behind an widely reported study into the mental health of transgender people in Sweden have revised their findings after scrutiny from peers raised questions about the study’s conclusions. In their latest issue the American Journal of Psychiatry issued a correction, saying the conclusion in the original report that claimed people experiencing gender incongruence experienced […]

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Advocates launch fund to support Lebanon’s LGBTIQ+ community

Advocates launch fund to support Lebanon’s LGBTIQ+ community

Global LGBTIQ+ advocacy group OutRight Action International have launched a campaign to support Lebanon’s LGBTIQ+ community in the wake of the horrific blast that took hundreds of lives earlier this month. The explosion which levelled entire neighbourhoods in Beirut last week has seen communities in the capital shattered, with hundreds of thousands left homeless and […]

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LGBTIQ+ Ugandans bring legal fight to authorities after alleged torture

LGBTIQ+ Ugandans bring legal fight to authorities after alleged torture

A group of LGBTIQ+ Ugandans have come together to take legal action against those in power, alleging they were tortured after being arrested during COVID-19 lockdown. The Guardian has reported that a group of four trans women, two bisexual men and 14 gay men near capital city Kampala were held in custody for over 50 […]

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Boris Johnson promises to bring forward ban on conversion therapy

Boris Johnson promises to bring forward ban on conversion therapy

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reiterated his party’s promise to ban the harmful practice of LGBTIQ+ conversion therapy across Great Britain. Originally put in motion by former Conservative PM Theresa May in 2018, Johnson has said his government is working towards the prohibition of conversion practices as reported by the BBC. “On the gay conversion […]

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