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  • Bermuda Rules Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

    Bermuda’s top court reversed the government’s ban on gay marriage, as it was unconstitutional, after an appeal from the attorney general.

  • Bisexual Actress Isn’t ‘Authentically LGBTQ’ Enough For Queer Role

    Briana Venskus, an openly bisexual actress from the show “The Walking Dead,” lost a queer role for not being “authentically LGBTQ” enough.

  • Brazil’s Leading Presidential Candidate’s ‘Moral Compass’ is Anti-LGBT

    Jair Bolsonaro, who was an army captain under a bloody dictatorship and favors military rule, is leading Brazil’s presidential polls after former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was barred from running for money laundering. Bolsonaro is also vehemently anti-LGBT.

  • Denmark Cuts Tanzania’s Funds After Commissioner’s Homophobic Comments

    Tanzania’s had a notoriously homophobic past couple of months, with the commissioner of its largest city asking citizens to report gay people to the cops.

  • Kenyan LGBT Organization Staff Arrested For “Recruiting Youth”

    Members of the Mombasa, Kenya community tipped off police about an LGBT organization supposedly “recruiting youth in the area to join the gay community.”

  • Lesbian Film, Rafiki, Sells Out and Breaks Box Office Records in Kenya

    “Rafiki,” a movie about two women falling in love, wasKenya's Film and Classification Board in April for “promoting lesbianism” in a country where homosexuality is illegal.

  • LGBT Plaque is Reworded to Include ‘Lesbian’

    York, England’s rainbow memorial plaque celebrating Anne Lister, known as the “first modern lesbian,” did not actually include the word “lesbian” — but after activist outcry, it will be replaced to include the term. 

  • Pope ‘Worries’ About Gay People In The Clergy

    Pope Francis said he is concerned about gay people in the clergy in a new book. He said some societies consider homosexuality to be “fashionable.” 

    The soon-to-be published book is in the form of an interview with Pope Francis about religious vocations, according to the Independent. He’s quoted responding to a clergyman who said gay people living in religious housing isn’t so bad because it’s “only an expression of affection.”

    Pope Francis said the argument “is in error. In consecrated life and priestly life, there is no place for this kind of affection.”

    Though Pope Francis still maintains that gay Catholics contribute to the church, saying, “they are persons who will live in the service of the church, of the Christian community, of the people of God. Let’s never forget this perspective.”

     

  • SAGE Table: Building An Intergenerational LGBTQ Movement

    (EDGE) On November 8, in more than 150 locations across the U.S. and the globe, thousands of LGBT people and allies gathered as part of the intergenerational LGBT initiative, SAGE Table.

  • Same-Sex Relationships are Still a Crime in 69 Countries

    (CNN) India has struck down a colonial-era law punishing consensual gay sex, but there are still 69 other countries with laws on the books that criminalize same-sex sexual activity between consenting adults.

  • Taiwan Citizens Vote Against Gay Marriage

    Taiwan was the first place in Asia to legalize gay marriage, but seven million citizens voted on a referendum against it.

  • Taiwan Legalizes Gay Marriage After Anti-LGBT Referendums

    Gay couples in Taiwan will be able to marry under a law separate from the one authorizing marriage between a man and a woman.

  • Taiwan Voters Reject Same-Sex Marriage In Referendum

    (WB) A referendum on whether same-sex couples should receive marriage rights in Taiwan failed on Saturday.

  • Tanzania Steps Up Persecution, Drives LGBTQs Into Hiding

    (EDGE) The announcement of a "task force" with the mission of identifying and persecuting LGBTQ people in Tanzania, together with government appeals to citizens to turn gays in to the authorities and reported house raids, have sent hundreds of people into hiding, media reports say.

  • Thomas Cook Airlines Launches Interactive LGBTQ Map

    Thomas Cook Airlines analyzed close to 1000 incredible moments -- including first Prides around the world -- from over 100 countries that have all propelled the LGBTQ community forward since the Stonewall Riots in 1969. This information has been aggregated into an interactive world love map

    Some U.S. trends uncovered in their research include:

     

    • Changes in U.S. law that positively impacted the LGBT+ community since Stonewall, such as anti-discrimination laws and the right to adopt, mostly took place in the 2000s. Research shows 63 legislation changes in this decade alone, compared to just three in the 80s.

    • 90s America was the most active decade when it comes to analyzing activist movements. The huge number of legislative changes that took place in the following decade proves that these movements truly spurred positive change.

    • 20 Pride events were established in the USA in the 1970s alone. Six of the notoriously right-wing southern states held their first Pride marches during this time, too.

      To see how accurate this research was, Thomas Cook Airlines also sent LGBTQ YouTube stars Riyadh Khalaf and Doug Armstrong to the U.S. to experience NewarkPride (yes, Newark... as in New Jersey!) and San Diego Pride. Both created epic video diaries of their time there... have a watch!

      Riyadh said: "Newark Pride was a surprise for us. If I'm honest, I expected the event to be bigger but what we were greeted with was an intimate crowd of passionate marchers that weren't more than 400 in size. Compared to gigantic pride celebrations like that of London and Manchester, Pride in Newark felt incredibly intimate and poignant. The local LGBTQ+ community may not be huge but they were beaming with Pride, colour, bravery and conviction. It felt like a real honour to step into their space and celebrate this moment alongside them."

     

     Doug said: "San Diego Pride itself was the best part of the trip. I was a little bit nervous about attending alone, but within seconds of getting out of my cab a friendly drag queen came over, made conversation, and filled me in with everything I needed to know. I quickly made friends throughout the weekend too. The atmosphere of the parade was electric and although it stretched for miles, it was a lot more intimate than other pride events I'd been to. Anyone is free to walk in the parade, and there was a real sense of community and friendliness that made me feel at home."

     

  • Trump Admin Tries To Circumvent Lower Courts On Trans Military Ban

    The Trump administration has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a national injunction that is currently blocking the president’s proposed ban on transgender people in the military. 

  • Village In New Guinea Offers Refuge For LGBT People

    Hanuabada, New Guinea, isn’t just a settlement built on stilts over the water, it’s a new-found haven for LGBT people who were discriminated against elsewhere.