This week read about Grag Queen speaking out on LGBT violence in Brazil, and a draft that would have toughened anti-LGBT laws failing in Senegal.

‘Queen Of The Universe’ Speaks Out On LGBT Violence In Brazil

The first season of “Queen of the Universe,” the worldwide drag queen singing competition created by the founders of “RuPaul's Drag Race,” was won by Brazilian artist Grag Queen.

Grag beat out Ada Vox and Aria B Cassadine, both from the U.S., in the final vote to take home the lush $250,000 prize and the coveted title of Queen of the Universe.

According to Pink News, the Brazilian queen told Variety that she already had plans for the prize money and that she intended to use her title to advocate for LGBT rights in her homeland.

She claimed her first thought after being crowned was to think about the gay community since "we've been through a lot." Because she felt like "no one cares about us," she hoped to "be like a door to bring some joy to my people."



Bid To Toughen Anti-LGBT Laws Fails In Senegal


Assemblée nationale du Sénégal. Photo via Wikipedia.

Senegalese MPs blocked a draft measure that would have toughened existing harsh rules against same-sex relationships from being put to a legislative vote last week.

According to a 2020 worldwide assessment by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, gay sex is punishable by up to five years in jail in Senegal, where arrests and convictions have increased dramatically.

According to Reuters, a group of legislators has proposed a new measure that would increase jail sentences to up to 10 years and criminalize LGBT activity in particular. Anyone who commits an "act against nature" with people of the same gender is subject to the present law.

Ghana is also considering enacting anti-LGBT legislation that would increase prison sentences and require certain people to undergo "conversion therapy" to change their sexual orientation.


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