This week read about Scotland celebrating the 20-year anniversary of an anti-gay policy, and China censoring an LGBT subplot in the show "Friends."

Scottish Labour Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Anti-Gay Policy’s Termination

As West Scotland MSP, Paul O’Kane, was preparing his first speech in May, he felt a historic wrong had been righted.

Being the first gay Scottish Labour MSP, O’Kane is no stranger to hurtful words and discrimination, but was lucky to have supportive figures in his life. O’Kane states that this mix of knowing what it is to struggle and the feeling of support encapsulates LGBT History Month.

Section 28, a rule that forbade municipal governments from promoting homosexuality, was removed more than 20 years ago.

This was a policy that exacerbated the stigma and prejudice against LGBT people by attempting to wipe all traces of them or their lives in classrooms.

“The 20th anniversary of the law’s demise was something to celebrate, but 20 years wasn’t really that long ago, and so when we see homophobia today — both blatant and subtle — and wonder why it persists, we should remind ourselves of that,” said O’Kane to Daily Record.


China Censors ‘Friends’ Plotline


 The cast of "Friends." Credit: Warner Bros. Television.

Major Chinese streaming services have blocked an LGBT subplot in the iconic TV sitcom "Friends," prompting fans to vent on social media.

Conversations about the character Ross' ex-wife, Carol Willick, who divorces him after discovering she is a lesbian, were cut from the first episode. Other sexually provocative conversations were also left out.

Ross notes in the original version that "there was only one lady" for Carol, who leaves him for her friend, Susan Bunch.

According to CNN, the program aired without censorship on Chinese streaming platforms Sohu video and iQiyi in 2012, and it remained available to view until its streaming arrangement expired in 2013.

Following the rising success of the 2021 special “Friends: The Reunion,'” which saw the six core actors reunite to reminisce about the sitcom, Chinese streaming companies acquired the broadcasting rights to the show collectively.


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