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Catholic Church Takes Historic Step In Embracing LGBTIQ Community

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Arkansas has become the first US state to legislate a ban gender-affirming treatments for transgender children under the age of 18. The laws, passed this week, prohibit doctors from providing gender-affirming hormone treatment and puberty blockers to anyone under 18 years old. The bill also outlaws gender affirmation surgery for children, which doctors don’t currently …

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Twenty years ago this week, the world’s first same-sex marriage legislation officially came into effect in the Netherlands. The country’s House of Representatives passed the same-sex marriage bill 109 votes to 33 on September 12, 2000. The Senate followed suit a few months later. The landmark marriage laws granted same-sex couples the same legal rights …

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Dr Rachel Levine has become the first openly transgender person confirmed to a senior US government position by the Senate. On Wednesday (US time), the Senate confirmed Dr Levine as the Biden Administration’s Assistant Secretary of Health 52 votes to 48. Before her nomination in January, the trained paediatrician headed the Pennsylvania Department of Health. …

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The Victorian Pride Lobby is petitioning Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne to crack down on two leaders behind Chechnya’s “gay purge”. Since 2017, authorities in the Russian republic have targeted, detained and tortured numerous LGBTQ people. Human rights groups and media have dubbed the horrific violence Chechnya’s “gay purge”. The Victorian Pride Lobby has …

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A violent attack on a gay couple in Italy has prompted calls for politicians to speed up the passage of a hate crime law in the country. The gay couple were assaulted at the Valle Aurelia metro train station in Rome in February. Part of the incident was captured on video and shared by local …

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A Japanese court has ruled the country’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The Sapporo court ruled that the ban denies same-sex couples the equality guaranteed under the Japanese constitution. LGBTIQ+ activists across Japan declared the court’s decision both a symbolic victory and a step forward. Same-sex couples across Japan are seeking damages in various district courts …

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Belgium’s Prime Minister has raised a rainbow flag as the country mourns the violent death of a gay man at the weekend. The victim, named only as David P by Belgian media, was found dead in the early hours of Sunday at a park in the city of Beveren, near Antwerp. Police have arrested three …

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A gay man in New Zealand says he woke lying in a pool of blood after a violent attack by five homophobic thugs during his city’s Pride Month. Ray Gardiner lives in Auckland and performs as drag queen Kourtney Khaos. He recounted the horrific attack in the early hours of Saturday in a Facebook post …

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Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell and other celebrities with ties to Ghana have spoken out in support of the African nation’s besieged LGBTIQ community. LGBT+ Rights Ghana opened an office in the African country on January 31. However the facility attracted furious homophobic backlash. Armed officers raided and shut it down on February 24. Sixty-seven UK …

Malaysia religious officers mobilised to hunt down Nur Sajat for offending Islam

On Thursday, a ruling by Malaysia’s top court created hope for progress on LGBTIQ+ rights in the country. However, the same day, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) announced the mobilisation of 122 personnel to hunt down influencer and entrepreneur Nur Sajat. Her crime? ‘Offending Islam’ by wearing a pink dress to a 2018 event …

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