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The Swedish Migration Board yesterday ordered a gay Christian Iranian teenager to leave Sweden. Despite the well documented persecution of both Christians and gays in Iran, the board rejected 19-year-old Mehdi Shokr Khoda’s application for asylum. Mehdi Shokr Khoda and Christianity Mehdi fled Iran in 2017. He converted to Christianity in Stockholm and subsequently underwent …

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The US Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) won their fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup Sunday. On Wednesday after the team returned home, New York honoured the women with a ticker tape parade in the Canyon of Heroes. Co-captain Megan Rapinoe delivered a speech on behalf of the USWNT to the cheering crowds. Scroll down for …

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British MPs have passed legislation that may finally bring marriage equality to Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK and Ireland where same-sex marriage is still illegal. The UK government passed marriage equality in 2013. Ireland legalised same-sex marriage in a 2015 referendum, becoming the only country in the world to …

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joseph nikolosi amazon conversion therapy

Online retailer Amazon last week banned books by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, ‘the father of conversion therapy’. Nicolosi authored some of the best known books on the pseudoscience of changing sexual orientation and gender identity. However, Amazon withdrew the books from sale permanently after a change.org petition amassed over 82,000 votes. According to the 2019 National …

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An epic new ad from Nike features Megan Rapinoe. It celebrates the US women’s soccer team World Cup win over the Netherlands on July 8. However, the ad gives perhaps as much prominence to the subjects of equal rights and equal pay as the game itself. Scroll down for vid Nike aired the ad almost …

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Outrage greeted news two weeks ago that a Nivea representative said “We don’t do gay at Nivea,” in response to an ad proposal. He made the statement when rejecting an image that showed two male hands touching. The Nivea rep was apparently unaware that one of the ad agency executives on the call was gay. …

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London was awash with the colours of the Rainbow Saturday afternoon as some 600 groups marched in London Pride. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to make it the biggest and most diverse Pride in London ever. Celebrities like Sam Smith and Sir Ian McKellen joined the marchers. Launching the parade, Mayor of London Sadiq …

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The son of former television news presenter Heather Unruh who alleged Kevin Spacey groped him, dropped his civil action against the actor this week. The alleged victim filed papers on 3 July to voluntarily dismiss the suit. The court dismissed the case ‘with prejudice’. The accuser therefore cannot refile later. The man previously sought unspecified …

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varanasi india same-sex wedding

A same-sex wedding between two cousins took place in the Indian holy city of Varanasi last week. Despite India not allowing same-sex weddings, the couple refused to leave until a priest married them. Apparently concerned by the prospect of arranged marriages, the two women travelled to Varanasi from their home town. They wanted their relationship …

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Utah-based Ogden’s Own Distillery in the Mormon heartland released the polygamy-themes  Five Husbands vodka to celebrate Pride month in June. The limited edition bottle features five muscular men in denim cut-offs each holding onto a large rooster in front of their crotch. The Utah Pride Festival announced Five Husbands Vodka as the official liquor of …

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pride rainbow beer bottle turkey

Bomonti, a leading Turkish beer launched a special Pride rainbow beer bottle in defiance of bans on Pride marches in the country. Efes, maker of Bomonti, brew 80% of all beer sold in Turkey. Bomonti is stocked in bars and stores nationwide across the country. Also, it is one of Turkey’s most popular beers. The …

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Police charged John Martin, an anti LGBTIQ clergyman from Alabama, with four counts of sexual abuse of a child after he admitted “an affair” to his congregation. According to news reports, the Baptist pastor admitted to ‘inappropriate relationships with young men’. In fact, he molested at least one boy from the church on multiple occasions. …

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