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Twenty years ago, the world’s first legal same-sex marriages began

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Thousands of people have marched in Switzerland to support same-sex marriage as the country’s national referendum on the issue approaches. At least twenty-thousand people gathered for the annual Zurich Pride parade at the weekend. With Switzerland’s national same-sex marriage vote just three weeks away, this year’s parade was a large-scale marriage equality rally with the …

The boss of a Formula 1 racing circuit in Belgium, Nathalie Maillet, has been shot dead by her husband in a horror murder-suicide. Police found the 51-year-old dead alongside an alleged lover, Ann Lawrence Durviaux, at Maillet’s home in Gouvy, Belgium, on Sunday (August 15). Belgian authorities claimed Maillet’s husband of 17 years, Franz Dubois, …

Normunds Kindzulis vicious homophobic attack latvia

Normunds Kindzulis, a 29-year-old gay man, died in hospital in Latvia on 29 April following a vicious homophobic attack. A neighbour allegedly doused him with a flammable fluid and set him alight. The attack left the paramedic with burns to 85% of his body. His flatmate is also in hospital receiving treatment for burns sustained …

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Switzerland’s government has confirmed the public will vote on same-sex marriage after opponents gathered enough support to force a binding referendum. Last December, the Swiss parliament approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry. They also passed legislation allowing transgender people to update their legal gender without a costly court application. However in Switzerland, if …

chips channon nazi-loving

Long-forgotten politician Sir Henry Chips Channon is about to enjoy a new lease on life decades after his death. Publication has begun, over three instalments, of his unexpurgated diaries. Channon’s bitchy and salacious revelations of the rarefied circles he moved in will provide immense entertainment to history buffs and royalists. Unfortunately, the avalanche of bon …

netherlands same-sex marriage gay couples

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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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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Australia’s Ambassador to Poland has joined nearly 50 other diplomats to call on the Polish Government to end discrimination against its LGBTIQ+ community. Poland’s queer communities have recently come under increasing attack under right-wing leader Andrzej Duda. A hundred local regions have passed resolutions declaring themselves “LGBT-free zones”. Now Lloyd Brodrick, Australia’s Ambassador to Poland, …

ukraine church leader patriarch filaret same-sex marriage covid-19

Prominent Ukrainian church leader Patriarch Filaret has contracted coronavirus, after claiming the disease is “God’s punishment” for same-sex marriage. The 91-year-old, who heads the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s Kiev Patriarchate, is currently in a stable condition in hospital, his church announced. “We inform that during planned testing, His Holiness Patriarch Filaret of Kiev and All Rus-Ukraine …

europe's last dictator belarus

Queer women figured prominently in a yesterday’s Women’s March calling for the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus. The authoritarian leader often dubbed Europe’s Last Dictator has faced protests since a rigged election in August. Über diese LGBT Aktion zeigt sich Staatspropaganda genervt. Ich finde es hat ein Like verdient. #Belarus pic.twitter.com/JQAM8Oim1f — Assegaia …

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