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lloyd brodrick australian ambassador poland lgbt

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 …

poland monuments rainbow pride flag

Polish police have arrested three people over an LGBTIQ rights protest that saw a Jesus statue get a Pride flag makeover. Police in capital city Warsaw announced three people had been detained after the demonstration. Activists protesting against the government’s anti-LGBTIQ policies hung the flags off statues of Jesus Christ, astronomer Copernicus and the Mermaid …

chechnya leader ramzan kadyrov hbo welcome to chechnya

A new HBO documentary exposes the horrors of Chechnya’s violent “gay purge” and the brave efforts of activists to rescue persecuted LGBTIQ Chechens. In recent years, authorities have captured, detained and tortured numerous LGBTIQ Chechens for their sexual orientation in the Russian republic. A number have reportedly died. Acclaimed filmmaker David France’s new doco Welcome …

hungary prime minister viktor orban transgender

Hungary’s parliament has voted to end legal recognition for transgender and intersex people, in a regressive move slammed by human rights activists. Right-wing prime minister Viktor Orbán (pictured) and his ruling Fidesz party voted to ban trans and intersex people from obtaining identity documents that reflect their gender identity. Lawmakers voted 134-56 to declare gender …

malta same-sex marriage rainbow parliament

Advocacy group ILGA-Europe has ranked the most and least LGBTIQ-friendly countries in Europe in its annual Rainbow Europe Country Ranking. The yearly list, backed by the European Union, ranks 49 European countries from most to least LGBTQ-friendly. Each country’s ranking is based on how the laws and policies of each country affect the lives of …

poland gay couple rainbow masks coronavirus

A gay couple in Poland have handed out hundreds of rainbow face masks in the country’s so-called “LGBT-free” zones, to fight both homophobia and the coronavirus. Local leaders have declared a third of the country an “LGBT-free” zone, passing resolutions opposing “LGBT ideology” and vowing to avoid financially supporting NGOs who promote equal rights. But …

poland lgbt free zones

Activists in Poland have showed a third of their country is a self-declared “LGBT-free” zone as local governments pass resolutions against “LGBT ideology”. In 12 months, more than 80 Polish municipal or local governments have proclaimed themselves to be “free from LGBTI ideology” through the pledges. Lawmakers in the areas passed the resolutions vowing to …

Sanna Marin

Finland will this week swear in Sanna Marin as Prime Minister. She told local paper  Helsingin Sanomat that coming from a rainbow family matters to her. At 34, Sanna Marin also becomes the world’s youngest Prime Minister. The PM elect said she came from a poor family. She attributed her ability to get ahead in …

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