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Across Africa, Major Churches Strongly Oppose LGBTQ+ Rights

Across Africa, Major Churches Strongly Oppose LGBTQ+ Rights

By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Chinedu Asadu, Rodney Muhumuza and Mogomotsi Magome | Oct 20, 2021

Ghana, considered more respectful of human rights than most African countries, faces scrutiny due to a bill in Parliament that would impose prison sentences ranging from three to 10 years for people identifying as LGBTQ or supporting the community.

In Cuba, Divisions Over Law to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

In Cuba, Divisions Over Law to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

By Andrea Rodríguez | Oct 19, 2021

Cuba's socialist government recently published a draft Family Law and asked for public comment ahead of a referendum, creating an unusually public clash over policy on the island where Pentecostal churches have been growing.

Russian Court Outlaws Racist, Anti-LGBTQ Extremist Group

Russian Court Outlaws Racist, Anti-LGBTQ Extremist Group

Oct 19, 2021

A Russian court on Monday outlawed a radical online group that has become infamous for its racist and sexist views.

UK Faces Calls for 'Plan B' with Virus Cases High and Rising

UK Faces Calls for 'Plan B' with Virus Cases High and Rising

By Jill Lawless | Oct 19, 2021

Life has returned to normal for millions in Britain since coronavirus restrictions were lifted over the summer. But while the rules have vanished, the virus hasn't.

MTV: Europe Music Awards to Counter Hungary's Anti-Gay Laws

MTV: Europe Music Awards to Counter Hungary's Anti-Gay Laws

By Lindsey Bahr | Oct 19, 2021

The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held Nov. 14 in Hungary, the network said Tuesday, reaffirming and defending the location despite the country's recent passage of legislation widely condemned as anti-LGBTQ.

Vaccines, Masks? Japan Puzzling Over Sudden Virus Success

Vaccines, Masks? Japan Puzzling Over Sudden Virus Success

By Mari Yamaguchi | Oct 18, 2021

Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story.

Meet (and Vote for) the Mr. Gay World Contestants

Meet (and Vote for) the Mr. Gay World Contestants

Oct 17, 2021

Voting has opened for this year's Mr. Gay World Contest.

Is Russia's Anti-Gay Propaganda Working? More Russians Oppose Same Sex Relationships

Is Russia's Anti-Gay Propaganda Working? More Russians Oppose Same Sex Relationships

Oct 17, 2021

The Russian propaganda campaign against the LBGTQ+ lifestyle is beginning to pay off if a new poll is to be believed. "

After Months in Lockdown, a Weary World Is Ready to Dance

After Months in Lockdown, a Weary World Is Ready to Dance

Oct 16, 2021

Even in the depths of the pandemic -- even when the world locked down, leaving billions isolated and desolated -- there were those who danced.

Authorities Call Fatal Stabbing Of UK Lawmaker Terrorist Act

Authorities Call Fatal Stabbing Of UK Lawmaker Terrorist Act

By Jo Kearney and Jill Lawless | Oct 15, 2021

A long-serving member of Parliament was stabbed to death Friday during a meeting with constituents at a church in England.

US Wins Seat on UN Rights Council in Uncontested Election

US Wins Seat on UN Rights Council in Uncontested Election

By Edith M. Lederer | Oct 15, 2021

The United States won a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council that former president Donald Trump denounced and quit.

Critics Say Russian TV Drag Show Ignores LGBTQ Content

Critics Say Russian TV Drag Show Ignores LGBTQ Content

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 13, 2021

Even Russian TV is getting in on the drag boom in entertainment — but doing so in way that strips out the gay, critics charge.

'Squid Game' Strikes Nerve in Debt-Ridden South Korea

'Squid Game' Strikes Nerve in Debt-Ridden South Korea

By Kim Tong-Hyung | Oct 13, 2021

"Squid Game," a brutal Netflix survival drama about desperate adults competing in deadly children's games for a chance to escape severe debt, hit a little too close to home for Lee Chang-keun.

Is the Future of Drag in Denmark?

Is the Future of Drag in Denmark?

By Ivan Quintanilla | Oct 11, 2021

Though many up-and-coming drag queens would love to be a "Ru girl," a unique drag identity is emerging from Denmark's capital of Copenhagen. Here, the scene fuses performance and activism.

Taliban Says US Will Provide Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan

Taliban Says US Will Provide Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan

By Kathy Gannon | Oct 11, 2021

The U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster.

Portugal to Stamp Out Anti-Gay Prejudice in Blood Donations

Portugal to Stamp Out Anti-Gay Prejudice in Blood Donations

Oct 9, 2021

Portugal's parliament approved four bills Friday that enshrine in law the country's rules and procedures on blood donations, amid reports people are being turned away due to their sexual orientation.

S. Korean Court: Discharge of Late Transgender Soldier Unjust

S. Korean Court: Discharge of Late Transgender Soldier Unjust

By Kim Tong-Hyung | Oct 7, 2021

A South Korean court has ruled that the military unlawfully discriminated against the country's first known transgender soldier by discharging her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery.

Gay Widower in Hong Kong Victorious in Securing Rights

Gay Widower in Hong Kong Victorious in Securing Rights

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 7, 2021

A gay man's surviving male partner in Hong Kong has secured a "clarification" from the government that the same "after-death" rights will be available to all spouses regardless of gender.

France Moves Toward Ban on So-Called Gay Conversion Therapy

France Moves Toward Ban on So-Called Gay Conversion Therapy

Oct 6, 2021

French lawmakers have unanimously backed proposed legislation that would ban so-called conversion therapy and authorize jail time and fines for practitioners who use the scientifically discredited practice.

Pope Expresses 'Shame' at Scale of Clergy Abuse in France

Pope Expresses 'Shame' at Scale of Clergy Abuse in France

Oct 6, 2021

Pope Francis expressed "shame" for himself and the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday for the scale of child sexual abuse within the church in France and acknowledged failures in putting the needs of victims first.

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