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Sydney's Mayor Clover Moore, bottom right, marches in the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Saturday, March 6, 2021. The annual event has been forced into a sport stadium due to Covid-19 restrictions.(AP)

Sydney's LGBTQI Mardi Gras goes ahead, with Covid restrictions

AP | , Sydney
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 12:49 PM IST
Sydney’s annual iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras went ahead on Saturday, only in a different format due to coronavirus restrictions.
There is a critical need for housing for older LGBT+ people, said Anna Kear, chief executive of Tonic Housing, as many say it would be "terrifying" to live in a predominantly straight home where other residents did not accept them.(Unsplash)
There is a critical need for housing for older LGBT+ people, said Anna Kear, chief executive of Tonic Housing, as many say it would be "terrifying" to live in a predominantly straight home where other residents did not accept them.(Unsplash)

UK to open first LGBT+ retirement home as market grows

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 01:12 PM IST
Britain's first LGBT+ retirement home is set to open in mid-2021, the housing association behind the London riverside apartments said on Tuesday, highlighting a growing market of older people who do not want to be forced back in the closet.
The vote closely followed party lines, with only three Republican lawmakers supporting the bill.(Unsplash)
The vote closely followed party lines, with only three Republican lawmakers supporting the bill.(Unsplash)

LGBT+ Americans inch closer to 'freedom' as House passes Equality Act

Reuters | , New York
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 04:47 PM IST
LGBT+ Americans moved a step closer to winning legal protection from discrimination on Thursday as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a key civil rights bill backed by President Joe Biden.
The commission called on all 27 EU nations to adopt an equality strategy, saying that even in countries with a wide acceptance and support for equal rights, “it has not always translated into clear improvements in LGBTIQ people’s lives.”(REUTERS)
The commission called on all 27 EU nations to adopt an equality strategy, saying that even in countries with a wide acceptance and support for equal rights, “it has not always translated into clear improvements in LGBTIQ people’s lives.”(REUTERS)

UK's MI6 apologises for past treatment of LGBT spies based on 'misguided' views

AP | , London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 08:10 PM IST
  • Gay people were barred from working in Britain’s intelligence services on security grounds, because of the view that they were more susceptible to blackmail than straight people.
"Gays and lesbians continue to be killed and tortured because they are deemed to be different," he said, describing how he was beaten by the police in front of a mob.
"Gays and lesbians continue to be killed and tortured because they are deemed to be different," he said, describing how he was beaten by the police in front of a mob.

Jamaica should repeal gay sex ban, says Americas top rights body

Reuters | , Kingston
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 11:41 AM IST
Jamaica should repeal its colonial-era gay sex ban, the top rights body of the Americas said on Wednesday, in a symbolic landmark ruling on LGBT rights in the Caribbean.
The research was led by UCL researchers in collaboration with the University of East Anglia and City, University of London.(Unsplash)
The research was led by UCL researchers in collaboration with the University of East Anglia and City, University of London.(Unsplash)

LGB people more prone to mental health disorders, alcohol misuse

ANI | , Washington (us)
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 03:18 PM IST
The findings of a new study suggest that Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are significantly more likely to have mental health conditions and report alcohol and drug misuse than heterosexual people.
The European Union has also criticised the zones, which began appearing in 2019 when Poland's nationalist government started campaigning against the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.(Unsplash)
The European Union has also criticised the zones, which began appearing in 2019 when Poland's nationalist government started campaigning against the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.(Unsplash)

Hate crime, violence feared in Polish 'LGBT-free zones'

Reuters | , London
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 10:11 AM IST
Poland's "LGBT-free zones" - nearly 100 regions, towns and cities that have passed anti-gay resolutions - could encourage hate crime and spur violence, according to a European human rights body.
The grant was withdrawn in September, but the decision only came to light on Tuesday when a Polish LGBT activist published on his website three letters exchanged between Norwegian and Polish officials.(Unsplash)
The grant was withdrawn in September, but the decision only came to light on Tuesday when a Polish LGBT activist published on his website three letters exchanged between Norwegian and Polish officials.(Unsplash)

Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein cancel grant to Polish 'LGBT-free zone'

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 01:44 PM IST
Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein cancelled a major grant to Poland's Carpathian Mountains after the region passed a resolution against "LGBT ideology".
A hooded religious police officer carried out Thursday's floggings, watched by a crowd wearing face masks.(Unsplash)
A hooded religious police officer carried out Thursday's floggings, watched by a crowd wearing face masks.(Unsplash)

Indonesia's Aceh province publicly canes two gay men

Reuters | , Banda Aceh, Indonesia
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 10:23 AM IST
Authorities in Indonesia’s Aceh province publicly caned six people accused of breaching Islamic law, including two men who received 77 lashes for having a same sex relationship.
People who identify as non-binary - neither male nor female - can now select the gender-neutral title "Mx" on the White House website's contact page(Pixabay)
People who identify as non-binary - neither male nor female - can now select the gender-neutral title "Mx" on the White House website's contact page(Pixabay)

White House website adds gender-neutral pronouns as Biden meets LGBT+ demands

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:24 PM IST
People can now select gender-neutral pronouns when contacting the U.S. government, as President Joe Biden signed a raft of executive actions on his first day in office, including an order tackling discrimination against LGBT+ people.
Kerala is the first State in India which declared a Transgender Policy after the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court in 2014. (Unsplash)
Kerala is the first State in India which declared a Transgender Policy after the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court in 2014. (Unsplash)

Kerala government to include 'Transgender' as gender option in application forms

PTI | , Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:22 AM IST
In a landmark decision, the Left Front government in Kerala on Monday decided to include transgender as gender option in all application forms in its departments.
The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on streaming as well as prime-time broadcast TV and cable during the 2020-21 season fell.(Unsplash)
The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on streaming as well as prime-time broadcast TV and cable during the 2020-21 season fell.(Unsplash)

Study: Pandemic eats into LGBTQ representation on network TV

AP | , New York
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 02:54 PM IST
LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television has retreated slightly this season due to delays and shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nicholas Yatromanolakis was named deputy minister for contemporary culture after being promoted last week in a cabinet reshuffle. (Reuters)
Nicholas Yatromanolakis was named deputy minister for contemporary culture after being promoted last week in a cabinet reshuffle. (Reuters)

Greece's first gay minister hopes appointment helps erode homophobia

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 11:44 AM IST
Greece's first openly gay minister said encountering homophobia in public life was "a given", but hoped his appointment to the conservative government would make it easier for LGBT people to tackle discrimination.
Authorities in the Polish city of Krakow have become the first to include financial support for an LGBT shelter in a country where the community has faced hostility from the government.(Pixabay)
Authorities in the Polish city of Krakow have become the first to include financial support for an LGBT shelter in a country where the community has faced hostility from the government.(Pixabay)

Polish city funds LGBT shelter despite government hostility

Warsaw | By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kale
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 06:25 PM IST
Authorities in the Polish city of Krakow have become the first to include financial support for an LGBT shelter in a country where the community has faced hostility from the government.
An increase in “bigotry” during Donald Trump’s presidency fueled homophobia, but it also spurred a new wave of LGBT+ activism in the United States.(Unsplash)
An increase in “bigotry” during Donald Trump’s presidency fueled homophobia, but it also spurred a new wave of LGBT+ activism in the United States.(Unsplash)

‘Singing for Our Lives’: On the road with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 01:04 PM IST
“Gay Chorus Deep South”, to be broadcast on Pop, Logo and Pluto TV on Sunday, follows the choir as it toured the U.S. South during Trump’s first year in office to attempt to bridge divisions exposed by the 2016 presidential election.
Laws vary among U.S. states regarding trans people changing the sex on birth certificates, with some states requiring medical procedures to be completed.(Unsplash)
Laws vary among U.S. states regarding trans people changing the sex on birth certificates, with some states requiring medical procedures to be completed.(Unsplash)

US court overturns Ohio ban on transgender changes to birth certificates

Atlanta | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 10:25 AM IST
A U.S. federal court overturned a Ohio state ban on Wednesday that prevented transgender people from changing the sex designation on their birth certificates.
Same-sex sexual relations are still outlawed in 68 countries, with the death penalty in place in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia.(Unsplash)
Same-sex sexual relations are still outlawed in 68 countries, with the death penalty in place in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia.(Unsplash)

As Bhutan scraps gay sex ban, what pro-LGBT+ steps have others taken?

New Delhi | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 06:05 PM IST
As countries around the world move to dismantle often centuries-old laws banning gay sex, Bhutan has become the latest nation to take steps to ease restrictions on same-sex relationships.
The other 19 gold award winners - with LGBT+ inclusive policies such as gender neutral bathrooms and health insurance for same-sex partners - were all international firms, including tech giant Microsoft and services company Accenture.(Pixabay)
The other 19 gold award winners - with LGBT+ inclusive policies such as gender neutral bathrooms and health insurance for same-sex partners - were all international firms, including tech giant Microsoft and services company Accenture.(Pixabay)

Two local firms win gold in India’s first LGBT+ work equality index

New Delhi | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 11:23 AM IST
Two Indian firms, the Godrej Group and Hindustan Unilever, were named top employers for LGBT+ people on Thursday, in the country’s first workplace equality index, launched two years after it decriminalised gay sex.
Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code had criminalized “unnatural sex”, widely interpreted as homosexuality.(Pixabay)
Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code had criminalized “unnatural sex”, widely interpreted as homosexuality.(Pixabay)

Bhutan parliament decriminalizes homosexuality, to delight of activists

Kathmandu | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 07:20 PM IST
A joint sitting of both houses of Bhutan’s parliament approved a bill on Thursday to legalize gay sex, making the tiny Himalayan kingdom the latest Asian nation to take steps towards easing restrictions on same-sex relationships.
Images on Twitter appeared showing the snapped corner flag carrying the message: ‘FOXES PRIDE - keep up the good work!’ along with Vardy’s signature.(Twitter)
Images on Twitter appeared showing the snapped corner flag carrying the message: ‘FOXES PRIDE - keep up the good work!’ along with Vardy’s signature.(Twitter)

Vardy shows support for LGBT fans with message on rainbow corner flag

By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 11:31 AM IST
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has written a message of support to the club’s LGBT fans group, Foxes Pride, on the rainbow corner flag he shattered while celebrating his winner against Sheffield United on Sunday.
The first Indonesian gay ex-policeman to sue the conservative country’s police force for his sexual orientation.(Unsplash)
The first Indonesian gay ex-policeman to sue the conservative country’s police force for his sexual orientation.(Unsplash)

In conservative Indonesia, gay ex-policeman to fight his battle at court

Jakarta | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 02:14 PM IST
The first Indonesian gay ex-policeman to sue the conservative country’s police force for his sexual orientation.
Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party made battling what it calls “LGBT ideology” a key plank of election campaigns in 2019 and 2020 in a bid to rally core religious conservative voters.(Unsplash)
Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party made battling what it calls “LGBT ideology” a key plank of election campaigns in 2019 and 2020 in a bid to rally core religious conservative voters.(Unsplash)

Poland should act to stop LGBTI intolerance, says Council of Europe

Warsaw | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 10:19 AM IST
Polish politicians should stop stigmatising LGBTI people, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights said in a memorandum published on Thursday, adding that such behaviour risked legitimising homophobic violence.
The research was published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open-access journal of the American Heart Association.(Unsplash)
The research was published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open-access journal of the American Heart Association.(Unsplash)

Study reveals LGB adults may be less likely to take statins to prevent heart disease

Washington [US] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 07:16 PM IST
Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults who may benefit from cholesterol-lowering medicine to prevent cardiovascular disease are less likely than non-LGB adults to take them, according to new research.
David Kopay and Ian Roberts live on different sides of the Pacific Ocean. Both took giant leaps of faith when they came out. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
David Kopay and Ian Roberts live on different sides of the Pacific Ocean. Both took giant leaps of faith when they came out. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Years after coming out, gay athletes upset by lack of change

Brisbane, Australia | By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 03:50 PM IST
Some 45 years after Kopay’s open disclosure, and 25 after Roberts’, both men are united in their disappointment that a higher proportion of gay athletes haven’t come out, and that homophobic language on the sporting fields is still rife.
“Happiest Season” director and co-writer Clea Duvall said she felt there were was gap in the market for LGBT films with a light touch.(Instagram)
“Happiest Season” director and co-writer Clea Duvall said she felt there were was gap in the market for LGBT films with a light touch.(Instagram)

‘Happiest Season’ spotlights LGBT love in Christmas rom-com

Los Angeles | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 08:03 PM IST
“Happiest Season,” out on Hulu on Friday and starring Kristen Stewart, breaks the mold as a romantic comedy about a lesbian couple set around the holidays.
The project is aimed at raising awareness about a community that lives at the margins of society.(Unsplash)
The project is aimed at raising awareness about a community that lives at the margins of society.(Unsplash)

Tbilisi audio tour puts Georgian trans people on the map

Tbilisi | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 02:11 PM IST
Shunned by their families, trans people in Georgia often rely on sex work to make a living as discrimination and the lack of regulations on legal gender recognition make it difficult find regular jobs.
“LGB people experience more stressful events and have higher rates of depression compared to their heterosexual counterparts.”(Pixabay)
“LGB people experience more stressful events and have higher rates of depression compared to their heterosexual counterparts.”(Pixabay)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual communities more at-risk for dementia, study finds

Michigan [US] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 11:26 AM IST
Lesbian, gay and bisexual -- or LGB people are more vulnerable to one of the fastest-growing health concerns in the country: dementia, according to new research from Michigan State University.
Gay, bisexual and transgender secondary school students were twice as likely (42%) to report such bullying compared to non-LGBT+ pupils.(Unsplash)
Gay, bisexual and transgender secondary school students were twice as likely (42%) to report such bullying compared to non-LGBT+ pupils.(Unsplash)

Nearly half of LGBT+ pupils feel unsafe at school in England, study finds

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 08:56 AM IST
Almost half of LGBT+ pupils in England do not feel safe at school, with more than a third saying homophobic and transphobic bullying is common.
LGBT rights have been a flashpoint in Poland over the last two years.(Reuters)
LGBT rights have been a flashpoint in Poland over the last two years.(Reuters)

LGBT activists welcome rainbow light show in Poland, say more action needed

Warsaw | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 05:44 PM IST
Several cities in Poland illuminated buildings with rainbow colours on Monday in a gesture of solidarity with the LGBT+ community, but activists called for more support in the face of rising hostility.
The Commission said LGBT people were facing growing discrimination in Europe, even as most people in the bloc were becoming more accepting of gay rights.(Unsplash)
The Commission said LGBT people were facing growing discrimination in Europe, even as most people in the bloc were becoming more accepting of gay rights.(Unsplash)

EU launches LGBT protection strategy as homophobia rises in east

Brussels | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
PUBLISHED ON NOV 13, 2020 09:46 AM IST
The European Union’s executive Commission launched its first strategy to protect the rights of LGBT people on Thursday, a challenge to right-wing governments in Poland and Hungary that have become increasingly homophobic in the past year.
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