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LGBTQ Groups in Japan Launch Petition Seeking Equality Law

LGBTQ Groups in Japan Launch Petition Seeking Equality Law

By Mari Yamaguchi | Oct 15, 2020

Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year, when the country is to host the Olympics and will be the focus of international attention.

'Mr. Gay England' Trans Finalist Targeted  by Anti-Trans LGB Alliance

'Mr. Gay England' Trans Finalist Targeted by Anti-Trans LGB Alliance

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 14, 2020

Chiyo Gomes, a 24-year-old drag artist and transgender finalist for Mr. Gay England, has been on the receiving end of attacks by the LGB Alliance, an extreme trans-exclusionary group.

Watch: Conservative New Zealand Activist Tells Gay Dad He'll Cause Child 'Emotional Damage'

Watch: Conservative New Zealand Activist Tells Gay Dad He'll Cause Child 'Emotional Damage'

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 14, 2020

In a video gone viral, a right-wing activist for New Zealand's New Conservative Party told a gay couple that they will cause their child "emotional damage."

How Young Queer Nigerians Use Twitter to Shape Identity and Fight Homophobia

How Young Queer Nigerians Use Twitter to Shape Identity and Fight Homophobia

Oct 14, 2020

A linguist unpacks "live" data from members of the queer community, identifying the challenges as well as advocacies in Nigerian digital queer discourse.

Lesson Not Learned: Europe Unprepared as 2nd Virus Wave Hits

Lesson Not Learned: Europe Unprepared as 2nd Virus Wave Hits

By Nicole Winfield | Oct 10, 2020

Europe's second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again and bars shutting down. Making matters worse, authorities say, is a widespread case of "COVID-fatigue."

World Food Program Wns Nobel Peace Prize for Hunger Fight

World Food Program Wns Nobel Peace Prize for Hunger Fight

By Dalatou Mamane, Frank Jordans and Vanessa Gera | Oct 10, 2020

The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for fighting hunger and seeking to end its use as "a weapon of war and conflict" at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has driven millions more people to the brink of starvation.

Bar or Restaurant? The Big Issue in Pandemic-Struck Brussels

Bar or Restaurant? The Big Issue in Pandemic-Struck Brussels

By Raf Casert, Mark Carlson | Oct 9, 2020

The big question on the streets is: when is a bar a bar and when is a bar a restaurant? And more importantly, does the distinction really help contain the pandemic?

Belgium's 1st Transgender Vice Premier Target of Verbal Barb

Belgium's 1st Transgender Vice Premier Target of Verbal Barb

Oct 8, 2020

Belgium's first transgender politician to reach the higher echelons of government has come under stinging attack from the country's extreme right, only days after she was appointed.

Far-Right Hungarian PM Attacks LGBTQs Over Gay Fairytale Book

Far-Right Hungarian PM Attacks LGBTQs Over Gay Fairytale Book

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 6, 2020

With the release of a book featuring LGBTQ characters, far-right Hungarian prime minister Vikto Orban has warned gay people "leave our children alone."

UK Nightclub Owner G-A-Y to File Lawsuit Over 10PM Curfew

UK Nightclub Owner G-A-Y to File Lawsuit Over 10PM Curfew

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 6, 2020

London-based G-A-Y, a nightclub operating business, is preparing to file a lawsuit against the UK Department of Health over a 10pm curfew.

Under Fire Over LGBTQ Rights, Polish Leader Blames Activist

Under Fire Over LGBTQ Rights, Polish Leader Blames Activist

By Vanessa Gera | Oct 5, 2020

With Poland under mounting international criticism for its treatment of its LGBTQ community, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused Bart Staszewski of carrying out a "hoax" that has led some to believe that Poland has a human rights problem.

Paris on Maximum Virus Alert: Closing Bars, Not Restaurants

Paris on Maximum Virus Alert: Closing Bars, Not Restaurants

By Sylvie Corbet | Oct 5, 2020

French authorities placed the Paris region on maximum virus alert on Monday, banning festive gatherings and requiring all bars to close but allowing restaurants to remain open, as numbers of infections increased rapidly.

Shock, Sympathy, Criticism: World Reacts to Trump Infection

Shock, Sympathy, Criticism: World Reacts to Trump Infection

By Lori Hinnant, Foster Klug | Oct 2, 2020

News that the world's most powerful man was infected with the world's most notorious disease drew instant reactions of shock, sympathy, undisguised glee and, of course, ever-present outrage.

Putin Offers 'Sincere Support' to Trump After Testing Positive for COVID

Putin Offers 'Sincere Support' to Trump After Testing Positive for COVID

Oct 2, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin is extending wishes of a speedy recovery to U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, and expressing "sincere support in this difficult moment," according to a statement released by the Kremlin on Friday.

Trans Woman Legally Changes 'Harry Potter' Birth Name

Trans Woman Legally Changes 'Harry Potter' Birth Name

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 1, 2020

Trans woman Ellen Potter just legally changed her name from the one given to her at birth: Harry.

Out Leadership Releases European LGBTQ Ally Research

Out Leadership Releases European LGBTQ Ally Research

Oct 1, 2020

Out leadership has released a first-of-its-kind study that examines LGBTQ allyship in the workplace.

Push to Bring Coronavirus Vaccines to the Poor Faces Trouble

Push to Bring Coronavirus Vaccines to the Poor Faces Trouble

By Maria Cheng, Lori Hinnant | Oct 1, 2020

An ambitious humanitarian project to deliver coronavirus vaccines to the world's poorest people is facing potential shortages of money, cargo planes, refrigeration and vaccines themselves.

Group: Egypt Police Arbitrarily Arrest, Torture LGBTQ People

Group: Egypt Police Arbitrarily Arrest, Torture LGBTQ People

Oct 1, 2020

A prominent human rights group Thursday accused Egyptian police of arbitrarily arresting and torturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and urged authorities to end prosecutions for adult, consensual sexual relations.

Actors in Drag March to Highlight Virus Threat to UK Theater

Actors in Drag March to Highlight Virus Threat to UK Theater

By Jill Lawless | Sep 30, 2020

As much of Britain's economy emerged from the coronavirus lockdown, its theaters stayed dark, with performers and staff unwillingly idled.

Japan Airlines Retires Gender-Specific Language in On-Board Announcements

Japan Airlines Retires Gender-Specific Language in On-Board Announcements

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 29, 2020

In a step toward greater inclusivity, Japan Airlines has announced that it will cease the use of "ladies and gentlemen" during in-flight announcements.

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