LGBTQ pioneers and the fire *that* time; pre-Stonewall activism shines in “A Queer Serial”; Russians elect Putin for life and embed inequality, Gabon’s Senate seconds the lower house’s sodomy law repeal, E.U. member-seeking Montenegro enacts civil partnerships, India opens the door for transgender cops, rainbows wave with Pride in a defiant Spanish town, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
Australia’s DJ Sveta beats the odds; Romanians revolt against the government’s gender studies ban, Gabon lawmakers move to dump their year-old sodomy ban, 3 gay friends die in a Reading knife attack, Australia’s Northern Territory gets the nation’s first Indigenous gay parliamentary speaker, queer legal eagles sue Trump for his trans healthcare rollback, Harvey Milk’s “unsung” successor Harry Britt dies, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
Queer workers get justice from the U.S. Supreme Court; the United Nations calls for a global ban on conversion therapy, protesters confront Poland’s propaganda-prone president, U.S. gay dads win their baby’s citizenship rights, Missouri Episcopalians consecrate their first Black gay bishop, a Spanish crooner sings “out” loud, a Chilean basketballer is now “proud and free”, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
Australian DJ Sveta spins house music and activism; Larry Kramer’s ACTing UP lives on; a Dutch report reveals the continuing costs of conversion therapy, a Japanese prefecture outlaws “outing”, the U.S. Republican Party peddles Trump’s anti-queer record as Pride, Wheeling, West Virginia elects the state’s first transgender official, U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe joins other LGBTQ notables in Black Lives Matter support, and more news from around the world!
Black queer lives join the anti-racism front lines; Swiss lawmakers finally talk marriage equality, while Panama lawsuits languish in limbo, a Japanese judge rejects a murdered gay man’s spouse survivor benefits, Putin plays the queer card in his latest power play, Puerto Rico’s new Civil Code concerns rights activists, a French village elects the country’s first transgender mayor, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
Honoring the life and legacy of writer/ACT UP co-founder Larry Kramer; China and Hong Kong queer couples seek inheritance rights, a Malaysian man challenges the enforcement of Islamic anti-gay sex laws, a well-known Turkmen actor is among several men sentenced to prison for being gay, Zambia’s president pardons a harshly-sentenced gay male couple, a Black gay bird-watcher clips a dog-walking racist’s wings in Central Park, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
What's the thing about "Tiger King"? Her gender dysphoric voice challenges a brave young trans-woman; readers are abducted by Steve Abbott’s “Beautiful Aliens”; Costa Rica jumps its last marriage equality hurdle, Albania bans conversion therapy, COVID-19 infects Chechnya’s queer purge-leading despot, Hungary outlaws documented gender changes, U.S. Supremes nix Idaho’s bid to stop an inmate’s transition surgery, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
Pride goes virtual to overcome COVID-19 lockdowns; Irish marriage equality still smiles on its fifth anniversary; reports reveal European queer rights decay, gay Seoul nightspots are blamed for a COVID-19 comeback, Brazil’s Supreme Court frees gay and bi men to donate blood, charges are dropped and the “Uganda 19” are surprisingly released, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!
A gay Aussie indy revisits the music of "1998"; Germany protects minors from "conversion therapy", Indonesian exorcists claim queer cures, an acclaimed Egyptian actor televises support for his trans son, Turkey cracks down on kids’ COVID rainbows, Hungary lifts its ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men, two Black U.S. gay writers bag Pulitzers, Sulu's phaser stuns "Breitbart" homophobes, and more global LGBTQ news!
An AIDS survivor answers COVID questions; "Outcasters" become in-casters under lockdown; Tunisia flip-flops on imported marriage equality, a Japanese nonprofit offers employers proof of same-gender relationships, one in five Russians favor queer "elimination", Uganda forces 19 men to stay jailed for alleged COVID violations, a Kenyan court refuses to free "Rafiki", and more global LGBTQ news!
Sydney activist “Breko” lights up the pandemic; sing a song of social distance with Emma’s Revolution; European Justice punishes an Italian homophobe, an Israeli printer’s anti-LGBTQ bias fades in court, Finland finalizes its first adoptions by same-gender couples, U.S. librarians condemn queer books bans, the U.N. warns against rights rollbacks, a gay Polish couple distributes rainbow face masks in “LGBTQ Free Zones”, and more global LGBTQ news!
Before they asked and after we told; a “Rainbow Minute” recalls dastardly “Undercover Gays” in the U.S. Navy; Boston and San Francisco Gay Men’s Choruses put on a show; Chile’s top court “civil-unionizes” a lesbian couple’s Spanish marriage, Poland moves to criminalize sex education, Virginia leads the U.S. South in LGBTQ rights protections, Peru pulls gender-based lockdown rules, and more global LGBTQ news!
An Aussie drag star penetrates the COVID quarantine; the Inter-American Court finds Peru guilty of queer torture, Panamanian trans people fall between COVID-19 quarantine cracks, gay Irish P.M. Leo Varadkar re-joins the medical register to fight the pandemic, more U.S. activists are lost to the virus, lesbian/woman Phyllis Lyon climbs her last “Ladder”, Malaysian condom factories re-open as “essential businesses” during the pandemic lockdowns, Dr. Anthony Fauci praises queer AIDS activists,...
Is COVID-19 the AIDS of a new generation? Honoring the movie poster master who passed before his time; A salute to the child who refused to salute; Singapore’s High Court rejects 3 “gross indecency” challenges, an Ankara court re-clears the way for Pride, the SPLC reports an uptick in anti-LGBTQ U.S. hate groups in the age of Trump, queer COVID updates, and more global LGBTQ news!
More “Queering the Beeb”; two U.S. queer icons and a hero fall to COVID-19, the 2020 International AIDS Conference goes virtual for safety, 17 Senators and GLAAD push the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to allow blood donations by gay and bisexual men, U.K. LGBTQ help line calls surge with isolation concerns, COVID-19-forced border closures separate rainbow families, Trump’s Justice Department backs a ban on trans girl athletes, and more global LGBTQ news!
The BBC's History Manager looks back at the national broadcaster's queer coverage; U.S. lawsuits target Trump’s rights rollbacks, a trans attorney is on track for the Cook County bench, Tennessee and Alabama lawmakers move against transgender teens, Ghana’s top imam uses the pandemic to condemn gay people, COVID-19 strikes down LGBTQ events worldwide, but “saves” kids from Drag Queen Story Hours, and more global LGBTQ news!
Canada takes on “conversion therapy” for minors; queer youth give Disney’s LGBTQ inclusion a “D” for deceptive; an almost-forgotten black queer artist is honored in a “Rainbow Minute”; the coronavirus kills queer events worldwide, Ghana bans West Africa’s first LGBTQ conference, Australia’s top Anglican opposes the government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, a U.K. appeals court rejects gender-neutral passports, a Swiss “swing” wrestling champ frees himself from closet fears, and...
Gay astrologer Colin Bedell liberates love in the “Queer Cosmos”; U.S. Congressperson Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez sides with Jesus against religious bias; lesbian albatrosses flip males the bird in a “Rainbow Minute”; U.S. primary elections yield rainbow results, Lipa and Smith Mardi Gras in Sydney, Staten Island Irish banish a bi beauty queen, a Texas lesbian school teacher accepts $100,000 to settle her bias lawsuit, and more global LGBTQ news!
“Mayor Pete” bows out but still inspires; a gay astrologer charts the “Queer Cosmos”; “LGBT-Free Zones” proliferate in Poland, religious-based bias and queer family rights to clash at the US Supreme Court, Israel’s high court sanctions surrogacy for queer couples, homophobic Croatians burn a gay family in effigy, Kenya & the UAE ban Bollywood’s landmark gay boyfriend rom-com, and more global LGBTQ news!
Alabama’s past is perceived in the present; a gay ambassador is tapped for Trump’s dirty work; recalling Edmonia Lewis’ life and “The Death of Cleopatra” in a “Rainbow Minute”; Indonesia considers forced rehab for “deviants”, Vietnam schools flunk LGBTQ lesson planning, Mormons pronounce punishment for gender transition, Chasten Buttigieg defends his hubby, Elizabeth Warren diss-misses Mike Pence, and more global LGBTQ news!