Monday, September 27, 2021

Two trans women win seats in Germany’s parliament


Two transgender women have made history in Germany when they were elected to parliament.

Tessa Ganserer, 44, from Nuremberg in southeastern Bavaria, and Nyke Slawik, 27, from North Rhine-Westphalia, are both members of the Green Party, which is expected to play a pivotal role in a new three-way coalition government after a surprise win by the left-wing Social Democrats.

Both politicians have vowed to push for new laws protecting the LGBT community. They want to make it easier for lesbian mothers to adopt children, as well as make it easier to ratify a sex change on identity documents.

In any case, it's a historic victory for the trans-emancipatory movement and for the entire queer community. 


Sunday, September 26, 2021

Switzerland says Yes! to same-sex marriage


Switzerland finally voted 'yes' to same-sex marriage in a nationwide referendum with 64%, this is the culmination of eight long years of drawn out debate and intense campaigning.

The parliamentary work on this project lasted eight years. It was launched in 2013 by a parliamentary initiative from the centrist Liberal Green Party. Several versions of the text were debated by lawmakers before parliament in December 2020 accepted an amendment to the civil code to legalise marriage between two women or two men.

The amended law will make it possible for same-sex couples to get married, and to adopt children unrelated to them. Married lesbian couples would also be allowed to have children through sperm donation, currently legal only for married heterosexual couples. It will also make it easier for foreign spouses of a Swiss individual to get citizenship.

The country is one of the last western European nations without marriage equality and only introduced its first law banning anti-LGBT discrimination as recently as February 2020.


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Restrictions for gay men to donate blood ended in Germany

Homosexual men can now donate blood more easily than before in Germany.

The German Medical Association and the Paul Ehrlich Institute responsible for the safety of blood products have updated the relevant guidelines.

Up until now it was the case that people with so-called sexual risk behavior could only donate blood if they stated that they had ended this risk behavior at least twelve months before the donation.

From a scientific point of view, what is known as risk behavior occurs, among other things, in men who have sex with other men. Heterosexual men and women who frequently change partners also belong to the risk group.

This period has now been reduced to four months, according to the new directive.

The fact that blood donations from people with sexual risk behavior is handled differently than donations from people who live in a stable partnership is justified in the opinion of the German Medical Association. 

However, new studies have shown that a period of four months is sufficient to safely rule out possible infections. If the so-called sexual risk behavior was at least four months ago at the time of the donation, this would "not lead to an increase in the risk for the recipients of blood and blood products", according to the German Medical Association.

The scientists expressly do not assess sexual orientation precisely to avoid any appearance of discrimination.

Israel authorities recently decided the same.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

A Poland region renounces to the ‘LGBT-free zone’ adopted in 2019

A region in Poland has gone back on its declaration of being an “LGBT-free zone” after the threat of losing European Union funding.

Świętokrzyskie’s regional assembly voted to revoke the resolution, first passed in 2019. It is the first such U-turn in Poland. At a meeting of the region’s assembly, no one opposed the move to withdraw from the previous anti-LGBT declaration and only three councillors abstained.

In 2019, the Polish Government declared itself free of LGBT ideology after warning the LGBT movement imported into Poland "threatens our identity, our nation, its continued existence, and therefore the Polish state”.

The adoption of LGBT-free zones has set Poland on a collision course with the European Commission, the executive branch of the EU, which is responsible for enforcing EU laws.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

LGBT veterans, discharged dishonorably for sexual orientation, now can get full benefits

LGBT veterans who were kicked out of the military under the 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' policy of the 1990s and 2000s will now be eligible for government benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) announced.

The statement comes on the 10th anniversary of the repeal of the controversial 1993 policy, which banned LGBT service members who were open about their sexual orientation from serving in the military.

The policy was enacted under former President Bill Clinton’s administration in 1993, and it was repealed by former President Barack Obama on 2011.

'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' policy forced about 14,000 service members out of the military during the 17 years that the policy was in place. Those troops were given other-than-honorable discharges, making them ineligible for many DVA benefits, including health care, disability compensation, home loans and burial benefits.

Although DVA recognizes that the trauma caused by the military’s decades-long policy of discrimination against LGBT people cannot be undone in a few short months, the Biden administration and Secretary McDonough are taking the steps necessary to begin addressing the pain that such policies have created.

This historic move ends an unjust practice and creates a smoother pathway for life-saving benefits like healthcare, pensions, and housing assistance to finally go to the LGBT service members, who were discharged only because of who they are.

Monday, September 20, 2021

LGBT people are terrified at being hunted down by the Taliban in Afghanistan


Afghanistan's LGBT community members have urged human rights advocates across the globe to help them as they are terrified at being hunted down by the Taliban, who have taken control of the country.

Homosexuality has been technically illegal in Afghanistan for years, but had not been prosecuted since the U.S. and its NATO allies drove the Taliban from power in 2001.

For now, no official statement from Taliban has been made regarding enforcement of strict religious laws against Afghanistan's LGBT citizens. But the true is LGBT people cannot go out because they are just scared for their lives and all of them are closeted at home amid the Taliban takeover. 

Under the terror group’s brutal interpretation of Sharia law, gay sex carries a death sentence. Its previous regime, 1996-2001, they killed at least a dozen homosexual men by crushing them to death under stone walls toppled by tanks or bulldozers. 

In July 2021, a judge from the radical Islamist group vowed to sentence gay men again to death by stoning or by being crushed by a nine-foot wall.

To be gay in Afghanistan is a death sentence now

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Outrage in Spain over a neo-Nazi demonstration in the gay district of Chueca in Madrid

A demonstration by neo-Nazi and neo-fascist groups in Madrid’s gay district of Chueca has caused great concern in Spain as homophobic and racist chanting is heard.

Some of the chants heard coming from the neo-Nazi marchers reportedly included, “Out with queers from our neighborhoods”, "Stop Gay Agenda", and, “Here are the fascists”, along with a selection of racist chants, with videos of the march that were posted on social networks creating huge outrage.

Chueca is famous as being Madrid’s meeting point for the LGTB collective and main focal area for LGBT Pride celebrations, along with other associations, centres, and shops  that support similar themes.

About the causes of this type of xenophobic speeches and acts, all analysts agree that they are proliferated because the far-right party Vox and some allies from Popular Party, with a parliamentary presence in Spain and Madrid, are encouraging this hate speech and giving coverage to the most intolerant and extremist individuals.

Human Rights activists were warning that attacks on queer people increased in Spain in recent times, but some of the scenes seen in Madrid did look like old Nazi parades in Germany. What else has to happen in Spain for the institutions and people to put an end to this shame?

Never again!!!

Friday, September 17, 2021

Montero was born


Lil Nas X just revealed the track list of his forthcoming debut album Montero. The 15-track collection includes guest Elton John, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion and Jack Harlow. 

Lil Nas X recently won top prize at MTV Video Music Awards 2021 and honored by The Trevor Project with its first Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award.

You can make a donation here to Lil Nas X & Happy Hippie Foundation, which empowers youth to fight injustice facing houseless youth, LGBTQ+ youth and other vulnerable communities.

Check out the full track list below:

Enjoy Montero here and watch the birth and That's What I Want videos below:

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Colorado Gov. weds in first same-sex marriage for sitting governor

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis married Marlon Reis, a writer and animal welfare advocate, at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. The small Jewish ceremony was held outdoors and was officiated by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone. The wedding marks the first same-sex marriage of a sitting governor. 

Jared previously made history in 2018, when he became the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a U.S. state. He is also Colorado’s first Jewish governor. 

He and Marlon have two children: son Caspian Julius, 9, and daughter Cora, 7. The pair got engaged in December as Marlon was preparing to depart for the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. 

“The greatest lesson we have learned over the past 18 months is that life as we know it can change in an instant. We are thankful for the opportunity to celebrate our life together as a married couple,” the two men said in a statement on social media. “After 18 years together, we couldn’t be happier to be married at last.”

Congrats to the newlyweds!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Same-sex marriages and partnerships should be recognised across the EU

In a resolution on the rights of LGBT persons in the European Union (EU), adopted with 387 votes in favour, 161 against and 123 abstaining, the European Parliament emphasises that these citizens should be able to fully exercise their rights, including the right to free movement, everywhere in the Union.

The resolution states that marriages or registered partnerships formed in one member state should be recognised in all of them in a uniform way, and same-sex spouses and partners should be treated the same as their opposite-sex counterparts.

The resolution also urges all EU countries to accept the adults mentioned in a child’s birth certificate as their legal parents. More generally, MEPs want rainbow families to have the same right to family reunification as opposite-sex couples and their families. To ensure that children do not become stateless when their families move between member states. MEPs argue that families should be treated the same across the EU.

Finally, MEPs take note of the discrimination faced by the LGBT communities in Poland and Hungary. Parliament calls for further EU action (infringement procedures, judicial measures and budgetary tools) against these countries.

Not a step back, Europe!!!

Monday, September 13, 2021

Lil Nas X wins top prize at MTV Video Music Awards 2021


Out rapper Lil Nas X was one of the night’s most celebrated artists at MTV’s 37th Video Music Awards ceremony. Alongside pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo and K-pop band BTS, Nas took home three Moon Person trophies.

The flamboyant rapper was easily the show’s bright spot, with only a few other out personalities in attendance, such as Billy Porter, Bretman Rock, and Megan Fox.

Lil Nas X’s world-shaking video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” earned three awards on the night, one for Best Direction, given to Nas alongside video co-director Tanu Muino, one for Visual Effects awarded to Mathematic, and the Video of the Year Award, the ceremony’s top honors.

“First I wanna say thank you to the gay agenda,” Lil Nas X said during his acceptance speech. “Let’s go gay agenda!”, he shouted.

Nas performed “Industry Baby” with featured rapper Jack Harlow, before segueing into “Montero.”

Recently, the Trevor Project announced that it honored out Lil Nas X with its first Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award.


Friday, September 10, 2021

Almost half of LGBT people face discrimination and harassment at work

Almost half of LGBT people in the U.S. have experienced workplace discrimination at some point in their lives, according to a new report.

A study published by The Williams Institute additionally found that nearly 9% of LGBT workers said they had been fired or denied employment in the past year due to their LGBT identity. The number was even higher for LGBT people of color, over 11% of whom reported having faced unfair employment or hiring practices.

It also found that transgender people face shocking rates of bias on the job. Almost half of trans workers said they had been fired or not hired due to their gender identity. Additionally, over 22% of trans respondents said they had been sexually harassed within the past five years, compared to the approximately 12% of queer people who said the same.

The study’s findings underscore the dire need to pass the Equality Act, which would create sweeping federal protections for the LGBT community in areas like housing, education, and health care, in addition to shoring up the employment protections.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

6 in 10 LGBT Europeans fear assault if they hold hands in public

Bad news from Europe, 6 in 10 LGBT Europeans would not hold a same-sex partner’s hand in public for fear of harassment or assault, according to a major study published. The survey found progress on tackling anti-LGBT discrimination had largely stalled in recent years and in some areas appears to be sliding backwards.

Too many LGBT people in Europe continue to live in the shadows, afraid of being ridiculed, discriminated or even attacked. Even though some countries have advanced LGBT equality, the survey findings show that overall there has been too little real progress, leaving many LGBT people vulnerable.

Just over half of LGBT adults said they were open about their sexual or gender identity all or most of the time, a rise from 36% in 2012. But 43% said they felt they had suffered discrimination over the last year, up from 37% in 2012.

About 60% of all respondents said they would always or often avoid holding hands with a same-sex partner in public for fear of being assaulted, threatened or harassed. Besides, more than one in 10 respondents reporting they had been sexually or physically assaulted in the last five years because they were LGBT.

In many countries across Europe, LGBT people believe life for is getting worse for them. Poland and Hungary have the highest rates of people reporting that intolerance was rising, but countries like France, Georgia or Spain have seen a spate of homophobic attacks in the recent months.

Stop homophobia! Enouhg is enough!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Church in Wales votes to bless same-sex marriages

The Anglican Church in Wales has voted to allow same-sex couples to be blessed in its churches, although same-sex marriages will still not be allowed.

The bill to allow the blessings and declaring it “pastorally unsustainable” to ban them was introduced by the church’s bench of bishops, and went to a vote by the church’s governing body.

All three orders of the church’s governing body passed the bill: the bishops voted unanimously, the clergy passed it by 28 to 12, with two abstentions, and the laity passed it by 49 to 10, with one abstention.

The bill will introduce blessings “experimentally” for five years, and individual clergy are free to decide whether or not to take part in the services.

The move puts the Welsh church at odds with the Church of England, which does not recognise same-sex marriage, nor does it bless same-sex couples, and it only allows clergy in same-sex couples to minister if they remain celibate.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

A big demonstration in Switzerland supporting same-sex marriage


Tens of thousands protested in Switzerland for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country. They participated in the Zurich Pride parade with the slogan “You can do it. Marriage for everyone now.”

On September 26, Switzerland will hold a referendum on whether to push ahead with same-sex marriage. If a majority votes for the legalization of same-sex marriage, this would also allow couple to adopt children. In addition, lesbian couples would have easier access to sperm donations if they wanted to start a family and it would be easier for foreign partners to get Swiss citizenship.

The parliamentary work on this project lasted seven years. It was launched in 2013 by a parliamentary initiative from the centrist Liberal Green Party. Several versions of the text were debated by lawmakers before parliament in December 2020 accepted an amendment to the civil code to legalise marriage between two women or two men.

So far, same-sex couples in Switzerland can only get official approval for civil unions, which are not on equal footing as marriages. Switzerland is one of the four countries in Western Europe that bans marriage for homosexuals, along with Italy, Greece and Liechtenstein.

It's time Switzerland!!!

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten announce birth of their adopted twins


In a post to social media, the U.S. Transportation Secretary and former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination said: “Chasten and I … are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family.” Sharing a picture of the babies, they said they were “beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing the news that we’re becoming parents”.

The Buttigiegs announced last month that they were engaged in the adoption process. They had put themselves on lists to adopt a baby or babies abandoned or surrendered, and were preparing by “going through home studies and parenting workshops, writing up descriptions of their family values and ideal weekends”.

Pete Buttigieg, is a former mayor of South Bend, Indiana who made a strong impression in the Democratic presidential primary in 2020. He is now the first out gay parent in the U.S. cabinet, having already become the first openly gay person to be confirmed by the US Senate for a cabinet post.

Congrats to the new parents!!

Lil Nas X honored by The Trevor Project


The Trevor Project announced that it has honored out Grammy Award-winning artist Lil Nas X with its first Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award. The organization said Lil Nas X has shown a strong commitment to ending suicide among LGBT young people through his open and candid comments about his own experiences with his sexuality and suicide ideation.

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBT youth. Research from the group has shown that 42 percent of LGBT have seriously considered attempting suicide over the last year, more than half of trans and nonbinary youth have.

“The Trevor Project is thrilled to honor Lil Nas X with the Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award,” said Amit Paley, CEO and executive director at The Trevor Project. “His vulnerability in his journey to self acceptance and expression has created space for candid conversations around mental health and sexual identity, signaling to LGBTQ youth that they are not alone.”

In response to the award, Lil Nas X said that he appreciates the work of the Trevor Project, noting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is still a real thing in our society.

“I often get messages from fans telling me about their struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, and it made me realize that this was something bigger than myself,” he said. “If using my voice and expressing myself in my music can help even one kid out there who feels alone, then it was all worth it.”

Thursday, September 2, 2021

China bans not masculine enough men from TV


China’s government has banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters to promote “revolutionary culture,” broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality.

Broadcasters must “resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal esthetics,” the TV regulator said, using an insulting slang term for effeminate men: “niang pao,” or literally, “girlie guns.”

That reflects official concern that Chinese pop stars, influenced by the sleek, girlish look of some South Korean and Japanese singers and actors, are failing to encourage China's young men to be masculine enough.

From last year, Chinese male stars are being censored by ear, literally. The country's most popular idols have been given awkward pixellation over their earlobes during TV programmes for wearing earrings to the shows. The 'earring ban' added to the prohibition to male singers singing hip hop, having tattoos, dyeing hair and acting in a 'sissy' way on TV, to stop 'alternative cultures' from spreading.

Homosexuality is not illegal in China and it was officially removed from a list of mental disorders in 2001. But experts and activists say LGBT people still face persistent discrimination and prejudice.

I'm sorry President Xi Jinping, being homosexual cannot be banned

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Mexican state legalises same-sex marriage and bans conversion therapy


Same-sex marriage has been legalised and conversion therapy banned in the Mexican state of Yucatan. It becomes the 22nd state in the country to allow same-sex weddings, with Sinaloa doing so in June and Baja California in August.

Yucatan’s Congress voted 20 to 5 to pass the measure allowing gay couples to marry, which altered Article 94 of the state’s constitution to define marriage as a “free and voluntary legal union” between two people.

In a unanimous vote, the legislature also criminalised conversion therapy in Yucatan and medical professionals or individuals gound guilty of practicing it will face up to three years in prison.

Congrats to Yucatan!!! Vamos Mexico!!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Persecutions and tortures of gay men still continue in Chechnya


Persecutions and tortures of gay men still continue in Chechnya, and nothing happens at international level. The gay purge continues in Chechnya under Russian protection, and Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov denies with sarcasm the existence of gay people in Chechnya.

The Russian LGBT Network has recently reported that Chechen men abducted Ibragim Selimkhanov in Moscow and forcibly returned him to Chechnya’s capital Grozny, where authorities interrogated him about gay people in the region. 

Just before that, Russian police also apprehended Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isaev, who had escaped Chechnya, and returned them to Grozny, where they remain in detention and are standing trial for posting anti-government messages on social media.

Since 2017, Chechen authorities orchestrated lethal purges of men perceived to be gay. As reports of the purge surfaced, gay men began escaping Chechnya, knowing the dangers they faced.  

It was also denounced a plan for “the final solution of gay issue” and the opening of the first concentration camp in the world for sexual minorities since Nazi regime did. 

The 2020 award-winning documentary “Welcome to Chechnya” details the purge and also documents the experience of lesbians, whose horrific ordeals are usually perpetuated by family members. Watch the trailer below:

Monday, August 30, 2021

Liverpool and Chelsea condemn further homophobic chants


The Premier League clubs Liverpool and Chelsea have condemned supports who sung homophobic chants during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield. Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour was subjected to homophobic chants during this game, resulting in the Reds issuing a response.

The Liverpool's statement reads: “The club strongly condemns these actions and will be investigating all reported allegations of abusive and/or discriminatory behaviour with the relevant authorities to identify perpetrators.

LFC is committed to tackling abusive and discriminatory behaviour, which has no place in football or society. As part of its Red Together campaign, which encompasses all the club’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion, LFC strives to be the forefront of the fight against all forms of discrimination both online and in-stadium to create an inclusive environment for all.

The club would like to remind its fans of its code of conduct, which clearly outlines what it expects from all supporters visiting Anfield."

Enough is enough!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2021

New Zealand to ban conversion therapy

New Zealand has introduced legislation seeking to ban conversion therapy, which refers to the practice of trying to “cure” people of their sexuality, gender expression, or LGBT identity.

Abiding by a promise made by the Labour Party in the last elections, the bill was introduced by justice minister Kris Faafoi, who said: “Conversion practices have no place in modern New Zealand. They are based on the false belief that any person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is broken and in need of fixing.”

The legislation has been initiated to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, stated a New Zealand government press release.

The Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill aims at preventing any harm caused by conversion therapy and promote healthy discussions on gender and sexuality. The bill also provides for civil redress.

The bill also proposes to make an offence to perform conversion therapy on children, youngsters under the age of 18 or anyone with impaired decision-making capacity. 

Just this year, UK Gov announced plan to ban conversion therapy in Britain and Canada House passed historic bill banning conversion therapy. Also UN urged to ban 'chilling' conversion therapy.

NZ Labour Party promised in the last elections

Friday, August 27, 2021

Students protest of school forcing gay coach to quit

Students walked out of class in protest of their school allegedly forcing a volleyball coach to quit for being gay. Inoke Tonga, who worked at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, shared his ordeal on social media.

He stated that he was called into a meeting with the campus pastor and athletic director, where he was told to “become a child of God” or be forced to leave his job as head coach of girl’s volleyball at the school.

After persistently being asked about any “changes in lifestyle that were life-changing”, the pastor and athletic director accused Tonga of being gay based on social media posts they had seen, something which they felt went against the school’s values and beliefs.

Mr. Tonga went on to explain in his social media post that he was told to “cut off that part of you who you think you are” and that he was to delete all social media posts with any reference to “being gay”.

After that, students at the school have shown their support to the volleyball coach by walking out of class and demanding significant change to the school’s policies and culture. During their protest, they stood outside the school holding signs saying “love is love,” “respect our existence or expect resistance,” and “schools of quality don’t fear equality”.

Watch news below:

Monday, August 23, 2021

Chris Colfer, a multitalented artist!


Chris Colfer is an American author, actor, and singer. Born in 1990, in California, he is best known for his character in the popular musical TV series, Glee, where he appeared as Kurt Hummel from 2009 to 2015.

His talent was acknowledged by the critics, winning him a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series in 2011. In fact, the role of Kurt was specifically created for him; he auditioned for another role that had already been cast, but the producer was so impressed with him he decided to create a character to be able to have him on the show.

His interest in writing started at a very early age, and was spurred on by his Grandmother. As a child, he wrote fairy-tale inspired stories which would serve as an outline for his New York Times Bestseller series Land of Stories. 

In 2011, while he was still on Glee, Chris signed a book deal to write two novels for children. His first book The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell was published in 2012 and became number one on the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks.

Ever since then, Chris has written four more books in The Land of Stories series with great success. In 2017, it was announced that he would be making his directorial debut and would also executive produce the film adaption of his novel The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell.

After Glee ended in 2015, Chris went on to star in the 2016 movie Absolutely Fabulous as well as guest-starring on TV shows like Julie's Greenroom and Ru Paul's Drag Race: All Stars.

The talented guy is currently working on a TV pilot, adapting the book The Leftover Witch for Disney, which he will also produce.

Watch and enjoy some Chris performances in Glee:

Sunday, August 22, 2021

LGBT people in Afghanistan forced into hiding under threat of death


Desperate gay men in Afghanistan are living in terror and pleading for deliverance from the “nightmare” of Taliban rule. In less than a week, the mood in Afghanistan’s underground gay community went from clandestine freedom to outright panic.

LGBT people cannot go out because they are just scared for their lives and all of them are closeted at home amid the Taliban takeover. Homosexuality has been technically illegal in Afghanistan for years, but has not been prosecuted since the U.S. and its NATO allies drove the Taliban from power in 2001.

But under the terror group’s brutal interpretation of Sharia law, gay sex carries a death sentence. Its previous regime, 1996-2001, they killed at least a dozen homosexual men by crushing them to death under stone walls toppled by tanks or bulldozers. However, back in July 2021, a judge from the radical Islamist group vowed to sentence gay men to death by stoning or by being crushed by a nine-foot wall.

"It’s not hyperbolic to say that gay people will get weeded out and exterminated by the Taliban". Read more in Insider.

To be gay in Afghanistan is a death sentence now

Friday, August 20, 2021

A region in Poland votes to retain its “LGBT free zone” designation despite the threat of losing EU funding

Malopolska regional assembly in Poland voted to keep its degrading designation as an area free of “LGBT ideology”, despite the threat of losing European Union funding.

Officials said they had received a letter from the European Commission stating that they could lose out on more than €2.5 billion in funding if they refuse to respect LGBT rights.

The letter urged local authorities to scrap their LGBT free zone resolutions, which were controversially adopted in numerous parts of the country in 2019, adding that they should do so by mid-September at the latest or they would risk losing out on funding.

An opposition motion was brought forward to revoke the resolution, however it was rejected in a vote with the help of Poland’s staunchly conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party.

There was widespread backlash in 2019 when it emerged that numerous regions across Poland had declared themselves “LGBT free zones”. The declarations came following years of pushback against LGBT rights in Poland, with some of the country’s leading conservative figures claiming "LGBT ideology” represented a threat to Christian values.

Hungary has also faced the ire of Europe after it introduced a law prohibiting the “promotion” of LGBT identities. Human rights bodies have warned that both countries’ laws are part of a general backsliding on LGBT rights being seen across parts of Europe and the wider world.

Map of LGBT free zones in Poland

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Israel removes restrictions on gay men donating blood


Israel has lifted restrictions on blood donations by gay men, saying the longstanding limitation was discriminatory and denigrating, Israel´s health minister said.

Until now, men seeking to donate blood in Israel were asked whether they had same-sex relations in the past 12 months, a category that would disqualify them from giving. Now the questionnaire inquires whether a prospective donor has had "high risk sexual relations with a new partner or partners" in the past three months, using gender neutral wording.

Nitzan Horowitz, Israel's health minister, who himself is openly gay, told that the Health Ministry had "removed the denigrating and irrelevant questions" in questionnaires for blood donors, and that everyone would be treated equally regardless of sexual orientation.

"There´s no difference between one blood and the other. Discrimination against gays in donating blood is over", he said.

Earlier this year the U.K. eased restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, following a similar decision by the U.S. last year because of a drop in the nation´s blood supply.

Israel's health minister announced the lift

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The gay wage gap shows discrimination at work


The wage gaps that exist between men and women and between white and black people have received a lot of attention in recent years. But there’s another wage gap that tends to be overlooked between heterosexuals and LGBT people.

Not all employees are paid the same for the same type of work. Decades of research document the significant gaps in earnings based on gender and race. But it is important to remember that women and people of color are not the only ones who see significant disparities in earnings.

Unfortunately, many gay and transgender workers receive unequal pay for equal work. What’s worse, these same workers lack the necessary legal protections currently afforded to other categories of individuals that would help combat and correct pay inequities that exist on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

One analysis of 32 studies from several countries found that on average, gay men earned 11% less than heterosexual men, while lesbian women earned 9% more than heterosexual women. Studies and surveys have also shown a negative wage gap for bisexual and also for transgender people, though the evidence is much more limited, particularly for transgender people.

But if the numbers reflect a broad average, why do such differences arise? One possible explanation is the work choices that gay people make. Research suggests gay men are more likely to avoid occupations that are more male-dominated than other men (which includes the best paid jobs), while lesbian women are more likely to avoid female-dominated occupations than other women (which are typically worse paid). Lesbians may also earn more because they tend to work longer hours.

A key question is whether these differences in wages and choice of employment are driven by prejudice, or whether they are the result of some innate, work-relevant traits of gay people related to their preferences or skills. Probably both, discrimination against gay people is a global issue, but it may be because they make different educational choices. For instance, LGBT students are less likely to finish school and attend university than other students. 

It is a fact that many workers receive less pay due to sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. The gay wage gap, a new discrimination at work which adds to the rest of discriminations suffered by LGBT people. Enough is enough!

Monday, August 16, 2021

Afghan women and LGBT people return to ‘dark days’ with Taliban

With their victory on Kabul, Taliban conquered all Afghanistan again. After 20 years of a fragile democracy in the country, with minimal freedoms for women, who could study, work and participate in public life, with the return of Taliban all this is over. The fundamentalist group is determined to re-impose its version of Sharia law.

When Taliban last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, women were discriminated against in many ways, for the 'crime' of being born a girl. And LGBT people faced tortures and death penalty for the 'crime' of being homosexuals.

The Taliban enforced their version of Islamic Sharia law, and women and girls were:

  • Banned from going to school or studying
  • Banned from working
  • Banned from leaving the house without a male chaperone
  • Banned from showing their skin in public
  • Banned from accessing healthcare delivered by men (with women forbidden from working, healthcare was virtually inaccessible)
  • Banned from being involved in politics or speaking publicly.
  • Forced to marry without their consent.

If she disobeyed these discriminatory laws, punishments were harsh. A woman could be flogged for showing an inch or two of skin under her full-body burqa, beaten for attempting to study, stoned to death if she was found guilty of adultery.

About LGBT people, a Taliban judge declared once: “There are only two penalties for gays: Either stoning or he has to stand behind a wall that falls on him. The wall must be 2.5 to 3 meters high,” he said. The death penalty for homosexuals is derived from interpretations of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, and the Hadith, the accounts of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.

Now, after Taliban's victory, 'dark days' against Afghan women and LGBT people come back. Afghan women are going to routinely discriminated. And the future of LGBT people is going to be indiscriminate torture and death penalty again.

Shame on Taliban and shame on us!!

Gay executions come back in Taliban's Afghanistan