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The Turkish capital Ankara has banned the public showing of films and exhibitions related to LGBT issues, the governor’s office citing risks to public safety. The move is likely to deepen … more
In a policy change, gay men will be allowed to freely donate blood in Israel, reports Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Under the new procedure announced Wednesday by the Health Ministry and Magen David … more
The LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested 29-year-old Kevyn Ramirez Thursday night as a suspect in the murder of Viccky Gutierrez, a transgender client and friend of the Transgender Latin@ Coalition. … more
The City University of New York School of Law has teamed up with Madre, a New York-based women’s rights group, and the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq to petition the International … more
Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, published an article on “traditional values” as “a potent weapon against LGBT rights” in countries that were formerly … more
Antoun Issa, senior editor at the Middle East Institute, wrote at Huffington Post about the politics behind Egypt’s anti-LGBT crackdown. Issa wrote: All of Egypt’s anti-LGBT campaigns are repetitive in content and application. Government, media, and religious bodies coordinate efforts to publicly expose and humiliate LGBT citizens, raids are made on LGBT-friendly venues, while authorities emphasize their moral justification in the crackdown. And they almost always serve a political purpose—this time is no exception. In Egypt’s current climate, the targeting of the LGBT community is part of a wider crackdown on political activism and civil society that has been ongoing under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. On the broader scale, the persecution of Egypt’s LGBT community is a rule out of an old playbook among Arab regimes: espouse a conservative social policy, particularly on matters of gender and sexuality, to appease Islamic sensibilities and maintain “religious” legitimacy. more
By late October, a government journal in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan announced that the country’s interior ministry had compiled a registry of “proven” gays and lesbians, reports … more
Two Irish men have married in Dublin to avoid paying €50,000 in inheritance tax on a house. more
Polands's eighth annual independence day rally organized by far-right nationalists drew 60,000 people, including representatives of “Neo-Nazi, white nationalist, and racist groups,” Newsweek … more
American county clerk Kim Davis, who became a religious right folk hero for refusing to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, … more
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