UK Black Pride event returns to London

Europe’s largest pride celebration for LGBTQ+ people of African, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle-Eastern descent has taken place in London. It is the first time UK Black Pride has been held in person since 2019, as celebrations in 2020 and 2021 were online due to Covid. The event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park inContinue reading “UK Black Pride event returns to London”

Harvey Milk: US Navy launches ship named for gay rights leader

The US Navy has launched a ship named after a gay rights activist forced to resign from the service because of his sexuality in the 1950s. The USNS Harvey Milk was launched in San Diego on Saturday in a service attended by Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro and Milk’s nephew, Stuart. It is one ofContinue reading “Harvey Milk: US Navy launches ship named for gay rights leader”

‘I feel free’ – LGBT Afghan refugees arrive in UK

I feel like “a human being for the first time” in my life, a gay Afghan man has said after arriving in the UK with 28 others from the LGBT community. The man – who the BBC is not naming for safety reasons – fled Afghanistan, fearing for his life under the Taliban. The hard-lineContinue reading “‘I feel free’ – LGBT Afghan refugees arrive in UK”

Three Polish regions scrap anti-LGBT resolutions

Three Polish regions voted on Monday to scrap resolutions that declared them free of “LGBT ideology”. It comes after the European Commission threatened to pull funding. The resolutions were first passed in 2019, with local authorities viewing campaigns for gay rights as an attack on “traditional”, Catholic values. Almost 100 other regions passed similar anti-LGBTContinue reading “Three Polish regions scrap anti-LGBT resolutions”

Switzerland same-sex marriage: Two-thirds of voters back yes

Almost two-thirds of Swiss voters have backed same-sex marriage in a referendum. Some 64% supported the measure, making it one of the last countries in western Europe to legalise same-sex marriage. Campaigners have hailed the vote as a historic moment for LGBT rights in the country. In the build up to the vote, church groupsContinue reading “Switzerland same-sex marriage: Two-thirds of voters back yes”

Ruling limiting under-16s puberty blockers overturned

Under-16s can take puberty blockers without parental consent, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The appeal was brought by the Tavistock Trust, which runs the UK’s only youth gender identity clinic. The decision reverses a 2020 ruling that under-16s lacked capacity to give informed consent to the treatment, which delays the onset of puberty. TheContinue reading “Ruling limiting under-16s puberty blockers overturned”

Jojo Siwa to make Dancing With the Stars history in same-sex pair

Social media star and hair accessory trendsetter Jojo Siwa is to be part of the first same-sex couple on Dancing With the Stars, the US version of Strictly Come Dancing. The 18-year-old, who came out earlier this year, said it “breaks a wall that’s never been done before”. “I think it’s really special that IContinue reading “Jojo Siwa to make Dancing With the Stars history in same-sex pair”

German priests defy Vatican to bless gay couples

Priests in around 100 Catholic churches in Germany are offering blessings to same-sex couples from Monday. The Love Wins movement emerged after the Catholic Church said in March that God “cannot bless sin”. “Couples who take part should receive the blessing that God wants to give them – without any secrecy,” the group wrote earlier.Continue reading “German priests defy Vatican to bless gay couples”