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Dutch royals can marry same-sex partner without giving up crown
October 15, 2021

Dutch royals can marry same-sex partner without giving up crown

The Netherlands was the world’s first country to legalise gay marriage in 2001, and now it is finally extending that…
Germany elects first two transgender women to parliament
October 6, 2021

Germany elects first two transgender women to parliament

Tessa Ganserer, 44, and Nyke Slawik, 27, both from the Greens party, will be members of the next German Bundestag.…
Switzerland says resounding ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage
September 27, 2021

Switzerland says resounding ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage

Nearly two-thirds of Swiss voters backed the introduction of same-sex marriage in a referendum held Sunday, with campaigners calling it…
Gay war veteran speaks out for equal rights in Ukraine’s military
September 19, 2021

Gay war veteran speaks out for equal rights in Ukraine’s military

KYIV (Reuters) – Viktor Pylypenko has become a role model for dozens of LGBT+ Ukrainian war veterans and their supporters…
Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten announce birth of adopted twins
September 9, 2021

Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten announce birth of adopted twins

Pete Buttigieg earlier this year became the first openly gay US cabinet secretary, following a run for the 2020 Democratic…
LGBT in Afghanistan: ‘I could be killed on the spot’
September 5, 2021

LGBT in Afghanistan: ‘I could be killed on the spot’

Before the Taliban uprising in Afghanistan, life for gay man Abdul (his name has been changed) was already dangerous.  …
Polish region wants to remain an ‘LGBT-free’ zone despite risking millions in EU funds
August 26, 2021

Polish region wants to remain an ‘LGBT-free’ zone despite risking millions in EU funds

A Polish regional council voted  last Thursday to remain an “LGBT-free zone” despite a warning from the European Union that…
Sarajevo’s Pride Parade Calls For More Rights for LGBT Community
August 18, 2021

Sarajevo’s Pride Parade Calls For More Rights for LGBT Community

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Hundreds of people attended a gay pride march Saturday in the Bosnian of capital Sarajevo, with organizers…
‘Team LGBTQ’ earns 32 medals at Tokyo Olympics
August 11, 2021

‘Team LGBTQ’ earns 32 medals at Tokyo Olympics

As the torch goes out at Japan National Stadium in Meiji-Jingu Park, the end has arrived for the 2020 Tokyo…
Montenegro Makes History With First Same-Sex Marriage
July 30, 2021

Montenegro Makes History With First Same-Sex Marriage

The first same-sex marriage was concluded in the Montenegrin city of Budva where two young women who are originally from…
Tom Daley Sends A Powerful Message To The LGBTQ Community After His Gold Medal Win
July 28, 2021

Tom Daley Sends A Powerful Message To The LGBTQ Community After His Gold Medal Win

Tom Daley and his diving partner, Matty Lee, brought home a gold medal for Team Great Britain Monday, after narrowly…
Russia rejects European Court of Human Rights order to recognise same-sex unions
July 21, 2021

Russia rejects European Court of Human Rights order to recognise same-sex unions

Russian authorities have rejected a European Court of Human Rights order to recognise same-sex unions. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has…
EU takes action against Hungary, Poland over anti-LGBTQ measures
July 18, 2021

EU takes action against Hungary, Poland over anti-LGBTQ measures

Move is part of ongoing fight for rule of law and freedom from discrimination in heart of Europe    …
Protests in Spain against suspected LGBTQ hate crime
July 7, 2021

Protests in Spain against suspected LGBTQ hate crime

Protests have erupted throughout the country’s largest cities following the death of a man in a suspected homophobic attack.  …
Male Teachers in Spain Wear Skirts in Solidarity with Student Bullied for Fashion Choices
June 29, 2021

Male Teachers in Spain Wear Skirts in Solidarity with Student Bullied for Fashion Choices

The incident is part of a larger movement dubbed #LaRopaNoTieneGénero, or #ClothesHaveNoGender     Teachers across the country have joined…
Laurel Hubbard: First transgender athlete to compete at Olympics
June 24, 2021

Laurel Hubbard: First transgender athlete to compete at Olympics

New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard has become the first ever transgender athlete picked to compete at an Olympics, in a controversial…
New York Weekly –  Elton Ilirjani Living His Truth and Flourishing in the Fashion Industry
June 21, 2021

New York Weekly – Elton Ilirjani Living His Truth and Flourishing in the Fashion Industry

    Self-tagged “The American Balkanian Gay,” Elton Ilirjani has dusted off the rejection and scorn he faced for most…
Florida governor bans transgender athletes from female sports
June 16, 2021

Florida governor bans transgender athletes from female sports

Florida is now the ninth state to pass legislation preventing trans females from participating in school sports consistent with their…
LGBT Pride Month 2021: Here’s what you need to know
June 8, 2021

LGBT Pride Month 2021: Here’s what you need to know

June is Pride Month, when the world’s LGBT communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. The global…
V Magazine – Elton ILIRJANI and the Cause for LGBTQ+ Labor Inclusion
June 3, 2021

V Magazine – Elton ILIRJANI and the Cause for LGBTQ+ Labor Inclusion

Let’s face it, today’s business world is on a global stage. Technology is only one aspect that is constantly disrupting…
The UK Government has no plans to recognise non-binary as a legal gender identity
May 27, 2021

The UK Government has no plans to recognise non-binary as a legal gender identity

Responding to a petition with over 130,000 signatures, the government has said it has ‘no plans’ to provide recognition The…
Homosexuality: The countries where it is illegal to be gay
May 20, 2021

Homosexuality: The countries where it is illegal to be gay

There are 69 countries that have laws that criminalise homosexuality, and nearly half of these are in Africa. However, in…
LGBTIQ Employment Equality Index, North Macedonia 2020
May 17, 2021

LGBTIQ Employment Equality Index, North Macedonia 2020

17 th May 2021, Skopje The Headhunter Group, together with the non-profit organization Dignity Global and its foundation, People First…
Croatian court backs same-sex adoption in new LGBT+ win
May 12, 2021

Croatian court backs same-sex adoption in new LGBT+ win

After Croatian courts last year confirmed that same-sex couples have the right to become foster parents, LGBT+ advocacy groups have…
Switzerland to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage
May 5, 2021

Switzerland to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage

Switzerland will hold a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage, the government confirmed on Tuesday. Switzerland is one of the few…
Conversion therapy: Will it be banned?
April 29, 2021

Conversion therapy: Will it be banned?

According to NHS England, conversion therapy, sometimes called “reparative therapy” or “gay cure therapy”, is based on attempts to change…
Namibia: Court denies entry of surrogate-born twins of gay couple
April 21, 2021

Namibia: Court denies entry of surrogate-born twins of gay couple

A Namibian court on Monday rejected a request by a Mexican-Namibian gay couple to return to the country with their…
This Man Proves That Clothes Have No Gender By Wearing Skirts And Dresses
April 13, 2021

This Man Proves That Clothes Have No Gender By Wearing Skirts And Dresses

Connor Keaney, 26, from Birmingham, called himself a real-life ‘Boy in the Dress’   A self-professed real-life ‘Boy in the…
Putin formally bans same-sex marriages in Russia
April 9, 2021

Putin formally bans same-sex marriages in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said same-sex marriage “will not happen” as long as he’s in the Kremlin President Vladimir Putin…
Austrian Catholics fly rainbow flag after same-sex blessing ban
April 7, 2021

Austrian Catholics fly rainbow flag after same-sex blessing ban

The Catholic church of the parish of Hard is one of many in Austria which decided to fly the rainbow…
March 31st – International Transgender Day of Visibility
April 1, 2021

March 31st – International Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility (or TDOV) was founded in 2009 by Rachel Crandall, a Michigan-based transgender activist and the Executive…
LA Weekly – ELTON ILIRJANI: CREATING SAFER WORKPLACES FOR THE LGBTQ+
March 27, 2021

LA Weekly – ELTON ILIRJANI: CREATING SAFER WORKPLACES FOR THE LGBTQ+

Every company needs to meet, attract, and maintain and grow the numerous communities they represent. This is important because it…
A transgender Islamic school in Pakistan breaks barriers
March 24, 2021

A transgender Islamic school in Pakistan breaks barriers

The opening of the madrasa signifies a greater recognition of transgender rights in Pakistan   Pakistan’s first madrasa, or Islamic…
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES: Elton Ilirjani On The Need For Inclusion And Diversity In Workplaces
March 19, 2021

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES: Elton Ilirjani On The Need For Inclusion And Diversity In Workplaces

Photo: Elton Ilirjani  Elton Ilirjani, the CEO of The HeadHunter Group and Founder of Dignity Global Foundation, shares insights on…
Vatican says Catholic Church can’t bless same-sex unions
March 17, 2021

Vatican says Catholic Church can’t bless same-sex unions

The Catholic Church says that same-sex relationships are not compatible with “the designs of God inscribed in creation.”    …
South Korea’s first transgender soldier found dead
March 10, 2021

South Korea’s first transgender soldier found dead

Police investigate death of Byun Hee-soo, who was forced out of military after becoming first soldier to have gender reassignment…
‘Clothes have no gender’: Dad of 3 wears heels and skirts everyday
February 15, 2021

‘Clothes have no gender’: Dad of 3 wears heels and skirts everyday

Most of us believe that clothes have “genders.” Our society got the idea that some things are “fitting” for a…
EEI – Dignity Global project
February 10, 2021

EEI – Dignity Global project

We are happy to announce that we will start EEI project in US also: Rating potential employers, for the purpose…
Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu cited by Twitter for ‘hateful’ LGBT comments
February 8, 2021

Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu cited by Twitter for ‘hateful’ LGBT comments

Twitter has hidden a post by Turkey’s Interior Minister over “hateful” comments referring to the LGBT community. Süleyman Soylu had…
Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary
February 1, 2021

Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s health secretary, as his assistant secretary of health. Levine would be the…
Transgender people killed in Chicago & Puerto Rico as wave of violence continues
January 25, 2021

Transgender people killed in Chicago & Puerto Rico as wave of violence continues

Tyianna “Davarea” Alexander was shot while walking down the street. Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín was killed before his body was…
Religious leader claims COVID vaccine  turns people gay
January 19, 2021

Religious leader claims COVID vaccine turns people gay

A popular rabbi is claiming that the vaccine for COVID-19 “could make you gay.” The haredi Rabbi Daniel Asor said…
Transgender athlete sues USA Powerlifting over competition ban
January 13, 2021

Transgender athlete sues USA Powerlifting over competition ban

Trans powerlifter JayCee Cooper asserts that the sport’s governing body is in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Transgender…
Switzerland just became the 29th country to get marriage equality
December 19, 2020

Switzerland just became the 29th country to get marriage equality

But pro-LGBTQ organizations say that it is still possible for a national referendum on marriage equality to be forced. Switzerland…
Married lesbian couple settles with retirement village that refused them because they’re gay
December 10, 2020

Married lesbian couple settles with retirement village that refused them because they’re gay

Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance were just looking for a new home where they could be surrounded by friends and…
Gay teen suspended for wearing nail polish to Texas school
December 7, 2020

Gay teen suspended for wearing nail polish to Texas school

“I am a gay male and I’m beyond proud. This is unjust and not okay.” A gay senior at Clyde…
Gay man wins the right to own a license plate that says “QUEER”
December 1, 2020

Gay man wins the right to own a license plate that says “QUEER”

The state banned license plates that show “contempt for a specific group or person.” A judge said that violates free…
Barista fired after telling coworkers they “need Jesus” if they wear a Pride t-shirt
November 27, 2020

Barista fired after telling coworkers they “need Jesus” if they wear a Pride t-shirt

Starbucks handed out Pride t-shirts, and now she’s suing because the shirt she didn’t have to wear would “show her…
Black transgender artists come together to grieve the deadliest year on record & express hope
November 22, 2020

Black transgender artists come together to grieve the deadliest year on record & express hope

“Even though we are still being murdered at extremely high rates, we are letting our presence be known. We are…
New York will soon allow non-binary “X” gender markers on drivers licenses
November 20, 2020

New York will soon allow non-binary “X” gender markers on drivers licenses

A non-binary person sued for being forced to choose between “M” and “F.” The state responded by inviting them down…
Homophobic family drags lesbian from her own home and publicly beats her
November 16, 2020

Homophobic family drags lesbian from her own home and publicly beats her

A lesbian couple in India were allegedly forced apart by their families, who barged into their home and publicly beat…
Meet the trans teen becoming one of the first female Eagle Scouts
November 15, 2020

Meet the trans teen becoming one of the first female Eagle Scouts

“My hope is that the lessons I learned through my struggles will help you too.” Beatrix Jackman, a 19-year-old trans…
A deranged gay couple murdered a lesbian in their apartment “of horror”
November 13, 2020

A deranged gay couple murdered a lesbian in their apartment “of horror”

They tried to argue “straight panic” – that they panicked when she tried to make “moves” on them. Really. A…
Norway bans hate speech against bisexual & transgender people
November 13, 2020

Norway bans hate speech against bisexual & transgender people

The Scandinavian country banned hate speech against gay and lesbian people in 1981. The new law adds the B and…
Trans woman gets $30K in settlement with NYPD after she was arrested for saying her name
November 11, 2020

Trans woman gets $30K in settlement with NYPD after she was arrested for saying her name

She told the police both her current and former names because she thought it was the right thing to do.…
Gay man adopts five siblings because family is forever
November 10, 2020

Gay man adopts five siblings because family is forever

A former foster kid, he knew how hard it could be in the system. After all, he was separated from…
Transgender Afghanistan veteran could be kicked out of the National Guard. So she’s suing.
November 6, 2020

Transgender Afghanistan veteran could be kicked out of the National Guard. So she’s suing.

“My wife and I are raising two young children, and that loss would be devastating to our family.” A transgender…
Anti-LGBTQ pastor who blamed “fornication” for coronavirus dies of COVID
November 6, 2020

Anti-LGBTQ pastor who blamed “fornication” for coronavirus dies of COVID

“This coronavirus may be a privilege, because I’ll tell you right now, there’s a much bigger judgment coming. It’s in…
Adrian Tam defeated a neo-Nazi to become Hawaii’s only out LGBTQ representative
November 6, 2020

Adrian Tam defeated a neo-Nazi to become Hawaii’s only out LGBTQ representative

“When there are no LGBTQ elected officials in an entire state, it has consequences.” Now Hawaii has Adrian Tam. Hawaii’s…
Lesbian And Bisexual Women At Heightened Risk Of Cervical Cancer
October 30, 2020

Lesbian And Bisexual Women At Heightened Risk Of Cervical Cancer

Medical experts are warning this could leave them at increased risk of cervical cancer. “The results of this study are…
The Power Of Pride And Visibility
October 30, 2020

The Power Of Pride And Visibility

As a cis female butch lesbian who’s been out for over twenty years, I’m pretty fucking secure and confident in…
More Than Half Of LGBTQ Iranians Have Been Attacked By Their Own Family And A Fifth Attacked By Police
October 30, 2020

More Than Half Of LGBTQ Iranians Have Been Attacked By Their Own Family And A Fifth Attacked By Police

Iran International TV has reported on the findings of a survey carried out by 6 Rang Organisation, which found that…
Jordan Is Deporting, Banning Foreigners Living With HIV
October 30, 2020

Jordan Is Deporting, Banning Foreigners Living With HIV

The country of Jordan mandates medical professionals and health care facilities report a person’s HIV status to the government, and…
The number of trans people killed in the United States has hit an all-time high. 2020 isn’t over.
October 19, 2020

The number of trans people killed in the United States has hit an all-time high. 2020 isn’t over.

Most of them are Black trans women, and most of their cases remain unsolved. This year is the deadliest year…
An adoption agency was told to stop turning away LGBTQ couples. The courts say they can.
October 19, 2020

An adoption agency was told to stop turning away LGBTQ couples. The courts say they can.

The agency says it’s Christian religious beliefs give it the freedom to discriminate. A recent ruling by a district court…
Man dies at massive dance party held in an Atlanta gay bar as COVID ravages the city
October 19, 2020

Man dies at massive dance party held in an Atlanta gay bar as COVID ravages the city

“People can be so shitty and selfish. Please don’t be like these people. This is appallingly gross.” A man died…
29-year-old woman shot to death in Indiana is the 33rd killing of a trans person this year
October 19, 2020

29-year-old woman shot to death in Indiana is the 33rd killing of a trans person this year

“Sara deserved to walk home safely and to be home with her family that night.” A 29-year-old trans woman named…
Transgender women win elections for the first time in West Virginia & Louisiana
October 2, 2020

Transgender women win elections for the first time in West Virginia & Louisiana

Two women who won elections this past month just became the first transgender elected officials in their respective states. Peyton…
This at-home marriage proposal will move you to tears
September 28, 2020

This at-home marriage proposal will move you to tears

Harper Grae was ready to propose to her girlfriend before lockdown orders began to take effect across the country, throwing…
A mob beat a gay couple for kissing in a bar. The police told them they shouldn’t kiss in public.
September 27, 2020

A mob beat a gay couple for kissing in a bar. The police told them they shouldn’t kiss in public.

A gay couple was brutally beaten by men in a bar after they kissed. When they complained to the police,…
Netherlands plans to remove gender from ID cards entirely
September 27, 2020

Netherlands plans to remove gender from ID cards entirely

The Netherlands will stop including any gender marker at all on identification cards. Several countries – including India, Australia, and…
The number of anti-LGBTQ  hate groups grew 43% in 2019
September 9, 2020

The number of anti-LGBTQ hate groups grew 43% in 2019

The White House said that it’s disgusting to call them out for associating with and promoting anti-LGBTQ hate groups. Anti-LGBTQ…