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California to collect data to investigate how Covid-19 is spreading in the LGBT+ community.
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California to collect data to investigate how Covid-19 is spreading in the LGBT+ community.

Governor Newsom called today’s announcement a move in the right direction. According to CBS Sacramento, California will be the first State in USA to track Covid-19 cases also on the basis of sexual orientation to understand how to help the LGBT+ community which - according to advocates - has been devastated by this pandemic. Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) worked with LGBT+ civil rights organisation Equality California to advocate for the collection of this data and introduced the Senate Bill 932 in May to require it. The bill passed the Senate on June 25 and is set to be heard in the Assembly Committee on Health in August. SB 392 would not only require the state to collect sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data for coronavirus, but also for all major communicable dis...
Not even Coronavirus is able to stop this wave of Homophobia and Antisemitism.
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Not even Coronavirus is able to stop this wave of Homophobia and Antisemitism.

If it can’t be stopped yet, at least we hoped covid-19 would have slowed it down …but the sad reality tells us this is not the case (unfortunately). The pic you see above has been taken during a hate-parade held on 12th May in Huntington Beach (USA), where almost 200 people gathered together to express their feelings of anger and frustration for the “stay-at-home” order the State imposed to avoid more victims during this Coronavirus pandemic. Let me say that they also expressed their sad ignorance. Governor Gavin Newsom decided to close bars, restaurants and various businesses in the State, also imposing the temporary closure of all Orange County beaches to prevent the enormous spread of Coronavirus that is hitting USA these last couple of weeks. Numbers say that at least 95,087 people...
South Korea sees a peak of homophobia during a new cluster of Coronavirus cases
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South Korea sees a peak of homophobia during a new cluster of Coronavirus cases

South Korean LGBT+ community has been in the target of newspapers and media that accuses the community to be guilty for the spread of coronavirus in the country. As te Guardian reported in this article, almost 100 new cases of Covid-19 have been linked to bars and clubs in Itaewon, the city's underground gay district in South Korea. But the newspapers and media got too far now: they revealed personal information of a gay man in the city who tested positive to Coronavirus, putting his life in big danger. South Korea is a country where speaking about sexuality and sex remains a real taboo and where pornography is banned. Some politicians have tried to ease the tension and this increasing homophobia, but they have never publicly acknowledged the LGBT+ community. Last Saturday 9th May, ...
Bogotá to lift gender-based lockdown rules.
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Bogotá to lift gender-based lockdown rules.

These rules fuelled violence against the transgender community. Claudia Lopez major of the Colombian city of Bogotá  - openly lesbian and married to her wife Angélica Lozano Correa - said that the above mentioned rules will be lifted as of tomorrow following the great number of acts of violence against trans people in the city since they have been applied.  This is what we can read on The NYC Times. We had already spoken about the case in Panama in this article and a similar situation happened in Peru where those rules have already been lifted for the same motivation. When Major Caludia Lopez introduced the restrictions, she had assured the trans community that they should go out on the day corresponding to their gender identity and not be forced to go out on the day corresponding t...
Coronavirus might be sexually transmitted
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Coronavirus might be sexually transmitted

Coronavirus might be lurking in semen. This is what a gourd of scientists from China have found, as it is possible to read on the paper, published in JAMA Network Open, a peer-reviewed open-access medical journal, but these result do not prove that coronavirus can be sexually transmitted in all cases. To better understand how this virus could hit us again and avoid possible pandemics, Dr Weiguo Zhao of the Eighth Medical Center of Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Hospital in Beijing and Dr Shixi Zhang of the Shangqiu Municipal Hospital in Henan, analysed samples of sperm of 38 patients aged between 15 and 38 (all positive to Covid-19) and noted that subjects varied in their rates of illness. Amongst them only 4 of those patients who were recovering from the virus, were fou...
United Nations: a response to Covid-19 and the rights of the LGBT+ population
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United Nations: a response to Covid-19 and the rights of the LGBT+ population

It is time to stop this stigma against LGBT+ population amidst this Coronavirus pandemic.  Too many incidents among the LGBT+ population worldwide accused to be one of the causes of this Covid-19 pandemic brought the United Nations to release a note titled “COVID-19 AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF LGBTI PEOPLE”. There is a clear and urgent request from the High Commission of the UN to stop the stigmatisation of LGBT+ people continuously blamed for disasters, both natural and human, and especially in this historical and delicate time of our lives where we are fighting against a dangerous virus.  The Office of High Commissioner makes clear example to this situation: “LGBTI people have previously been blamed for disasters, both manmade and natural, and there are scattered reports of this happe...
Sam Smith and Taylor Swift to join One World Together At Home Concert with Lady Gaga
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Sam Smith and Taylor Swift to join One World Together At Home Concert with Lady Gaga

One World Together At Home is going to be the event of the decade and will be used to raise money to fight Covid-19. One World Concert will raise money for health care workers through corporate contributions only, but even before this big show Lady Gaga and Global Citizen have been able to raise 35$ million for the World Health Organisation: all money that will be used to buy needed protective equipment for all healthcare workers.  Lady Gaga said: “We have raised the money ahead of time and we’re going to continue fundraising before the show. So when you guys introduce the whole special, you can tell everyone to put your wallets away, put your money away because we don’t need it — we raised the money already!” Announcing the COVID-19 concert last week, as we also reported here, Lady...
Porn is the “silent and increasing deadly disease” and not Coronavirus, Religious Hate and Homophobic groups said.
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Porn is the “silent and increasing deadly disease” and not Coronavirus, Religious Hate and Homophobic groups said.

Seriously gurl? Many websites providing legal porn material have offered free premium accounts to all their users, as a help and incentive to #StayHome and have something funny to do whether you are facing this isolation alone or with your partner. The use of sex toys, porn material and sex-cams significantly increased since the beginning of this pandemic due to Covid-19, but of course there people around the world who really have too much time to think about silly things when they could easily use their time to take advantage of a premium account on PornHub (just to give an example). In fact, Terry Schilling, executive director of the religious, homophobic and transphobic organisation The American Principles Project, wrote for The Federalist: “During a worldwide pandemic that has a...
San Francisco had to cancel their Historic 50th Anniversary Pride because of Covid-19
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San Francisco had to cancel their Historic 50th Anniversary Pride because of Covid-19

It was a hard but due decision. During this pandemic caused by Covid-19 virus, unfortunately California has reported 23,338 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 758 deaths so far, and on Tuesday California’s governor Gavin Newsom said said  that until the moment a vaccine is ready and given to population, no gatherings of over 100 people will be permitted. As we have reported here, unfortunately more than 100 Pride events around the world have been either postponed or cancelled, and San Francisco Pride organisers said it will join a constellation of Prides worldwide in a “Virtual Global Pride” on 27th June. Carolyn Wysinger, president of the Pride Board of Directors, said organisers had to avoid the Pride to become a sort of “ground zero” for Covid-19 spreading throughout the LGBT+ co...
Learn how to make a mask out of one of your jockstraps in 3 simple steps
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Learn how to make a mask out of one of your jockstraps in 3 simple steps

Do It Yourself I know the news might be a bit old, but hey, I could not resist this, I had to report it. Let’s be honest with ourselves: we all have one or two jockstraps in our underwear drawer and we do like them a lot. But did you know you could turn it into a safe mask to go out and protect yourself from Covid-19? Emerson Collins - an American TV personality and actor - posted a video on his TikTok channel teaching us hot to make a mask out of a jockstrap!  As reported from NYPost: “Don’t sew? Don’t worry: That DIY coronavirus face mask might be in your gym bag.” In his video, Emerson said: “I made a Jockstrap Mask Tutorial because I’m ridiculous”. It is a 1 minute video and in 3 easy steps you can get a fashionable, reusable and echo-friendly mask against Coronavirus. ...
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