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KUALA LUMPUR: Government is thinking to tougher laws against the LGBT+ community.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Government is thinking to tougher laws against the LGBT+ community.

Un unthinkable and unacceptable reinforcement of discriminating laws agains the rainbow community of Kuala Lumpur is about to be voted by the government soon. Putrajaya’s Government is decided to go ahead with a new set of laws that foresees heavier and punishments for all people found guilty of practicing LGBT+ related acts (eg. Having sex with someone of the same gender, or being in a same-sex relationship, etc), by increasing the sentencing limits to the Syariah Courts - which is part of the criminal jurisdiction - according to the Act 1965-355. Religious affairs minister - Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri - earlier this year said that “LGBT+ culture is not just against Islamic law, but even human nature”, and this is the reason why Putrajaya will push the agenda for the Act 355. Al-Bakri al...
Why we love Senhit – San Marino’s FREAKY queen
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Why we love Senhit – San Marino’s FREAKY queen

From her first appearance on Dusseldorf's stage in 2011 to her great return to the contest in 2020 (and then again in 2021), she's conquered our hearts with her warm smiles, her powerful voice and, let's be honest, her always different, unique and never boring outfits. We are obviously talking of the undisputed queen of San Marino (yes Valentina, 'Maybe' you have tried too many times and dropped the crown!), 'Her Freakiness' , Senhit. After an unfair non-qualification in 2011 with the beautiful pop-ballad 'Stand By' (for which, by the way, I am still crying out for revenge), she accepted to come back and 'battle', again, for one of the smallest countries in the world, that has an history whne it comes to competing in this Contest: San Marino. Let's be clear: a returning artist f...
Anti-LGBT+ factions in Israel threaten gender equality in the country.
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Anti-LGBT+ factions in Israel threaten gender equality in the country.

Noam, part of the Religious Zionism slate, lists string of conditions - which we could easily call racist - for joining Bibi’s government, including halting state-run projects on Shabbat, upholding Jewish nation-state law and downgrading gender equality and LGBT+ rights. Israel recently faced new elections but unfortunately the political panorama did not change that much as Netanyahu still remains in charge as PM and his dirty games of power appear to have no end. Lately, the coalition with the religious-extremist and Zionist party Noam brought to light some very dangerous requests that this party made to Netanyahu in order to adhere to his political majority and plans of power of the country. The party NOAM demanded that “a government edict that requires government bodies to act in acc...
Bolivia’s first Same-Sex Union – history is being made!
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Bolivia’s first Same-Sex Union – history is being made!

After a two-year legal battle Guido and David could finally get their status recognised by the law. Could this first gay civil partnership lead to more LGBT+ rights in Bolivia? Guido Montano, one of the first two gay men to ever get into a same-sex union in the country, told WPR Linda Farthing: “The biggest change is a mental one. It may seem a vague idea in day-to-day life […] but I just immediately sensed that we have more rights.” When l in January both of them contracted COVID-19, without a legal recognition of their status, they were forced to look at the worst-case scenario where all they had built together so far was going to get lost, bu now, as Guido says, “with David really ill, the fact that we can now leave our pensions to each other and that we would have had no proble...
From Nigeria to France to live his homosexuality in total freedom.
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From Nigeria to France to live his homosexuality in total freedom.

Son of homophobic Nigerian presidential aide comes out as gay with a powerful picture on social media. Yes, he is gay and to use his words, he is “gay as f*#K!”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by 🇳🇬 Bolu Okupe 🇳🇬 (@boluokupe) Bolu Okupe is the son of a former top Nigerian politician and former presidential spokesperson - Dr. Doyin Okupe - that according to his twits “he’s been left alone in this ‘spiritual challenge’”deriving from his son’s homosexuality.  Bolu’s Instagram message went rapidly viral, and his father, took it very personally and admitted that being gay is so “un-biblical and un-african” … in fact on twitter he wrote:  “I have been aware of this his new orient...
József Szajer – Hungarian MEP – quits after fleeing a gay orgy in Brussels
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József Szajer – Hungarian MEP – quits after fleeing a gay orgy in Brussels

An Hungarian MEP belonging to the leading party with Viktor Orban resigned from his role yesterday after police caught him, other politicians and diplomats in an illegal party in Brussels on Friday 27th November 2020. József Szajer used to be one of the most powerful MEPs in Hungarian leading party - Fidesz - and on Friday he was stopped by police after reports of a house party violating lockdown rules. The party turned out to be a private drug-based event that ended up in a gay orgy. This is what is reported to have happened that night  BBC reports that at around 9.00 pm local time police were alerted by some neighbours complaining bout noises and potential lockdown breaches in an apartment located on Rue des Pierres in the centre of the Belgian capital. Getting in to the flat,...
Italian Political Panorama gets enriched with a completely LGBT+ Party: Partito Gay
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Italian Political Panorama gets enriched with a completely LGBT+ Party: Partito Gay

Italy is facing a big social revolution which has seen the approval of an Anti-Homophobia Act and the creation of a political party made of all LGBT+ representatives. The press conference to present this new party to the world, opens with a touching and still so real video of LGBT+ people around Italy that have suffered and still suffer from Homophobic attacks and offences. Some of them, as they tell us in the video, still receive today death threatens or get publicly offended and threatened on social media simply for being who they are. All these witnesses have been spontaneously submitted by LGBT+ people around Italy to a project called #LGBTLivesMatter (launched by Gay Center Roma) during the first lock-down due to Covid-19. Fabrizio Marrazzo famous Italian LGBT+ activist, founder...
#MusicFriday – New music release – LE DEVA
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#MusicFriday – New music release – LE DEVA

We met Le Deva when they released their first song in support of the LGBT+ community in Italy, the song was called "L'amore merita" (that according to the lyrics I would translate as "Love deserves to be freely lived") - and now they're out with a new single "Brillare da sola". (tr. shining alone). The group was born in 2016 and is a girl-band who had a past in talent shows in Italy. In their songs they have always been singing about equal rights and equal love for everyone. "Brillare da sola" is an invitation to find in our-selves the strength to face our everyday "battles" and to stop looking for support from other people that sometimes may suddenly disappear from our lives and leave us down. Roberta Pompa, Greta Manuzzi, Laura Bono and Verdiana Zangaro form Le Deva and this new s...
Pope Francis and Gay Civil Partnerships: the following day.
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Pope Francis and Gay Civil Partnerships: the following day.

"Gay people have the right to a family and to a normal citizenship". Yesterday Pope Francis gave hopes to all those LGBT+ people in Italy who are still waiting on a proper law that would protect them and give them dignity in a country that has still got a lot to do in terms of equal rights. Toda - instead - after all the astonishment that Pope Francis’ words caused both to those conservative bigots and to the LGBT+ population around the world, here we have a little stop to all that joy: "Be careful not to reach wider consequences than the premises. Francis simply says that if two people, even of the same sex, decide to live together, in a form of stable coexistence, they have the right to ensure that their choices are protected. But does not in any way open to marriage between h...
Viktor Orban wants gay people to ‘leave our children alone’ in a homophobic attack to lesbian Cinderella book.
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Viktor Orban wants gay people to ‘leave our children alone’ in a homophobic attack to lesbian Cinderella book.

The Far-Right and homophobic prime minister of Hungary decided that a fairy-tale story book was way too dangerous for Hungarian children. That he is such a homophobic character very linked to the same politics of his fellow-politician Mr. Putin, we never had any doubt about, and now he is attacking a story book for children that is trying to show the reality of our days and features LGBT+. The book itself is a sweetened reflection of a normal society, and its characters include people with disabilities, the elderly, the poor and people from minority ethnic backgrounds having the majority of the stories with no references to the LGBT+ world if not just some light references, the far-right party in Hungary, together with the help of the Prime Minister, have seized upon the handful that d...
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