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Happy Pride Month 2021
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Happy Pride Month 2021

Happy Pride Month 2021 - we are to celebrate life, diversity, love and inclusion. This past couple of years have been very complicated for the whole world, for sure, but for the LGBT+ community, things have been even worst - sometimes. This pandemic forced people to live together in narrow spaces: too often LGBT+ people had to live in hostile environments and their lives, their mental health were put in serious risk. June is the month when we celebrate Pride globally: we also celebrate life, inclusion, we scream out loud our right to exist, to live and love, to have a decent life and get our rights recognised. June is generally the month when we start marching our Pride Parades, or at least we used to, before Covid-19 messed up with our lives.  I would therefore love to begin this mon...
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...
Bosnian Imam thanks Allah for Coronavirus pandemic that cancelled Pride Parade in Sarajevo.
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Bosnian Imam thanks Allah for Coronavirus pandemic that cancelled Pride Parade in Sarajevo.

Extremism, in every single aspect of life, is way too dangerous and only brings hate. We have been notified with a hateful post on facebook that we report here below: https://www.facebook.com/muhamed.velic.549/posts/10223731831269624 The author is Muhaned Velic, famous Bosnian Imam that threw several shades of hate on the LGBT+ community of the country and praised his God for bringing Coronavirus and subsequently the cancellation of various social events, among which the Pride Parade in Sarajevo. He wrote: "The media inform us that the homosexual parade in Sarajevo has been postponed due to the coronavirus. ... In every misfortune and tragedy - there is also a grain of happiness, goodness and beauty. Thank Allah for everything. ... May dear Allah grant that the crown and the...
Man charged for homophobic and hate crime after he set a Pride flag on fire in Brighton.
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Man charged for homophobic and hate crime after he set a Pride flag on fire in Brighton.

This would have been the week-end of the Pride in Brighton and Hove, one of the most famous Pride marches in the UK. A man has been charged with committing a homophobic related hate crime related arson following the shocking late night incident in Brighton. The man charged is Moulay Abdelhakim Ismaili of Beaconsfield Road in Brighton, that has been detained on suspicion of committing a homophobic hate-related crime, as The Argus reports. Brighton is very well known for being a truly inclusive and LGBT+ friendly city, where people can be themselves with no fears of being judged, beaten or made feel ridiculous, but in this case when homophobia found its way in this man. The 36-year-old man was remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, yesterday 4th August. Sussex Poli...
Polish Feminist Activists gave a rainbow make-over to a Jesus’ statue.
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Polish Feminist Activists gave a rainbow make-over to a Jesus’ statue.

As an act of rebellion against the ANTI-LGBT+ politics of the country, this group of Feminist Activists in Warsaw decided to give some colour to a symbol of power to fight against homophobia. A radical queer feminist group named Stop Bzdurom (Stop Bullshit) claimed responsibility for the protest against the homophobic situation of their country, hanging a Pride flag on a statue of Jesus and sharing a video on social media. They were very direct in their message, saying that homophobia is rampant and very dangerous in Poland, and they also promised to stand with the LGBT+ community that is “afraid to hold hands”. Their promise is clear and solemn: “As long as the Pride flag makes someone worse and ‘inappropriate’, we solemnly promise to provoke. […] We are pissed off that our symbol - a s...
Polish President accuses media of spreading fake news about him and his homophobia
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Polish President accuses media of spreading fake news about him and his homophobia

The LGBT+ Polish population is in serious danger due to a rise of homophobia justified by Polish president. Andrzej Duda - president of Poland - continues his homophobic attacks and now he has accused the media of spreading “fake news” about his homophobic views. He has just signed a sweeping anti-LGBT pledge - as we reported here - and even with proofs of his words and acts against all LGBT+ rights in this country, he is denying his homophobic acts. Presidential Elections - June 28 - are just around the corner, and in a tweet he wrote in English he raged against media saying: “Yet again, as part of dirty political fight, my words are put out of context. I truly believe in diversity and equality. At the same time beliefs of any minority cannot be imposed on a majority under the false p...
Sophia Loren and Barilla’s inclusive pasta commercial
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Sophia Loren and Barilla’s inclusive pasta commercial

Barilla is being surprisingly more inclusive than ever. A few years ago Barilla - the famous Italian Pasta producer - ended up on all newspapers and blogs after their spokesperson admitted they would have never pictured an LGBT+ family in their commercials as the only kind of family they believed in was the one made of a man and a woman. Clearly their sales dropped to the minimum and they got involved into a media battle that pictured them - with obvious and unassailable reasons - like Homophobic and racist. Well.. a few months later, they had to publicly admit their "indelicate" behaviour and finally they started being so LGBT+ friendly, and LGBT+ allies that we still find it hard to believe today. Even their pasta is not the best you can find on shelves, their investments in te...
Covid-19 and Gay Prides 2020 – what future?
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Covid-19 and Gay Prides 2020 – what future?

The health of every citizen and the LGBT+ people is something that must stand above all. The Covid-19 pandemic has required and is demanding to all of great efforts and sacrifices - which are minimal if we compare them to the effort and sacrifice of the medical staff fighting to the limit of their strength against this virus - and for this, it is  also necessary to make painful decisions for a greater good. London Pride 2020 postponed The organizers announced the decision in a statement released today March 23rd stating that the health and safety of the LGBT+ community is their "top priority". The event, which was to take place on June 27th, 2020, and which generally attracts more than one million people in the capital of Great Britain, has therefore been postponed to a date to be co...
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