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UK Equalities Minister Liz Truss.
Equalities minister asked about ‘sexist, homophobic’ Tony Abbott, refuses to answer 7 times

UK trade and equalities minister Liz Truss under pressure over imminent appointment of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as Britain’s trade envoy.

Taiwan number plates.
Campaigners criticize Taiwan for banning ‘GAY’ vehicle number plates

Taiwan also bans ‘SEX’, ‘ASS’, ‘BUM’, ‘PUP’ and ‘BRA’.

Sunrise in Canberra.
Australian Capital Territory bans ‘conversion therapy’, including by religious groups

Campaigners who condemned Queensland’s ‘useless’ law welcome ACT ban, giving it seven out 10.

Cissie Graham Lynch
Franklin Graham’s daughter attacks trans kids as she stirs up Republican Christians

Cissie Graham Lynch speaks at the Republican National Convention to spread transphobic and homophobic falsehoods.

Joe Biden holds Pete Buttigieg's shoulders.
Pete Buttigieg: Joe Biden’s political courage made LGBT+ change possible in America

Meanwhile fellow out politician Tammy Baldwin shared the story of her childhood healthcare scare.

Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Survivors tell Queensland it must change its ‘useless’ new ‘conversion therapy’ ban

The Australian state ignored survivors’ advice when writing the law.

The flag getting aloft and flying over the Kremlin.
Russian former mayor uses helium balloons to send Pride flag floating over the Kremlin

Gay artist Alexander Donskoy has made a name for himself by standing up to Putin, including running for the presidency.

Trump in a MAGA cap.
Trump angry as Goodyear says yes to LGBT+ but no to MAGA hats

Black Lives Matter and LGBT+ Pride are in but political support is out.

Surgeons operating.
Federal judge blocks Trump’s bid to end LGBT+ health care protections

Campaigners herald ‘a crucial early victory’ in battle to stop Trump erasing discrimination protections.

Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Queensland’s ban on ‘conversion therapy’ is a complete waste of time

‘This is like passing a law to ban cigarette advertising but excluding tobacco companies.’

Barbra Streisand.
Vote Proud: Barbara Streisand says ‘Enough is Enough’ of Trump

More than 50% of LGBT+ Americans didn’t vote in 2016 – they could swing the election this year.

Swiss Council of States.
Same-sex marriage in Switzerland faces another delay

The Swiss people massively support marriage equality but politicians keep delaying it.

Priti Patel
UK Home Secretary may officially make poppers legal

Priti Patel wants to clear up confusion about the drug which is popular with gay and bi men for sex.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris include LGBT+ Americans in first joint appearance

The Democrats used their speeches to attack Trump’s record which has left the country ‘in tatters’.

Kamala Harris at San Francisco Pride in 2019.
Kamala Harris: Biden’s vice president running mate has long positive record on LGBT+

Harris previously told GSN that she wouldn’t be put off fighting for LGBT+ rights just because it’s politically risky.

GSN at the People's Vote march.
University of Law warns Brexit could seriously damage UK’s LGBT+ rights

The UK will leave the European Union at the end of this year – but there are no guarantees for the LGBT+ rights the EU has granted.

Damage caused by the Beirut port explosion.
LGBT+ survivors in Beirut coping with horrific injuries, homelessness and food shortages

But despite that, LGBT+ volunteers are clearing debris and helping Beirut recover from the devastating port explosion.

Launch of trans report in Thailand.
Thailand’s government is putting forward a bill to recognize trans people

It will help trans people access jobs, services and welfare but may leave out non-binary and intersex people.

Politicians from Poland's 'Left' group supporting LGBT+ rights.
Polish LGBT+ people are leaving in huge numbers to escape hate and get ‘dignity’

‘Every LGBT person knows at least one person who has emigrated in recent years and more who want to emigrate.’

Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush with their attorney.
British Governor will overrule Cayman Islands to impose same-sex domestic partnership law

Meanwhile a UK court may still order marriage equality on the Caribbean islands.

Joe Biden.
US Democratic platform makes historic pledges for LGBT+ equality

Racial justice, combating climate change and fighting economic inequality are also key messages.

Franklin (left) and Billy Graham.
US Capitol to replace statue of white supremacist with homophobe Billy Graham

Preacher Billy Graham called homosexuality ‘a sinister form of perversion’.

Jeff Bezos.
Could Amazon Smile start giving donations to groups that hate LGBT+ people?

Republican lawmaker pressures Jeff Bezos over ban on donations to anti-LGBT+, anti-Semitic and white supremacist groups.

Protestor holds a sign telling the LGBT+ community to go away.
European Union rejects funding for six towns in Poland with ‘LGBT Free Zones’

Poland must respect ‘EU values and fundamental rights’.

Three men in a pool.
San Francisco’s gay bathhouses can return after 35 years

City hopes the lifting of restrictions will boost the city’s COVID-19 economic recovery.

Alden McLaughlin.
Cayman Islands to debate Domestic Partnership Bill next week

The islands are divided on the issue and the courts may still decide on marriage equality.

President of the Supreme Court Arturo Zaldívar.
Mexico’s legal battle to establish same-sex marriage may finally be coming to a head

The latest court challenge comes as the country’s top judge says states are being unconstitutional by blocking marriage equality.

Ben Carson.
US homeless shelters will be able to turn trans women away if they have an Adam’s apple

Department of Housing and Urban Development is reversing protections for trans people using shelters.

Non-league team Altrincham FC in rainbow kit.
UK government wants to make homophobic chanting at soccer matches illegal

COVID-19 is a ‘chance to reset’ football and that includes finally tackling homophobia.