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Eikei Suzuki, governor of Mie Prefecture.
A Japanese region has made it illegal to out someone as LGBT+

Outing ‘can destabilize family and working relationships and drive people into isolation’ says governor.

Rosemary Ketchum.
West Virginia elects its first ever out trans official

Rosemary Ketchum ‘has shattered a lavender ceiling’ to become one of just 26 openly trans elected officials in the US.

Pride in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico fails to protect LGBT+ citizens in new Civil Code

‘When they gouge LGBTTIQ+ people’s eyes out, they gouge everyone’s eyes out.’

Canadian Conservative MP Derek Sloan.
Conservative MP says banning ‘conversion therapy’ will allow ‘child abuse’

Derek Sloan MP attacked attempts to ban the dangerous anti-LGBT+ ‘cures’.

People attending Pride in Switzerland.
Switzerland’s parliament is finally talking about same-sex marriage

Unlike Swiss trains, marriage equality hasn’t arrived on time.

UK Equalities Minister Liz Truss.
Trans campaigners ask employers to help them fight UK bathroom threat this Pride month

Ask your boss to be a true ally, not just wave a rainbow flag.

Rafał Trzaskowski.
Warsaw’s LGBT+ friendly mayor could win Poland’s presidential election

Hope at last as Rafał Trzaskowski takes on President Andrzey Duda, supported by the anti-LGBT+ Law and Justice Party.

Mariela Castro at a Pride event in Cuba.
Gay politician asks Cuba to pass same-sex marriage without a referendum

The country is starting a process that could lead to marriage equality.

Protest against 'gay cures' in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
UK confirms it will soon bring in plans to ban ‘conversion therapy’

‘I will shortly be bringing forward plans to end conversion therapy.’

UK Equalities Minister Liz Truss.
Cross-party politicians demand UK bans ‘conversion therapy’ without delay

The government must protect LGBT+ people from ‘quacks and religious fundamentalists’.

China's National People's Congress.
Campaigners push for same-sex marriage in China as party official rejects change

Same-sex marriage was the most popular demand from the Chinese public in a government consultation last year.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
Chechnya’s chief homophobe Ramzan Kadyrov in hospital with COVID-19 symptoms

His government set up concentration camps for LGBT+ people to ‘purge’ Chechnya.

Pride parade in Costa Rica
Costa Rica rejects delays: Same-sex marriage will definitely start on Tuesday

Lawmakers had tried to delay marriage equality using COVID-19 as an excuse.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Hungary passes cruel law to ban legal gender recognition

But LGBT+ campaigners in Hungary will keep fighting.

Joe Biden.
Joe Biden accuses Trump of ‘undermining LGBTQ+ rights and giving safe harbor to hate’

Biden promises to expand the fight for LGBT+ rights in the US and around the world if he becomes president.

Muqtada al-Sadr
UK, Canada and EU embassies spark diplomatic storm by flying Pride flags in Iraq

One politician called LGBT+ people ‘psychotic patients’ and another demanded the government expel ambassadors.

Tokyo's Rainbow Pride Parade 2019.
Japan under new pressure to protect LGBT+ citizens before the Olympics

96 Japanese and international groups unite to demand change.

Pride parade in Costa Rica
Lawmakers make last ditch effort to stop same-sex marriage in Costa Rica on 26 May

They are using COVID-19 as an excuse to delay – but they have already had 18 months.

Crowd at METU Pride 2019.
Best and worst countries in Europe for LGBT+ people revealed as rights slide back

Countries including UK lose points in annual rainbow map as LGBT+ rights come under attack with trans people on the frontline.

The Royal Canadian Navy Memorial.
Canada to erect national monument to remember LGBT+ purge

The C$8million memorial will remember a ‘cruel and unjust’ witch hunt of thousands of LGBT+ Canadians.

German Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn.
Germany becomes the fifth country in the world to ban conversion therapy

So called ‘gay cures’ are dangerous and do not work.

Mike Pompeo.
New US State Department report could downgrade LGBT+ rights worldwide

Mike Pompeo promises to review international law so only ‘God-given rights’ are recognized.

Joe Biden.
Leading US trans group endorses Joe Biden for President

Campaigners say Biden has a ‘strong record on LGBTQ issues’ while President Trump has worked to ‘alienate, harm, and erase’ trans people.

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil with President Donald Trump in March 2019.
Brazil’s President: WHO encourages kids to masturbate and be gay

Jair Bolsonaro has previously advised parents to hit gay kids with leather, rather than support their education.

Imam Ali Erbas
Turkish cleric’s sermon saying homosexuality ‘brings disease’ sparks legal threats

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has personally backed the hate-preacher Ali Erbas.

Mobile blood donation vehicle in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland changes gay blood ban to match rest of UK after three years of delay

Coronavirus has pushed US, Australia and now Northern Ireland to change their rules.

Tokyo's Rainbow Pride Parade 2019.
Japanese companies work around marriage ban with partnership document

Japan is the only G7 country not to have same-sex marriage or civil unions.

Pete and Chasten Buttigieg getting married in 2018.
Chasten Buttigieg talks about his time as a homeless gay 17-year-old

Meanwhile Pete Buttigieg warns ‘our rights are up for debate’ in this year’s election.

UK Equalities Minister Liz Truss.
UK launches unprecedented attack on trans rights, will ban transition before 18

Statement appears to threaten trans bathroom access.