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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.

The 2015 Global Rallycross Championship in Detroit.
Michigan’s auto industry turbo-boosts campaign to ban LGBT+ discrimination

Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors back LGBT+ amendment to Civil Rights Act.

Poland's parliament.
Polish lawmakers press on with anti-gay ‘Stop Pedophilia’ law

Parliament refused to reject the bill but has sent it to a commission to review.

Group at Atlanta Pride in the USA.
Americans are united in supporting LGBT+ equality, survey shows

And it shows the US LGBT+ community is not as white as it is made to look.

Campaigners and supporters at the Virginia General Assembly.
Victory in Virginia as governor signs LGBT+ protections into law

The Virginia Values Act is also an historic breakthrough for Southern US states.

First Pride march in Sarajevo in September 2019.
Same-sex couples in Bosnia may soon win partnership rights

It would only cover the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which makes up around half of the country.

Kayleigh McEnany Trump's press secretary
Trump’s new press secretary believes trans bathrooms use is a threat to children

She also thinks modern feminism is an ‘embarrassment’.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressing parliament in 2015.
Pressure mounts on Hungary as it aims to stop trans people changing gender

Hungary is using emergency COVID-19 powers to eradicate trans rights.

Man on beach calls for people to donate blood.
Australians plead: Lift the gay blood ban and help us save lives

‘At a time of crisis like this, we can’t allow old prejudices to get in the way of saving lives.’

A sheriff donates blood in Lynchburg, United States.
Victory: US eases ban on gay and bi men giving blood

As a result, gay and bi men who survive coronavirus can also help other virus patients by giving plasma.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Hungary exploits emergency powers to ban trans people from legally changing gender

Hungary’s government has used coronavirus to seize sweeping emergency powers, shocking the world.

Westboro Baptist Church in the USA
The number of LGBT+ hate groups in the US soared in 2019

‘We have a crisis of hate and extremism in our country.’

An FDA scientist testing blood.
US bans gay men who survive coronavirus from donating lifesaving plasma

Discrimination may be blocking a lifesaving treatment for COVID-19.

Muqtada al-Sadr
Iraqi politician and cleric blames same-sex marriage for causing coronavirus

Meanwhile his followers have been gathering at a mosque in large numbers rather than self-isolating.