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MTV Says Award Show in Hungary Will Protest Nation’s LGBT Laws. The MTV Europe Music Awards to be held in Budapest, Hungary will be used as an opportunity to “stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in Hungary,” according to the network’s CEO. Read more here.
Vermont Students and Teachers Dress in Drag for High School Football Halftime. Burlington High School in Vermont held a faculty and student drag show during halftime of a high school homecoming football game. Read more here.
Same-Sex Couple Sues Nebraska to Be Recognized as Legal Parents. Two Omaha women and their teenage sons have sued Nebraska’s health department for rejecting their request that both women be listed as legal parents on their sons’ birth certificates. Read more here.
Schools in Multiple U.S. States Ban LGBTQ ‘Pride’ Flags. An increasing number of schools across the United States are banning LGBTQ “pride” and Black Lives Matter flags, calling them too political and divisive. Read more here.
Dutch LGBT Organizations Say Next Govt Must Enshrine ‘Rights’ in Coalition Deal. Gender equality organizations will be urging the next government of the Netherlands to “honour the promises on LGBTI rights which have been set down in [the] Rainbow Accord.” Read more here.
Botswana Top Court Hears Homosexuality Appeal. Botswana’s government is seeking to overturn a 2019 court decision striking down prison sentences for same-sex relationships. Read more here.
NC Lt. Gov Under Fire Over LGBT Views. North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is defending language he used in a church message describing homosexuality and transgenderism as “filth” to which children should not be exposed. Read more here.
Comic Writer Says Superman Is Now Bisexual. DC comic writer Tom Taylor revealed that Superman is coming out as bisexual, saying that creating “another straight white savior” would be a “real opportunity missed.” Read more here.
Biden Celebrates ‘National Coming Out Day.’ President Joe Biden released a statement celebrating “National Coming Out Day,” using it to emphasize his administration’s commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. Read more here.
U.S. LGBT Farmers Given Taxpayer-Funded Wellness Grants. The University of Delaware is promoting a “Northeast Queer Farmer Wellness Microgrant” program to support “queer and trans farmers” through taxpayer-funded grants. Read more here.
France Moves Closer to Banning ‘Conversion Therapy.’ France’s parliament has unanimously backed proposed legislation that would ban any attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.
NASA Declines to Rename Telescope After Namesake Accused of LGBT Persecution. NASA has declined to rename the James Webb Space Telescope, finding accusations that the telescope’s namesake had a history of persecuting LGBT individuals to be without merit. Read more here.
Russia Proposes ‘Extremist’ Label for LGBT Groups. The chairman of an influential Russian government commission has said that Russia’s LGBT groups should be recognized as “extremist.” Read more here.
Polish Court Again Delays Ruling on Primacy of EU Law When Deciding LGBT Issues. Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal delayed for a fourth time a ruling on whether the country’s constitution or European Union treaties take precedence when deciding disputes over LGBT issues. Read more here.
More Polish Regions Revoke LGBT Declarations Over EU Funds Withdrawal. Three more Polish regions have revoked declarations opposing LGBT ideology over the threat of losing funds from the European Union. Read more here.
Hungary’s Foreign Minister Alleges ‘Blackmail’ by EU Over LGBT Promotion Law. Hungary’s foreign minister pushed back against the European Union’s decision to impose financial penalties over a controversial LGBT law, calling it “blackmail” and “a purely political decision.” Read more here.
MSPs Told ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban Would Be ‘Great Statement of Freedom.’ Dr. Igi Moon testified before Members of Scottish Parliament that banning so-called “conversion therapy” “is one of the greatest statements of freedom” that could be made. Read more here.
Hungarian PM Accuses EU of Blocking Recovery Plan Over LGBT Dispute. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused the European Commission of blocking funds for coronavirus relief over the country’s LGBT policies. Read more here.
Thousands March for LGBTQ+ ‘Rights’ in Ukraine. Organizers said approximately 7,000 participants attended the Equality March in Ukraine this year, compared to 8,000 in 2019. Read more here.
Hungary Publishes Media Guidelines Regarding LGBT Promotion in Films. Hungary’s media regulator published guidelines for broadcasters to comply with a new law banning the “display and promotion of homosexuality” among minors. Read more here.
LEGO Introduces ‘Queer Eye’ Toy Set Inspired by Netflix Show. Toy company LEGO is introducing a new children’s set inspired by the Netflix reality show “Queer Eye,” a series featuring five homosexual men who give makeovers to heterosexual men. Read more here.
Record Number of Submissions Received on Proposed ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban in NZ. Over 100,000 submissions were received by the New Zealand Parliament’s Justice Committee supporting a proposed law to ban so-called “conversion therapy.” Read more here.
‘Power Rangers’ Premiers First Lesbian Superhero. “Power Rangers: Dino Fury” is featuring the series’ first lesbian superhero. Read more here.
Missouri Teacher Resigns After Being Told to Remove ‘Pride’ Flag. A Missouri teacher has resigned from his position after being told to remove an LGBT “pride” flag from his classroom and refrain from discussing sexuality with students. Read more here.
Council of Europe Releases New Factsheet on Judgments Related to LGBTI Rights. The Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights issued a new factsheet focusing on the execution of ECHR judgments concerning the rights of LGBTI persons. Read more here.
EU Threatens to Withhold Aid From Poland Over LGBTQ Stance. The European Union is threatening to withhold $150 million in aid from Polish provinces over their stance on LGBTQ issues. Read more here.
Teacher Who Suggested Students Pledge Allegiance to ‘Pride’ Flag Removed From Classroom. A California teacher who suggested that her students should say the Pledge of Allegiance to a rainbow “Pride” flag has been removed from her classroom. Read more here.
Court Upholds Washington Law Banning ‘Conversion Therapy.’ U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan issued a ruling against family therapist Brian Tingley who sued Washington State over its ban on therapy practices to help those with unwanted same-sex attraction. Read more here.
Lithuanian President Against Demands to Let Homosexuals Adopt Children. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said he is against demands to let homosexuals adopt children or to teach LGBT history in schools, both of which have been put forward by organizers of the Kaunas “Pride” march. Read more here.
CA Teacher Has Students Pledge Allegiance to ‘Pride’ Flag. A California school district is investigating a teacher after she posted a video admitting that she encouraged her students to pledge allegiance to a “gay pride” flag after she removed the American flag from her classroom. Read more here.
‘Dancing With the Stars’ to Feature First Same-Sex Pairing. YouTuber JoJo Siwa will join U.S. television’s upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars” as part of the first same-sex couple on the show. Read more here.
Colonial Williamsburg Begins ‘Reenactments’ About ‘LGBT History in the Colonies.’ The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has created a “Gender Diversity Committee” to create “programs and reenactments geared toward educating the public on LGBTQ history in the colonies.” Read more here.
Jamaicans Demand Removal of ‘Pride’ Flag From U.S. Embassy. Concerned Jamaicans protested and demanded that the U.S. Embassy in Kingston remove the LGBTQ ‘Pride’ flag hoisted on its grounds. Read more here.
‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban Initiative Heads to Parliament in Finland. A citizens’ initiative to ban sexual orientation and gender identity “conversion therapy” in Finland reached the required 50,000 signatures and will now be referred to Parliament for consideration. Read more here.
Two LGBT Marches Held in Poland Under Heavy Police Security. Parades for “LGBT rights” took place under heavy police presence in the Polish cities of Czestochowa and Gdansk. Read more here.
LGBT Czechs Urge Reform to Allow Adoption. Same-sex couples in the Czech Republic are lobbying for the right to get married and adopt children. Read more here.
LGBT Activists Pressure Donors to End Therapy for Same-Sex Attraction in Foreign Assistance. International LGBT activists are targeting NGOs and countries, including the U.S., insisting they forbid so-called “conversion therapy” in international development. Read more here.
New Mexico to Ask About Sexual Orientation in Public Surveys. New Mexico will begin routinely collecting demographic data about sexual orientation and gender identity during government surveys in order to address “inequities in access to public resources.” Read more here.
Disney Star ‘Proud and Happy’ to Come Out as Pansexual. Actress Mae Whitman, star of Disney’s ‘The Owl House,’ came out as pansexual and praised the show’s “queer representation.” Read more here.
Mexican MP Acquitted of Homophobia Charges. Elsa Méndez, Member of Parliament for the state of Querétaro, Mexico, was acquitted of all charges of homophobia after being accused of “traumatizing” members of the LGBT community with her pro-family statements. Read more here.
Photo of Child Surrounded by Men in ‘Fetish Sex Gear’ Wins LGBT Award in Holland. A photo of a young girl in Holland surrounded by grown men in “bondage and sexual fetish gear” has won an award from LGBT organizers for apparently showcasing what “pride” is all about and “celebrating diversity.” Read more here.
Saskatchewan City Passes Municipal Ban on ‘Conversion Therapy.’ The city of Regina, Saskatchewan passed a municipal ban making it illegal for people to counsel others with the intent of changing their sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.
North Carolina City Approves LGBT Protections. The city council of Charlotte, North Carolina unanimously approved an ordinance which includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected classes. Read more here.
Batman Sidekick Comes Out as Bisexual Teen in New Comic. The latest teenage iteration of Batman’s sidekick, Robin, has been revealed as bisexual in the newest “Batman: Urban Legends” installment. Read more here.
Czech Deputies Vote Down Proposal to Allow Joint Foster Care Rights to Same-Sex Couples. The Czech Chamber of Deputies did not approve a proposal to allow joint foster care rights to two people who are not spouses. Read more here.
Colonial Williamsburg Aims to Tell the ‘Queer History’ of America’s Founding. Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia has reportedly spent the last two years poring through archives to uncover the nation’s so-called “queer history” in order to produce programming that tells the “complete” story of the time period. Read more here.
Hungary Orders Booksellers to Cover Up Children’s Books With LGBT Themes. A new government order in Hungary says booksellers must keep children’s books depicting homosexuality in “closed packaging.” Read more here.
Harvard Law School Promotes Legal Rights for Polyamory. Harvard Law Today published an article wherein they highlight a group promoting legal rights for polyamorous people who “experience a lot of discrimination.” Read more here.
Biden Nominates First LGBT Federal Appeals Court Nominee. President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will be the first openly LGBT woman to serve on any federal circuit court. Read more here.
SEC Greenlights Stock Exchange’s LGBTQ+ Diversity Mandate for Corporate Boards. Under a new diversity mandate, companies listed on Nasdaq’s stock exchange must have at least two diverse directors, including one who self-identifies as female and one who self-identifies as either an underrepresented minority or “LGBTQ+.” Read more here.
UK Govt Accused of ‘Burying’ Conversion Therapy Report. Research into people’s experiences of so-called “conversion therapy” in the UK has been “buried,” campaigners say. Read more here.
Illinois Gov Signs Four Bills to Expand ‘LGBT Rights.’ Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a legislation package that aims to advance “LGBT rights” by, among other provisions, expanding infertility coverage for same-sex couples and allowing those getting married to choose gender-neutral certificates. Read more here.
UK LGBT Activists Claim NHS Guilty of ‘Cultural Appropriation’ for Adopting Rainbow. The widespread use of the rainbow as a “thank you” to NHS workers during the pandemic has upset LGBT activists in the UK, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. Read more here.
Lawmakers in Ghana Seek to Outlaw Advocacy for Homosexual Rights. Lawmakers in Ghana have proposed a bill that would punish same-sex displays of affection and advocacy for LGBTQ rights with up to a decade in prison. Read more here.
Czech Court Rules Against Same-Sex Couples in Ongoing Adoption Battle. The Czech Constitutional Court rejected the proposal of the District Court for Prague 5 which would have led to the ability of an individual to adopt the child of their registered partner. Read more here.
Thousands Join Budapest ‘Pride’ March. Thousands of Hungarians joined the annual Budapest ‘Pride’ march to support LGBTQ people and protest against a law that limits teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in schools. Read more here.
Judge Rejects Challenge to Virginia’s LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law. A judge has ruled against a group of churches, schools and a pro-life pregnancy center challenging a Virginia law that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to state anti-discrimination law. Read more here.
Hungarian PM to Hold Referendum on LGBT Law. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that his government will be holding a referendum on a controversial LGBT law which prohibits depicting homosexuality and transgender issues in schools and on TV shows aimed at minors. Read more here.
Former Georgia UMC Churches Announce Merger Following Denominational Split Over LGBT Stance. Two congregations in Georgia have left the United Methodist Church and merged into one church over the denomination’s opposition to homosexuality. Read more here.
Dozens of Embassies, Cultural Orgs in Hungary Express Support of LGBT Community as ‘Pride’ Parade Nears. As the Budapest ‘Pride’ parade nears, 30 embassies and 12 cultural institutes have expressed their support of the LGBTQI+ community and “their rights to equality and non-discrimination…” Read more here.
PA Soccer Team Stops Selling Chick-Fil-A so That Fans Can ‘Feel Welcome.’ A Pittsburgh professional soccer team has ended a promotion with Chick-fil-A following complaints from fans upset at the restaurant chain’s promotion of traditional marriage. Read more here.
Polish LGBTQ Activists Being Sued for Slander. Up to six lawsuits will be filed in Poland accusing LGBTQ activists of slander for falsely accusing municipalities of LGBTQ discrimination over their Family Rights Charters. Read more here.
Disney Debuts First-Ever LGBTQ Love Song. Disney is featuring its first-ever LGBTQ love song on “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” Read more here.
Minnesota Gov Restricts ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Minors. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order aimed at banning so-called “conversion therapy” and called on the legislature to make the ban permanent. Read more here.
Despite Vatican Protest, Non-Discrimination Bill Survives Hurdles in Italian Senate. A controversial LGBT non-discrimination bill has survived two significant hurdles in the Italian senate and may soon be voted into law. Read more here.
Wichita Delays Vote on Anti-Discrimination Ordinance. The Wichita City Council put off a decision on a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance related to sexual orientation and gender identity, saying it needed more community input. Read more here.
‘Rainbow Dildo Butt Monkey’ Library Performance for Kids Sparks Outrage in UK. A Labour council leader and a London library are apologizing for a children’s performance by a male actor dressed in a costume dubbed the “rainbow dildo butt monkey” which included a fake penis, nipples, and exposed bottom. Read more here.
NY Lawmakers Move to Ban Chick-Fil-A From Rest Stops Over LGBT Views. Legislators in New York are opposing plans to open Chick-fil-A restaurants at rest stops in the state, citing the fast-food chain’s past donations to groups accused of opposing same-sex marriage. Read more here.
UK Mother Takes School to Court Over ‘Pride’ Parade. A mother who says her 4-year-old son was forced to take part in a “gay pride” parade against her religious beliefs will have her case heard in court. Read more here.
Notre Dame Students, Faculty, Alumni Complain About Plans to Put Chick-Fil-A on Campus. A group of students, faculty, and alumni at Notre Dame University sent a letter asking the campus dining leadership to ban Chick-fil-A from the school’s retail dining master plan, accusing the chain of donating millions to ‘queerphobic groups.’ Read more here.
Israel’s High Court Clears Way for Same-Sex Couples to Have Children Via Surrogacy. Restrictions on surrogacy for same-sex couples and single fathers in Israel must be lifted within six months, the high court has ruled. Read more here.
Boston Pride Committee Disbands Over QTBIPOC Criticism. The Boston Pride organization is disbanding over concerns from members of the Queer, Trans, Black, and Indigenous People of Color community that they are not diverse enough to represent the entire LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Read more here.
EU Votes for Action Over Hungary’s LGBT Law. The European Parliament has voted in favor of urgent legal action over Hungary’s new law banning pro-LGBT materials in schools. Read more here.
Hungary’s Clash With EU Over LGBT Propaganda Deepens. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban vowed he would not give in to EU pressure to repeal a new law banning schools from using pro-LGBT materials as the bloc’s lawmakers called for penalties over the legislation. Read more here.
CA Homosexual Men’s Choir Sings ‘We’re Coming for Your Children.’ The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has released a new original song in which they declare they are “coming for your children.” Read more here.
Federal LGBT Employment Guidance ‘An Outrageous Overreach,’ Lawyer Says. Recent federal LGBT nondiscrimination guidance for employers goes far beyond the law, one legal and religious freedom expert has warned. Read more here.
Hungary Levies Fine Over Sale of Book About ‘Rainbow Families.’ Hungary has fined the distributor of a children’s book about same-sex “rainbow families” under a law that bans unfair trade practices. Read more here.
Whistleblower: VW Pushed Gender and Sexuality Training on Employees. Volkswagen pushed a detailed manual about gender and sexuality on employees, according to a whistleblower at the German car manufacturer. Read more here.
Report Shows How ‘Queer Creators’ Spent Years Pushing the LGBTQ Agenda in Children’s TV Programs. An extensive report by Entertainment Insider highlights the increase of LGBTQ messaging in children’s programming and explains that LGBTQ activists behind the scenes have made it happen. Read more here.
LEGO Takes Flack From Activists Upset That Its ‘Progressive Pride’ Toy Set Is Rated 18+. LEGO has received negative press from gaming activists upset that a new “Pride”-based toy set is rated 18+ despite its low difficulty level. Read more here.
Slovenian PM Backs Hungary Over Law Banning LGBT Content in Schools. Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša backed his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban after the latter faced heavy criticism from fellow EU leaders regarding a law that bans LGBT promotion in school education material and TV content for people under 18. Read more here.
Canadian Senator Proposes Plan to Get ‘Conversion Therapy’ Bill Passed This Summer. A senator is pitching a plan to reconvene the Senate in order to adopt legislation that would ban the practice of “conversion therapy” in Canada. Read more here.
Museum Dedicated to LGBTQ+ History to Be Built in NYC. A museum dedicated to LGBTQ+ history and culture will soon have a permanent home as part of a massive expansion of the New York Historical Society. Read more here.
Homosexual Men Not Qualified for Ministry, PCA Votes. The Presbyterian Church in America has voted to disqualify all homosexual men from serving in its ministry. Read more here.
Biden Signs Executive Order to Advance ‘Workplace Equity’ for LGBTQ+ Individuals. President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order to advance “equity in the workplace for LGBTQ+ public servants,” in part by “expanding access to comprehensive gender-affirming health care.” Read more here.
UAE Citizens Furious at U.S. Embassy for Flying ‘Pride’ Flag. The American embassy in the United Arab Emirates drew criticism from residents of the Middle East for flying a rainbow “Pride” flag. Read more here.
CA Bans State Travel to Five More States Over LGBT Laws. California has banned state employee travel to five additional states because of laws that purportedly discriminate against LGBTQ Americans, the state attorney general announced. Read more here.
Polish Minister Encourages Country to Copy Hungarian LGBT Law. Poland should copy a Hungarian law that bans schools from using materials seen as promoting homosexuality, the Polish education minister said. Read more here.
Disney+ Hosts ‘Pride’ Event Featuring Kermit the Frog. Disney+ hosted a virtual concert for “Pride” month that featured Kermit the Frog and appeared to be geared toward children. Read more here.
French MPs Legalize IVF for Lesbians. France’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly backed a law that will allow single women and lesbians access to medically assisted reproduction for the first time. Read more here.
NFL Releases ‘Pride Month’ Video. The National Football League has released a new video for “Pride Month” exclaiming that football is “accepting” and is “for everyone,” including the LGBTQ community. Read more here.
Tens of Thousands Attend ‘Pride’ Parade in Tel Aviv. Tens of thousands of people attended a “Pride” parade in Tel Aviv in one of the largest public gatherings in Israel since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
BBC ‘Pride’ Group Wants to Vet Program on Transgender Issues. LGBT activists at the BBC are seeking to be involved in the editorial process for Radio 4’s Today program on transgender issues after they accused the station of “poor reporting” in a previous gender identity-related segment. Read more here.
VA Library Invites ‘Preschoolers,’ ‘Babies’ for ‘Drag StoryBook Hour.’ A library in Fairfax, Virginia is targeting “school age children,” “preschoolers,” and “babies and toddlers” as the audience for their “Drag StoryBook Hour.” Read more here.
U.S. House Passes Bill Pushing LGBT Loans. House Democrats passed the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act which gives LGBTQ-owned businesses favoritism in lending. Read more here.
PM Defends Italy From Vatican Objections to LGBT Law. Premier Mario Draghi defended the independence of Italy’s parliament in the face of formal objections by the Vatican to a proposed law that would extend additional discrimination protections to the LGBT community. Read more here.
Loki Comes Out as Bisexual in Disney+ Series. The third episode of the Disney+ series Loki has confirmed that actor Tom Hiddleston’s Norse God is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first bisexual lead character. Read more here.
Biden Names Special Envoy for ‘LGBTQ+ Rights.’ President Joe Biden named Jessica Stern as the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons. Read more here.
Brady Bunch to Recreate Episode With Drag Race Cast for ‘Pride’ Month Special. The classic Brady Bunch television show is being revamped for a special episode involving television personalities from RuPaul’s Drag Race as a celebration of “Pride” month. Read more here.
Canadian Lawmakers Pass Bill Criminalizing LGBT ‘Conversion Therapy.’ Canada’s House of Commons passed a bill criminalizing LGBT “conversion therapy” by a vote of 263 to 63. Read more here.
U.S. Will Fly ‘Progress Flag’ to Mark ‘Pride Month.’ The U.S. State Department will fly the “progress flag” for three days beginning on June 26, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage. Read more here.
U.S. Bill Would Ban Discrimination Against LGBTQ Jurors. Discrimination would be prohibited against jurors in federal courts on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity under a bill reintroduced by two senators. Read more here.
Biden Praises ‘Courage’ of Homosexual and Transgender-Identifying Athletes. President Joe Biden praised two athletes for “coming out” to reveal a new gender identity and sexual preference. Read more here.
White People Charged ‘Reparations Fee’ to Attend Seattle ‘Pride’ Event Intended for ‘Black and Brown’ LGBT Community. White people will be charged a “reparations fee” to participate in a Seattle “pride” event since it’s focused on “black and brown” members of the “trans and queer” community. Read more here.
Seattle ‘Pride’ Organizers Apologize After Raising Issue With Event Charging White People ‘Reparations’ Fee. Two “Pride Month” organizers in Seattle are apologizing to the local community after writing a letter to the city taking issue with a separate event’s plans to charge a “$10 to $50 reparations fee” for white people, calling it “reverse discrimination.” Read more here.
EU Members Condemn Hungary Law That Bans Showing LGBT Content to Minors. Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, France and Ireland are among European Union countries condemning Hungary’s new law banning the “display and promotion of homosexuality” among minors. Read more here.
UEFA Declines Munich Application for Rainbow-Colored Stadium. UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, has denied the Munich city council’s application to have its stadium illuminated in rainbow colors for the European Championship. Read more here.
Vatican Accused of ‘Meddling’ in Italy’s LGBT Bill. Reports that the Vatican has formally opposed an Italian bill expanding anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community have sparked protests by politicians and activists. Read more here.
Hulu Show for Teens Contains Sexually Explicit Homosexual Material. The second season of Hulu’s teen drama Love, Victor is filled with explicit scenes of underage boys engaging in sexual acts and visiting a gay strip club. Read more here.
‘Straight Pride’ Posters Branded ‘Homophobic Hate’ in Ireland. “Straight Pride” posters and fliers that have been posted around Waterford City, Ireland have been branded “homophobic hate.” Read more here.
Nellis AFB Hosts First-Ever Drag Queen Show. The Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada recently hosted its first-ever drag queen show at one of its on-base dining and entertainment clubs, according a base spokesperson. Read more here.
UK Charity Alarmed by Push to Criminalize Prayer for LGBT People. A Christian charity in the United Kingdom is raising the alarm regarding a proposal to add even “gentle, non-coercive prayer” for LGBT people to the country’s ban on “conversion therapy.” Read more here.
Disney+ Hosting LGBTQ ‘Pride’ Concert Starring Drag Queen. Disney+ will host an LGBTQ “Pride” concert aimed at kids with performances of popular Disney songs that will reportedly be re-imagined with LGBTQ themes. Read more here.
EU Considers Sanctions Over Hungary’s New LGBT Law. The European Union has criticized a Hungarian law outlawing the dissemination in schools of content deemed to “promote homosexuality and gender change,” with Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli raising the possibility of sanctions. Read more here.
House Republicans Prevent Passage of Pro-LGBT Bill. Congressional Republicans and conservative activists are celebrating a “stunning” victory after GOP lawmakers successfully derailed an LGBT-related bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more here.
Sesame Street Episode Stars Same-Sex Couple and Daughter. In an apparent celebration of “Pride Month,” the children’s series Sesame Street released an episode titled “Family Day” which featured a same-sex couple and their daughter. Read more here.
SC City Passes Ban on ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Minors. The city of Columbia, South Carolina has passed an ordinance that prohibits licensed, professional therapists from offering “conversion therapy” that attempts to change the sexual orientation of minors who identify as LGBTQ. Read more here.
Amazon Studios Demands Productions Include Underrepresented LGBTQ Population. Amazon Studios has released a new policy which includes a requirement that creative teams and characters meet certain diversity requirements and that characters are played by actors whose identity aligns. Read more here.
MPs in Hungary Back Ban on Sharing LGBT Content With Children. Hungarian MPs adopted a law banning any content portraying or “promoting” homosexuality or “sex reassignment” to anyone under 18. Read more here.
Michigan Gov Bans Funding of ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Youth. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive banning state and federal funding of “sexual orientation therapy” for youth who identify as LGBT. Read more here.
France Gives All Women Access to IVF. French women in same-sex partnerships will be able to access IVF and other fertility treatments under new legislation. Read more here.
Canadian Parents Protest ‘Pride’ Flag at Catholic Schools. Dozens of cars took part in a peaceful car rally organized to protest the flying of “Pride” flags at Thunder Bay Catholic schools and Board Office in Ontario, Canada. Read more here.
U.S. Interior Dept Celebrates Flag Day by Raising ‘Progress Pride’ Flag. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland celebrated Flag Day by hoisting the “Progress Pride” flag above the Interior building in Washington, D.C. Read more here.
LGBTQ Writers Demand More Hollywood Jobs. LGBTQ writers in Hollywood are claiming widespread discrimination in the entertainment industry and are demanding executives take decisive steps to hire more queer, homosexual, and transgender-identifying writers. Read more here.
Nickelodeon Ratings Crash Amid LGBTQ Push. A popular entertainment site reports that the Nickelodeon network has seen a major decline in viewers since it began overtly pushing the LGBTQ agenda to its young viewers. Read more here.
Mayor Fully Opens Up D.C. in Time for ‘Pride’ Crowd. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser opened up the city after months of coronavirus restrictions just in time for the LGBT annual “Pride” event at which she pledged to “make sure that D.C. is a leader in LGBTQ issues.” Read more here.
Teacher Berates ‘Straight Jerk’ Student Over Apparent LGBTQ Objection. A Missouri middle school teacher is no longer employed by Springfield Public Schools after a video surfaced showing her berating a male student as a “straight jerk” after his apparent objection to unicorn cupcakes. Read more here.
Shows Aimed at Children See 222% Increase in LGBTQ Characters and Stories. Children’s TV shows have seen a 222 percent increase in LGBTQ characters and stories in just two years. Read more here.
Canada Declares ‘Pride Season’ Lasting All Summer. The Justin Trudeau-led government of Canada has announced that festivities for the celebration of LGBT “pride” will be extended to cover the whole summer season because one month is not sufficient. Read more here.
Nickelodeon Again Taps Drag Queen to Teach Kids About ‘Pride Flag.’ Nickelodeon debuted a video over the weekend featuring drag queen Nina West explaining the colors of the LGBTQ “Pride flag,” the latest in a series of materials aimed at explaining “Pride month” to children. Read more here.
Biden Ed Dept Announces Blueprint to Make ‘Equity’ Focus of Schools. The Biden Department of Education outlined how it will spend the “American Rescue Plan’s historic funding for schools” in order to advance educational “equity” for LGBTQ+ students and students of color. Read more here.
Notre Dame Website Celebrates ‘Pride Month.’ The website of the University of Notre Dame has a feature post celebrating LGBTQ+ ‘Pride’ on its diversity and inclusion page. Read more here.
Pentagon to Keep Ban on ‘Pride’ Flags From Being Flown on Military Installations. The Pentagon will not grant an exception to fly LGBT flags on U.S. military installations during “Pride Month,” the Defense Department’s top spokesman said. Read more here.
Burger King Donates to HRC for ‘Pride Month.’ Burger King announce that it would donate 40 cents to the Human Rights Campaign for every Ch’King chicken sandwich sold in June. Read more here.
Wisconsin Gov Signs Order Banning State Funding of ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Minors. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has signed an executive order preventing state and federal funds from going to so-called “conversion therapy” for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction. Read more here.
U.S. Nat’l Park Service Celebrates ‘Pride Month.’ The National Park Service commemorated “Pride Month” by posting photographs of rainbows adorning national park landscapes and highlighting the “LGBTQ heritage” of NPS. Read more here.
Walt Disney Co. Facing Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawsuit. The Walt Disney Company has been hit with a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit from a longtime executive who claims he was denied promotions because higher-ups at the company knew he was homosexual. Read more here.
Israeli Coalition Deal Includes Push for ‘LGBT Rights.’ Israel’s Meretz chair MK Nitzan Horowitz said that his progressive party’s coalition agreement with Lapid’s Yesh Atid includes a commitment to advance “LGBT rights,” while the leader of the Islamist Ra’am party vowed to oppose any such legislation. Read more here.
Welsh Govt Backs ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban. The Welsh government has thrown its weight behind activists seeking a ban on so-called “conversion therapy” in all its forms. Read more here.
SF Giants Will Wear Rainbow ‘Pride’ Patterns on Their Uniforms. The San Francisco Giants will wear rainbow-colored patterns on their baseball caps and a rainbow-colored patch on the sleeves of their uniforms to join in celebrations of “Pride Month.” Read more here.
New Foundation Seeks to Help ‘LGBT Rights’ Movement in Poland. The Equaversity Foundation has been launched with plans to seek international donations to fund organizations working for “LGBT rights” on the ground in Poland. Read more here.
UK LGBT Groups Appeal Decision to Make LGB Alliance a Charity. A group of LGBT charities have launched an appeal against the Charity Commission over its decision to make a controversial lesbian, gay and bisexual group a charity. Read more here.
Thousands March in Jerusalem ‘Pride’ Parade. Over 7,000 people marched in Jerusalem’s annual pride parade while 3,000 police officers secured the event. Read more here.
Catholic Teacher Nominated for Canadian Atheist Award for Classroom LGBT Activism. The “Canadian Atheist” website nominated a Catholic teacher from the Toronto Catholic board for its 2021 “person of the year” award for “standing up for LGBTQ2S+ students in the Catholic school system.” Read more here.
Ottawa Archbishop: Some Parents Say Flying ‘Pride’ Flag ‘Hijacks’ Catholic Schools. With multiple Catholic school systems in the Canadian province of Ontario deciding to fly the rainbow LGBT ‘Pride’ flag in June, one Ontario archbishop says that the movement contradicts Catholic teaching. Read more here.
Blue’s Clues ‘Pride Sing-Along’ Teaches Kids About Pansexuality, Bisexuality. Children’s show Blue’s Clues & You released an LGBTQ-themed video on YouTube which teaches children about being homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, “ace,” transgender and non-binary. Read more here.
Biden Touts Equality Act in Proclamation for Pride Month. President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on Tuesday to mark the beginning of “Pride Month,” including a directive to Congress to pass the Equality Act. Read more here.
Scottish Teachers’ Union Promotes ‘Transsexual Jesus’ Play. The Education Institute of Scotland has promoted a controversial play that portrays Jesus as a “transsexual.” Read more here.
U.S. Embassy to the Vatican Flies ‘Pride’ Flag for Month of June. The United States Embassy to the Vatican announced it is flying a “pride” flag that will remain up for the month of June to support the LGBT community. Read more here.
SCOTUS Will Soon Release a Potentially Pivotal Decision for ‘LGBT Rights.’ The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to soon release a decision that could provide the first glimpses of how its 6-3 conservative majority will shape the future of “LGBT rights.” Read more here.
Russian Official warns Disney Channel Over Film With Homosexual Protagonist. After the release of an animated short film with a homosexual protagonist, a Russian official wrote to the Disney Channel to explain that Russian law states that any film “negating family values and propagating untraditional sexual relations among children is prohibited.” Read more here.
‘Rugrats’ Mom Will Be Openly Homosexual in Paramount+ Series. Phil and Lil’s mom Betty in “Rugrats” will be an openly homosexual woman in the upcoming Paramount+ reboot of the beloved cartoon. Read more here.
More Britons Than Ever Before Identify as Homosexual or Bisexual. More Britons than ever before identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB), meaning the nation’s “gay and bi community” grew by more than 15% in a year to reach 1.4 million people, the latest government figures show. Read more here.
U of Arkansas Spends Over $10K on Virtual Drag Show for Students. The University of Arkansas shelled out $11,050 for a 60-minute “virtual drag show” that only 38 students attended. Read more here.
Publisher Releases Its First LGBT-Produced “Two Dads” Children’s Book. Publishers Puffin is releasing its first picture book about two homosexual dads with both an LGBT author and illustrator. Read more here.
Arizona City Approves LGBTQ ‘Non-Discrimination’ Ordinance. The Phoenix suburb of Glendale has enacted an ordinance which prohibits residents from being subjected to discrimination in housing, employment and places of public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.
Publishers Weekly Releases List of Upcoming LGBTQ Books for Children and Youth. Publishers Weekly has released a list of upcoming books for children and young adults through which they can “dive into budding queer romances,” “discover the importance of one’s pronouns,” and much more. Read more here.
Oregon School Board May Require Classrooms to Fly ‘Pride’ Flags. An Oregon school board updated a policy to mandate that each classroom in the school district display a “pride” flag. Read more here.
UK Govt Will Consult on ‘Conversion Therapy’ in September. The UK Minister for Women and Equalities has informed Parliament that the consultation on a so-called “conversion therapy” ban will be launched this fall. Read more here.
ACT Govt to Look at Reforms to Discrimination Act to ‘Protect’ Transgender, Intersex Canberrans. Lawmakers in the Australian Capital Territory will look to reform the areas of discrimination in law that still exist, particularly in relation to Canberrans who identify as transgender or “gender diverse.” Read more here.
Ontario Catholic Teachers Org Defends Its Support for LGBT ‘Pride’ Movement. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association has published an article defending and advocating for the flying of the LGBT “pride” flag by Catholic organizations. Read more here.
Lego Unveils LGBT ‘Pride’ Set With Transgender and Drag Queen Minifigures. The LEGO toy company has announced the release of its “Everyone is Awesome” set for kids, featuring 11 single-colored, non-gendered figurines that form a rainbow. Read more here.
PBS Kids’ Show Features Drag Queen Reading to Children. A children’s show on PBS featured drag queen and author “Lil Miss Hot Mess” singing, dancing, and reading a book about drag queens to an intended audience of 3- to 8-year-olds. Read more here.
Upcoming ‘Cinderella’ Features Genderless Fairy Godmother. The classic story of “Cinderella” is getting a “modern makeover” as a musical complete with the LGBTQ injection of a genderless fairy godmother. Read more here.
‘LGBT Hate Crime’ Bill Polarizes Italy. Some feminists and lesbian associations have joined the Catholic church and the political right in opposing a bill in Italy that would add homosexual and transgender people to the categories protected by a law punishing hate crimes. Read more here.
Women’s Shelter Will Host ‘Family-Friendly’ Drag Queen Show. A women’s shelter in Arkansas will host a “family-friendly” drag show featuring drag queen headliner “Crystal Methyd” and at least 16 other drag queens as part of an LGBT event open to all ages. Read more here.
NYC Pride Bans Police From Events Until 2025. NYC Pride, the group in charge of New York City’s annual “Pride March,” announced that it has moved to ban police from events until at least 2025 as part of an effort to make LGBT individuals feel “safer.” Read more here.
Singapore MFA Reminds U.S. Not to Interfere With Domestic LGBT Matters. Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reminded the United States embassy in Singapore that foreign missions there “are not to interfere” with domestic social matters after the embassy co-hosted a seminar with a local LGBT group. Read more here.
Japan’s LDP Puts Off LGBT Bill Approval. Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party postponed approving a draft bill for promoting understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people after a revision to include the phrase “discrimination will not be tolerated” made some members grow cautious. Read more here.
Therapist Sues Washington State Over Law Banning ‘Conversion Therapy.’ A licensed therapist is suing Washington state over its ban on sexual orientation counseling for minors. Read more here.
Baylor U Opens Door for Recognizing LGBT Student Group. Baylor University, one of the world’s largest Baptist universities, has opened the door to possibly providing official campus recognition to an LGBT student group but maintains that its stance on marriage and sexual ethics continues to be unchanged. Read more here.
Maltese Same-Sex Couples May Now Adopt Children From Colombia. Colombia has opened its doors to adoption by Maltese same-sex couples, giving them a second option to adopt internationally. Read more here.
FRC Clarifies ‘No Compromise’ on Equality Act. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Fox News’ story suggesting faith groups met with staff members of several senators in order to craft a “compromise” on the Equality Act is misleading. Read more here.
LGBT Activists Call for Ban on ‘Hate Prayer’ for ‘Conversion Therapy.’ LGBT activists in the UK are calling for a ban on “hate prayer,” meaning asking God to help individuals overcome same-sex attraction, even when they themselves have requested it. Read more here.
Disney Rolling Out Children’s Cartoon Featuring Interracial Homosexual Dads. Disney is revamping cartoon sitcom “The Proud Family” and will be featuring a cast that includes two interracial homosexual dads whose adopted daughter is a teenage racial activist. Read more here.
German Govt Makes ‘Hate-Motivated’ Insults a Crime. The German government passed a new law making “hate-motivated” insults a criminal offense, including those based on sexual orientation. Read more here.
Campaigners Demand No Loophole for Religious Groups in UK ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban. Campaigners have urged the government to bring forward a full ban on conversion therapy over fears of a loophole for religious groups. Read more here.
UK ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban Delayed for Consultation. A “conversion therapy” ban for England and Wales was announced in the Queen’s Speech but will be preceded by a consultation to consider religious freedoms and how to protect accredited professionals. Read more here.
USAF Creates Team to Address LGBTQ Issues. The U.S. Air Force has announced the creation of a team to address issues affecting service members of the LGBTQ community. Read more here.
Ugandan Parliament Passes Bill Outlawing Same-Sex Relationships. The Ugandan Parliament passed the Sexual Offenses Bill, which contains a clause to criminalize same-sex relationships. Read more here.
Lesbian Mothers Flood German Courts With Demands for Parenting Rights. More than a dozen lesbian couples have gone to court seeking to reform Germany’s civil code which does not recognize lesbian parents, forcing the second woman to apply to adopt her child. Read more here.
Court Ruling Paves Way for Same-Sex Couples to Adopt Children in Croatia. A court ruling in Croatia has paved the way for same-sex couples to adopt children under the same conditions as heterosexual married couples. Read more here.
Puerto Rico Bill Seeks to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Minors. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is considering legislation that would ban the controversial practice of sexual orientation “conversion therapy” for minors. Read more here.
Disney Targets Kids as ‘Pride’ Month Approaches. In addition to offering rainbow-emblazoned apparel and sundries to adults, Disney is now promoting toys and clothing for kids awash in rainbow colors and messaging. Read more here.
Catholic University Commits to Promoting LGBT Ideology on Campus. The president of St. John’s University in New York City has committed the school to furthering LGBT ideology, stating that “much work needs to be done to transform St. John’s into a place that is equitable and inclusive for LGBTQ+ people.” Read more here.
Students Sue Yeshiva University Over LGBTQ Student Club. A group of Yeshiva University students and alumni filed a lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court after the school refused to recognize their LGBTQ student club for the third time in two years. Read more here.
B.C. Judge Orders Second Mother Declared a Third Parent to Child of Polyamorous Trio. A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has ordered that all three members of a polyamorous “triad” should be registered as parents of the two-and-a-half-year-old boy they are raising together. Read more here.
Ontario Catholic School Board to ‘Raise Awareness’ of ‘Pride’ Month. A Catholic school board in Ontario voted 7-3 that all school staff must undergo “mandatory training” about LGBT students, schools must “raise awareness around Pride month,” and schools must post pro-LGBT signage “to ensure that students in the 2SLGBT community are supported throughout the entire school year.” Read more here.
Disney Among 400 U.S. Companies Backing Equality Act. Disney, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Apple are among more than 400 U.S. companies that have joined a coalition supporting the Equality Act, a bill that Christian leaders say would have a devastating impact on religious liberty. Read more here.
UMC Faces Potential Schism Over Homosexuality. The United Methodist Church, the third-largest Christian denomination in the United States, faces the possibility of division after conservative Methodists are taking measures to break off over the issue of homosexuality. Read more here.
New England Catholic University ‘Affirms Support’ for LGBT Persons. Sacred Heart University held a rally celebrating LGBT students after the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the Church hasn’t the power to bless same-sex unions. Read more here.
U.S. State Dept Will Allow Embassies to Fly ‘Pride’ Flag on Same Pole as U.S. Flag. American embassies and consulates around the world are now authorized to fly the rainbow flag on the same pole as the U.S. flag, according to reports. Read more here.
Illinois Could Expand Infertility Care Definition to Include LGBTQ Parents. Illinois lawmakers are considering a proposal which would change the definition of infertility and require insurance providers to provide some form of coverage for in vitro fertilization and other treatments for LGBTQ individuals. Read more here.
State Rep, Former Teacher: ‘There Are Six’ Sexes. Former public school teacher and current Texas state Rep. James Talarico said that “modern science” recognizes there are “six” sexes. Read more here.
Decision to Grant Charitable Status to LGB Alliance Sparks Backlash. The UK’s Charity Commission is facing a backlash after confirming that the controversial LGB Alliance will have charitable status. Read more here.
Christian University Faculty Issues Vote of ‘No Confidence’ After Board Upholds Biblical Hiring Policy. Faculty at a private Christian university in Washington cast a vote of “no confidence” after its board of trustees announced it would continue a hiring policy that prohibits hiring full-time faculty members who are homosexual. Read more here.
Namibian Court Rules Against Same-Sex Couple Seeking to Take Newborn Daughters Home. Namibia’s High Court ruled against a same-sex couple battling to obtain travel documents for their twin daughters, born to a surrogate in South Africa, after authorities refused to do so on the basis the infants were not citizens. Read more here.
New Irish Hate Crime Laws to Cover Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. For the first time in the history of Ireland, it will become a specific criminal offense to commit a hate crime based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.
EU Court Says Bulgaria Should Issue ID Papers to Child With Two Mothers. The top European Union court’s advocate general said Bulgaria should issue identity papers for a child with two mothers in a same-sex marriage. Read more here.
Lower Age of Consent Declaration Has Support of LGBT Groups. A global LGBT group has thrown its support behind a statement calling for ages of consent to be lowered around the world to allow adolescents to engage in sexual activity freely and without “stigma.” Read more here.
UK Govt’s LGBT Advisory Panel Disbanded. The UK government’s LGBT advisory panel has been disbanded after three members quit last month. Read more here.
Johnson Issues Statement on Prayer and ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban. Boris Johnson has stated that churches in Britain will still be allowed to pray for those who are questioning their sexuality, despite a plan to ban “conversion therapy.” Read more here.
Japanese Committee to Seek Early LGBT Law Passage. A Japanese ruling party committee said that it will aim to enact a law to promote understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Read more here.
‘Fundamentally Flawed’ Report Being Used in UK Push to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy.’ A new report being used by LGBT lobby groups to put pressure on the UK government to ban so-called “conversion therapy” has been dismissed as “fundamentally flawed.” Read more here.
Croatian Minister Addresses Same-Sex Adoption and Fostering. Croatia’s Minister of Family and Social Policy said that the issue of adoption of children by same-sex couples would be “put to public consultation.” Read more here.
Majority of Canadians Back Right to Seek Counseling on Gender and Sexuality. Nine in ten Canadians believe adults should be able to receive counseling if they experience confusion over unwanted sexual feelings or their gender identity, a poll has revealed. Read more here.
Same-Sex Couples in Taiwan Go to Court to Push for Equal Adoption Rights. Three same-sex couples and rights groups pledged to take their cases to court in order to seek a change in existing laws which forbid same-sex couples from adopting children. Read more here.
First Irish Couple Legally Recognized as Co-Parents of Children From Birth. Niamh O’Sullivan and Geraldine Rea are the first same-sex couple in Ireland to have both their names registered on the official birth certificates of their twin baby girls. Read more here.
Pantene Runs Ad Featuring Transgender Child With Lesbian Parents. Pantene has released a two-minute commercial featuring Sawyer, a biological boy who identifies as a girl, and the child’s two moms discussing the importance of one’s hair when “transitioning.” Read more here.
Same-Sex Spouse Fights U.S. Govt Denial of Death Benefits. Patricia Rolfingsmeyer is challenging the federal government’s denial of employee death benefits after her partner died before same-sex marriage became legal in their home state. Read more here.
Massachusetts City Becomes Second to Legally Recognize Polyamorous Relationships. The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts has officially recognized polyamory by amending the city’s existing statute so that domestic partnerships are not limited to only two people. Read more here.
U.S. Senators Spar Over ‘Equality Act.’ During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, lawmakers clashed over the Equality Act which would expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. Read more here.
ONS Abandons Attempt to Water Down ‘Legal Sex’ in Census. The UK’s Office for National Statistics has abandoned its appeal against a High Court ruling ordering it to correct its guidance on what constitutes biological sex in the upcoming census. Read more here.
Marvel Introduces New Gay Superhero. Marvel Comics will release a new limited series that will include a homosexual Captain America to mark “Pride Month.” Read more here.
Evangelical Christians Urge Johnson Not to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy.’ The Evangelical Alliance, which represents 3,500 evangelical churches in the UK, has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him not to ban so-called “conversion therapy.” Read more here.
Columbia to Offer LGBTQIA+ Graduation. Columbia University is set to offer a “Lavender Graduation” specifically for LGBTQIA+ students. Read more here.
Court Rules Texas Human Rights Act Bars LGBT Discrimination. A Texas state appellate court held that the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act should be read to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more here.
Cornell Students Focus on Abolishing Police Through ‘Queer Framework.’ Cornell University’s LGBTQ+ student union co-hosted an event which explored abolishing the police through a “queer framework” by examining “queerness and its relation to policing.” Read more here.
UK Equalities Adviser Quits Over ‘Hostile Environment.’ Jayne Ozanne, a key member of the UK government’s LGBT+ Advisory Panel, resigned from her role in protest, stating that the government has created a “hostile environment” for LGBT people. Read more here.
Ban on Same-Sex Union Blessings Upsets Homosexual Catholics in Asia. The Vatican’s decree that same-sex unions cannot be blessed because they are sinful was met with criticism by homosexual Catholics in parts of the Asia-Pacific region as being out of step with contemporary community standards. Read more here.
UK’s Johnson Says Govt Vows to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy.’ UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that although conversion therapy is a “technically complex” problem, he was committed to making it illegal. Read more here.
Poland Objects to EU Declaring Itself ‘LGBT Freedom Zone.’ The European Union has declared itself an “LGBT freedom zone,” prompting objections from the Polish government which says it has a right to maintain traditional views on marriage and family. Read more here.
U.S. Consumer Bureau Bans LGBT Lending Discrimination. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced plans to enforce discrimination protections for LGBT individuals. Read more here.
ACLU Gets $15M LGBT Grant From Billionaire Activist. The American Civil Liberties Union has received a $15 million grant to be used for LGBT advocacy from a donor known for promoting limits on religious liberty. Read more here.
Scottish Govt Hate Crime Bill Becomes Law. Members of Scottish Parliament voted 82-32 to pass the Scottish government’s controversial hate crime bill which includes a new offense of stirring up hatred on the grounds of religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, and transgender identity. Read more here.
EU Lawmakers Seek to Declare Bloc an LGBT ‘Freedom Zone.’ During a recent debate, lawmakers in the European Parliament overwhelmingly spoke out in favor of a resolution that would declare the entire 27-member European Union a “freedom zone” for LGBT people. Read more here.
Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill Faces Final Vote. A final vote is expected soon on Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill which creates a new offense of “stirring up hatred” on the grounds of religion, sexual orientation, age, disability and transgender identity. Read more here.
Italian Court Urges More Rights for Children of Same-Sex Couples. Italy’s Constitutional Court said the country urgently needs a law on the rights of children of same-sex couples which the court feels are not sufficiently protected. Read more here.
WA Supreme Court Opens Door to Forcing Religious Orgs to Hire LGBT Individuals. The Washington state Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision regarding legal exemptions for religious employers, a move that could open the door to forcing religious organizations to hire LGBT employees. Read more here.
Chinese Court Rules Homosexuality Can Be Called a Mental Disorder. A Chinese court has ruled that homosexuality may be considered “a psychological disorder” in the eyes of Chinese law. Read more here.
UK MPs to Debate ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban. UK members of Parliament are set to debate a petition which calls on the government to ban conversion therapy. Read more here.
Christian Leaders React to Bethany Allowing LGBT Couples to Foster, Adopt. Christian leaders have expressed disappointment after Bethany Christian Services, the largest Protestant adoption and foster agency in the United States, announced it will now be offering its services to LGBT couples. Read more here.
Polish Activists Found Not Guilty of Offending Religious Feelings. A Polish judge found three activists who distributed images depicting Poland’s Black Madonna icon with a rainbow halo not guilty of offending religious feelings, a crime punishable by up to two years in prison. Read more here.
Christian Adoption Agency to Help LGBTQ Families Adopt Children. Bethany Christian Services, one of the country’s largest adoption and foster care agencies, announced a “nationwide policy of inclusivity in order to serve all families across Bethany’s core service lines.” Read more here.
U.S. House Passes Equality Act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act which amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more here.
Southern Baptists Oust Two Churches Over LGBTQ Issues. The Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee voted to oust two of its churches over policies deemed to be inappropriate regarding LGBTQ people. Read more here.
UMC Pushes Back General Conference, Will Tackle Homosexual Debate in 2022. The United Methodist Church has again decided to postpone its next General Conference, which is expected to center on the debate over the denomination’s stance on homosexuality, to 2022. Read more here.
Poll: Nearly 16 Percent of Gen Z Identify as LGBT. Generation Z now sees one in six people identifying as LGBT, according to a new Gallup survey. Read more here.
Campground for Homosexual Men Draws Accusations of Transphobia. The owner of a private campground for homosexual men in Michigan is drawing the ire of some in the transgender community for barring people without male genitalia from his establishment. Read more here.
Thousands Urge Cadbury to Drop Ad Featuring Same-Sex Kiss. As Easter approaches, more than 30,000 people have signed a petition asking Cadbury Crème Eggs to remove an advertisement featuring a same-sex kiss. Read more here.
Akufo-Addo Orders Police to Shut Down LGBTQ Office. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has ordered the shutdown of an LGBTQ group’s office in Accra, Ghana. Read more here.
Children’s Rights Activist Blasts Judge’s Decision Allowing ‘Throuple’ to Be Named as Legal Parents. A children’s rights activist decried a California judge’s ruling allowing three men to be listed as the legal parents of two children born to surrogate mothers. Read more here.
Equality Act Expected to Advance in Congress This Week. The Equality Act, a controversial bill designed to overhaul the nation’s civil rights laws to include LGBT Americans, is expected to advance in the U.S. Congress this week. Read more here.
School District Comments on Email Urging Staff, Students to Lobby for Pro-LGBT Proposal. An Ohio school district has acknowledged that an assistant principal’s email directing teachers to encourage students to write letters to city council members in support of a local pro-LGBT non-discrimination proposal was “not appropriate.” Read more here.
Angola Decriminalizes Same-Sex Relationships. Angola has become the latest African country to decriminalize same-sex relationships. Read more here.
U.S. House to Vote on Equality Act Next Week. The U.S. House of Representatives is set to soon vote on the Equality Act which would amend existing Civil Rights Act provisions barring discrimination based on race and sex to also add specific protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more here.
Canadian Govt Announces $15M in Grants for LGBT Organizations. The Canadian government has announced it is awarding $15 million worth of grants to 76 community groups to be spent on various LGBT interests in the name of “equality.” Read more here.
Serbia Closer to Legalizing Same-Sex Partnerships. Serbian Minister of Human Rights and Social Dialogue Gordana Comic says that a bill legalizing same-sex partnerships should be in the Assembly by the end of the spring session. Read more here.
CDC: LGBs Have Higher Rates of Health Conditions Associated With Serious COVID Illness. In a study designed to gather more data about how “sexual minorities” are affected by COVID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that homosexual and bisexual persons have higher rates of health conditions associated with severe COVID illness than heterosexual persons. Read more here.
LGBT Group Opens Administrative Office in Ghana. LGBTQI+ Rights Ghana has opened an administrative office in Accra to promote “respect for human rights.” Read more here.
Children’s Charity Erases ‘Mother of the Year’ Award for Not Being Diverse. Australian children’s charity Barnardo’s has pulled its Mother of the Year award after 25 years because it does not celebrate other caregivers like same-sex parents and grandparents. Read more here.
Nickelodeon’s ‘Blues Clues’ Brings LGBTQ Message to Alphabet. Blues Clues & You on the Nickelodeon cable network is pushing LGBTQ pride with an alphabet video that proclaims “P is full of Pride” while showing flags representing the homosexual, transgender, asexual, pansexual, intersex, and gender-fluid communities. Read more here.
Hallmark Channel Promises More LGBT Characters: ‘This is Who We Are.’ The head of the Hallmark Channel’s parent company said this week the network remains committed to including LGBT characters in storylines and that fans will see “more of that” in the future. Read more here.
Victorian Bill Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’ Passes Upper House. A bill banning LGBT “conversion therapy” has passed Victoria’s Upper House and will become law, despite concerns from some religious leaders that the law could have unintended consequences. Read more here.
Biden Funds Program to Block Foreign Religious Leaders Who Oppose LGBT Agenda. President Biden signed an executive order that will promote homosexuality and transgenderism as a centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy. Read more here.
UK MP Lists Prayer as ‘Conversion Therapy’ Action That Should Be Banned. UK Member of Parliament Alicia Kearns listed prayer alongside grotesque acts such as ‘corrective rape’ as she called on the government to ban “conversion therapy.” Read more here.
NBC Host to Star in Animated LGBTQ Film for Children’s Network. NBC host and YouTube star Lilly Singh is set to star as a princess who discovers “pride in her identity” in a forthcoming animated musical short film for the digital children’s content network Pocket.watch. Read more here.
Documentary Depicts ‘LGBT Jesus.’ An upcoming documentary aims to revise Catholic iconography for those who identify as LGBT and will depict Jesus Christ as “a member or ally of the LGBTQ+ community.” Read more here.
Parents Object to LGBT Content in Latest ‘American Girl’ Kids’ Book. Numerous reviewers of a new American Girl storyline explained their distress after they and their children were caught off-guard by references to a same-sex relationship. Read more here.
Turkish President: ‘There’s No Such Thing’ as LGBT. Turkish President Erdoğan said “there is no such thing” as LGBT during a speech denouncing a recent anti-government protest movement. Read more here.
Outcry, Arrests in Turkey Over Mecca Poster With LGBT Flags. Two students have been arrested in Turkey on charges of inciting hatred and insulting religious values for a poster depicting Islam’s most sacred site with LGBT flags. Read more here.
American Girl Releases First Doll With LGBT Storyline. American Girl’s 2021 “Girl of the Year,” Kira, includes a storyline with two lesbian aunts who married “after the law was changed to allow it.” Read more here.
NI Education Adviser Targeted for Post Supporting Biblical View of Sexuality. LGBT activists are calling on the Northern Ireland Education Authority to remove a board member after he shared an article of a gay man’s Christian conversion on his social media account. Read more here.
University Professor Says Heterosexuality Causes Societal Problems. A professor at the University of California-Riverside says that heterosexuality is a “tragic” concept that perpetuates misogyny, funnels men into supporting toxic masculinity, and breaks up relationships. Read more here.
Biden Official Withdraws Last-Minute Trump LGBT Memo. President Biden’s administration revoked a last-minute memo issued by former President Trump’s Justice Department that sought to limit the scope of a landmark Supreme Court decision on workplace discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Read more here.
U.S. Secretary of State Nominee Says He Will Fill LGBT Position at Agency. President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State pledged to appoint an LGBTI envoy at the agency and says he will permit embassies to fly the “pride” flag, if confirmed. Read more here.
MN Ed Standards Call for LGBTQ Awareness. New standards proposed by the Minnesota Department of Education include a call for an “awareness” of “the LGBTQ+ community.” Read more here.
Three LGBT Activists on Trial in Poland for Alleged Desecration. Three “LGBT rights” activists went on trial in Poland for alleged desecration and offending religious sentiment by adding the movement’s rainbow symbol to posters of a revered Roman Catholic icon and publicly displaying the altered image. Read more here.
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