Take a quick trip with us around the world as we have handpicked a few LGBTQ news we believe are either nice to know or need to know.
USA / Big Boo is back on the market
Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria has announced that she and her girlfriend Chelsea Fairless have broken up and cancelled their engagement. The break-up was “amicable” and posted on Instagram:
“realleadelaria: Apparently this was an eerily prophetic choice of engagement photo as our relationship has since gone the way of David and Liza, with one small exception: our split is amicable. Please exclude us from the tragic and basic celebrity breakup narrative. We were happy together for four years and will remain in each other’s lives. In fact, we look forward to finding new ways to torture each other. We would like to thank our incredible friends and families for their love and support – xoxo Lea & @female_trouble”
IRELAND / ban on blood donation by gay men lifted
Irish men who have sex with men can now donate blood when abstaining from sex for 1 year. It is a lifetime ban on blood donations from MSM that have been lifted in Ireland.
USA / White House LGBT page removed after Trump swearing in
Not long after Donald Trump’s took over the presidential seat at the White House the LGBT page highlighting pro-gress made under the Barack Obama Administration in terms of LGBTQ rights was shut down.
The page highlighted LGBT victories such as same-sex marriage becoming legal and the end of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
Donald Trump has underlined that he will end a number of Obama’s executive orders and is not supporting same-sex marriage.
SWEDEN / Gay teen at risk of deportation
A gay teenager currently resided in Sweden is risking deportation because the Swedish Migration Board and the Migration Court don’t believe he is gay.
His name is Franco Kaodimuo. He fled to Sweden from Nigeria in 2015, after his boyfriend died.
Nigeria has strict laws against sodomy.
IRAQ / ISIS throwS supposed gay man off building
2017 was kicked off with Islamic State killing a supposed gay man in their fight against homosexuality.
Execution photos of a man ISIS claims to be homosexual have been released by the general media. They show the ‘hisbah’ (religious police) throwing a man off a building. He was accused of sodomy in Mosul, Iraq.
According to Islamic State homosexual people are ‘worst of creatures’ and many LGBTQ people have been murdered due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Australia / Religious leaders express support for marriage equality
Leaders from faith organizations across Australia have shown their support for same-sex marriage.
As part of their support the faith leaders have made a National Joint Statement that supports Civil Marriage Equality mentioning that people of faith support civil marriage equality.
The Australian Senate Inquiry are considering planned amendments that are to include exemptions for religious ministers.
China / Developer Sees opportunities in Gay Gamers
The Chinese gaming company, Star-G, is working on a new smartphone game targeting the LGBTQ segment. The working title for the game is Rainbow Town and while it includes it’s fair share of hunks in small boxers it is all part of the ‘pink dollar’ movement that China is currently experiencing.