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K-Pop Cafe Shunned by Russian Printer That Thinks Korean Boys Bands Are Gay

K-Pop Cafe Shunned by Russian Printer That Thinks Korean Boys Bands Are Gay

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 15, 2021

A K-pop-themed cafe in Russia says it was unable to get a print job completed because the printer thinks that South Korean boy bands Stray Kids and BTS are gay.

Dispiriting Setback: COVID Deaths, Cases Rise Again Globally

Dispiriting Setback: COVID Deaths, Cases Rise Again Globally

By Heather Hollingsworth, Maria Cheng | Jul 15, 2021

COVID-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for a return to normal life.

'Proud, Pretty, and Being Ourselves': After Hate Crime, Out Rugby Player Uses Drag Makeover to Express an Empowering Message

'Proud, Pretty, and Being Ourselves': After Hate Crime, Out Rugby Player Uses Drag Makeover to Express an Empowering Message

Jul 13, 2021

An out rugby player's moving testimony on "Drag Race España" brought a jolt of reality to the competition show when he recalled being a victim of a hate crime.

Look: Oil Wrestling Festival Returns in Turkey

Look: Oil Wrestling Festival Returns in Turkey

By Emrah Gurel, Andrew Wilks | Jul 13, 2021

The sounds of the zurna flute and beating drums again greeted thousands of Turkish wrestling fans who returned to the country's northwest for a 600-year-old oil wrestling championship.

Georgians Protest for 2nd Straight Day Over Journalist Death

Georgians Protest for 2nd Straight Day Over Journalist Death

Jul 13, 2021

Hundreds of people protested in Georgia on Monday for a second day in a row, demanding the government of the ex-Soviet nation resign over the death of a journalist who was attacked and beaten by anti-LGBT protesters.

Protests Erupt in Georgia after Beaten Journalist Dies

Protests Erupt in Georgia after Beaten Journalist Dies

Jul 12, 2021

Several thousand people protested in front of the Georgian parliament on Sunday evening, demanding that the ex-Soviet nation's prime minister resign over the death of a journalist who was attacked and beaten by anti-LGBT protesters.

Malta Requires Visitor Vaccination Proof to Curb New Cases

Malta Requires Visitor Vaccination Proof to Curb New Cases

Jul 12, 2021

The Mediterranean island nation of Malta is requiring proof of coronavirus vaccination for visitors 13 and up, the first European Union nation to do so.

Billionaire Richard Branson Reaches Space in his Own Ship

Billionaire Richard Branson Reaches Space in his Own Ship

By Susan Montoya Bryan and Marcia Dunn | Jul 11, 2021

Swashbuckling entrepreneur Richard Branson hurtled into space aboard his own winged rocket ship Sunday in his boldest adventure yet, beating out fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos.

OUT in Colombia Wins IGLTA Foundation's Impact Award

OUT in Colombia Wins IGLTA Foundation's Impact Award

Jul 11, 2021

Boutique LGBTQ+ tour operator OUT in Colombia has won the IGLTA Foundation's inaugural Impact Award for responsible tourism and development.

Israeli Court Annuls Parts of Surrogacy Law Excluding Gays

Israeli Court Annuls Parts of Surrogacy Law Excluding Gays

Jul 11, 2021

Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday cleared the way for same-sex couples to have children through surrogate mothers, a move hailed by lawmakers and activists as a victory for LGBTQ rights.

Biden Nominates First Openly Gay Woman as US Ambassador

Biden Nominates First Openly Gay Woman as US Ambassador

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 10, 2021

President Biden nominated Chantale Yokmin Wong to serve as U.S. Director of the Asian Development Bank, ranking as Ambassador, making her the first openly gay woman to hold such a position.

Hungary Activists Vow to Resist LGBTQ Law, Symbol of EU Rift

Hungary Activists Vow to Resist LGBTQ Law, Symbol of EU Rift

By Justin Spike | Jul 9, 2021

Activists in Hungary erected a 10-meter-high (30-foot-high) rainbow-colored heart opposite the country's neo-Gothic parliament on Thursday, vowing to wage a civil disobedience campaign against a new law that they say discriminates against LGBTQ people.

Pakistan Opens State-Run School for Transgender Students

Pakistan Opens State-Run School for Transgender Students

By Asim Tanveer | Jul 9, 2021

Pakistan opened its first government-run school for transgender students on Thursday in the central city of Multan, a provincial education minister said, promising to set up more such schools in the future.

Hungary Issues Fine Over Book Featuring 'Rainbow Families'

Hungary Issues Fine Over Book Featuring 'Rainbow Families'

By Justin Spike | Jul 7, 2021

Hungarian authorities fined the distributor of a children's book that features a family with same-sex parents using a law prohibiting unfair commercial practices, fueling an debate over recent government steps seen as limiting the rights of LGBT people.

Chinese Social Media Giant WeChat Shuts LGBTQ Accounts

Chinese Social Media Giant WeChat Shuts LGBTQ Accounts

By Fu Ting | Jul 7, 2021

China's most popular social media service has deleted accounts on LGBT topics run by university students and nongovernment groups, prompting concern the ruling Communist Party is tightening control over gay and lesbian content.

Anti-LGBTQ Georgian Protestors Burn EU Flag in Capital

Anti-LGBTQ Georgian Protestors Burn EU Flag in Capital

Jul 7, 2021

Opponents of LGBT rights clashed with police in the Georgian capital and burned a European Union flag that was hanging in front of the parliament Tuesday.

Journalists Attacked, Hurt in Georgia at Anti-LGBTQ Protest

Journalists Attacked, Hurt in Georgia at Anti-LGBTQ Protest

Jul 6, 2021

A protest against a planned LGBT march in the Georgian capital turned violent Monday as demonstrators attacked and injured some 20 journalists covering the event.

Out Luxembourg PM in 'Serious but Stable' Condition with Virus

Out Luxembourg PM in 'Serious but Stable' Condition with Virus

By Raf Casert | Jul 6, 2021

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel is in a "serious but stable" condition and will remain in the hospital for up to four more days after he was unable to shake a bout of COVID-19 that developed over a week ago, the government said.

European Watchdog Warns Hungary Over Possible Rights Abuses

European Watchdog Warns Hungary Over Possible Rights Abuses

Jul 6, 2021

Recent laws introduced in Hungary regulating marriage and gender identity risk discriminating against LGBT people and should have been put to citizens for public consultation before they were passed, Europe's top human rights watchdog said Tuesday.

Brazilian Presidential Candidate Eduardo Leite Comes Out as Gay

Brazilian Presidential Candidate Eduardo Leite Comes Out as Gay

Jul 5, 2021

Brazilian politician Eduardo Leite, who is running for the presidency, announced he is gay, challenging the nation's proudly homophobic leader, Jair Bolsonaro.

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