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French football match stopped because of homophobic chanting

The match was stopped for around a minute because of the chanting. French football referee Mehdi Mokhtari has been praised for stopping a football match after hearing homophobic chants from the crowd. The incident happened just before half-time in a match against second division teams Nancy and Le Mans. The chants were reportedly aimed at league authorities, and the match continued after players from Nancy asked fans to calm down. Marlène Schiappa, France’s equality minister, praised Mokhtari, writing on Twitter: “Congratulations to referee Mehdi Mokhtari for bravely interrupting the match,...
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Trump administration argues it’s completely legal to fire someone for being transgender

The administration is claiming that being trans isn’t protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Court filings from the Tr*mp administration have claimed that it is legal to fire someone because they are transgender. The administration argues that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects sex, does not include transgender people. The filing from the Justice Department says: “Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against transgender persons based on their transgender status. It simply does not speak to discrimination because of an...
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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson comes out as gay in moving op-ed

Jim Watson, the Mayor of Ottawa, Canada has come out as gay. In an emotional op-ed published by the Ottawa Citizen, the 58-year-old opened up about the struggles he has faced with coming to terms with his sexuality, from being bullied at school to finding it difficult to confide in friends due to his family moving around a lot because of his father’s job. “As I look back over the years, there were some telltale signs that I wasn’t straight,” he wrote, candidly. “As a grade 7 student, I remember...
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Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson comes out as gay

The mayor of the Canadian city of Ottawa, Jim Watson, has come out as gay. Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa has come out as gay, just before Pride celebrations begin in the city. Writing an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen, he wrote: “I’m gay, There – I said it; or rather, wrote it. Those two words took me almost four decades to utter, but as they say, ‘Better late than never.'” Writing about how he came to realise his sexuality, he wrote: “As a grade 7 student, I remember...
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Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness calls for more LGBTQ represenation in television

The star also spoke about his hit web series Gay of Thrones. Queer Eye has been a cultural phenomenon, pleasing audiences worldwide and scooping three Emmys last year, and is currently nominated for a further six. The show also recently aired its tear-jerking fourth season with a fifth already on the way. However, speaking to The Wrap, one of the stars of the show, Jonathan Van Ness called for more LGBTQ representation in the television world. “It’s really reassuring,” Jonathan said when asked about how important it was to see...
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Billy Porter: Pose is changing roles for black gay men for the better

American Horror Story: Apocalypse actor Billy Porter has opened up about how Pose is expanding the kind of narratives we see for black, gay men on the small screen. Joining showrunner Ryan Murphy for an hour-long conversation at New York cultural and community centre 92Y on Tuesday 13 August, the Emmy-nominated star explained that during his time at Carnegie Mellon University he was regularly cast as “Romeo” in the student productions, but he couldn’t buy himself as a leading man because the “archetypes” that he saw didn’t look like him....
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