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No, McDonald’s is not replacing Happy Meals with Rainbow Meals

McDonald’s Happy Meals will not be replaced with ‘Rainbow’ Meals, fact-checking website Snopes has confirmed. A satirical article posted by website Taters Gonna Tate claimed that “McDonald’s New LGBTQ ‘Rainbow Meal’ Will Replace Kid’s Happy Meal”. While the claim was humorous, as Snopes notes, humorous and satirical articles have always been included in their fact-checking endeavours because, on the internet, someone always asks if it’s true. The original claim stated that: “McDonald’s has pledged support for the LGBTQ community and are showing this through a new ‘Rainbow Menu’ in which...
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Actor Alex Diaz confirms he’s bisexual in emotional Instagram post after being outed online

Filipino-Scottish actor Alex Diaz has confirmed he is bisexual in an emotional Instagram post after being outed online. The Instagram post – a picture of a street with a moody sky and the caption, “What will people say? This sentence has killed more dreams than anything else in the world” – followed a controversy that saw Diaz accused of trying to elicit an “indecent proposal” from a fitness coach. Online fitness coach Miguel Chanco posted screenshots of an exchange between him and Diaz, in which Diaz asked for an “indecent...
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Sydney wins bid to host WorldPride celebrations in 2023

WorldPride is heading down under. After an incredible turnout at this year’s WorldPride in New York City, which even featured a performance from Queen of Pop Madonna, it’s been announced that Sydney, Australia has won its bid to host the LGBTQ celebrations in 2023. The decision was announced during InterPride’s annual general meeting in Athens, with 60% voting for Sydney, 36% voting for Montreal, Canada and 3% voting for Houston, Texas. Sydney becomes the first city in the southern hemisphere to host a WorldPride event, and the momentous occasion will...
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The mother who started the gender-reveal party craze really wants you to stop throwing gender-reveal parties

The mother who, in 2008, held a gender-reveal party for her firstborn child – inadvertently starting a trend that has resulted in forest fires, explosions and broken bones – now regrets the idea. Jenna Myers Karvunidis, who in July this year posted that she had “major mixed feelings” about her role in the gender-reveal party phenomenon, has spoken out about the harm they cause to the trans community in an interview with The Guardian. “I feel like the guy who invented gunpowder,” Karvunidis said, half-joking. “I’m the one who put...
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NT’s Translations a rich revival of Brian Friel’s classic play – review

Following a sold-out run last year, Translations returns to the National Theatre, directed by Ian Rickson. Set in 1833, the events of Translations unfold in a hedge school in Donegal. The informal educational establishment is under threat from the arrival of a new National School, where attendance will be compulsory and lessons will be taught in English. At the same time, a thinly-veiled military operation by the colonial superpower is underway – British soldiers arrive under the pretence that they are mapping the area for the Ordinance Survey. Their true...
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Same-sex marriage is now legal in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland now has marriage equality! The law banning same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland changed at midnight on Tuesday 22 October after amendments were put forward in Westminster by backbench Labour MPs this summer. It’s expected that the first same-sex weddings in the country will take place in February 2020, in time for Valentine’s Day. The change also brings an end to Northern Ireland’s ban on abortion, which United Nations’ Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, previously described as “tantamount to torture” and “gender-based violence”. Attempts were made...
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Brianna “BB” Hill is the 21st trans person to be killed in the US this year

Brianna “BB” Hill was shot to death in Kansas City, Missouri on 14 October. The 30-year-old black transgender woman was pronounced dead as soon as authorities arrived. Tim Hernandez of Kansas City police told KCTV5 that the shooter remained at the scene and has now been taken into custody. Authorities believe there were no other suspects in her murder. George Cherry, who lives near where the crime occurred, told KCTV: “I’m actually part of the LGBTQ community, but I didn’t know that it was a transgender that was murdered. But that...
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