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Proposed Indonesian bill would force LGBTQ people to go to rehabilitation centres

The bill would also ban surrogacy. A proposed Indonesian bill, called the Family Resilience bill, aims to ban surrogacy and send all LGBTQ people to rehabilitation centres for ‘treatment.’ The bill wants all people suffering from what it defines as a ‘sexual deviation’ including homosexuality, incest and sadomasochism to be sent to state-run rehabilitation centres. Part of the draft bill, obtained by The Jakarta Post, reads: “Families experiencing crises due to sexual deviation are required to report their members to agencies handling family resilience or rehabilitation institutions to undergo treatment.”...
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Stonewall calls on football stewards to be trained to spot homophobic chants

Several games have recently been subjected to homophobic chants from fans. Stonewall has called on football stewards to be trained to recognise homophobic chants during football matches. The comments came after a Manchester United match against Chelsea became the latest match to be marred by homophobic chants. Manchester United fans are said to have been chanting a song about Chelsea rent boys throughout the match. Although both Manchester United and Chelsea condemned the chant, it’s understood the FA will not investigate it. Speaking to the PA news agency, Robbie de...
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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair would refuse to sign Labour’s trans rights pledge

The former Labour leader warned leadership hopefuls not to get involved in a “culture war.” Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose Labour government delivered the 2004 Gender Recognition Act, has said he would refuse to sign Labour’s trans rights pledge. The 12-point pledge says that “there is no material conflict between trans rights and women’s rights” and calls on anti-trans activists to be removed from the party. Leadership contenders Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy have signed it, while Sir Kier Starmer has not, although he signalled his support for trans...
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UAE and Kenya ban Bollywood’s first film with a gay lead

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (Extra Careful of Marriage) is making history in Bollywood. Bollywood recently released Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (Extra Careful of Marriage), its first film with gay leads. The romantic comedy is about a gay couple, Kartik Singh and Aman Tripathi, who have trouble convincing Tripathi’s family that they are a couple, as the family try forcing him into an arranged marriage. Despite rave reviews and praise for breaking down boundaries, the film hasn’t been so well received in countries like as the United Arab Emirates and Kenya...
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Judge Rinder has been offered the chance to return to Strictly with a same-sex partner

The television personality and law barrister could compete on this year’s Christmas special. TV judge Judge Rinder has revealed he’s been invited back onto Strictly Come Dancing, and with the opportunity to dance with a same-sex partner. Speaking to OK! magazine, Rinder said: “I was offered next year’s Christmas special with a same-sex dancer. I’d do anything. I’ve danced on stage with Anton du Beke for a Grenfell Tower benefit.” He went on to add that it was “inevitable” that the BBC show would one day feature same-sex couples competing....
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The Subways singer Billy Lunn comes out as bisexual

The singer made a low-key admission on his Twitter page. The Subways singer Billy Lunn has come out as bisexual on Twitter. Earlier this week, the singer and guitarist posted: “I really am writing the best music and lyrics I’ve ever written in my entire life, and sometimes I can’t cope with the excitement and anxiety it engenders in me. Why can’t I just play it cool. “I think it’s because I’m finally writing as a person who has come to terms with my sexuality after years of self-denial, which...
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Polish court says campaign that linked homosexuality and paedophilia was “informative”

Poland is experiencing a wave of homophobia. A Polish court has ruled in favour of a campaign that linked homosexuality and paedophilia, claiming it was “informative” and that it raised awareness. Polish lawyer, Bartłomiej Ciążyński, filed a suit against the Polish non-governmental organisation, Fundacja Pro, after they launched the homophobic campaign. The group’s campaign featured people driving around in vans with the banner “Paedophilia is 20 times more common in homosexuals. They want to teach your children. Stop them!” Ciążyński said the campaign “insulted, slandered and violated the dignity” of...
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