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Thousands support Polish ‘I am LGBT’ campaign on Twitter

Tens of thousands of social media users have joined in the #JestemLGBT campaign to show support for LGBT+ rights in Poland. The hashtag, which means I am LGBT, was launched this week by Twitter users. It aims to tackle homophobia and discrimination in a country deeply influenced by the Catholic Church and governed by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party. One social media user wrote on Twitter: “This is a great initiative, so here’s my turn. #IamLGBT and I’m a journalist. You read my articles and you’ve probably seen...
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The Netherlands wins Eurovision 2019, UK comes in last place

The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence took home the prized trophy with ‘Arcade’. The Coldplay-esque ballad scored a total of 492 points, with Italy’s Mahmood and Russia’s Sergey Lazarev coming in second and third place respectively. As the votes from each country’s jury first came in, Sweden took the top spot of the leaderboard with 239 points while North Macedonia was close behind with 237. The Netherlands were in third place with 231 points but managed to secure a further 261 from the public vote to become victorious. “Yes, yes!” Laurence exclaimed...
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Homophobic football fans could be jailed under French league initiative

French football fans who shout homophobic slurs will face heavy fines and possible prison sentences. The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) announced a new action plan to target homophobic abuse on Monday (May 13), devised in collaboration with the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA). Beginning next season, spectators will be given forms which they can use to report any sexist, homophobic or racist incidents. “The LICRA will be able to start the appropriate judicial procedures,” LFP president Nathalie Boy de la Tour told the Associated Press. “The LICRA...
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