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Gay Man Runs for President of Tunisia, a First for Arab World: WATCH

In a first for Tunisia and the Arab world, a gay man is running for president. France24 reports: “Liberal Party leader Mounir Baatour, an openly gay lawyer, announced on Thursday he would stand in Tunisia’s presidential elections, marking a first for the Arab world. Baatour’s candidacy marks ‘a first which will without doubt be a benchmark in history’, his party said. A lawyer at the Court of Cassation, Tunisia’s highest court, the Liberal Party leader presents himself as a defender of LGBT rights. But ahead of his announcement, a petition signed by...
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Rammstein Band Members Kiss at Moscow Concert to Protest Russian Homophobia: WATCH

Guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe of the Germany heavy metal band Rammstein kissed on stage at a concert in Moscow this week to make a statement against Russia’s anti-LGBTQ laws. The kiss happened during a performance of the band’s track “Aüslander”. View this post on Instagram Россия, мы любим тебя! Photos: @jenskochphoto A post shared by Rammstein (@rammsteinofficial) on Jul 30, 2019 at 10:23am PDT Sorry, I may be a little bit overexaggerated about this, but:PAUL AND RICHARD ACTUALLY KISSED! THEY FINALLY DID IT! AAAAH!!! #Rammstein #Paulchard— Earl...
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LGBTQ World News Digest: 7 International Stories You Need to Know About

AUSTRALIA. Melbourne artists’ work “Taste the Feeling” removed for homophobia? ‘The collage, which includes the faces of right-wing Australian politicians alongside slogans such as “God hates fags” used by the notoriously homophobic Westboro Baptist Church in the US, was removed after a complaint was posted on the gallery’s Facebook page saying that the artwork “spewed homophobic hatred”.’ Deeply expressive and powerful piece, Taste The Feeling, by gay artist Paul Yore – Removed from gallery for being 'homophobic'. #PaulYore #SeeUsHearUs #MissedThePoint— Sure, Jan. (@AvocardiB) July 22, 2019 CHECHNYA. TIME profiles Amin...
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Suspect Arrested in Murder of LGBTQ Rights Activist Targeted by ‘Saw’-Inspired ‘Gay Hunting’ Website

Dinar Idrisov / Facebook Yelena Grigoryeva, a Russian LGBTQ activist who had been targeted on a ‘gay hunting’ website inspired by the horror film Saw, was murdered in St. Petersburg over the weekend. Grigoryeva’s body was found in bushes near her home. Now, police say they have arrested a suspect. Radio Free Europe reports: ‘The Investigative Committee said on July 25 that an acquaintance of Grigoryeva, a Kyrgyz-born resident of St. Petersburg, had been arrested on suspicion of killing the activist, who was found dead, apparently strangled and with multiple stab...
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Tinder Will Now Hide Your Sexual Orientation in Anti-LGBTQ Countries for Your Own Safety

Tinder, the social dating app, has added a new safety protection that will hide your sexual orientation in an unsafe country if it is indicated on your profile. Travelers will also receive alerts when they open the app. Wrote the social app: “We recognize and believe in the importance of being inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations, but the reality is this: nowhere in the world is without potential risk, and some countries have specific laws that target LGBTQ+ people. Check out the laws around you when you...
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Bulgaria Court Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage in Groundbreaking Ruling

A court in Bulgaria has recognized same-sex marriage for the first time, ruling in favor of a gay couple who married in France. The AP reports: “Australian citizen Kristina Palma, who married Mariama Dialo of France in 2016, was initially permitted to live, work and travel in Bulgaria and the European Union on the grounds that she married an EU citizen. But Bulgaria later denied her those rights, arguing that same-sex marriage was not legal in the country.” On Wednesday, after a two-year court battle, the court ruled that Palma...
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LGBTQ Rights Activist Targeted by ‘Saw’-Inspired ‘Gay Hunting’ Website Found Murdered in Russia

Dinar Idrisov / Facebook Yelena Grigoryeva, a Russian LGBTQ activist who had been targeted on a ‘gay hunting’ website inspired by the horror film Saw, was murdered in St. Petersburg over the weekend. Grigoryeva’s body was found in bushes near her home. The Moscow Times reports: ‘The activist had regularly received death threats and reported them to the police, who did nothing to protect her before she was murdered, fellow activist Dinar Idrisov wrote on Facebook on Monday. “A reminder: Yelena was listed on the homophobic ‘Saw’ website which has long threatened LGBT...
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In Wake of Mass Outrage, Israel’s Education Minister Flips and is Now ‘Strongly Opposed’ to Gay Conversion Therapy

Israel’s new education minister, Rafi Peretz, has done a sudden about face in the wake of worldwide condemnation of his remarks supporting harmful gay conversion therapy. Peretz wrote a letter to school principals on Tuesday, The Jerusalem Post reports, in which he said of students confused about their sexual orientation: “I always listened intently to their distress and on occasion recommended they consult with professionals. However, I never gave them a cold shoulder or advised them to do conversion therapy to which I am strongly opposed. I know that conversion...
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Ecuador’s Highest Court Approves Gay Marriages in Landmark Ruling

Ecuador’s Constitutional Court approved the marriage of two gay couples in a landmark ruling on Wednesday. Reuters reports: “Five of nine judges in Ecuador’s top court on Wednesday ruled in favor of two gay couples who sued after their request to be married was denied by the country’s civil registry. The Latin American nation is the 27th country to allow same-sex marriage with the move coming during the annual gay Pride month and events to mark the 50th year of the Stonewall riots in New York that gave rise to...
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Iran Defends Executions of Gay People

At a press conference with the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Tehran on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Sarif deefended his country’s policy of executing gay people, Deutsche Welle reports. Sarif was asked, “Why are homosexuals executed in Iran because of their sexual orientation?” He replied: “Our society has moral principles. And we live according to these principles. These are moral principles concerning the behavior of people in general. And that means that the law is respected and the law is obeyed.” Germany’s foreign ministry and U.S. Ambassador...
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