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The little-known story of the nationwide queer protest which happened three whole years before the Stonewall uprising

The Stonewall riots of 1969 are often cited as the moment that gave rise to the modern LGBT+ rights movement. It was a seminal moment for LGBT+ people in the United States – but it wasn’t the first time gay people had protested against mistreatment. Three years before the Stonewall riots kicked off, gay people in cities across the United States gathered to protest against their exclusion from the armed forces. The protests had been a long time coming. The US armed forces introduced a policy during World War II...
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Woman epically shut down over fears her boyfriend is gay because he had sex with a man 25 years ago

A woman has been epically shut down by an advice columnist after she wrote a bizarre letter detailing her fears that her boyfriend is secretly gay. The woman wrote to Slate’s sex advice columnist Stoya where she explained that she is new to dating after going through a divorce. But her new boyfriend, who is also divorced, once had sex with a man 25 years ago. Therefore, he must be gay, the woman writes. Her boyfriend “says it was a one-time only thing”, but she is not convinced. “I doubt...
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TikTok admits it censored LGBT users in ‘wrong’ attempt to tackle online bullying

TikTok has admitted that in its early days it censored posts by users it deemed “vulnerable” in a misguided attempt to prevent online bullying. Documents obtained by the German site from an anonymous source at the Chinese-owned company showed that accounts and posts from LGBT+ people, body positive advocates and people with disabilities were being limited in their reach, regardless of content. The section in the moderate rules was titled: “Imagery depicting a subject highly vulnerable to cyberbullying.” It defines these “vulnerable” people as “susceptible to harassment or cyberbullying...
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Russian feminist arrested and charged with distributing ‘gay propaganda’ after sharing artistic drawings of vaginas

A feminist in Russia has been charged with distributing “gay propaganda” in a criminal case involving pornography. Yulia Tsvetkova was named as a suspect in a case investigating the distribution of “criminal pornography”. She is being investigated as she runs a social media page called Vagina Monologues, which encourages people to share artistic depictions of vaginas in order to “remove the taboo”. In Russia, “gay propaganda” is illegal, meaning sharing information about LGBT+ people’s lives can earn a prison sentence. If Tsvetkova is found guilty under the law of sharing...
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Tennessee City Cancels Christmas Parade Amid Threats Of Violence Over Float With Rainbow Flag

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); The small West Tennessee town of Troy has canceled its annual Christmas parade this year after community members responded to a planned “love everybody” float with vitriol and threats of violence because it included a rainbow flag, according to the Tennessean. Dwight Tittle, a native of the small town in the northwest part of the state, said the proposed float was based on the Bible verse 1 John 4:7-8 and was meant to express solidarity and love for people who felt shunned or judged by...
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