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Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey declares unequivocally that trans women are women and backs self-ID

Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey has told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg that trans women are woman and the law should allow trans people to self-identify their gender. “Do you believe trans women are women?” Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, asked Long-Bailey in a January 22 interview. Long-Bailey replied quickly and firmly: “Yes.” Long-Bailey also pointed out that trans people already self-identify their gender in many instances. The notable exception to this is the gender on birth certificates, which can only be changed by obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate – a...
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Sinn Féin politician and former MMA fighter expelled for suggesting Leo Varadkar is unfit to lead because he’s gay

Sinn Féin councillor and former MMA fighter Paddy Holohan has been suspended by his party after he made controversial comments about gay Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in a podcast. In his No Sham” podcast, Holohan said he would prefer “a family man” to be running the Republic of Ireland. “We need people running the country,” Mr Holohan said. “Someone that knows what it’s like to have kids, maybe, hopefully, boys and girls, so when you’re creating policies and stuff that’s going to go on, you’re like: ‘Right, it makes sense,'”...
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Guatemala swears in homophobic new president who’s staunchly against marriage equality and LGBT rights

Alejandro Giammattei, who is against same-sex marriage and abortion, has been sworn in as president of Guatemala. Giammattei was sworn in yesterday (January 14) following his surprise win in the presidential election of August 2019, the Washington Post reports. He replaced outgoing president Jimmy Morales and will hold office or a four-year term. His election will likely not be welcomed by the country’s LGBT+ population, as Giammattei has spoken out against same-sex marriage in the past. When asked in 2015 about same-sex marriage, he replied: “There is so much to...
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Elizabeth Warren doubles down on commitment to LGBT community, vows to stop imprisoning trans women with men

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has said she will stop the US from imprisoning trans women in men’s prisons if she becomes the country’s next president. Speaking at a campaign rally in Marshallstown, Iowa, Warren – who is one of the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination – said the US must protect “all of our people.” “One of the things we have to think about as a nation – we have to stop putting trans women who are incarcerated into prisons with men where they are at risk....
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Defence minister Johnny Mercer apologises again – this time for Catholic priests who outed gay soldiers

Minister for Defence, People and Veterans, Johnny Mercer, has apologised after it emerged that gay soldiers in the British Army were outed by Catholic priests. Some veterans told The Times that they went to Catholic priests for confession while serving in the army and were questioned about their sexuality just days later. Mercer has apologised for the practice just days after he apologised on behalf of the government for the historic treatment of LGB soldiers. “Our policy regarding LGB members in the military was unacceptable then, and as a defence...
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Court sides with trans teen – again – as father fights to stop his transition

A Canadian appeals court has ruled that a trans teenager has the right to transition and that his father cannot stop him. The ruling comes just four months after the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled that the teenage boy didn’t need his father’s consent to access hormone treatment. But the boy’s father didn’t give up his fight there. He subsequently filed an appeal – but the appeals court has reaffirmed its support of his trans son. The courts – which have also issued a ban on naming the father and...
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Israel education minister says his kids can’t be gay because they grew up in a ‘healthy, natural way’

The education minister in Israel has said his kids couldn’t be gay because they grew up in “a healthy and natural way.” Minister Rafi Peretz – who is also head of the Jewish Home party and a former chief rabbi in Israel’s Defence Forces – has been widely criticised for the remarks, which he made in an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth. When asked how he would respond if one of his own children came out as gay, he replied: “Thank God my kids grew up in a healthy and natural...
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Woman who posed as teenage boy to sexually assault up to 50 teen girls has been jailed

A 21-year-old woman who posed as a teenage boy in order to sexually assault teenage girls has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Gemma Watts pleaded guilty on November 28, 2019, to seven charges related to the sexual assault and grooming of four victims. She was handed her sentence at Winchester Crown Court on January 10. Watts, who is from Enfield, lured her victims by posing as a 16-year-old boy called “Jake Waton” or “Jake Watton” on social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, Yubo and Instagram. She used...
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Former gay Tory candidate suggests there are ‘almost’ too many queer people in parliament

Former gay Tory candidate and journalist Iain Dale has said that gay people are almost “over-represented in parliament”. Dale – who is a presenter on LBC Radio and a former Tory candidate – made the comments in a YouTube interview with David Atkins. In the interview, Dale spoke about the number of openly gay MPs in parliament, and said: “We apparently have the gayest parliament in the world.” He continued: “I think you could say that in terms of numbers, gay people almost have got to the stage where we’re...
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