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BerlinCrimeCurrent AffairsGermanyhate crimeHomophobiatransphobiaWorld

Berlin is experiencing a surge in homophobic and transphobic attacks

There has been a notable rise in homophobic and transphobic attacks in Berlin this year so far. The German capital city has a reputation for being socially liberal, but attacks against LGBT+ people are on the rise, police have said. Between January 1 and the end of September this year, there were 261 recorded anti-LGBT+ incidents including threats, insults and attacks. In the same period of last year, there were 184 reported incidents. The city’s police chief Barbara Slowik revealed the shocking statistics this week at an event organised by...
Current AffairsdecriminalisationMauritiusNajeeb Ahmad FokeerbuxWorldYoung Queer Alliance

Activists are moving to decriminalise homosexuality in Mauritius

An LGBT+ activist has teamed up with an advocacy organisation to challenge a law banning homosexuality in Mauritius. Abdool Ridwan Firaas Ah Seek has brought a legal case challenging the constitutionality of Section 250, a law that punishes gay sex. The case had its first hearing by the Supreme Court last week and will have a second hearing in February of next year. His legal case is being supported by the Collectif Arc-En-Ciel (CAEC), a human rights organisation in Mauritius working to improve the lives of LGBT+ people. Under Section...
CrimeCurrent AffairsMangapornRussiaTransWorld

Russian trans woman handed prison sentence she will ‘unlikely survive’ for sharing manga porn

A Russian trans woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for posting manga pornography on social media. The woman, who has been named as 53-year-old doctor Michelle, was convicted of “distributing pornography depicting minors”, according to Meduza. Experts are now concerned that Michelle may not survive her prison sentence as she will be housed in a men’s prison because she had not legally changed her gender. Police opened a criminal investigation against Michelle in 2018, four years after she posted erotic manga drawings – also known as hentai...
ArtsCurrent AffairsGayLGBTLife & TravelPropagandaRussiaWorldYulia Tsvetkova

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...
Current AffairsGayMaxim PankratovRussiaWorldYouTube

Gay man in hiding from Russian police after explaining sexuality to kids in innocent viral video

A gay Russian man who took part in a YouTube video where children asked him about his sexuality has been forced to go into hiding after authorities opened a criminal case against him. Maxim Pankratov took part in the Real Talk video series and was asked unscripted questions by four children aged between six and 13 about his experiences as a gay man. However, the video was immediately removed due to Russia’s “gay propaganda” law – and now, Pankratov has said that he has been forced to go into hiding...
AIDSCurrent AffairsHealthHIVNew YorkPrEPUS

HIV diagnoses in New York City are at their lowest since records began

Less than 2,000 people in New York City were diagnosed with HIV last year, making it the lowest number of diagnoses since records started in 2001. Data released in the 2018 HIV Surveillance Annual Report showed that 1,917 people in the city received a HIV diagnosis in 2018, down 11 per cent from the previous year. By comparison, 5,859 people were diagnosed with the virus in 2001. HIV rates dropped among most groups, including men and women, black, latino, white, Asian and Native American populations. Furthermore, 87 per cent of...
Current AffairsEducationJaroslaw GowinWorld

Polish education minister says homophobic lecturer had every right to teach that ‘being gay is incompatible with nature’

Poland’s education minister has leapt to the defence of a sacked university lecturer who told students that “being gay is incompatible with nature”. Minister for higher education and science Jarosław Gowin hit out at Silesian Medical University for sacking the lecturer and said they were “violating the constitutional principle of free speech”. The lecturer was fired after he delivered a lecture titled ‘Homosexuality and Health’ in which he said that homosexuality is associated with health problems such as AIDS, depression and smoking. Lecturer told students that ‘only men and women...
Boris JohnsonCurrent AffairsEducationGeneral Election 2019ITVLGBT-inclusive educationPaul BrandPoliticsUK

Boris Johnson says it’s ‘unequivocally right’ that children should be taught about LGBT issues – no ifs, no buts

Conservative party leader Boris Johnson has said that it is “unequivocally right” that children are taught about LGBT+ issues in schools. In an interview with ITV’s Paul Brand, Johnson was asked: “Do you think that all schools should teach LGBT equality?” “I do,” he replied. When pressed on whether there were any “ifs” or “buts” to his support, Johnson again reaffirmed his position. “I think it’s very important that in the UK today, which leads the world for our values, which we project around the world, it’s very important that...
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