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Russian court overturns conviction of trans woman jailed for sharing manga porn

A Russian trans woman who was sentenced to three years in prison for sharing erotic manga drawings on social media has had her guilty verdict overturned by a court. Her conviction for sharing Japanese manga-style drawings featuring nude cartoon characters was denounced by human-rights advocates, who were concerned that she would not survive being jailed in a men’s prison. The 53-year-old woman, known to friends as Michelle, has been on hormones for a couple of years but is still legally male. This means she would have been sent to a...
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People are painting their little finger pink to protest Myanmar’s archaic gay sex ban

Activists in Myanmar are urging people to paint their little finger pink in protest against the country’s archaic ban on gay sex. The “Pink Pinky” campaign is aiming to draw attention the plight of Myanmar’s LGBT+ community, who continue to face persecution. The campaign was launched on January 22 ahead of Yangon Pride, which is due to take place this weekend, with activists calling on legislators to overturn the ban on gay sex and to introduce anti-discrimination laws, the Jakarta Post reports. Myanmar LGBT+ activist says community needs ‘legal protection’...
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Bisexual Olympian reveals some athletes won’t even shake his hand since he came out

Bisexual Olympic hopeful Jack Woolley has revealed that some of his opponents won’t shake his hand since he came out. The Irish athlete revealed that he was bisexual in 2016 on RTÉ’s Road to Rio documentary when he was just 17-years-old. Four years on, he has become the first Irish person to qualify for the Olympics in Taekwondo. But some athletes in martial arts have refused to shake his hand since he came out. Bisexual Olympic hopeful says his sport can be ‘tough’. “It is tough, my sport,” Woolley told...
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Possible Tory leadership candidate swiftly condemned for claiming being LGBT is a ‘choice’

A potential candidate for leadership of the Canadian Conservative party has said he believes that being LGBT+ is a “choice”. Richard Décarie is a little-known Tory politician who served as deputy chief of staff to Stephen Harper when he was leader of the opposition in the 2000s. He is now planning a bid for leadership of the Conservative party, but his anti-LGBT+ comments during a live interview on Wednesday, January 22, have caused backlash from politicians both outside and within his own party. In an interview with CTV’s Power Play, Décarie...
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Man dies after falling from tenth floor of a gay cruise ship while docked in Puerto Rico

A 46-year-old man from Naples, Florida has died after he fell from the tenth floor of a gay cruise ship when it was docked in Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. The man fell from the tenth floor of Royal Caribbean’s ‘Oasis of the Seas’ ship. Divers from Puerto Rico police and San Juan municipal police later recovered his body, ABC News reports. After reviewing CCTV footage, authorities said that it appeared as though the man – who has not yet been named – went overboard intentionally. CCTV footage indicated...
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If you thought the UK election debates were bad, gay Irish leader Leo Varadkar being grilled on drugs is excruciating

If you thought the questions candidates faced in the UK general election debates were bad, brace yourselves for the Republic of Ireland’s election. Ireland’s gay Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appeared on Virgin Media’s Big Debate last night where he faced off against Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Veteran broadcaster Pat Kenny took a break from asking the two party leaders policy-related questions and instead asked them if they have ever taken illegal drugs. When asked if they ever took illegal drugs. FF's Micheál Martin said no while FG's Leo Varadkar said...
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