Twitter will now ban accounts that tweet homophobic abuse

Twitter will now be banning accounts that tweet abuse or threats that use homophobic or transphobic language.   The social media giant has opened up and clarified the sort of ‘hateful conduct’ that will now prompt accounts to be deleted. ‘As always, we embrace and encourage diverse opinions and beliefs, but we will continue to

Malta could become first country in Europe to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy

Malta could become the first EU country to outlaw ‘gay cure’ therapy, under a government bill submitted this week. The country’s government yesterday unveiled a ‘Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression’ bill – which would outlaw so-called ‘conversion’ therapy. The practise of attempting to ‘cure’ someone’s sexuality is considered pointless and damaging by

Banned Russian LGBT youth group returns with more members than ever

The LGBT support group has gained even more members since its recent ban.   Last week Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, banned a number of LGBT groups registered on the country’s most popular social network VKontakte. The media watchdog forced VK – the Russian version of Facebook – to officially ban the groups, which included Children

Montenegrin Police bans Nikšić Pride for third time this year

For the third time this year, police in the city of Nikšić, Montenegro, has banned a pride march. The Pride was banned quoting security threats. The Orthodox Church mobilised against the Pride, while nationalists and football hooligans had threatened to disturb the march. Earlier Pride marches in the capital city, Podgorica, and Budva, were well-protected

Argentina lifts ban on gay and bi men donating blood

Argentina has changed its rules to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood immediately. The country’s health ministry announced a resolution which allows men who have had sex with men to donate blood. It does away with previous rules which blocked gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The previous rules had been condemned

Singapore lifts ban on HIV positive visitors

Singapore has lifted its 20-year ban on HIV positive visitors but will limit their stay to three months. The ban was lifted on 1 April but only made public on Monday (31 August). ‘Given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease,’ a

Thailand’s ban on gay and foreign surrogacy just came into effect

Under new laws only local married heterosexual couples will be able to access surrogacy services in Thailand and any arrangement must be strictly non-commercial Thailand has officially clamped down on commercial surrogacy practices – where a woman has a fetus implanted and brings it to term in exchange for financial compensation from the child’s parents

Proposed law in Uganda could be used to shut down all pro-gay charities

A new law has been drafted in Uganda that could be used to ban all pro-gay charities and LGBT rights groups. The country’s new Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) bill would give the government the ability to approve, inspect, and dissolve all community groups and NGOs based on a number of criteria – as well as to impose harsh fines. One

Russia to block support group for gay teens

Russia’s main support group for teenagers who identify as LGBT is to be blocked under the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law. The founders of Children-404 – the name of which references the country’s censorship of gay culture with reference to the ‘404 – Page not found’ internet error – aimed to provide a safe space for

MP Gražulis proposes to forbid adoption for same sex couples

The chair of the Seimas group of Order and Justice Party in Lithuania Petras Gražulis proposed to forbid adoption for couples of the same sex, The Baltic Course reports, with reference to the news agency ELTA. MP Gražulis registered a draft amendment to the Children’s Rights Protection Law. According to the draft law, “it is forbidden for