A gay imam, fighting for tolerance

Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed has dedicated his life to fighting against those who believe Islam and homosexuality are incompatible. It’s an uphill struggle and risky, as Naomi Conrad reports. When his mother told him that she no longer thought he was sick and weak, degenerate even, Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed says he felt dizzy, too shocked to feel any

Obama celebrates equal marriage in last DNC speech as US President

Barack Obama has celebrated same-sex marriage in his last ever Democratic National Convention (DNC) speech as President of the United States. Speaking at the convention, Mr Obama also said he felt his administration had brought together people regardless of gender, sexual orientation or race. He said: “We put policies in place to help students with

‘My name is Sarah McBride, and I am a proud transgender American!’ A major historical milestone was made for the transgender community as trans woman Sarah McBride took to the stage to address the crowd at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday. The 25-year-old is the first ever openly trans person to speak

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is facing renewed calls to remove transgender identity from its list of mental health disorders. A study published in the Lancet says the WHO needs to stop incorrectly classifying trans identity. It suggests that the classification has led to discrimination, difficult legal statuses and obstacles to healthcare for trans people.

Lithuanian constitutional amendment condemned by Council of Europe

Yoomi Renström: “Lithuanian constitutional amendment proposal to ban same-sex couples from the concept of family life is a step back from Europe’s promise to protect the rights of LGBT people.” Congress rapporteur for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT), Yoomi Renström (Sweden), condemned the vote taken in June in the Lithuanian

Baltimore shows its Pride despite heat

As Baltimore Pride’s rainbow-hued parade meandered along Charles Street in the Mount Vernon neighborhood under a blazing cloudless sky, Reginald Morris remarked, “More people should come, it’s a fun day.”  The Baltimore resident received his wish as an estimated 10,000 sweat-drenched souls braved blistering heat to view more than 100 units marching in the parade

Cleveland mayor signs transgender rights bill

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson on Friday signed a bill that expands his city’s nondiscrimination law. Jackson signed Ordinance 1466-13, which amends Cleveland’s anti-LGBT discrimination law to prohibit businesses from banning their employees and customers to use restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity, during a ceremony at Cleveland City Hall. Equality Ohio

Drag workshop took place in LGL community center!

After plenty of serious workshops, it was time to do something “less professional”! The workshop started with a name game that permitted to put participants at their ease, and of course to know each other a bit. Then a power point presentation took place and two guys worked on it, indeed it was divided into

Thousands attend Jerusalem Pride, despite fears of repeat attack

This year’s parade is being dedicated to the memory of Shira Banki, the 16-year-old girl who was murdered by anti-gay religious extremist Yishai Schlissel during last year’s march. In an open letter earlier this month, Banki’s parents urged the whole Jerusalem community to come forward and march in solidarity at this year’s Pride. A survivor of

Indian Government approves law to protect and empower transgender people

The Transgender Person (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016 was approved by the Union Cabinet, and which aims to protect the social, economic and educational right of trans people. The bill was passed under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It should benefit a large number of trans people in India, and was passed partly

Romania just took a major step back in gay rights

Romania’s Constitutional Court has taken a huge step back in gay rights after the Orthodox Church was successful in its homophobic campaign. While it currently has protection laws in place for LGBTI people, that could all change after the Constitutional Court has given way to legislation that could lead to same-sex marriage and civil unions

UN Human Rights Council votes for independent expert on LGBT discrimination

In a 23 against 18 vote (6 abstentions)*, the United Nations Human Rights council voted in favour of a resolution condemning violence discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution establishes the new position of an independent expert, whose role it will be to assess the implementation of