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Gay Romanian Teenager Homeless in London, Sets Up GoFundMe for Assistance

Gay Romanian Teenager Homeless in London, Sets Up GoFundMe for Assistance

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 30, 2020

A gay teenager who fled Romania for the UK is homeless after losing his job during the pandemic, and has set up a GoFundMe page for assistance in getting back on his feet.

BBC Bans Reporters from Pride, Trans Events

BBC Bans Reporters from Pride, Trans Events

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 30, 2020

The BBC, responding to criticism that it has a liberal bias, has instituted stricter "impartiality" rules that now mean staffers cannot attend Pride marches, trans rights rallies, or other "controversial" demonstrations.

Two Same-Sex Couples in Military Marry in First for Taiwan

Two Same-Sex Couples in Military Marry in First for Taiwan

By Huizhong Wu | Oct 30, 2020

Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic celebration with their peers.

Thailand Protesters Take to Street to Mock Fashion Show

Thailand Protesters Take to Street to Mock Fashion Show

By Tassanee Vejpongsa | Oct 29, 2020

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand returned Thursday to the capital's business district, staging something akin to a street fair to bring attention to their contention that the country's monarchy holds too much power and influence.

Taiwan Marks 200 Days Without Domestic COVID-19 Infection

Taiwan Marks 200 Days Without Domestic COVID-19 Infection

Oct 29, 2020

Taiwan hit 200 days without any domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, highlighting the island's continued success at keeping the virus under control even as cases surge in other parts of the world.

Pope Stresses COVID Precautions, Doesn't Wear Mask at General Audience

Pope Stresses COVID Precautions, Doesn't Wear Mask at General Audience

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 28, 2020

Despite cautioning the Catholic faithful in attendance about the risks of COVID-19, Pope Francis and his aides did not wear masks at Wednesday's general audience.

Watch: New Documentary on Poland's Anti-LGBTQ Oppression

Watch: New Documentary on Poland's Anti-LGBTQ Oppression

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 28, 2020

i-D has just released a new, brief but stark documentary on discrimination and increased violence against LGBTQ people in Poland.

Nigerian Judge Strikes Case Against 47 Men Charged with Same-Sex Relationships

Nigerian Judge Strikes Case Against 47 Men Charged with Same-Sex Relationships

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 27, 2020

On Tuesday, a Nigerian court judge tossed a case in which 47 men were "charged with public displays of affection with members of the same sex."

Prince Azim, Son of Sultan of Brunei, Dies

Prince Azim, Son of Sultan of Brunei, Dies

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 26, 2020

Prince Haji 'Abdul' Azim, a Hollywood film producer and the son of the Sultan of Brunei, died on Saturday morning.

Zoom Trolls Target LGBTQ Students, Denounced as a 'Hate Crime'

Zoom Trolls Target LGBTQ Students, Denounced as a 'Hate Crime'

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 26, 2020

LGTBQ students at Durham University in England were targeted by a group of 15 people who bombarded a Zoom meeting with sexual imagery and homophobic slurs.

Virus is Pummeling Europe's Eateries — And Winter is Coming

Virus is Pummeling Europe's Eateries — And Winter is Coming

By Raf Casert | Oct 26, 2020

From Northern Ireland and Italy to the Netherlands and France, governments have shuttered eateries or severely curtailed how they operate.

Mexico Broadcaster: Pope's Civil Union Quote Not Broadcast

Mexico Broadcaster: Pope's Civil Union Quote Not Broadcast

By Nicole Winfield and Maria Verza | Oct 22, 2020

A Mexican television broadcaster confirmed Thursday that Pope Francis' bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions were made during a May 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety.

Mixed Philippine Reaction on Pope Nod on Gay Civil Unions

Mixed Philippine Reaction on Pope Nod on Gay Civil Unions

Oct 22, 2020

Pope Francis' endorsement of same-sex civil unions drew mixed reactions Thursday in the Philippines, Asia's bastion of Catholicism, with a retired bishop saying he was scandalized by it while an LGBT group welcomed the pontiff's remarks with relief.

Americans' Support for Same-Sex Marriage at All-Time High, Survey Finds

Americans' Support for Same-Sex Marriage at All-Time High, Survey Finds

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 21, 2020

A new survey found that seventy percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, the highest figure up to this point conducted by a major national polling organization.

Polish Academics Protest 'Fundamentalist' Education Minister

Polish Academics Protest 'Fundamentalist' Education Minister

By Vanessa Gera | Oct 21, 2020

Activists dressed as security guards climbed onto a balcony of a Polish Education Ministry building and hung a banner protesting the appointment of a new minister whom they consider to be a religious fundamentalist and a danger to the nation's youth.

South Australia Moves to Ban 'Gay Panic' Defense

South Australia Moves to Ban 'Gay Panic' Defense

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 19, 2020

South Australia has moved forward with a bill to revoke "gay panic" as a defense in court for perpetrators of anti-LGBTQ crimes.

Vaccine Storage Demands Could Leave 3B People in Virus Cold

Vaccine Storage Demands Could Leave 3B People in Virus Cold

By Lori Hinnant, Sam Mednick | Oct 19, 2020

From factory to syringe, the world's most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates need nonstop sterile refrigeration to work.

World Struggles as Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 40 Million

World Struggles as Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 40 Million

By Maria Cheng | Oct 19, 2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the planet has surpassed 40 million, but experts say that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true impact of the pandemic that has upended life and work around the world.

New Zealand's Ardern Credits Virus Response for Election Win

New Zealand's Ardern Credits Virus Response for Election Win

By Nick Perry | Oct 18, 2020

A day after winning a second term in a landside victory, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Sunday she sees the election result as an endorsement of her government's efforts to stamp out the coronavirus and reboot the economy.

French Virus Curfew Produces Eerie Quiet on Streets of Paris

French Virus Curfew Produces Eerie Quiet on Streets of Paris

Oct 18, 2020

The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were deserted on Saturday night on the first day of the government-imposed 9 p.m. curfew that is scheduled to last for at least four weeks.

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