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School headmaster, inspired by his students, to ‘make history’ coming out as gay to pupils in online assembly

Nicholas Hewlett. (Screen capture via YouTube) A headmaster in Britain is set to make “education history” by coming out as gay during an online school assembly Monday (1 February) – and he knows he’s going to cry. Nicholas Hewlett, who leads St Dunstan’s College in the Catford neighbourhood of southeast London, said a conversation with a student who spoke about being gay bolstered him to do the same. In doing so, The Times reported, Hewlett is thought to be the first acting headteacher to come out in front of his students...
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Gary Barlow wants to form a supergroup with Little Mix, Spice Girls and Sugababes relegated to backing vocals. Yes, really

Gary Barlow. (Toni Anne Barson/FilmMagic) Picture it: You’re in a cavernous sports stadium, coronavirus is a distant dream, and the lights begin to dim – Little Mix, the Spice Girls and the Sugababes emerge to rapturous cheers and screams. But nobody is here to see the holy trinity of pop. Nope. They’re here to see Gary Barlow – they’re just his backing singers. The sinful scene could be a reality after it emerged that the former Take That singer, the creator of dozens of pop earworms eternally hummed by your 40-something...
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Nigerian actor Uche Maduagwu comes out as ‘proudly gay’: ‘Appreciate others and share only love’

Uche Maduagwu. (Instagram/@uchemaduagwu) Uche Maduagwu, a celebrated fixture of Nollywood and famous social media rouble-rouser, has come out as “proudly gay”. The Nigerian actor, known for taking swipes at politicians and celebrities with his trouble-making Instagram account, came out as gay on Thursday (28 January). In a series of Instagram posts, Maduagwu implored followers to live their truths while calling on US president Joe Biden to challenge Nigeria’s “inhuman laws against law-abiding homosexuals”. In Nigeria, queer locals spar with the looming threat of 14 years imprisonment and the death penalty,...
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Turkish students depict sacred Islamic site alongside rainbows. They’re detained and dubbed ‘deviants’ by ministers

Demonstrators wearing masks hold an LGBT+ flag during the demonstration at Boaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. (Tunahan Turhan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Four students were detained Saturday (30 January) and dubbed “deviants” by Turkey’s interior minister over a piece of artwork that reportedly depicted rainbows alongside the Kaaba. The Kaaba is the most sacred site in Islam, being a building in the centre of the Masjid al-Haram mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Tensions have simmered at Boğaziçi University in Instanbul after a supposed loyalist of Turkey’s governing party, the Justice and Development Party, was appointed...
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Honduras amends constitution to make legalising marriage equality almost impossible

Juan Orlando Hernandez, president of Honduras. (Getty/ Sean Gallup) The conservative Central American country of Honduras has amended its constitution to make legalising marriage equality and abortion almost impossible. Although homosexuality was legalised in Honduras in 1899, same-sex marriage has been banned in the country since the constitution was amended to explicitly forbid it in 2005. This amendment also prevented same-sex adoption and the recognition of same-sex unions in other countries. But on Thursday (28 January), the Honduras legislature voted to change the number of votes need to reform the...
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Dating app Bumble bans body-shaming, including ‘fatphobic, ableist, racist, homophobic or transphobic’ language

A quarter of British people have been body-shamed on dating apps or social media. (S3studio/ Getty/ Yu Chun Christopher Wong) The dating app Bumble has banned body-shaming, which it says includes “fatphobic, ableist, racist, colourist, homophobic or transphobic” language. From Thursday (28 January), the popular dating app will ban any derogatory comments about appearance, body shape, size or health, either in users’ profiles or in Bumble’s chat function. Research by Bumble found that a quarter of British people have been body-shamed through dating apps and social media, while half said...
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shuts down Trump sycophant Ted Cruz: ‘You almost had me murdered’

New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Texas senator Ted Cruz. (Getty/ Alex Wroblewski and Alex Wong) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shut down anti-LGBT+ Trump supporter Ted Cruz, telling him he “almost had her murdered” three weeks ago during the Capitol riots. Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter on Thursday (28 January) to condemn the app Robinhood, which banned users from purchasing Gamestop stock in the ongoing battle between hedge fund managers and lay investors using the “WallStreetBets” sub-Reddit. But when anti-LGBT+ senator Cruz quote tweeted her to say that he “fully agreed” with her...
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Polish MP who compared same-sex marriage to bestiality promoted to deputy minister of education

Tomasz Rzymkowski, Poland's new deputy minister of education. (Facebook/ Tomasz Rzymkowski) Tomasz Rzymkowski, a “dangerous” Polish MP who previously compared same-sex marriage to bestiality, has been promoted to the position of deputy minister of education. Rzymkowski joined Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) in 2019, but began his political career by representing the far-right ultranationalist party National Movement, which was formed after the country’s 2012 Independence Day march saw violent clashes between right-wing extremists and police. The National Movement party is xenophobic, anti-Semitic, and strongly opposes LGBT+ rights, Pride...
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon condemns transphobia in ‘message from the heart’: ‘No debate can be a cover for transphobia’

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has condemned transphobia, saying it should be treated with "zero tolerance". (Getty/ Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool) SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has strongly condemned transphobia in a “message from the heart”, insisting it is “vital to speak up for what is right and against injustice”. Sturgeon posted a video to social media on Wednesday evening (27 January), amid accusations that the SNP has become a “hub of transphobia”. In the video, the Scottish first minister said: “This is a message from me as SNP leader...
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‘Extreme’ bid to make trans healthcare illegal for under-21s launched by anti-abortion, pro-gun Republican

Warren Hamilton wants to ban abortion and say marriage is between one man, one woman and God. (CAIR Oklahoma) A Republican senator has proposed an anti-trans bill that would criminalise gender-affirming healthcare for anyone under the age of 21 in Oklahoma. Oklahoma state senator Warren Hamilton is the sole sponsor of anti-trans bill SB 676, which would make it “unlawful for a person under the age of 21 years to undergo gender reassignment medical treatment in this state”. Trans healthcare including puberty blockers, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and gender-affirming surgeries (not...
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The Cabins stars applaud ITV for helping to ‘normalise’ LGBT+ love

The Cabins: Ep1 on ITV2. Sarah and Charlotte chat about their dating and relationship past. (ITV) The LGBT+ stars of ITV’s Love Island replacement dating show The Cabins have praised the channel for helping to “normalise” same-sex love. The show, which began airing on 4 January, sees singles move into log cabins in the woods together for 24 hours, before choosing whether to stay together. While Love Island has been criticised over the years for its lack of LGBT+ representation, The Cabins featured same-sex couple Sarah Hutchinson and Charlotte Taundry, who have been...
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Singapore’s ‘absurd’ colonial-era gay sex ban is unconstitutional, argues fresh appeal

LGBT+ people of Singapore form the words 'Repeal 377A' at the Pink Dot Rally on June 29, 2019. (Ore Huiying/Getty) Three Singaporean campaigners launched an appeal Monday (25 January) against the decision to uphold a law banning sex between men. Singapore’s gay sex ban dates to 1938, when the city-state was under British colonial rule. It is one of dozens of countries to have retained colonial-era anti-gay laws after independence. But activists say the legislation jars with Singapore’s increasingly modern and vibrant culture. M Ravi, a lawyer representing one of...
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Harry Potter live-action TV series ‘in early stages’ and LGBT+ fans have had it, officially

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. (Warner Bros) “Early-stage exploratory meetings” are reportedly underway for a Harry Potter live-action TV series, and to say LGBT+ fans have had it is an understatement. Unnamed sources told The Hollywood Reporter that HBO Max executives “have engaged in multiple conversations with potential writers exploring various ideas that would bring the beloved property to television”. The sources reportedly said that “ideas have been discussed as part of the early-stage exploratory meetings”. Despite HBO Max and Warner Bros’ insisted that “no Harry Potter series in...
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Ambitious campaign launches to fight for trans equality in the Labour Party: ‘There’s much work to be done’

Keir Starmer was famously branded a 'wet wipe' last year, partly for failing to address transphobia in the Labour party. (Getty/Robert Perry) A new group dedicated to promoting trans equality within the Labour Party has launched, saying there is “much work to be done”. Labour was heavily criticised for failing to address transphobia within the party in 2020, a year that saw Labour politicians quit rather than support trans equality, lose staff due to their “overtly transphobic” views, and align themselves with transphobic hate groups. And as a result, trans...
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