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Why is Google still allowing LGBT youth to download this ‘pray away the gay’ app?: Google is continuing to allow the downloading of an app on its online store that pressures LGBT youth into attempting to change their sexual orientation.
South African gay hit film Kanarie to get US release: After a successful run at the local box office, it's been announced that the award-winning gay-themed Afrikaans film Kanarie will be released in US cinemas.
Isis gay execution building demolished: A building that became infamous as the site of multiple horror executions of gay men by Isis in Iraq is thankfully no more.
New York votes to ban conversion therapy: The US state of New York has passed legislation that will protect young people from conversion therapy and gender diverse individuals from discrimination.
Most gay dads continue to face stigma for being parents: Being a parent is not easy but it's even harder for same-sex parents faced with an unfriendly community, says a new study of gay dads.
The Weeknd slammed for singing he can ‘f**k a queer woman straight: Canadian R&B star The Weeknd is under fire for singing that he can make a bisexual woman 'straight' by sleeping with her.
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Dusty Ray Bottoms in Cape Town and Joburg: In a major coup for local drag fans, a different RuPaul's Drag Race contestant will be performing in Joburg and Cape Town once month for the rest of the year.
How body image ideals shape the health of gay men: There's little research about gay men's eating disorders and body image concerns but it's clear they're expected to live up to the western ideal of a muscular and fat free body.
2 dead and 40 arrested in new Chechnya LGBT purge: LGBT activists in Chechnya have confirmed a renewed anti-LGBT crackdown, with at two reported deaths and dozens of arrests in the last month.
Claims of renewed anti-LGBT purge in Chechnya: A top Russian newspaper says that another wave of anti-LGBT abuses may be underway in Chechnya, more than a year and a half after they were first reported.
New York Times: Nakhane one of 10 artists to watch in 2019: Nakhane's star continues to rise around the world as the New York Times sings the praises of the South African queer musician.
Groundbreaking queer rapper Kevin Fret shot dead: Kevin Fret, a rapper from Puerto Rico who was proudly queer, has been shot dead in the capital, San Juan, at the age of 24.
India army chief won’t allow LGBT personnel despite Supreme Court: Four months after homosexuality was made legal in India, the chief of the country's army has shockingly refused to accept openly LGBT personnel.
Lady Gaga apologises for “twisted” R Kelly collaboration: Lady Gaga has finally spoken out against R&B performer R Kelly as allegations of sexual and physical abuse mount against him.
This young queer entrepreneur from the EC won’t be deterred by homophobia: Starting a business can be quite challenging. It can be even more difficult for the queer entrepreneur who is marginalised or living in environments that constantly make them feel unwelcome.
Cameroon | Shattered dreams as lesbian footballer banned from playing: A promising footballer in Cameroon has spoken out about the ordeal of being thrown off her team because she is a lesbian woman.
Marvel introduces first drag queen superhero: The comic book world has become that much more fierce and fabulous, with the introduction of Shade, the first drag queen superhero.
Israel Medical Association rejects conversion therapy: LGBTQ activists have welcomed news that Israeli doctors have been barred from trying to change people's sexual orientation, known as conversion therapy.
Congratulations! Caster Semenya and her wife celebrate anniversary: South Africa's most famous athlete Caster Semenya and her wife Violet Raseboya are celebrating their wedding anniversary this week.
Nigeria | Backlash as actress comes out the closet: Alli Ojo, an actress and model in Nigeria, is facing a homophobic backlash and even the risk of arrest after she came out as lesbian on social media.