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Out in the World: US Senate confirms Maloney as ambassador; Biden OKs Pride flag ban

Out in the World: US Senate confirms Maloney as ambassador; Biden OKs Pride flag ban

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Mar 25, 2024

Gay former New York congressmember Sean Patrick Maloney is the new U.S. representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which carries the rank of ambassador.

Out in the World: Amnesty International calls for release of Chinese transgender activist

Out in the World: Amnesty International calls for release of Chinese transgender activist

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Mar 21, 2024

Amnesty International and Chinese and Hong Kong LGBTQ activists are calling for authorities to clarify the pending immigration status of Chinese transgender activist Lai Ke.

Out in the World: Homicide suspected in death of prominent Angolan LGBTQ activist

Out in the World: Homicide suspected in death of prominent Angolan LGBTQ activist

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Mar 18, 2024

Prominent Angolan gay activist Carlos Fernandes was found dead in his home in the capital city of Luanda last month under suspicious circumstances.

Out in the World: LGBTQ Serbians protest reported police assault against community members

Out in the World: LGBTQ Serbians protest reported police assault against community members

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Mar 15, 2024

Hundreds of LGBTQ activists and supporters recently demonstrated against reported police assaults on a young gay man and a bisexual woman in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.

Out in the World: Ghana passes draconian anti-LGBTQ bill

Out in the World: Ghana passes draconian anti-LGBTQ bill

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Feb 29, 2024

Lawmakers in Ghana have passed one of the world's most stringent anti-LGBTQ bills, further criminalizing sexual orientation and gender identity in the Western African country.

Out in the World: Greece becomes first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex marriage

Out in the World: Greece becomes first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex marriage

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Feb 29, 2024

Greece granted the right to marriage to same-sex couples earlier this month in a landmark parliamentary vote, making the Mediterranean country the 38th country in the world to do so.

Cuba sees issues regarding HIV/AIDS

Cuba sees issues regarding HIV/AIDS

  • by Ed Walsh
  • Feb 28, 2024

Cuba quarantined people with AIDS and HIV from 1986 to 1994 to limit the spread of the disease.

Changes in Cuba signal welcome for LGBTQ visitors

Changes in Cuba signal welcome for LGBTQ visitors

  • by Ed Walsh
  • Feb 28, 2024

If you haven't been to Cuba recently you haven't been there.

Puerto Vallarta leaders start new health center

Puerto Vallarta leaders start new health center

  • by Ed Walsh
  • Feb 20, 2024

Puerto Vallarta gay business leaders are establishing a new LGBTQ program named Vallarta Gay+ Community Center.

Out in the World: Queer Palestinians unenthused by SF Pride's call for ceasefire

Out in the World: Queer Palestinians unenthused by SF Pride's call for ceasefire

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Feb 16, 2024

Some queer Palestinians and their supporters met San Francisco Pride's call for a ceasefire and to free the hostages in the Israel-Hamas war with lackluster enthusiasm.

Out in the World: Rights group takes Meta to task for not protecting LGBTQ people

Out in the World: Rights group takes Meta to task for not protecting LGBTQ people

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Feb 8, 2024

Human Rights Watch called for social media network giant Meta to lead the industry in protecting LGBTQ people around the world with the launch of its #SecureOurSocials campaign.

LGBTQ Agenda: Report on global conversion therapy misinformation finds some improvement

LGBTQ Agenda: Report on global conversion therapy misinformation finds some improvement

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Feb 6, 2024

An Alabama-based nonprofit that studies hate and extremism has come out with a follow-up report about so-called conversion therapy on search engines and social media platforms that has found some improvement over the last two years.

Out in the World: Latin American LGBTQs remain concerned about violence

Out in the World: Latin American LGBTQs remain concerned about violence

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jan 25, 2024

Organizations have reported that violence continues to spike in Mexico and Ecuador and activists have been protesting in those countries.

Out in the World: 4 organizations appeal to UN for anti-LGBTQ laws in Texas

Out in the World: 4 organizations appeal to UN for anti-LGBTQ laws in Texas

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jan 24, 2024

Four advocacy organizations called upon the United Nations to protect queer rights in Texas because the United States has failed to act on the "systemic attack" on LGBTQ rights, according to a Joint Allegation Letter sent this week to the global body.