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Same-sex couples rush to the altar in Costa Rica

Same-sex couples rush to the altar in Costa Rica

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jun 3, 2020

Eight minutes after midnight on May 26 Alexandra QuirĂ³s Castillo and Daritza Araya Arguedas kissed and became Costa Rica's first same-sex couple to legally marry.

Hungarian parliament bans gender recognition in landslide vote

Hungarian parliament bans gender recognition in landslide vote

  • by Heather Cassell
  • May 27, 2020

Hungary's lawmakers recently voted 133-57 to pass a bill that defines an individual's sex registered at birth, effectively banning future gender identity changes.

Report shows pandemic's affect on LGBTQs around the world

Report shows pandemic's affect on LGBTQs around the world

  • by Heather Cassell
  • May 20, 2020

Global LGBT leaders were concerned about the well-being of queer communities around the world when the novel coronavirus pandemic broke out and countries began shutting down to halt the spread of it.

Germany bans conversion therapy for minors

Germany bans conversion therapy for minors

  • by Heather Cassell
  • May 13, 2020

Germany is the latest country to ban conversion therapy for minors.

Kenya LGBT refugee protest ends with tear gas and batons

Kenya LGBT refugee protest ends with tear gas and batons

  • by Heather Cassell
  • May 6, 2020

Police responded to about 60 LGBT refugees demonstrating outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee's office in Kakuma, Kenya at the end of last week, as they attempted to disband the protest.

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • May 1, 2020

Thank you very much, it has been both humbling and encouraging receiving your generous support when so many are also in need of help. So far, we have raised just over $25,000 and are just 15% away from reaching our goal of $30,000.

Award-winning gay photojournalist dies of COVID-19

Award-winning gay photojournalist dies of COVID-19

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Apr 29, 2020

Award-winning Iranian-born gay photojournalist Shahin Shahablou died in a London hospital April 15 of complications from COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. He was 56.

Being LGBT in Tanzania still perilous

Being LGBT in Tanzania still perilous

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Apr 22, 2020

Tanzania's crackdown on LGBT citizens hasn't stopped, despite the country's leaders appearing to bow to the World Bank and other global pressures, queer activists said.

Indonesian trans woman murdered

Indonesian trans woman murdered

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Apr 15, 2020

Human rights and LGBT advocates have condemned Indonesian police's reasoning for not charging alleged suspects in a brutal attack and burning that left a transgender woman dead.

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • Apr 15, 2020

San Francisco is one of 11 US cities that is fortunate to have a legacy LGBT publication by us, for us, and about us. Help preserve the BAR as an historic and important community institution for the future.

LGBT Asians mobilize in face of coronavirus-related racism

LGBT Asians mobilize in face of coronavirus-related racism

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Apr 8, 2020

LGBT Asians around the world are fighting back in the face of coronavirus-inspired racist attacks against Asians.

Singapore high court upholds colonial-era anti-gay law

Singapore high court upholds colonial-era anti-gay law

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Apr 1, 2020

Singapore's high court upheld the country's colonial-era anti-sodomy law March 30.

Global LGBT organizations mobilize in face of pandemic

Global LGBT organizations mobilize in face of pandemic

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Mar 25, 2020

Global LGBT organizations are responding to the impact of the coronavirus as they work to protect some of the most vulnerable queer people.

South Bay lesbian travelers caught amid virus pandemic

South Bay lesbian travelers caught amid virus pandemic

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Mar 18, 2020

Silicon Valley lesbian couples traveling abroad are trying to get home amid the global coronavirus pandemic.