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  • Athens bans “sexual normalization” operations
  • Israel Prioritizes Gay Men For Monkeypox Vaccines
  • Guatemalan drags make history
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🇬🇧 Greece bans “gender normalizing” surgeries on children under 15

The Greek parliament approved a law last week banning “gender normalizing” surgeries on babies born intersex, thus preventing doctors from performing such surgeries on children under 15, “unless a court order decides otherwise”.

According to the UN, intersex people “are born with sex characteristics that do not correspond to typical binary notions of male or female bodies”. “Sex normalizing” surgeries sometimes lead to sterilization, loss of sexual sensation or other health problems in the past. Malta, Portugal and Germany have already banned this procedure.

🇬🇧 Exclusive: The secret mission to evacuate LGBTQ+ Afghans when the Taliban took over

The BBC revealed exclusive details about a secret mission in Afghanistan to save LGBTQ+ Afghans when the Taliban took over the country. The UK was the first government to offer an evacuation program specifically for LGBTQ+ people, working with charities such as Stone wall and Micro Rainbow in addition to the Canadian organization Rainbow Railroad.

Three of the evacuees included Bella, a teacher who concealed that she was transgender all her life; Ali, who lived cautiously to keep authorities from finding out he was bisexual; and Ahmed, a former gay youth leader (Ali and Ahmed’s names have been changed for security reasons). When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last year, LGBTQ+ Afghans began to be driven out virtually overnight. Ali said “even a simple song could have been enough to land you in trouble”.

Charities involved in the mission worked with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to secure seats for LGBTQ+ Afghans on the final flights from Kabul. Upon arriving in the UK after staying in an undisclosed country to await papers, Bella, Ali, Ahmed and the others were accommodated in quarantine hotels. The charity Micro Rainbow helped the group settle in with classes and workshops to help them adapt to the new country.

🇷🇺 Russian tennis star comes out and criticizes his country’s treatment of LGBTQ+ people

Daria Kasatkina

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Interviewed by Russian blogger Vitya Kravchenko In Barcelona, ​​Daria Kasatkina, Russia’s top-ranked tennis player, came out as gay and went on to criticize her country’s stance on LGBTQ+ people. Kasatkina, 25, currently ranked in the world No. 12, also expressed empathy for Ukrainian tennis players in the context of the war, which she called “a nightmare in its own right”.

🇨🇺 Cuba opens the door to same-sex marriage and will hold a referendum in September

On September 25, Cuba will hold a binding referendum on the new Family Code, which would replace the 47-year-old law. As an independent news site El Toque Explainthe voter ballot will contain a single question: Do you agree with the Family Code?

To be considered approved, the Code must receive more than 50% of the valid votes in favor of it. If the Yes vote is imposed, it would legalize, among other measures: homosexual marriage, adoption between same-sex couples, as well as the regulation of surrogate motherhood and the role of the family in the care of the elderly.

Even so, this new referendum family code has been criticized, as LGBTQ+ activist Sandra Heidl told Deutsche Welle “The Code includes some progressive content for the first time, and somehow the government didn’t want to take responsibility for it. That seems like a huge mistake to me, because they talk about human rights man, and human rights cannot be mistaken for a referendum.”

🇺🇸 Record number of LGBTQ+ candidates in US elections

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According to data from LGBTQ Victory Fund. This, CNN ratings, “coincides with a sobering statistic,” as this year also sees a record 162 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced. It also comes just weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, raising fears that gay marriage could be the next target.

🇩🇪 Germany will commemorate LGBTQ+ Nazi victims for the first time

The German parliament will commemorate for the first time those who were persecuted, imprisoned and murdered because of their sexual orientation in the Nazi state. The event will take place January 27 during the annual memorial hour for the victims of National Socialism. This has been requested for years by many groups, associations and individuals. German MPs will place these victims “at the center of the commemoration ceremony”, SPD politician Bärbel Bas told the German daily. Tagesspiegel.

Henny Engels, Member of the Federal Council of the Lesbian and Gay Association (LSVD), declared “To learn from all its facets, history must be kept alive as a whole. Unfortunately, after the end of National Socialism, the exclusion and suffering of sexual and gender minorities in Germany continued.

The activist highlighted in the Press release, that gay and bisexual men continued to be prosecuted in West and East German states for years. Section 175 of the Criminal Code was finally abolished on June 11, 1994. The so-called “gay paragraph” dates back to the 19th century. According Deutsche Welle“this ended the legal persecution of male homosexuals in Germany, which had lasted more than a century.”

🇬🇹 Guatemalan drag queens go down in theater history

For the first time, drag queens performed in a public theater in Guatemala. Last week, Lux, one of the main cultural spaces in Guatemala City, used to hosting film screenings, concerts, literary festivals and plays, hosted a drag event for the first time.

As Guatemalan independent media Ocote Agency reports, the venue is located in the historic center of the Guatemalan capital, opened in 1936. The goal of the night was to reach audiences beyond the young LGBTQ+ community, with the aim of accommodating a more crowded larger than in a bar or other spaces where drag events typically take place.

“We are making history,” said Gloria, one of the drag queens.

🇺🇸 Department of Education Invites Florida Student to Give Prohibited Grad Speech

Florida gay high school boy delivered his valedictorian speech prohibited last week at the invitation of US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. Last May, Zander Moricz was told by his school principal that his microphone would be muted if his speech to graduating seniors mentioned LGBTQ+ issues, advocacy or his sexual orientation, according to the LGBTQ Nation news site. Moricz resorted to using a metaphor for forbidden subjects, but was asked to deliver the original version to Washington, D.C. at the United States Department of Education.

🇬🇧 Helpline launched to help LGBTQ victims in Ghana

One Love Sisters Ghana, an association that seeks to empower women to embrace diversity in Islam, is launching a gender-based violence hotline. On their Facebook page, they encouraged lesbian, bi, queer and trans women to report all forms of violence they may experience. This is a welcome measure in a country where the LGBTQ+ community often suffers from abuse.

The 5 hotlines operate 24/7 with correspondents “ready to listen and provide the necessary assistance”. One Love Sisters Ghana creates safe spaces for conversations about gender-based violence within Muslim communities and tries to reach people on multiple platforms.

🇦🇺 Seven rugby players boycott the Game Over Pride jersey

Seven members of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles team, playing in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL), have decided to boycott this Thursday a match against the Sydney Roosters, important for qualifying for the NRL finals. The reason: they refused to wear a shirt with the LGBTQ+ rainbow on “religious and cultural grounds”, as part of the club’s initiative to promote inclusivity and diversity in the sport.

At a press conference, Manly manager Des Hasler apologized on behalf of the club and said he had made a “significant mistake” by not consulting the players beforehand. The situation is seen as an embarrassment to the club as the first NRL rugby player to come out openly as gay in 1995, Ian Roberts, was playing for the Eagles.

🇮🇱 Israel to first administer monkeypox vaccines to at-risk gay men

The first 5,000 Monkeypox vaccines arrive in Israel this week, where at least 105 cases have been confirmed. Health authorities said they would be offered in priority to at-risk gay mensince this category of the population has been particularly affected by the virus, which is transmitted through physical contact.

HIV-positive men born after 1980 are particularly at risk, as well as men who take pre-exposure prophylaxis drugs to prevent contracting HIV. Men who have tested positive for syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea since the start of the year are also included. Health authorities hope to be able to prevent a larger epidemic by taking such preventive measures.

🇻🇳 Trans woman with “Hug Me” sign on Saigon street overwhelmed with acceptance

Strangers hug trans woman Do Ba Duy on Nguyen Hue Street

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As part of a communication contest in a transgender beauty contest, Do Ba Duy, 22-year-old Vietnamese recorded a social experiment in Nguyen Hue Street in Saigon. She was standing with a sign that read “I’m a transgender person, do you want to hug or throw some water?” and waited impatiently for people to react. She was hugged by over 100 people in an hour and a half, and no one threw water on her. The music video has now gone viral on social media.

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