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Tutu's Advocacy for LGBTQ Rights Did Not Sway Most of Africa

Tutu's Advocacy for LGBTQ Rights Did Not Sway Most of Africa

By David Crary | Dec 29, 2021

Desmond Tutu is being remembered for his passionate advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people, but the South African archbishop's campaign against homophobia had limited impact in the rest of Africa.

Russian Court Shuts Renowned Rights Group

Russian Court Shuts Renowned Rights Group

By Dasha Litvinova | Dec 28, 2021

Russia's highest court shut down one of the country's most prominent human rights organizations, the latest in a relentless crackdown on rights activists, independent media and opposition supporters.

Qatar Officials Seize 'Un-Islamic' Toys in Rainbow Colors

Qatar Officials Seize 'Un-Islamic' Toys in Rainbow Colors

By Kilian Melloy | Dec 27, 2021

Officials in the anti-LGBTQ+ country Qatar — host to next year's World Cup — seized children's toys that happened to sport rainbow colors, calling them "un-Islamic."

Surging COVID Cases Make for Another Subdued Christmas Day

Surging COVID Cases Make for Another Subdued Christmas Day

By Nicle Winfield | Dec 25, 2021

Surging infections in many countries overwhelmed hospitals, canceled flights and curbed religious observances Saturday as the world celebrates Christmas 2021.

Russia Blocks Websites of Political and LGBTQ Advocacy Groups

Russia Blocks Websites of Political and LGBTQ Advocacy Groups

By Dasha Litvinova | Dec 25, 2021

Russia's Justice Ministry added two more rights groups to the registry of foreign agents: Coming Out and Revers, which advocate for LGBT rights and provide assistance to Russia's embattled LGBT community.

COVID Puts a Damper on Christmas Eve Again Around the World

COVID Puts a Damper on Christmas Eve Again Around the World

By Jack Jeffery, David Crary and David McHugh | Dec 24, 2021

From Bethlehem and Frankfurt to London and Boston, the surging coronavirus put a damper on Christmas Eve for a second year, forcing churches to cancel or scale back services and disrupting travel plans and family gatherings.

Lufthansa, United, Delta Cancel Flights Over Christmas

Lufthansa, United, Delta Cancel Flights Over Christmas

By David McHugh | Dec 24, 2021

At least three major airlines said they have canceled dozens of flights because illnesses largely tied to the omicron variant of COVID-19 have taken a toll on flight crew numbers during the busy holiday travel season.

Watch: How About Some Aussie Firefighters for the New Year?

Watch: How About Some Aussie Firefighters for the New Year?

Dec 24, 2021

The Australian firefighters are back with their 2022 calendar, which is good news for their large gay fanbase.

In UAE Desert, Camels Compete for Crowns in Beauty Pageant

In UAE Desert, Camels Compete for Crowns in Beauty Pageant

By Isabel Debre | Dec 24, 2021

Deep in the desert of the United Arab Emirates, the moment that camel breeders had been waiting for arrived.

Threatening Mass Text Message Tells LGBTQ+ Israelis They 'Deserve Death'

Threatening Mass Text Message Tells LGBTQ+ Israelis They 'Deserve Death'

By Kilian Melloy | Dec 23, 2021

A menacing text message received by thousands of LGBTQ+ Israelis warned that they were "apostates" who "deserve... death," and appeared to come from a rabbi who has denied sending the message.

Brigitte Macron, France's First Lady, Said to Sue Over Trans Rumors

Brigitte Macron, France's First Lady, Said to Sue Over Trans Rumors

Dec 22, 2021

Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron and first lady of France, plans to "initiate proceedings" against the instigators of rumors circulating on social media that she is trans.

Mr. Gay World Louw Breytenbach Resigns Over Contract, Funding Issues

Mr. Gay World Louw Breytenbach Resigns Over Contract, Funding Issues

Dec 21, 2021

In October, South African actor Louw Breytenbach was named Mr. Gay World 2021, but he resigned from the honor last week in a contractual dispute and disagreements over the organization's funding.

Canada Moves to End LGBTQ+ Blood Donor Ban

Canada Moves to End LGBTQ+ Blood Donor Ban

By Kilian Melloy | Dec 20, 2021

Canada's charitable Blood Services organization has filed to end a longstanding ban on LGBTQ+ blood donors.

Watch: Netflix Introduces 'Queer Eye Germany' with a German Fab 5

Watch: Netflix Introduces 'Queer Eye Germany' with a German Fab 5

By Emell Adolphus | Dec 18, 2021

The streaming giant has found its Fab 5 for the German version of its hit show "Queer Eye."

7 Queer Wonders of the World: Best LGBTQ Travel Destinations for 2022

7 Queer Wonders of the World: Best LGBTQ Travel Destinations for 2022

Dec 18, 2021

EDGE announces its top destinations for LGBTQ travelers with picks throughout the U.S., Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

Netherlands 'Going into Lockdown Again' to Curb Omicron

Netherlands 'Going into Lockdown Again' to Curb Omicron

By Danica Kirka | Dec 18, 2021

The Dutch government says it is imposing a tough nationwide lockdown in an attempt to rein in sharply rising levels of infections with the omicron coronavirus mutation.

How Trans People in India Have United to Survive COVID

How Trans People in India Have United to Survive COVID

Dec 17, 2021

Even as food and socio-economic insecurities started claiming lives, trans communities and organizations in India have organized to keep each other alive.

Glamour Night for Bosnia Migrants Presenting Fashion Brand

Glamour Night for Bosnia Migrants Presenting Fashion Brand

By Elder Emric | Dec 17, 2021

For an evening, some migrants in Bosnia were able to escape the hardship of their everyday lives for the glamour of fashion world.

Rights Group Says Protection for Transgender Thais Lacking

Rights Group Says Protection for Transgender Thais Lacking

By Busaba Sivasomboon | Dec 16, 2021

While Thailand enjoys a positive international reputation when it comes to the rights and lifestyles of LGBTQ communities, its trans citizens seek protections.

EU Official: Omicron to Be Dominant Variant by Mid-January

EU Official: Omicron to Be Dominant Variant by Mid-January

By Samuel Petrequin | Dec 15, 2021

The head of the European Union's executive branch said that omicron is expected to be the dominant variant in the 27-nation bloc by mid-January.

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