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Australia Accused of 'Excessive and Unnecessary' Secrecy

Australia Accused of 'Excessive and Unnecessary' Secrecy

By Rod McGuirk | Jun 20, 2021

Australia's suppression of information seen as pivotal to a free and open media is at the center of accusations that the country has become one of the world's most secretive democracies.

As Brazil Tops 500,000 Deaths, Protests Against President

As Brazil Tops 500,000 Deaths, Protests Against President

By Marcelo Silva de Sousa | Jun 20, 2021

Anti-government protesters took to the streets in more than a score of cities across Brazil on Saturday as the nation's confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million.

Mexico Conservatives to Sue Over Gay Pride Twitter Hacking

Mexico Conservatives to Sue Over Gay Pride Twitter Hacking

Jun 18, 2021

A socially conservative Mexican political party is threatening legal action Friday after someone hacked the Solidarity Encounter Party's Twitter account and posted the gay pride banner and the slogan "Love is Love."

France Eases Masks Rules; Will End Nightly Virus Curfew

France Eases Masks Rules; Will End Nightly Virus Curfew

By Sylvie Corbet | Jun 17, 2021

France on Wednesday eased several COVID-19 restrictions, with authorities saying it's no longer always mandatory to wear masks outdoors and halting an 8-month nightly coronavirus curfew this weekend.

European Union Agrees to Lift Travel Restrictions on US Tourists

European Union Agrees to Lift Travel Restrictions on US Tourists

Jun 17, 2021

EU members agreed Wednesday to add the U.S. to the list of countries for which they should gradually remove restrictions on non-essential travel.

Watch: The Queer City — How to Design More Inclusive Public Space

Watch: The Queer City — How to Design More Inclusive Public Space

Jun 16, 2021

Through interviews with over 120 academics, designers, activists and other respondents, researchers have studied how considering the design and planning needs of LGBTQ people might make the public realm more inclusive.

Hungary: Lawmakers Pass Law Barring LGBTQ Content for Minors

Hungary: Lawmakers Pass Law Barring LGBTQ Content for Minors

By Balazs Pivarnyik and Bela Szandelszky | Jun 15, 2021

Lawmakers in Hungary passed legislation that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment, something supporters said would help fight pedophilia but which human rights groups denounced as anti-LGBT discrimination.

Thousands in Hungary Protest Anti-LGBTQ Bills on Eve of Vote

Thousands in Hungary Protest Anti-LGBTQ Bills on Eve of Vote

By Bela Szandelszky and Balazs Pivarnyik | Jun 15, 2021

Protesters and human rights officials urged lawmakers in Hungary on Monday to reject legislation banning any content portraying or promoting homosexuality or sex reassignment to anyone under 18.

Virus Left Transgender Kashmiris 'On Our Own'

Virus Left Transgender Kashmiris 'On Our Own'

By Dar Yasin | Jun 15, 2021

Prolonged coronavirus lockdowns, preceded by a strict security lockdown in the region in 2019 when India scrapped Kashmir's semi-autonomous status, left many in the transgender community with no work at all.

Guyana Plans to Rescind Old Law Against Cross-Dressing

Guyana Plans to Rescind Old Law Against Cross-Dressing

Jun 14, 2021

Guyana's main transgender group on Monday welcomed plans by the parliament to rescind a law against cross-dressing, saying it has been the source of decades of police and state harassment.

UK Approves New, Less Strict Rules Around Gay, Bi Men Donating Blood

UK Approves New, Less Strict Rules Around Gay, Bi Men Donating Blood

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 14, 2021

The U.K. has marked World Blood Donor Day (June 14) by relaxing what some have called overly strict rules around gay and bisexual men donating blood.

Human Rights Officials Denounce Hungary's Anti-LGBTQ Bills

Human Rights Officials Denounce Hungary's Anti-LGBTQ Bills

By Bela Szandelszky and Balazs Pivarnyik | Jun 14, 2021

Leading human rights officials urged lawmakers in Hungary on Monday to reject legislation banning any content portraying or promoting homosexuality or sex reassignment to anyone under 18.

How Reparations Can Rectify Past Persecutions of LGBTQ People

How Reparations Can Rectify Past Persecutions of LGBTQ People

Jun 14, 2021

A professor of human rights law says we need to understand and embrace the true meaning of the word, and start to have genuine conversations about reparations for LGBTQ people.

As Infections Rise, England Braces for Delay in Reopenings

As Infections Rise, England Braces for Delay in Reopenings

By Pan Pylas | Jun 14, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to disappoint many people across England later Monday by saying that restrictions on social contact will remain for a few more weeks because of rising infections.

Look: This Year's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photos

Look: This Year's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photos

Jun 12, 2021

Associated Press photographers awarded the Pulitzer Prize on Friday had dodged tear gas to capture protests against racial injustice and patiently built trust with elderly people to empathetically document the toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hungary: Bill Would Ban 'Promoting' Homosexuality to Minors

Hungary: Bill Would Ban 'Promoting' Homosexuality to Minors

By Bela Szandelszky and Vanessa Gera | Jun 11, 2021

Hungary's governing conservative party has prepared new legislation that bans showing pornographic material and any content portraying or promoting sex reassignment or homosexuality to anyone under 18.

Classroom Couture: 'The Clothes Have No Gender' Movement Gains Steam

Classroom Couture: 'The Clothes Have No Gender' Movement Gains Steam

Jun 10, 2021

After a Spanish student was sent to a psychiatrist after wearing a skirt to class, teachers around the world are showing their solidarity by posting images to social media of themselves in dresses.

WHO Warns Delta Variant Taking Hold in Europe

WHO Warns Delta Variant Taking Hold in Europe

Jun 10, 2021

The World Health Organization's Europe director warned that the highly transmissible COVID-19 variant first identified in India is "poised to take hold in the region."

Germany Starts Rolling Out a Digital EU Vaccination Pass

Germany Starts Rolling Out a Digital EU Vaccination Pass

By Kirsten Grieshaber | Jun 10, 2021

Germany on Thursday started rolling out a digital vaccination pass that can be used across Europe as the continent is gets ready for the key summer travel season.

Europe Tells Tourists: Welcome Back! Now Work Out the Rules

Europe Tells Tourists: Welcome Back! Now Work Out the Rules

Jun 10, 2021

Europe is opening up to Americans and other visitors after more than a year of COVID-induced restrictions. But travelers will need patience to figure out who's allowed into which country, how and when.

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