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Pandemic Haunts New Year as Virus Growth Outpaces Vaccines

Pandemic Haunts New Year as Virus Growth Outpaces Vaccines

By Danica Kirka, Angela Charlton | Jan 6, 2021

Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the coronavirus resurges and reshapes itself, filling hospitals and threatening livelihoods anew as governments lock down businesses and race to find solutions.

Chengdu, China Maintains Foothold as LGBTQ Hub

Chengdu, China Maintains Foothold as LGBTQ Hub

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Jan 5, 2021

Chengdu, long seen as a sanctuary for the LGBTQ community, is feeling pressure from a Communist Chinese government suppressing expressions of sexual freedom.

It's Lockdown No. 3 for England, This Time for 6 Weeks

It's Lockdown No. 3 for England, This Time for 6 Weeks

By Danica Kirka | Jan 5, 2021

England is entering a third national lockdown that will last at least six weeks, as authorities struggle to stem a surge in COVID-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals around the U.K.

Greece Names First Openly Gay Minister

Greece Names First Openly Gay Minister

Jan 4, 2021

The center-right government in Greece named the country's first openly gay minister in a cabinet reshuffle Monday.

Chinese Filmmaker Braves Censorship with True Story of Gay Adoption

Chinese Filmmaker Braves Censorship with True Story of Gay Adoption

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 3, 2021

Ran Yinxiao is only 19 and still a student, but his movie about two gay men adopting a child is breaking new ground in LGBTQ-phobic China.

UK Judge to Rule on U.S. Extradition for WikiLeaks' Assange

UK Judge to Rule on U.S. Extradition for WikiLeaks' Assange

By Pan Pylas | Jan 3, 2021

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out Monday whether he can be extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. to face espionage charges over the publication of secret American military documents.

Watch: Rio Circuit Party Closed Down — 2,000 Partied Ignoring COVID Restrictions

Watch: Rio Circuit Party Closed Down — 2,000 Partied Ignoring COVID Restrictions

Jan 2, 2021

A pre-New Year's Eve dance party in Rio De Janeiro was closed down by police on December 29 with 2,000 in attendance largely ignoring COVID restrictions

No Snake Soup for Hong Kong's Young Snake Catcher

No Snake Soup for Hong Kong's Young Snake Catcher

By Alice Fung and Nicole Ko | Jan 2, 2021

When Lee catches snakes, he uses a range of equipment — puncture-proof gloves, sticks, hooks, a torch and bags. At times, he even uses his bare hands.

Watch: Maskless Man Overboard! Gay Party Boat Sinks in Puerto Vallarta After Being Rear-Ended

Watch: Maskless Man Overboard! Gay Party Boat Sinks in Puerto Vallarta After Being Rear-Ended

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 2, 2021

An open bar, a "clothing-optional" beachside party, go-go boys... and a gay cruise catamaran slipping under the waves. It was all part of a New Year's Eve bash that went awry in Mexico.

Survey: Nearly Half of LGBTQ Japanese Sexually Harassed, Assaulted

Survey: Nearly Half of LGBTQ Japanese Sexually Harassed, Assaulted

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Jan 2, 2021

A new survey reveals almost 40% of LGBTQ people in Japan have been either sexually harassed or assaulted.

Ancient Graffiti Making Fun of Gay Sex Uncovered in Pompeii

Ancient Graffiti Making Fun of Gay Sex Uncovered in Pompeii

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 1, 2021

A newly-excavated eatery in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii made headlines last week, but a new detail has now emerged: The presence of mocking graffiti about sex between men.

Watch: Gay Doctor Posts COVID Vaccine Dance Videos

Watch: Gay Doctor Posts COVID Vaccine Dance Videos

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 1, 2021

There's a wealth of misinformation circulating about the COVID-19 vaccines, and a gay British doctor is determined to get the truth out... by posting dance videos to TikTok.

Polish City Funds LGBTQ Shelter Despite Government Hostility

Polish City Funds LGBTQ Shelter Despite Government Hostility

Dec 31, 2020

Authorities in the Polish city of Krakow have become the first to include financial support for an LGBTQ shelter in a country where the community has faced hostility from the government.

Senator Mike Lee Attacks Trans Kids Who Play Sports

Senator Mike Lee Attacks Trans Kids Who Play Sports

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 30, 2020

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) has baselessly claimed that transgender children who play sports pose a "deliberate, sadistic effort" to "harm girls."

Most of England to Greet 2021 Under Strictest Virus Measures

Most of England to Greet 2021 Under Strictest Virus Measures

By Jill Lawless | Dec 30, 2020

The British government on Wednesday extended its toughest coronavirus restrictions to more than three-quarters of England's population, saying a fast-spreading new variant of the virus has reached most of the country.

Watch: Trans Woman Says She Was Booted from Shop for Making People 'Uncomfortable'

Watch: Trans Woman Says She Was Booted from Shop for Making People 'Uncomfortable'

By Kilian Melloy | Dec 30, 2020

A trans woman in Calgary, Canada was told to leave a clothing store because her shopping there might make store patrons "uncomfortable."

Will NYE in Puerto Vallarta Become a Gay Superspreader Event?

Will NYE in Puerto Vallarta Become a Gay Superspreader Event?

By EDGE | Dec 30, 2020

Despite more than 1.3 million coronavirus cases throughout Mexico and upwards of 50,000 in the state of Jalisco some gay party promoters intend to kick off 2021 with a bang that could potentially become the super spreader event of the season.

UK Approves 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine With Easier Storage

UK Approves 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine With Easier Storage

By Danica Kirka, Mike Corder | Dec 30, 2020

Britain on Wednesday became the first country to authorize an easy-to-handle COVID-19 vaccine whose developers hope it will become the "vaccine for the world."

LGBTQ Ugandans Tell of Persecution Under Cover of COVID

LGBTQ Ugandans Tell of Persecution Under Cover of COVID

By Kilian Melloy | Dec 29, 2020

LGBTQ Ugandans have spoken to the global press about the persecution they have endured during the COVID crisis, with the government using the pandemic as an excuse for arrests and torture.

Child Labor in Palm Oil Industry Tied to Girl Scout Cookies

Child Labor in Palm Oil Industry Tied to Girl Scout Cookies

By Robin McDowell, Margie Mason | Dec 29, 2020

They are two young girls from two very different worlds, linked by a global industry that exploits an army of children.

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