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GERMANY: Catholic blessings of same-sex couples despite Vatican ban

Euronews (10.05.2021) - https://bit.ly/3tDuz0n - Germany's powerful Catholic progressives are openly defying a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions.   They are offering such blessings at services in about 100 different churches...

UK: Richard Dawkins loses ‘humanist of the year’ title over trans comments

American Humanist Association criticises academic for comments about identity using ‘the guise of scientific discourse’, and withdraws its 1996 honour   By Alison Flood   The Guardian (20.04.2021) - https://bit.ly/33ak8q5 - The American Humanist Association has...

EU: Long road to motherhood, lesbians fight for IVF in Europe

Same-sex marriage or civil partnership is legal in 30 European countries, but laws allowing lesbian couples to have children - through adoption or sperm donation - have lagged behind   By Rachel Savage   Thomson Reuters Foundation (26.04.2021) -...

USA: Transgender minors: Arkansas banned gender-affirming health care criticized

"Families are in a state of panic, asking what state should they move to. They want to know what they should do next and we don't have a clear answer for them." By Alex Bollinger   LGBTQ Nation (19.04.2021) - https://bit.ly/32DUrhC - At least four transgender...

GERMANY: German Catholics plan huge blessing of gay unions on May 10

By Inés San Martin   Cruxnow (15.04.2021) - https://bit.ly/32sCTVF - Continuing to openly challenge the Vatican, several Catholic leaders in Germany are openly supporting the blessing of same-sex couples, with a massive blessing service scheduled for May 10, in...

RUSSIA: German NGO files legal case against Chechen officials over anti-gay purges

Exclusive: five Ramzan Kadyrov allies subject of criminal complaint for crimes against humanity By Philip Oltermann   The Guardian (18.04.2021) - https://bit.ly/3ejwUrp - Five officials from the inner circle of Chechnya’s autocratic leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, are...

UZBEKISTAN: Authorities blame attacked LGBT activist!

A blogger who suggested Uzbekistan decriminalize gay sex was brutally attacked. The Interior Ministry and others blame him for provoking the assault.   By Catherine Putz   The Diplomat (31.03.2021) - https://bit.ly/3rJu9V7 - The day after a human rights...

POLAND: Polish court acquits activists who put LGBT rainbow on icon

By Vanessa Gera   APNews (02.03.2021) - https://bit.ly/3cbpDJv -  A Polish court on Tuesday acquitted three activists who had been accused of desecration and offending religious feelings for producing and distributing images of a revered Roman Catholic icon...

UZBEKISTAN: Unique opportunity to decriminalise same-sex conduct

ILGA (03.03.2021) - We, ILGA-Europe and the undersigned human rights organisations, call on the President and government of Uzbekistan, member of the UN Human Rights Council, to decriminalise same-sex conduct between men under the ongoing review of the Criminal Code,...

EUROPEAN COURT/ ROMANIA: The European Court and gender affirming surgery

X and Y v. Romania: the ‘impossible dilemma’ reasoning applied to gender affirming surgery as a requirement for gender recognition By Sarah Schoentjes and Dr. Pieter Cannoot   Strasbourg Observer (25.02.2021) - https://bit.ly/3uGK2yr - In the case of X and Y v....

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