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UK's Johnson Slams Brakes on Reopening as COVID Cases Surge

UK's Johnson Slams Brakes on Reopening as COVID Cases Surge

By Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless | Sep 22, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has slammed the brakes on the country's return to offices, saying people should work from home if possible, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Europe Scrambles to Contain Rise in Coronavirus Cases

Europe Scrambles to Contain Rise in Coronavirus Cases

By Frank Jordans | Sep 21, 2020

Political pressure grew Monday in Europe for governments to tackle the rising number of coronavirus case without resorting to a spring-style lockdown that would hit the continent's struggling economies.

Why Australia Needs a National Ban on Conversion Therapy

Why Australia Needs a National Ban on Conversion Therapy

Sep 20, 2020

In recent weeks, Queensland and the ACT became the first Australian jurisdictions to ban conversion therapy but a national approach is needed.

Sweden Spared Surge of Virus Cases but Many Questions Remain

Sweden Spared Surge of Virus Cases but Many Questions Remain

By David Keyton | Sep 20, 2020

When most of Europe locked down their populations early in the pandemic by closing schools, restaurants, gyms and even borders, Swedes kept enjoying many freedoms.

Rights Group: More than 300 Detained at Minsk Women's March

Rights Group: More than 300 Detained at Minsk Women's March

By Yuras Karmanau | Sep 20, 2020

Police in the capital of Belarus cracked down sharply Saturday on a women's protest march demanding the authoritarian president's resignation, arresting more than 300.

Trump Backs Proposed Tiktok Deal with Oracle, Walmart

Trump Backs Proposed Tiktok Deal with Oracle, Walmart

By Stan Choe | Sep 20, 2020

President Donald Trump said Saturday he's given his "blessing" to a proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart for the U.S. operations of TikTok, the Chinese-owned app he's targeted for national security and data privacy concerns.

The Pope Affirms LGBTQ Kids to Parents in Rome

The Pope Affirms LGBTQ Kids to Parents in Rome

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 19, 2020

Pope Francis met with approximately 40 parents of LGBTQ children on Wednesday and said "the Church loves your children as they are, because they are children of God."

Police Clash with Anti-Lockdown Protesters in London

Police Clash with Anti-Lockdown Protesters in London

Sep 19, 2020

Police in London have clashed with protesters at a rally organized by opponents of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

Netflix Streams 'Queer Eye,' 'Orange is the New Black' in Saudi Arabia with 'Troubling Compromise'

Netflix Streams 'Queer Eye,' 'Orange is the New Black' in Saudi Arabia with 'Troubling Compromise'

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 19, 2020

Saudi Arabia has allowed Netflix to stream LGBTQ-centric series "Queer Eye" and "Orange is the New Black" over what Netflix Co-CEO Reed Hastings as a "troubling compromise."

 US Bans Wechat, Tiktok from App Stores, Threatens Shutdowns

US Bans Wechat, Tiktok from App Stores, Threatens Shutdowns

By Tali Arbel, Matt O'brien and Matt Ott | Sep 18, 2020

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the U.S.

'This is a Big Moment': UK Virus Restrictions Escalating

'This is a Big Moment': UK Virus Restrictions Escalating

By Pan Pylas | Sep 18, 2020

Fresh nationwide lockdown restrictions in England appear to be on the cards soon as the British government targeted more areas Friday in an attempt to suppress a sharp spike in new coronavirus infections.

US Banning Use of WeChat, TikTok for National Security

US Banning Use of WeChat, TikTok for National Security

By Matt Ott | Sep 18, 2020

The U.S. will ban the downloads of the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat on Sunday, with a total ban on the use of the latter, citing national security and data privacy concerns.

Germany Apologizes for Past Military Anti-Gay Discrimination

Germany Apologizes for Past Military Anti-Gay Discrimination

By Geir Moulson | Sep 17, 2020

Germany's defense minister is apologizing for decades of discrimination against gay servicepeople in the military until a change of policy in 2000.

Official Says Polish 'LGBT-Free Zones' Have No Place in EU

Official Says Polish 'LGBT-Free Zones' Have No Place in EU

Sep 16, 2020

A top European Union official strongly denounced the stigmatization of LGBT people by authorities in Poland, saying on Wednesday that "LGBT-free zones" that have been declared in parts of the country have no place in the EU.

John Boyega Quits Perfume Ambassador Role Over Chinese Ad

John Boyega Quits Perfume Ambassador Role Over Chinese Ad

Sep 15, 2020

Black actor John Boyega has stepped down from his role as a global ambassador for perfume brand Jo Malone after the company decided to hire a Chinese actor to replace him in an ad he created.

Italian Man Accused of Killing Sister because She was Dating a Trans Man

Italian Man Accused of Killing Sister because She was Dating a Trans Man

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 15, 2020

An Italian man has been accused of killing his 18-year-old sister in a rage because she was dating a transgender man. The suspect told authorities that he "wanted to teach her a lesson."

US Issues Sweeping New Travel Warning for China, Hong Kong

US Issues Sweeping New Travel Warning for China, Hong Kong

Sep 15, 2020

The U.S. on Tuesday issued a sweeping new advisory warning against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong, citing the risk of "arbitrary detention" and "arbitrary enforcement of local laws."

Poland Criticized in EU Parliament Over Courts, LGBT Rights

Poland Criticized in EU Parliament Over Courts, LGBT Rights

By Vanessa Gera | Sep 15, 2020

Poland's conservative government came under criticism Monday in the European Parliament, where some lawmakers called for it to lose European Union funding over its rule of law record and its stigmatization of LGBT people.

17-Year-Old Canadian Hockey Player Comes Out and Finds Support

17-Year-Old Canadian Hockey Player Comes Out and Finds Support

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 14, 2020

17-year-old Canadian hockey player Yanic Duplessis recently shared his experience of coming out in an interview with Craig Eagles on the podcast "Out in the Open."

Startling Statistics on LGBTQ Safety in Canada

Startling Statistics on LGBTQ Safety in Canada

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 14, 2020

A recent study by Statistics Canada reveals stark and unsettling information about LGBTQ safety in Canada.

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