Man admits murdering a Gay man 34 years ago in Australia

Sydney, Australia – David Hudson writes in Queerty that the mystery of a gay man’s death in 1988 has finally been solved after another man admitted pushing him off a cliff. Scott Johnson, 27, was a US citizen who went to Australia to study for his math doctorate and be with his Australian partner, Michael Noone. His body was found at the foot of cliffs at Manly’s North Head Beach, outside Sydney. Police were quick to dismiss his death as a suicide. However, Scott’s friends and family never believed this to be the case. Scott’s brother, in particular, fought for […]

Singapore arrest OnlyFans creator on obscenity charges

Singapore – Dan Tracer reports for Queerty that OnlyFans creator Titus Low Kaide was arrested on December 30 in Singapore and charged with “transmitting obscene materials.” The 22-year-old was charged with two counts of transmitting obscene materials via electronic means after police received reports he’d “transmitted images and videos of his private parts.” After allegedly defying a police order not to access his account, he was also given a charge under the Criminal Procedure Code. Low is believed to be the first OnlyFans creator arrested in Singapore, where the sale, distribution or possession of adult material is illegal. The country […]

Germany appoints Gay man diversity commissioner

Berlin, Germany – Mishti Ali writes in Pink News that Germany has appointed Sven Lehmann its first-ever commissioner for the acceptance of sexual and gender diversity. Green Party politician, Sven Lehmann, will be overseeing a national LGBT+ strategy in his new position, which he took up on January 5. Lehmann has been a member of the Bundestag, the German parliament, since 2017. Alongside fellow lawmaker, Ulle Schauws, he spent three years from 2018 as spokesperson for queer policy and social policy within the Greens. Accepting his appointment, he asserted that “everyone should be able to live freely, safely, and with […]

From LGBTQ Nation: 11 ways LGBTQ rights improved in 21

San Francisco, CA – Though 2021 presented many challenges for the LGBTQ community, it was also a year of hope and progress writes Emily Bashforth for LGBTQ Nation. In several countries, new legislation was introduced while, in others, regressive laws were scrapped. New policies decriminalized homosexuality, provided protection for trans people against discrimination, and made it easier for the community to access healthcare. Here are eleven ways LGBTQ rights improved around the world this year: The U.S. ended its ban on transgender people serving in the military ended; Angola decriminalized same-sex relationships; Bhutan decriminalized homosexuality; the EU parliament decided that […]

North Carolina town elects a Lesbian mayor

Spring Lake, NC – Not many people have heard of Spring Lake, North Carolina. The Fayetteville suburb is about 120 miles east of Charlotte and has a population of approximately 12,000. The small town made history recently for electing their first lesbian mayor. Spring Lake was officially incorporated April 9, 1951. Located in Cumberland County, it experienced a burst of growth following World War II, which was attributed to its close proximity to Fort Bragg. Spring Lake Mayor Kia Anthony is just 40 years old. She spent months campaigning, but it never occurred to her that if she won the […]

Actor Jussie Smollett guilty of faking antigay attack

Chicago, IL – On Thursday evening December 9, an Illinois jury found former Empire actor Jussie Smollett guilty on five counts of disorderly conduct related to lying to police about being the victim of a racist and anti-gay hate crime reports LGBTQ Nation. He now faces up to three years in prison, though many speculate that he may receive probation and community service hours instead. A sentencing hearing will be set for a later date. Smollett is expected to appeal the ruling. Prosecutors alleged that Smollett lied to Chicago police on January 29, 2019, when he claimed he had been […]

Tokyo set to recognize same-sex partnerships

Tokyo, Japan – Japan is the only member of the G7 that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage. Next year, Tokyo, the country’s largest city and capital, will do what it can to recognize relationships by introducing same-sex partnerships. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike didn’t provide details about what benefits registered partnerships would provide nor how these partnerships will remain unequal to marriage. In opinion polls, the Japanese population supports marriage equality. The Japanese organization Marriage for All put out a statement that they hope Tokyo’s move will put pressure on other local governments to follow. They pointed out partnerships will not allow […]

Connection between untreated HIV and COVID-19 variants

KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. Molly Sprayregen writes for LGBTQ Nation that Tulio de Oliveira, the South African scientist who first detected the COVID-19 Omicron variant, believes it likely originated in someone with poorly treated HIV. Oliveira, a professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), explained to the Los Angeles Times that variants are more likely to arise in COVID-19 patients with compromised immune systems, and those with untreated HIV have severely weakened immune systems that make it extremely difficult to fight off illness. In sub-Saharan Africa, approximately eight million people are living with HIV that has either been undiagnosed or […]

Justice says LGBTQ cases support reversing abortion case

Washington, D.C. – Dan Tracer writes for Queerty that the Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the most consequential abortion case in decades, and noted beer lover, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, suggested landmark LGBTQ rights cases could support overturning federal abortion rights. Yes, it’s come to this. Conservative justices, Kavanaugh among them, appear willing to uphold the Mississippi law before the court that would ban abortions in the state after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and possibly overturn Roe v. Wade. The liberal justices expressed serious concern that reversing the 1973 Roe ruling would be too political for the court. Kavanaugh […]

Biden nominates 2nd out woman to federal appeals court

Washington, D.C. – Juwan J. Holmes writes for LGBTQ Nation that just weeks after the first LGBTQ woman was confirmed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Biden is sending another out woman to join the same bench. The White House announced this week that Biden is nominating Alison Nathan, currently a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Second Circuit. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recommended her, as he did when she was nominated to her current judgeship by President Barack Obama […]