Polish region wants to stay ‘LGBT-free’ despite risking EU funds

A Polish regional council voted on Thursday to remain an «LGBT-free zone» despite a warning from the European Union that it could lose funding, but its head said the declaration of the zone had been misunderstood and could be rewritten.

Hungarian booksellers fear self-censorship as decree curbs sale of LGBTQ-themed books

Book distributors and publishers in Hungary have raised concerns that a decree restricting the sale of LGBTQ-themed books could lead to self-censorship and make such items harder to obtain in smaller towns.

New Zealand moves closer to passing ‘self-identification’ law

New Zealand progressed with its plans to make it easier to change a person’s sex on their birth certificate on Wednesday as legislation moved through parliament with support from all political parties.

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‘I’m fighting for my community’ says Miss South Africa’s first transgender contestant

The first transgender contestant in South Africa’s national beauty pageant, 24-year-old Lehlogonolo Machaba hopes she will inspire greater acceptance of the LGBTQI community.

Hungarian election panel clears questions of LGBT referendum

Hungary’s National Election Committee (NEC) approved on Friday the government’s list of questions on LGBT issues it wants to put on a referendum as part of what Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called an «ideological war» with the European Union.

Thousands join Budapest Pride march against anti-LGBTQ law

BUDAPEST (Reuters) -Thousands of Hungarians joined the annual Budapest Pride march on Saturday to support LGBTQ people and protest against a law that limits teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in schools.

Hungary to hold referendum on LGBT issues by early 2022

Hungary plans to hold a referendum on legislation that limits schools’ teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues late this year or early next year, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said on Thursday.

Transgender woman in Cameroon describes ‘hell’ of five months in prison

The five months that two transgender women in Cameroon spent in prison were «hell», one of them told Reuters on Friday after they were released, describing how they were initially forced to sleep with chains around their legs.

EU executive takes legal action against Hungary, Poland over LGBT rights

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Commission launched legal action against Hungary over measures it said discriminated against LGBT people, stepping up a battle over values with Prime Minister Viktor Orban that could hold up EU funding for Budapest.

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