LGBTQ Rights

Gay Priest Refuses to Marry Straight Couples to Protest Church Policy

Lars Gardfeldt, a 56-year old priest of the Church of Sweden, has found a way to make his point heard, even to the highest officials of his church. He plans to use conscientious objections to justify his refusal to marry opposite-sex couples. It is the same method that other priests use to deny marriage to same-sex couples.

Berlin Church Holds Leather-Fetish & Kink Inclusive Concert

On September 9, 2021, participants clad in leather outfits attended the Classic Meets Fetish held at the Twelve Apostles Evangelical Church in Berlin's Schoneberg district. Classic Meets Fetish is a for-charity classical music concert with a twist; all attendees and performers wear leather outfits, including leather masks, braces, and vests.

Rainbow Crosswalk in Ontario Vandalized with Bible Verse

Early this September, a rainbow crosswalk was installed in a crossing in Port Colborne in Ontario, Canada. Motorists and pedestrians were excited to cross through the vibrant colors of the crosswalk installed with the City of Port Colborne and the Downtown Business Improvement Area. Other local businesses were also eager to help with the installation, with a local credit union giving $1,000 in a donation.

Christian Loses Federal Lawsuit, Must End Conversion Therapy Practice

In March 2018, the state of Washington passed Senate Bill 5722 into law. Senate Bill 5722, a law that restricts the practice of conversion therapy, is the state of Washinton’s response to the increasing number of professional psychotherapists in the area that has been practicing conversation therapy.

Wrongfully Fired Gay Teacher Wins Lawsuit Against Catholic School

In October 2014, Lonnie Billard announced through social media that he and his longtime partner would be getting married. A couple of weeks after that post, he was told he could no longer teach at Charlotte Catholic High School. An unnamed assistant principal of the school told Billard of his termination.

Chief Rabbi in Poland Condemns "LGBT-free" Zones

In September 2020, in an interview with BBC’s Lucy Ash, Tomasz Sakiewicz, the editor of Gazeta Polska, a right-wing weekly magazine, said that he believes people should be allowed to have sex with whomever they chose to. Sakiewicz also noted that “aggressive ideology promoting homosexuality” is not suitable for Poland. More than half of the regions in Poland have established resolutions announcing that their community is “LGBTQ-Free.”

Six Sentenced to Death for Murder of Bangladeshi Gay Rights Activists

April 2016 was a dark time for Bangladesh’s LGBTQ+ community. On April 25, 2016, Bangladesh’s top gay rights activist, Xulhaz Mannan, was brutally murdered along with actor Rabbi Tonoy, identified by the local media as Tanay Mojumdar. Both are figureheads, pillars in Bangladesh’s thriving LGBTQ+ community.

Court Rules Teacher Suspended Over Pro-Trans Policy Should Be Reinstated

On June 8, 2021, a Virginia Circuit Court judge ruled that Tanner Cross should be reinstated as a teacher after he was suspended. Less than three months after Loudoun County Public Schools' (LCPS) appeal, Virginia's supreme court upheld the decision to restore Cross as a PE teacher at Leesburg Elementary School.

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