LGBTQ Rights

'Soldiers of God' Lead Violent Assault on Lebanese Drag Event

An extremist, anti-LGBTQIA+ militia group stormed a bar in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, on the night of August 23 while a drag event was being held, threatening violence against members of the LGBTQIA+ community in a country that is seeing a rising wave of hatred and bigotry against them.

Barbie Movie Bans: Crackdown in Kuwait, Lebanon, & More

As the Barbie movie, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, receives critical acclaim for its themes such as women empowerment and existential crisis, the highly-anticipated fantasy comedy film is being banned in many Arab and Muslim-majority countries.

Blasphemy Code?: Australian State Implements "Religious Vilification" Law

The Parliament of New South Wales in Australia recently passed a new, landmark anti-discrimination law on August 3rd that will make it illegal to vilify people or organizations based on their religion, raising questions about its possible effects on freedom of speech in the state.

Firebombing Targets Pro-LGBTQ+ Church After Right-Wing YouTuber's Visit

Just weeks after it was featured by a right-wing, anti-LGBTQIA+ Christian YouTuber, a pro-LGBTQIA+ church in Plano, Texas, was set on fire on July 23rd.

Arrested for Looking Gay? How a Crop Top Landed a Man in Turkish Prison

A man from Portugal was arrested by Turkish authorities and was imprisoned because he "looked gay” and wore a crop top, exposing him to horrendous conditions and human rights violations during his time in jail.