ELTON JOHN SHARES TEAR-JERKING STORY ABOUT FREDDIE MERCURY’S FINAL DAYS

Today (September 5) marks what would have been the 73rd birthday of the late Freddie Mercury. To mark the occasion, we look back on a tribute from Elton John, one of Mercury’s closest friends, in his 2013 book. Mercury passed away from complications from AIDS on November 24, 1991, having only revealed to the public that he had…

THIS IS HOW SEXUAL ABUSE AGAINST GAY & BI MEN BRINGS UNIQUE STIGMA & HARM

As trauma psychologists, we’re leading a team to help alleviate psychiatric distress in gay, bi and trans males who have been sexually abused or assaulted. In collaboration with two nonprofit organisations, MaleSurvivor and Men Healing, we recruited and trained 20 men who have experienced sexual abuse to deliver evidence-based online mental health interventions for sexual and gender minority males –…

A JUDGE REJECTED AN LGBT+ ASYLUM SEEKER FOR NOT HAVING A GAY “DEMEANOUR”

A UK immigration judge rejected a man seeking asylum on the grounds of his sexuality as he believed he was not “effeminate” enough. The man appeared in the first-tier immigration tribunal seeking safety in the UK as he comes from a country where homosexuality is illegal. But the judge reportedly rejected the man’s claim as he did…

MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER OF TRANS WOMAN ZOE SPEARS

A Baltimore man has been charged with the murder of Zoe Spears, a black transgender woman who was shot dead just outside of Washington, D.C on June 13. Gerardo Thomas was arrested and charged with first degree murder on Thursday (July 18), just over a month after Spears was killed in Fairmount Heights, Maryland. He told…

JANELLE MONAE: WE MUST DO BETTER FOR OUR TRANS SIBLINGS

The Grammy-nominated American singer Janelle Monáe says that queer and transgender people of colour must be empowered and supported by the rest of the LGBT+ community. In an interview with Paper Magazine, Monáe said, “In the same way we want white folks to support us and be better allies and use their privilege to make change in…

GILLETTE AD FEATURES DAD TEACHING TRANS SON HOW TO SHAVE

The latest advert from Gillette features a trans man being taught how to shave for the first time by his dad. The advert, as part of the grooming company’s #MyBestSelf campaign, has already been viewed by over 400k viewers since it was uploaded on Thursday (May 23). The video sees Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, a young trans teen…

KENYAN AUTHOR & GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST BINYAVANGA WAINAINA DIES

Kenyan author and gay rights activist Binyavanga Wainaina has died at the age of 48 in Nairobi after a short illness, BBC News reports. Wainaina made waves in Kenya when he publicly came out as gay in 2014 after a series of anti-gay laws had been passed in some African countries. The author revealed his sexuality by sharing…

LAVERNE COX: ABORTION DEBATES MUST INCLUDE TRANS MEN, NON-BINARY PEOPLE

Actress and activist Laverne Cox has urged people to use language that includes people of all genders who can become pregnant when discussing abortion. Cox made the statement during a speech in California last Saturday (May 18). This came after an incident on Twitter, when Cox retweeted a tweet on May 15 that said, “Woman’s body. Woman’s right to…