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…

NIGEL SHELBY’S MOTHER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING

The mother of Nigel Shelby, a teen who died by suicide, has spoken out about the homophobic bullying he suffered. Camika Shelby said she was “shocked” by the death of her son Nigel, a 15-year-old freshman at Huntsville High School in Alabama who took his own life on April 19. In an interview with local news…

EMPIRE AIRS SAME-SEX WEDDING AS JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S FUTURE REMAINS UNCLEAR

The latest episode of Empire sees Jussie Smollett’s character Jamal getting married, but it’s unclear if he will be back on the show. The April 24 episode, titled “Never Doubt I Love,” will see Jamal tie the knot to boyfriend Kai Givens, played by Toby Onwumere. The wedding, which Essence describes as a “first wedding of a black, gay…

QUEER EYE SEASON 3 TRAILER MAKES US FEEL ALL THE FEELS

The trailer for Queer Eye Season 3 has dropped and it’s as emotional as any fan of the Netflix series may expect. The trailer sees the Fab Five—food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski, interior design expert Bobby Berk, grooming master Jonathan Van Ness, culture guru Karamo Brown, and style authority Tan France—back in action, this time in…