CANADA FINALLY LIFTS ARCHAIC, HOMOPHOBIC BAN ON QUEER MEN DONATING BLOOD

Health Canada has lifted the antiquated ban on blood donations from queer men and others within the LGBT+ community.  The government department – which is responsible for national health policies in Canada – released a statement on Thursday (28 April) that it authorised a request from Canadian Blood Services to lift the restrictions on blood donations from…

QUEER AFRICANS FLEEING UKRAINE FACE ‘GRAVE DANGER’ EVEN AFTER REACHING ‘SO-CALLED SAFE COUNTRIES’

Queer African people fleeing Ukraine are facing “intersecting violence”, campaigners have warned. More than one million people have fled Ukraine since Russia declared war. However, not all refugees are being treated equally. There have been widespread reports of racism at the border against Black people, including African refugees, as well as other people of colour. Ukrainian border officials and the…

PEOPLE WITH OLDER BROTHERS MORE LIKELY TO BE GAY

A new study claims to have found compelling evidence for the theory that people who have older brothers are more likely to be gay, known as the “fraternal birth order effect”. The fraternal birth order effect is a theory that has existed since the 1950s, and it suggests that an immune response during pregnancy, in…

✊🏾 QUEER BLACK LIVES ON SCREEN: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE GOOD, THE BAD & WHAT NEEDS TO COME NEXT 🏳️‍🌈

On-screen representation has taken much-needed leaps in recent years, with queer Black lives being illustrated in all their messy, three-dimensional glory on shows such as Pose, Orange is the New Black and Sex Education, and to a lesser extent, on the big screen, in films such as Moonlight. In January, GLAAD reported that 23 per cent of queer characters on broadcast TV were…