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Record Number of LGBT+ People Running for Office in The US, But Queer Lawmakers Are Still ‘Severely Underrepresented’

A record number of LGBT+ people are running for office this year in the US, but campaigners warned that queer lawmakers are still “severely underrepresented”. The LGBTQ Victory Institute, which is “dedicated to elevating openly LGBTQ leaders who can further equality at all levels of government”, released its Out For America…

Same-Sex Marriage Improved The Mental Health of LGBT+ Americans

LGBT+ US citizens became happier and more satisfied with their lives after the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal. That’s according to new research from the Williams Institute. It comes as the US prepares to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v Hodges on 26 June 2015.…

How You Can Help a Friend Struggling with LGBT+ Domestic Violence During Lockdown

Domestic violence rates have surged worldwide during the coronavirus pandemic with some LGBT+ people particularly at risk. Organizations around the world have warned that young LGBT+ people may be stuck in hostile homes during the lockdown. Meanwhile intimate partner violence appears to have soared as couples face the pressures of…

This is How The Trump Administration Has Been Quietly Erasing LGBT Issues

Researchers have revealed that under the Trump administration LGBT+ language, data, resource pages and anti-discrimination information has been disappearing from government websites. The research was conducted by the Sunlight Foundation’s Web Integrity Project (WIP) which says its “mission is to monitor changes to government websites, holding our government accountable by revealing shifts in…

The Nations With the Highest Levels of LGBT Acceptance (and Lowest)

An updated study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law ranked the world’s nations by levels of LGBT acceptance.  The current report updates and expands a previous Williams Institute report, “Polarized Progress: Social Acceptance of LGBT People in 141 Countries, 1981 to 2014.” Coming in at number 1 is…

This Domestic Abuse Survivor Broke Free From a Controlling, Violent Relationship

A domestic violence survivor speaks about how he overcame an abusive queer relationship, as the Home Office this week announced plans to provide funding to support LGBT+ domestic violence survivors. Matt Lloyd had been with his partner for a year and a half when he was convinced to move from…

Research Says 4.5% Identify As LGBT, But There’s A Caveat

Back in 1977, when the U.S. National Gay Task Force was invited to meet with President Jimmy Carter’s representatives at the White House, founder/scientist/director Bruce Voeller of the NGTF announced that 10 percent of the population is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Voeller based his estimate on the work of noted ‘sexologist’…

Thinking About Having A Gay Wedding? Challenges Of Planning For That Special Day In A Conservative State.

Planning our gay wedding in Arizona gave my fiancé, Nick and I a big dose of nervousness. It is not a shocker or a big surprise that the beautiful, 48th state leans more on the conservative side of politics. Much of our hesitation was focused on how we were going…

Does Age Difference Really Matter in Relationships?

Does age really matter? Among LGBT couples, it’s pretty common to see a significant relationship age gaps: according to a 2013 survey, LGBT respondents were both more likely to be attracted to people 10 years older than them, and more likely to attract partners more than ten years younger.   Some studies…

Number of People Identifying as LGBT in The US Hits a Record High

The number of Americans who openly identify as LGBT has hit a record high after increasing for the sixth year in a row, according to a new study.   Gallup – a research-based consultant company, known for its opinion polls worldwide – recently released new data that showed a record-breaking…

‘Gay Cure’ Conversion Therapy Still Legal in Most Countries

UK needs to convince other nations to ban practice   The UK government’s plan to ban ‘gay cure’, conversion therapy practices have been welcomed, but it now also needs to convince other nations to follow suit. ‘It is of course welcome that the Government are looking to ban dangerous and…

LGBT+ migrants 97 times more likely to be sexually assaulted in detention

A shocking report has revealed that LGBT+ migrants are 97 times more likely to be sexually assaulted in detainment in the United States. Queer people detained in U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) centres are facing devastating rates of assault, according to a new report. Out of 467 detainees in 2017, 28…