Only 174 pardons for historical gay sex convictions have been issued in England and Wales since “Turing’s Law” was passed last year. The law, which followed a posthumous pardon issued to wartime codebreaker Alan Turing (pictured) in 2013, allows the thousands of men who were convicted of historical gay sex offences to apply for a …

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Angela Ponce will make history when she becomes the first transgender contestant to compete at the Miss Universe competition. Ms Ponce, 26, from Seville, will be representing her country at the global competition in the Philippines in December after beating 22 other contestants for the Miss Spain crown. “Bringing the name and colours of Spain …

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Prime Minister Theresa May has lifted a 10 Downing Street ban on veteran LGBT activist Peter Tatchell. Since the creation of Downing Street LGBT Pride receptions a decade ago, Tatchell was banned from attending by three prime ministers – Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. “Despite my 51 years of campaigning, and my role …

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Labour MP Tamati Coffey believes it’s time for New Zealand to create a ministerial portfolio for rainbow affairs. “I personally think that we need a minister in government that’s actually in charge of rainbow issues,” he said during a Facebook Live interview with Newshub Nation. “In Canada I know they’ve got a minister that’s in …

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Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe were “honoured” to be the first same-sex couple to grace the cover of ESPN magazine’s annual Body Issue. “It’s important for people to come out. Visibility is important,” Rapinoe, 32, told ESPN’s Jemele Hill in an interview this week. “It’s important for there to be a first one on the …

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Dick Leitsch, a founding father of the gay rights movement, has died in New York. He was 83. Leitsch became an icon of the LGBTQ movement after leading protests that pre-dated the Stonewall Inn uprising. Born on May 11, 1935, Leitsch went on to lead the the New York City chapter of the Mattachine Society, …

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Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese will take part in the Dublin Pride march on June 30. The theme for the Pride event is ‘We Are Family’, and she has clearly taken it to heart, saying that most of her extended family plans to attend. McAleese said she would march with her son, Justin, and his …

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It’s the royal wedding of the year. It’s no longer about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who walked down the aisle on May 19 at Windsor Castle. Nor is it about the wedding of Celia McCorquodale, Harry’s cousin and a niece of the late Princess Diana, who said “I do” to George Woodhouse at a …

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After 15 years together, Allen Jones and Dits Preece were married at their home in Platte Saline on the tiny island of Alderney on Saturday. It is the first same-sex wedding on the isle after Channel Island voted to legalise marriage equality in October last year, with that decision becoming law last week. Allen and …

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Anti-gay marriage proponent Sophie York will lead Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi’s New South Wales Senate ticket. York was the face of the Marriage Alliance, one of the key lobby groups that argued against the rights of LGBTIQ people during the same-sex marriage debate. In the lead-up to the postal survey to potentially change the …

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