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Luxembourg's Leader Fears for Minors Over Hungary LGBTQ Law

Luxembourg's Leader Fears for Minors Over Hungary LGBTQ Law

By Lorne Cook | Jun 24, 2021

Xavier Bettel is a jaunty, sharply-dressed man with a keen sense of humor who leads one of Europe's smallest but richest countries. But on Thursday, Luxembourg's first openly gay prime minister looked deflated and disappointed.

PM Draghi Defends Italy from Vatican Objections to LGBTQ Law

PM Draghi Defends Italy from Vatican Objections to LGBTQ Law

Jun 24, 2021

Premier Mario Draghi defended the independence of Italy's parliament on Wednesday in the face of formal objections by the Vatican to a proposed law that would extend additional discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community.

EU Leaders Defend LGBTQ Rights Amid Concern Over Hungary Law

EU Leaders Defend LGBTQ Rights Amid Concern Over Hungary Law

By Lorne Cook and Samuel Petrequin | Jun 24, 2021

Several European Union leaders insisted Thursday that discrimination must not be tolerated in the 27-nation bloc, setting the scene for a heated summit over new legislation in Hungary that would ban showing content about LGBTQ issues to children.

British Travel Industry Urges Swifter Reopening of Sector

British Travel Industry Urges Swifter Reopening of Sector

By Pan Pylas | Jun 24, 2021

The U.K.'s travel industry held a day of action Wednesday, pressing the British government to allow more quarantine-free travel and provide cash-strapped businesses with much-needed financial support.

Hungary Fans Bemused by Rainbow-Flag Reception in Munich

Hungary Fans Bemused by Rainbow-Flag Reception in Munich

By Ciarán Fahey | Jun 23, 2021

Rainbow flags outnumbered German flags when soccer fans arrived for a European Championship game in Munich on Wednesday.

Italy Welcomes Tourists From US, Canada, Japan

Italy Welcomes Tourists From US, Canada, Japan

Jun 23, 2021

Italy's leader is pitching for tourists to start coming from the United States, Canada and Japan to give a vitally needed boost to Italian hotel and restaurant businesses.

EU Says UEFA has No 'Excuse' for Blocking Rainbow Protest

EU Says UEFA has No 'Excuse' for Blocking Rainbow Protest

Jun 23, 2021

A top European Union official said he can't find "any reasonable excuse" for UEFA to reject host city Munich's plans to display rainbow colors during a match between Germany and Hungary at the European Championship.

Hungary's PM Uses Soccer to Push Vision of Right-Wing Europe

Hungary's PM Uses Soccer to Push Vision of Right-Wing Europe

By Justin Spike | Jun 23, 2021

Hungary's populist prime minister has used soccer to advance his right-wing politics, and now widespread international criticism of a new law seen as targeting the LGBTQ community turned the European Championship into a stage to challenge liberal values.

How Hungary's Anti-LGBTQ Law Is a Political Tactic for Orbán

How Hungary's Anti-LGBTQ Law Is a Political Tactic for Orbán

Jun 22, 2021

Hungary's "pedophilia law" is really the latest political tool for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to consolidate support ahead of a major election.

Hungary's Foreign Minister Defends Law Limiting LGBT Rights

Hungary's Foreign Minister Defends Law Limiting LGBT Rights

By Justin Spike | Jun 22, 2021

Hungary's foreign minister alleged Tuesday that a disinformation campaign was being used to rally international criticism of a recent Hungarian law widely seen as targeting LGBT people.

Angelina Jolie Visits Burkina Faso as U.N. Special Envoy

Angelina Jolie Visits Burkina Faso as U.N. Special Envoy

By Ludivine Laniepce and Sam Mednick | Jun 22, 2021

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has visited war-weakened Burkina Faso to show solidarity with people who continue to welcome the displaced.

Australia Accused of 'Excessive and Unnecessary' Secrecy

Australia Accused of 'Excessive and Unnecessary' Secrecy

By Rod McGuirk | Jun 20, 2021

Australia's suppression of information seen as pivotal to a free and open media is at the center of accusations that the country has become one of the world's most secretive democracies.

As Brazil Tops 500,000 Deaths, Protests Against President

As Brazil Tops 500,000 Deaths, Protests Against President

By Marcelo Silva de Sousa | Jun 20, 2021

Anti-government protesters took to the streets in more than a score of cities across Brazil on Saturday as the nation's confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million.

Mexico Conservatives to Sue Over Gay Pride Twitter Hacking

Mexico Conservatives to Sue Over Gay Pride Twitter Hacking

Jun 18, 2021

A socially conservative Mexican political party is threatening legal action Friday after someone hacked the Solidarity Encounter Party's Twitter account and posted the gay pride banner and the slogan "Love is Love."

France Eases Masks Rules; Will End Nightly Virus Curfew

France Eases Masks Rules; Will End Nightly Virus Curfew

By Sylvie Corbet | Jun 17, 2021

France on Wednesday eased several COVID-19 restrictions, with authorities saying it's no longer always mandatory to wear masks outdoors and halting an 8-month nightly coronavirus curfew this weekend.

European Union Agrees to Lift Travel Restrictions on US Tourists

European Union Agrees to Lift Travel Restrictions on US Tourists

Jun 17, 2021

EU members agreed Wednesday to add the U.S. to the list of countries for which they should gradually remove restrictions on non-essential travel.

Watch: The Queer City — How to Design More Inclusive Public Space

Watch: The Queer City — How to Design More Inclusive Public Space

Jun 16, 2021

Through interviews with over 120 academics, designers, activists and other respondents, researchers have studied how considering the design and planning needs of LGBTQ people might make the public realm more inclusive.

Hungary: Lawmakers Pass Law Barring LGBTQ Content for Minors

Hungary: Lawmakers Pass Law Barring LGBTQ Content for Minors

By Balazs Pivarnyik and Bela Szandelszky | Jun 15, 2021

Lawmakers in Hungary passed legislation that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment, something supporters said would help fight pedophilia but which human rights groups denounced as anti-LGBT discrimination.

Thousands in Hungary Protest Anti-LGBTQ Bills on Eve of Vote

Thousands in Hungary Protest Anti-LGBTQ Bills on Eve of Vote

By Bela Szandelszky and Balazs Pivarnyik | Jun 15, 2021

Protesters and human rights officials urged lawmakers in Hungary on Monday to reject legislation banning any content portraying or promoting homosexuality or sex reassignment to anyone under 18.

Virus Left Transgender Kashmiris 'On Our Own'

Virus Left Transgender Kashmiris 'On Our Own'

By Dar Yasin | Jun 15, 2021

Prolonged coronavirus lockdowns, preceded by a strict security lockdown in the region in 2019 when India scrapped Kashmir's semi-autonomous status, left many in the transgender community with no work at all.

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