I can point to com­ing out as the be­gin­ning of a true strength, uniquely mine, as a man and as a hu­man be­ing. I’ve found clar­ity. I’ve found love. While it’s a con­tin­u­ing process and not al­ways easy at first… it does get bet­ter… if you can, no mat­ter how

– US TV se­ries Teen Wolf star Char­lie Carver in a so­cial me­dia mes­sage to his LGBTI fans.

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A “RAIN­BOW cross­walk” is cre­ated out­side the now-closed Pulse gay night­club in Or­lando, Florida, as a trib­ute to the 49 peo­ple who were killed there in June 2016. It’s the first of many ini­tia­tives to com­mem­o­rate those who were mur­dered in the hor­rific shoot­ing, in­clud­ing lighted benches, mu­rals, and a pub­lic area for re­flec­tion.

ON­LINE MONEY trans­fer gi­ant Pay­Pal an­nounces it will match do­na­tions from the pub­lic to Aus­tralia’s Yes cam­paign for mar­riage equal­ity. The com­pany says it will do­nate the same amount as any­one giv­ing up to $250 via https://aus­tralians­fore­qual­ity. na­tion­builder.com/match­do­nate. It calls for other Aus­tralian busi­nesses to get in­volved, say­ing ev­ery­one has a so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to sup­port same-sex mar­riage and that it is “not about mar­riage. It’s ac­tu­ally about equal­ity be­fore the law.”

THE UN con­demns the re­cent ar­rests of gay peo­ple in Azer­bai­jan, Egypt and In­done­sia. They say those coun­tries have vi­o­lated in­ter­na­tional law.

ALSO AT THE UN, the US fails to con­demn death penalty sen­tences against gay peo­ple. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion fails to sup­port the mo­tion along with coun­tries where the prac­tice is le­gal in­clud­ing in Saudi Ara­bia, where those found guilty can be stoned to death in pub­lic.

TWO GER­MAN men make his­tory by be­com­ing the first same-sex cou­ple to adopt a child. Michael and Kai Korok are the proud par­ents of a two-year-old boy named Max­i­m­il­ian. The men mar­ried the day af­ter mar­riage equal­ity was in­tro­duced in Ger­many on 1 Oc­to­ber, 2017. THE EAST African coun­try of Bu­rundi an­nounces it is launch­ing an “of­fi­cial hunt” for LGBTI peo­ple as the govern­ment says that “ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is against Bu­rundi cul­ture”. Re­ports sug­gest that sev­eral gay and trans peo­ple, in­clud­ing teenagers, are be­ing held in prison and forced to pay large amounts of money to be re­leased. Gay ac­tivists are con­demn­ing the ar­rests and help­ing to sup­port any­one de­tained.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA re­duces the penalty for “know­ingly ex­pos­ing a sex­ual part­ner to HIV with­out first dis­clos­ing one’s sta­tus” from a felony to a mis­de­meanour. The move fol­lows the ar­gu­ment from ac­tivists that crim­i­nal­is­ing HIV re­duces rates of test­ing be­cause not know­ing re­moves blame.

BRI­TISH PO­LICE call for hook-up apps in­clud­ing Grindr to do more to pro­tect its users af­ter sta­tis­tics re­veal a huge rise in crime re­sult­ing from meets. Re­ports say that be­tween 2011 and 2016, UK po­lice recorded a 382 per­cent in­crease in of­fences re­lated to strangers meet­ing via such apps. Most in­ci­dents go un­re­ported.

AUS­TRALIAN re­searchers an­nounce suc­cess in early tri­als of a new on­line ser­vice aimed at im­prov­ing men­tal health for peo­ple liv­ing with HIV. iA­dapt is billed as “a world­first treat­ment of anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion in HIV”. It’s de­signed to help users self-di­ag­nose and learn skills to man­age is­sues. As the ser­vice can be ac­cessed any­where, more peo­ple liv­ing out­side of cities can be cared for.

DE­SPITE a ma­jor­ity vote for mar­riage equal­ity and a new gay prime min­is­ter, a study reveals that only a quar­ter of Ir­ish peo­ple would ac­cept an LGBTI per­son into their ex­tended fam­ily. The sur­vey was con­ducted to gauge pub­lic opin­ion on var­i­ous groups of peo­ple in­clud­ing asy­lum seek­ers, peo­ple of faith, and gay, bi­sex­ual and trans com­mu­ni­ties.

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