The show came from a deeply painful place… I ex­pected it to peel me off into the mar­gins by telling my truth so bru­tally, but I have been so over­whelmed by how pos­i­tively the show has been re­ceived and how con­nected I am to the world. It is a great hon­our.” – Han­nah Gadsby, after win­ning an Aus­tralians In Film award for Nanette, in which she “pairs punch­lines with rev­e­la­tions about sex­u­al­ity and gen­der”.

AND WE’RE DONE Bil­lion­aire Ama­zon chief Jeff Be­zos stuns LGBT+ peo­ple by do­nat­ing more than $10,000 to Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Cory Gard­ner, who con­sis­tently votes against gay rights, is ve­he­mently op­posed to mar­riage equal­ity and adop­tion by gay cou­ples.

HATE SPIKE French LGBT+ ac­tivists re­port a wor­ry­ing in­crease in anti-gay at­tacks across their coun­try. Statis­tics show that ho­mo­pho­bic hate crime vi­o­lence is up by 15 per cent since the start of this year. Some blame the rise of the far-right and back­lash as leg­is­la­tion favours LGBT+ rights.

VIS­I­BIL­ITY Grey’s Anatomy ac­tor Jake Borelli (pic­tured) comes out as gay on In­sta­gram, co­in­cid­ing with the 27-yearold’s char­ac­ter, Levi Sch­mitt, com­ing out as bi­sex­ual. He says he hopes both he and his char­ac­ter can in­spire young peo­ple strug­gling with their sex­u­al­ity.

TRANS AT­LANTIC A leaked memo from US Pres­i­dent Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion threat­ens trans peo­ple across Amer­ica. It reads: “The sex listed on a per­son’s birth cer­tifi­cate, as orig­i­nally is­sued, shall con­sti­tute de­fin­i­tive proof of a per­son’s sex un­less re­but­ted by re­li­able ge­netic ev­i­dence.” The LGBT+ com­mu­nity and al­lies re­act by protest­ing that trans peo­ple will “not be erased”.

GRANDE3 Amer­i­can pop star Ari­ana Grande’s brother Frankie re­veals he’s in a three-way re­la­tion­ship with two other men. Frankie has been open about his sex­u­al­ity for years, but this is the first time he has spo­ken pub­licly about his three-month re­la­tion­ship with two boyfriends, who are mar­ried.

WITCH HUNT Tan­za­nia asks cit­i­zens to en­gage in an anti-gay witch hunt, en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to “re­port” any­one they sus­pect is gay. It’s part of a “crack­down” on ho­mo­sex­u­als, spear­headed by politi­cian Paul Makonda. Thou­sands of names have re­port­edly been sub­mit­ted to au­thor­i­ties, with those “dis­cov­ered” fac­ing 30 years in jail.

EJECTED A Lon­don gay sauna makes head­lines for ask­ing a trans man to leave for “not hav­ing a pe­nis”. He says he was ejected after oth­ers saw his gen­i­talia and com­plained to staff, who told him the sauna was “a male-only space”. The move raises ques­tions about trans rights and sparks on­line de­bates.

HAPPY FIN­NISH Fin­nish po­lice launch an LGBT+ group to build trust be­tween the ser­vice and the LGBT+ com­mu­nity and en­sure all of­fi­cers feel com­fort­able about be­ing open about their sex­u­al­ity. Tom Of Fin­land fan­tasies reach boil­ing point.

SUR­VEY Aus­tralian re­searchers em­bark on the first ever study into the sex lives and well­be­ing of trans and gen­der di­verse cit­i­zens. The Kirby In­sti­tute hopes its find­ings will lead to bet­ter health­care and sup­port for the com­mu­nity.

RE­MEM­BER­ING The cast of the 1993 film Philadel­phia, in which Tom Hanks starred as a young man dy­ing of AIDS, will re­lease a short film to mark the clas­sic movie’s 25th an­niver­sary. Hanks will join co-stars in­clud­ing Den­zel Wash­ing­ton to ex­plore how at­ti­tudes to HIV/AIDS have changed. Called The Last Mile, it will be avail­able from the end of Novem­ber.

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