There’s a new gen­er­a­tion of voices emerg­ing in our coun­try, walk­ing away from the pol­i­tics of the past and ready to de­liver on our pri­or­i­ties… We’re ready for a fresh start.”

– Peter But­tigieg (above), the gay mayor of South Bend, In­di­ana, an­nounces he will run for the US pres­i­dency in 2020.

JUSSIE SUP­PORT Pop­u­lar star of the US TV show Empire, Jussie Smol­lett (right) re­ceives love and sup­port from around the world af­ter be­ing bru­tally at­tacked in Chicago in an ap­par­ent an­tiblack and anti-gay hate crime. Smol­lett was hos­pi­talised af­ter two men jumped him and put a noose around his neck in a vi­o­lent at­tack. The men al­legedly wore face masks and yelled, “Make Amer­ica Great Again”. Jussie is said to be re­cov­er­ing well.

POLE DANCE A prom­i­nent gay Pol­ish politi­cian launches a new pro­gres­sive, lib­eral party with a clear aim to stamp out right-wing hate in his coun­try. Robert Biedron’s new Wiosna party, which trans­lates as “Spring” pledges to brighten the gloomy and of­ten anti-gay land­scape of Pol­ish pol­i­tics.

GAY CON­VERT Lead­ing Amer­i­can “gay con­ver­sion therapist” David Matheson (left), who cre­ated vi­o­lently anti-gay “treat­ments” to try to turn gay men straight un­der the guise of re­li­gious teach­ing, comes out as gay him­self. Matheson says he ac­knowl­edges the harm he has caused and has quit his tor­tur­ous prac­tice. How­ever, the pro­grammes he de­signed are still in use across the US.

KILLER Cana­dian Bruce McArthur pleads guilty to the mur­der of eight men in an ap­par­ent anti-gay killing spree in Toronto. All the vic­tims dis­ap­peared from the city’s gay vil­lage, spark­ing shock and anger among the LGBT+ com­mu­nity. McArthur, 67, was await­ing sen­tenc­ing at the time of go­ing to press.

HOR­ROR An un­named man is pub­licly ex­e­cuted in Iran for ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. Reports state the man, 31, was hanged in a pub­lic space in the city of Kaze­roon. It is al­leged the man raped two 15-year-old boys.

CHOKE Hold An 18-year-old British man is ac­cused of mur­der af­ter an older gay man was choked to death dur­ing a “sex game gone wrong”. Daniel Kurmelovs ad­mits chok­ing Frank Len­non, 53, but in­sists the death was an ac­ci­dent. The pros­e­cu­tion claim he in­tended to kill. The case con­tin­ues.

MAR­RIAGE ANX­I­ETY A new study re­veals the neg­a­tive im­pact of Aus­tralia’s 2017 postal sur­vey on mar­riage equal­ity has had on the LGBT+ com­mu­nity. Psy­chol­o­gists say anti­gay sentiment led to in­creases in de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and stress.

SU­PER-GOAL Male cheer­lead­ers are fea­tured in Amer­ica’s Su­per Bowl for the first time. Two men, Quin­ton Peron and Napoleon Jin­nies (above), joined the of­fi­cial cheer­lead­ing ef­forts dur­ing the Fe­bru­ary live fi­nals, chal­leng­ing gen­der norms and in­spir­ing LGBT+ kids across the world.

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