The Good, the Bad and the Reflective
Serbia President names its first openly gay and first female Prime Minister. President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Ana Brnabic, 41, has been nominated as the Serbian Prime Minister-designate, which could also make her the first female head of government in the country's history. Her appointment needs formal approval by Parliament next week.
塞爾維亞總統，任命女同志當總理。塞爾維亞總統武契奇（Aleksandar Vucic）15日提名41歲的國家行政部長布納比奇（Ana Brnabic）為候任總理，若國會下週通過提名，她將成為該保守國家首位女性及公開出櫃的同性戀總理。
Heroic lesbian cop saved anti-LGBT Republican lawmakers during Virginia baseball shooting. Crystal Griner, one of the Capitol Police officers who helped take down the shooter, is openly gay – the day of the shooting, she leapt into action to protect conservative lawmakers who fought to deny her the right to marry. Griner, who was hospitalised with her injury, has been hailed as a “hero” after reports that she managed to shoot the shooter.
LGBT posters spread in Baghdad calling for acceptance and tolerance. Posters celebrating gay people are up in the city of Baghdad, Iraq, and are going viral online. The posters depict two rainbow coloured hands making a heart shape as well as featureless men and women, and in Arabic: “I am equal to you. Difference is the basis of life.” It is unknown who created the posters.
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Thousands attend Pride in Ukraine despite death threats. Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching for gay pride in Kiev on Sunday, carrying banners and waving rainbow and Ukrainian flags in a parade flanked by a thick cordon of helmeted police. In 2015, a law was passed banning workplace discrimination against the LGBT community in Ukraine.
儘管收到死亡威脅，數千人仍參與烏克蘭同志驕傲大遊行。烏克蘭首都基輔周日的同志驕傲大遊行(Gay Pride parade)吸引數千人參加，還有數名外國使節人員和政治人物共襄盛舉。在防暴警察駐守下，儘管一開始有小型的抗議團體到場，但遊行仍安全持續進行。烏克蘭當局在2015年，通過了一項法律，禁止在工作場所歧視LGBT社群。
World’s largest Pride draws millions of spectators to São Paulo, Brazil. More than three million people attended the 21st Gay Pride Parade in São Paulo on Sunday, according to organizers. Held in the city’s iconic Avenida Paulista, the parade hosted several famous Brazilian artists and singers. This year’s theme was “Independently from our beliefs, no religion is law. All for a secular state.”
Commonwealth countries officially recognize LGBTI group. A coalition of LGBTI organizations has become the first LGBTI group to be officially been recognized by the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) was approved for accreditation as a Commonwealth organisation earlier this month. The TCEN is a network of 38 civil society organizations in 39 countries. They all work to challenge inequality and end discrimination against LGBTI people. Accreditation means TCEN activists will benefit from increased access to, participation in, and information about Commonwealth matters.
32 South Korean soldiers charged for being gay while serving in the military. Many organisations have condemned the law prohibiting men from being gay or having consensual sex with people of the same gender after South Korea’s army chief of staff, General Jang Jun-kyu, started a crackdown on gay soldiers in April. Reports show that people were tracked down through social media and dating apps.
Malaysian teen dies after being assaulted and raped for hours by homophobic school bullies. T. Nhaveen was celebrating with a friend after quitting his job so that he could move to Kuala Lumpur and begin university the following day, when they ran into two classmates who had consistently bullied Nhaveen in the past for being “effeminate” and “gay.” The two classmates proceeded to call their other friends, all aged 16 to 20, before the whole group began attacking Nhaveen and his friend. Nhaveen was pronounced brain dead and has since passed away from the injuries.
馬國霸凌問題嚴重，少年遭恐同同儕虐打致死。T. Nhaveen與朋友一起慶祝離職，因為他隔天將會到吉隆坡的某家大學報到。途中遇到了兩位經常在校以‘娘娘腔’和‘同志’等字眼霸凌欺負Nhaveen的同學。這兩位同學立即致電給其它介於16歲至20歲之間的朋友，一起攻擊Nhaveen和他的朋友。 Nhaveen被診斷腦死，並已經因傷勢去世了。
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(Editing: Elyse Mark, Wei Chen)