US & Canada

US general: No changes yet to transgender policy

Official says Pentagon will not immediately change current policy allowing transgender people to serve in US military.

US & Canada

Trump: US military will 'not accept' transgender people

President's statements via Twitter signal reversal of Obama-era decision to let trans people openly serve in military.

Trump: US military will 'not accept' transgender people

Europe

Germany votes in favour of same-sex marriage

Landmark vote comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel changes her mind and tells party members to follow their conscience.

German parliament approves same-sex marriage

Asia Pacific

Taiwan top court rules in favour of gay marriage

Judges on the island say current laws violate constitutional rights, but conservatives angered by ruling.

Russia

Gay rights activists detained in Moscow

Five people held as they try to deliver petition protesting against alleged abuses of gay men in Chechnya.

Gay rights activists detained in Russia's Moscow

United States

White House rolls back federal transgender protections

Donald Trump withdraws Obama-era guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

White House rolls back federal transgender protections

Human Rights

Changing attitudes towards LGBT in conservative Mexico

Although most Catholic Mexicans remain conservative, many are becoming more accepting of the LGBT community.

Opinion

US Conservatives, beware Trump's homonationalism

Embracing LGBT Americans should not come at the expense of demonising Muslim Americans.

Musa al-Gharbi

by Musa al-Gharbi

Musa al-Gharbi

Politics

Pentagon to lift ban on transgender service members

Officials say US army to implement new policies affecting everything from recruiting to housing for transgender people.

Pentagon to lift ban on transgender service members

Turkey

Turkish riot police break up LGBT rally in Istanbul

Riot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at "Trans Pride" event held despite ban to kick off annual LGBT week.

Turkish riot police break up LGBT rally in Istanbul

Reporter's Notebook

LGBT community raising millions for Orlando victims

Heartwarming initiatives and donations ensuring that no affected family will have to pay for funeral costs.

LGBT community raising millions for Orlando victims

Human Rights

Italy legalises same-sex civil unions

Lower assembly grants parliamentary approval to legislation after years-long battle for marriage equality.

Gay rights activists praise Italy same-sex unions bill

Australia

Sydney's colourful Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Australian politicians announce plans for same-sex marriage laws as hundreds of thousands turn out for gay pride parade.

Sydney's colourful Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

LGBT

Indonesia: Same-sex symbols on messaging apps targeted

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia but is a sensitive issue in the Muslim-majority nation of 250 million people.

Indonesia: Same-sex symbols on messaging apps targeted

LGBT

Transgender ruling in Lebanon an 'empowering' moment

Activists celebrate case allowing transgender man to change official papers and hope it will help ease discrimination.

Transgender ruling in Lebanon an 'empowering' moment