The queer community is always on the lookout for allies—and we have what might be the most unexpected ally ever in the fine folks at Merriam-Webster. The dictionary creators have used their position (at least when they’re not trolling Donald Trump) to talk about the evolution of language and how it intersects with queer identities. That news and more in our look at cultural change around the world!
- Internationally recognized pop star Azis spoke about growing up in Bulgaria and his unlikely rise to fame as an openly gay “Gypsy.”
- Russian members of parliament urged authorities to ban the FIFA ’17 video game because it violates the 2013 anti-gay propaganda law—the game has a feature supporting the Rainbow Shoelaces campaign and allows users to dress their characters in rainbow jerseys. EA Sports is a latest in a line of game companies to subtly support LGBT themes.
- South Korean artist Heezy Yang described how his Seoul street performance brings attention to LGBTQ issues.
- Indian photographers Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh have published a new book—Delhi: Communities of Belonging—documenting the evolution of India’s LGBT scene.
- The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam held its fourth annual Queer Day featuring 5 films from across the world, including Pearl of Africa that follows a 28-year-old Ugandan trans woman and her cisgender male partner.
- A new Canadian film—Fire Song— about a gay teenager and member of the First Nation community of Northern Ontario is now available on DVD and video on demand.
- Finally, the US dictionary Merriam-Webster may be an unexpected ally for the LGBTQ community, but check out how it is using social media to bring attention to the evolution of language and to legitimize the community’s spectrum of identity.
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