In the United States, we don’t have any Federal-level anti-discrimination laws for our LGBTQ citizens. Nevertheless, law firms across the country are preparing for a spike in anti-discrimination lawsuits. Why? Because as hard as it is for people to find work, it’s even harder if you’re queer. (This probably isn’t a surprise.) This news and more in our look at how cultures around the world are intersecting with being LGBTQ.
- The Rio Summer Olympics had a record 53 publicly out gay, lesbian, and bisexual athletes, 25 of whom won medals, including 10 gold. During the games, Nike revealed a new ad campaign featuring Chris Mosier, the first trans duathlete to qualify for the US National team.
- Participants in a Russian LGBT Sports Federation weekend event near the city of Nizhny Novgorod were beaten and robbed at their campsite by a gang of unknown assailants.
- A new Japanese think tank was launched to cater to companies seeking to reach sexual minorities and expand into the LGBT market.
- Although the US has yet to pass workplace LGBT anti-discrimination legislation, law firms are preparing for a spike in lawsuits as LGBT and other gender nonconforming people struggle to find work.
- Athletes with hyperandrogenism—a medical condition causing an excess of testosterone—were cleared to participate in the Rio Games, yet debate has still followed Indian sprinter Dutee Chand and South Africa’s gold medallist Caster Semenya for having an ‘unfair advantage.’ Professor Silvia Camporesi explores why they have been scrutinized when over 200 other genetic variations are not despite providing advantages in elite sports.
- After the games, Semenya was honored as South Africa’s Athlete of the Year, an award she dedicated “to my haters.”
- South Africa broadcasters have increasingly restricted LGBT content on mainstream media. PrideTV, a new subscription streaming service for TV and movies, hopes to fill the gap.
- In his new series, South African photographer Pieter Hugo captured the ‘Gully Queens’ of Jamaica—the community of gay men who live in the city’s storm drains.
- In Shanghai, China the first ever Mr Gay China was crowned after a four-week competition. The event was shut down in 2010, but organizers worked this year to avoid censure by focusing on values of “being healthy, positive and energetic.”
- And finally, check out the trailer for Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things, a documentary on LGBT Inuit people featured at The Vancouver Queer Film Festival in Canada.
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