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LGBTI asylum seekers facing 'double discrimination' across Europe, warns report
The situation for LGBTI asylum seekers in a number of European countries is fraught with difficulties with many facing double discrimination, a new report has warned.They face "specific difficulties and injustice" even in countries that rank high for positive LGBT legislative change, according to an annual review by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).ILGA-Europe says LGBTI asylum seekers face double discrimination in Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.In Denmark, activists have documented cases of trans asylum seekers without access to trans-specific healthcare or being harassed, while NGOs in Spain have warned of the underreporting of discrimination and violence that LGBTI asylum seekers endure, and a lack of access to social and healthcare services.Germany was flagged for "the unsafe practice of conducting investigations of asylum seekers in their home countries and outing them".Several countries including France, Malta and Greece were decried for adding nations -- thought by some as being unsafe for LGBTI people -- to their list of "safe countries" that asylum seekers could be sent back to if their applications were unsuccessful.Greece now considers Turkey safe for LGBTI asylum seekers to be sent back to, but ILGA-Europe ranks the country as among the three worst countries in Europe for LGBTI rights and protection.France's Council of State, which acts as a supreme court for administrative justice, ruled in March that LGBTQI+ asylum seekers coming from a country that criminalises or persecutes LGBTQI+ people, should not be automatically given refugee status.Malta and Sweden were meanwhile flagged for new
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Having older brothers increases chance of being gay, study finds
Journal of Sex Research last week affirmed the longstanding theories of a “fraternal birth order effect,” in which “men’s propensity for homosexuality increases with the number of older biological brothers they have,” the researchers noted in an article for The Conversation.The scientists — Christine Ablaza, Francisco Perales, and Jan Kabatek — noted that past research into fraternal birth order effect had involved small samples. To counter this, researchers used Dutch population registers and followed the lives of nine million people born between 1940 and 1990.While the registers don’t explicitly state sexual orientation, researchers used same-sex partnerships and same-sex marriages to determine an individual’s sexuality.They argue that, despite excluding all gay people who haven’t registered an official partnership or marriage, their findings demonstrate “clear evidence” of fraternal birth order effect on homosexuality.Dutch men with three older brothers are 41% more likely to be in a same-sex relationship than men with three older sisters.They are also 80% more likely to be in a same-sex relationship than men with three younger brothers, which researchers say show that being the youngest sibling increases the likelihood of homosexuality — and that the differences increase with the number of older male siblings.However, even one older brother can make a difference.
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The Queer Athletes Looking For Gold At The 2022 Winter Olympics
Out Sports. The previous 2018 Winter Olympics had 15 queer people in total. With that in mind, this year looks to be a record-breaking year for team LGBTQ+ at this year's Olympics, with an already record-breaking number of athletes in just one sport, as figure skating already has seven out individuals, including the first nonbinary athlete, confirmed to take the ice next month.The games are scheduled to take place from February 4 to 20 in Beijing, and are far from being concrete, as a lot can happen between now and then. Still, here is the list of confirmed queer athletes heading to China for gold.Timothy LeDuc will become the first openly nonbinary athlete to compete at a Winter Olympics after they and their partner, Ashley Cain-Gribble, won the US Nationals Championship for pairs figure skating last week.They beat their second place competitor by over 15 points to secure the gold for the second time in their career, making them the ones to watch going into their event.In 2019, LeDuc became the first openly gay athlete to win gold in a US pairs’ event, according to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst has asserted herself as not only a legend in her sport, but has won gold medals at every Olympics she has been in since Turin in 2006, making her the most decorated LGBTQ+ Olympian of all time.The bisexual speed skater is entering the competition this year at 35, and it won’t be surprising if she tops the podium once again this year in her fifth Olympics.With a flurry of nearly every type of award a speed skater can get, regardless of her showing, Wüst has shown she is queer excellence.Going to my fifth Olympics in Beijing!!!
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