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The social pressures to be ‘straight’ and ‘cis’ can be overwhelming for LGBTQ+ people, especially youth. Adding conversion therapy to the criminal code of Canada is a good first step to supporting them. (Jeremy Mcknight/Unsplash)

How I ended up in conversion therapy and why Canada’s proposed ban is only a first step for LGBTQ+ youth

The Trudeau government took the first step to federally ban conversion therapy — a practice intended to change sexual orientation.
An activist poses for the camera outside Botswana High Court which ruled in favour of decriminalising homosexuality in June 2019. Tshekiso Tebalo/AFP via Getty Images

Africa’s policies hold key to LGBT rights on the continent: here’s how

Predominant public sentiment remains largely anti-homosexual and overshadows constitutionally guaranteed rights in Africa.
We propose same-sex attraction evolved to allow greater social integration and stronger same-sex social bonds. SHUTTERSTOCK

Homosexuality may have evolved for social, not sexual reasons

Scientists don't ask how some people evolved to be tall. In the same way, asking how homosexuality evolved is the wrong question. We need to ask how human sexuality evolved in all its forms.
A Zulu household, from an 1895 book called The Colony of Natal: An Official Illustrated Handbook and Railway Guide. J Causton and Sons /University of California Libraries/ Flickr

The long moral shadows cast by South Africa’s colonial history

A new history book shows how entanglements of race, gender, class and sexuality in South Africa flow from the moral contradictions of the settler colonial state.
A protest against Uganda’s anti-gay bill in front of the Ugandan High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2014. DAI KUROKAWA/EPA

What’s driving homophobia in Uganda

To address homophobia in Uganda, sexual rights must draw on the need for justice and social obligation.
Same sex sexual behavior is common to many species and evolved millions of years ago. oneinchpunch/Shutterstock.com

An origin story for the queer community

Conversion therapy has been pushed on some in the LGBQ community by those who think same-sex sexual behavior is 'unnatural.' But such behavior seems to have evolved millions of years before humans.
Queer men are using comics as a medium of self-expression to challenge, destabilize or embrace ideas about body image. Here, an excerpt from ‘Garden’ by Derrick Chow. ('Garden' by Derrick Chow)

Pow! Comics are a way to improve queer men’s body image

Queer men's comics are contributing to changing cultural narratives about what queer men’s bodies should be, and health researchers are taking note.
A tribunal will decide Thursday if Rugby Australia has the right to terminate Folau’s contract over his controversial social media posts – a dispute that raises questions about free speech, religious freedom and human rights and discrimination law. Paul Barkley/AAP

Explainer: does Rugby Australia have legal grounds to sack Israel Folau for anti-gay social media posts?

Folau has sought a full code of conduct committee hearing to decide his future with Rugby Australia. Depending on how the tribunal rules, the case could be heading to federal court next.

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