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NewsWrap August 23, 2021


HEADLINES Queers flee Taliban as US exits Afghanistan Polish “LGBT Free Zone” defies EC sanction threat Romania’s right-wing echoes Hungary’s homophobia Uganda’s Museveni rejects redundant “Sexual Offenses Bill” Israel lifts blood donor rules based on sexual orientation Secretary Pete and husband Chasten coming adoption Oregon couple answers school banner ban with Pride sign


SUMMARY

Activists mount rescue efforts for queer Afghans as the Taliban take-over portends executions, the Malopolska region of Poland stays an “LGBT Free Zone” despite the European Union’s warning that funds will be withheld, Romania’s minority right-wing party announces a bill to ban positive LGBT depictions as 8,000 march for Bucharest Pride, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni rejects even harsher penalties for same-gender sex because he said the bill was redundant, Israel’s end of the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood is announced by its gay Health Minister, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten announce that they’re about to become adoptive parents, and Oregonians erect a big plywood-painted Progress Pride flag within view of a high school after the local school board votes to ban such displays.


NewsWrap is reported this week by MR Raquel and Marcos Najera, produced by Brian DeShazor.

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