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Here are this weekend’s top LGBT news from across the globe that you must not miss!
India’s First LGBT Choir Performs at London Pride
India’s first and only LGBT choir, Rainbow Voices Mumbai, were formed in 2014 and offer support for LGBT people in India and raise awareness around LGBT rights. Members of the choir have been in London over the past week for their first official trip outside of India. They were invited by Pink Singers, Europe’s longest-running LGBT+ choir. For some of them, this was their first visit to Europe. GayStarNews.com caught up with members of the RVM for a video exclusive on their experiences. Watch the video above.
Chechen Leader Calls Gay People ‘Devils’
Chechnya lead Ramzan Kadyrov has called gay people the “devil” and once again denied reports of the gay purge in the region. He also said they’re ‘devils’ and ‘they are not people,’ according to Out Sports. wshen asked by HBO’s David Scott about the torture and abduction of gay men in the Russian republic, he said, “We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada.” Praise be to God. Take them far from us so we don’t have them at home. To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them.” He added, “They are devils. They are for sale. They are not people.”
Woman Proposes Police Officer Girlfriend at London Pride
Crowds cheered and shouted in joy yesterday as a woman got down on one knee and proposed to her police officer girlfriend during Pride in London celebrations, reported metro.co.uk. Of course, the officer said yes – and the happy couple’s engagement was sealed by a hug as people nearby whipped out their phones to capture the moment. The emotional moment a British Transport Police officer was proposed to by her girlfriend has been filmed and posted on Twitter.
Indonesia Moves LGBT Flogging Out Of Public Eyes But Continues To Punish
Hundreds of arrests and several public floggings have taken place this year in Indonesia of LGBT people, including the recent story of two men given 83 lashes each for being together. The punishment came a day after 141 men were arrested in Jakarta, the capital, for having a “gay sex party”. According to the Human Rights Watch, the floggings continue, but authorities in the Aceh Province have moved them away from being public.