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Understand the LGBTQIA+ news: RIP Andrew Lumsden, Trans inclusive Wales, Gay Games and Pulse Museum

Understand the LGBTQIA+ news: RIP Andrew Lumsden, Trans inclusive Wales, Gay Games and Pulse Museum


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Understand the LGBTQIA+ headlines and keep track of the latest queer content and perspectives. QueerAF is written by Jamie Wareham.

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πŸ’¬ This week:

  • Andrew Lumsden. The Gay News founder, Gay Liberation Front activist and queer rights pioneer has died aged 82 - we look back at his life.
  • Wales. The country isn't planning on redefining what a woman is, but draft legislation will include trans women. We explain why the difference is crucial, especially in headlines.
  • Pulse Museum. The site of a horrific mass murder and a contentious debate over how it's remembered. We explore why the group behind a memorial museum has given up its plans.

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Gay News founder Andrew Lumsden dies age 82

TL;DR:  Andrew Lumsden: an original member of the Gay Liberation Front; founder of the UK’s first gay publication; a pioneer of LGBTQIA+ rights in the UK - we look back at his legacy.