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Understand the LGBTQIA+ news: Rwanda Policy, Black Pride changes, Queer Gaze returns and more

Understand the LGBTQIA+ news: Rwanda Policy, Black Pride changes, Queer Gaze returns and more


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Understand the LGBTQIA+ headlines and keep track of the latest queer content and perspectives.

QueerAF is (normally) written by Jamie Wareham, who’s managed to pick up a nasty RSI injury in his shoulder (OuchAF). On doctors’ orders, I’ve been told not to type! So, I’m defying the doctor a little as I write the intro and bits and bobs of this week’s newsletter, but thankfully, the incredible Fran Di Fazio writes the majority, with the top story by Sophie Perry.

πŸ’¬ This week:

  • Rwanda. Undoubtedly the news story of the week, but what does it mean for the LGBTQIA+ community and queers seeking asylum? We explain.
  • Black Pride. The renowned organisation took an important step this year as it continues to grow. We look at what’s changed.
  • Islamophobia. The Queer Gaze section has returned, and this week off the back of a nasty encounter at the UK’s busiest train station. Ferhan Khan writes about the intersections of queerness, being Muslim, and standing in solidarity with Palestinians.

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Tories’ Rwanda obsession shows their blatant disregard for LGBTQIA+ refugees

TL;DR: As the Conservative government's flagship policy was found to be unlawful in the UK's highest court, LGBTQIA+, migrant and refugee groups rejoiced. But the embattled prime minister has now shifted his attention and consideration towards what many right-wing conservatives really want, leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.