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France ponders giving lesbians, single women access to IVF

Single women and lesbians in France won’t have to go abroad to have children anymore under a proposed new law that would give them access to medically-assisted reproduction for the first time.

 Special assignment: PGN went to Stockholm for Pride and to learn about LGBTQ issues in Sweden.

 

After Marie Tomičić separated from her son’s father, the two made a typical Swedish parenting decision: joint custody, cycling the child between each household every other week. 

 Special assignment: PGN went to Stockholm for Pride and to learn about LGBTQ issues in Sweden.

 

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ranks Sweden among the most LGBTQ-friendly European countries. But some older adults remember living in a time — until 1979 —  when the country’s National Board of Health and Welfare labeled homosexuality a mental illness. 

France ponders giving lesbians, single women access to IVF

Single women and lesbians in France won’t have to go abroad to have children anymore under a proposed new law that would give them access to medically-assisted reproduction for the first time.

Special assignment: PGN spent last week in Stockholm for Pride and to learn about LGBTQ issues in Sweden.

When, as a child, Swedish Parliament member Barbro Westerholm first saw two gay men holding hands, her father told her, “They love each other in the same way I love your mother; there is nothing special about that.”

His words rang in her ears years later, Westerholm said, when she worked as director general of the National Board of Health and Welfare of Sweden. Thirty LGBTQ activists occupied the office’s stairwell, calling for the organization to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness. 

The murder of Yelena “Lena” Grigoryeva, 41, a prominent Russian LGBTQ-rights activist and journalist, allegedly wasn’t politically motivated or a hate crime — despite that her name appeared on a website that listed the personal information of Russian LGBTQ activists and offered cash prizes to those who “hunted” them.

Ecuador has first same-sex marriage, following court ruling

A lesbian couple has married in Ecuador in the first same-sex wedding since a landmark ruling last month by the country’s highest court.

Irael’s prime minister condemns his minister’s remarks on gay people

Israel’s prime minister is condemning remarks by his education minister in favor of “conversion therapy,” a controversial psychotherapy technique that seeks to turn gay people straight.

Japan grants refugee status due to homophobia for first time

The Japanese government granted refugee status to a foreigner in 2018 over fears of persecution owing to the person’s homosexuality.

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