(Watch Live) A constitutional amendment to ban discrimination against LGBTQ people has moved forward in the Netherlands. The lower chamber of the Dutch legislature voted 124-26 to add 'sexual orientation' to the list of protected categories in Article 1 of the Netherlands’ constitution. Dutch law already bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but putting the civil rights measures in the constitution will ensure they last.
(Watch Live) Thailand is set to become the first southeast Asian country to legalize same-sex unions and allow queer couples to adopt - but will not introduce full marriage equality. Same-sex couples could have their love recognized under a new bill approved by the Thai government Wednesday. It will now go to parliament to become law. If it is passed, the bill would make Thailand the second Asian nation to recognize same-sex unions, after Taiwan in the east
(Watch Live) Anti-LGBTQ sentiment is hitting a fever pitch in Russia as President Vladimir Putin is now calling a rainbow ice cream gay 'propaganda.' In a video conference with Putin, the leader of Russia’s Union of Women Yekaterina Lakhova complained about a brand of rainbow ice cream produced by Chistaya Liniya. While homosexuality is legal in Russia, the country banned 'propaganda' for 'non-traditional sexual relationships,' a law that has been used to quash Pride events, LGBTQ activists, and even LGBTQ teens speaking on social media.
(Watch Live) Brazil’s homophobic president Jair Bolsonaro reportedly refused to wear a face mask because he thought they were ‘too gay’ – before he tested positive for COVID-19. According to Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo, earlier in the crisis Bolsonaro had mocked advice to wear a face masks – telling staff members who wore them that they were 'coisa de viado' – a homophobic slur which means 'for fairies.' He appeared in public not wearing a mask on a number of occasions, including while meeting foreign officials and members of the public, even as the virus began to spread throughout Brazil.
(Watch Live) Footage shows how clean the air is after three months of coronavirus lock down in Bangkok, Thailand. The tropical skyline was clouded in a toxic smog made of harmful particles at the start of the year, caused by construction, cars and agricultural fires. However, with many projects on hold and builders sent back home to neighboring countries, pollution has dropped. A blanket ban on tourists since the end of March - which is still active - has also significantly reduced the number of cars, taxis, minivans and coaches on the road.