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WORLD Soldiers, Everywhere Is Queer, soccer items
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The South Korean Supreme Court ruled that soldiers of the same sex who have consensual sex in a private space cannot be charged with assault under the Military Criminal Act, The Hankyoreh reported. Previously, the court had ruled that male soldiers can be charged with assault under the law for having sex with each other regardless of consent, but the latest decision has set a new precedent regarding what is considered a crime within the military. On April 21, the court reversed the guilty verdict of several who had been charged with assault, sending the case back to the High Court for Armed Forces.

NBC News spotlighted Everywhere Is Queer—which is both a website that houses a worldwide map of LGBTQ-owned businesses and an Instagram page (@EverywhereIsQueer) that shines a spotlight on some of these companies. Three months after the launch, the map has more than 500 businesses listed while the Instagram page has nearly 5,000 followers. Businesses include Housewife Skateboards, in Los Angeles; Forward Together Counseling & Consulting and Jarvis Square Tavern, both in Chicago; Sweaty Betty's Bar, in Toronto; and Hotel Perruquet, in the Italian Alps. People can add businesses to the map by going to the website and completing an online form.

Norwegian Football Federation President Lise Klaveness, an out lesbian, said Qatar must suspend all anti-LGBTQ laws at least during the World Cup, per Outsports. Qatar has some of the worst anti-LGBTQ laws in the world, with homosexuality punishable by imprisonment, and even death for Muslims. The man who runs the organizing committee for the World Cup, Hassan al-Thawadi, later criticized Klaveness for not bringing her concerns to him privately (although this seems disputed) and claimed the World Cup will leave a lasting human-rights legacy in Qatar.

In Guadalajara, Mexico, nearly 200 fans were kicked out of the Estadio Jalisco after instances of anti-gay chants during the Liga MX match between Atlas and Mazatlan, per ESPN. During injury time of Mazatlan's 2-1 away win, referee Ismael Rosario Lopez momentarily paused the game after the chants were heard at Atlas' home ground. After the match, Liga MX released a statement that claimed that "close to 200 fans" were ejected from the game due to "discriminatory shouts." The event marked the second day in a row in which a Liga MX match was marred by the anti-gay chant; the incidents could lead to possible sanctions from league officials.

Hungary's Supreme Court, the Kuria, largely rejected an attempt to levy punitive fines on 16 civil-society organizations for opposing a recent referendum to limit public discussions of sexual orientation and transgender issues, Human Rights Watch noted. However, the court upheld fines against two groups: LGBTQ+-rights organization Hatter and Amnesty International Hungary. Both groups have said they plan to appeal the decision to Hungary's Constitutional Court.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled Chile is responsible for the discriminatory treatment of a teacher who was removed from her position in 2007 because she is a lesbian, The Washington Blade reported. Pavez—who had worked as a Catholic religion teacher since 1985 at Colegio Municipal Cardenal Antonio Samore—came out as a lesbian after a rumor indicated she was in a relationship with another woman; she also refused to undergo psychological and psychiatric therapies the church offered her in order to change her sexual orientation. Then, on July 25, 2007, the Chilean Catholic Church revoked her certification that the Chilean Ministry of Education required to work as a religion teacher.

More than a month after mysterious signboards reading "Respect LGBTQ" appeared in multiple locations in Peramblur, India, the man behind the initiative has revealed himself—and it turned out to be Perambalur Superintendent of Police S Mani, New Indian Express noted. Mani said, "I wanted to create awareness about the [LGBTQ] community. People wouldn't have taken much interest in a regular awareness program or initiative. The idea was that the mystery should drive them to look up the acronym and learn more about the community."

A gay man who moved to Manchester, England, for its "inclusiveness" was left for dead in a vicious assault, PinkNews reported. Morgan Fevre, a 22-year-old support worker, suffered bleeding on the brain, three broken teeth, and multiple breaks to his nose, cheekbone and eye socket after the April 10 attack. He had been out with friends in the early hours when a man allegedly asked Morgan why he was wearing a "girl's jacket" before calling him a "f***ing f*g." Morgan had been out with his partner, Elliot Lyte, who left early. While he has no memory of the attack, his assailant targeted him for the sequined jacket he was wearing in Chinatown at 1:35am, Morgan's father, Paul, alleged.

Out gay Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite said at Attitude's Body Image panel that he struggled with bulimia more than ever while competing on Strictly Come Dancing's 19th season (in which he was runner-up), per Out Mgaazine. "[The show] enabled me to see that if you fuel your body, you can do beautiful, creative things and you need to have that fuel," Whaite explained. "But at the same time, it was such a stressful situation that I was making myself sick four or five times a day during Strictly." Over the years, the baker-turned-ballroom-dancer has been open about struggling with mental health and bulimia.

Italian pro skier and Olympic medalist Sofia Goggia is apologizing for anti-LGBTQ comments she made, according to Out Magazine. During a recent interview with the Italian daily newspaper Corriere Della Sera, Goggia talked about queer inclusion in skiing by saying, "Among the women, some are; among men, I would say no. They have to throw themselves off Kitz's Streif [one of the most difficult courses in the ski world]." And talking about trans inclusion, she said, "In terms of sport, a man who turns into a woman has physical characteristics—even at the hormonal level—[that] allow him to push harder." After getting pushback on social media, Goggia apologized on Twitter. One of the bigger names to call out Goggia was gay LGBTQ+-rights activist/politician Ivan Scalfarotto, the deputy minister of the Italian Ministry of Interior.

Once again, a Marvel movie has been banned overseas for including LGBTQ+ content, Out Magazine noted, citing The Hollywood Reporter. This time, the movie being banned is the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the reason is teen lesbian superhero America Chavez. Saudi Arabia is banning the film, with Kuwait possibly barring it as well.

A spat has broken out between Piers Morgan and Donald Trump, with the British host (and former contestant on Trump's show The Apprentice) taunting the former president on the show Piers Morgan Uncensored for failing to show proof of the 2020 election being rigged—while the debacle has led trans conservative Caitlyn Jenner to pull out of the show, Deadline noted. Jenner tweeted that her management has cancelled her appearance on Uncensored because of Morgan's "pathetic attempt to revive the career of a failed television host." Trump's statement slammed Morgan for being part of the "Fake News Media" and said he had "unlawfully and deceptively edited his long and tedious interview with me."

The Thirteenth Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker) confessed her love for Yasmin Khan (played by Mandip Gill) on the latest special episode of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who, per Out Magazine. During the "Legend of the Sea Devils" special episode that followed season 13, the Doctor had a scene where she openly revealed her feelings for Yaz. Whittaker was announced as the first-ever female Doctor in season 11 of Doctor Who. While her final season as the lead ended in December 2021, she's appeared in two special episodes this year.

Mattea Roach, a self-described "lesbian, Nova Scotian, 12x [Jeopardy!] champ," recently extended her winning streak again, bringing her winning total to more than $270,000, The Advocate noted. She also became a part of Jeopardy! lore, as this win put her in the top 10 for the most consecutive games won in show history. She also qualified for a spot on the next Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, where she'll face record-setting trans former champ Amy Schneider.

In celebration of the release of her brand new mini-album Disco Automatic, Australian-based singer, DJ, artist and queer community member Tanzer released the music video for "Destination Love," featuring queer art duo The Huxleys, a press release noted. The hypercolor music video references everything from Leigh Bowery to Tweety Bird to Jean Paul Gaultier. The video is below .

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion's Coachella 2022 performance wowed festival fans—but also proved to be a huge headache for censors in China, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Monitoring site What's On Weibo noticed users on Chinese social media and messaging app WeChat had been live-streaming Coachella illegally, with censors trying to catch moments or performances that transgressed China's increasingly moralistic censorship rules. Struggling to keep up with the dancers, a censor had to try to choose what to censor and failed to censor anything, with the black bar whizzing left and right, all over the video. Compounding the censor's nightmare were the lyrics to "WAP," which WeChat typed out and translated in the comments.

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