LGBTQIA World News Roundup

By Tricia Boucher

Varadkar intends to raise issue of gay rights with Mike Pence

The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland spoke at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin this week, speaking favorably of gay rights, and stated that he intends to press the issue with Vice President Pence.

Berlin’s LGBTQ refugee center a haven for those fleeing civil war, homophobia

Berlin is home to Germany’s first major refugee center specifically for LGBTQ persons, housing people from Syria and Iraq who would face discrimination from other refugees and staff at other centers.

Rabbi Says LGBT Is a Sickness Taking Over Israel, but ‘We Are Not Homophobic’

Conservative Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira called Israel “LGBTistan”, but says he’s not homophobic, just supporting “healthy religious families”.


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