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Past articles by Oscar:

Africa: What Does the Pope's Support for Gay Civil Unions Mean for LGBT+ Rights?

We asked activists, academics and religious leaders how the pope's comments could affect the lives of LGBT+ Catholics → Read More

Drag queens to grace Vogue magazine cover in Brazil

A pair of drag queens will grace the October cover of Vogue in Brazil, the magazine said on Monday, marking a landmark for the iconic fashion publication in a nation where openly gay and trans people face violence and discrimination. → Read More

U.S. Supreme Court set to rule on LGBT+ workplace discrimination

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on a set of cases this month that could determine if gay and trans people are protected from discrimination at work by federal law, a move seen as one of the most significant decisions on LGBT+ rights in years. → Read More

'Party' ahead for illegal loggers? Mexico's national parks in doubt with cuts

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Austerity measures by Mexico's populist president have slashed the country's national park service budget by 75%, sparking fears over the future of the nation's rich but fragile natural resources as policing efforts run out of funds. → Read More

Same-Sex Weddings Boosted Economy By $3.8 Billion Since 2015, Study Finds

According to Williams Institute research, the Supreme Court's landmark decision also supported some 45,000 jobs. → Read More

Costa Rica allows same-sex marriages in a first for Central America

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Costa Rica gave the go-ahead to same-sex marriages on Tuesday, making it the first country in Central America to do so after a landmark court ruling came into effect at midnight. → Read More

'Billions' Star Asia Kate Dillon Aims To Get LGBTQ Rights On 2020 Election Agenda

The actor, who is non-binary, said they feel a "huge responsibility" to amplify inclusive causes on- and off-screen. → Read More

South Africa: Actress Charlize Theron Unveils Stars Joining Her Fight On Domestic Abuse

The campaign includes 50 female celebrities from actress Reese Witherspoon to soccer player Megan Rapinoe → Read More

Extra AIDS Memorial Quilt Fabric Is Being Used For Coronavirus Masks

Volunteers in California have created some 400 masks for frontline workers and homeless people already. → Read More

Isolation and HIV memories hit LGBT+ elderly hard in lockdowns

STROUD, England / MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As lockdowns are imposed around the world to stop the spread of coronavirus, LGBT+ groups are scrambling to support older members of their community who are more likely to live alone and suffer from poor health than their heterosexual peers. → Read More

Brazil finds fewer workers in slave-like jobs despite more complaints

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazil found 40 percent fewer people in slave-like working conditions in 2019 than the year before despite getting more complaints, officials said on Tuesday, as anti-slavery efforts face funding gaps and increasingly sophisticated traffickers. → Read More

Ecuador's LGBT+ community seen suffering deadliest year in a decade

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last year was the deadliest in at least a decade for gay and transgender people in Ecuador, campaigners have said, citing a possible backlash against new laws enshrining LGBT+ rights. → Read More

From Ecuador To Bhutan And Botswana, A Landmark Week For LGBTQ Rights

The Latin American nation joined Botswana and Bhutan in securing a victory for LGBTQ equality. → Read More

How Mexico City Became an Oasis of Inclusive Queer Nightlife

The city has its challenges, but local party promoters and activists are building something special. → Read More

Anti-LGBT+ abuse stokes mental health struggles in Bolsonaro's Brazil

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing up in an evangelical Christian family in Brazil, life was pretty tough for Ariel Nobre. Designated female at birth, the 31-year-old transgender man was sent to a gay conversion therapy center when he was just 18. → Read More

Top Brazilian court to decide key homophobia cases

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazil’s supreme court is expected to rule Wednesday on a pair of cases that could determine whether homophobia and transphobia should be considered criminal offenses. → Read More

Brazil's LGBT+ politicians prepare for battle with Bolsonaro

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When he realized Jair Bolsonaro was likely to be elected president of Brazil last year, politician David Miranda's first concern was for his family, rather than his career. → Read More

'Boy Erased' erased from Brazilian cinemas

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A decision by distributors not to release a film about gay conversion therapy has stirred controversy in Brazil and provoked dismay among the country’s LGBT activists. → Read More

Gay men claim football for their own in Brazil

Mexico City (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing up gay in Vitoria, a city of almost 2 million in south-eastern Brazil, Joao Paulo Silvares never really liked playing football, the country's national sport and passion. → Read More

Holiday hiring in Brazil reaches out to transgender community

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazilian LGBT+ rights activists on Tuesday hailed Dutch retailer C&A for directing a new hiring campaign at underrepresented minorities, including transgender people. → Read More