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Alderney, divorce and a global backlash

Your Daily Package of newsy and naughty bits from around the world

Members of the LGBT community and Amnesty International campaigners stage a protest over LGBT rights in Chechnya, outside the Russian Embassy on June 2, 2017 in London, England. Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

A global anti-gay crackdown

This year the world has experienced a wave of anti-LGBT crackdowns, from Russia to Asia, reports the Washington Post. In news this week, a Chechen refugee reports the “gay purge” that struck his nation, Tajikistan is drawing up a register of LGBT citizens, Kyrgyzstan’s formerly liberal capital is becoming unsafe for gay people, and gay Egyptians wonder if escape is their only option.

Lawyers arrested in Tanzania for HIV meeting

Tanzanian police have arrested 13 lawyers, including some international, who were meeting in the country to discuss a legal challenge to the country’s ban on HIV prevention drop-in centres. The lawyers were charged with “promoting homosexuality,” even though the meeting was focused on HIV, not LGBT issues. [Human Rights Watch]

Most English same-sex divorces among women

According to the Office of National Statistics, 78 percent of same-sex marriages that have ended in divorce since equal marriage was enacted in 2014 have been among women. That’s despite only slightly more than half of same-sex marriages in 2014 being among women. [Quartz]

Alderney votes for same-sex marriage

The legislature of the English channel island of Alderney has voted in favour of equal marriage. The British crown dependency has only 2,000 people, and a reported gay community of 20. [BBC]

The gay history movie we’ve been waiting for

After sanitized Hollywood dramas like The Dallas Buyer’s Club and Stonewall, writes Guy Lodge at The Guardian, French AIDS drama BPM shows the world how to really capture gay history on film.