Dozens arrested in Azerbaijan
Police in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku have arrested more than 50 gay and transgender people in a series of raids, lawyers and activists say. The pretence for the crackdown is to control prostitution, but many of the people arrested were allegedly targeted simply for being gay or trans. [The New York Times]
First same-sex weddings in Germany
Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende became the first German same-sex couple legally married this weekend. Watch the video at Deutsche Welle.
DUP responsible for gay equality gap in Northern Ireland
The alliance between the United Kingdom Conservatives and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party is responsible for the continued lack of marriage equality and LGBT rights legislation in Northern Ireland, the Independent reports. Conservative leader Theresa May allied with the traditionalist DUP to prop up her minority government.
Will & Grace returns to the air
After an 11-year hiatus, Will & Grace returned to TV this week. In an interview with Reuters, lead actor Eric McCormack talks about how the show will have to adapt to the contemporary world.
Tokyo gears up for the most LGBT-friendly Olympics ever
While Japan lags behind on legal recognition of same-sex relationships, leaders in Tokyo are aiming to make the 2020 Olympics a landmark of LGBT inclusivity in sports. [Japan Today]