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Blued, political purges and National Geographic

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

National Geographic puts trans girl on the cover

Nine year old trans girl Avery Jackson will be featured on the cover of National Geographic Magazine for a special feature on the “gender revolution.” Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg says that Jackson’s proud confidence embodies a global shift in the conversation about gender.

Trump cabinet a threat to LGBT employees

A key Trump advisor has recommended the incoming president fire all pro-LGBT employees in the State Department, and incoming Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has a shady record on gay rights himself. The Advocate warns that the US federal government could be at risk of a gay purge.

Chad criminalizes gay sex

With a vote of 111 to 1, the West African country of Chad has made gay sex a crime, bringing the number of countries that criminalize same-sex sexual relations up to 77. The new crime is actually a compromise with political moderates, punishing gay sex with only a fine instead of a previously recommended prison term.

Read more at Pink News.

Ma Baoli’s dating empire

Ma Baoli, a former North Chinese police officer, has built an empire around his dating app Blued. But can his business expand into the competitive international market?

Read more at the New York Times.

Montenegro protects Pride for EU application

Past pride parades in Montenegro have been disrupted by protests and violence, but police vigilantly protected a few dozen marchers in Podgorica on Saturday. The conservative country’s government is trying to boost gay rights to support a bid to join the European Union.

Read more from the Associated Press.