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Chechnya, social justice and the London underground

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

People wave a rainbow pride flag during the Korea Queer Culture Festival 2017 in front of city hall on July 15, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Credit: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images News

Chechen leader: Take gays to Canada

In an interview, Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov says there are no gay people in the republic and, if there are, they should be taken away to Canada. Chechnya has been accused of a campaign of persecution and imprisonment against gay men. [Xtra]

Largest Seoul pride ever

This weekend, Seoul, South Korea, hosted the largest Pride parade since its first in 2000, with over 80,000 marchers, surrounded by thousands of police and counter-protesters. This year South Korea grappled with a crackdown on LGBT people in the country’s military. [The Korea Herald]

No more ladies and gentlemen

Announcers on London’s underground network will no longer say “ladies and gentlemen,” in order to be more inclusive. The change follows a year of campaigning by LGBT groups. [The Washington Post.]

No Israeli adoptions for gay couples

The Israeli government has rejected a petition to allow gay couples to adopt children. The government said such adoptions would create difficulties for children, but activists cried homophobia. [The Times of Israel]

The Church of Social Justice

At Autostraddle, Frances Lee writes that American social justice movements have taken on unsavoury characteristics of religious conservatives, and calls for a more forgiving activism.