Chinese tech firm buys majority in Grindr
Chinese tech giant Beijing Kunlun has bought a 60 percent share in Grindr for $93 million. The sale is the first outside investment for Grindr, and could help the company expand around the world, including into China.
Russia’s anti-gay lobby is back
The Russian parliament is considering new large-scale anti-gay legislation for the first time since its infamous “gay propaganda” law in 2013. The law would criminalize “the public expression of nontraditional sexual relations, manifested in a public demonstration of personal perverted sexual preferences in public places.” Russian LGBT activists say the language equates to making it illegal to come out as gay.
Episcopal Church punished for accepting gay unions
The US Episcopal Church (the American branch of the Anglican Church) has been sanctioned by the worldwide Anglican Communion for accepting gay unions. The Anglican Communion called the Episcopal Church’s attitude a “fundamental departure” from the Anglican faith, and declared that it would no longer be able to participate in decision-making councils or to represent Anglicanism worldwide.
Jeanne Cordova dead at 67
Pioneering West Coast lesbian activist, journalist and author Jeanne Cordova died this weekend. Cordova is remembered for founding no fewer than four lesbian conferences, and writing her memoir When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution.
FIFA punishes countries for homophobic chants
International soccer governing organization FIFA has fined five countries for the homophobic behaviour of their fans. Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay will have to pay between $20,000 and $70,000 for “insulting and discriminatory chants” during qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.