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OutGames fraud and White House whitewashing

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OutGames abruptly cancelled amid fraud allegations

The World OutGames in Miami cancelled nearly all of its events citing financial difficulties, leaving many athletes stranded who had already arrived in Florida. Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office says it is investigating the organization for fraud.

Read more at OutSports.

Chinese lesbian app pulled from the web

After the parents of Chinese LGBT children staged a publicity event in a Shanghai park, the government responded by shutting down the country’s most popular lesbian dating app, Rela.

Read more at Shanghaiist.  

Chinese orders media caution over Taiwan ruling

After the Taiwanese high court ordered the legalization of same-sex marriage, the Chinese government in a leaked document ordered journalists to cover the issue sensitively. Journalists should not make a big deal of the story, the order says, and should put words like “constitution” and “legislate” in quotation marks.

Read more at Radio Free Asia.

White House photo caption omits gay spouse

Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, was left out of the caption of a White House photograph of the spouses of Nato leaders. After backlash, the White House included Destenay.

Boycotts hit Tel Aviv LGBT film festival

Activists have successfully persuaded a number of filmmakers to pull out of TLVFest, an Israeli LGBT film festival. Activists say the festival is “pinkwashing”, using a veneer of LGBT rights to paper over Israeli human rights abuses.

Read more at the Jerusalem Post.