Nike has used the Pink Triangle symbol in its new Pride collection

Nike has used the Pink Triangle symbol in its new Pride collection

Here are 19 beautiful pictures of Birmingham Pride Here’s 22 pictures of Pride taking over the Belgium capital 5 pop stars performing at Birmingham Pride (plus their best songs) Launching in time for Pride month in the US, sportswear giant Nike has revealed its latest Pride range.

The BETRUE 2018 collection’ celebrates colors and symbols that have been reclaimed and historically repurposed by the LGBTQ community’.

Since 2012, Nike has release a special collection as a nod to the LGBTI community.

Nike decided to feature the color lavender and the Pink Triangle symbol in the latest collection.

German Nazis originally used the Pink Triangle to identify LGBTI people during World War II to send to concentration camps. But then activists reclaimed it in the 1970s. Even the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) used it in the 1980s-era ‘Silence=Death’ campaign.

Nike used innovative technology in its BETRUE 2018 collection to include the rainbow colors on some of the sneakers.

‘The airbags are individually dyed in the six-color spectrum,’ the company said in a statement.

‘For the Air Max 270, the spectrum spans the entire heel for a surge of color. Even the Zoom Fly SP, a lifestyle take on a racing shoe, carries a muted rainbow colorway through the shoe’s translucent upper.’ BETRUE to history

Nike also decided to feature the color lavender in its Pride range because it is ‘a dynamic blending of gender-linked light blue and light pink, is one of the oldest symbolic references in LGBTQ culture’.

Lavender appears in the four colorways of this year’s shoe cohort: the Nike Vapormax Plus, the Nike Air Max 270, the Nike Zoom Fly and the Nike Epic React Flyknit.

‘The color’s historical connotations preceded the rainbow symbol’s widespread popularity in the 1970s, appearing on garments as a kind of quiet language among the community,’ Nike said.

The collection, which also includes T-shirts, socks, a hat and a heritage hip pack, launches on June 6.

New PAC seeks to elect openly LGBT candidates in Md.

New PAC seeks to elect openly LGBT candidates in Md.

A new political action committee that seeks to elect openly LGBT people in Maryland will hold its inaugural event on Thursday in Silver Spring. A new political action committee that seeks to elect openly LGBT candidates in Maryland will officially launch on Thursday.

The Maryland LGBT PAC will hold its inaugural event at Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring.

A press release notes Kris Fair, an LGBT activist who ran for the Frederick Board of Aldermen in 2017, and Brian Gaither, an advocate who lives in Baltimore, will host the event.

“There are a number of strong non-political organizations serving the state’s LGBT community,” said Fair. “But, we’ve really been lacking the one that will get more people to run as openly LGBT candidates and then help them get elected.”

Maryland LGBT PAC has endorsed Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer and Jamie O’Marr in their races for the Maryland Senate. Maryland LGBT PAC is also supporting Gabriel Acevero, Mila Johns, Ashanti Martinez, Patrick Armstrong, Kevin Mack and George Zokie in their races for the Maryland House of Delegates.

Julie Verratti co-owns Denizens Brewing Co. Alec Ross — who is among the Democrats running to succeed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan — in February named Verratti as his running mate.

The LGBTQ Victory Fund has endorsed state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) in the Maryland governor’s race.

“After this election cycle, we’re going to build out our organizational capacity and representation,” said Fair. “We plan to be a significant force in the local elections of 2020 and to play a broader role in the elections of LGBTQ people in the 2022 state elections.”

Dear Brands: Support for LGBT People Should Last All Year

Dear Brands: Support for LGBT People Should Last All Year

Corporate sponsorship of Pride festivals is fine, as long as the relationship is thoughtful and respectful. It’s about that time of year again, when cities around the world are adorned in rainbow and play host to queer celebrations, parties and parades. Our media becomes rife with advertisements showing pride; and many brands take every opportunity to remind us that they support LGBTQ+ people (read: consumers). Awareness and commercialization of pride month has grown in tandem with improving perceptions of queerness globally. But the fight is far from over, and to the brands that have adopted a one month only, superficial approach to allyship: you need to do better.

I recently came across a targeted advertisement for a branded pride fundraising event, inviting me to “party hard to save LGBTQ+ lives.” I felt queasy reading the invitation. Without question this advertisement was the product of poor copywriting, but it is rooted in a frightening complacency. Lacking sensitivity and contextualized understanding, some of our most beloved brands are frequent perpetrators.

With the Supreme Court sending marriage equality nationwide, seemingly thousands of Pride events at the peak of their popularity, and universal adoration of out Olympian Adam Rippon, the LGBTQ+ rights movement may appear to be coasting on success. A global survey published in 2018 reports that nearly 57 percent of countries have shown increases in social acceptance rates of the LGBTQ+ community since 1981. Certainly, there is cause to celebrate.

But those same findings show a hyper-polarized world — countries with the highest acceptance rates increased exponentially, while countries with the lowest scores are plummeting. Existing in liberal bubbles, prominent brands may be unaware that many LGBTQ+ people continue to live in persecution, in countries where doing so openly is illegal (over 70 to be exact).

And of course, persecution of LGBTQ+ people exists well within American borders. This Pride month I am reminded of the 49 lives lost at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando two years ago, in the most violent act of domestic terror since 9/11 . Transgender people are murdered in the dozens each year. The rights movement didn’t end with marriage equality in the United States.

In 2017, the New York City pride march boasted 61 corporate sponsors, 13 promotional partner and 31 media sponsors, according to MarketWatch . Every year the number of participating brands has grown. Though the volume of support has increased, I fear the quality will not.

As a consumer, I am engulfed by “limited-edition” rainbow products that, at best, send a portion of the proceeds to a charity or noteworthy cause. I’m surrounded by “inclusive” ads featuring only white, cisgender, gay couples. While brands are often criticized for tone deaf or half-hearted efforts, we see mistakes happen again and again .

True advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community extends beyond a sponsored mixer, rainbow logos, or well wishes. To tout oneself as an ally to the community, brands must respect the historical significance of Pride marches and empower meaningful action.

The first major Pride march and rally was organized almost 50 years ago, observed on the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Back then activists were risking arrest in solidarity.

By nature, Pride events are spaces in which everyone is welcome — including brands. Recognizing that the Pride events will likely never get less commercial, take note: there is an enlightened approach to marketing for this consumer segment . Brands can and should still take part in the celebration, but only if done so thoughtfully. As one of the many lenses through which people view the world, brands have a unique opportunity to take a stand and make a meaningful impact this Pride month (and year round). The key is to remember that Pride month is rooted in riot. Every powerful action brings us one step closer to equality.

Recently, brands have demonstrated meaningful commitment to social change at the benefit of LGBTQ+ people. When the North Carolina Senate passed legislation taking away protections for transgender individuals to use their preferred bathroom, several brands, including Google, IBM, and Paypal, voiced disappointment and continued support of LGBTQ+ employees. The likes of Deutsche Bank and Lionsgate truly made an impact – the former suspended plans for expansion and the latter ceased business operations completely until the legislation was overturned.

I look to the March For Our Lives Movement against gun violence and the Women’s marches as inspiration; thousands of people marched on Washington this year in protest of senseless acts of gun violence and discrimination against women. And many brands notably followed suit, cutting ties with the NRA to take a stand against gun violence.

Cutting business ties in solidarity is a powerful demonstration, and may even pay off long-term from a business perspective: another study found that two-thirds of American consumers now find it important that brands take a stand on social issues.

The first step for brands that seek to empower their LGBTQ+ employees and consumers — especially during pride month — is to remember that this is not your party. In fact, it really isn’t a party to begin with; it’s an act of resistance and protest to all the spaces in the world where queerness is still unwelcome (albeit sometimes a really fun act of resistance).

So, continue to raise a glass, attend those galas, and tweet your encouragement — but brands can’t forget to rise up. Meaningful allyship requires more than just the fun stuff.

BILLY LEPAGE is a New York-based global analyst at OgilvyRED . From our Sponsors

Bill aims to teach LGBT history

Bill aims to teach LGBT history

Illinois Senate passes legislation to change history courses Currently there is a bill that was advanced into the Illinois House earlier this month that is waiting for approval to be pushed forward that would mandate the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual histories to be taught in classes across the state.

The bill would require that LGBT history be worked into the current curriculum for both American and state history courses throughout schools. The focus would largely be on the contributions of prominent LGBT people in American history.

State Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, was a leader in pushing the amended bill through Senate, saying in an interview with Illinois News Network that the bill aimed to get school curriculums to talk about LGBT histories “like it does for many other populations in this state.”

The bill has not been without its opponents. Many, including state Sen. Chuck Weaver, R-Peoria, have said that the bill could hinder “religious freedom” for students who may disagree with the topics that are discussed in the new curriculums.

Other groups have said that the new law would be able to take the choice for each local school board to decide what is taught within their schools and gives the power to the state – a controversial measure that has been hotly debated across the United States. Sally Ride was the first American woman in space in 1983. It wasn’t until after the astronaut’s death in 2012 that the world found out her partner of 27 years was a woman. While Ride was always known for being private, her family has said she was open with them about her relationship with Tam O’Shaughnessy.

“We have a clear directive from our membership to oppose all curricular mandates that come before the General Assembly,” said Zach Messersmith, Director of Government Relations for the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). “We believe that locally elected school boards should be able to determine curricula for their students as long as it meets Illinois Learning Standards.”

Kamila Zaremba is a DePaul student who is currently working as a high school history student teacher. She said that while LGBT history needs to be taught, she agrees with the IASB that the state shouldn’t be mandating certain lessons.

“My hold up with this passing is mostly what it will mean as yet another mandate set forth by the state for teachers to teach,” Zaremba said. “What the passing of a specific curriculum usually means is that teachers have to teach the particular lessons that were required by the state.

Ultimately, if there is a continuation of different curricula becoming Marsha P. Johnson was an African-American activist who has been known for being one of the most prominent figures during the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Johnson was a well known gay rights advocate at the time and had self-identified as a drag queen. mandated, teachers lose any shred of autonomy left in the classroom and teach predefined lessons.”

Zaramba also believes the new curriculums would place additional difficulties on teachers, who would have to incorporate the lessons into their already busy schedules without receiving any more in-class time in which to do so.

“There is also a worry of how to fit in the entire history of the United States into less than 180 days,” Zaramba said. “Most teachers barely get around to the Civil Rights Movement at the end of the year. It feels as if the requirements are never-ending, but the funding for proper resources is not there, nor is there then an extension of time.” Audre Lorde was a prominent poet who spoke openly about being a black lesbian woman. Lorde’s poetry, which was frequently published in the 1960’s, was well-known for talking about her struggles and her sexuality. She even described herself once as a “black lesbian mother warrior poet.” Illinois is not the first state to introduce a bill such as this one. California enacted a similar LGBT education law in 2017. The bill was followed by 10 textbooks being approved for use within public classrooms that would focus on LGBT and people with disabilities in K-8 history classes. Should Illinois pass its own LGBT education bill, it will be only the second state to require LGBT history to be taught in public schools.

The bill is currently waiting to be approved by the House. Regardless, many have used this as a catalyst to help promote private schools within the state. Zarambe said she has already witnessed a principal of a Chicago-area Catholic school trying to recruit new students using the bill.

“The purpose is to teach tolerance and simply that the LGBTQIA+ community has also made an impact on American society and it should be elaborated upon,” Zaramba said.

Ian McKellen slams Fantastic Beasts for not featuring explicitly gay Dumbledore

Ian McKellen slams Fantastic Beasts for not featuring explicitly gay Dumbledore

Ian McKellen (Getty) Ian McKellen has remarked on the “pity” that Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will not be an explicitly gay character .

Dumbledore, who will be played by shamed actor Johnny Depp, will not make any allusions to his sexuality in the film installment.

Although the actor and LGBT+ rights advocate remarked that her decision is frustrating, he is unsurprised. Sir Ian McKellen at the Oxford Union (Photo: OxfordUnion/Youtube) “‘Isn’t he?” McKellen responded to the news in an interview with Time Out .

“That’s a pity. Well, nobody looks to Hollywood for social commentary, do they? They only recently discovered that there were black people in the world,” McKellen told the publication .

“Hollywood has mistreated women in every possible way throughout its history. Gay men don’t exist. “Gods and Monsters” [1998], I think, was the beginning of Hollywood admitting that there were gay people knocking around, even though half of Hollywood is gay,’” he added. (Getty) In spite of the film’s disappointing decision – after all, J.K. Rowling announced the professor’s sexuality back in 2007 – McKellen said the industry is looking up for young openly LGBT+ actors. “Young actors in London now have all been out for years. That’s the future,” he told the publication.

“When I go to schools to talk about gay rights, the kids can’t believe it. It’s not an issue for them,” he added. Jude Law as Dumbledore (Warner Bros) Director David Yates attempted to justify the decision to straightwash Dumbledore back in January.

He said that fans are already “aware” of Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald.

“But I think all the fans are aware of that,” Yates continued, speaking to Entertainment Weekly. “He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology, and each other.” LGBT representation in major studio releases decreased significantly in 2017 According to the research, in 2017 only 14 major studio releases had LGBTQ characters, making up only 12.8 percent of films.

This is a 5.6 percent decrease within one year, as LGBT characters were included in 18.4 percent of major films released in 2016.

LGBT community comes together for pride picnic in Oxford

LGBT community comes together for pride picnic in Oxford

PARENTS from the LGBTQIA+ community came together in a garden cafe for picnic.

Sunday’s event was hosted by Restore and organised by Oxford Pride to celebrate the city’s diverse community.

It was aimed specifically at parents within and those who have responsibility for minors.

Tom Hayes is the head of external relations at Restore, which held the event in the garden of its building in Cowley Road.

The city councillor, who is gay, said: “ Tucked away from the busy Cowley Road, Restore’s Garden Cafe is a fantastic and tranquil place where people can relax and be themselves.

“It was wonderful to see local LGBTQI+ parents making new friends and enjoying picnic treats on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

“Everyone’s family is different in some way and the picnic was all about celebrating this difference.”

Oxford Pride, which got under way over the weekend, will be running events up until Sunday.

For more information on what events are taking place and how to get involved go to

Restore will host the annual pride comedy night tomorrow from 6.30pm to 9pm at its base on Cowley Road featuring the Oxford Imps and Dragprov Revue.

Tickets are £5 on the door with profits going to Oxford Pride and Restore.

LGBTQIA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied.

Hawaii has officially become 12th state to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy

Hawaii has officially become 12th state to ban 'gay cure' therapy

Here are 49 pictures of beautiful Birmingham Pride Here’s 22 pictures of Pride taking over the Belgium capital Rainbow pride in the Aloha state. | Photo: Flickr/D.A. Lewis Hawaii has officially become the 12th state in the US to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy to minors.

Signed by the Governor David Ige yesterday (25 May), the law is the latest in a wave of protecting LGBTI teens from abuse and torture.

The Hawaii State Senate passed on 10 April banning any attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTI youth. Hawaii officially passes ‘gay cure’ therapy ban

Chair of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party Michael Golojuch said: ‘This has been a priority of the caucus for years,’ according to Hawaii News Now .

‘[It] ensures that LGBTQ youth will not be tortured by mental health professionals,’ he said.

The full list of US states include: New Jersey, California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nevada, Washington and Maryland.

The law goes into effect in Hawaii on 1 July.

‘Overwhelming scientific research has shown that “conversion therapy” is not effective and frequently has lasting, harmful psychological impacts on minors,’ Ige said.

‘This practice is neither medically or ethically appropriate.’

The Trevor Project, a national charity providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTI youth, applauded Hawaii.

‘We’re seeing significant momentum to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, and The Trevor Project calls on even more states to join Hawaii in banning this barbaric practice,’ said Amit Paley, CEO and executive director of The Trevor Project. Gay cure therapy: A reality

Conversion therapy is a reality for some LGBTI people, especially youth.

Every mainstream health and psychological group in the world condemns the harmful practice.

‘By passing this legislation, Hawaiian legislators are clearly demonstrating a passion for action to care for LGBTQ youth,’ said Sam Briton, a non-binary survivor of conversion therapy who works as head of advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project.

‘Conversion therapy is a dangerous and discredited practice that I and nearly 700,000 LGBTQ people have survived. We are so grateful to Hawaii for protecting our youth from its trauma,’ they continued.

In a viral opinion piece by Gay Star News , we explore the harsh reality for people who are often forced into these situations.

Doctors tortured and starved Raymond Buys and even forced him to eat his own feces. Severely malnourished, dehydrated, with wounds all over his body, he lay in intensive care for four weeks until he died.

Reports out of Ecuador also reveal illegal gay cure therapies force feed, beat, electroshock and rape LGBTI patients.

Trans woman sexually assaulted while sleeping at Cleveland homeless shelter

Trans woman sexually assaulted while sleeping at Cleveland homeless shelter

Here are 49 pictures of beautiful Birmingham Pride Here’s 22 pictures of Pride taking over the Belgium capital 5 pop stars performing at Birmingham Pride (plus their best songs) The Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s men’s shelter, located at 2100 Lakeside Ave in Cleveland, Ohio. A transgender woman was sexually assaulted while sleeping at a Cleveland, Ohio homeless shelter. What happened?

The perpetrator was identified as Paris McCrary, 50, a convicted sex offender. McCrary has been charged with gross sexual imposition, which is a third degree felony.

The incident occurred at around 4:30 am on Monday, 21 May at the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Men’s Shelter. Lutheran Metropolitan is Cleveland’s largest homeless shelter.

The unnamed trans woman, age 31, was sleeping at the shelter after being kicked out of the home she was staying at with her ex-girlfriend and daughter. Cleveland shelters

According to the woman, who spoke with, she only had two choices of shelters to stay at: this men’s shelter or Norma Herr Women’s Shelter, which allows transgender women.

However, Norma Herr Women’s Shelter, though trans-inclusive, has a history of being a poorly-run facility . This facility is the only county-funded homeless shelter for women. Back in March, the Norma Herr shelter switched management from Frontline Services to the Young Women’s Christian Association.

The trans woman chose not to stay here because she heard that transgender women were treated cruelly by other women at the shelter.

‘Women there are so cruel,’ she said. ‘They treat all transgender people, not with physical attacks, but verbal attacks. That’s why there’s so many transgender people at the [Lutheran Metropolitan] shelter. The men down there are generally more open. But then there’s the chance of physical attacks at that shelter.’ The attack

The woman claims she awoke in the shelter to McCrary sexually assaulting her. According to the police report, McCrary was seated on the edge of her bed with his pants around his ankles. He allegedly groped her groin and tried to rip off her fishnet stockings. When she woke up, she scared him away. He grabbed his pants and went back to his bed, where he pretended to be asleep.

After the incident, the woman alerted the shelter staff who called police. Police arrested and questioned McCrary.

This incident was scarring to the woman, who is afraid to go back to the shelter. She is currently looking for work and struggling to overcome the memories of the attack. She doesn’t feel the shelter did enough to protect her.

‘It was wrong, sick, disgusting,’ she said. ‘It was truly terrifying. Every time I pass a man on the street I’m scared.’ The shelter’s response

Jessica Starr, a spokesperson for the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Men’s Shelter, said in a statement that safety is the shelter’s top priority. She claimed that monitors check the dorms every 15 minutes, and that the common areas are also monitored with surveillance cameras.

Starr also announced that McCrary was now banned from the shelter.

‘[Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry] is disheartened to hear of the allegations and we will continue to show our support for the resident who filed the report,’ Starr’s statement said. ‘Our social services agency is committed to supporting and being responsive to the needs of the LGBTQ community and regularly provide staff training to aid in the safety of our transgender residents.’ Who is McCrary?

McCrary has numerous felony convictions dating back to 1982. In the 1982 incident, he was convicted of raping and robbing a woman at gunpoint. He has also been convicted of crimes such as drug possession and failing to register as a sex offender. This happens too often

According to the Office for Victims of Crime , 22% of homeless transgender people report being sexually assaulted at shelters. A 2015 survey by Trans Equality found that 47% of trans people report being sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime.

This isn’t limited to the United States. Recently, a trans woman in Australia was raped at both male and female prison facilities.

Gay Republican: ‘Black and gay and conservative is normal’

Gay Republican: 'Black and gay and conservative is normal'

Here are 49 pictures of beautiful Birmingham Pride Here’s 22 pictures of Pride taking over the Belgium capital 5 pop stars performing at Birmingham Pride (plus their best songs) Gay Republican Rob Smith. | Photo: Twitter Rob Smith wants the world to know it’s okay to be a black, gay Republican.

He lives in New York City with his husband and is the author of new book Confessions of a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Soldier.

In it, he describes his upbringing as being very ‘liberal’ but reveals he’s coming out as a Republican due to toxic call-out culture.

He told the Daily Mail : ‘What I hope is that somebody that’s black and gay and conservative is normal. But you have to understand that I am not the first black, gay Republican.

‘I’m just the one that’s going to take the heat for saying it publicly,’ he said. Kanye West and call-out culture

Speaking on the recent backlash to Kanye West , Smith said it was right to call him out for his comments about slavery for black people being ‘a choice’ but the call-outs went too far.

He said: ‘I think that it was very easy for people to hop on those comments and focus on those comments to completely discredit everything else that he had said before.’

Smith believes call-out culture means people are afraid to speak their minds in case of public backlash. But Kanye West has done so much for black culture so to discredit him completely does him a disservice.

He said: ‘For me, as a gay man and a black man… somebody has to start the conversation – specifically with LGBTQ people – to say being a Democrat is not a sign of morality and being a Republican is not a sign of evil.

‘We can work on both sides to advance this idea of LGBTQ equality, we just have to figure out what that is,’ he said.

Donald Trump in 2011. | Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Smith revealed he didn’t actually vote in the 2016 election because he didn’t believe in either candidate.

He identifies more as a ‘fiscal conservative’ and says he aligns with the Republican stance on terrorism, illegal immigration and having a strong military presence.

Smith said: ‘Just because I am a black person who identifies as conservative does not mean that I am uninterested in any ideas that are intended to uplift the black community.’

LGBTI groups boycott conference because the USA were invited to it

LGBTI groups boycott conference because the USA were invited to it

Here are 49 pictures of beautiful Birmingham Pride Here’s 22 pictures of Pride taking over the Belgium capital DIVA for Equality boycotted events at a conference where a USA Embassy representative was present. | Photo: Facebook/DIVA for Equality Fiji feminist lesbian and queer groups accused the USA of ‘pinkwashing’ a Pacific LGBTI conference and vowed to boycott it.

A USA Embassy representative gave a speech at the Pacific Human Rights Conference in Fiji this week. The groups boycotted all sessions where he was present.

The Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network PSGDN, in partnership with DIVA for Equality FIJI and the Pacific Community (SPC) are running the Conference.

It is themed ‘My Voyage, One Ocean, Our Journey: Pacific LGBTQI Roadmap to 2030’. The conference is aimed at developing activism and advocacy for all LGBTIQ+ people in the Pacific.

The groups said they boycotted the events because US domestic and foreign policies have ‘long been deeply problematic for all people struggling for human rights and justice’.

They said it was especially bad under the administration.

‘It is farcical for US Embassy representatives to speak at this vital Pacific conference on LGBTQI human rights, at the same time as they are actively rolling back human rights in the USA on all areas of LGBTQI rights and especially reversing LGBTQI people’s rights related to public service access, transgender people’s rights in prisons, transgender people’s rights in the US Military, and much more,’ said Noelene Nabulivou of Fiji’s DIVA For Equality.

‘We will not enter the Conference today, until they leave.’ Rejecting pinkwashing

The groups said it was shocking how ‘quickly this US administration is… roll(ing) back human rights’

‘We see this happening, we reject those policies, and US Government pinkwashing at our Conference,’ Nabulivou said.

‘The USA should not be speaking at this Conference, nor others in our region. We want it made clear that we do not agree on the speaker invitation, while we strongly support this Pacific Human Rights Conference.’

‘We stand with all people struggling for their rights in USA and everywhere.

‘Pacific people will not stand by and let these acts go by, unremarked. All of our struggles are linked.’

Gay Star News has reached out to the US Embassy in Fiji for comment.