South China Morning Post: China targets LGBT student organisations on social media in new wave of repression

South China Morning Post: China targets LGBT student organisations on social media in new wave of repression. “The WeChat accounts of dozens of LGBT student organisations across China were shut down permanently on Tuesday night in a sweeping wave of repression, sparking anger within the LGBT community. The accounts included those from top universities such as the Sex-Gender Study Community of Renmin University, Peking University ColorsWorld and the Shanghai-based Fudan University Zhihe Society.”

The New Arab: The road ahead for Israel’s Naftali Bennett and Archiving the Middle East’s Queer Heritage

The New Arab: The road ahead for Israel’s Naftali Bennett and Archiving the Middle East’s Queer Heritage. “In this week’s episode of The New Arab Voice, we will start by covering Iran’s presidential election. Then, we will dive into the profile of Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennet, and what his leadership will mean for Palestine. Finally, we will continue celebrating pride month by speaking to the founder of Takweer, an online archive trying to reshape narratives surrounding the queer community in the Middle East.” 30-minute podcast, I did not see a transcript.

International Policy Digest: In Celebrating Pride, Social Media and Civil Society Transcend the Political Battle over Trans Rights

International Policy Digest: In Celebrating Pride, Social Media and Civil Society Transcend the Political Battle over Trans Rights. “This online cultural movement is thus cementing ideas around transgender rights more quickly and assertively than the federal government—fulfilling much the same role popular culture played during the battle to secure legal equality for gay and lesbian Americans a decade ago. In 2012, then Vice-President Biden famously credited the TV series Will and Grace for doing ‘more to educate the American public than almost anybody’s ever done so far,’ setting in motion a societal shift that culminated with the Supreme Court decisions to legalize same-sex marriage across all 50 states in 2015 and ban workplace discrimination based on both sexuality and gender identity in 2020.”

The Conversation: How the bulletin board systems, email lists and Geocities pages of the early internet created a place for trans youth to find one another and explore coming out

The Conversation: How the bulletin board systems, email lists and Geocities pages of the early internet created a place for trans youth to find one another and explore coming out. “As I’ve found in my research on early digital trans communities, trans youths have been online since the late 1980s. They weren’t seeking out information and community because their friends were all doing it. They were doing it of their own accord.”

San Francisco Chronicle: The pandemic hit LGBTQ youth hard. Many turned to TikTok

San Francisco Chronicle: The pandemic hit LGBTQ youth hard. Many turned to TikTok. “Especially during the pandemic, TikTok — and the queer internet at large — have been lifelines for LGBTQ youth experiencing the most isolating effects of lockdown, according to research published last fall in the Journal of Adolescent Health and a more recent survey by the Trevor Project, which offers crisis services to LGBTQ youth.”

IEEE Spectrum: Introducing the New IEEE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Website

IEEE Spectrum: Introducing the New IEEE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Website. “The platform lists a variety of IEEE resources such as its nondiscrimination policy, code of ethics, and accessibility statement. The new site also highlights ongoing efforts by various IEEE groups that are taking action toward building a diverse, equitable, and welcoming environment such as IEEE regions and geographic units, technical societies, the IEEE Board of Directors, Technical Activities Board committees, and IEEE Women in Engineering.”

NBC News: Colorado’s 1st LGBTQ curator is uncovering the state’s hidden queer history

NBC News: Colorado’s 1st LGBTQ curator is uncovering the state’s hidden queer history. “Since [Aaron Marcus] started the two-year position in October, he has collected more than 360 artifacts and other objects, as well as more than 24 hours of oral histories from LGBTQ Coloradans. His efforts — which are being funded by the Gill Foundation, a Denver-based LGBTQ fundraising organization — will culminate in a six-month exhibition scheduled to open next year at History Colorado’s main museum in Denver. A traveling version of the exhibit can be displayed throughout the state, Marcus said. And if the main exhibit proves popular enough, he said, it could become permanent.”

Travel Weekly: Orbitz users can now search for LGBTQ-friendly accommodations

Travel Weekly: Orbitz users can now search for LGBTQ-friendly accommodations. “The tool highlights more than 35,000 independent, boutique and branded hotels that have signed an Orbitz Inclusivity Pledge against discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual identity. At a minimum, lodging partners that have signed this pledge are committed to enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for hateful, disrespectful or discriminatory behavior from staff at any level.”

Vogue: 8 Brilliant Queer Photographers To Follow On Instagram

Vogue: 8 Brilliant Queer Photographers To Follow On Instagram. “As we once again take to the streets (Covid-19 restrictions permitting) for this year’s Pride celebrations to honour our LGBTQIA+ siblings, eight queer photographers share their hopes for the future, from the funding of trans healthcare to the building of new physical safe spaces.” Some of the images in the article would probably be considered NSFW.

Iowa City Press-Citizen: ‘There’s some really interesting stories here:’ New archive chronicles Iowa’s LGBTQ community

Iowa City Press-Citizen: ‘There’s some really interesting stories here:’ New archive chronicles Iowa’s LGBTQ community. “Aiden Bettine, a community and student life archivist in the University of Iowa’s Department of Special Collections and an oral historian with the Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa, opened the LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library in January in the basement of Iowa City’s Wesley Center at 120 N. Dubuque St. The project acts as a community resource, showcasing published texts alongside collected memories from older members of the community like [Craig] Esbeck.”

Solar Energy Industries Association: Solar Industry Launches Diverse Suppliers Database

Solar Energy Industries Association: Solar Industry Launches Diverse Suppliers Database. “Today the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is releasing the Diverse Suppliers Database, a free platform that will highlight and elevate minority, women, disabled, veteran, and LGBTQ+ owned businesses operating in the solar and storage industries. More than 120 diverse companies are listed in the database, and the platform will remain open for submissions.”

Boston Globe: Providence Public Library unveils R.I.’s first public archive of LGBTQ+ works

Boston Globe: Providence Public Library unveils R.I.’s first public archive of LGBTQ+ works. “This June marks 45 years since people started marching to celebrate Pride, taking to the streets of Providence to call for equality of those in the LGBTQ+ community. Now, the Providence Public Library has gathered the history of that struggle in the state’s first-ever public community archive dedicated to the cultural and political stories and history of LGBTQ+ people in Rhode Island.”