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LGBTQ News Roundup – 16 April 2021

Two Hungarian footballers argue about gay rights 

 An argument between two Hungarian soccer players based in Germany has ignited a row in their home country. Peter Gulacsi (pictured above) made a Facebook post in February praising “rainbow families” and the value of diversity. In response, Zsolt Petry a goalkeeping coach in a rival team made anti-gay and xenophobic comments and was subsequently sacked by his club. At the heart of this dispute is the deteriorating situation in Hungary for LGBTQ people. The country has passed legislation banning adoption by gay people and amended its constitution by inserting the words “the mother is a woman and the father is a man” into adoption law.  


Former star of The Bachelor comes out as gay


Two years ago, Colton Underwood picked a bride on the American reality TV show The Bachelor, but then chose not to propose to her. Last year, the couple split up, and now we know the reason. This week, Underwood announced to the world he was gay. The former NFL player said it took him a long time to acknowledge his sexuality.   


Queer as Folk reboot on its way 

 The iconic television show Queer as Folk is set to return. US network NBC announced  this week it is rebooting the series which will be set in New Orleans. The original show premiered in the UK in 1999 and was followed by an American remake in 2000. At this stage there is no information as to who will star in the show or when it will debut.  


NCAA backs transgender athletes 

A person holds a transgender pride flag as people gather on Christopher Street outside the Stonewall Inn for a rally to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, June 28, 2019. – The June 1969 riots, sparked by repeated police raids on the Stonewall Inn — a well-known gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village — proved to be a turning point in the LGBTQ community’s struggle for civil rights. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

The NCAA which regulates college athletics in America says it won’t hold championship events in locations that aren’t “free of discrimination.” The organisation’s Board of Governors says it “firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports.”  The statement came in response to a number of states in the US enacting bans against transgender athletes competing on sports teams that align with their gender identities. 

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