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LGBTQ News Roundup – Friday 13th August 2021

US Vogue puts first transgender model on its cover

Model Ariel Nicholson has made history as the first transgender person to be featured on the cover of US Vogue. She is one of eight models on the magazine’s September issue. In an Instagram post, Nicholson said “To have the opportunity to participate in the shifting landscape of fashion is a dream come true“.  While the model is the first transgender person on the US Vogue cover, Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio appeared on the cover of Vogue Paris in 2017. 

‘Team LGBTQ’ earned 32 medals at Tokyo Olympics

The 2020 Olympic Games have been dubbed “the rainbow Olympics” by some after a record number of ‘out’ LGBTQ competitors. At least 182 queer athletes from 30 countries attended the games in Tokyo, and at least 55 of them won medals. According to the website Outsports, if these athletes had competed as a country, they would have ranked 11th in the medal count. 

1,000-year-old remains may be non-binary iron age leader

DNA analysis on a body found in a grave grave in Finland shows it is 1,000 years old and could have been a non-binary person. The body was dressed in female attire but also had ‘masculine’ artifacts buried with them which were usually only buried with males. The body was thought to be female, but in fact, the DNA tests indicated the person had Klinefelter syndrome where the person is biologically male but has an extra X chromosome. Researchers believe that the attire on the body and other items in the grave shows that the person was of high standing in the community and could well have been accepted as being neither male nor female.  

US stock exchange sets diversity rules for listed companies

The Nasdaq, America’s second-largest stock exchange said it will set binding gender and diversity targets for its listed companies. According to the new rules, firms on the Nasdaq will have to have at least two diverse directors or explain why they do not. The directors should include one person who identifies as female and another as an underrepresented minority or LGBTQ+. According to a study undertaken by Nasdaq last year, more than 75% of its listed companies would not have met its proposed target. Last week the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK proposed a similar plan, in which companies would have to issue annual “comply or explain” statements that reveal whether they have reached certain diversity targets. 

Another commentator was sacked at Fox News after allegations of sexual harassment 

US media company Fox News has dumped legal analyst Andrew Napolitano following an associate producer’s claim of sexual harassment. John Fawcett, who works on a Fox business show called Kudlow filed a lawsuit against the network in the New York Supreme Court. Fawcett also alleged that Napolitano used ethnic slurs and made sexually inappropriate comments about women in front of a number of staff. Fox News has sacked a number of on-air staff over the years because of various types and degrees of harassment.


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