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As Tokyo Games Open, can Olympic Flame Burn Away the Funk?

As Tokyo Games Open, can Olympic Flame Burn Away the Funk?

By Foster Klug | Jul 23, 2021

Disputed, locked down and running a year late, the Tokyo Games began at last Friday night, a multinational showcase of the finest athletes of a world fragmented by disease.

Woman Removed From Flight During Homophobic Rant

Woman Removed From Flight During Homophobic Rant

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 22, 2021

On an American Airlines Dallas-bound flight, a woman and her travel companions were being removed for not following mask mandates when she launched into the bigotted rant.

Italy to Require COVID-19 'Pass' for Many Activities

Italy to Require COVID-19 'Pass' for Many Activities

By Frances D'Emilio | Jul 22, 2021

With daily COVID-19 cases sharply rising again, Italy will soon require people to have passes reflecting their health status to access gyms, museums, movie theaters, the inside of restaurants and other venues.

Hungary Calls for Ballot to Defend LGBTQ Law Opposed by EU

Hungary Calls for Ballot to Defend LGBTQ Law Opposed by EU

By Justin Spike | Jul 22, 2021

Hungary's government wants to hold a national referendum in an effort to showcase public support for a new law that the European Union says discriminates against LGBT people.

France Requires COVID-19 Pass for Eiffel Tower, Other Sites

France Requires COVID-19 Pass for Eiffel Tower, Other Sites

By Alex Turnbull, Angela Charlton | Jul 22, 2021

Visitors now need a special COVID-19 pass to ride up the Eiffel Tower or visit French museums or movie theaters, the first step in a new campaign against what the government calls a "stratospheric" rise in delta variant infections.

J.K. Rowling Says She Received Bomb Threat Over Transphobic Comments

J.K. Rowling Says She Received Bomb Threat Over Transphobic Comments

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 21, 2021

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling said she is receiving bomb threats over her problematic views about transgender people.

Olympics, Pandemic and Politics: There's No Separating them

Olympics, Pandemic and Politics: There's No Separating them

By Stephen Wade | Jul 21, 2021

Over and over, year after year, the stewards of the Olympics say it: The Games aren't supposed to be political. But how do you avoid politics when you're trying to pull off an event of this complexity during a lethal and protracted pandemic?

Tokyo's Drinkers Drown Frustrations Over Virus Limits, Games

Tokyo's Drinkers Drown Frustrations Over Virus Limits, Games

By Kantaro Komiya | Jul 21, 2021

On the eve of the Tokyo Olympics, the government's attempt to curb a coronavirus surge by targeting drinkers is drowning in liquor, frustration and indifference.

EU Says Democratic Standards Under Threat in Poland, Hungary

EU Says Democratic Standards Under Threat in Poland, Hungary

By Samuel Petrequin | Jul 20, 2021

Democratic standards in the European Union are eroding in several member countries, particularly in Hungary and Poland where judicial independence is under threat, the EU's executive commission said in its annual report on adherence to the rule of law.

Don't Miss: International LGBTQ Activist Peter Tatchell, Facebook Live 7/20

Don't Miss: International LGBTQ Activist Peter Tatchell, Facebook Live 7/20

By Matthew Wexler | Jul 20, 2021

A new documentary reveals the story of one of our generation's most formidable human rights activists, Peter Tatchell. EDGE welcomes him for an intimate conversation about his life and work.

Virus Surge Fears and UK Leader's Quarantine Mar 'Freedom Day'

Virus Surge Fears and UK Leader's Quarantine Mar 'Freedom Day'

By Urooba Jamal and Jill Lawless | Jul 19, 2021

Corks popped, beats boomed out and giddy revelers rushed onto dancefloors when England's nightclubs reopened Monday as the country lifted most remaining coronavirus restrictions after more than a year of lockdowns.

Vaccine Inequity: Inside the Cutthroat Race to Secure Doses

Vaccine Inequity: Inside the Cutthroat Race to Secure Doses

By Lori Hinnant, Maria Cheng, Aniruddha Ghosal | Jul 19, 2021

No one disputes that the world is unfair. But no one expected a vaccine gap between the global rich and poor that was this bad, this far into the pandemic.

Nightclubs Elated, but Doubts Cloud England's 'Freedom Day'

Nightclubs Elated, but Doubts Cloud England's 'Freedom Day'

By Sylvia Hui and Urooba Jamal | Jul 18, 2021

It's not New Year's Eve, but it might as well be for England's clubbers. After 17 months of empty dance floors, the country's nightclubs are reopening with a bang.

Experts: Europe Floods Shows Need to Curb Emissions, Adapt

Experts: Europe Floods Shows Need to Curb Emissions, Adapt

By Raf Casert | Jul 17, 2021

Despite ample warnings, politicians and weather forecasters were shocked at the ferocity of the precipitation that caused flash flooding that claimed more than 150 lives this week.

Hungary: Writers, Bookstores Brace for Ban on LGBTQ Content

Hungary: Writers, Bookstores Brace for Ban on LGBTQ Content

By Justin Spike | Jul 16, 2021

Some bookstores in Hungary put up notices telling customers that they sell "non-traditional content." The move is a response to a new law that prohibits "depicting or promoting" homosexuality and gender transitions in material accessible to children.

K-Pop Cafe Shunned by Russian Printer That Thinks Korean Boys Bands Are Gay

K-Pop Cafe Shunned by Russian Printer That Thinks Korean Boys Bands Are Gay

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 15, 2021

A K-pop-themed cafe in Russia says it was unable to get a print job completed because the printer thinks that South Korean boy bands Stray Kids and BTS are gay.

Dispiriting Setback: COVID Deaths, Cases Rise Again Globally

Dispiriting Setback: COVID Deaths, Cases Rise Again Globally

By Heather Hollingsworth, Maria Cheng | Jul 15, 2021

COVID-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for a return to normal life.

'Proud, Pretty, and Being Ourselves': After Hate Crime, Out Rugby Player Uses Drag Makeover to Express an Empowering Message

'Proud, Pretty, and Being Ourselves': After Hate Crime, Out Rugby Player Uses Drag Makeover to Express an Empowering Message

Jul 13, 2021

An out rugby player's moving testimony on "Drag Race España" brought a jolt of reality to the competition show when he recalled being a victim of a hate crime.

Look: Oil Wrestling Festival Returns in Turkey

Look: Oil Wrestling Festival Returns in Turkey

By Emrah Gurel, Andrew Wilks | Jul 13, 2021

The sounds of the zurna flute and beating drums again greeted thousands of Turkish wrestling fans who returned to the country's northwest for a 600-year-old oil wrestling championship.

Georgians Protest for 2nd Straight Day Over Journalist Death

Georgians Protest for 2nd Straight Day Over Journalist Death

Jul 13, 2021

Hundreds of people protested in Georgia on Monday for a second day in a row, demanding the government of the ex-Soviet nation resign over the death of a journalist who was attacked and beaten by anti-LGBT protesters.

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