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October 18, 2021

Texas agency removes web pages with resources for LGBTQ youths · The pages, which included a link to a suicide prevention hotline, were removed after a Republican gubernatorial hopeful called them “offensive” and not in line with “Texas values” or “Republican Party values.” ► Read more at NBC News

A great gay thriller? It’s about time · Operation Hyacinth, now streaming on Netflix, tells the story of Poland’s 1980s gay crackdown, complete with anti-AIDS rhetoric, spying, and blackmail. ► Read more at Queerty

Minneapolis schools are spying on—and outing—queer students · Software installed on school-issued laptops “monitors students’ online behavior 24 hours a day” and is programmed to “flag LGBTQ-related terms.” ► Read more at LGBTQ Nation

Sex Education‘s Eric Effiong is inspiration to Nigeria’s gays · “A lot of young gay men in Nigeria see themselves in Eric,” says activist Bisi Alimi. “He is such a loved character.” ► Read more at NPR

North Carolina Republican condemned over “repugnant” anti-LGBTQ tirade · “There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth,” he said. ► Read more in The Guardian

Most Russians oppose same-sex relationships, according to poll · Opposition has grown since Russia’s “gay propaganda” law was enacted in 2013. ► Read more in The Moscow Times

The harness-wearning merman Ken doll is finally here · Limited quantities available; pre-order yours now! ► Read more in Out

Art note · Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, “Four Male Nudes,” 1812–1816 (Nasjonalmuseet, Norway)

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