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International News Highlights — July 15, 2022

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Image courtesy of Goal / Yorkshire Terriers FC
Image courtesy of Goal / Yorkshire Terriers FC

UK: Inclusive football club decries FA's "intrusive" policies
The BBC reported on July 11 that the Yorkshire Terriers football club, which includes Trans players, has complained that Football Association policies have prevented it from joining a bigger league.

The FA policy in question states that Trans players must have special approval to play in its leagues, which the FA argues ensures safety and fair play; the Terriers have called it "intrusive" and "exclusive, not inclusive."

Although the FA says that most applications are approved, Trans players still need to provide medical records that show that they hormone levels within certain limits, or that they have undergone gender reassignment surgery.

Yorkshire Terriers spokesperson Sam Hill said, "For many Trans people, being asked to give their medical history will be deeply traumatic. These people will already have been through a lot. They don't need to be asked to provide all this intrusive information."

Georgian Pride leader reflects on 2021 attack, state of LGBTQ rights
LGBTQ Nation reported July 11 on Tbilisi Pride, the main LGBTQ organization in Georgia, and its perseverance after an anti-LGBTQ terrorist attack during its 2021 March for Dignity event.

Tbilisi Pride founder and director Giorgi Tabagari recalled, "[The anti-LGBTQ protestors] were making threats throughout the entire month prior to Pride week. We were having negotiations with the government and demanding preemptive measure from the police; however, the government did not act to avoid the violence from happening."

Tabagari went on to say that the government had used the Pride movement to undermine opposition parties. Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili has claimed that "95% of our population are against holding propagandistic" parades, and said that "the only parade I know that will be held in our country is that of our army."

Assessing the state of LGBTQ rights in the country, Tabagari said, "Legally the situation remains unchanged. We had some progress in the past years, and adopted certain pieces of legislation which improved things; however, the government is practically not doing anything to address widespread homophobia in society. They are fueling it, to a level that facilitates aggression towards the Queer community."