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Photo by Eduardo Verdugo / AP
Photo by Eduardo Verdugo / AP

Mexico unveils new mausoleum for Trans women
A mausoleum for Transgender women was dedicated in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, September 14. The burial site was built in Iztapalapa and is the first mausoleum in the country reserved solely for Trans women. Many late Trans activists will be moved to the new location in the coming weeks. The first is Paola Buenrostro; 12 others will soon join her. The location has 149 open spaces.

Mexico is currently the second deadliest country in the world for Trans women, with at least 25 murdered this year alone.

Disney vows to avoid politics and social issues
Global media conglomerate Disney announced it will "quiet the noise" in a growing culture war that has pitted the company against conservatives worldwide. On Tuesday, September 19, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company will also invest $60 billion in growing its parks and cruise attractions. Iger continued to press that Disney's goal is to entertain, and moving forward, its media will not be "agenda-driven."

Biden meets with Brazilian president to discuss workers rights
On Wednesday, September 20, President Biden met with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The two launched a new initiative to advance the rights of working people in both countries. Both highlighted the importance of decent jobs, good wages, and ensuring that workers benefit from digital and green-energy transitions currently underway. The new labor initiative is expected to end forced labor and child labor, mitigate workplace stress, and end workplace discrimination against women, BIPOC people, and LGBTQ+ people.

Photo by Temilade Adelaja / Reuters  

Nigeria releases people arrested for ties to a Gay wedding
On Tuesday, September 19, a court in Nigeria released 69 people after they were arrested in August for ties to an illegal Gay wedding. Each faced a $645 bail. They did not receive a court hearing and are expected to return to register at the courthouse in Warri once a month until their hearing.

Nigerian law bans Gay marriage and sex, and participation in LGBTQ+ groups. Breaking the law can lead to 14 years in prison.

Spanish soccer officials resign amid sexual assault scandal
Between six and nine Spanish soccer officials are expected to leave their positions with the Spanish Football Federation in the coming weeks. If they do not go willingly, they will be fired.

This exodus comes after international controversy following the Spanish women's soccer team's first World Cup victory. In the celebratory aftermath of the game, coach Luis Rubiales forcibly kissed midfielder Jenni Hermoso on the lips. The sexual harassment seen globally opened the door to conversations about mistreatment of women on the team.

Last week, multiple players signed a statement refusing to continue playing for the national team. They noted that people who "incited, hid, or applauded attitudes that go against women's dignity" have continued to remain employed by the federation.

Rubiales officially resigned from his position as coach on September 10.