“The 9”. News Curated Weekly. Polari Prizes, gay boxing and marriage equality

Your guide to the queer media circus.

As usual… 5.5 minutes to read. Your guide to the queer media circus. A weekly digest of the most important queer news in your backyard!  Exclusively for paid subscribers every Monday, “The 9” is curated weekly by Taylor Abbot + the GenZ editorial team.

This week, the gay boxing championship, and then:

Gabriela Bankova outside the Palace of Justice in the Bulgarian capital Sofia on her fifth day of a hunger strike in protest against the lack of trans rights in the country. Manuela Popova/Handout via Thomson Reuters Foundation

Bulgaria. Politics. Transgender Woman on Hunger Strike Vows to Die for Trans Rights.

Gabriela Bankova, a 32-year-old software architect, continues her hunger strike in Sofia, Bulgaria, protesting the nation’s recent curtailment of trans rights. Arrested on Thursday, Bankova remains resolute in her pursuit of equality, expressing a willingness to sacrifice her life for the cause. In an exclusive telephone interview with Openly, she stated, “I intend to continue this protest indefinitely until the Bulgarian people hear me and understand me.” Bankova demands the removal of discriminatory laws, asserting trans people’s right to dignity, medical care, and equal freedoms. Bulgaria currently ranks 40th in LGBTQ+ rights among European countries, according to ILGA-Europe.

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