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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, a Mexican queer judge killed, and then:

The legislation allows same-sex couples to register their partnership, giving them hospital visitation rights as well as tax and social security benefits | Ilmars Znotins/AFP via Getty Images

LATVIA. POLITICS. APROVAL OF THE SAME-SEX CIVIL UNIONS.

Latvia’s parliament voted to legalize same-sex civil unions, marking a historic move towards LGBTQ+ rights in the Baltic nation. The legislation grants legal recognition to same-sex couples, allowing them hospital visitation rights, tax benefits, and social security privileges. However, disparities persist as these couples are denied the right to adopt and inherit. Set to be enacted in mid-2024, the decision reflects Latvia’s evolving stance on LGBTQ+ issues. Prime Minister Evika Siliņa hailed the move as a significant step towards a “modern and humane Latvia,” emphasizing the importance of recognizing diverse family structures. The development follows the recent inauguration of Latvia’s first openly gay president, Edgars Rinkēvičs, highlighting shifting societal norms. Despite progress, public sentiment on homosexuality remains divided, with opposition lawmakers vowing to challenge the decision through a potential referendum.

Gerhard Liebmann (left) and Luka Dimic in Eismayer. Photograph: Publicity image

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