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Thomson Reuters launches LGBT+ news platform

September 18, 2018

The Thomson Reuters Foundation – the charitable arm of one of the world’s largest news and information provider – has announced the expansion of its under-reported human rights news coverage with the launch of a dedicated LGBT+ digital news platform.

Launching on September 27th, Openly will serve a global audience looking for authoritative, impartial and trustworthy news reporting on the many issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the world.

Openly will cover topics ranging from crucial legislative change, to health-related matters, business and economics. The digital platform will also shed light on the personal accounts of those discriminated against or attacked because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, and will give visibility to the work of those people, businesses and institutions advancing LGBT+ rights.

Openly’s original news content will be sourced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global editorial team, supported by a network of more than 250 freelancers spanning all continents. Original news content from Openly will additionally be distributed via the Reuters wire service. News will also be available on a dedicated section of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s news site:, through Apple News, Google News and Facebook Instant News.

“LGBT+ rights are human rights,” said Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “This initiative recognises the importance of shedding light on the many issues affecting LGBT+ people around the world with impartial and accurate news. Openly is about trusted news, and is not an advocacy platform.”

“Openly aims to be the ultimate source of information for everyone with an interest in LGBT+ issues,” said Antonio Zappulla, COO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “When it comes to LGBT+ content, the current news landscape is often fragmented, insular and lacks credibility. Openly’s authoritative and trusted LGBT+ news will cater for the LGBT+ community and beyond.”

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