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May 13, 2015

Because there's more to Blighty than London, Manchester and Brighton!

There's no doubt about it – the UK is a tourism titan.

Routinely attracting a staggering 34 million inbound visitors a year, the country's booming travel industry generated £21b ($33b) in 2013.

The fact that over half these visitors head straight to London – turning a blind eye to Britain's more manageably-sized but equally charismatic cities – is a crying shame. (Edinburgh is second, followed by Manchester)

March 11, 2015

Written by John Browne, The Glass Closet explains why coming out is good for business - for both employees and their employers

The Glass Closet by John Browne is a brave and fascinating book that shows how businesses can lead the way in promoting gay rights and why being yourself is best for business and for you.’
Sir Richard Branson, Chairman, Virgin Group

‘A courageous and salutary reminder that despite huge progress, we still have a long way to go to create the kind of tolerant and inclusive society of which business – as this book powerfully argues – must be a driving force.’
Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

May 24, 2015

But has Måns Zelmerlöw, the contestant from Sweden who won with a performance Heroes, had a change of heart since his controversial remarks?

Måns Zelmerlöw is the winner of this year's 60th Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer from Sweden took top prize with his performance of Heroes.

Last year the 28-year-old found himself in hot water after saying LGBTI couples should not be parents.

May 24, 2015

A special mention was given to ‘The Lobster’, an eccentric fable starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz about lovers who risk being turned into animals if they fail to find a partner

A lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara won the 2015 Queer Palm award, an independently sponsored prize entered into the Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Todd Haynes, 'Carol' is adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel ('The Price of Salt') that tells the story of two women who fall in love in 1950s New York at a time when homosexuality was criminalized.

Blanchett plays Carol, a wealthy married woman who falls in love with an ambitious shopgirl played by Mara.

May 24, 2015

Actor Mark Gatiss calls Ireland a 'beacon of light in darkening days'

Celebrities have expressed their joy over the landslide victory for marriage equality in the Irish referendum.

Whether they celebrated in person, like actor Andrew Scott, or in the form of tweets, famous supporters of equality have voiced their opinion on yesterday’s decisive result.

Irish actors Andrew Scott, best known for his role as Moriarty in the BBC adaption of Sherlock, and John Butler, known for The Stag and TV roles, celebrated the result together and looked very ecstatic.

May 24, 2015

Manitoba becomes first Canadian province to ban conversion therapy

Manitoba has become the first Canadian province to ban conversion therapy which attempts to change a person's sexual orientation from gay to straight.

In a media statement, Health Minister Sharon Blady says the therapy is 'neither medically nor ethically appropriate,' and can cause substantial harm to an individual.

May 24, 2015

 'Sometimes I think that really the problem is the concept of motherhood, which we can't give any real structure to'

Writer Germaine Greer is troubled that David Furnish, Elton John's husband, is listed as 'mother' on the birth certificates of their two sons.

May 24, 2015

As president, Bush supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage

In 2013, former US President George W Bush asked to officiate the wedding of a lesbian couple.

According to the Washington Blade, the revelation appears in a Boston Globe article about Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

The Bush family have a compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Jeb Bush is a patron of  HB Provisions, a general store owned by Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen.

May 24, 2015

British Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall MP writes that she will take the LGBTI message global as she welcomes Irish same-sex marriage

Friday’s Irish referendum was a joyous moment for all of us who seek love, justice and human rights available to all and equal to all. The Irish public voted in huge numbers to bring about a seismic change in our closest neighbor’s constitution.

For those of us watching in Britain, the sense something momentous was happening came well before the result, as we watched thousands of Irish residents in Britain making the effort to travel home to vote for equal marriage.

May 24, 2015

Amnesty International say Northern Ireland is the 'last bastion of discrimination' and its laws are a 'badge of shame'

Northern Ireland is facing increasing pressure over its stance on same-sex marriage after Ireland voted Yes in Friday’s (22 May) referendum.

Unlike in the rest of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland still prohibits same-sex marriage;  England, Wales and Scotland legalized it last year.

Last month was the fourth time the Northern Ireland Assembly rejected a motion, initiated by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness, to hold a referendum for same-sex marriage - with 47 votes in support and 49 against.

May 24, 2015

Developers behind Japanese RPG want to see more LGBTI involvement in digital media

A Japanese game development studio is looking to bring their gay-themed game to a wider global audience.

Gaming start-up Lifewonders describe themselves as a company aiming to provide entertainment, starting with mobile games, for LGBTI people.

‘It is also one of our major goals to see more LGBT and ally developers in digital media,’ they explained on their Indiegogo page.

May 24, 2015

'Referendums are held in this country where there's a proposal to change the constitution'

The Australian Prime Minister has dismissed the idea of his country holding a referendum on same-sex marriage after Ireland’s historic vote on 23 May.

Tony Abbott acknowledged it was important to millions of Australians and said he was taking the matter seriously, but marriage equality would be dealt with by the Federal Parliament.

‘Referendums are held in this country where there's a proposal to change the constitution,‘ he told reporters in Brisbane this morning.

May 23, 2015

The Tea Party favorite is against marriage equality, lumped LGBTI people with people who have sex with animals, and is concerned Christians can no longer practice their faith

Today, 23 May, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference's presidential straw poll.

According to The Hill, The Tea Party favorite won 25.4% of the vote. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took 20.5%, and placing third was Senator Ted Cruz with 16.4%.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry took 5% and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush won 4.9%.

The conference was in Oklahoma City.

May 23, 2015

Franklin Graham blasts Robert Gates for wanting to end organization's ban on gay adults

The son of Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who has been spiritual adviser to several US presidents, is blasting the president of the Boy Scouts of America for wanting to end the group's ban on gay adults.

Franklin Graham accuses BSA President Robert Gates, a former US Secretary of Defense of 'not having the moral courage to do what is right.'

'What are you thinking?' he asked Gates in Facebook post. 'This move is bending to LGBT activist groups and would put young, innocent boys at risk.'

May 23, 2015

See pictures from one of the first Prides of the year

Marchers in Birmingham Pride have taken a stand to protect UK’s Human Rights Act today (23 May).

The West Midlands English city has started the Pride season off with an incredible start, combining both protest and party.

Activists, trade unions and celebrants marched together in a statement to ensure UK law keeps people equal.

May 23, 2015

 Shoreline Church had tried to relegate ceremony to a side chapel

Rich Jones and Adrian Mertz will be dedicating their son at Shoreline Church in Austin, Texas, after all.

The couple, who were married last year, were initially told that the ceremony would have to be held in a side chapel instead of the main sanctuary because of their homosexuality.

But the church quickly changed course after a local TV station contacted them about the snub.

'We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused the Mertz family regarding the dedication of their child to God,' the church said in a statement.

May 23, 2015

Europe and Australia battle it at the biggest Eurovision Song Contest in history

Tonight in Vienna, Austria, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest takes place and will be watched by a global audience in excess of 150 million people.

It's the biggest Eurovision to date with 27 countries taking part, the 10 qualifiers from the two semi-finals, the host country Austria, the 'big 5', France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK and finally special invitee Australia.

The Austrians have spared no expense in putting on an amazing spectacle and, not to be outdone by the last two host countries, Sweden and Denmark, have made the event super gay-friendly.

May 23, 2015

Supporters of equality turned out in their hundreds of thousands

Ireland has become the first country to pass marriage equality by public vote today (23 May).

Supporters of equality turned out in their hundreds of thousands to support their belief that gay couples have the right to wed.

Revealed moments ago, the official result saw 62.1% voting in support and only 37.9% were against.

Nearly all constituencies votes Yes; only Roscommon South Leitrim saw No win, with a small minority of 51.4% of voters casting their vote against marriage equality. 

May 23, 2015

Dublin North West confirms YES reached 70.4% of total votes 

The first constituency has announced their official result in the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum.

Dublin North West has announced a YES vote, winning with 70.4% with 20919 votes; the NO vote reached 29.6% with 8814 votes.

The overall voter turnout for Dublin North West was at 60%.

Dublin in total is predicted to see around 70% voting in favor of extending marriage to same-sex couples.

From now on, results are expected to arrive regularly until the overall outcome, which is set to be  announced later this afternoon at Dublin Castle.

May 23, 2015

About 20 men disrupted an IDAHOT event last week shouting threats over the fence before breaking the lock on the gate and breaking through a door to enter the cafe

Transgender Europe (TGEU), a transgender advocacy group, has condemned the actions of the local police and anti-gay protesters who disrupted and threatened participants at an International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) event held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan last week.

May 23, 2015

In New Orleans, we believe religious liberty and freedoms should be protected and discrimination prohibited, and we have passed our own laws to reflect that principle'

Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, wants LGBTI residents, and visitors, to know the Big Easy continues to be a city that believes in diversity.

On 21 May, the Democrat signed an executive order describing New Orleans as 'an accepting, inviting city that thrives on its diversity and welcomes people from all walks of life with open arms.'

May 23, 2015

'we offer our congratulations to the YES side on a hard won victory. This is their day, and they should enjoy it.’

No campaigners have conceded defeat in the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum.

The count is still underway and no constituency has been announced yet, but campaigners seem positive that the Yes side will win.

Joh Murray from the Iona Institute, who spearheaed the No campaign, said: ‘Everyone seems to be predicting a ‘yes’… and that seems to be the case at the moment. It’s disappointing.’

Campaign group Mothers and Fathers matter also just released a statement conceding defeat.

May 23, 2015

'If that's not Jesus giving the "Yes" vote then I don't know what is!’

Ireland today (23 May) once more proved that marriage equality does not cause floods or earthquakes of biblical proportions.

Rainbows shone in the sky, hours after the No-campaign admitted defeat and congratulated the Yes-campaign on what looks to be a landslide victory, prompting one user to call it ‘gayest day’ Ireland ever

A popular tweet claiming a double rainbow was sitting in the Dublin sky turned out to be originally posted while people were going to the polls on Friday by user @karltims.

May 22, 2015

His new album, The Original High, will be released on 16 June

Adam Lambert has released two more songs from his upcoming album which will be released in June.

The new songs follow the release of the album’s lead single Ghost Town, during which the openly gay singer said he ‘panicked’ when he learnt Madonna had released a song with the same name just days before him.

This time, there are no strange coincidences or releases of songs with the same name.

First to be released is the up-tempo pop number Evil in the Night, in which Lambert takes stock of his love life, much like in Ghost Town.