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November 27, 2014

French and Mediterranean styles collide in picturesque beachside town

It's one of the oldest cities in Europe – and one of the most vibrant on the Mediterranean coast. Welcome to Marseille, south of France, a city with 26 centuries of history, and still transforming.

A mix of cultures indeed, next to the harbour you'll find African markets, Italian communities (the border is not far), crowds of tourists and students from all over the world, Corsican, Spanish: all of them trying to preserve their traditions but also trying, at the same time, to hone Marseille's reputation as a truly multicultural tourist destination.

November 25, 2014

Unlock the ancient, enigmatic glamour of the Turkish metropolis with our guide

Pushed and pulled by the eastern and western worlds for centuries, absorbing influences and attitudes from both Europe and the Middle East, Turkey is astoundingly resilient.

And Istanbul, with 14 million people, has been the cosmopolitan centre of the region since it was founded as Constantinople in 330 AD. The Bosphorus Strait, a shipping lane that links the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea dividing Istanbul in two, is one of the boundaries between Europe and Asia.

February 1, 2015

Some 5,000 people marched in the Indian city's eighth and one of the largest pride parades

'He's gay and I'm happy,' said Pradip Divgikar who marched with his son Sushant at the 5000-strong march in Mumbai on Saturday.

'I want all parents of LGBTQ children to be like him,' the son, who represented India at the Mr Gay World competition last year, said of his father in India's DNA newspaper.

According to DNA, parents of LGBTI children formed a substantial chunk of the marchers.

February 1, 2015

Peter Morris, a partner, and Sue Parkinson, a trainee solicitor, with UK-based law firm Irwin Mitchell, look at some of the legal complications that may be involved with adopting; some of which can arise after a child has already joined your home

Adoption is permanent, involving the severing of ties between a child and their birth family.

Adoption is a positive way of assisting children to find a permanent, safe and loving home, and the child’s lifelong welfare is the paramount consideration.

Gay and lesbian singles as well as same-sex couples can adopt a child in the UK.

There are clear examples of a same sex placement being the best option for the child. These can include cases involving children with a background of emotional or physical abuse from a parent of a particular gender.

February 1, 2015

His participation as a premier is a first in the event's 20-year history

It's the first time a state premier has taken part or led a gay pride march in the Australian state of Victoria.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, who was accompanied by his wife Catherine, led the march as it celebrated its 20th anniversary today with 141 groups participating and 4,000 people marching down Fitzroy Street in St Kilda today.

The parade is part of Melbourne's annual Midsumma gay and lesbian festival which attracts up to 50,000 people a year.

January 31, 2015

Source close to family tells People: 'He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he's doing'

Bruce Jenner is transitioning to female, according to People Magazine.

'He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he’s doing,' says a source close to Jenner's family which includes the Kardashian reality show clan. 'He’s in such a great space. That’s why it’s the perfect time to do something like this.'

January 31, 2015

Cabbie: 'You can't do that in here, get out and get another taxi if you want to do that!'

A gay couple in Chicago has filed a disrimination complaint after they were allegedly kicked out of a taxi by a driver upset that they had shared a kiss.

One of the men, Stephen Murphy, says boyfriend Daniel Costa reached over 'and just gave me a close peck kiss on the cheek. ... obviously we were shocked.'

Costa tells ABC 7 Chicago: 'The taxi cab driver said to us we could not do that in his cab.'

January 31, 2015

'All the negativity that comes to me I channel to positivity. I have to prove the haters wrong'

Since coming out as a gay man over a year ago, Michael Sam has heard from a lot of the haters.

Some of them even wish him dead.

Sam talks about the online abuse that has been hurled at him in a new video spot released by Coca Cola in advance of the Super Bowl on Sunday (1 February).

The University of Missouri stand-out and the first openly gay man drafted by an NFL team, shares in the spot the details of one online hater he felt compelled to respond to.

January 31, 2015

The proposed ‘conscience clause’ would allow people to refuse goods or services to LGBTI people on the grounds of strongly-held religious beliefs 

LGBTI activists are rallying against a new bill proposal which they fear could legitimise anti-gay discrimination in Northern Ireland.

The proposed ‘conscience clause’ is a measure which could allow people to refuse goods or services to gay and lesbian people on the ground of their strongly-held religious beliefs.

January 31, 2015

Time for a Herstory lesson for Ms. Cheney

To most people, it’s obvious that drag and blackface are not the same thing.

Unfortunately for Mary Cheney, the out daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, she can’t seem to see the distinction.

Cue RuPaul, one of the most famous drag queens in the world, and the production company behind his hit TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, to school Cheney on the difference between the two.

January 31, 2015

'I am a strong believer in traditional marriage and I do not construe homosexual rights as human rights'

A US lawmaker sees no connection between human rights and LGBTI equality.

On 27 January, during hearing on Nigeria, Representative Chris Smith separated gay and human rights.

'I am a strong believer in traditional marriage and I do not construe homosexual rights as human rights,' the New Jersey Republican said, according PolitickerNJ.

January 31, 2015

The LGBT community has however protested against the slapstick comedy's camp central character for humiliating and smearing gay people through overacted actions and expressions

De Mai Tinh 2 (Let Hoi Decide), a slapstick comedy with a self-identified transgender woman in the central role, has become the top grossing film in the country.

It earned US$3.85 million – a huge sum for a Vietnamese feature – in over two weeks since it was released on December 12 and on 70 screens across the Southeast Asian country.

January 31, 2015

The bill would have allowed any business or professional including doctors in Virginia to discriminate against LGBTI people without any legal consequences

A House subcommittee in Virginia on Thursday vetoed a proposed 'conscience clause' bill that would allow anyone holding a state license, including business owners, lawyers and doctors, to legally deny services to gay men and lesbians, even those who are legally married as well as people who are perceived to be gay.

January 30, 2015

Slovaks will go to the polls on 7 February in a referendum called by family groups on same-sex marriage and gay adoption but there are hopes that not enough people will bother to vote for it to be considered valid

Slovaks will vote in a referendum on Saturday 7 February that is designed to show lawmakers how they feel about recognizing same-sex relationships and adoption by gay couples in the EU member state.

The referendum was brought on after a coalition of chruch groups and ‘family values’ groups managed to convince 400,000 people to sign a petition in favor of the referendum – 50,000 more than was needed to force a popular vote on the issue.

Slovaks will be asked three questions in the referendum:

January 30, 2015

Survey finds coming out to family remains difficult

Nearly 80% of LGBTI Vietnamese say society had changed positively toward them over the last five years, according to a new survey.

The survey released Tuesday (27 January) found that 44% of respondents had witnessed 'much' positive change from 2009 to 2013.

The most voted changes were confidence to be themselves, government recognition and LGBTI activities.

ICS Center surveyed 3,214 LGBTI Vietnamese citizens aged 16 and above in online forums between July and August 2014
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January 30, 2015

Moore had vowed not to succumb to the 'tyranny' of the federal court that struck down state's gay marriage ban

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed an ethics complaint against Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice alleging he put his personal views against gay marriage ahead of his job as a judge.

Earlier this week, Roy Moore vowed to 'stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority' after US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade declared the state's ban unconstitutional.

January 30, 2015

Top court breaks a long-standing agreement between the two countries

France's highest appeals court Wednesday (28 January) allowed a gay man to marry his Moroccan partner, despite the North African kingdom's refusal to recognize same-sex marriage.

France legalized gay marriage in 2013. However, a 1981 agreement said marriages between French and Moroccan nationals were subject to the laws of their respective countries.

Dominique and Mohammed first took the case to court after a city hall in France had refused to wed them, citing the 1981 convention.

January 30, 2015

Running as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, theatrical production Gaybies draws on real interviews with the children of LGBTI parents

At a time when some territories in Australia continue to deny gay couples the right to adopt and foster children, a new play coming to Sydney next week is set to shine an illuminating light on the issue of LGBTI parenthood.

Gaybies will be coming to the Eternity Playhouse in Sydney as part of the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

January 30, 2015

Lawmakers side with religious freedom supporters

Idaho Republicans have effectively killed a bill that seeks to add 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' to the state's anti-discrimination law, after more than 20 hours of emotional testimony from LGBTI residents.

The Republican-led House State Affairs Committee voted 13 to 4 to hold the 'Add the Words' bill in committee. Democrats voted in favor of the bill.

Republican lawmakers said they feared the measure would lead to lawsuits against those who refused services to LGBTI people because of their religious beliefs. 

January 30, 2015

Comedy legend was last above title in 1988's Big Business opposite Bette Midler  in 1988

The last time Lily Tomlin had a starring role in a film, the Berlin Wall was still standing, Ronald Reagan was president of the US and it still would be 16 more years before the launch of Facebook.

But the 75-year-old comedy legend is back above the title in the comedy Grandma which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

In her first leading role since 1988's Big Business with Bette Midler, Tomlin plays a feminist poet who is breaking up with her far younger girlfriend and still dealing with the death of her longtime partner.

January 30, 2015

Singer criticized for not exactly beautiful language

James Blunt is being accused of homophobia after making a joke about picking up the soap in the shower around Conservative MPs.

The 'You're Beautiful' singer made the old 'joke' about this week's New Statesman cover featuring Blunt among the Eton crowd of politicians such as David Cameron and Boris Johnson and actors like Benedict Cumberbatch.

The lead story is: 'The class ceiling - From pop to politics, does it pay to be posh?'

Blunt tweeted the cover, saying: 'I won't be picking up the soap when this party moves to the showers.'

January 30, 2015

Four-time Emmy winner returns to Broadway to star in play An Act of God

Jim Parsons, who plays a theoretical physicist at Caltech on TV each week, is getting a promotion.

He will be playing God.

The four-time Emmy winner is set to return to Broadway in An Act of God based on the 2011 book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God written by David Javerbaum of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Javerbaum runs the popular satirical Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod and sent out a statement released from 'God.'

January 30, 2015

State Rep. Patricia Todd: 'My friends are worried about my safety'

First Alabama State Representative Patricia Todd was the one making the threats - now she's getting them.

This week, the openly gay Todd said she would expose the affairs of her colleagues who oppose gay marriage in response to negative comments made after the state's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by a federal judge.

January 30, 2015

Alesha is a badass dragon slayer and a transgender woman

Magic: The Gathering has got its first transgender character: a badass dragon slayer who goes by the name Alesha.

Having introduced a gay couple and a character of unknown gender last year, the Alesha, Who Smiles at Death card was quietly released as part of the Fate Reforged expansion on 23 January.