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October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

July 18, 2014

Citing fears for their safety, and the welfare of their teenage son, the couple wants to live in a country where they will not be persecuted against because of their sexuality

A lesbian couple from Russia married in Buenos Aires, Argentina and are now seeking asylum there to escape Russia’s homophobic laws.

The couple, Marina Mironova, 38, and Oxana Tomofeeva, 36, wore matching outfits at their marriage ceremony at Buenos Aires City Civil Registry on 15 July.

The couple said living in Russia as a lesbian couple in the midst of increasing hostility towards the LGBTI community made them fear for their safety and the safety of their 16-year-old son.

July 14, 2014

In July 2009, Argentina became the first country in Latin America, the second-biggest in the Americas and tenth in the world legalize same-sex marriage

15 July marks four years of Argentina passing marriage equality laws.

Four years later, pro-gay marriage advocates continue to face opposition from religious leaders.

In a March 2014 interview with La Nacion, Héctor Aguer, one of Argentina’s highest religious officials, called marriage equality an ‘unjust law’ that goes against the ‘natural order’, not just that of the Church.

July 13, 2014

Queerty gives 34 reasons why you should watch today's World Cup Final...and each is boyfriend material

It's here. After a month of soccer (I'm from the US, people), the final of the World Cup is today (13 July).

Argentina and Germany are the last teams standing. There are multiple reasons to watch, but if you're not sports inclined take the advice offered at Queerty.

That site offers 34, perfectly sane, excuses: photos of players from each team.

May 28, 2014

Perhaps skiing and swimwear isn’t entirely appropriate, but who says you can't go skiing in the summer? It's quieter, cheaper and sunnier!

While your friends are making a mad dash to claim their ocean side real estate, why not go against the grain and head for the hills?

Summer skiing has been given new life in recent years, as travelers looking for cheap travel deals get to take advantage of unconventional summer activities.

Most summer skiing venues not only have gossip-worthy snowboarding and skiing options, but also accommodate typical summertime activities including biking, rafting and of course hiking.

April 29, 2014

Getting married overseas might seem like something of a dream, but with specialist help it's as simple as saying 'I do'

With ever more countries legalizing same sex marriage there are now more exotic wedding destinations than ever before for LGBTI couples to choose from.

So if you want your wedding to be something special why not look at getting married overseas?

As of April 2014, 16 countries around the world have legalized same-sex marriage.

February 25, 2014

A gay Russian couple has reportedley entered in matrimony in Buenos Aires, and plans to apply for refugee status to escape Russia’s anti-gay laws

A gay couple from Sochi has fled to Argentina to marry and escape Russia's homophobic rule.

Alexander (47) and Dimitri (35) were reportedly married today (25 February) at 11:30 am in the Buenos Aires civil registry on the street Uruguay 753.

Upon calling the civil registry, GSN was told details of the marriage could not be confirmed nor denied over the phone, but the desk did confirm media cameras present in the lobby.

October 22, 2013

With 10 days left until Halloween, Gay Star Travel looks at resting places around the world that have inspired and frightened generations

Around the world, the last days of October and first days of November possess a certain association to the afterlife.

Despite the scenes from horror films and gory urban myths, graveyards also possess an inherent beauty when seen in the daytime.

These cemeteries, a place for respect and repose, are some of the most beautiful and popular resting places in the world.

October 21, 2013

After giving Havana a proper whirl, pick up hitchhikers, stray dogs and photos on the A1 National Highway and its subsidiary roads to visit graceful Trinidad and remote Baracoa at the extreme western tip of Cuba

Cuba will always have its admirers.

It overwhelms with modest authenticity, a proud culture, and a recent revolutionary history in a Caribbean region often known best for ghetto beach chain hotel tourism.

That stated Cuba still suffers from its own Jim Crow-style tourism… mainly holiday makers holed up in high-rise structures in the Varadero area of the north Atlantic shore where locals and vacationers are not encouraged to mix (some hotels even bar resident Cubans from entering).

September 28, 2013

Six year old may even be youngest in the world to legally change gender

A six year old girl has become the youngest person in Argentina to legally change their gender.

The girl, known as Lulu, is believed to be the youngest person to take advantage of Argentina's gender recognition laws, which came into force last year.

This means that Lulu has had her birth certificate and Argentinian ID, known as a DNI, changed from male to female.

Lulu's family had attempted to get the information changed last December. However, the government refused to comply, citing Lulu's young age as the reason.

September 27, 2013

A number of countries released a declaration against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination during the United Nations General Assembly

September 9, 2013

American Airlines, IBM, American Express and more showcased at the International LGBT Business Expo in Guadalajara this week to encourage LGBT inclusion in business and tourism  

The spending power of the LGBT market united Fortune 500 companies and regional tourism operators under one roof this week for the International LGBT Business Expo in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mexico’s second-largest city welcomed speakers, exhibitors, and for the first time the general public to spark a dialogue on the value LGBT inclusion in Latin American travel, banking and consumer markets.

August 30, 2013

The annual contest in Buenos Aires has welcomed same-sex couples, making history and changing Argentina's reputation as a 'macho' country

Same-sex couples have danced for the first time in the World Championship of Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The country in which gay marriage has been legalized, one of the most ‘macho’ in the world, has let gay couples participate in its renowned contest.

Three male couples and one female couple danced, for 10 days, together with straight ‘tangueros’.

Tango dancer Juan Pablo Ramirez – who was in couple with Daniel Arroyo – said to Argentinian broadcasting: ‘It takes two to tango. But they don’t necessarily have to be different sexes.’

June 6, 2013

A survey by Pew Research has found growing acceptance of homosexuality in richer more secular countries while in some others acceptance has fallen

A global survey of attitudes to homosexuality in 39 countries has shown growing acceptance across the developed world but little progress in the developing world when it comes to acceptance of LGBT rights.

The biggest jump in acceptance was in South Korea where the number of people who thought ‘homosexuality should be accepted’ jumped from 18 percent in 2007 to 39 percent in 2013.

The US saw the next biggest gain, from 49 percent to 60 percent.

Next was Canada which jumped from 70 percent to 80 percent.

May 8, 2013

Gay Star News talks to Miyuki Baker about her world travels in search of queer artists and activists

What are the queer communities like in South America compared to Australia? Singapore compared to India? South Korea to Turkey? Recent college graduate Miyuki Baker is finding out by traveling the world in search of queer artists and activists, like herself.

After graduating from Pennsylvania-based liberal arts college Swarthmore, Baker won a $25,000 (US dollars, €19,000) Watson Fellowship that allows her to travel the world pursuing a particular project.

March 29, 2013

‘We can’t have Argentine faggots when there’s an Argentine pope’ claim attackers

A gay couple in Argentina was allegedly attacked in the name of Pope Francis.

A group of people reportedly approached Pedro Robledo and his partner Agustín Sargiotto at a party saying ‘you are an embarrassment to the Argentine pope’ and ‘homosexuality is a sin’, according to news website El Diario.

In an interview with INFOnews, Robledo said: ‘A kid told me we had to leave because we were in a Catholic household, and we couldn’t have Argentine faggots when there’s an Argentine pope’.

March 25, 2013

Yael German, Israel’s new minister of health, has instructed a public committee to deliberate the removal of a ban on blood donations from gay men

In her first move as Israel's new health minister, Yael German instructed the ministry staff today (25 March) to reconsider the ban on accepting blood donations from gay men.

The form filled out by every blood donor in Israel states that men who have had sex with other men are prohibited from donating blood.

People who are HIV positive, used drugs or been exposed to mad-cow disease, among other constraints, are also prohibited from donating blood.

March 23, 2013

Simon Cazal and Sergio López, a gay couple in Paraguay is mounting a legal challenge to force the country to recognize theirs and others’ gay marriage 

A Paraguayan gay couple demands the right to register their marriage in their country.

Thirty-year old Simon Cazal and 20-year-old Sergio López were married last year in Argentina, the first Latin American country to approve nationwide gay marriage.

However, Paraguay has no laws for same-sex marriage or civil unions.

As part of their first year anniversary, the couple asked yesterday (22 March) a judge in Asunción, Paraguay’s capital, to order civil registry officials to record their marriage.

March 21, 2013

Before he became Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio supported the idea of civil unions for gay couples in Argentina

Before Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, he once supported the idea of civil unions for gay couples in Argentina.

In 2010, when Argentina was about to legalize marriage equality, Bergoglio argued the Roman Catholic Church should seek a compromise.

He described civil unions as the ‘lesser of two evils’ at a meeting behind closed doors with Argentina’s bishops, according to Sergio Rubin, his authorized biographer.

‘He wagered on a position of greater dialogue with society,’ Rubin said.

March 16, 2013

Argentina’s leading LGBT rights organization ‘expresses its deep regret’ at the appointment of a new pope, a former archbishop of the City of Buenos Aires, with an anti-gay record

Newly-elected Pope Francis has received a frigid welcome from Argentina’s leading LGBT rights group.

In a statement released yesterday by the Argentine LGBT Federation (FALGBT), the organization condemns the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pope, saying: ‘the election… marks a clear desire of the Vatican to radicalize its position against the recognition of diverse family structures’.

March 15, 2013

George Broadhead says despite his image as a champion of the downtrodden, Pope Francis has repeatedly attacked LGBT people

I am not in the least surprised that the new Pope Francis I is just as homophobic as his predecessors and any chance of him doing a volte face, or even moderating his views, on the Church's stance on issues like abortion, contraception, voluntary euthanasia and LGBT rights is just wishful thinking.

When he was still Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina, he strongly opposed legislation introduced in 2010 by the Argentine Government to allow same-sex marriage, calling it ‘A real and dire anthropological throwback’.

March 13, 2013

Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen by the conclave of cardinals as the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis was elected as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church today (13 March).

Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was chosen by the conclave of 115 cardinals as a successor to Benedict XVI.

Tens of thousands of faithful Catholics broke into cheers as the white smoke indicated the new pontiff had obtained the required two thirds majority, which happened in the fifth round of voting over two days.

Francis is still a conservative choice, but has taught the ‘importance of respecting gay individuals’.

November 30, 2012

Congress has passed a bill that could ban clinics from asking blood donors their sexual orientation

Gays and lesbians in Argentina could be one step closer to donating blood.

The Chamber of Deputies passed on 29 November (Thursday) a bill that would modify the nation's blood donating laws.

The measure, to be debated by the Senate in 2013, would remove certain questions from forms used by clinics and hospitals that require potential blood donors to divulge their sexual orientation.

October 28, 2012

One of the leading proponents of marriage equality in Australia has been elected to the New South Wales state parliament, making him the first Australian politician in a same-sex marriage

The campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia has welcomed the election of Australia's first member of Parliament in a same-sex marriage.

Former Australian Marriage Equality (AME) national convener Alex Greenwich was elected on Saturday to the state of New South Wales’ (NSW) Lower House in a by-election in the seat of Sydney.

Greenwich married long term partner Victor Hoeld in Argentina in May this year.

The current convener of AME, Rodney Croome, welcomed his election.