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December 19, 2014

Poachers kill one elephant every 15 minutes

Two of the largest animals that walk on land – elephants and rhinos – are in crisis. Their very existence in the latter part of the 21st century is in doubt.

In the past three years alone, more than 100,000 elephants have been killed. That’s an average of one dead elephant every 15 minutes due to poaching. This figure is in addition to unprecedented habitat loss due to increased human development. In the last century alone, elephants have completely disappeared from three countries in Africa.

December 16, 2014

Government also proposes scholarships and pensions for transgender people

Low income families with transgender could soon receive child support and study allowances under a new scheme drawn up by the Indian government.

The draft plan also includes skill-development aid and pensions for transgender people from the ages of 40 to 60.

To receive the Rs1,000 ($15.8) a month subsidy, parents have to certify their child shows 'gender non-conforming behavior.'

December 16, 2014

Kiss took an hour to shoot

The Taiwanese queen of pop Jolin Tsai locks lips with actress Ruby Lin in the music video for her new song, We're All Different, Yet The Same.

The clip is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years.

However, when one was hospitalized due to old age and required emergency surgery, her partner could not sign the consent form because she was not a legal spouse or family member.

When medical staff asked, 'What is your relationship with the patient?' she could only answer, 'A good friend.'

December 15, 2014

Rainbow run attracts 3,500 participants despite the cold weather

Thousands Saturday morning (13 December) participated in a rainbow run in Taiwan to support gay marriage and equal rights.

About 3,500 LGBTI individuals and allies wrapped up in rainbow scarfs for the 15km morning run in Taipei in spite of the in the chilly 13 Celsius weather.

The event hoped 'to bring attention to social issues related to gender diversity, anti-discrimination and changing the family system to better understand and in support of gay marriage and equal rights.'

December 15, 2014

See the best photos of the event inside

Hundreds of people on Saturday (13 December) celebrated sexual and gender diversity in Ho Chi Minh City.

About 1,000 LGBTI individuals and their allies gathered at the Labor Culture Palace in Saigon district for the Embrace Diversity Festival.

The annual event is organized by the ICS Center with the support of the Canadian embassy and also honors individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the community in the last year.

December 10, 2014

Islamic State members reportedly killed a man they found guilty of practicing sodomy by throwing him from a rooftop and then stoning him to death

There has been a further report of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executing men it suspects of being gay, with the militant group issuing an online statement to that effect on Tuesday.

‘The Islamic court in Wilayet al-Furat decided that a man who has practiced sodomy must be thrown off the highest point in the city, and then stoned to death,’ the statement reads.

The man was thrown from a rooftop and then stoned to death after the initial fall did not kill him.

December 3, 2014

Politicians realize today's voters take seriously how gay-friendly they are

Queer politics was never really visible in Taiwan until September last year when the Marriage Equality Bill was incorporated into parliament’s agenda. This year, the political atmosphere has been even more intensified and heightened by the LGBTI rights movement.

People of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are eagerly calling for an LGBTI-friendly government, although not everyone, including LGBTI rights advocates and activists, regards this as a queering of politics.

December 3, 2014

Politicians realize today's voters take seriously how gay-friendly they are

Queer politics was never really visible in Taiwan until September last year when the Marriage Equality Bill was incorporated into parliament’s agenda. This year, the political atmosphere has been even more intensified and heightened by the LGBTI rights movement.

People of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are eagerly calling for an LGBTI-friendly government, although not everyone, including LGBTI rights advocates and activists, regards this as a queering of politics.

November 30, 2014

A delegate at this week’s UMNO party general assembly has warned that LGBTI equal rights would lead to lesbians bringing home girls with larger breasts than their mothers, while gay sons would bring home boyfriends with bushy moustaches

A Selangor state, Malaysia delegate at this week’s UMNO party general assembly in Kuala Lumpur has warned against allowing LGBTI people to have equal rights in the majority Muslim South East Asian nation – but not for the reasons you would think.

Ruling party delegate Ismail Kijo fears that same-sex marriage will lead to lesbians bringing home partners that put their mother’s breasts to shame.

November 28, 2014

‘Prevention and control of HIV among men who have sex with men has to be a cornerstone of national HIV programs,’ says head of European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Europe will miss its 2015 targets for curbing the spread of HIV, says the World Health Organisation (WHO), with an 80 per cent increase in HIV transmission in 2013 compared with a decade earlier.

November 27, 2014

Protesters say the anti-trans 'purge' is unconstitutional

Hundreds of transgender women yesterday (26 November) protested outside Bangalore town hall after scores of hijras were arrested and sent to a beggars colony on the outskirts of the city.

Police detained 167 transgender women in a crackdown on begging that started on Monday, a day after hundreds marched against an anti-trans law in the third largest Indian city's pride parade.

November 27, 2014

Organizer is charged with publishing lewd content in a public space

LGBTI activists have slammed Cypriot police for seizing a transgender photographer's exhibition after receiving a single complaint.

The exhibition Correction by Greek activist Paola Revenioti was shown at Nicosia municipal market to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The photos were confiscated on Friday (21 November) following a single complaint about their content, which included nude men.

Organizers Accept-LGBT Cyprus said the photos were covered during the market's normal operating hours.

November 26, 2014

Killings are the militant group's first executions for alleged homosexuality

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) yesterday (25 November) stoned to death two allegedly gay men in Syria.

This is the first report of ISIS executing people for homosexuality.

'The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay,' said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The 20-year-old was killed in Mayadeen city in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq after ISIS allegedly found videos on his mobile phone showing him 'practising indecent acts with males.'

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.

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.

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 24, 2014

India recriminalized homosexuality last year

Up to 2,000 people yesterday (23 November) protested India's anti-gay laws at Bangalore pride, the first since the country recriminalized homosexuality in December last year.

After an hour delay, hundreds of people set off from the city railway station for the sixth Bengaluru Pride March and Karnataka Queer Habba in India's third largest city, in Karnataka state.

Unlike previous years, the parade was redirected through the conservative Malleswaram district and most marchers decided not to wear eye masks or cover their faces, despite the law.

November 24, 2014

India's sixth largest city has reported 10 anti-trans murders, three gang rapes and five acid attacks since March

There were 37 reported anti-trans attacks in Hyderabad since March, including 10 murders, three gang rapes and five acid attacks.

However, Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi (THTS) said more anti-trans attacks go unreported every day in India's sixth largest city and 90 per cent of transgender women had attempted suicide.

The group mourned their murdered sisters last week on the international Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 November).

November 24, 2014

Israeli city to host two-week queer party, launching next month

Tel Aviv has announced a two-week 'Pink Winter' Festival for the festive period, taking place between 24 December and 7 January.

The event will encompass non-stop street parties and beach parties (including a chill-out party at Hilton Beach), as well as a queer film festival.

Christmas tree and Hanukkah candle lightings will also take place on Christmas Eve, to mark the official launch of the festival.

November 19, 2014

Tongzhi can mean 'comrade' or 'gay' in Chinese

The Chinese Communist Party has told its members to continue calling each other 'comrade' despite the word's second meaning - 'gay.'

The party ruled that more than half of its discipline regulations were 'outdated' and no longer applicable after a two-year review, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Among the 487 regulations to remain is a 49-year-old diktat that members call each other 'comrade,' the egalitarian form of address preferred by Communists.

November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

November 14, 2014

Gayway posted explicit images to solicit clients for its erotic massage parlour

Taiwanese police have seized a website that billed itself as ‘Asia’s largest gay lifestyle information network’ for 'distributing obscene material.'

Taipei City Police Department said it shut down Gayway on Tuesday (9 November) after receiving reports that the website contained pornographic images.

The Criminal Investigation Division traced the site’s IP address to a studio on Zhongxiao West Road in Taipei, owned by a 40-year-man surnamed Wang who also operated a gay erotic massage parlour there.

November 13, 2014

Qatar's sports minister promises 'creative solutions', but can he guarantee safety?

Gay people will be treated similar to beer at the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali, the country's sports minister, compared gay fans and footballers who wanted to travel to the soccer tournament.

Alcohol is partially banned in the Arabic country, but is sometimes punished with flogging. Both male and female homosexuality is punishable with flogging and imprisonment of up to five years.

Al-Ali, when asked by the Associated Press, said the country will find 'creative' ways that beer could be sold.