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July 20, 2014

'These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence,' says Obama

The AIDS research community and activists were stunned and horrified to learn that prominent AIDS expert Dr Joep Lange was among those killed aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

July 7, 2014

Do you dream of Turkey's cool buildings, amazing beaches and hot oil wrestling? The country voted as the world’s most popular destination by TripAdvisor readers is changing its visa entry rules starting 1 January 2015

This year Turkey’s largest city and cultural heart Istanbul was voted as the top travel destination in the world by TripAdvisor users.

The reasons are hardly surprising.

Turkey is just one of those places that has everything.

Amazing food bazaars, stunning architecture like the Hagia Sophia, natural attractions like beaches and mud baths…

July 2, 2014

Iranian comedy series Haft Sang is a near scene-for-scene remake of US series Modern Family but its makers have written out all the gay characters or made them straight

Iranian audiences are loving LGBTI inclusive US comedy series Modern Family without even knowing it.

It turns out that the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting TV channel has been ripping off the show scene-for-scene minus gay dads Mitch and Cam.

In Haft Sang, an unauthorized remake of the show, their parts have either been written out or given a heterosexual makeover as Iranian TV tries to translate the appeal of the ABC hit show within the strict religious guidelines of an Iranian theocratic state.

July 1, 2014

This two-day luxury cruise sets sail in August, the same month as Viet Pride, and is hailed as the first gay cruise to tour the stunning waters and rock formations of the UNESCO World Heritage Site

A weekend luxury gay cruise is set to be ‘the first’ in Vietnam’s beautiful Halong Bay.

The Halong Gay Party Cruise program will include dining in candle-lit limestone caves, kayaking and swimming around Halong Bay’s islands and karaoke parties, all on a smaller boat with 17 air-conditioned cabins for a more intimate cruising experience.

June 28, 2014

A record number of 26,000 people turned up at Singapore's sixth Pink Dot rally on Saturday night to celebrate the 'freedom to love', according to organizers

Singapore’s Speakers Corner – a government designated protest zone and where the rally has been held since 2009 – turned a sea of glittering pink with a bright outline of a heart within the dot formation, at about 8pm.

June 22, 2014

With shows opening in Australia next month, singer now claims 'very religious' husband who has a 'tough attitude' towards gays is responsible for posting the anti-gay rant last year

A Georgia-born opera singer is under fire for an anti-gay rant in which she referred to gay people as 'fecal masses', and welcomed violent attacks against a pride parade.

Tamar Iveri, who is currently in Sydney for rehearsals for Opera Australia’s Otello, has denied responsibility for a viciously anti-gay letter which made the news headlines in Australia on Friday.

June 20, 2014

Nothing against Hawaii, the Maldives or Thailand, but the Pacific island of Boracay stole our hearts with its pristine beaches, green mango smoothies and lively locals. Mahal Kita Philippines!

The Philippines is a fascinating country.

Consisting of over 7,000 islands, this is a part of the world that you can spend months exploring.

However if you only have limited time and you’re wanting a bit of a beach holiday, then you are going to end up at Boracay.

Boracay is one of the best beaches in Asia, and when you are looking at beach holidays in the Philippines then Boracay is probably the easiest one to get to - normally about a one hour flight from the capital Manila.

June 20, 2014

Nothing against Hawaii, the Maldives or Thailand, but the Pacific island of Boracay stole our hearts with its pristine beaches, green mango smoothies and lively locals. Mahal Kita Philippines!

The Philippines is a fascinating country.

Consisting of over 7,000 islands, this is a part of the world that you can spend months exploring.

However if you only have limited time and you’re wanting a bit of a beach holiday, then you are going to end up at Boracay.

Boracay is one of the best beaches in Asia, and when you are looking at beach holidays in the Philippines then Boracay is probably the easiest one to get to - normally about a one hour flight from the capital Manila.

June 18, 2014

Years after setting up two friends in Melbourne, Gareth Johnson reaps the benefits of his cupidity exploring the Philippine capital one adventure at a time

I normally don’t attempt any sort of matchmaking.

However a couple of years ago I was visiting my home town of Melbourne briefly.

One morning I caught up for coffee with Deanna, a friend from London who had just moved back to Melbourne, and then for lunch I caught up with my college friend Silba who had just moved back to Melbourne after working in Hong Kong for a number of years.

June 14, 2014

More than 100 members of Congress have signed a letter urging the US to force Brunei to abandon its draconian laws that call for amputation for thieves, and the stoning of gays and adulterers – or not be allowed to participate in a 12-country trade pact talk

One hundred and nineteen members of the House of Representatives signed a letter urging Secretary of State John Kerry and US Trade Representative Michael Froman to shun Brunei in talks on a Pacific free trade zone agreement unless it addresses its recently introduced Islamic laws that  threatens the human rights of groups including women and LGBTIs.

June 14, 2014

Stefanie Sun, a Mandarin popstar popular across East Asia and Southeast Asia, says she supports the 'Freedom to Love' and calls on fans to attend Singapore's pro-LGBT Pink Dot rally

Singapore-born, Taiwan-based singer-songwriter Stefanie Sun has declared her support for Pink Dot 2014, Singapore's annual LGBTI rally which attracted a record turnout of 21,000 people last year.

In a 20-second video posted on YouTube and shared on Facebook and other social media platforms, Sun said in Mandarin, 'Being able to find true love, is one of life's happiest things.'

June 14, 2014

Stefanie Sun, a Mandarin popstar popular across East Asia and Southeast Asia, says she supports the 'Freedom to Love' and calls on fans to attend Singapore's pro-LGBT Pink Dot rally

Singapore-born, Taiwan-based singer-songwriter Stefanie Sun has declared her support for Pink Dot 2014, Singapore's annual LGBTI rally which attracted a record turnout of 21,000 people last year.

In a 20-second video posted on YouTube and shared on Facebook and other social media platforms, Sun said in Mandarin, 'Being able to find true love, is one of life's happiest things.'

June 13, 2014

Decision hilariously mocked by satirists claiming Singaporean officials now think homosexuality can be spread through sound

Singapore’s media censors have banned LGBTI rights champion and top Asian diva A-Mei from singing her Rainbow hit at a festival.

The Taiwanese singer is famous across Asia and Australia and is massively popular with Mandarin speakers and LGBTI people.

But she was reportedly puzzled when officials unexpectedly banned her from performing Rainbow at the 2014 Spring Wave Music And Art Festival, held in Singapore’s stunning Gardens by the Bay on 7 June.

June 7, 2014

'These self-proclaimed experts inflicted grave damage upon our clients...'

An ex-gay therapy group from the US state New Jersey might have to write a check to redo the damage caused to former clients.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. pronounced on 6 June that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) is potentially liable for three times the costs plaintiffs needed to reverse the effects of conversion therapy.

June 2, 2014

Kate has decided to not side with the many celebrities, like Ellen DeGeneres, who are boycotting hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei

The Duchess of Cambridge has visited a hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei – a man who wishes for gay people to be stoned to death.

Kate, the 32-year-old royal, slipped in and out of the underground car park of the Dorchester Hotel inside a blacked-out people carrier.

Several celebrities, like Stephen Fry, Ellen DeGeneres and Anna Wintour, have boycotted hotels owned by Brunei over the introduction of Sharia law.

June 2, 2014

‘My Chacha is gay’ is the first book aimed at teaching tolerance and acceptance of LGBTI people to children in Pakistan

A new book by a Toronto, Canada based Pakistani author hopes to teach tolerance towards LGBTI people in Pakistan and beyond.

‘My Chacha is gay’ is believed to be the first ever resource designed to teach Pakistani young people about different family arrangements and tells the story of Ahmed, a little boy who lives in the city of Karachi in Pakistan and his gay favorite uncle.

Ahmed lives with his parents, sister, grandmother and uncle Chacha, and they are often visited by ‘Uncle' Faheem – Chacha’s boyfriend, who is a pilot and lets Ahmed wear his pilot’s hat.

June 1, 2014

Scuffles broke out between a group of some 200 Orthodox Christians and the police as they tried to break a police cordon and approach the parade

Several thousand people turned out for Cyprus's first gay pride parade in its capital Nicosia on Saturday to call for equal rights and progress on a bill for civil partnership.

Organizers Accept LGBT Cyprus hailed the event as a 'huge success’ and said that the turnout shows that Cypriots are shedding their conservative views.

After the parade, organisers said on Twitter: 'Cyprus is changing. Thank you all.'

May 31, 2014

Seven young LGBTI filmmakers in Cambodia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal and Singapore have been selected to produce a short story about their thoughts and experiences about being LGBTI where they live 

B-Change Foundation, a social enterprise, has launched the first video from the 'Stories of Being Me' campaign which will feature a total of seven short videos made by young LGBTIs in Asia.

The videos coincide with the launch of BE: a new web-app designed to support the well-being of young people from sexual and gender minorities.

May 27, 2014

A 20-year-old man and his 23-year-old girlfriend have been arrested in Ho Chi Minh City over their roles in allegedly dismembered his 30-year-old abusive gay lover

A 30-year-old gay man has been murdered and dismembered in Ho Chi Minh City but his killer and acomplice claim he was killed so his ex-lover could escape an abusive relationship.

Vietnamese police say Tran Nhat Duy, 20, admitted to killing and dismembering 30-year-old Van Anh Tuan but he claims Tuan had threatened to kill him if he ended their relationship.

Duy began a relationship with Tuan when he was in year 11 in high school in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.

May 17, 2014

Cambodia marks Pride Week in the lead-up to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with workshops and a pride parade in a sports stadium due to governmental restrictions

About 100 people turned out to march in the capital city of Phnom Penh on Friday.

The march was held inside the Phnom Penh National Olympic Stadium as activist Srun Srorn of Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK) told Gay Star News its permit for a parade is restricted to stadium grounds.

A 'Pride Aerobics' event was held later in the day at the prominent riverside area in downtown Phnom Penh.

May 13, 2014

Join our award-winning 24-7 global news, entertainment and information team

We are looking for a full-time, permanent reporter to cover Asia and Australia timezone shifts.

You will need to be an experienced and qualified journalist with a good understanding of LGBTI lives and ideally contacts in Asia and Australasia.

Ideally you will be located in China or South East Asia and have a proven track record in digital journalism. Excellent written and spoken English is obviously a must but if you are bilingual or multilingual with Chinese, you will really stand out.

May 13, 2014

Karine Aghajanyan examines the roots of homophobia in Armenia as the country prepares for IDAHO

The situation for LGBTI people in Armenia is certainly the most difficult in the region. Quite deliberately, the country has isolated itself politically and historically. As a society made up almost exclusively of Armenians, it is extremely conservative.

Practically all sectors of society explicitly reject any acceptance of LGBTI rights. Most of the time, the media’s approach to LGBTI people is biased and based on stereotypes and prejudice. It has no scientific basis, let alone a contemporary view of the world.

May 8, 2014

Days before the island nation's first ever Gay Pride, lawmakers want to bring in a law that could see 'homophobic behavior' heavily punished

Homophobic behavior is to be punished in Cyprus with a new bill setting up fines and jail terms.

The House Legal Affairs Committee introduced the bill in order to bring in protections for LGBTI people similar to those that protect victims of racism and xenophobia.

Jail terms will go up to three years, while fines will go up to €5000 ($7000).

It comes as the Mediterranean country is about to host its first ever Gay Pride at the end of May. Northern Cyprus also recently became the last European country to decriminalize gay sex.

May 8, 2014

Taiwan’s new Lobby Alliance for LGBT Human Rights will educate voters on where lawmakers and candidates stand on gay marriage in the hope the country can be the first to legalize same-sex marriage in Asia

A new group has emerged to fight for equal treatment of LGBTI people in Taiwan as same-sex couples continue to have no formal recognition in the ethnically Chinese island nation.

The Lobby Alliance for LGBT Human Rights will fight for change by lobbying lawmakers to better educate them about the needs of LGBTI Taiwanese people and by making voters aware of which politicians are supporters and which are opponents and which remain publicly undecided.