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January 30, 2015

UK department store will no longer have men's and women's sections

UK department store Selfridges has announced that it will do away with men's and women's sections and instead offer three floors of unisex fashion.

Male and female mannequins will be removed from the shop floor, and beauty products and accessories will also be rearranged when the six-week 'agender' project launches in March.

'We want to take our customers on a journey where they can shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes,' the store said in a statement.

January 30, 2015

A 24-year-old male and 23-year-old female could face life imprisonment

A straight couple could be charged with homosexuality in Tanzania.

Maua Sadick, a 24-year-old trans man, and his partner Lucy Fred, 23, were detained for two days after their arrest in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in east Africa. 

The couple's pictures were plastered across the pages of a local tabloid Uwazi with the headline 'Beautiful Girls Arrested For Homosexuality'.

January 26, 2015

90s boyband singer calls BBC Radio 1 a 'paedo-protecting poo bag station'. NSFW language

East 17's Brian Harvey has threatened to 'smash a lesbian's face in'.

The former British boyband star has left a foul-mouthed attack against BBC Radio 1, claiming it is a 'commercial poo bag station'.

Writing under a video of singer Rae Morris covering his band's 1994 Christmas number one single Stay Another Day.

'You will play anyone else as long as it's not me eh,' he said. 'Well done Rae Morris, but Radio 1 you suck fucking arse you bunch of wankers.

January 26, 2015

See more of the viral photos inside

A photo of a man proposing to his boyfriend on the streets of Shanghai has gone viral on Chinese social media.

A Weibo user Saturday (24 January) night posted four photos of the the man proposing to and kissing his boyfriend, and of his silver BMW convertible filled with white roses.

'This just happened! Near Taicang Road in Shanghai, a male-male marriage proposal!' wrote nikawa.

'Forgive the bad photo quality, when I was taking the photo, my leg kept shaking from excitement…'

January 23, 2015

Project studies the sexual arousal level of gay men when using the app

The US government has spent nearly half a million dollars on a study of gay hook-up apps such as Grindr.

The National Institutes of Health last year awarded Columbia University $432,000 to interview 60 gay men to determine whether the apps increase risky sexual behavior.

The grant for the project said, 'Given the expediency with which men are able to arrange sexual encounters using these applications, there is cause to question if, when, and how sexual negotiation and serostatus disclosure occurs.

January 20, 2015

Parodied a LGBTI campaign by the University of Bristol

UK university students are believed to have put up a poaster claiming that trans people rape women every nine minutes.

Posted at the University of Bristol, the sexist and transphobic poster was put up near the Wills Memorial Building toilets.

It is attributed to ‘MENZ+ Society’, a group that does not exist at the University of Bristol.

'Women, if a man tries to enter a womens' bathroom please take these simple steps:' it reads.

'1. Kindly ignore the fact that men including transgender males rape women every nine minutes.

January 19, 2015

It was announced last week that England’s first ‘gay school', aimed primarily at LGBT pupils, is due to be launched in Manchester. Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of Educate & Celebrate, explains why she would instead prefer to see all schools adopt LGBT-friendly practices

How do children learn about difference? They learn from their experiences and by who surrounds them.

Through our teacher training and resource program we recognize that those students in multi-cultural areas have a much greater understanding of difference as they are surrounded by people of different cultures, faiths, disabilities, genders, sexual orientations and gender identities.

Creating visibility around these differences increases understanding, acceptance and ‘usualizes’ diversity as a whole in our communities.

January 19, 2015

Buddhist monk says he slept with a male disciple 'without consciousness'

A controversial Thai abott has left the monkhood after publicly confessing to having sex with a male disciple.

Kasem Duangphaengmar, formerly know by his monk name Phra Kasem Ajinasila, yesterday (18 January) said he would resign but still observe the dharma.

He changed the color of his robe from saffron to white and said he would remain at Sam Yak forest monastery, Nam Nao district to continue preaching.

January 19, 2015

See pictures from the magical day here

The UK's first official Pagan same-sex wedding took place yesterday (18 January).

Tom Lanting, 34, and Iain Robertson, 39, tied the knot (literally) in the handfasting ceremony held in Marlin's Wynd, Edinburgh.

What once served as an interrogating room during the grisly witch hunts of the 16th century now served as the enchanting venue for the blessed couple, encompassing ancient Pagan traditions.

They cast a circle, invoked the elements, exchanged rings, drank mead out of a two handed cup called a quaich and jumped the broom.

January 16, 2015

New constitution will ensure protection for all sexual identities

Thailand's new constitution will recognize a 'third gender' for the first time, a move that has been welcomed by the country's large LGBTI community.

A panel hand-picked by the military government began work on the new constitution this week after the previous one was scrapped following a coup in May.

Panel spokesperson Kamnoon Sittisamarn yesterday (15 January) said the charter would ensure protection for all sexual identities and equal treatment under the law.

January 15, 2015

The two women, wearing custom-made T-shirts, took to Reddit to announce the news of their forthcoming child

A Reddit user has posted a photo announcing that she and her partner are to become moms.

Titled ‘A nontraditional baby announcement for a nontraditional family’, user MeggoEggo1’s photo features her and her partner in custom-made T-shirts, with one bearing the words, ‘I’m pregnant’, and the other – MeggoEggo1 herself – carrying the slogan, ‘I’m not the father’.

January 14, 2015

Survey flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay

A survey has found gay Mormon men married to women are two to three times more likely to divorce.

The findings showed that between 51% and 69% of mixed-orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce, well above the roughly 25% of Latter Day Saints (LDS) couples who split up.

The survey, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology last March, is thought to be the largest study of its kind and flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay.

January 14, 2015

Australian actress goes full frontal for her new feminist website

Australian actress Caitlin Stasey has said she is a lesbian despite having a boyfriend.

The former Neighbours star spoke candidly about her sexuality and posed naked for her new feminist website Herself, which was launched Saturday (10 January).

'I know it troubles people for me to refer to myself as a lesbian considering I have a male partner,' she wrote.

January 13, 2015

Plymouth couple were celebrating one of their birthdays

A gay couple who kissed in a UK pub were told to 'get out' for being 'revolting'.

Darren Barnett, 22, and his boyfriend Dylan Morris, 20, say they were told to leave the St Levan Inn, in Devonport, Plymouth if they carried on kissing.

It was Morris' birthday, and they were celebrating the occasion with family and friends.

'We were there for a few hours and everyone was having a great time when Dylan and I shared a kiss at the bar,' Barnett said.

January 13, 2015

Ban Ki-moon says such laws breed intolerance even if not enforced

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 'staunchly opposes' India's anti-gay law, which he said breeds intolerance in the world's largest democracy.

He made the comments yesterday (12 January) at while addressing the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi.

'We are all different from one another, but we all have the same human rights,' he said.

'I am proud to stand for the equality of all people, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. I staunchly oppose the criminalization of homosexuality.

January 12, 2015

'Homophobia takes form in many ways'

Hundreds of people were shocked to hear about the tale of a group of gay soccer fans who were lured to a meeting before a match and attacked at the weekend.

But it appears the story, which went viral on social media and was picked up by numerous news orgnizations including national newspapers, was someone's idea of a 'joke'.

In a series of tweets, an account describing itself as the group for UK team Charlton Athletic LGBT fans claimed several members were attacked before a match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

January 12, 2015

Told they belong in a 'brothel', not a café

A lesbian couple were stunned when a café manager kicked them out for kissing, being told they 'belong in a brothel'.

Eva Prewein, 26, and Anastasia Lopez, 19, said they were cuddling and softly kissing outside Vienna's Cafe Prückel on a cold day last week.

When a waiter told them they should stop and refused to serve them, the young couple complained to the manager Christl Sedlar.

The manager reportedly told the couple such behavior belonged 'in a brothel and not in a traditional coffee house' and asked the pair to leave.

January 11, 2015

'Shouldn't a bisexual be able to have both a male and female spouse?'

Mike Huckabee, a former Fox News pundit, isn't certain about the number of spouses bisexuals want to have.

The Republican is about to start a book tour to promote his book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.

In the non-fiction work Huckabee touches on a number of cultural issues, including same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 candidate for the White House wonders if bisexuals want multiple spouses.

January 9, 2015

Erasure frontman on his travel heaven and hell – from sexy skiing holidays to being robbed in the Canaries...

What's been the most random destination you've visited?
I would have to say Japan but it was a long time ago. It's bizarre not being able to read or write or ask for directions to anywhere.

Where has been your best holiday and why?
My best holiday is just going to my house in Mallorca and chilling. Whenever I'm in Tampa, it's always very laid back and the food is great.

January 8, 2015

Activists say recognition on travel documents will help tackle discrimination

Nepal yesterday (7 January) announced plans to add a third gender category to passports, following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling recognizing third gender.

'We have changed the passport regulations and will add a third category of gender for those people who do not want to be identified as male or female,' Lok Bahadur Thapa, chief of the government’s passport department, told Reuters.

January 7, 2015

'Devout Christian' says he is unapologetic

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been ousted for self-publishing a book in which he equates homosexuality to pederasty and bestiality.

He was fired yesterday (6 January) on return to work after a 30-day suspension without pay.

Cochran distributed his faith-based book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? to his subordinates without of the city's permission.

In it, he identifies himself as a 'devout Christian man' and lists gay sex as one of several 'vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.'

January 6, 2015

They were still charged for the ride

A gay couple were left shocked and angry last week after they were kicked out of Uber cab in London for kissing and cuddling.

Corey Watts and his boyfriend Jordan Sloan boarded the taxi near Covent Garden around 8pm Thursday (1 January) on their way to a friend's house.

After traveling only a few minutes, the driver stopped the cab and asked them to get out and still charged them for the ride. They were later refunded.

Uber has launched an investigation into the incident and the driver has been suspended.

January 6, 2015

Gay couples can now hold symbolic weddings without interference or fines

Gay marriage is no longer banned in Vietnam under an amendment to marriage law that came into effect on 1 January.

Same-sex couples can now hold symbolic weddings and cohabitate without interference or fines from authorities.

However, they will not receive the same rights as straight married couples, a halfway point some lawmakers have hailed as the first step towards marriage equality.

January 5, 2015

Tomorrow, rest of Florida to become 36th state in the US with marriage equality

Same-sex couples began getting married today in Florida's Miami-Dade County with other counties in the state expected to follow on Tuesday (6 January).

Judge Sarah Zabel of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit got things rolling by lifting a stay on her ruling - issued last July - that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

The courtroom erupted in cheers when Zabel asked if it would make a difference if she lifted the stay today or tomorrow. When told it would not make a difference she said: 'I'm lifting the stay.'