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July 27, 2014

Despite being a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, a French mayor said he did not hesitate when his gay son asked him to officiate at his wedding

'It seemed perfectly normal for me to carry out the marriage even though I still don't agree with gay marriage,' said 72-year-old Raymond Bardet, who has been the mayor of a small village of Ville-la-Grande, in the Haute Savoie near the Swiss border, since 1981.

Bardet is known for his hardcore opposition to the country's highly controversial decision last year to allow same-sex marriage. Although legalized in May last year, same-sex marriage continues to face fierce opposition from conservative quarters.

July 26, 2014

Same-sex couples and thousands of others affected by fertility issues are expected to benefit

The UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), in partnership with Birmingham Women’s Hospital, has been awarded Department of Health funding to provide a National Sperm Bank.

July 25, 2014

Conservative ministers have agreed to rewrite rules for England and Wales gay couples seeking to convert their civil partnerships into a marriage

Gay couples in England and Wales will be able to convert their civil partnership into a marriage in a ‘ceremony with heart’.

From 10 December, thousands of couples already in civil partnerships will be allowed to convert their unions into marriage.

But according to the proposals, they would have only had to pick up a ‘certificate of conversion’ – a piece of paper with very little romance.

As no witnesses would be required, the guidance to councils suggested no family or friends would be able to end and it would not be an official ceremony.

July 25, 2014

There are 16 reasons why you are about to fall in love with Australian DJ and model Ruby Rose. And all of them can be boiled down to 'She is awesome'

Ruby Rose has just come out as gender-fluid, not identifying as either a woman or a man. Her personal preference is to still use female pronouns.

The 28-year-old Australian supermodel and DJ has released a short film, Break Free, dealing with the topic of gender identity.

In the film, she transforms from a buxom blonde with long hair to a heavily tattooed man with short hair.

‘Whether straight, gay, bi, trans ... body image and identity can be a struggle for us all,’ Rose told News Corp Australia.

July 24, 2014

The Quakers church in the UK are concerned that same-sex couples who are converting their civil partnerships to marriage will not have the option of doing that in a church

The Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, have gone public with their concern that same-sex couples who are converting their civil partnerships to marriages in England and Wales will only be able to do that via register offices and not by a church wedding.

Churches in the UK register the marriages they perform with the government and the Quakers want to be able to perform their members’ same-sex marriages just as they do for opposite-sex Quaker couples.

July 24, 2014

Magazine applauded for offering an article to women a little bit different than 'Carrie Bradshaw wannabes'

Cosmopolitan is offering sex advice to lesbians.

For the popular magazine, which has long targeted straight women who want to ‘look sexy’ and get tips to make men go ‘wild’, this is a first.

And considering they sometimes offer advice for straight and bi women that could put some men in the hospital, the tips don’t look toobad.

There are a few amusing ones, such as ‘The Espresso’.

July 24, 2014

Do relationship counselors know quickly when a couple are likely to stay together or split up? And what do they consider to be the warning signs that a couple are in trouble?

Relationship problems are nothing new for same-sex couples, but with more and more countries legalizing gay marriage, and an increasing number of LGBT people choosing to become parents, the practicalities of ending a relationship can be more complicated and the consequences more far-reaching.

July 22, 2014

Florida representative speaks out in favor of judge's ruling to allow same-sex marriages in the state's Monroe County

Republican David Jolly is quickly proving to be his own man.

Less than five months into his term as a freshman member of the US House of Representatives from Florida, Jolly has come out publicly in favor of same-sex member despite being a member of a political party that has steadfastly been opposed to it.

July 20, 2014

The trans-inclusive policy is the first of it's kind in North America

A Catholic school district in Vancouver, Canada, has approved a policy to protect transgender and intersex children in school.

 

July 19, 2014

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

July 18, 2014

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm, Natalie Gamble Associates. Richard, who deals with the firm’s relationship breakdown, finance and children dispute cases, explores some of the issues that crop up  for same-sex parents who break up

Family building in the LGBT community has changed considerably over the past decade.

There has been a steady rise in the number of children conceived through sperm donation, surrogacy (both in the UK and internationally) and co-parenting arrangements by gay and lesbian parents.

The change in the law in 2009 allowing lesbian couples to both be recognised as full and equal parents was a landmark, as was the less publicised change allowing gay dads to be named together on birth certificates after surrogacy.

July 17, 2014

European Court of Human Rights: Countries without gay marriage laws are not obligated to marry same-sex couples if one of the partners is transgender

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Heli Hämäläinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife.

The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender.

July 13, 2014

Some 350 people including parents and children gather at library to protest the library board's move to cull and destroy three children's titles for depicting gay parents

An estimated 350 people including parents and children gathered at a reading event held at the atrium of the National Library Building atrium this afternoon to protest the library board's move to cull and destroy three children's titles for depicting gay parents.

Co-organizers Germaine Eliza Ong said on Facebook: 'We believe that we and our children should be able to access a diverse range of reading materials'.

July 10, 2014

Sydney District Court Judge Garry Neilson compared incest and pedophilia to homosexuality while hearing an incest rape case in comments that have shocked many

Sydney District Court Judge Garry Neilson has suggested that social taboos around sex between siblings and sex between adults and children may no longer exist because of changes in attitudes towards gay people.

Neilson made the comments during a hearing in which a 58-year-old man is being tried over charges of sexual intercourse without consent with his sister.

July 10, 2014

'...It’s not about the gay agenda but about the science and the financial impact of that agenda. It’s more about sodomy than about pigeonholing a lifestyle'

A Republican candidate for a Minnesota House of Representatives seat is consumed with sodomy and sharing 'scientific' theories that are not connected to actual science.

Bob Frey is running in the Republican primary to represent House District 47A. The MinnPost asked Frey his stance on social issues and he offered the following:

July 9, 2014

New songs written to accompany the best LGBTI children’s books are getting young kids singing and dancing against homophobia and transphobia

Kids love books. Kids love music. Put them together under a broad diversity umbrella and something wonderful happens – they learn to accept differences.

This is the thinking behind our new project from my organization ‘Educate and Celebrate’ in the UK.

We already know kids are born prejudice-free and therefore discrimination is learned. That means all forms of discrimination can be unlearned.

And we think getting young children involved in a creative and musical process is one of the best ways to achieve this. Kids’ karaoke!

July 9, 2014

Cites stay issued on federal judge's ruling that struck down state's gay marriage ban

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has ordered state agencies not to recognize any of the hundreds of same-sex marriages that took place last month in the Hoosier state.

The agencies have been directed 'to execute their functions' as though a federal judge had not struck down the state's gay marriage ban on 25 June - to proceed as if it 'had not been issued.'

The state appealed the ruling and a stay was issued by an appellate court but by that time hundreds of same-sex marriages had already taken place.

July 9, 2014

Smoking is now deadlier for LGBTIs than HIV as gay Americans continue to smoke at higher rates while advances in medicine have seen a decline in deaths from HIV

Smoking tobacco is now a bigger killer for people in the LGBTI community than HIV and the US Surgeon General has released a video campaign specifically targeting them to encourage them to quit.

According to the US Network for LGBT Health Equity having HIV as a non-smoker takes an average of 5.1 years off one’s life but people who smoke and have HIV will die 12.3 years earlier on average.

July 9, 2014

‘The promotion and protection of human rights has been upheld and the criminalization of gay men and lesbians has been recognized for what it is, a grave human rights violation'

When one group that campaigns on LGBTI issues were told they would not be allowed to be a charity as they were too political, they didn’t take no for an answer.

The Human Dignity Trust has won a major battle in the step to protect LGBTI rights in the name of the public.

This means any gay man, woman, bisexual, transgender or intersex person will be able to get the help of this charity to use the law to end discrimination in their country.

July 8, 2014

Paige Phoenix has had his marriage to his wife annulled by the Victorian state government despite his passport saying he is male and living as a man for seven years but he hopes the United Nations Human Rights Committee will find in his favor

Australian transgender man Paige Phoenix will challenge his home state of Victoria’s policy of only allowing those who have undergone a full surgical genital sex change from changing their sex on their birth certificates in the United Nations after it annulled his marriage against his will.

Phoenix is recognized by the Australian Government as male and has a male passport but his state’s registry of births, deaths and marriages will not recognize him as male unless he undergoes the surgery – which could be life threatening for him due to a previous medical condition.

July 8, 2014

Zach and gay Frankie even cuddle in bed but Zach insists 'I'm straight and I only date women

During a recent episode of CBS's Big Brother, male contestants Zach Rance and Frankie Grande were laying on a bed together.

Zach, the straight one, said softly to his gay friend: 'Frankie, can you just like caress me.'

They then began to spoon.

Grande, the brother of singer Ariana Grande, and Rance are the season's first big 'showmance' and have given themselves the moniker of 'Zrankie.'

'I'm not gay,' Rance tells viewers. 'But the bond Frankie and I have is so genuine and sincere that I truly feel that he is my boyfriend.' '

July 7, 2014

World's soccer governing body has been criticized for failing to tackle homophobia at the current World Cup being held in Brazil

FIFA has admitted Russia is so homophobic, the world soccer governing body will need a ‘special task force’ to deal with it at the next World Cup.

Jeffrey Webb, FIFA’s anti-discrimination chief, has said the organization will need to deploy staff specifically trained to tackle homophobic abuse the next time the world comes together to play football.

LGBTI fans have condemned the body for failing to tackle homophobic and racist abuse properly at the World Cup in Brazil.

July 7, 2014

Kenya criminalizes homosexual sex and bans adoption by gays and lesbians. But one leading LGBTI activist is a proud dad of three

Many gay and lesbian Kenyans – some single, others married to someone of the opposite sex – have asked me how they can become parents.

This is made even more complicated by the fact there is societal hate for homosexuality as well as the notion homosexuals cannot make fit parents. And our legal system bans homosexuals from adopting children.

July 7, 2014

Even though the UK religious organization already blesses civil partnerships, United Reformed Church members might have to wait years until they can get married in a church

Even though the majority of the United Reformed Church supports holding same-sex weddings, but the ban will stay in place.

One of the largest Churches in the UK, its General Assembly met in Cardiff at the weekend to discuss whether they would allow gay marriage.

Under the new gay marriage law in England and Wales, religious organizations must ‘opt in’ to offer weddings to gay couples. The Church of England and Church in Wales are automatically banned under the legislation.