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June 29, 2015

Could this be a sign of more change to come?

Italy has ruled a trans woman and a cisgender man are allowed to marry.

In an unprecedented landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal of Milan agreed to recognise a marriage contracted between a man and a trans woman in Argentina in 2011 earlier this month.

June 26, 2015

Jim Obergefell: 'I know in my heart that John is with me today'

Jim Obergefell stood on the steps outside the US Supreme Court alone on Friday but he felt his late husband, John Arthur, was there alongside him.

Obergefell was the lead plaintiff in the case that resulted in same-sex marriage being made legal across the after a 5-4 decision.

'I know in my heart that John is with me today,' sais Obergefell who took out of a photo of Arthur, placed it near his heart, and thanked his husband 'for loving me, making me a better man and giving me something worth fighting for.'

June 26, 2015

Jewish nonprofit that offers gay conversion therapy violated state’s consumer fraud act and must pay $72,400 in damages

A jury has found a New Jersey nonprofit that offers so-called gay conversion therapy guilty of consumer fraud in state Superior Court.

JONAH, or Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, and its co-founder Arthur Goldberg made false promises that its therapy could turn gay men striaght, said the seven-person jury.

Their decision was immediately hailed as a landmark civil-rights verdict. The judge will rule later whether to revoke JONAH's license.

June 26, 2015

'It is so ordered'

The Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry in every single US state.

By doing so, they have given millions of people the legal right to be joined in marriage with every single legal benefit.

The concluding paragraph of the order is not only powerful, but it's also very beautiful.

June 25, 2015

Josh Graff, Senior Director, Marketing Solutions, LinkedIn EMEA, says that brands need to do more than just say that they support LGBTI issues if they truly want to be progressive

Writing on the LinkedIn Pulse blog, Graff, who was number 27 in the most recent OUTstanding Top 100 list of LGBT people in business says that companies and their marketers need to be more proactive when it comes to advancing LGBTI diversity and inclusion

What struck me in the run up to the General Election was just how diverse a nation we live in.

June 23, 2015

Government backbencher Dennis Jensen can’t understand why people shouldn’t marry their biological relatives if same-sex couples are allowed to marry and has asked the parliament to explain it to him

An MP from the ruling Liberal/National Coalition in Australia has asked why he shouldn’t be able to marry his immediate blood relatives if same-sex marriage is legalized.

Liberal backbencher Dennis Jensen said in parliament on Monday, ‘I love my siblings, I love my children, I love my parents, but does that mean that I should marry them?’

Jensen said supporters of same-sex marriage were making a fundamental error in their belief that marriage was only about love.

‘Why not polygamy, polyandry?’ Jensen said.

June 23, 2015

New UK-based survey finds that many LGBTI people believe hate crime is an 'everyday reality'

Gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender and intersex people experience hate crime 'too often' to report it to police, according to a new report.

Researchers have found hate crime is an 'everyday reality' for LGBTI people, with many saying harassment and verbal abuse is 'part and parcel' of their lives.

Many worry police won't take them seriously, some can't face being outed to their families and people in rural communiies are being left 'lonely and isolated with nowhere to turn'.

June 21, 2015

An L.A. baseball game crowd applauds a gay kiss

The crowds at a Dodger Stadium game in Los Angeles cheered as two men shared a celebratory kiss.

The Stadium hosted its annual LGBT night, during which the traditional kiss cam came out, same as at any other game.

When the two men kissed - one of them wearing the traditional Dodgers’ baby blue - the crowd erupted in applause.

The cam then roved around the stadium: showing same-sex pairs celebrating the game with a light peck.

June 20, 2015

The men were kissing to protest the deportation of two French women who kissed in protest of Morocco's anti-gay laws earlier this month

Two Moroccan men were sentenced to four months jail on Friday for kissing in public.

The men, identified in the media as Lahcen, 38, and Mohsine, 25, were convicted of an 'affront to public decency' and of an 'unnatural act with a person of the same sex', and were also fined 500 dirhams (US$52), AFP quoted sources as saying.

June 20, 2015

The National Organization for Marriage demands for the reversal of any executive orders from President Obama 'that have the effect of undermining marriage…'

The National Organization for Marriage wants Republicans running for the White House to know what needs to be done to gain its support.

The anti-gay marriage group issued a 5 point pledge this past week to the GOP presidential candidates.

The document mirrors what NOM expected from the party in 2012.

June 19, 2015

But lesbians earn more than straight women

Another study has revealed significant salary differences between gay people and straight people.

In April, we reported on an Australian study that had concluded that lesbians earned up to 33% more than straight women but that gay men faced workplace drawbacks.

June 19, 2015

Presidential candidate also speaks of importance of children being raised by heterosexual parents

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush says the debate over gay marriage should continue even if the US Supreme Court rules in favor of nationwide marriage equality.

 

June 19, 2015

Get ready to celebrate LGBTI pride Ibiza-style.

The island of Ibiza is known as a major party destination, but for its 2015 LGBTI pride celebrations, the clubs and promoters seem determined to take it to another level.

Ibiza's pride celebrations in 2015 will take place 8–12 July.

Organizers have deliberately chosen the weekend following the massive pride celebrations in Madrid, so if you have the stamina you can combine both events and embrace everything that Spain has to offer.

June 19, 2015

Actress says she is 'so excited' by gender fluidity

Susan Sarandon has said she is proud her son – 23-year-old son Miles Robbins – 'colors outside the lines' when it comes to gender roles.

'My son Miles is a musician and a DJ and sometimes when his band performs they all wear dresses, and he has long hair,' she told People magazine at The Trevor Project's annual fundraiser on Monday (15 June).

'I think the more crayons you have in your box to colour outside the lines, the more exciting it is.'

June 18, 2015

'We sure hope there won’t be any backing out on their behalf'

More than 160,000 people have RSVP'd to a massive party the day a Christian couple divorces if gay marriage is legalized in Australia.

Nick and Sarah Jensen have been married for ten years but said they would dissolve their marriage 'as a matter of conscience.'

'Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God,' Nick wrote in a op-ed published by the Canberra CityNews last week.

June 18, 2015

The Orange is the New Black star has talked further about her thoughts on gender

Orange is the New Black heart-throb Ruby Rose has said there is a big gender fluid movement happening in the world at the moment – and it's making her proud to be alive.

Speaking in an interview with Elle magazine, the Australian model and actress explained her feelings in more detail.

'Gender fluidity is not really feeling like you're at one end of the spectrum or the other,' she said.

June 17, 2015

'The Supreme Court is not the final authority, nor is the culture itself'

The Southern Baptist Convention has declared 'spiritual warfare' on gay marriage, and said it would defy the Supreme Court if it legalizes same-sex marriage across the US.

Ronnie Floyd, the convention's president and senior pastor at Cross Church in Arkansas, vowed to never officiate a gay marriage during his opening address to the annual convention in Colombia, Ohio on Tuesday (16 June).

'We are in a spiritual warfare,' he said.

'This is not a time for Southern Baptists to stand back.'

June 16, 2015

Police are investigating the 'crime'

Police have arrested a gay couple in Pakistan after they were reported to have carried out a 'secret marriage' in the Jaffarabad district of Balochistan.

The couple's friend and a man who read their Nikkah (the Muslim marriage contract) have also been arrested, according to reports from the Express Tribune.  

'We have arrested four people, including the couple, who are under investigation,' Station House Officer (SHO) Gandawa PS Zulfiqar Jamali told the newspaper. 

June 16, 2015

All-inclusive campaign from Fisher Price and Proud Parenting increases visibility of same-sex parents

Proud moms, dad selfies, new babies, single parents, and holiday snaps are all being celebrated as part of a new collaboration between Fisher Price and Proud Parenting.

The well-known manufacturer of children’s toys and baby clothes, along with the LGBTI parenting website, is encouraging families to share their photos and explain a little about themselves, with the aim of providing ‘an authentic look into the proud lives of these modern families’.

June 16, 2015

'Before her transition she was bullied. After her transition she was bullied'

The family of a transgender woman has said the school she taught at ignored the bullying that led to her suicide.

Karis Anne Ross, 37, took her life in November 2014 after enduring 10 years of bullying from her colleagues at Milwaukee German Immersion School in Wisconsin.

'There were people named,' her mother Jill Greinke told CBS 58 TV station.

June 12, 2015

Officials with 'sincerely held religious objection' can now refuse to marry same-sex couples

Officials in North Carolina can refuse to perform gay marriages under a 'religious freedom' law enacted on Thursday (11 June).

Clerks with 'sincerely held religious objection' must opt out in writing and then will be barred from performing gay and straight marriages for six months.

Earlier this month, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted 69-41 to override Governor Pat McCrory's veto of the bill.

McCrory, who is also a Republican and an opponent of gay marriage, said public officials had to uphold their oath of duty.

June 11, 2015

Look out for BB Diamond, RoxXxan, Holla!, Mint and Pitch Slap

Pride East will throw an epic 10-hour party in London on Saturday 27 June at 93 Feet East.

Supported by Smirnoff, some of the proceeds from the night will go towards helping Pride in London, which takes place across the same weekend.

The night will take place from 6pm to 4am, and will feature appearances/sets from from the likes of BB Diamond [pictured], RoxXxan, Holla!, Mint and Pitch Slap.

The first 300 people through the door will get a free drink from Smirnoff, and 15% of all ticket sales will be donated to Pride in London.

June 10, 2015

Ceremonies took place during brief legal window in 2014

More than 500 same-sex couples in Arkansas got some good news on Tuesday: they are legally married.

Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen validated the marriages licenses of couples who married during a brief legal window last year.

The window was created when another judge struck down the state's marriage ban and did not issue a stay on the ruling. But just a week later, the state's Supreme Court ordered a halt to the marriage licenses being granted.

June 9, 2015

'Appalling that defenders of traditional marriage would prefer to wreck the institution than allow same-sex couples to marry,' says marriage equality activist

As the Australian parliament is expected to vote on same-sex marriage legislation, two senior Coalition MPs have suggested that the country could do away with the Marriage Act entirely and instead have civil unions for everyone, and only religious organisations are able to marry couples.