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May 27, 2015

Speaking at a Sydney festival, the entrepreneur and publisher warned that excessive health and safety regulations were harming the city’s party image and the country’s global reputation

The gay businessman behind revered design and travel magazines has blasted authorities in Australia for the harm that he believes they are doing to the country’s image abroad.

Tyler Brûlé made his name as the creator of Wallpaper magazine, which he launched in 1996. He subsequently sold the title to Time, Inc in 1997 for a reported £1million ($1.54million/€1.4million).

In 2007, he launched global affairs and lifestyle publication and website, Monocle.

May 22, 2015

A report estimates that over $400million in ad revenue was placed with over a hundred LGBT media titles across the US in 2014

An annual report on advertising spending in the US LGBT press has concluded that ad revenue for 2014 increased by 6.4% - up from $381.4million (€340million) in 2013 to an all-time high of $405.7million (€363million) in 2014.

At the same time, ad spending with mainstream consumer publications has declined.

May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.

Wrong.

There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 15, 2015

Unsurprisingly, Uganda is at the bottom of the list

Iceland has topped the first Gay Happiness Index with a score of 79 out of 100.

Gay dating network PlanetRomeo ranked countries on three criteria: public opinion, public behavior and life satisfaction.

Three other Nordic countries rounded off the top four – Norway (77), Denmark (76) and Sweden (73) – followed by Uruguay (73), Canada (72) and Israel (71).

May 11, 2015

US ranks worst in sports homophobia

Only 1% of people feel gays are 'completely accepted' on sports fields, according to the first international and largest survey of homophobia in sports.

Nearly 9,500 people were interviewed for the survey, released Sunday (10 May), which was initiated by the Sydney organizing committee of the Bingham Cup, the gay rugby world cup.

One in four gay male respondents said they had received verbal threats of harm or been bullied while playing sports, and about 80% of people said they had witnessed such discrimination.

April 25, 2015

Even in the fact of adversity, this Canadian teacher uses 'social justice math' to explain LGBTI issues in the classroom

Children as young as nine are learning families come in all genders, colors and sizes, thanks to efforts made by their enterprising teacher.

Elementary public school teacher Alicia Gunn from Ontario, Canada, is slipping pro-diversity messages into her math lessons, to 'disrupt the single story that many of our kids have about LGBTQ families.'

April 2, 2015

Accenture, Home Depot Canada, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, Ontario Public Service, KPMG and the YMCA of Greater Toronto are all among the winners

Now in its ninth year, the annual Canada’s Best Diversity Employers list has just been released – recognizing those organizations that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness initiatives.

The initiative, which is coordinated by Mediacorp Canada Inc., recognizes diversity in a number of areas, including programs for employees from five groups: LGBT people, women, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

April 2, 2015

Accenture, Home Depot Canada, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, Ontario Public Service, KPMG and the YMCA of Greater Toronto are all among the winners

Now in its ninth year, the annual Canada’s Best Diversity Employers list has just been released – recognizing those organizations that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness initiatives.

The initiative, which is coordinated by Mediacorp Canada Inc., recognizes diversity in a number of areas, including programs for employees from five groups: LGBT people, women, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

March 30, 2015

Parents are now helping to prove how 'ridiculous' anti-trans laws are

Mothers of trans kids are taking on 'ridiculous' bathroom bills by vowing to pee in men's toilets.

Fran Forsberg, from Saskatoon, Canada, is one of several parents who who will be protesting an amendment of a bill that will ban trans women from using female bathrooms trans men from using male bathrooms.

Put forward by Senator Don Plett, he claims the amendment will stop 'pedophiles from taking advantage of legislation that we have in place.'

'There's nothing that's wrong with my daughter,' Forsberg told CBC News.

March 27, 2015

The US Disciples of Christ church is threatening to move its 2017 General Assembly convention outside of Indiana over a new ‘religious liberty’ law that allows religious people to discriminate against anyone they want to including LGBTI people

The leadership of the US Disciples of Christ church are reviewing their plans to hold their 2017 General Assembly in the state of Indiana after its Republican Governor Mike Pence signed into law a bill allowing wide ranging rights to discriminate by anyone who claims they have a religious objection.

March 24, 2015

Canadian activist Bill Whatcott says he’s been forced to flee to the Philippines after handing out half a million pamphlets over a decade that state that homosexual activists are trying to recruit children through the school system

A Canadian Christian who was fired from his job as a nurse over his anti-abortion activism and was sued after he claimed that homosexual activists were trying to recruit children via the public school system has left the country – saying there is no longer room for people like him in Canada.

‘My ministry to Canada has come to an end, at least for the foreseeable future,’ Bill Whatcott announced earlier this month.

‘Now, I am in the Philippines with my wife.’

March 21, 2015

Dad who described his son's coming out as 'worse than death' may reconsider after reading thousands of messages of support online

Strangers across the world have united in support of a gay teenager who was shunned by his father after coming out.

Tyler, a 15-year-old from Vancouver, Canada, came out to his father via Facebook messenger three months ago.

Screenshots of the hateful exchange, where Tyler's father spoke of his 'shame and embarrassment', and even addressed his son as 'You fuck!!!', hit the headlines earlier this week.

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 16, 2015

'You are trying to ruin me. This is worse than death'

'I’m going to puke.'

That was the response of one father to his 15-year-old son after he come out as gay.

Tyler, from Vancouver, Canada, came out to his father over Facebook messenger three months ago and shared screenshots of their exchange on Tumblr.

'My dad’s reaction to me coming out. Can’t even say it to my face smh [shaking my head],' he wrote.

The post has since been shared more than 2,000 times.

March 13, 2015

Check out the blockbuster multi-million dollar budget

The first ever 'Canada Pride' is to be held in Montreal in 2017, following the success of Toronto WorldPride in 2014.

The 10-day celebration will take place from August 11-20, and will include sports events and an international conference on LGBT rights, plus an array of gigs, parades and parties.

The inaugural event will boast a budget of $2.3-3 million dollars, according to dailyxtra.com.

March 13, 2015

Check out the blockbuster multi-million dollar budget

The first ever 'Canada Pride' is to be held in Montreal in 2017, following the success of Toronto WorldPride in 2014.

The 10-day celebration will take place from August 11-20, and will include sports events and an international conference on LGBT rights, plus an array of gigs, parades and parties.

The inaugural event will boast a budget of $2.3-3 million dollars, according to dailyxtra.com.

March 12, 2015

Using the hashtag #WeJustNeedToPee, the bearded activist posted pictures of himself next to women entering cubicles and doing their makeup

A transgender man has taken on the bathroom selfie campaign to protest against US laws that want him to use the women's toilets.

Michael Hughes, from Minnesota, was inspired by several trans women who posted pictures of themselves next to urinals.

Using the hashtag #WeJustNeedToPee, the bearded activist posted pictures of himself next to women entering cubicles and doing their makeup.

He says: 'Do I look like I belong in a women's bathroom? Republicans are trying to get legislation passed that would put me there, based on my gender at birth.

March 12, 2015

Do we need Soviet-style spies in our restrooms?

It is always good to watch transphobia shrivel and die. Like Count Dracula, turning to dust at the first ray of sunshine, a great deal of transphobia is only waiting the light of common sense to send it on its way.

Or in this case, one photo, and two simple words – ‘trans man’ – are all that is needed to show how bills supposed to protect women will make their lives infinitely more dangerous.

March 9, 2015

'I’m actively showing them what it would look like if that became law and how completely ridiculous it is'

A transgender woman in Canada has launched a social media campaign to show how 'ridiculous' bathroom bans are.

Brae Carnes, 23, is posting photos of herself in men's toilets to protest a proposed law that would make it illegal for trans women to use female bathrooms.

'As a trans woman I'm not even safe from discrimination at the pub or public transit. What's going to happen if I'm forced into a men's changeroom?,' she wrote on Facebook.

February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 3, 2015

Mural was approved, then banned

The kiss. For some reason, it, and the experience of giving and getting one, is an essential aspect of the high school experience. It is the high school kisses that create the milestones to adulthood, the firsts we will remember our entire lives and in truth, the magic of our adolescence.

January 29, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Eli Lieb – singer/songwriter

January 20, 2015

Actors says it is 'grossly unfair' his gay brother had to get married in Canada

Colin Farrell yesterday (19 January) said he supported the legalization of gay marriage in Ireland 'with every fiber of my being' ahead of a referendum on the issue.

In a televised debate on national broadcaster RTÉ, the Hollywood actor said it was 'grossly unfair' that his gay brother had to marry his partner Steven Mannion in Canada.

'To see them every day live their lives as a happily married couple is an amazing thing, and to think that they had to leave their own country to do that is sad and disappointing and just grossly unfair, I feel,' he said.

January 18, 2015

The Irish actor, who has a gay brother, is set to appeal to the Irish public to support marriage equality in an upcoming referendum by appearing in a TV interview which will be aired on Monday night

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell is slated to persuade his country to support same-sex marriage by discussing the issue in a TV interview with Claire Byrne to be aired on Monday night, reports Goss.ie.

Ireland is set to decide whether it will recognize same-sex marriage in a referendum to be held in early May.