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September 29, 2014

Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of the UK’s Educate & Celebrate organization, says that the decision whether the come out or not remains a pressing concern for LGBT teachers today

Despite Section 28 being repealed in the United Kingdom 11 years ago, being ‘out’ is still an issue for many teachers today. A recent trainee of mine enthusiastically began to make their school LGBT-friendly only to be told by a senior leader that they couldn’t… because of Section 28!

That notorious piece of legislation, which barred local authorities from ‘promoting’ LGBT issues, was repealed in 2003. We had to wait a further seven years for the Equality Act in 2010, which ensured LGBT be treated ‘equally and fairly’.

September 27, 2014

The festival will run over two weekends in Taipei from Sep 26 to 30, and in Kaohsiung from Oct 3 to 7

While Taiwan is noted for producing numerous LGBTI-themed films for over a decade, the inaugural Taiwan International Queer Film Festival is said to be the first international queer film festival to be organized.

It will showcase 60 feature, documentary and short films from 30 countries in Taipei from Sep 26 to 30 and in Kaohsiung from Oct 3 to 7.

The LGBTI-themed films will cover a wide range of issues including family, aging, relationships and HIV/AIDS.

September 25, 2014

Richard Perrins is part of the team of specialists at fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. He explores the relative pros and cons of entering into a prenuptial agreement prior to a marriage or a civil partnership in England and Wales

When contemplating entering into a marriage or civil partnership the thought of entering into a pre-nuptial agreement is perhaps not the most romantic item on a couple’s list of things to do.

However, such agreements are not uncommon and can be incredibly useful documents.

Traditionally, in England and Wales, prenuptial agreements have long since been deemed as not legally binding and therefore generally not used as result. This has much to do with how family law is dealt with in the context of any disputes that may arise in any divorce or dissolution case.

September 25, 2014

A 16-year-old from South Dakota says he was so terrified of being fired for being gay he would do anything to keep his job

A gay teenage fast food worker has claimed he was forced ‘Gaytard’ on his nametag.

Tyler Brandt, 16, from Yankton, South Dakota, was working in a Taco John’s restaurant earlier this year and said he had a very difficult relationship with his manager.

‘I’ve been very vulnerable and I’ve been allowing him to say things to me that shouldn’t be said, and after a while I was jut worried about being terminated from my position at Taco John’s,’ the teen said.

September 24, 2014

Girls star says she is so 'excited' about the film, aiming to break down binaries

Lena Dunham is executive producing a documentary about a bespoke-tailoring company and its transgender clients.

The Girls star and the show's executive producer Jenni Konner will be making the film, Three Suits, for HBO.

According to Variety Fair, it will follow the Brooklyn-based tailor Bindle & Keep's customers as they go through the process of having custom suits made, examining the significance of the process for a set of customers with complex gender identities.

And like everyone else, the occasional need to look sharp in formal wear.

September 24, 2014

Sushant Divgikar is a housemate in the country's version of Big Brother

Mr Gay India has said he hopes to change perceptions of LGBTI people while on the country's biggest reality TV show.

Bigg Boss is the Indian version of Big Brother and always has a representative from the LGBTI community.

Model Sushant Divgikar placed in the top 10 at this year's Mr Gay World in Rome.

He told the Indo-Asian News Service before entering the house, 'I think I can sensitize the people about my community by being the face of LGBT community in Bigg Boss.'

September 24, 2014

The London-based P3 is for LGBTI parents – and the heterosexual parents of LGBTI children – who work in the professional services

Tomorrow (25 September) will see the launch of a new LGBTI parenting network in London.

P3 aims to provide support to LGBT parents, and parents of LGBT children, who work in the professional services industry. The name, P3, comes from the three Ps that embody the group's unifying factors: Proud, Professional, Parents.

September 23, 2014

Two moms from Dorset say they are ‘delighted and amazed’ to have scooped a top award for blogging about their family life together

A British lesbian couple from Dorset have won an award for their same-sex parenting blog.

Kirsty and Clara Taylor-Gallop, aged 32 and 26 respectively, started their ‘MyTwoMums.com’ blog in 2012, posting blogs, videos and photos of their family life together.

September 22, 2014

For Bisexuality Visibility Day, GSN looks to the worst offenders of pop culture that likes to pretend that bisexuality doesn't exist

Bisexuality appears to be too complicated for popular culture.

So many books, TV shows, films and more show 'straight' characters turning 'gay' or even 'gays and lesbians' going straight.

It never seems to cross the creators' minds all these people may be bisexual to start off with.

Why is that? Is it because pop culture is supposed to be simple, easier to deal with concepts like black or white, male or female, gay or straight?

Or is it that they just don't get bisexuals exist?

September 21, 2014

Thinking about adoption? Children will always have questions about being adopted, and knowing how to respond with honest answers is essential. We asked Beth Friedberg of New York’s Modern Family Center for advice

Beth Friedberg is the Associate Director of Parent Preparation and Education at the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin. The center provides services for parents of adopted children, adoptees, families formed through adoption, and families brought together through remarriage – including same-sex couples and LGBTI parents.

September 19, 2014

Homophobes killed by gay people: Very few, if any. Gay people killed by homophobes: Countless

Scott Lively has claimed gay people are out to murder him.

The hate preacher, currently on trial for crimes against humanity for his alleged LGBTI human rights abuses in Uganda, has published an article condemning the Human Rights Campaign and their 'hit list'.

As he is number one on the HRC's 'exporters of hate', he says he has 'special cause for concern'.

'Not every “gay” activist is physically violent, thankfully. Most limit their “human rights advocacy” to harassment, intimidation and slander,' Lively claims in his article on Barbwire.

September 19, 2014

Unless dads Chad and Wayne strictly monitor everything that their son eats, they run the risk of him developing irreversible brain damage. They’ve now made a video to raise awareness about children with rare diseases

When husbands Chad Farquharson, age 39, and Wayne McGill, 48, decided to adopt a baby boy, they knew that being a parent would present them with challenges.

However, they had no idea quite what lay in store when they welcomed their son, Grayson, into the world.

Farquharson and McGill are both Canadian, and are based just outside of Vancouver. They met in 1998 and married in 2001.

September 18, 2014

Report says tourism authority promotes the country as a gay-friendly destination but LGBTI acceptance is low

Thai LGBTI people face stigma and limited job opportunities despite high visibility in a generally tolerant society, according to a new report.

The report, conducted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), found that while the tourism authority actively promotes Thailand as a gay-friendly destination, acceptance of LGBTI people in society is still low.

September 17, 2014

'Is this your faggot boyfriend'

The Philadelphia Police Department released a photo and video of suspects in the attack of two gay men.

According to police, on 11 September the victims, both in their late 20s, were on the 1600 block of Chancellor Street (located in the Center City neighborhood of the city).

A group of approximately 10-12 males and females, all in their early 20s, approached the couple.

September 17, 2014

The red rocks of Colorado, home to a gay ski week, historic hotels, a classic car museum and extreme outdoor activities, show our travel writer a different side of America

I found the heart of America in western Colorado.

After rolling in the hay with gay cowboys in the glamorous and multicultural Denver, I ventured further out into the mountain state where I found more coywboys and cowgirls, endless landscapes, deserts, forests, rivers, lakes and the warmth of Colorado's people.

September 17, 2014

Stonewall has said Britain's schools of higher learning should be doing more in order to make LGB students feel more welcome

Britain’s most gay friendly universities have been revealed in a new guide out today (22 June).

UK-based gay rights charity Stonewall has launched the fourth edition of Gay By Degree, the only guide profiling Britain’s 158 universities.

The six schools that won full marks were Cardiff University, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Sheffield Hallam University, University of Essex, University of Glasgow and York St John University.

September 16, 2014

The Victoria state parliament will debate the bill this week

The Australian state of Victoria today introduced long-awaited legislation into parliament that will expunge the criminal records of men with historical gay sex convictions.

The Parliament of Victoria will debate the bill this week.

The state legalized gay sex in 1981 but men with historical convictions still face stigma and discrimination when applying for jobs and traveling.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said, ‘Consensual sexual acts between two adult men should never have been a crime.

September 16, 2014

The country's UN ambassador says LGBTI rights 'go against our values'

A top Bangladeshi diplomat has said the Muslim country will oppose any recommendations on LGBTI rights at an upcoming UN conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Dhaka Tribune, 'It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslims and Christian, we opposed it.'

September 16, 2014

It happens, sort of, in brilliant new video mash-up Golden is The New Black

Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia are nowhere to be seen in a new video mash-up to the classic theme song of the legendary NBC sitcom The Golden Girls.

Instead, we have Orange is the New Black's Piper, Galina, Nicky and Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren who actually urinates during the song. That's something you would never have seen any of The Golden Girls do.

Well, maybe Sophia.

September 15, 2014

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the agency to denounce 'gay cures'

A Chinese man suing a 'gay cure' clinic has secured a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to denounce 'gay cures.'

The WHO agreed to meet 30-year-old Xiao Zhen, a pseudonym, in China.

At the time of writing more than 108,000 members of LGBTI rights group All Out had signed the petition.

September 15, 2014

The national movement leader says young people in colored pants who hang out at malls should be tested

A Kazakh politician has said LGBTI people can be easily identified by blood testing for 'degeneracy.'

Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the Bolashak national movement, made the comments last week at a press conference calling for laws banning LGBTI people from spreading 'propaganda,' taking public office and serving in the military.

September 15, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church has married 20 'modern' couples. While they were all straight, it could still signify a change

Pope Francis has redefined marriage within the Catholic Church, blessing 20 couples at the Vatican that would have been banned under previous doctrine.

He welcomed 40 people from different social backgrounds, including a man about to enter into his second marriage and a woman with a daughter from a previous relationship, to St Peter's Basilica in Rome yesterday (14 September).

The mother, Gabriella Improta, said she did not feel 'worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple'.

September 14, 2014

'Is this your faggot boyfriend?'

This past week a gay couple in Philadelphia was attacked by a group of men and women.

According to the site Philly.com, on 11 September two victims, both in their late 20s, were walking near 16th and Chancellor Streets (located in the Center City neighborhood of the city).

September 12, 2014

Local dance teacher, Ekaterina Khomenko, was found dead in her car - prompting a murder investigation and homophobic comments online

Many in the St Petersburg LGBTI community have been left shocked by the apparent murder of a local lesbian woman.

Ekaterina Khomenko, 29, was found dead in her car by a passing street cleaner early in the morning of 7 September.

Her body was discovered with a 9cm incision to the throat. The car's headlights were on and the engine was still running.

Police initially quizzed family members as to whether Khomenko had displayed any suicidal tendencies. However, the case is now being treated as murder.