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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 27, 2015

Complainant says he is not against homosexuality but wants to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law

India's largest online shopping site has been sued for 'abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.' sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law.

February 26, 2015’s advice columnist Bad Barrington’s funny response to a 15-year-old boy who’s worried his gay friend is attracted to him will make your day has published an incredible response to a 15-year-old reader from Connecticut who wrote in to get advice about what to do if his gay friend thinks he’s attractive.

‘I’m a 15-year-old boy from Fairfield, Connecticut,’ the boy wrote, ‘A few weeks ago, one of my classmates came out and told us that he’s gay.

‘He’s a nice kid but now I think he’s checking me out every time I see him. Should I tell the principal about what this kid is doing?’

February 24, 2015

Users will also be able to choose from one of six different skin tones

Apple are launching a new range of emojis that will include racially diverse images and LGBTI families for the first time. 

The new emojis, part of the iPhone's iOS 8.3 update, appeared online yesterday (23 February) after Apple gave developers a taster of the forthcoming operating system ahead of its public release later in the year. 

The new update includes emojis with six different skin tones, as well as a selection of family-based emojis which include children posing with exclusively male or female parents. 

February 24, 2015

Their secret is to do less and not start too early, says top expert

Just how much plastic surgery work have the celebrities on the Oscar’s red carpet actually had?

Leading expert Dr Tracy Mountford of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic discusses this below.

Her advice? There is nothing wrong with a few lines, less is more and non-surgical treatments are increasingly popular to give a fresh look without the ‘weird’ over-worked feel of yesteryear.

And she also offers some advice to men and women to reduce the risk of non-surgical options too.

February 24, 2015

Graff, now a Senior Director for LinkedIn, EMEA, explains how his work performance improved after coming out

By the time I was 10, Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government had passed ‘Section 28’, a local Government Act which referred to gay relationships as ‘pretended family relationships’.

As a confused teenager in the 1980s, and with a public backdrop of homophobia, I was always intensely private about my personal life and fought hard to ensure that my sexuality remained a secret from family and friends.

February 23, 2015

The annual event took place over the weekend

Lapland's LGBTI community took to the streets over the weekend for the region's annual Pride celebrations. 

Arctic Pride, which takes place in Lapland's commercial centre, Rovaniemi, was set up to provide a safe place for sexual and gender minorities to meet in one of Europe's most northern cities, which lies just six miles from the Arctic Circle. 

February 23, 2015

Celebrities including John Barrowman and Lance Bass have tweeted their confusion over Rivers' absence

A number of LGBT stars have taken to Twitter to criticize Oscar bosses for omitting Joan Rivers from the award ceremony's In Memoriam segment.

Last night (February 22), the academy paid tribute to the likes of late industry figureheads including Richard Attenborough and Robin Williams, but Rivers - who died on September 4 last year - was nowhere to be seen. 

February 20, 2015

Aussie pop star Dannii Minogue is the latest big name act to be announced for the party that follows Sydney’s biggest parade of the year

The organizers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival have announced the next big star to perform at the Mardi Gras party that follows the parade.

Legendary Australian pop princess Dannii Minogue will be jetting into town for the 7 March party which will also see Nick Jonas, Jessica Mauboy, Destiny Haz Arrived, Betty Who, Courtney Act and Jake Shears perform.

It’s been sixteen years since Minogue last performed at the Mardi Gras Party and she’s promising a spectacle of stellar proportions.

February 19, 2015

Video launches effort to change rules from being based on sexual orientation to exposure to risk

Tony winner Alan Cumming has a big problem with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blood donor deferral policy for gay and bisexual men.

'If you're gay and you want to save lives, the FDA will let you. You just can't have sex for a year,' Cumming points out in a video released today to raise awareness about the policy.

So Cumming suggests everyone try 365 days of celibacy and introduces a series of activities like yoga and pottery class 'to make your year without sex fly by.'

February 19, 2015

The victim was in his 40s and the two attackers are believed to be 20 and 22

Two thugs in their early 20s beat up a man in his 40s with a metal pole and forced him into performing a sex act on them in London.

Police have said the brutal late night attack began outside East Ham tube station when the victim told his attackers he didn't have any cigarettes.

The pair punched him multiple times, robbing his backpack, ID and bank cards before dragging him past shocked members of the public to a cash machine.

When the victim couldn't withdraw any money, the assailants dragged him to a nearby park.

February 16, 2015

Survey finds 56% of gay Londoners are not comfortable kissing in public

More than 100 Londoners took part in a Valentine’s Day kiss-in to mark the launch an anti-homophobia campaign.

Scores of gay couples locked lips on the steps of the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus on Saturday (14 February) to assert their Freedom to Kiss.

Organizers Pride in London said the campaign was a response to a new survey, which found that 54% of gay Londoners do not feel comfortable kissing in public. Of those, 86% were frightened of name-calling or physical violence.

February 16, 2015

The Gay and Lesbian Network (GLEN) say that its has had a promising response to its call out for submissions. It will announce Ireland’s first Workplace Equality Ranking in the autumn

Following the success of similar rankings in other countries, GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) have announced details of a survey to discover the best places to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality in Ireland.

The group announced the launch of the GLEN Workplace Equality Index last week with a press event in Dublin.

The organization’s Eimear O’Reilly, Programme Officer Workplace Diversity, told to GSN that GLEN had received interest from, ‘a range of leading public and private sector employers’, since the announcement.

February 16, 2015

She says: 'You DO matter. So Much'

It's not enough for Pauley Perrette to be one of the most popular and recognizable actresses on American television.

She's also one of the highest-profile straight allies to the LGBTI community.

Perrette has written and performed a new song called Beautiful Child to raise awareness of Trevor Project, the leading organization in the US providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTI young people ages between the ages of 13-24.

February 13, 2015

For treating your loved one – or drowning your sorrows

It's that time again of year again...

That is, the time of the year when forgetful boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives (and beyond) find themselves rushing to their local florists/supermarket/stinking horrible garage to pick up some last minute V Day surprises.

But with our handy guide of five of the loveliest drinks on the market this Feast of St Valentine, you're already halfway there. And if you're single, might we suggest a night in or out with friends after a few of these tipples…


February 13, 2015

Mass voicemail campaign is launched in response to politicians who say they receive few calls on the issue

Marriage equality advocates in Australia have launched a mass voicemail campaign to increase pressure on federal MPs to support gay marriage.

Ben & Jerry’s and Australian Marriage Equality set up the Equality Calling hotline after a number of politicians claimed that gay marriage was not important to their constituents as they received few phone calls on the issue.

The hotline allows gay marriage supporters to record a message that will be automatically delivered to their federal representatives and highlighted on social media.

February 12, 2015

Co-founder of Nefes committed suicide last year over persecution

One of the only LGBTI rights group operating in Azerbaijan has announced it is being forced to close today (12 February).

Nefes (which means 'Breath') has said the increased arrests and persecution has forced them to make a decision:

They cannot risk the personal safety of its members any longer, and will close.

At the beginning of 2014, former Nefes leader Isa Shakhmarli hanged himself with a rainbow flag in his apartment.

February 12, 2015

The Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and former boy band member Nick Jonas will join Jessica Mauboy and drag sensations Courtney Act and Destiny Haz Arrived in performing at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party following the parade

The organizers of the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival have announced that ex-boy band heart throb Nick Jonas and Jake Shears will be heading downunder to perform at the party that follows the parade.

Taking place on Saturday 7 March, 2015 from 10pm, directly after Australia’s biggest and most iconic parade, the Mardi Gras Party will showcase a host of other top performers, drag stars and DJs as tens of thousands of gays and lesbians take over Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter.

February 12, 2015

Sitges Carnival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Fetish Pride Rome and more

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – until 21 February
The jewel in the crown of this year's Gran Can Carnival – already in full swing – will undoubtedly be the Drag Queen Gala at the Parque de Santa Catalina – think RuPaul's Drag Race with Spanish stylings.

February 11, 2015

The driving force behind Latin dance club Exilio shares her love for her adopted city.

A London resident since 1985, Gloria Lizcano runs Exilio - the longest-running LGBT Latin Dance club in London - Lizcano has been helping Londoners to move their hips since 1996.

Why did you relocate your life to the UK?
I've stayed because I fell in love with London. London gives us the opportunity to be free, to be able to say I'm gay and not be afraid of getting killed, to be able to express love and not be frightened

February 11, 2015

Irish law allows religious schools to 'positively discriminate' to protect their ethos and values 

An Irish teacher had to conceal her identity in a wedding competition as she was so afraid she would be fired.

The couple of eight years entered into a contest, hosted by Irish independent radio station Newstalk, for a prize that could be used for the 'Ultimate Wedding' or the 'Ultimate Proposal'.

In order to win, couples had to upload a lip-sync video.

The teacher, going by the screen name Pixel, was the only one to upload a video with the entrant's face blurred and full name unknown.

February 10, 2015

'Some hotels put up signs prohibiting dogs, durians and transgenders'

A well-known transgender model filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand yesterday (9 February) after she was denied entry to a club in Bangkok because of her gender identity.

Sarina Thai went to Onyx club on Royal City Avenue with four foreign friends on New Year's Eve. The security guard admitted her friends but turned her away after he checked her ID and found out she was transgender.

Thai said she felt humiliated and decided to file the petition to try and bring about social change.

February 9, 2015

You'll always have Paris – so what about somewhere else?

Paris, Venice, Rome – the list of archetypal romantic locations is well-worn. This year, why not treat your loved one to something a little different? 

From Scotland to Sweden, we count down seven of the world's most surprisingly romantic getaways, for Valentine's Day and beyond…

February 9, 2015

Kiwi activist made international headlines in 2013 when he took on his McDonald's boss for telling him to 'stop acting so gay'

Sean Bailey became an accidental LGBTI activist in 2013 before he had even fully come out.

The former burger-flipper made international headlines when he was told to 'stop acting so gay' by his boss at the MacDonald's he worked at in Auckland.

Despite the protests and worldwide media coverage, Bailey said did not think his family see the news. However, his sisters messaged him asking what had happened.