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March 28, 2015

Says one survivor: 'They blanketed their abusive practices under the guise of Christianity'

Thousands of youth have been abused and hundreds have died while in residential programs that claim to help 'troubled' youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced at a news conference Friday that it has joined forces with Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to launch a national campaign to regulate these programs on a federal level.

March 26, 2015

What happens when you decide to donate your eggs? One woman tells her life-changing story

Recent reports show that the number of women registering as egg donors has risen every year since 2006 with numbers increasing to 1,103 in 2013. Similarly, there has been an increase of more than 50% in the last five years of women having treatment with donor eggs.

Following its launch in 2013, the UK's London Egg Bank has seen hundreds of women come through the doors looking to donate their eggs. Here one of them tells her story:

March 26, 2015

His potential web designs include lots and lots of rainbows

What do you do when you see a homophobic politician in the news trying to stop gay people getting married?

Well, you could do like one activist did and buy their official website and use it to promote same-sex marriage instead.

This is what happened to Paul Shepherd, an Idaho state representative who wants Congress to impeach any federal judges who allow gay marriage.

March 25, 2015

'We will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events'

Star Trek icon George Takei warns Indiana Governor Mike Pence that his state will lose far more than the $50 million GenCon convention if he signs an anti-LGBTI bill into law.

March 25, 2015

29 March marks 12 months since the first same-sex wedding in Britain

Believe it or not, it's almost been a year since same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales – and since then, Scotland's followed suit, with Ireland hopefully next in April (fingers crossed!).

March 25, 2015

The event will take place as part of the Asia LGBT Milestone Awards and will feature speakers from BP and IBM – as well as a former Chinese policeman, Geng Le, who has created a multi-million dollar gay dating app empire

The Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMA Awards 2015) will return for its second annual outing in mid-April.

Organizers have today announced that the event will include an international business forum to discuss issues around social diversity and inclusion concerning LGBTI minorities.

The headline topic for discussion will be: What you can do – today’s key challenges to achieving greater diversity in the workplace.

March 24, 2015

The association for legal professionals will be throwing an afternoon of celebrating and networking at the W hotel in Los Angeles

Work in the law? Will you be in or around California this weekend? If so, The LGBT Bar – the US-based professional networking and advocacy group – are hosting a poolside event in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon (29 March).

Legalitea is described as ‘An LGBT Bar V.I.P experience’, bringing together top attorneys, firms, corporations and law students. It will take place at the W Los Angeles between 1 and 4pm.

March 24, 2015

Lounge by the pool at this ‘straight-friendly’ gay hotel and make the most of Gran Canaria’s gay scene

Looking for the ultimate gay holiday in Gran Canaria? The AxelBeach Maspalomas Apartments and Lounge Club in Maspalomas are the obvious choice.
 
This Spanish holiday island in the Atlantic Ocean draws gay travellers year-round, seeking guaranteed sunshine and shirt-off heat, even in winter.
 
Axel Beach is just a couple of minute’s walk away from the Yumbo Center, the heart of the gay action.
 

March 23, 2015

From hot air balooning to ziplining, enjoy these breathtaking vistas from above

Once you’ve scoured the markets in Asia, floated in its warm, salty seas and traipsed through its ancient ruins, you’ll no doubt be looking for a more…elevated experience. 

March 23, 2015

The online travel firm offered Twitter users the chance to win a ‘romantic getaway’ to Great Britain and illustrated their tweet with an interracial gay couple

Online travel booking company Expedia has prompted a storm of reaction on Twitter with a competition to win a trip to the United Kingdom.

The reason? The tweet advertising the compeition – ‘Win a romantic getaway to Great Britain’ – featured a photo of a gay male couple.

The tweet was posted last Thursday, since which time it has received hundreds of comments, with some Twitter users outraged by the imagery and others praising the company for its choice of models.

March 23, 2015

The culprit claims his phone was stolen before the message was sent

The rugby world is not letting Nigel Owens face any bigoted abuse.

According to Wales Online, the referee received a homophobic tweet after England's 55-35 win over France.

'Your a gay **** awful performance against france tonight, how did england top Wales,' was sent from Edryd James's Twitter.

Owens tweeted back.

March 19, 2015

From China and Malaysia to Thailand and Indonesia – travel an entire continent in 2 minutes

Earlier this year we delved into the back catalogue of trailblazing travel photographer Weerapong Chaipuck, whose gorgeous shots of Asia in a near-perpetual state of sunrise/sunset immediately had us plotting our 2015 movements across the globe.

March 19, 2015

As anti-gay legislation allowing businesses to discriminate edges closer to becoming law in the state, an Indianapolis man says he is ‘very surprised’ by an explosion of interest he has had in his ‘Open for Service’ sticker campaign

The US is currently seeing a wave of anti-LGBT bills being introduced by lawmakers.

Many of these bills are concerned with ensuring that business owners with strong religious beliefs are legally permitted to refuse service to LGBT customers.

Although it is those companies that have refused to provides services for same-sex marriages that have been making headlines, businesses that are happy to support all sections of the community are now making themselves heard.

March 19, 2015

Two young victims were 'terrified' by the threats by the man they met on a bus, who said he had a knife

Two teen boys were forced to have gay sex, fight and steal in an attack in London.

The young victims were approached by an unidentified man after they sat on the top of deck of the Route 133 bus leaving Brixton on 11 February.

During the journey, the suspect approached the boys and claimed he had a knife and forced them to leave the bus in the Elephant and Castle area.

Led to Newington Butts park, they were forced to fight each other and steal from a shop nearby.

March 18, 2015

The musician shares his love of the American capital, from gay neighbourhoods to phallic-looking buildings!

I've lived here since… 2009, when I moved here to go to Georgetown University.
 
I've stayed because… I got back into music, and because of all the changes I’ve seen since I first moved here. The vibe of the city as a whole has changed a lot. It's become a lot more cultural and artsy – and it’s a really gay-friendly city.
 

March 16, 2015

Ricky Martin, Courtney Love, Victoria Beckham and John Barrowman all support

Several celebrities have backed Sir Elton John in his boycott of Dolce and Gabbana after the gay designers said they only believed in 'traditional' families.

Stars including Martina Navratilova, Courtney Love and Ricky Martin are supporting the songwriter, who has two children with his husband David Furnish born through a surrogate.

‘How dare you refer to my beautiful children as "synthetic",’ John said.

March 16, 2015

Sander van’t Noordende, Group Chief Executive Products Operating Group at Accenture, offers advice for anyone starting in a new job

LinkedIn Influencer, Sander van’t Noordende, published this post originally on LinkedIn.

March 14, 2015

One of London's busiest train stations has some great restaurants right on its doorstep.

One of the dilemmas of living in London is that the city is so big that you can never know it all. You get to know the area where you live, the area where you work, your favorite hangouts in different places, but if for some reason you find yourself in a part of town where you don't normally go, it's almost being dropped in a completely different city with no point of reference and no familiar landmarks.

March 13, 2015

An oasis for gourmets, sports lovers, pampering and gay beach fans in Maspalomas

Warm seas, mountains of golden sand, and one of the gayest places on earth – it can only be the Dunes at Maspalomas.

At the tip of the island of Gran Canaria in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the enormous dunes stretch as far as your eye can see. Lawrence of Arabia could ride into sight on a camel at any moment without feeling like an idiot.

Where better to sunbathe? Particularly the gay beach where rows of tea-tanned bodies lie on loungers and beach towels, in swim costumes or nothing, drinking from the beach bar under a rainbow flag.

March 13, 2015

If a business wants to discriminate against LGBT people then it must advertise the fact in advance, says a Democratic member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives

An attempt to pass a law in Oklahoma that would allow businesses to refuse certain services to LGBT people has stalled, and it could be partly due to an amendment introduced by an opponent to the bill.

Earlier this year, Republican state Rep. Chuck Strohm introduced his ‘Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act’ (HB1371).

If passed, this would allow businesses to deny services to customers if they felt that such services were ‘against the person’s religious beliefs’.

March 12, 2015

The London theatre that champions contemporary dance continues to support emerging artists.

There is always a sense of excitement when you approach a production at Sadler's Wells - the theatre in London that is renowned for showcasing the best in contemporary dance from around the world.

March 11, 2015

A workplace LGBT advocacy and networking group based in the Netherlands

A non-profit LGBTI workplace advocacy group based in Amsterdam, Workplace Pride’s vision is to ensure that ‘lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) are fully visible, accepted and valued in the workplace and in society, leading the way for others.’

Workplace Pride was formed in 2012, as an evolution and re-branding of the Company Pride Platform (formed in 2008).

It works to stimulate the formation of LGBT employee networks, connect and empower those networks, and increase awareness of issues facing LGBT employees.

March 10, 2015

The London-based networking group for LGBTI business executives and allies

Based in the UK, OUTstanding is a not-for-profit professional network for LGBTI executives and their allies.

March 10, 2015

A Dutch greenhouse/concept restaurant that will ruin vegetables for you forever – and still it feels understated

Am I the only one who responds to the words 'locally-sourced ingredients' with an unconvinced eye-roll?

Well, consider my cynicism (towards the concept, not the countless pretentious restaurants who feign allegiance to it) obliterated.

De Kas – a hip, relaxed eatery in Amsterdam's Park Frankendael, housed in a giant conservatory structure, thus bathed in natural light – takes the idea and runs with it.