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October 18, 2014

'This is not an issue of people's rights to have religious beliefs… This is their job, and it's a job requirement,' says executive director of the LGBT non-profit Equality NC

Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr says he has resigned from his job because he can’t in 'good conscience' marry same-sex couples.

On October 10, 2014, same-sex marriage in North Carolina became legal following a federal judge's ruling that the state's denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional. Same-sex couples were immediately issued marriage licenses, and on Monday, October 13, same-sex couples statewide began marrying.

October 17, 2014

Judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban, attorney general announces state will not fight decision

Arizona has become the 31st state in the US where gay marriage is legal and same-sex couples began getting married there today.

Deputy Maricopa County Clerk Michael K Jeanes posted on Twitter: 'Welcome All to the Clerk's Office. Your marriage license awaits and we are ready to serve you!'

The turn of events unfolded quickly as Attorney General Tom Horne announced he would not appeal the court ruling which struck down Arizona's gay marriage ban.

October 16, 2014

New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have introduced bills to repeal laws forcing married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized

Three Australian states today introduced bills to scrap laws that require married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized.

Legislation was introduced in New South Wales by Greens legislative council member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent legislative assembly member Alex Greenwich, in South Australia by Greens legislative council member Tammy Franks, and by Greens house of assembly member Nick McKim in Tasmania.

October 16, 2014

In her first public appearance since her publicized gender reassignment, Andreja Pejic reveals how proud she is to represent the trans community through the fashion world

Australian super model Andreja Pejic surprised gay fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier at the designer’s launch of his retrospective in Australia.

Strolling through the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne to find a portrait of Pejic sporting a guilded corset, Gaultier and Pejic reunited like old friends.

Pejic, who is a celebrated Gaultier muse on the runway, magazine covers and in numerous photo campaigns as an androgynous model, came out publicly as a trans woman in July 2014.

October 15, 2014

London’s family-friendly disco, Big Fish Little Fish, is hosting a special Halloween bash this weekend, with support from Out With The Family, and cult DJ duo, the Readers Wifes

Big Fish Little Fish is one of London’s most unique club events.

Describing itself as a ‘creative and exciting music and dance party for the post-rave generation of parents and kids’, it aims to offer all the fun of a mini-festival in the space of one afternoon. Hence the team’s tagline: ‘2-4 Hour Party People’!

All its events are aimed at both parents and their young kids to enjoy (or grandparents/uncles/aunts/carers).

October 15, 2014

State's governor and attorney general accused of 'playing politics with our families'

The state of South Carolina was sued Wednesday (15 October) by two LGBTI groups for continuing to block same-sex marriages from taking place there.

Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality claim that last week's decision by the US Supreme Court’s to let stand a 4th Circuit ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban also applies to South Carolina because it is in the same jurisdiction.

They want the marriages to begin immediately.

October 13, 2014

Medium says she cannot see the future when it comes to her marriage

British TV psychic Sally Morgan has fired her husband and son-in-law after a video emerged of the pair shouting homophobic abuse.

She says she had to do it as she considers herself a 'gay icon'.

The medium, who has had shows on ITV2 and Sky Living, said she was 'ashamed and devastated' by her family's comments.

In footage that emerged at the weekend, John Morgan was shown calling skeptic Mark Tilbrook, who had been handing out leaflets questioning the psychic's 'abilities', a 'poof'.

October 12, 2014

'They deserve the right to equality, and the same respect and decency that other people have that are living right next door'

October 10, 2014

Amnesty International is the latest organization to call upon the President of Chad, Idriss Deby, to scrap a homophobic bill that is currently passing through the Chad parliament

In September, Government ministers voted in favour of a draft law that would make Chad the 37th African state to criminalise same-sex relations.

Its proposed penal code threatens jail sentences of between 15 and 20 years, and a fine of between CFA francs 50,000 to 500,000 (the equivalent of between £60 and £600.)

Ministers said at the time that the law was being introduced to, ‘protect the family and to comply with Chadian society’.

October 9, 2014

'...Our citizens are entitled to exercise their constitutional rights and our administration of justice should be free of any ambiguity or inconsistency in the administration of justice...'


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article2625194.html#storylink=cpy

Marriage equality has a foothold in Kansas.

Today, 8 October, Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty of Johnson County ordered district clerks to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples.

October 9, 2014

Former law dean says the concept of marriage as between a man and woman is 'obsolete'

The former law dean of the University of the Philippines said saying denying LGBTI couples the right to marry was unconstitutional.

Pacifico Agabin made the comments at a professional lecture given by retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug.

The Inquirer quoted Agabin as saying, ‘The Family Code’s concept of marriage as a contract between a man and a woman aside from being obsolete, violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

October 8, 2014

Several cities say they will not obey

Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said yesterday he would stop the registration of gay marriages contracted abroad because it was against the law.

He told RTL radio station that he had sent out a circular ordering cities to remove gay marriages from their registries, and if they did not comply the government would step in and annul them.

October 6, 2014

Among those getting married are Oklahoma couple who in 2004 filed suit to overturn state ban

It was back in 2004 that Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin sued to get a marriage license in Oklahoma.

On Monday (6 October), they finally got it.

The couple were among the many in several states across the US to were able to obtain marriage licenses shortly after the US Supreme Court let stand the overturning of state marriage bans in Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Colorado also began to issue licenses.

October 2, 2014

Russia says the program bypassed laws banning adoptions from countries that recognize gay marriage

Russia has suspended a long-running student exchange program with the US after a teenager stayed in the country under the guardianship of a gay couple.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) had helped the couple bypass laws banning adoptions from countries that recognize gay marriage, and had not respected the 'moral and ethical principles of Russian society.'

September 30, 2014

He was fined $65 but his local partner is still on the run

A Vietnamese man arrested for gay sex in Burundi has been released after paying a fine of 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

The man was released on 19 September, 76 Crimes reported, citing Burundian human rights group Movement for Individual Liberties (MOLI).

He was the first person convicted under the African country's 2009 anti-gay law, which punishes 'sexual relations with a person of the same sex' with three months to two years in jail and a fine of 50,000 ($32) to 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

September 26, 2014

Activists scored the three candidates on their gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues

LGBTI rights groups said yesterday all three Taipei mayoral candidates lack concrete policies on gay rights.

The candidates were scored on gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues, on a scale ranging from three to minus three points.

Independent candidate Neil Peng received the highest score with 1.5 points, followed by independent candidate Ko Wen-je with minus one.

Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Sean Lien came last with minus three points.

Neil Peng is the only candidate who openly supports gay marriage.

September 26, 2014

After surviving a total of seven hostile amendments from Egypt, resolution passes 21-16 with seven abstentions

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday (26 September) passed a resolution which condemns discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Chile, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution, states that it 'does not seek to create new rights. ... There are some whose rights are more violated and need more protection.'

Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay were joined by 42 additional co-sponsors.

September 25, 2014

A bill to recognize the hundreds of Australian gay couples who wed abroad was introduced in March

The Australian Senate has recommended parliament does not pass a bill to recognize gay couples who married in places where same-sex unions are legal.

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee released a report on the bill today.

Some submitters expressed concern that the bill was 'a surreptitious attempt to introduce marriage equality.'

The Law Council of Australia was concerned that the bill would create a discriminatory situation where only couples with the financial resources to travel overseas would have access to gay marriage.

September 24, 2014

 It’s The Girls will include songs originated by The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, The Shirelles and many more

Unlike her fellow gay icon Cher, Bette Midler didn't wait 11 years to release a new album.

But almost.

Midler has announced that It's The Girls, her first new album since 2006, will be out 4 November in the US and a few weeks later in the UK.

It will consist of covers of songs originally performed by female singing groups - some famous like The Supremes and The Andrew Sisters while others are very obscure like The Boswell Sisters whose song is the title track.

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

Popular Melbourne, Australia gay club night Poof Doof is banning patrons who bring crystal methamphetamine and GHB into the club for life, and those placed on the banned list won’t be able to get into more than 100 other venues

Melbourne Saturday night gay club night Poof Doof is putting its foot down when it comes to people using drugs under its roof, and will ban clubbers from entering the venue for life if they are caught with crystal methamphetamine or GHB.

Poof Doof organizers announced the ban on Monday via a statement on social media, posting, ‘After seeing how these horrific drugs have affected our community, Poof Doof has decided to take action.’

September 24, 2014

The Marriage Equality Bill has been stalled since October

Six Taiwanese gay couples have had their marriage registrations rejected on Saturday in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

The four gay and two lesbian couples and several LGBTI rights groups brought the required documents to register a marriage to the Household Registration Office, the Liberty Times reported.

However, staff said because of a problem with the adminstrative system only marriages between men and women could be registered.

September 23, 2014

The world may never know, but advanced tickets are on sale for $15 to see the original Queen Bee at this year’s Orlando Gay Pride

The Notorious K-I-M will be performing at this year’s Orlando Pride, at 8:00 pm local time on 11 October.

The Parliament House in Orlando is selling advance tickets at $15 (€12), in addition to $100 VIP tickets (€78), which include admission, a meet-and-greet and photo-op with the rap diva.

The Brooklyn-born, Grammy award-winning rapper is no stranger to celebrating LGBTI pride.

September 23, 2014

If found guilty he will be the first person convicted of the crime in the country

A Vietnamese man was arrested last week in Karuzi in northern Burundi for gay sex.

If found guilty he will be the first person convicted of the crime in the African country.

Burundi adopted a new penal code in 2009 that punishes 'sexual relations with a person of the same sex' with three months to two years in jail and a fine of 50,000 ($32) to 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).