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July 23, 2014

Gareth Johnson discovers straight people and tan lines are not allowed on a tropical escape in Australia’s far north Queensland

There’s not many gay resorts in Australia.

There are lots of gay and lesbian friendly places - on the whole Australia is a pretty liberal country and most accommodation providers are keen for business, whatever your sexuality.

Turtle Cove is exclusively gay. No straights allowed.

I’m not sure how they screen for that, if you wanted to try and smuggle a straight guy in I don’t think it would be too hard, but in principle it is gay only.

July 15, 2014

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself alight in June to protest his church’s refusal to marry same-sex couples, prejudice against LGBTI people and other injustices in the world – hoping his death could make a change

A Texan retired United Methodist minister has made the ultimate sacrifice to protest discrimination against LGBTI people and other injustices in the world, burning himself to death in a car park in his home town of Grand Saline.

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself alight in the car park of a shopping mall, emulating Buddhist monks who burned themselves to death to protest the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War and Tibetan monks who did the same more recently to protest China’s rule over their country.

July 8, 2014

Paige Phoenix has had his marriage to his wife annulled by the Victorian state government despite his passport saying he is male and living as a man for seven years but he hopes the United Nations Human Rights Committee will find in his favor

Australian transgender man Paige Phoenix will challenge his home state of Victoria’s policy of only allowing those who have undergone a full surgical genital sex change from changing their sex on their birth certificates in the United Nations after it annulled his marriage against his will.

Phoenix is recognized by the Australian Government as male and has a male passport but his state’s registry of births, deaths and marriages will not recognize him as male unless he undergoes the surgery – which could be life threatening for him due to a previous medical condition.

July 3, 2014

A working group of experts reviewing the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases guidelines has recommended the removal of several ‘disorders’ that continue to stigmatize LGBTIs as sick despite the removal of homosexuality as a disorder in 1990

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been urged to remove several classifications in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) guidelines as the United Nations body prepares to release a new edition of the guidelines in 2017.

The recommendation was made by a working group of health experts from around the world who have been tasked by the WHO to review the F66 section of the guidelines.

The ICD has not listed homosexuality as a disorder in-and-of-itself since 1990.

July 2, 2014

Nancy Garden, a lesbian pioneer in the young adult fiction genre and author of Annie on My Mind, has died of a heart attack after a literary career spanning four decades

American young adult fiction author Nancy Garden passed away 23 June from an apparent heart attack aged 76.

Garden was best known for the lesbian themed novel Annie on My Mind, about two girls at a New York high school who fall in love with each other.

July 1, 2014

'We could do it tomorrow and make some salacious version of the story and that’s not what I’m interested in'

Matt Bomer still hopes to portray closeted gay actor Montomery Clift in an upcoming film.

But the actor makes clear he will only participate if the project is handled with respect.

Clift was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1940s and 50s and had a life-long close friendship with Elizabeth Taylor (pictured with him, below), his co-star in A Place in the Sun, Raintree County and Suddenly Last Summer.

June 30, 2014

Thousands responded to homophobic attacks and gay suicides in Rome by holding one of the biggest Prides in the city ever

A gang is being accused of throwing faeces at the office of a gay charity in Rome, while shouting death threats against people inside.

Di Gay Project (DGP) in southern Rome was attacked last week, with the crime being reported on Friday.

According to Corriere della Sera, the mob threw excrement and other items, such as wooden boxes and vegetables, at the organization’s office.

Members of the gang, estimated to be aged between 15 and 40, also shouted threats.

May 23, 2014

LGBTI campaigners in Serbia cancelled IDAHO and Pride Week to volunteer for flood relief work

LGBTI rights campaigners have ditched Pride Week to come to the rescue of the flooding victims in Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Europe’s Balkans region has been faced with its worst natural disaster in 120 years with floods killing people and animals and destroying homes, crops and businesses.

Now Gayten-LGBT, one of the region’s leading lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex organizations, has revealed how its members are trying to help.

May 9, 2014

Rates of syphilis in the US have more than doubled since the year 2000 and most new cases are among men who have sex with men, according to new data from the CDC

The US Centers for Disease Control released new data on Thursday showing that the sexually transmitted disease syphilis has returned from the brink and is spreading mostly among gay and bisexual men in America.

In 2000 the rate of infection in the US was just 2.1 cases per 100,000 people and health authorities believed they had the spread of the bacteria that causes the disease nearly beat.

May 4, 2014

After leaving his wife, Jason Roy Borkowskiwent on Craigslist and met a trans woman who he shot after sexual activity

A US man has been found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon after shooting a transgender woman he met online just days after leaving his wife.

Jason Roy Borkowski reportedly went on Craigslist looking for company and ended up meeting trans woman Alevaro Refugio, 38.

A few days before, he had left his wife and arrived in Kernersvile, North Carolina.

After chatting on the website, they went to the movies and then back to Refugio’s home where they engaged in sexual activity.

April 30, 2014

'It's wonderful to have somebody who's had the courage and strength to do it and to be another face'

Ellen DeGeneres has competition now as the most famous lesbian to be on television each weekday in the US - and she couldn't be happier about it.

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts came out publicly at the end of last year in a Facebook post that thanked her girlfriend of nearly nine years for taking care of her through a life-threatening illness.

'Not everybody wants to be in the spotlight,' Roberts said of her publicity shy girlfriend Amber Laign during an appearance Tuesday (29 April) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

April 9, 2014

As Rwanda reflects on 20 years since the death of a million of its citizens, a tide of anti-LGBTI hate is engulfing Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC, South Africa and beyond

This week we are marking 20 years since the Rwanda genocide. Twenty years seems like a long time but to the survivors it seems like yesterday. The effects of this tragedy will last forever. Our prayers go to all the victims.

We pay tribute to all those who played a part in stopping the genocide from claiming more lives, we also call upon all the perpetrators of this catastrophic hate crime to be brought to justice.

April 7, 2014

Kuwaiti MP Hamdan Al Azimi, who earlier this month called for the police to raid gay people in their homes has said he is willing to meet with homosexuals who want ‘solutions for their issues.’

Kuwaiti MP Hamdan Al Azimi has called for homosexuals to come forward to have their ‘physiological and psychological issues’ ‘treated’ by health professionals just days after he called for police to raid homosexuals in their homes to catch them in the act.

Earlier this month Al Azimi called on the Interior Ministry to launch raids on apartments where ‘gay people indulge in their illicit debauchery that could not be tolerated under any pretext.’

April 4, 2014

If the Church of England announced support for same-sex marriage, it could lead to a 'massacre' of Christians in Nigeria, South Sudan and other African countries

African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts same-sex marriage, the Anglican head has suggested.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, claims backing LGBTI rights in the UK would lead to a ‘massacre’ in other nations.

Speaking on a LBC phone-in, he said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been killed over gay issues in America.

April 4, 2014

Three of the eight victims of the Los Angeles invasive bacterial meningitis outbreak have died and all three who died were men who had sex with men

Three of the eight people who have contracted invasive bacterial meningitis in Los Angeles this year have died and all three were men who had sex with other men.

The announcement of the men’s death comes as Los Angeles County health officials ramp up calls for all men who have sex with men to get vaccinated against the disease – with free vaccines available for those without health care.

March 20, 2014

17-year-old student delivered a touching speech for LGBTI rights in Saporro, Japan

A gay Japanese student  is setting the world alight with his inspiring coming out speech called 'I Have A Dream Too'.

The 17-year-old boy entered the Hokkaido Prefectural English Speech Contest with his oration on LGBT rights last year.

He begun his inspiring monologue by describing the anti-gay legislation recently passed by Russia and the effect it would have on the Western societies.

‘Why do gay people have to face discrimination? Is it because they are not heterosexual?’, he asked.

March 18, 2014

Harry Belafonte, a long time straight ally of the LGBTI community, has called for the US to reconsider its aid to all countries that criminalize homosexuality after Uganda’s defiance in the face of looming sanctions

Award winning calypso singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, best known for singing the Banana Boat Song (Day-O), has spoken out against the criminalization of LGBTI people around the world – calling for the US to reconsider the aid it sends to all governments of countries that criminalize homosexuality.

March 12, 2014

A 35-year-old from Nepal hopes to be the first known trans person to reach the peak, aiming to prove LGBTI people can conquer any challenge

A woman is hoping to make history by becoming the first known trans person to climb Mount Everest.

Manoj Shahi Monika, a 35-year-old from Nepal who describes herself as third gender, has lived in the shadows of the mountain’s dizzy heights for her whole life.

But now she is determined to conquer the world’s tallest peak to give a message to the world that LGBTI people can take on any challenge.

March 10, 2014

Man who helped to set up an anti-homophobia in football group was stabbed in the arms and lung after a rally celebrating International Women's Day

A 25-year-old gay rights activist is fighting for life after being reportedly stabbed by Nazis in Sweden.

Showan Shattak was assaulted by extreme right-wing thugs in Malmö on Saturday night (8 March).

A football fan and activist against human rights abuses, he attended a rally to celebrate International Women’s Day and fight against sexism.

According to his friends, the gang of neo-Nazis attacked him as he was heading home after the protest.

Shattak was stabbed in the arms and lung causing life-threatening injuries.

February 26, 2014

Despite the new anti-gay law that states you must report homosexuals to the police, the health minister has promised doctors and nurses will be able to keep patient confidentiality

Uganda’s health minister has said gay people will still have access to healthcare despite the introduction of the new anti-gay law.

Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has suggested the law will not apply to doctors or other healthcare professionals when LGBT people go to hospitals to seek treatment.

Under the law, it will be illegal to not report gay people to the police.

Health charities have warned that the law will be catastrophic in the fight against HIV, as gay people will be unable to be fully honest with doctors.

February 24, 2014

Embattled actor also rips Rachel Maddow and Harvey Levin and laments being thought of as a homophobe

Alec Baldwin has penned a blistering magazine piece in which he says goodbye to public life asd laments being thought of as homophobic following a run-in with a photographer last November.

Despite the incident being captured by a TMZ camera, Baldwin denies calling the photographer a 'cocksucking fag.'

In a New York Magazine piece scheduled to be published Monday and posted early online by Gawker, Baldwin tries to explain himself - exhaustively.

February 23, 2014

The victim of police brutality at last year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade says he hopes to put the incident behind him by releasing a song about his experience

Jamie Jackson, who was awarded almost A$40,000 in court costs after he was thrown to the pavement while handcuffed by a police officer during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade last year, is set to release his first song 'I've Decided That I'm Great' next week.

February 14, 2014

On Valentine’s Day, a gay dad of two tells his 11-year-old sons how they have made him into a superhero

The other day, my friend John linked me onto a tweet from a gentleman in Utah. The man was Paul Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank.

Mero’s organization had just submitted an amicus brief in the pending same-sex marriage case in Utah, one of which, he is very proud. ‘A brilliant articulation of the state interest in marriage. Can’t wait for the plaintiffs’ non-response,’ were his exact words.

February 14, 2014

Paul Hard wants to be listed as surviving spouse on death certificate and proceeds from pending wrongful death lawsuit

A federal lawsuit has been filed by a surviving spouse who is challenging Alabama's laws banning gay marriage.

Paul Hard is fighting for his 2011 Massachusetts marriage to David Fancher to be recognized in Alabama, the state the couple was living in when Fancher was killed in a car crash in 2012.

The lawsuit, filed on Hard's behalf by the Southern Poverty Law Center, seeks to overturn the Alabama's Marriage Protection Act, a 1998 law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriages from other states.