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October 23, 2014

Legislators oppose a clause requiring transgender people have sex change surgery

Hong Kong lawmakers yesterday dismissed an amendment to marriage laws that would have recognized the status of transgender people who have had sex change surgery.

The Marriage (Amendment) Bill was voted down by 40 lawmakers to 11 at its second reading. Five Legislative Council members abstained.

October 23, 2014

The former Friends actor offers a biological argument for gay men being ‘superhuman’, and talks about the possibility of a judging appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race for her character, Valerie Cherish

Actor Lisa Kudrow will always be famous for her long-running role as Phoebe on the hit sitcom Friends, but she also has a cult following for her portrayal of sitcom D-lister Valerie Cherish on HBO’s The Comeback.

The series, which was co-created by Kudrow and Sex & The City producer Michael Patrick King, first premiered in 2005, ran for one season, and then was promptly cancelled.

October 23, 2014

A viral promotion campaign, in which youngsters use curse words to complain about society’s continuing sexism, has caused a storm of reactions on the internet and been pulled from YouTube

We love anything that questions gender stereotypes and confronts sexism, including the latest viral campaign from FCKH8.com – the non-profit T-shirt company that uses slogans and images to campaign against homophobia, racism and sexism.

Its latest viral video is entitled ‘F-Bombs for Feminism’, and features a selection of young girls, aged 6-13, using what some would say was decidedly un-lady like language to address notions of gender stereotypes.

October 22, 2014

A Catholic high school in New York has reversed its decision for a fact-based drama about a lesbian couple, starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, to shoot scenes on its premises

A Catholic boy’s school that had previously granted permission for a film shoot to take place within its walls has now reversed its decision – allegedly after finding out that the film featured Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple.

Director Peter Sollett’s film, Freeheld, is currently filming in New York State, and will also star Steve Carrell.

The civil rights drama is based on a 2007 documentary of the same name, and has been adapted by Philadelphia screenwriter Ron Nyswaner.

October 22, 2014

The new music video from jazz-pop act MRF features frontman, Mike Flanagan, in an 'art-imitating-life', tender love story with a fellow gay bear

As far as we’re concerned, we don’t see enough gay couples featured in music videos. We certainly don’t see enough musclebear couples, which is why #GSNLoves this new music clip from Boston-based jazz act, MRF.

MRF is songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Flanagan.

October 22, 2014

A comprehensive report by Human Rights Watch details how Jamaica’s LGBT community faces widespread discrimination and violence

A new report by the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch paints a damning portrait of the treatment of LGBT people in Jamaica.

The Human Rights Watch report – Not Safe at Home – follows five weeks of study on the Caribbean island country from April to June last year.

October 21, 2014

Gay blogger goes on video rant against Oscar winner for calling him out on posting her nude photos

A foul-mouthed Perez Hilton lashed out against Jennifer Lawrence in a video rant Monday (20 October) after she blasted him for posting a hacked nude photo of her on his site.

In a new article in Vanity Fair, the Oscar winner says of the controversial gay blogger in the article: 'He took it down because people got pissed, and that's the only reason why. And then I had to watch his apology. And what he basically said was "I just didn't think about it" … ‘I just didn't think about it’ is not an excuse. That is the exact issue itself.'

October 20, 2014

About 1.7 million people called in to protest the country's anti-gay law

Indian actor Aamir Khan's hit talk show Satyamev Jayate last night tackled the taboo subject of 'alternative sexualities,' with many viewers saying the program changed their perception of LGBTI people.

Guests included transgender woman Gazal Dhaliwal and her parents, popular psychologist Deepak Kashyap and LGBTI activists.

Khan listened sympathetically as his LGBTI guests told their coming out stories. Several stressed the importance of parental relationships in shaping their lives and fighting depression and suicidial thoughts.

October 20, 2014

Former The View co-host and anti-vaccine activist also claimed she would love a gay son so 'he could do my hair'

Jenny McCarthy has claimed she feels 'trans inside' as she describes herself as 'one of the boys'.

The former playboy bunny and TV personality also said she would like a gay son so he could do her hair.

Speaking to Pride Source about her role in the 90s sitcom Just Shoot Me, where she played a transgender woman, she said: 'I feel like that inside.

'I always felt like one of the guys wearing, like, a Playboy bunny outfit.

October 19, 2014

The transgender community in the Philippines held a community press conference for the first time yesterday to call for justice in the Jennifer Laude case

Transgender groups including the Association of Transgender People in the Philippines (ATP) have renewed their calls for the government to take more proactive steps to protect members of the LGBTI community.

The ATP and other LGBTI community groups held a press conference at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday following the brutal murder of Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman, last Saturday. She was found dead with her head in a toilet bowl in a motel.

October 18, 2014

Matt Stolhandske, a member of a pro-marriage equality Christian group, is appealing to the LGBTI community to help pay the fine two Portland-based Christian bakery owners received for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple

In 2013 Melissa and Aaron Klein, who own a bakery in Portland, Oregon, refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding.

They now face a fine in excess of US$150,000 after the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found ‘substantial evidence’ that they had discriminated against the lesbian couple.

October 17, 2014

'...When are we going to talk about the boy who did applause choreography in the background of a news report'

Remember the lad whose dance moves, and diva face, made a Las Vegas newscast more memorable?

Well, Mother Monster knows a fellow traveler when she sees one

According to NewNowNext, Lady Gaga tweeted words of praise to 15-year old Brendan Jordan.

October 17, 2014

Legislator Yu Mei-nu called the meeting before she submits her plans to legalize same-sex unions to the government

Christian groups yesterday protested a public hearing on gay marriage and adoption at the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei.

Democratic People's Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu consulted government official, academics and civic groups on both sides of the debate at the Legislative Yuan before preliminary plans to legalize gay marriage are submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

She said the hearing was 'an equal approach to encompass everybody into the constitution.'

October 16, 2014

Miler publicly proclaimed himself as 'queer' in 2012 and is first LGBTI star to play major superhero

Out actor Ezra Miller made some Hollywood history on Wednesday (15 October) by becoming the first LGBTI star to be cast as a main superhero in a major studio film.

Miller, best known for the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has been cast as The Flash in Warner Bros movies based on DC Comics.

He will star in a 2018 movie built around the character but is expected to first inhabit the role in 2017's Justice League Part One, according to Buzzfeed.

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 16, 2014

Stars of The Fosters and other TV series are showing their support for LGBTI youth by wearing purple

Today (16 October) is Spirit Day – an awareness-raising initiative that invites people to make a stand against bullying and show support for LGBTI youth.

Several celebrities have become involved with this year's event, which invites people to wear purple to show their backing for the campaign.

October 15, 2014

The Australian Equality Party has signed 700 same-sex marriage supporters

Hundreds of Australian gay marriage supporters have registered a new party to run in the next federal election.

The Australian Equlity Party (AEP) was launched in February and has signed more than the 500 members required for recognition from the Australian Electoral Commission.

Party leader Jason Tuazon-McCheyne said, 'What started as a discussion amongst a group of friends 12 months ago has snowballed into the creation of Australia’s newest political party.

October 15, 2014

How I Met Your Mother star reveals how he struggled with his sexuality, sleeping with different men, before he met love of his life David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris has revealed how he knew for certain he was gay when Burt Reynolds kissed him on the mouth.

The 41-year-old gay actor has revealed how he came to terms with his sexuality, but a surprising encounter sealed the deal for good.

In his new autobiography, he said he first suspected he was gay when he developed a crush on a trumpet player in his middle school band in 1986.

'Mom, I'm afraid I'm gay,' he said.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 15, 2014

'Men In Shorts' will follow the life of an openly gay soccer player

Robbie Rogers may be one of the most famous openly gay men in sports, but he is also now inspiring what will be making us laugh next year.

ABC has confirmed 'Men In Shorts', a single-camera comedy inspired by the soccer player, will air in 2015.

The show will follow a young professional soccer player who takes 'one small step out of the closet and one giant leap into the spotlight'.

On Twitter, Rogers said he was 'really excited to be part of this'.

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 14, 2014

One viewer called transgender panelist Cate McGregor a 'he/she'

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has defended transphobic tweets it aired on last night's Q&A panel show.

Group Captain Cate McGregor was the first transgender panellist on Q&A and the highest ranking transgender military officer in the world.

Tweets were displayed back the bottom as speakers were talking and while most were positive, two tweets upset viewers: