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March 20, 2015

Gay and bisexual men in the United States are twice as likely to get skin cancer as their heterosexual counterparts and the experts are laying the blame on sun beds

A new study of gay and bisexual men in the United States has found that they get skin cancer at twice the rate of heterosexual men but lesbians and bisexual women do not have the same problem.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) looked at data from government health surveys conducted in California between 2001 and 2009 which found elevated rates of skin cancers among gay and bisexual men but not gay and bisexual women.

March 19, 2015

'I would stand under the water in the shower crying'

At only 13, articulate Tom Sosnik has all the makings of a future TED speaker.

After reading the suicide note of Leelah Alcorn in December, the Californian teen decided to 'embrace his truth.'

And Sosnik came out as transgender in a powerful speech at his school.

'I am no longer Mia. I never really was,' he said.

'And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy.'

Sosnik recalled how he struggled with his gender identity throughout sixth grade.

March 11, 2015

The rise is described as ‘disappointing’and ‘not nearly enough’, and prompts questions over whether gender quotas should be introduced

The number of women in senior management roles in the United States has increased by only 1% over the past ten years, according to research published in the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR).

The report – which surveyed 5,400 business leaders in 36 economies – says that only 21% of senior management roles in the United States are occupied by women – which represents a decrease from the previous year (22%) and just 1% rise from 2004 (when it was 20%).

March 11, 2015

Planet Fitness says she violated its 'no-judgement policy'

A Planet Fitness in Michigan has canceled the membership of a woman who complained to gym-goers about a transgender woman she saw in the locker room.

Yvette Cormier, 48, said she was 'stunned and shocked' and complained to the front desk and corporate offices on Saturday 28 February.

'They told me the same thing, that he was allowed in there because that's the sex he wants to be,' she told WNEM.

March 10, 2015

21 European countries have laws such as this including France, Italy and Turkey

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled a law requiring trans people be permanently infertile before they undergo treatment is incompatible with human rights.

The judges in Strasbourg made the judgment after a transgender man, 'YY', in Turkey was told he would have to be sterile if he wished to undergo gender reassignment surgery in 2005.

Three years later, he turned to the ECHR saying his right to respect for privacy and a family life was violated by Turkey's 'absurd' laws.

March 10, 2015

Republican Rep Gilbert Pena, in office less than two months, wants schools fined $2,000 for any violations

Gilbert Pena began his first term in the Texas House of Representatives less than two months ago and is quickly targeting transgender students with a new bill.

Pena on Tuesday (10 March) introduced  HB 2801 which seeks to ban trans students from using school restrooms that reflect their gender identity.

March 9, 2015

More women are being promoted to the boardroom level, but not enough to hit a 25% Government target set back in 2011

The UK government’s target for women to hold a quarter of FTSE 100 board directorships looks unlikely to be achieved before May’s General Election, reports the Financial Times.

The target was set in February 2011 by former trade minister Lord Davies, who had been asked by business secretary, Vince Cable, in 2010 to look at ways to boost the number of women on corporate boards.

March 5, 2015

Buddhist monks are not allowed any physical contact with the opposite sex

A photo of a monk touching a topless woman's breasts has sparked outrage in Thailand after the image went viral in the Buddhist-majority country.

Monks take a vow of celibacy and are not allowed any physical contact with the opposite sex.

But the story took an unexpected twist Sunday (1 March) when the woman in the photo, only identified as Thanradaporn, told the Morning News TV show that she was a pre-op transgender woman.

March 3, 2015

CPPCC member says measure would help prevent the spread of HIV

A political advisor will propose a ban on group sex between men at the country's annual legislative sessions which begin tomorrow (4 March).

Professor Sun Jianfang from the Institute of Dermatology at Peking Union Medical College said the measure would help prevent the spread of HIV.

The member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said current laws on prostitution and group sex were limited to heterosexuals and should be amended to explicitly criminalize gay sex, the state-run Xinhua Daily reported.

February 27, 2015

New policy goes beyond previous list of more than 50 selectable genders

Facebook announced Thursday (25 February) that it has expended its gender options to include a free-form field.

This means of a user of the popular social media site doesn't identify with any of the gender options listed on Facebook, they can simply write in their own.

Facebook said in a statement: 'We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.'

February 26, 2015

Rural South Carolina college issues statement to be added to official manual

It's officially not okay to be gay at Erskine College in South Carolina.

Two male volleyball players came out publicly last year and although they have been accepted by teammates, the school has taken the step of issuing a new official statement of human sexuality that is against homosexuality.

February 25, 2015

The author and educator has seen tremendous changes in society and the workplace since he was fired for being gay in 1974

In the 40 years that I have been educating others, including corporate senior officers around the globe, on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, I have witnessed dramatic changes in the workplace.

In the early days of my work, individual audience members would linger after the presentation to whisper to me that they were gay, or that their child was, and they would ask if they might stay in touch with me.

February 23, 2015

'It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.'

Patricia Arquette, who took home the Best Supporting Actress award at last night’s Oscars (February 22), took to the stage to thank her Boyhood co-stars and her family before launching into an impassioned speech about the equal pay battle currently raging in the US.

Comments the actress made shortly after the ceremony have been criticized, despite her acceptance speech garnering a standing ovation from stars including Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez. 

February 20, 2015

Did you know churches blessed gay marriages in the 'Dark Ages'? Discover and more

1. The world's oldest porn, which dates back over 3,000 years, features both male/male, female/female and male/female couples.

February 17, 2015

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application and unreasonable in its intent'

The chairman of the Law Commission of India has slammed the country's anti-gay as discriminatory and psychologically damaging.

Justice A P Shah made the comments yesterday in New Delhi at the launch of a book about LGBTI legal issues in the southeast Asian country.

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application, unreasonable in its intent, deprives a group of its personal autonomy and violates individual privacy and human dignity,' he said.

February 16, 2015

Religious authorities say no one is born gay and denying people 'conversion' therapy is an 'ethical violation'

No one is born gay and denying people 'conversion' therapy is an 'ethical violation.'

That is according to a flyer distributed by Malaysian religious authorities on Valentine's Day.

The leaflet, titled 10 myths about homosexuality, also claimed that gay people were not seriously disadvantaged by discrimination as they had higher levels of education.

February 13, 2015

Sepideh Jodeyri translated famous graphic novel 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' into Persian

An Iranian poet could face 100 lashes or even death for 'supporting homosexuality.'

Sepideh Jodeyri translated Julie Maroh’s prize-winning graphic novel Blue Is The Warmest Color, about the romance between two French gay women, into Persian.

Now the poet claims she is being targeted by a smear campaign, led by hardline Iranian news websites trying to discredit her.

February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

February 11, 2015

New Orleans woman is shot multiple times and misgendered by police

Penny Proud is the fifth transgender woman of color to be murdered in the US so far this year.

Proud, 21, was shot multiples around 1.30am yesterday (10 February) at an intersection in New Orleans and pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police statement that misgendered the victim.

LGBTI youth of color organization BreakOUT! was already in the process of releasing a statement on the recent murders when the news broke.

February 10, 2015

India's fourth largest city sees 40 anti-trans attacks in the last six months

Up to 500 people marched against anti-trans violence over the weekend at the third Hyderabad Pride.

The Hyderabad Queer Swabhimana Pride on Sunday (8 February) was the first large-scale public LGBTI event to be organized in India's fourth largest city after the formation of the new state of Telangana.

The revelers created a festive atmosphere with their singing and dancing but they also conveyed a serious message.

February 7, 2015

Verdict hailed a small but significant victory for the LGBT community in the secularly ruled, traditionally Muslim country

A bathhouse owner has been fined 3,000 Turkish Liras (US$1,212) for refusing a transgender woman entry to the facility.

Ebru Kiranci, a transgender woman, and her female friend were turned away when she tried to enter the 500-year-old traditional Galatasaray bathhouse on Dec 26, 2013 in Istanbul. (Traditional bathhouses in Turkey are typically segregated by gender and are non-sexual.)

Article 122 of the Turkish Penal Code prohibits discrimination based on 'language, race, colour, sex, political opinion, philosophical belief, religion, sect and similar reasons.'

February 6, 2015

'This community should be treated as any other human being'

Nepal's minister for information and communication has said the government is ready to amend discriminatory legal provisions against sexual minorities.

Speaking on Wednesday (4 Febuary) at the first day of a three-day South Asian transgender and hijra consultation in Kathmandu, Minendra Rijal said the government had started the process by issuing passports with a third gender.

February 6, 2015

Defectors reveal what life is like for LGBTI people in the hermit kingdom

Are there gay people in North Korea?

That was the question posed to four defectors on the NK News website, perhaps prompted by a CCTV photo released last month of two male soldiers kissing upward of the DMZ.

All four unidentified defectors confirmed that LGBTI people do indeed exist in the hermit kingdom, but only one had actually met any.

February 4, 2015

'Our queerness, that thing that sets us apart, that can cause us to feel unwanted, unloved, rejected and alone in the world, is a gift'

They lived through bar raids, blatant discrimination and isolation and are still around to tell about it.

A group of gay and lesbian seniors from The LGBT Community Center of the Desert locate in Southern California have teamed with YouTube personality Davey Wavey on a video to share memories and advice.

Recalling a far less accepting time in their lives, more than one of the seniors cried.