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March 20, 2015

'Transgenders have been deprived of education, employment opportunities, begging on the streets and going through gross neglect'

West Bengal state cabinet Wednesday (18 March) approved the formation of  a Transgender Development Board, the first of its kind in India.

Sashi Panja, minister-in-charge for women and child development, said Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra states had transgender boards, but they were focused on welfare, not development.

'Quite often we have seen that they (transgenders) have been deprived of education, employment opportunities, begging on the streets and going through gross neglect,' she said.

February 26, 2015

Measure is approved 'for the protection of children from harmful information'

The Senate of Kazakhstan has passed a bill banning 'propaganda of a non-traditional sexual orientation.'

The upper house of the Kazakh parliament approved the measure on 19 February 'for the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development.'

Aldan Smayil, a member of the Majilis (the lower chamber of the Kazakh parliament), proposed prohibiting 'gay propaganda' in August 2013.

January 21, 2015

Parliamentarians voted 72 to 4

The Republic of Macedonia has voted to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Parliament has approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a 'life union solely of one woman and one man' in the south eastern European country.

The amendment also makes it extremely difficult for it to be overturned in the future, making clear that any changes to the law in marriage, family or civil unions must be adopted by a two-thirds majority in parliament.

The amendment was passed by a majority of 72-4.

November 19, 2014

The top gay travel destinations for 2015 revealed – including New York, Sydney and Amsterdam

We've already brought you numbers 15-6 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, count down the final five, with New York, Sydney and Amsterdam battling it out to be crowned destination king...

Click here for part one

October 27, 2014

The bill was passed in a landslide vote earlier this month

The United Nations human rights office has urged Kyrgyzstan to scrap a draft law that punishes the spreading of 'gay propaganda' with up to a year in jail.

The Kyrgyz parliament passed the Russian-style bill in a landslide vote at its first reading earlier this month.

October 17, 2014

The company's director says she will file a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee

A Kazakh court has upheld a fine imposed an advertising agency over a contraversial gay club poster.

The poster shows Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

A court in Almaty last month found Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan guilty of 'advertising goods and services banned in Kazakhstan' and fined the company and director a total 314,000 tenge ($1,700).

The judge said, 'The court of the first instance gave the correct assessment based on available proof.'

October 3, 2014

More than 30 musicians claim the company 'offended the honor and dignity' of the composer in the poster

The Kazakh advertising agency responsible for a contraversial gay club poster has been sued for the third time in six weeks.

The poster shows Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and sparked outrage in the Muslim country.

A judge in Almaty began initial proceedings in a case brought against Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan by 34 employees of the national conservatoire and an orchestra named after the composer.

August 26, 2014

An advertising campaign for a Kazakhstan gay bar has taken out a bronze award at a regional advertising competition despite causing outrage by showing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing

A controversial advertising campaign for a gay bar in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan is causing controversy despite winning a regional advertising award.

Posters for Almaty gay bar Studio 69 show Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing passionately and have been the subject of official complaints – though homosexuality has not been illegal in the country since 1998.

May 31, 2014

Two Zambian men accused of having gay sex were arrested over a year ago, and this is not the first time a court hearing to decide their fate has been postponed

Two Zambian men, accused of having gay sex, have had their court hearing postponed.

A court in the small town of Kapiri Mposhi, north of the capital of Lusaka, Zambia, was due to give a verdict yesterday (30 May).

However, due to delays the hearing has been postponed to a later, unconfirmed date.

It has been over a year since the two young men were initially arrested.

James Mwape and Philip Mubiana, both 22, were arrested in April 2013, charged with of having sex ‘against the order of nature’ under Section 155 of Zambia’s Penal Code.

May 21, 2014

Around 100 people marched for LGBTI rights in Moldova on Saturday but police had to protect them from religious counter-protesters

Around 100 people marched in support of LGBTI equality in the Moldovan capital Chisinau on Saturday but the authorities were needed to protect them.

The march was only the third of its kind in Moldova, with previous attempts either banned or broken up by homophobic thugs.

The march was sanctioned by the government as part of a week long ‘Rainbow Over the Dniester’ LGBTI festival and was attended by the Swedish and American ambassadors to Moldova as well as activists from Russia and Belarus.

March 7, 2014

Forest-spas, igloo hotels and hammocks in the bedroom are some of the creative features helping Austria dominate the hospitality industry with these cool accommodations

Austria (not to be confused with Australia, there are no kangaroos here) is a commonly underrated holiday destination, especially for the LGBTI traveller.

January 6, 2014

From Lake Bled to Lipica, from the Skocjan caves to Medieval castles, Gay Star Travel explores the world away from the capital's buzzing life

The countryside of Slovenia, a small state nested between Italy, Hungary, Austria and Croatia, stuns with its beauty and diverse attractions: Exploring a cave, swimming in an Alpine lake, eating some of the best food central Europe can offer.

The best part is, you don’t need to be an ‘outdoor lad’ to live this year-round countryside destination. While the rugged landscape is a favorite among spelunkers and white water rafters, there's plenty for those looking to take it easy.

August 19, 2013

Politicians in the former Soviet state want to follow in Mother Russia's footsteps in banning Gay Pride, LGBT-friendly clubs and 'disgusting relations'

Kazakhstan could be following in the footsteps of Russia and planning ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

According to local media, members of parliament (MPs) believe the former Soviet country needs a law to ban gay clubs and pride festivals.

Aldan Smaiyl, a member of the Majilis (lower chamber of parliament), has filed a request to ban ‘gay propaganda’.

July 14, 2013

Whether you’re celebrating your honeymoon, anniversary or a hot couple’s getaway, the Rainbow Nation has some of the craziest, most unique and relaxing ideas for couples

With marriage equality laws moving forward all over the world (albeit at different paces), we have more reasons than ever to celebrate life with a civil partner, spouse or newly-found arm candy.

South Africa has breath-taking travel ideas to satisfy any couple, no matter what you’re into.

The first country in Africa, and the fifth country in the world, to legalize same-sex marriage, South Africa offers affordable excursions that are out of this world.

May 23, 2013

The European Parliament have advised countries joining the EU to adopt legislation against discrimination of LGBT citizens

Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been told they should improve LGBT rights ahed of joining the European Union.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted in favour of reports encouraging Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina to enforce legislation defending the rights of LGBT citizens.

April 23, 2013

Horacio Cartes, described as having potential to give South American country a ‘fresh start', apologizes to those who were offended

The newly elected president of Paraguay has apologized for the anti-gay remarks that plagued his campaign.

At a press conference on Monday, Horacio Cartes said: ‘I have no shame in apologizing to those who felt offended for an expression of mine with respect to same-sex marriage.’

The millionaire businessman has previously said being gay is ‘not normal’, comparing gay people to ‘monkeys’, and saying marriage equality would usher in ‘the end of the world’.

January 31, 2013

Australian radio show investigates how gay marriage law will affect French overseas collectivity, French Polynesia

Australia's ABC radio asked this morning how gay marriage law in France, if it gets passed, affect the overseas collectivity of French Polynesia.

The host of the Pacific Beat program asked Tahitian politician Sabrina Birk, about how marriage equality will affect the local gay community and 'rae rae' (transgender women).

October 23, 2012

Members of the European Parliament have responded after GSN highlighted an attack on a leading gay activist in Macedonia

Following a homophobic attack on a leading Macedonian LGBT activist on Sunday (20 October), Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have condemned the incident and crtizied Macedonia for fostering anti-gay hate.

Gay Star News broke the news yesterday that on Sunday two individuals violently attacked Alen Shakiri, the president of LGBT United Macedonia, abusing him verbally and punching him in the stomach on his way home in Skopje, the country’s capital.

August 21, 2012

Two men assault three women who spent the night in the same bed after saying they wanted to 'teach them a lesson' for acting like men

Three lesbian women were brutally assaulted and sexually molested in downtown Nariobi, the capital of Kenya.

Identity Kenya reported and independently verified the three women spent the night together in the same bed and were attacked by two men last Thursday (16 August).

The assailants, known as ‘Herb’ working at a local bar, and ‘Blacki’, a khat (stimulant drug) dealer reportedly knew the women.

August 20, 2012

'It’s something, actually, we have spent a significant amount of time on'

It's been two months since Chad Griffin began his job as president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group in the US with more than one million members and supporters.

August 17, 2012

Fernanda Milan, who was placed in a male accommodation center and raped ‘many’ times when she first arrived in Denmark, is due to be deported back to Guatamala

A campaign has been launched to save transwoman Fernanda Milan from deportation back to Guatamala from Denmark.

Guatamala has a shocking reputation for transgender hate crimes. A 2010 report showed that 13 transwomen were murdered over one year.

Milan came to Denmark in search of a better life, but her treatment when she first arrived was far from what she hoped. She was placed in the men’s wing of an accommodation center for asylum seekers, where she was raped by several men.

August 17, 2012

Human rights campaigners slam sentencing of Russian punk band, calling it a 'bitter blow for freedom of expression'

Three members of Russian female punk band Pussy Riot have been jailed for two years for staging an anti-Putin protest which spoke out for gay rights.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were found guilty today (17 August) of 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred' for singing a protest song in Moscow’s central Orthodox cathedral.

August 16, 2012

Hacktivist groups TheEliteSociety and Anonymous launch a joint operation to hack any African country that imprisons or kills LGBT people

The Anonymous and TheEliteSociety hacking groups have launched a joint all-out attack against countries in Africa that kill or imprison LGBT people in an operation dubbed #OpFuckAfrica.

So far websites in Botswana, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda have been taken down or their databases have been leaked.

The groups promise more websites will be hacked in African states that oppress LGBT rights.

August 14, 2012

Bisi Alimi looks back at the first LGBT Uganda Pride with admiration for the activists who made it happen

Five years ago, in a state of panic I packed my bags, grabbing everything I could carry and made my way to the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Nigeria. I was running for my life. I was in dire need of a place of safety; just the night before I had experienced what could have been the end of my life.