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March 19, 2015

BFI Flare festival in London continues – presenting LGBTI movies from around the world

It is movies like Futuro Beach that make film festivals exciting.

Written and directed by Karim Aïnouz, Futuro Beach is a Brazilian/German co-production and in many ways reflects the creative journey of Brazilian-born Aïnouz who now lives in Berlin.

Telling the story of German tourist Konrad (Clemens Schick) who is rescued by Brazilian life-guard Donato (Wagner Mouro), this is an exploration of love, passion, and family – acknowledging and embracing the excitement, uncertainty, and confusion that inevitably comes with all of that.

February 16, 2015

Incident allegedly occured at the launch of Labour's LGBT education policy

The House Of Commons are investigating an incident involving two trans activists who have claimed they were misgendered repeatedly by security staff.

Anwen Muston, a Labour transgender officer, and Sophia Botha, a disability officer for LGBT Labour, were both attending a parliamentary reception hosted by Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt for the launch of Labour’s LGBT schools policy.

According to Muston, when she presented herself at the Cromwell Green entrance to parliament, a security guard addressed her as 'sir'.

January 21, 2015

A man and a woman kissing would have apparently been acceptable

A McDonald's security guard could lose his job after telling a man who kissed his friend that 'gay kisses were unacceptable'.

Matthew Dummigan, 23, a dancer and bartender from Leicester (pictured), claims a doorman told him 'no kissing' was allowed after a male friend gave him a peck on the lips.

When he asked the bouncer if it was 'acceptable' if they were male and female, the doorman allegedly said 'yes'.

'It was horrific', Dummigan told the Leicester Mercury. 'He said it was making people feel uneasy. It was really upsetting for me.'

January 19, 2015

'The idea that the dude could be bisexual - whoa, that’s just too much for people to handle'

Trans actress Alexis Arquette made headlines last summer when she claimed to have slept with Oscar winner Jared Leto while she was still presenting as a male.

She's still talking about it and wonders what all the fuss is about.

Part of the fuss is Arquette had said of Leto's manhood: 'It’s not only massive; it’s like a Praetorian Guard’s helmet.'

December 9, 2014

Madrid restaurant staff applauded the protestors

A gay couple was told to leave a Burger King in Madrid after a father eating there with his children had complained they were bothering him.

So, in response, gay couples and allies gathered together to kiss in protest against the incident.

It was particularly embarrassing for the company as the fast food giant after they made a 'gay burger' in celebration of Pride this year.

The action was applauded by the Burger King staff.

December 4, 2014

Catholic church launches a 16-page pastoral statement against gay marriage

The Irish church has said the legalization of gay marriage would be a 'grave injustice' in a 16-page pastoral statement it is distributing ahead of a referendum on the issue early next year.

The pamphlet, titled The Meaning of Marriage, was launched yesterday (3 December) at the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference in Maynooth, and is currently being distributed to more than 1,300 parishes across the country.

The statement said that 'to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.'

November 15, 2014

'I went into it like a regular game. I've been here before, but it was good to see the support I had'

It was more than the start of a new season for Derrick Gordon.

Last night, 14 November, the University of Massachusetts shooting guard participated in his team's opening game, making him the first out gay player to compete in a Division 1 men's basketball.

This past April, Gordon came out in an ESPN interview.

'I went into it like a regular game,'  Gordon said after the game. 'I've been here before, but it was good to see the support I had.'

November 13, 2014

Police do not know if it was murder or suicide

The body of a gay man who went missing on Halloween has finally been found recovered from the San Francisco Bay.

Grieving family members of 26-year-old Dan Ha have confirmed the Coast Guard recovered the body on Tuesday after recieving a call regarding something floating near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Officials believe the person had been dead for approximately a week.

While the face was indistinguishable, the family said the clothes, wallet and phone matched Ha's personal belongings.

August 19, 2014

Trans actress, part of famous acting family, would also love to sleep with Jon Hamm

Drag queen Jackie Beat asked trans actress Alexis Arquette to tell her a secret.

The secret turned out to be quite a whopper.

'I had sex with Jared Leto back when I was presenting as a male,' Arquette says in a Q&A published in Frontiers Magazine.

Then she added a comment about Leto's manhood: 'And, yes, it’s not only massive; it’s like a Praetorian Guard’s helmet.'

August 13, 2014

Hit the Floor star hopes Zero will find himself next season

VH1's pro basketball drama Hit the Floor had its second season finale on Monday (11 August) and there may be hope yet for true romance between star player Zero and his agent Jude.

The pair, who began an affair a few episodes back, have a heart-to-heart in the locker room with Jude (Brent Antonello) saying he wants a real relationship, not just a sexual one.

August 12, 2014

America’s fallen LGBTI military personnel will be honored with a permanent monument in Washington DC’s Congressional Cemetery if the National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project gets its way and the group recently released the design for it

The US National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project has unveiled its design for a national monument to fallen LGBTI military personnel which they plan to have erected in Washington DC’s Congressional Cemetery.

The memorial will feature three eleven foot tall stone monoliths, arranged in a triangle, with each baring two of the emblems of the United States’ six military forces – the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

June 8, 2014

After over four decades of pride parades, 150,000 spectators at the Capital Pride parade witnessed something never before seen – a US Armed Forces color guard marching alongside rainbow flags and following Dykes on Bikes

It’s a first for the 39th annual Capital Pride parade on Saturday or any other pride parade in the US with a new contingent – a US Armed Forces color guard that presents the red, white and blue as well as flags of each branch of the military.

The eight-member color guard team from the US Army Military District of Washington led the parade through Dupont Circle and 17th Street and ending at 14th Street and S Street.

May 20, 2014

If you don’t want your dating profile hijacked, your virtual shopping trolley intercepted or your passwords copied then strong Internet security is what you need

LGBT people have arguably always been at the forefront of technology.

Take Alan Turing, for example. The computer scientist, who is considered to be the father of ‘artificial intelligence’, was gay and his work has been hugely influential.

Seeing as gay people are more likely to invest in the latest technology and own several devices connected to the Internet, strong security and protection against viruses is increasingly important.

April 16, 2014

Journalist was 32 when he came out to his family, friends and the world in a deeply personal essay

Along with Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts, Steve Kornacki is one of three openly gay journalists to host programs on the MSNBC cable news channel.

The lesser-known among the three, Kornacki has also been out a far shorter time than his colleagues.

February 21, 2014

General David Sejusa, a former minister and intelligence chief for the Ugandan Government, has said that President Yoweri Museveni’s signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is solely about maintaining his grip on power

Exiled former Ugandan intelligence chief General David Sejusa has said that President Yoweri Museveni’s signing of the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill is purely a political maneuver aimed at retaining power, in a communiqué to the Ugandan people.

Sejusa has been living in exile in London since splitting from the Ugandan Government in 2013 and forming the opposition Freedom and Unity Front (FUF) after announcing his concerns that Museveni planned to hand the presidency to his own son on retirement.

January 21, 2014

Retired Swiss Guard commandant Elmar Mäder has claimed to a Swiss newspaper that he was aware of gay priests during his time working at Vatican City in Rome

A former commander of the security force charged with guarding the pope has told a Swiss newspaper that he fears a ‘network of homosexuals’ has formed within the church.

Elmar Mäder commanded the Vatican guards from 2002 to 2008 and told Schweiz am Sontag that he had had to warn his guardsmen about the behavior of some priests in the Vatican.

‘I cannot refute the claim that there is a network of homosexuals. My experiences would indicate the existence of such a thing,’ Mäder said.

Mäder said the Vatican bureaucracy was a haven for gay men.

January 6, 2014

A former Swiss guard claims cardinals, priests and bishops asked him for sex at least 20 times during his time serving the Vatican

One of the Pope’s former personal bodyguards has claimed he received several sexual advances from priests while serving at the Vatican.

He claims he received 20 to 25 explicit sexual advances from cardinals, bishops and other members of the clergy.

On one occasion, a cardinal even invited him up to his rooms in the Vatican.

The unnamed soldier served in the Swiss Guard during the papacy of John Paul II, which lasted from 1978 until 2005.

December 20, 2013

Anti-Homosexuality Bill is now passed by parliament. LGBTI people 'afraid for their lives'. Hunt feared. President could sign it into law as early as tomorrow. Death penalty dropped but life in prison remains for homosexuality

Uganda’s parliament has passed the dreaded anti-gay bill today (20 December), leading LGBTI people to fear a 'hunt'.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga put forward a motion for second reading today and the bill passed.

Originally known as the 'Kill The Gays' bill, the death penalty has been dropped but people can still get life in prison for homosexuality.

The bill will make it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police.

December 12, 2013

Kaitlin Ward and Lauren Bloch are first same-sex couple in school's 137 year history to get traditional lunchtime announcement

Kaitlin Ward and Lauren Bloch met and fell in love at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

In this post-Don't Ask, Don't Tell era, it's a love they have not had to keep secret. It's also a love that has led them to become engaged.

Last week, the couple made a nice little bit of history when their engagement was announced to the entire corps during the holiday meal that is the one time that all four years of cadets eat together.

November 1, 2013

In a speech US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel calls on states to issue National Guard ID cards to same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits

In a speech, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned states to stop discriminating against gay National Guard troops and their spouses.

Nine states, as reported by Huffington Post, have blocked their local National Guard headquarters from giving identification cards to same-sex spouses of troops to claim benefits.

October 19, 2013

Gay rights groups say all detainees frogmarched from a private birthday party near Iraq border last week have been released on bail

Nearly two dozen people arrested by elite Iranian security forces from a private birthday party near the Iraq border last week and charged with homosexuality and Satanism have been released on bail, gay rights groups said.

The Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network said the detainees arrested in Kermanshah, a village in Iran near the border with Iraq, have all been reportedly released on bail.

October 18, 2013

The Montenegrin Government has pledged to deploy more than two thousand police officers to ensure public safety during Sunday’s Podgorica Pride Parade after the country’s first ever pride march was violently attacked by hundreds of thugs in the resort town of Budva in July

Montenegro will deploy more than two thousand police to protect the first ever pride march in the capital Podgorica on Sunday

The Montenegrin Government pledged the police presence after an earlier pride march was attacked by hundreds of people throwing rocks and bottles in the seaside resort town of Budva in July.

October 14, 2013

Anne was marched out of her job in the UK government within minutes of coming out as transgender 30 years ago –now she is working in a very different corporate world

Around 30 years ago I was working in a UK government department. I announced my plans to transition and within an hour was being marched out of my place of work under guard.

I never saw the inside of that office in Whitehall again, my security clearance was taken away and I was no longer considered a person of fine character.

September 4, 2013

They ignore Pentagon directive and cite state's ban on gay marriage

The Texas National Guard defied a Department of Defense directive to provide benefits to the spouses of  gay military personnel on Tuesday (3 September), the first day the benefits became available.

The commanding general of Texas Military Forces is citing a Texas state law which bans same-sex marriage as the reason why.