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January 30, 2015

Survey finds coming out to family remains difficult

Nearly 80% of LGBTI Vietnamese say society had changed positively toward them over the last five years, according to a new survey.

The survey released Tuesday (27 January) found that 44% of respondents had witnessed 'much' positive change from 2009 to 2013.

The most voted changes were confidence to be themselves, government recognition and LGBTI activities.

ICS Center surveyed 3,214 LGBTI Vietnamese citizens aged 16 and above in online forums between July and August 2014
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January 30, 2015

Running as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, theatrical production Gaybies draws on real interviews with the children of LGBTI parents

At a time when some territories in Australia continue to deny gay couples the right to adopt and foster children, a new play coming to Sydney next week is set to shine an illuminating light on the issue of LGBTI parenthood.

Gaybies will be coming to the Eternity Playhouse in Sydney as part of the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

January 30, 2015

A 24-year-old male and 23-year-old female could face life imprisonment

A straight couple could be charged with homosexuality in Tanzania.

Maua Sadick, a 24-year-old trans man, and his partner Lucy Fred, 23, were detained for two days after their arrest in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in east Africa. 

The couple's pictures were plastered across the pages of a local tabloid Uwazi with the headline 'Beautiful Girls Arrested For Homosexuality'.

January 29, 2015

Ethan Regal, a gay man living in Nigeria, writes about his experiences growing up and living in one of the worst places in the world to be gay

When I was a young boy in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a mysterious, unexplainable tingling sensation whenever I saw an attractive guy. The stories I heard regarding romance involved a boy and girl. So I thought to myself: maybe I’m a girl deep down. That seemed like the only explanation for my attraction.

I kept thinking that perhaps God made a mistake. Perhaps I was meant to be a girl. I never had issues with my body. I wasn’t interested in getting rid of my penis or growing breasts. I just thought that in order to be with a boy I have to be a girl.

January 28, 2015

The parents were speaking in support of a bill that would make sexual orientation and gender identity a protected class – alongside race, sex and religion

Parents of gay and trans kids in Idaho made emotional appeals in the Idaho Capitol on Monday.

The moms and dads spoke out during a hearing for a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s Human Rights Act – alongside race and religion.

January 28, 2015

Hint: because they are Republican

A recent Pew Center survey has found that 7% of LGBTI Americans are opposed to gay marriage.

While 58% of respondents said gay marriage should be the top priority for LGBTI people right now, 39% said the issue was taking too much focus away from other issues important to them.

The strongest opposition to gay marriage within the LGBTI community came from Republicans – with one in five opposed to same-sex marriage. In contrast, 96% of Democrats supported marriage equality.

January 27, 2015

Most of them were teenagers and could be possibly put to death

12 men were arrested for holding a 'gay wedding' in Nigeria yesterday (26 January).

Fariq Maidguri, 18, and Abba Mohammed, 25, who was not caught, are accused of attempting to hold a ceremony for their relationship.

The suspects, most of them teenagers, were arrested by the Islamic state police Hisbah on the outskirts on the northern city of Kano.

In the northern Nigerian states, under Sharia law, homosexuality is punishable by death.

January 27, 2015

US president wraps up a three-day visit to the south Asian country

LGBTI activists are calling for US President Barack Obama to help end India's anti-gay law during his visit to the country.

A social media campaign was launched earlier this month leading up to the president's three-day visit to the south Asian country, which ends today, using the hashtags ObamaForQueerIndia and ReadDown377.

In December 2013, the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which punishes gay sex with up to life imprisonment.

January 27, 2015

The man opened up about his life on an online forum ahead of proposed legislative changes in Ireland around gay adoption and the country's planned marriage equality referendum

Ahead of the same-sex marriage referendum planned to take place in Ireland in early May, LGBT issues are being widely discussed in this traditionally Roman Catholic country.

Last week, the Irish government also announced that it was pushing ahead with legislative changes to allow gay couples to adopt.

January 26, 2015

Royal household approves

King Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Spanish head of state to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday (23 January) and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

'The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside,' the publication said.

January 26, 2015

See more of the viral photos inside

A photo of a man proposing to his boyfriend on the streets of Shanghai has gone viral on Chinese social media.

A Weibo user Saturday (24 January) night posted four photos of the the man proposing to and kissing his boyfriend, and of his silver BMW convertible filled with white roses.

'This just happened! Near Taicang Road in Shanghai, a male-male marriage proposal!' wrote nikawa.

'Forgive the bad photo quality, when I was taking the photo, my leg kept shaking from excitement…'

January 25, 2015

The health minister, Leo Varadkar, who came out as gay last week, is reviewing options presented to him by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, who recently came out as gay, has indicated that the country’s ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood may be relaxed.

Currently, gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood – a measure introduced in 1985 following the emergence of HIV and AIDS.

January 25, 2015

The general, who is married to a woman, says he knows of others senior military who are similarly fearful of discussing their sexuality

A senior general in the British Army has revealed to a newspaper that he is gay and is deciding whether to publicly out himself. The man in question is married to a woman and has children.

January 24, 2015

Figures released by the Department of Education show 300+ kids went to live with same-sex parents last year

The number of children formally adopted by same-sex parents in the UK has sharply increased over the last four years, according to reports from the Department of Education.

The figures show that 180 children were adopted by gay couples last year, while 150 went to live with lesbian parents.

This is up from the total of 120 children who were adopted by same-sex couples in 2011, according to The Telegraph.

January 16, 2015

New study finds negative social stigmas for bisexuals are causing mental health problems

Bisexual women are more likely to suffer poor mental health compared to lesbians.

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health has claimed  bisexual women were 65% more likely to report eating problems and 37% were more likely to self-harm than lesbians.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found they were more likely to have suffered from depression and anxiety than lesbians.

January 15, 2015

Top court says the law contravenes the European Human Rights Convention

Austria's top court yesterday (14 January) lifted a ban on gay adoption, bringing the country into line with many other EU countries.

The Constitutional Court said the law contravened the European Human Rights Convention.

Explaining the decision, chief judge Gerhart Holzinger said there was 'no objective argument for a differing rule based solely on sexual orientation' of the parents.

Previously, only married couples were allowed to adopt but gay marriage is not legal in Austria.

January 15, 2015

Bharatiya Janata Party takes a stance on homosexuality for the first time

India's ruling political party has come out in support of decriminalizing gay sex, the first time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken a stance on the issue.

Shaina NC, BJP spokesperson for Mumbai, said Tuesday (13 January) that while homosexuality may be seen as unnatural, it was not unacceptable.

'We are for decriminalizing homosexuality. That is the progressive way forward,' she said told NDTV.

In December last year, the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes gay sex with up to life imprisonment.

January 14, 2015

Survey flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay

A survey has found gay Mormon men married to women are two to three times more likely to divorce.

The findings showed that between 51% and 69% of mixed-orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce, well above the roughly 25% of Latter Day Saints (LDS) couples who split up.

The survey, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology last March, is thought to be the largest study of its kind and flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay.

January 14, 2015

Australian actress goes full frontal for her new feminist website

Australian actress Caitlin Stasey has said she is a lesbian despite having a boyfriend.

The former Neighbours star spoke candidly about her sexuality and posed naked for her new feminist website Herself, which was launched Saturday (10 January).

'I know it troubles people for me to refer to myself as a lesbian considering I have a male partner,' she wrote.

January 14, 2015

Makes it legal for business owners to deny service to LGBTI people under 'religious and moral convictions'

The US state of Virginia is today (14 January), considering a law that allows all companies to deny service to LGBTI people under the guise of religious or moral conviction.

The bill, which was introduced last month by Republican Delegate Bob Marshall, would make it legal for business owners to refuse service on the basis of religious opposition to gay marriage and ‘homosexual behavior.’

This would mean teachers could refuse to have gay students in their classes and movie theaters ban people they perceive to be gay.

January 13, 2015

He also thinks you can 'cure' AIDS with herbs and bananas, so we're probably fine

Gambia President Yahya Jammeh has claimed the world is doomed because of gay people.

In another speech condemning homosexuality, he has said the US and other countries that support LGBTI people are leading to the 'collapse' of modern society as we know it.

'Let me make it very clear that if they think that they can be homosexuals and want to impose homosexuality on the globe, they are doomed,' Jammeh told soldiers in the capital of Banjul, according to independent news website Gambia Affairs.

January 13, 2015

Legatus believes homosexuality is a 'disorder' that can be 'cured'

Forrest Gump actor Gary Sinise has pulled out of the annual conference of a Catholic business organization that believes homosexuality is a 'disorder' that can be ‘cured.'

The Oscar-nominated veterans activist today (13 January) said he did not know about Legatus' 'views on personal matters' when he agreed to speak at the summit.

'For me, faith has been a catalyst for my mission to honor the men and women who serve in our nation’s military,' he said.

January 13, 2015

Goa chief says 'homosexuality is a natural gift'

Goa's sports and youth affairs minister has denied saying that he planned to set up LGBTI 'rehabs' after receiving criticism far beyond the Indian state.

Ramesh Tawadkar today (13 January) blamed the media for misunderstanding and misquoting him.

'I was not talking about the LGBT (youths) but about drug addicted and sexually abused youths,' he told the Press Trust of India.

January 13, 2015

UK supermarket is investigating the incident

Tesco has apologized to a lesbian couple after a checkout worker told them gay people 'shouldn't have babies.'

Natalie Rivans and girlfriend Helen Embleton were shopping at a London branch of the supermarket on 3 January when a cashier – who had just served a pregnant lesbian couple – said homosexuality was 'wrong' and 'all gay people should die alone.'

When Rivans challenged the worker, she responded, 'It's a free country so I can say what I like.'

The women, both 30, then complained to the store manager.