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November 21, 2014

'The extreme characters you used to see in the old days, you just don’t see them anymore, and I really do miss them'

Bette Midler, who got her start performing at a bathhouse in New York City, said this week that she misses the outrageousness of those days.

'The extreme characters you used to see in the Village in the old days, you just don’t see them anymore,' Midler tells Advocate.com.

November 21, 2014

City government is mulling an anti-gay hate law

The Seoul Municipal Government yesterday (10 November) was forced to postpone a hearing on gay rights after 200 Christian protesters stormed city hall.

The hearing was called to gather opinions for the drafting of a Charter of Human Rights for Citizens in Seoul.

However, experts are divided on whether the law should include a ban on discrimination against LGBTI people.

November 21, 2014

Jin Tai has a girlfriend of four years

Jin Tai has become the first Taiwanese singer to publicly come out as gay after years of interest in her sexuality.

The androgynous artist told the China Times that since turning 32 at the beginning of the month, she 'wanted to honestly face her past and future, including her relationship status.'

Tai said she only found the courage to come out to her military father a few days ago but his response brought tears to her eyes.

'I hope you will be blessed and happy in the second half of your life,' he said.

November 21, 2014

Editor says love is 'not limited to between men and women'

The new edition of a leading Japanese dictionary has removed 'unnecessary references to heterosexuality' in its definitions of 'love' and 'sex.'

Editor Hiroaki Ima said the changes were made because love, romantic chemistry and carnal desire 'are not limited to between men and women.'

November 21, 2014

Be gay, but no PDA

Does two men or two women kissing in public make you uncomfortable? If it does, you're not alone.

While gay rights might be sweeping across the western world, public displays of affection between two people of the same gender still gives people the ick.

A report published by the American Sociological Review suggests while Americans are happy for gay people to have rights, they are less happy to have that gayness shoved down their throats - figuratively speaking.

November 20, 2014

State Islamic ban on cross-dressing was scrapped two weeks ago

A social sciences professor at a leading Malaysian university has said rape and 'environmental toxins' are among the factors that turn men transgender.

Dr Haslinda Abdullah from Universiti Putra Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur Haslinda made the comments at a forum on 'gender identity disorder,' which was held two weeks after a court scrapped a state ban on transgender Muslim women wearing female clothes.

November 20, 2014

Lawmakers want the anti-gay law back as soon as possible

Uganda's new anti-gay bill could be voted on in parliament before Christmas, lawmakers have said.

Lawmakers have drafted the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill intended to replace the Anti-Homosexuality Act that was struck down by the Constitutional Court in August.

Kawempe South MP Latif Ssebalgala has said a committee has finished a draft of the bill, and will be presented to the public before parliament retires in 11 sitting days. Other politicians have however said this could be unlikely.

November 19, 2014

African country has arrested five LGBTI men and three women this month

Amnesty International has demanded Gambia stop its crackdown on homosexuality amid reports that the west African country has arrested and tortured eight LGBTI people since 7 November.

They were told they were under investigation for 'homosexuality' but have not been formally charged, despite constitutional guarantees that require people to be charged within 72 hours of arrest.

November 19, 2014

Olly Pike, and his balloon sidekick, Pop, take a look at the diverse nature of modern families in their latest YouTube video

There are not many educational materials out there for young children that acknowledge the existence of same-sex families, which is why this latest video in the ‘Pop'n'Olly’ series is all the more welcome.

Olly Pike is a UK-based performer and presenter. He also featured in the CBBC series, Trapped, and has appeared in several West End shows.

November 19, 2014

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man

Six years after resigning as executive director of the ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, former ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married another man in Oklahoma.

Smid married his partner Larry McQueen in Hugo, Oklahoma over the weekend, a 35 minute drive from their home across the border in Paris, Texas, and the couple held a wedding ceremony in Tulsa on Sunday.

November 18, 2014

New cards list 'father's name' or 'mother's name' twice

Israel's Interior Ministry yesterday (17 November) started issuing new identity cards to the children of gay parents that recognize they have two fathers or mothers.

Previously, all ID cards listed 'mother's name' and 'father’s name,' even though the middle eastern country has recognized gay parents since 2006. On the new cards, 'father’s name' or 'mother’s name' appear twice.

The change comes after three families with gay parents petitioned the Population, Immigration and Border Authority.

November 18, 2014

For many in the Middle East, Turkey is a safe haven for LGBTI people. But the gay and trans population still faces great hatred and real danger

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTI population.

On one hand, Turkey is the first country in the Muslim world to hold a Pride march. Now, 11 years on, 2014 Istanbul Pride is widely lauded. It surpassed last year’s LGBTQI pride attendance that drew nearly 100,000 revelers and onlookers.

It is the ‘go-to’ country for LGBTI Muslims fleeing other Islamic countries for their safety.

The country’s Supreme Court acknowledged in July that calling LGBTI citizens ‘perverts’ is hate speech.

November 18, 2014

'When I think of Russia I think of the secret gay house parties I have been to kissing boys drunk on vodka and caviar'

Transgender rapper Mykki Blanco has penned a love letter to Russia after she was forced to change venue due to a police raid.

Police closed the Solyanka club in Moscow on Friday (14 November), hours before she was scheduled to perform there.

Fans speculated that Blanco had fallen foul of Russia's gay 'propaganda' law but she said the timing was coincidental.

Blanco is the transgender stage persona of Michael Quattlebaum Jr but he identifies as a gay man.

November 17, 2014

The Bahamas are a surprise new entry on the hotlist, joining the likes of Tokyo and Las Vegas

Last week, we brought you numbers 20 to 16 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, countdown numbers 15 to 11; check back tomorrow for numbers 10 to five!

November 17, 2014

He tweets: “Anyone find it interesting how straight male pop stars are pandering to gay audiences lately!?"

It's not lost on Adam Lambert that some supposedly straight male pop stars are aggressively courting gay male fans.

He's not naming names but it seems clear he's got to be talking about Nick Jonas who has flashed his abs at gay clubs or One Direction's Harry Styles who seemed to hint in a recent interview that he might be bisexual.

The openly gay Lambert is asking his Twitter followers: 'Anyone find it interesting how straight male pop stars are pandering to gay audiences lately!? Should we be flattered? Progress or strategy?'

November 17, 2014

Dating website is taking some inspiration from Facebook, hoping to reach a broader demographic of users

Online dating website OkCupid has expanded its gender and sexuality options for its users.

Previously only allowing users to identify as either male or female as their gender, and gay, straight, or bisexual as their sexual orientation, the website is slowly rolling out the new options.

The gender options are now: woman, man, agender, adrogynous, bigender, cis man, cis woman, genderfluid, genderqueer, hijra, intersex, non-binary, other, pangender, transfeminine, transgender, transmasculine, transsexual, trans man, trans woman and two-spirit.

November 17, 2014

Are you born that way?

A study has taken a 'giant leap forward' in proving there is a genetic link to homosexuality.

The large study, which looked at gay brothers, has added to the view that genes influence a man's chances of being gay, but there's isn't enough concrete results to prove it yet.

Researchers looked at almost 800 gay male siblings. Dr Alan Sanders of the NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute in Evanston, Illinois, says his work 'is not proof but it's a pretty good indication' of genes on the X chromosome influencing sexual orientation.

November 16, 2014

The English actor shows us how to deal with an anti-gay troll on social media with one of the sharpest responses to a homophobe we’ve ever seen

English actor Paul Bettany kept his cool when an anti-gay Twitter troll attacked him.

The 43-year-old actor, who is married to US actress Jennifer Connelly with whom he has three children, is the star of several Hollywood blockbusters.

Bizarrely enough, a Twitter troll seemed convinced he is gay and threatened to beat him up for being a ‘faggot’.

However, the esteemed actor seemed to call upon his years of acting experience to handle the troll with one of the most eloquent responses to a homophobe we’ve seen.

November 15, 2014

Rep. Patricia Todd wants to name her bill 'Tim Cook Economic Development Act' which will ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation for state employees

Alabama's first openly gay lawmaker Rep. Patricia Todd has announced the 'Tim Cook Economic Development Act', a bill which will ban workplace discrimination against gay and lesbian state employees.

Cook, who came out publicly last month, is the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to do so.

November 14, 2014

Gayway posted explicit images to solicit clients for its erotic massage parlour

Taiwanese police have seized a website that billed itself as ‘Asia’s largest gay lifestyle information network’ for 'distributing obscene material.'

Taipei City Police Department said it shut down Gayway on Tuesday (9 November) after receiving reports that the website contained pornographic images.

The Criminal Investigation Division traced the site’s IP address to a studio on Zhongxiao West Road in Taipei, owned by a 40-year-man surnamed Wang who also operated a gay erotic massage parlour there.

November 14, 2014

Bisexual rapper has no regrets calling gay celebrity blogger 'messy faggot'

Azealia Banks has claimed 'faggot' is a good way to describe gay people as they are 'way more misogynistic than straight men'.

The '212' bisexual rapper got in trouble last year after calling gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton 'messy faggot'.

But Banks doesn't regret using the word, saying she thinks the anti-gay slur is an insult for misogynists.

Speaking to The Guardian: 'I don't regret doing it, but I'll never do it again, because I don't care enough about the person to have the battle again and defend my use of the word faggot.

November 14, 2014

Gay man writes an incredible open letter

Gay bars are not just for LGBTI people, we all know this, but it is a sanctuary for them.

We all know that feeling when we see a drunk straight girl angry she's not getting any attention or when a straight guy reacts badly to getting hit on.

So a gay guy has absolutely nailed how the straights should act when they're in a gay space, and it essentially comes down to 'have respect'.

November 14, 2014

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November 14, 2014

'It has been a long and arduous journey towards recognition and we are relieved that the court has protected our rights'

A gay and lesbian group has won the right to exist in a country where it is illegal to be gay today (14 November).

Botswana's High Court ruled in the landmark legal case the government had acted unconstitutionally when they blocked the group, Legabibo (Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals of Botswana), from registering.

'Lesbians, gays and bisexuals have long strived to be able to form an organisation which can support them and be their voice on matters that affect them,' the group's Caine Youngman told reporters.