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September 12, 2014

The government says transgender rights should not be extended to gay people

The Indian government on Wednesday filed an application to the Supreme Court seeking clarifications to a ruling that recognized transgender people as a third sex.

The Centre asked the top court to clarify the definition of transgender and for reassurance it would not include gay people.

September 25, 2013

But resourceful Queer Pakistan domain creates new URL and diverts traffic to it in minutes

In a move that was on the cards, Pakistan’s government has banned the only website in the country openly calling itself a gay site and offering support and counseling to the Islamic nation’s endangered LGBTQ community.

Queer Pakistan, a fledgling website launched in July and hitting global headlines immediately, was blanket-blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the state authority responsible for filtering the Internet in Pakistan.

September 19, 2013

The first QueerFest since Russia banned 'homosexual propaganda' will see over 1500 visitors attend the 10 day event to take a stand against gay hate

Risking fines and arrests, the fifth annual international QueerFest launched in St Petersburg today.

Attracting nearly 2000 visitors every year, Russia's 'queer pride and culture festival' comprises seminars, discussions, photo exhibits and concerts to make a statement against homophobia.

It will be the first festival to take place under the country's law banning 'homosexual propaganda' where individuals and organizations can face fines and jail time for promoting LGBT rights.

September 14, 2013

Launched at midnight, Qradio calls on listeners to create space for the community in South Asia and sensitize non-LGBT people

What’s ‘out and proud’, has won over 1,800 likes in two days and is raring to exchange notes on leaving a sex trail and being caught in the act?

It’s Qradio, India’s first online radio station dedicated to the LGBT community at home, in South Asia, and beyond.

September 6, 2013

Sunday 8 September will see protests for LGBT equality in cities all over the world

Gay, trans and straight people have been urged to snog each others faces of to raise awareness of LGBT rights abuses all around the world.

The International Day of Solidarity for LGBT Equality on Sunday (8 September) will highlight abuses via kissing sessions, marches, speeches and other actions.

Organizers said: ‘The time has come, where we send a message to countries like Russia, Uganda, Iran and every anti-LGBT nation, that all humans are created equal and deserve freedom. We must take a stand.’

August 8, 2013

Representatives of Irish LGBT young people write to ambassador about 'worrying developments' in Russia and request meeting

Four Irish youth groups sent a letter yesterday to the Russian ambassaor objecting to 'worrying developments' and 'inhumane acts' against LGBT people in the Slavic country.

The letter highlights incidents in Russia that the groups describe as 'public bullying, harassment and torture of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ) young people', referencing an article published by Gay Star News last month about gay teens being kidnapped and tortured.

July 12, 2013

Report finds gay teens face online bullying, but also have greater access to peer support and health education

According to a recent study, the Internet is both hazardous and helpful to gay and lesbian youngsters.

The report, called Out Online: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth on the Internet, found gay teens are nearly three times more likely to be bullied online when compared to straight children.

May 2, 2013

Government should be 'ashamed' says Human Rights Watch for publishing 'discriminatory, dangerous and unacceptable' material

The ruling coalition in Malaysia, Barisanl Nasional (BN), who hope to get re-elected on Sunday, has printed anti-LGBT election material.

A list of BN's policies includs 'menyekat LGBT', meaning 'block LGBT'. The text underneath says BN are 'curbing a damaging culture'. The flyer also says that the opposition coalition of PKR, DAP and PAS are 'encouraging LGBT'.

Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director of Human Rights Watch said the Malaysian government 'should be ashamed' for having their name associated with such material.

March 19, 2013

New project will target health and discrimination against older LGBT people in and around Sydney, Australia

Older LGBT people in New South Wales in Australia are being cared for through a new project called Living Older Visibly and Engaged (LOVE) from health advocates ACON. 

The project is starting next month with consultations with to gather opinions, ideas and concerns.  

'Approximately 70,000 people in NSW over the age of 55 identify as GLBT but we know very little about their health needs due to a lack of research,' said ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill.

March 6, 2013

Dr Michael Keenan of Nottingham Trent University looks at some of the problems gay and trans students still face and asks for their help

Britain’s Student Pride took place last weekend (1 to 3 March) in Brighton and saw gay, bi, trans and other students get together for a weekend of fun, debates and making new friends. Student Pride is a celebration of achievement and the positive experiences of many LGBTQ students; however it is also a reminder of the work to be done, and the continuing challenges facing LGBTQ students in today’s universities.

March 4, 2013

Mississippi newborn the first to be cured of HIV infection

The doctors of an HIV infected  baby have announced they have cured the child.

As reported by the New York Times, the infant was born in rural Mississippi (a southern US state). Antiretroviral drugs were administered approximately 30 hours after birth. This type of procedure is uncommon with newborns, but could  turn into standard procedure if the case is confirmed.

March 4, 2013

Lia Latchford talks about why it is important for her as a lesbian and young black feminist to look at the past achievements of other LGBT women

As a lesbian and young black feminist, I regularly talk about heritage and identity with friends, family.

And in my work at Imkaan – a black feminist organisation that addresses violence against women and girls. Looking at heritage allows us to reflect on our histories, backgrounds, and all of the things that contribute to who we are.

In London, we are lucky to have the new London LGBT voluntary and community sector Almanac produced by Centred.

January 28, 2013

New research shows the UK capital’s LGBTQ sector is earning far less than it needs from individual donors

There are move than 110 organizations in the London lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) voluntary and community sector. And they do an incredible range of things, from organizing arts events, to providing counselling services, to running archives.

But these inspiring efforts really need a boost – from individuals like you.

January 14, 2013

Kairos in Soho, soon to be called centred, has launched the second edition of its Almanac, looking at the past and present of LGBT organizing in the UK capital

Kairos in Soho – a small lesbian, gay bi and trans organization in London – has always been a place where innovation, culture, heritage and community building comes together.

Now they are launching the second edition of their Almanac; a unique insight into LGBT London past and present. We asked Ashlee Christoffersen to tell us all about it and their plans for the future.

What is Kairos in Soho?

January 4, 2013

Researchers have developed a vaccine therapy that temporarily brake growth of the HIV virus in infected patients, a step forward towards a functional cure 

A therapeutic vaccine was developed that can temporarily brake growth of the HIV virus in infected patients, a possible step forwards towards a functional cure, say a team of Spanish scientists.

A group of 36 people recorded the best recorded therapeutic result for therapeutic jab, based on immune cells exposed to HIV virus inactivated with heat, the team stated to AFP.

November 29, 2012

56 Dean Street clinic in London are running a competition to create their next campaign

Members of the gay community are being asked to design advertisements to spread awareness of HIV.

The 56 Dean Street clinic in Soho, London's gay district, is asking for the adverts to increase HIV and sexual health awareness.

Messages provided by the campaign include the fact that 80% of HIV is caught from someone who doesn't know they have it, and that studies show that less than a quarter of gay men have tested for HIV for the last 12 months.

November 21, 2012

Two thirds of British life assurance companies now offer HIV cover

A new survey has shown that two thirds of life assurance companies now offer HIV life assurance through independent brokers.

The survey, carried out by medical financial advisers Unusual Risks, asked the nine largest life assurance companies in the UK whether they would accept applications from HIV positive applicants. Of the nine, six responded that they would.

September 13, 2012

Those who already have the virus are being neglected, says Doctors Without Borders

A report revealing the high rates of HIV among gay men in Burma was published by Voice of America this week.

HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Burma is one of the highest in the Southeast Asia region, currently at around 11%.

The video report visits Burma’s largest supernatural spirit festival Nat Festival, which is popular with gay men and interviews gay spirit medium Ko Chit Tae. ‘HIV affects the gay community,’ he said. ‘It’s highly likely with homosexuals having frequent unprotected sexual intercourse with each other.’

August 10, 2012

GSN chats to Igualdad Peru director Luis Antonio Capurro, who believes we need to respect a straight person’s opinion if we want them to respect ours

As a member of the LGBT community, are you actively hetero-friendly?

Sure, we live in a predominantly straight world that we’re trying to make as gay-friendly as possible.

However, the process is not always friendly, and unfortunately has been known to include violence and even death.

But in the fight for our rights, do you forget that in some cases you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar?

Igualdad Peru’s director Luis Antonio Capurro reminds us that heterosexuals are not the enemy (at least not all of them).

August 2, 2012

UK football organizations invite LGBT people to become soccer coaches as part of initiative to get more gay people involved in sport

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK are being encouraged to become football coaches.

The initiative in partnership with the Football Association, Pride Sports and Surrey County Football Association hopes to get more LGBT people involved in soccer and is part of the FA's plan to tackle homophobia in the English game.

Participants will take part in a residential course from 24 to 27 August, featuring all the necessary workshops required to attain the qualification.

July 29, 2012

Eight gay-rights groups in Michigan join forces to educate 'straight allies about the extreme anti-equality government in this state'
 

Leaders from gay rights groups in Michigan will embark on a 100-day hunger strike.

Starting tomorrow 30 July, leaders from eight different gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights groups will go without food for 24 hours as part of their Hungry4Equality campaign.

Hungry4Equality is designed to raise awareness of specific issues facing the LGBT community, according to David Garcia, executive director of LGBT group Affirmations in Ferndale.

July 10, 2012

Independent international commission criticizes laws that hinder the prevention of HIV

Laws that criminalize homosexuality obstruct HIV prevention, said a report published yesterday by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

The report, HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health, is based on first-hand accounts from over 1,000 people in 140 countries. It specifically criticizes countries which penalize homosexual acts with either the death penalty (Iran and Yemen) or long prison sentences (Jamaica and Malaysia).

July 6, 2012

British campaigner Clare Dimyon starts solo vigil outside Ukranian embassy in Hungary against gay censorship law 8711

A British lesbian campaigner has started a solo vigil outside of the Ukranian embassy in Budapest this morning as Ukraine debates anti-gay law 8711.

If it becomes law, 8711 would make all public discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues illegal.

It made the headlines last Saturday (30 June) when openly gay singer Elton John used a concert in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, to call for the country to drop the legislation.

July 5, 2012

Liz Bingham, partner at global professional services firm Ernst & Young, wants the best companies to do even more on LGBT rights

Firms must continue to push for better workplaces for LGBT people, even in countries where it looks like the job has been done.

That was the message from Liz Bingham, managing partner for people at Ernst & Young, one of the world’s leading professional services firms, as she addressed the Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London today.