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February 27, 2015

Regulator is investigating whether the smooch violates broadcast policy

The first lesbian kiss on South Korean TV aired on Wednesday (February 25) night, and it was epic.

Two two female students on drama Seonam Girls High School Investigators shared a passionate kiss in the library – but then broke up out of fear of being judged.

But not everyone was happy with having the display of same-sex affection broadcast into their homes.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) said Friday (27 February) it had received complaints and were looking in the matter.

February 26, 2015

Rural South Carolina college issues statement to be added to official manual

It's officially not okay to be gay at Erskine College in South Carolina.

Two male volleyball players came out publicly last year and although they have been accepted by teammates, the school has taken the step of issuing a new official statement of human sexuality that is against homosexuality.

February 26, 2015

'I was hungry, I was cold, so I did it'

Homeless LGBTI youth in New York City are engaging in 'survival sex' to their meet basic needs such as food and shelter, a federally funded study has found.

Many of the 283 young people interviewed by the Urban Institute were forced onto the street after being kicked out of their homes or aging out of foster care.

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.

February 25, 2015

Director Bertil Nilsson presents the sexy short True Bromance

Director Bertil Nilsson has directed True Bromance, a new short film that takes place in the streets of London.

It stars three very acrobatic male performers who through choreography and acrobatics explore the male bonding experience.

Nilsson is a photographer and filmmaker in London and made the video in collaboration with Barely Methodical Troupe.

February 18, 2015

New instructions rule out 'sexually explicit' questioning of those fleeing persecution

Gay asylum seekers in the UK will no longer have to answer questions about their sex lives thanks to new guidance from the Home Office.

Caseworkers have received the new policies on how to deal with claims for asylum by gay, lesbian and bisexual people following the revelation that a man fleeing persecution was 'interrogated' and asked 'shockingly degrading' questions about his sexual history.

February 16, 2015

Survey finds 56% of gay Londoners are not comfortable kissing in public

More than 100 Londoners took part in a Valentine’s Day kiss-in to mark the launch an anti-homophobia campaign.

Scores of gay couples locked lips on the steps of the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus on Saturday (14 February) to assert their Freedom to Kiss.

Organizers Pride in London said the campaign was a response to a new survey, which found that 54% of gay Londoners do not feel comfortable kissing in public. Of those, 86% were frightened of name-calling or physical violence.

February 16, 2015

Religious authorities say no one is born gay and denying people 'conversion' therapy is an 'ethical violation'

No one is born gay and denying people 'conversion' therapy is an 'ethical violation.'

That is according to a flyer distributed by Malaysian religious authorities on Valentine's Day.

The leaflet, titled 10 myths about homosexuality, also claimed that gay people were not seriously disadvantaged by discrimination as they had higher levels of education.

February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

February 10, 2015

'Nepal will have the marriage equality law, it's just a matter of time'

Nepal should legalize gay marriage, says a committee charged with implementing a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to improve LGBTI rights in the south Asian country.

The same-sex marriage study committee, led by former secretary of the ministry of health and population Laxmi Raj Pathak, finally submitted its report yesterday (9 February), more than four years after its formation.

February 6, 2015

Defectors reveal what life is like for LGBTI people in the hermit kingdom

Are there gay people in North Korea?

That was the question posed to four defectors on the NK News website, perhaps prompted by a CCTV photo released last month of two male soldiers kissing upward of the DMZ.

All four unidentified defectors confirmed that LGBTI people do indeed exist in the hermit kingdom, but only one had actually met any.

February 5, 2015

Lesbians are the Nazis' forgotten victims, Stefanie Gerdes writes, but their stories of torture, lucky escapes and determination have to be told

In all recollections of the Holocaust horror of Nazi Germany, full of cruelty and inhumanity, the stories of the Third Reich’s homosexual women are frequently left out or overlooked.

Famously the pink triangle was the very visible symbol gay men had to wear under Hitler's regime and its concentration camps. The tale of gay women's lives in the Holocaust is distinct from this and almost untold.

February 3, 2015

Mural was approved, then banned

The kiss. For some reason, it, and the experience of giving and getting one, is an essential aspect of the high school experience. It is the high school kisses that create the milestones to adulthood, the firsts we will remember our entire lives and in truth, the magic of our adolescence.

February 3, 2015

Co-owner’s refusal, based on religious beliefs, will see the bakery pay up to $150,000 in compensation

A bakery in Gresham, Oregon will have to pay thousands to a lesbian couple for refusing to bake them a wedding cake.

Laurel Bowman and her fiancée could get up to $150,000 (£99,300, €131,700) after being refused service in January 2013.

The exact amount of compensation will be determined in a hearing on 10 March, but the couple could receive up to $75,000 (£49,650, €65,550) per person from the shop owners, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) announced.

February 3, 2015

Buddhist teacher compares sexual orientation to liking different cheeses

A Bhutanese lama has said that homosexuality does not affect one's understanding of Buddhism and that lesbians probably reach enlightenment before anyone else.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, who is known for his wit and sense of humor, made the comments in a YouTube video uploaded on 22 January 22, although it is not clear when the clip was recorded.

The filmmaker and writer said he wanted to talk about the 'interesting question of sexual orientation' and how it fits into Bhutan's Buddhist way of life.

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 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 23, 2015

Project studies the sexual arousal level of gay men when using the app

The US government has spent nearly half a million dollars on a study of gay hook-up apps such as Grindr.

The National Institutes of Health last year awarded Columbia University $432,000 to interview 60 gay men to determine whether the apps increase risky sexual behavior.

The grant for the project said, 'Given the expediency with which men are able to arrange sexual encounters using these applications, there is cause to question if, when, and how sexual negotiation and serostatus disclosure occurs.

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 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 8, 2015

Company have finally realised gay and bisexual men ocassionally use Lynx/Axe products

Lynx have revealed a new hair-raising advert that features a gay kiss.

The company, which also uses the name Axe for its deodorant and hair gel, have finally realised some gay and bisexual men use their products.

For years, their adverts have shown that men would only use them if they wanted to attract the opposite sex.

But in this Australian ad, for Lynx hair gel, it shows a male character kissing both a woman and a man.

January 6, 2015

They were still charged for the ride

A gay couple were left shocked and angry last week after they were kicked out of Uber cab in London for kissing and cuddling.

Corey Watts and his boyfriend Jordan Sloan boarded the taxi near Covent Garden around 8pm Thursday (1 January) on their way to a friend's house.

After traveling only a few minutes, the driver stopped the cab and asked them to get out and still charged them for the ride. They were later refunded.

Uber has launched an investigation into the incident and the driver has been suspended.

January 6, 2015

Country's first LGBTI survey finds 59% have never faced anti-gay hate

More than half of LGBTI Bangladeshis live in constant of being outed in the Muslim country, according to a survey released last month.

Many respondents also said they felt their sexual orientation conflicted with their religious identity, some considering it a sin and immoral.

LGBTI group Boys of Bangladesh and magazine Roopban received 751 responses from self-identified LGBTI people across eight major cities for the survey, the first of its kind in the south Asian country. The average age of the respondents was 25 and 250 were from the capital Dhaka.

December 29, 2014

From The Imitation Game to The Normal Heart, it's been quite a year for queer cinema

What constitutes a gay movie? What constitutes a queer movie? Should a film starring a straight man, directed by a straight man, be defined as either?

What about a film starring a straight man as a trans woman? Do films about gay men matter to lesbians, and vice versa? And, perhaps most crucially, is a film featuring homosexual characters, that shies away from same-sex sex, intended for anything but heterosexual consumption?