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May 3, 2015

'We who believe in the traditional understanding of marriage do need your help'

Maggie Gallagher, one of the leading marriage equality foes in the US, penned an open letter to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The essay was published on 1 May in the National Review. Many legal experts see Kennedy as the likely deciding vote in the marriage cases the country's highest court heard last week.

April 28, 2015

Lesbian partner of woman who gave birth to twins recognized as second mother at birth

The partner of a woman who gave birth to twins was automatically recognized at birth as the babies' mother, in a landmark ruling in Tel Aviv, Israel this week.

Before the children’s birth, the couple, who have been together for nine years, filed a petition to recognize the non-birth mother as a parent, to speed up the official process of adoption.

The usual process would involve going through the complicated legal adoption process after the birth of the child - often taking months or even years to complete.

April 27, 2015

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500

In times of terror, Nepalese LGBTI activists and others around the world are rallying to help people stay alive.

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500.

The US, UK, Australia, China, India, Israel, Japan and Pakistan have all provided aid to the country.

But Nepal says they need more, with shortages of water, food, electricity and medicine.

April 27, 2015

New York’s gay hoteliers, Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, face a continuing backlash, and a protest rally this evening, for hosting an intimate party with Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz

The hoteliers who own New York’s Out NYC hotel and a commercial strip on Fire Island, among other ventures, have faced widespread calls for a boycott after hosting an intimate evening function at their home with Ted Cruz.

Cruz is a Republican Senator who has been very vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage.

According to Human Rights Campaign, Cruz ‘has consistently opposed equality for LGBT Americans … attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, and using his opposition to marriage to win his first Senate campaign.’

April 27, 2015

Israel will airlift 52 of its citizens out of earthquake ravaged Nepal who were in the country accessing commercial surrogacy and most are same-sex couples who cannot legally do so at home

A large group of gay and lesbian Israeli parents are being airlifted out of Nepal after being caught up in the earthquake.

They were in the country to access commercial surrogacy that they are banned from using in their own country.

Surrogacy is legal in Israel but only for heterosexual couples so singles and same-sex couples often travel overseas to access commercial surogacy.

With countries like Thailand cracking down on the practice, there has been a growth in the sector in Nepal.

March 23, 2015

US evangelical leader wishes he could erase his 'reckless' statement

Evangelical leader Bob Jones III has finally apologized for saying LGBTI people should be stoned to death – 35 year ago.

The former president of Bob Jones University in South Carolina said he wished he could erase the 'reckless' statement he made in 1980.

Jones and several other evangelical ministers presented to the White House a petition signed by 70,000 people opposed to extending the protections of the Civil Rights Act to LGBTI people.

'I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted,' he told the Associated Press at the time.

March 9, 2015

The man behind America's first privately-owned LGBT center, based in WeHo, shares his love of the gayest of gay districts

I've lived here since… 1981. I moved here from Israel.

I've stayed because... the people are wonderful and there are endless opportunities here.

My favorite queer bar has to be… FUBAR, because it's always entertaining, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t drink. In my 51 years, I have never had alcohol.

March 5, 2015

Australia, USA and Israel among countries asked to clarify rights of traveling British wedded same sex couples
 

British married gay couples hoping to travel will soon know their rights abroad in more than 70 countries, following a request from the UK government.

Equalities minister Jo Swinson has requested that countries including Australia, Israel and the US make clear how safe it is for married gay tourists.

More than 70 government authorities have been questioned to clarify the rights of gay people while working, travelling or living abroad- which has been a grey area.

March 4, 2015

Marriage equality foe Chief Justice Ray Moore recused himself from vote

The Alabama Supreme Court ordered a halt to same-sex marriages on Tuesday (3 March) in a 7-2 vote.

The decision comes despite a recent federal ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban - a ruling the US Supreme Court declined to grant a stay on.

Chief Justice Ray Moore, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, recused himself from the vote.

February 25, 2015

Likely parliamentary candidate says LGBTI people can be ‘abnormal’ at home but should not make demands of the state

A likely parliamentary candidate in Israel has declared himself a 'proud homophobe.'

Bezalel Smotrich made the comment Sunday (22 February) during an anti-gay rant at a high school in Tel Aviv.

'At home, everyone can be abnormal and people can form whatever family unit they want,' he said. 'But they can’t make demands from me, as the state.'

In 2006, Smotrich organized an anti-gay Beast Parade in Jerusalem in response to the city’s annual pride march, which he said he regretted last month.

February 25, 2015

Likely parliamentary candidate says LGBTI people can be ‘abnormal’ at home but should not make demands of the state

A likely parliamentary candidate in Israel has declared himself a 'proud homophobe.'

Bezalel Smotrich made the comment Sunday (22 February) during an anti-gay rant at a high school in Tel Aviv.

'At home, everyone can be abnormal and people can form whatever family unit they want,' he said. 'But they can’t make demands from me, as the state.'

In 2006, Smotrich organized an anti-gay Beast Parade in Jerusalem in response to the city’s annual pride march, which he said he regretted last month.

February 23, 2015

Tzipi Livni could become one of two rotating premiers if her coalition wins

An Israeli politician has made a campaign promise to legalize gay marriage if she becomes prime minister in the March elections.

Tzipi Livni made the pledge at a weekly gay party called Dreck in Tel Aviv on Saturday night (21 February).

The Hatnuah party leader will become one of two rotating prime ministers if her coalition with Labor wins.

'Good evening Dreck. There's a chance that on March 20 we'll come to celebrate the end of the period of darkness, racism and discrimination and we'll start a period of light, love and equality,' she said.

February 23, 2015

Researchers made the announcement following studies with stem cells

Scientists have claimed that same-sex parents could have children that are biologically their own within as little as two years. 

Researchers at Cambridge University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have found that it is possible to create human egg and sperm cells from the stem cells in the skin of two adults.

They claim that by using the same technique, same-sex couples could have children that are biologically theirs in as little as two years.

February 7, 2015

Come Monday, 9 February, the southern state is expected to start issuing marriage certificates to LGBTI couples

The US Supreme Court is not expected to intervene in a federal judge's ruling against Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

According to Alabama.com, a deputy clerk for the country's highest court informed lawyers yesterday (6 February) the nine justices would not respond to state Attorney General Luther Strange's appeal.

January 28, 2015

Roy Moore questions jurisdiction of court that struck down marriage ban

The chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court claims a federal judge who struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban last week did not have the power to do so.

Roy Moore has sent a letter to Atlanta Governor Robert Bentley which stated: 'As you know, nothing in the United States Constitution grants the federal government the authority to redefine the institution of marriage.'

He also vowed to 'stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority.'

January 20, 2015

Supreme Court rules in favor of two non-operative transgender women

Transgender Israelis are no longer required to undergo sex reassignment surgery (SRS) to change the gender designation on their ID cards.

The change comes after the Supreme Court ordered the ministry of interior to legally change the gender of two transgender citizens from male to female, Haaretz newspaper reported.

A petition was filed at the court by a lawyer and an ex-soldier who started transitioning during her compulsory military service.

January 10, 2015

Justices met privately Friday to discuss cases including marriage equality cases out of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

The US Supreme Court met in conference on Friday (9 January) to discuss upcoming cases but made no announcement about whether or not it will hear any challenges to gay marriage cases in five states.

The high court is considering hearing cases filed in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

The justices declined to take on any same-sex marriage cases last year in which defendants appealed circuit court of appeals rulings upholding the striking down of marriage bans.

January 8, 2015

Stylist is barred from both the male and female sections of the holy site

A transgender woman Monday (5 January) was barred from both the male and female sections of the Western Wall in Israel, the country with the most progressive trans policies in the Middle East.

Stylist Kay Long from Tel Aviv visited Jerusalem with a friend from Madrid, but was refused entry to the female section of the wall by a 'modesty volunteer' who said she was not a woman. She was then yelled away from the men's area.

The Western Wall, or Kotel, is the only remaining part of the Temple Mount and is the holiest site in Judaism.

January 1, 2015

After 6 years in the Knesset, Meretz party MK Nitzan Horowitz has announced he does not intend to stand again – meaning there may no longer be an openly LGBTI person in the Israeli parliament once again

Meretz party lawmaker Nitzan Horowitz, only the second openly gay member of the Israeli Knesset, has announced his plans to retire from politics after 6 years as an MK.

Horowitz announced his departure on Facebook yesterday, writing that it had been an ‘easy decision’ for him to make.

‘After deep deliberation I have decided not to compete to be in the next Knesset for Meretz,’ Horowitz wrote.

December 24, 2014

The annual conference for gay men who may be considering surrogacy returns to San Francisco on 10 January 2015

Interested in becoming a parent through surrogacy? Live on or near the west coast of the USA?

Men Having Babies have teamed up with Our Family Coalition to host a joint parenthood conference on Saturday 10 January in San Francisco.

The Men Having Babies expos – which take place regularly in the US, Israel and Europe – offer unbiased and comprehensive information for gay men, and anyone else, who is considering surrogacy as a route to parenthood.

November 24, 2014

Israeli city to host two-week queer party, launching next month

Tel Aviv has announced a two-week 'Pink Winter' Festival for the festive period, taking place between 24 December and 7 January.

The event will encompass non-stop street parties and beach parties (including a chill-out party at Hilton Beach), as well as a queer film festival.

Christmas tree and Hanukkah candle lightings will also take place on Christmas Eve, to mark the official launch of the festival.

October 29, 2014

Religious politicians say the 'morally depraved' law will 'destroy the family'

A bill that would allow LGBTI people to have children through surrogates passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament late Monday as more gay couples travel abroad to use foreign surrogates.

The bill to amend the Surrogacy Law 1996 passed by 55 votes to 15. Three members of the Knesset abstained.

October 29, 2014

Religious politicians say the 'morally depraved' law will 'destroy the family'

A bill that would allow LGBTI people to have children through surrogates passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament late Monday as more gay couples travel abroad to use foreign surrogates.

The bill to amend the Surrogacy Law 1996 passed by 55 votes to 15. Three members of the Knesset abstained.

September 30, 2014

The Iris Prize Festival 2014 will feature the work of the world's best LGBTI filmmakers

LGBTI film lovers are excited as the Iris Prize is set to begin next week.

The world's finest LGBTI filmmakers will gather in Cardiff for the seventh time, welcoming guests from US, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Israel, France and many more.

'It is bigger and better than ever before, with the number of feature length movies doubled to 16,' festivla chair Andrew Pierce said.

'I always think of Iris as family. Granted a rather bigger family today than we knew back in 2007 when the world’s finest LGBT filmmakers gathered in Cardiff for the first time.