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February 28, 2014

The Palestinian and Israeli problem as highlighted by a new dragged-up theater show

It just so happened the person supposed to attend Ballad of the Burning Star with yours truly had a pre-show panic attack at London’s Old Street tube station. It was rush hour and they’re not used to public transport.

Sympathetic to a variety of mental health issues, I sent them home with a suggestion they should drink some wine and lie down. I then called another friend, who happens to be a Greek Orthodox priest. Could he get to Battersea Arts Centre in 30 minutes? Yes, he could. Amen, sister.

January 27, 2014

Israel’s Health Ministry has put forward a proposal to allow same-sex couples access to surrogacy in Israel while 65 babies born to surrogates in Thailand will begin to join their gay parents in Israel

Israel’s Health Ministry has advised its parliament that it intends to put forward a proposal so that Israeli same-sex couples no longer have to travel overseas to access surrogacy.

The proposal, announced Sunday to the Knesset Interior Committee, comes after 65 babies born to surrogate mothers in Thailand were blocked from returning to Israel with their gay Israeli fathers after Thailand placed a moratorium on non-Thais seeking surrogacy services.

January 20, 2014

65 surrogate children of Israeli gay couples are stuck in Thailand while the Government of Israel refuses to grant them Israeli citizenship

Supporters of the gay parents of 65 surrogate babies who have been born or are due to be born to Thai surrogate mothers have launch a week of protest actions this week to protest the Israeli Government’s refusal to grant the children Israeli citizenship.

Thai law grants children born to Thai women automatic Thai citizenship. However in order for the babies to leave Thailand they must be made Israeli citizens and Israeli law requires a paternity test before that can occur.

January 20, 2014

65 surrogate children of Israeli gay couples are stuck in Thailand while the Government of Israel refuses to grant them Israeli citizenship

Supporters of the gay parents of 65 surrogate babies who have been born or are due to be born to Thai surrogate mothers have launch a week of protest actions this week to protest the Israeli Government’s refusal to grant the children Israeli citizenship.

Thai law grants children born to Thai women automatic Thai citizenship. However in order for the babies to leave Thailand they must be made Israeli citizens and Israeli law requires a paternity test before that can occur.

January 6, 2014

The Indian Supreme Court has refused to sack four Indian Government ministers for criticizing its recriminalization of homosexuality in the South Asian nation but has criticized them for criticizing it

The Indian Supreme Court has refused to sack four Indian Government lawmakers from their ministries for criticizing its decision to recriminalize homosexuality in India.

January 5, 2014

The country claiming one of the best gay cities in the world, Tel Aviv, is participating in London’s Gay Star Beach Party, a daytime event to celebrate, promote and educate on LGBTI tourism

The Israeli Tourism Board is bringing Mediterranean flair to London’s Gay Star Beach Party held 18 and 19 January.

A beach-themed daytime party at Heaven nightclub in Charing Cross, the Gay Star Beach Party + LGBTI Travel Show brings some of the world’s most gay-friendly destinations to the heart of London.

The free party gives guests direct access to holiday prizes, drink specials, a fashion show and the chance to mix and mingle with London’s LGBTI community and allies in support of LGBTI tourism.

January 2, 2014

The Vienna Tourist Board and Austrian Airlines, partners of the Gay Star Beach Party in London held on 18 and 19 January, will be offering a four-star weekend getaway to the gay capital of Austria

The winning selfie at the free Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show in two weeks could win a two-day trip and flight to Vienna, courtesy of the Vienna Tourist Board and Austrian Airlines.

LGBTI travelers will be swapping London’s winter weather for a beach and pool party on 18 and 19 January.

Cocktails, warm sand and half-naked bodies from Gaydar and Gaydar Girls, Israel, Florida, Outdoor Lads and more will be mixing and mingling at club Heaven in central London.

December 30, 2013

Israeli gay and trans rights activist Avi Soffer argues the new government has seen a big shift on promoting LGBTI equality in the country

Israel’s first elected gay Member of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament), Nitzan Horowitz, has accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using Iran’s persecution of homosexuals to attack it on the world stage while doing nothing to advance gay rights at home.

I am wondering, do we both live in the same country in the same era?

In March 2013, a dramatic change had occurred in the LGBT community lives in Israel. For the first time in years, a government without the Ultra Orthodox Haredi parties was established.

December 30, 2013

Israeli gay and trans rights activist Avi Soffer argues the new government has seen a big shift on promoting LGBTI equality in the country

Israel’s first elected gay Member of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament), Nitzan Horowitz, has accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using Iran’s persecution of homosexuals to attack it on the world stage while doing nothing to advance gay rights at home.

I am wondering, do we both live in the same country in the same era?

In March 2013, a dramatic change had occurred in the LGBT community lives in Israel. For the first time in years, a government without the Ultra Orthodox Haredi parties was established.

December 19, 2013

Israel’s first elected gay Member of the Knesset, Nitzan Horowitz, has accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using Iran’s persecution of homosexuals to attack it on the world stage while doing nothing to advance gay rights at home

Merertz party Member of the Knesset (MK) Nitan Horowitz has accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using gay rights to attack Iran but says there has been no progress on LGBTI rights under his leadership.

‘In almost every major speech he’s given overseas in the last few years, he has used the LGTB community in Israel as a means to attack Iran,’ Horowitz, Israel’s first openly gay lawmaker, said yesterday according to Haaretz.

December 19, 2013

The Indian Government has confirmed that it will not seek to pass a law repealing India’s Section 377 anti-sodomy law until all avenues for appeal through the courts are exhausted – something that could take months.

India’s Law Minister Kapil Sibal has confirmed that his government will seek a judicial review of the Supreme Court’s verdict that the country’s ban on gay sex is constitutional.

On 11 December two of India’s Supreme Court justices cancelled the repeal of Section 377 of India’s Penal Code – effectively re-criminalizing homosexuality in the South Asian nation.

December 18, 2013

Unbound Expeditions, launching an LGBTI tour through Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in November 2014, will be sharing astounding adventures at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show

Londoners wanting a beach in January can come to the Gay Star Beach Party for a taste of the Galapagos.

Gay Star News, the UK’s biggest LGBTI news website, is hosting a winter beach party and travel show in London 18 and 19 January 2014.

LGBTI travelers and allies will be mixing and mingling at the free beach party with representatives from popular destinations to get inspired and educated on where LGBTI travel will go in 2014.

December 16, 2013

Summer comes to London early with a free two-day party featuring a swimwear fashion show, beach, pool, top travel brands and more in central London, hosted by Gay Star News

The best parts of a summer holiday, the cocktails, the warm sands and the half-naked bodies come to London this winter for the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show.

The world’s most gay-friendly travel destinations from Florida to Israel are hosting a free beach party for the UK’s LGBTI community and allies to come together and kick off 2014 with pride.

December 14, 2013

Israel’s first memorial to the homosexual victims of the Nazis was inaugurated on Tuesday in a Tel Aviv park near the city’s Gay Center

Israel now has its first memorial to the gay victims of the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, with a public memorial to them unveiled in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park on Tuesday.

The memorial, near Tel Aviv’s Gay Center is in the shape of a giant pink triangle – the same symbol the Nazis used to mark out homosexual prisoners in their concentration camp – and bears the names of prominent homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis including Magnus Hirschfeld and Gad Beck.

December 10, 2013

A Tel Aviv Family Court has ended the same-sex marriage of two Israelis for only the second time in the country’s history – though it stopped short of recognizing that the marriage had existed

Tel Aviv Family Court Judge Naftali Shilo annulled a same-sex couple’s overeas marriage on Monday – the second time a same-sex married couple have been allowed to divorce in Israel - though he avoided setting a precedent.

Shilo declared the unnamed couple divorced but did so in such a way as to avoid recognizing them as being any way married in Israel.

December 5, 2013

Shimon Peres has told Israeli news agency YNet that he supports same-sex marriage because all human beings should have the same rights, during a state visit to Mexico

Israeli President Shimon Peres has become the highest ranking Israeli politician to announce their support for same-sex couples having the right to marry – although his role in Government is largely ceremonial.

In response to a question about whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry by YNet journalist Eyal Lehmann, Peres replied, ‘even a person who is a homosexual is a human being, and he has rights. We have no power to take away [their] rights.’

December 5, 2013

Shimon Peres has told Israeli news agency YNet that he supports same-sex marriage because all human beings should have the same rights, during a state visit to Mexico

Israeli President Shimon Peres has become the highest ranking Israeli politician to announce their support for same-sex couples having the right to marry – although his role in Government is largely ceremonial.

In response to a question about whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry by YNet journalist Eyal Lehmann, Peres replied, ‘even a person who is a homosexual is a human being, and he has rights. We have no power to take away [their] rights.’

December 3, 2013

A conservative religious party in the Israeli Government coalition has torpedoed efforts to provide same-sex parents with children with the same tax cuts offered to opposite-sex parents, using its veto power to sink the proposal

The Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party has used its veto power to block efforts to provide same-sex couples with kids with the same tax breaks given to families headed by heterosexual couples only a day after Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced plans to move forward with a bill.

December 2, 2013

The Israeli government approved this weekend a bill offering gay male couples with children, but not lesbian couples, the same tax breaks given to heterosexual parents

Israeli gay couples with children might be eligible for the same tax breaks as straight parents.

A bill was introduced by Adi Kol after the government’s tax authority rejected several gay couples who applied for the tax break.

Opposite-sex couples with children are eligible for 'tens of thousands' in tax breaks thanks to the existing code, which is meant to encourage women to enter the workforce.

November 12, 2013

The Ultra-Orthodox Jewish mayor of the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh has claimed there are no gay people living in his city so LGBTI activist have planned a pride march for the mayor Thursday

Beit Shemesh mayor Moshe Abutbul’s ‘holy and pure’ city will get its first pride march Thursday to show him gay people exist after he said there were none in his town.

Abutbul told Israel Channel 10 on Friday that his city did not have an LGBTI community.

‘We have no such thing,’ Abutbul said, ‘If you mean what I think you mean, then no. Thank God, this city is holy and pure.’

Abutbul also said that homosexuality should be an issue for ‘the Health Ministry or the police,’ to address in Israel.

October 22, 2013

They may be cold blooded, but up to 85% of spiders and insects are getting hot under the exoskeleton when it comes to 'gay' sex

Some bugs are gay, get over it!

That's what some are claiming as scientists have revealed billions and billions of bugs are having gay sex by 'mistake'.

While it has long been observed many species of insects and spiders have gay sex, researchers have now claimed this is almost always ‘accidental’.

Scientists from Israel and Switzerland have proposed an answer to the question why nature has evolved to where many bugs court, mount and try to mate with members of the same sex.

In some species, up to 85% of males engage in homosexual behavior.

October 19, 2013

Case will determine if state will become 15th in the US to allow same-sex marriage

New Mexico's Supreme Court announced Friday (18 October) that it will hear a case next week that could result in the state becoming the 15th in the US to allow same-sex marriage.

The court could issue an immediate ruling on whether a State District Judge in Albuquerque was legally correct by ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The issue has become quite pressing in recent months when eight of the state's 33 counties began allowing the marriages. More than 1,000 licenses have been issued so far.

September 27, 2013

A number of countries released a declaration against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination during the United Nations General Assembly

September 15, 2013

Supreme Court says since transgender prisoners are kept in solitary confinement, the harsher prison conditions they face should be taken into account while sentencing them 

A 29-year-old transgender’s successful appeal against a robbery sentence may pave the way for judicial and eventual prison reforms in Israel.

The hope comes after the Israeli Supreme Court reduced the convicted tran man’s jail term by five months on the ground that he faced harsher prison conditions than his two accomplices.

The defendant, who is going through a sex-change operation and has undergone breast removal surgery, was convicted of robbing a gas station in April 2010 and assaulting the attendant.