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April 13, 2015

Flight deals available for Disneyworld's Gay Day, LA Pride and more

Alaska Airlines has added an LGBTI section to its official website, offering discounted travel to various Pride festivals around the states.

Users can save between 7 and 10 percent on flights to Boston Pride, LA Pride and Utah Pride Festival, by booking via the specially-tailored webpage.

April 17, 2015

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

April 17, 2015

Model was attacked again in hospital

A Brazilian transgender woman was stripped and had her head shaved and face disfigured in a brutal police beating.

Veronica Bolina was arrested on Sunday (12 April) for assaulting an elderly women in her apartment building in São Paulo and put in a male prison.

For reasons not yet clear, the model got into a fight with a police officer during a cell transfer and bit off half his ear.

April 17, 2015

Right-wing lawyer claims studies show gay sex 'can result in significant cost to the community that encourages it'

Right-wing lawyer Mat Staver has claimed that homosexuality has cost the government more than $225 billion.

On his Freedom’s Call radio bulletin Wednesday (15 April), the former Seventh-day Adventist pastor discussed 'the damage of homosexuality.'

Staver is the founder of the anti-gay law firm Liberty Counsel, which provides free legal assistance in defense of 'religious freedom,' abortion and the 'traditional family.'

'Studies repeatedly show that homosexual conduct can result in significant cost to the community that encourages it,' he said.

April 17, 2015

He is now suing the psychiatrist

A former prison guard is suing the psychiatrist that he claims locked him in a room behind numerous locked doors with a large dog to 'cure' him of being gay.

Calvin Chang claims he was originally sent to Doctor Benjamin Kaufman after he complained to his employers that he was denied promotion because of his sexual orientation.

And now he is accusing him of losing his job with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after 20 years of service and forcing him to find a job as an attorney.

April 17, 2015

At its annual Workplace Conference, Stonewall’s chief executive, Ruth Hunt, said that the organization’s Workplace Equality Index will now include questions about transgender equality

Stonewall’s 12th Workplace Conference took place in London today – and was the biggest in the event’s history.

Around 750 delegates turned up at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster – up from around 630 last year.

Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT advocacy group, carries out extensive work with businesses to ensure they are more diverse and inclusive with regard to LGBT staff and best practice policies.

April 16, 2015

'Women incorrectly wearing the hijab leads to homosexuality among men'

A prominent Iranian cleric is teaching that men who fantasize about other women while impregnating their wives will cause their children to be gay.

Ayatollah Hossein Dehnavi is a celebrity in Iran, where he regularly offers advice on family and sexual matters on state television.

'When fantasizing about another woman while impregnating your wife, the child will be homosexual,' he said.

According to Dehnavi, women who wear Islamic dress wrongly also turn men gay.

April 15, 2015

'Most history is written by straight people, and they don’t have gaydar'

Gay author Larry Kramer has claimed that Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Richard Nixon all had affairs with men in his controversial new history of the United States.

His 775-page The American People: Volume 1: A Search for My Heart took nearly 40 years to write and is billed as a novel – so the lawyers will leave him alone – but the author says it is all based on fact.

April 15, 2015

No US studio has ever received an 'excellent' rating in the GLAAD film report

LGBTI characters in film are as male and white as ever, according to a new report from GLAAD.

The annual Studio Responsibility Index, which surveys the seven major studios, has found a very small improvement on last year.

20 of the 114 movies (17.5%) had characters who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, up from 2013 when that percentage was 16.7%.

None of these films included a transgender character.

But while it is still technically an improvement, GLAAD said this means a larger breadth of LGBTI stories are still not being told.

April 14, 2015

Keep your children home from school on LGBTI Day of Silence, urge 'pro-family’ groups

'Pro-family' students across America are preparing for a day at home on 17 April as they and their parents protest against the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence.

The Day of Silence is a national youth movement designed to bring attention to the silence inflicted on LGBTI people and their allies as a result bullying, name-calling, and harassment.

April 14, 2015

They argue recognizing same-sex unions would 'demean' their marriages

A group calling themselves 'same-sex attracted men and their wives' has filed an amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court not to recognize gay marriage because doing so would devalue their relationships with women.

The group's members claim to have never attended 'reparative therapy' or ministries. Instead, they fully accept their same-sex attractions but 'attest that their attractions do not dictate their relationships.'

April 13, 2015

Department of Justice calls refusal of treatment 'cruel and unusual' 

Transgender prisoners in Georgia will be eligible to receive and continue their hormone treatment while serving a prison sentence.

The US Department of Justice sided with Ashley Diamond, a trans prisoner who filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s authorities.

According to the lawsuit, officials refused Diamond to continue her hormone treatment; she was also placed in unsafe facilities with violent men, according to health24.

April 12, 2015

The Media Research Center and Family Research Council said more than 21,000 postcards have been sent and over 4,000 telephone calls have been made to get ABC to abandon the series

Anti-gay conservative groups are trying to get ABC to kill a new sitcom which features a teenage son who comes out as gay, and his family life.

The sitcom is said to be marginally based on the life of sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage who is also an executive producer of the series, tentatively titled 'The Real O’Neals.'

Savage is the author of the wide known internationally syndicated 'Savage Love' relationship and sex advice column, and co-founder of the It Gets Better Project.

April 12, 2015

'The rights of gay people have become, very properly, the great justice issue of our time just as the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of women were in the past': Church of Ireland Bishop Michael Burrows

Church of Ireland bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Michael Burrows reiterated his support for a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on May 22.

The Church of Ireland is an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion.

April 10, 2015

'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

BBC radio show Woman's Hour is being condemned for its debate on trans children.

Presenter Jenni Murray instigated the talk by referring to recent reports that said puberty blockers were being given to trans children under the age of 11.

She announced it by saying: 'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

Speaking to feminism activist Dr Finn Mackay and psychotherapist Michelle Bridgman, they were asked to agree or disagree whether trans children should be given medical treatment.

April 10, 2015

The company, which is the third biggest health insurer in the US, is encouraging the LGBT community to ‘Be Proud. Be Well’

Health insurer Aetna has launched a concerted campaign to target the LGBT community, reports AP.

The United State’s third biggest health insurance company has launched a dedicated website and is utilizing mobile apps and print ads to target the country's estimated 9million-strong LGBT population.

The campaign’s tagline is ‘Be Strong. Be Well.’

April 10, 2015

China is changing for the better for the gay community, but trans people are still marginalized. Tingting Shen of Asia Catalyst reveals more

In a rapidly changing China, the gay community is becoming more visible, recognized, and accepted by the general public. The transgender community, however, remains extremely marginalized and face extreme stigma and discrimination.

Transgender people are neglected by policy makers, abused by State and non-State actors, and are unable to fulfill a range of rights, including on privacy, legal identity and personal autonomy.

April 10, 2015

Pop stars, entrepreneurs, film makers, TV celebrities and a current prisoner

From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.

So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.

They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.

Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.

But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

April 9, 2015

He also claimed gay sex results in '72% of HIV cases'

An Irish university is investigating after one of its researchers has described homosexuality as a 'bizarre fetish' similar to pedophilia.

Dr Mark Gilfillan used his Facebook account to claim homosexuality 'results in 72% of new cases of HIV' despite being under '2% of the population at large'.

A research associate in Irish Jewish History at Ulster University, he made the comments during a public Facebook debate over Ashers Bakery - the Christian-run business that refused to bake a cake for a pro-gay campaign.

April 9, 2015

You won't be able to get this out of your head

This is Kylie Minogue like you have never seen before.

Transformed into Marlene Dietrich, she looks severe, stern and incredibly sexy.

It was for Sorbet magazine for their spring issue. The publication features the angelic gay icon turned into something that we cannot get out of our heads.

Dietrich, herself, was bisexual or lesbian.

The German-American Silver Screen actress of the 1930s, who is credited with making long pants acceptable for women to wear, was outed in 1955.

April 8, 2015

A guide to the films that help define what it means to be a gay man.

In the early days of cinema, there was plenty of gay subtext in movies but very few overtly gay characters. Reflecting the changing nature of society, we now have movies that portray the rull range of gay men and the lives that we lead.

There is something special about watching a movie that somehow relfects your experience or your aspirations – to see characters embarking on a journey that mirrors some aspect of your life, or to watch a love story that you can emotionally connect with.

April 7, 2015

Three Pakistani transgender women were attacked by an armed group of men after performing at a wedding but the motive for the crime appears to be sexual rather than religious

Two transgender women in Swabi district, Pakistan, are dead and another has been gang raped after they were ambushed in a field after performing at a wedding.

A group of four or five men tried to abduct all three women as they were traveling back to town but open fired on them when they refused.

Two were killed on the spot and the men then took the remaining transgender woman and gang raped her for several hours before releasing her.

April 7, 2015

In the wake of the ‘current conversations’ taking place across the US with regards to equality in service, the retail giant has co-opted a rainbow into its logo on social media

A recent posting by retailer Target on its Instagram feed has become the corporation’s most liked image on the social media site; it’s an image demonstrating the organization’s support for LGBTI rights.

Last week, in response to ongoing debates around the introduction of religious freedom laws in Indiana, Arkansas and other US states, Target felt moved to make a statement on the issue.

April 7, 2015

'If I don't ever lip sync to Taylor Swift again, will I get into heaven?'

Remember Riyadh? He was the gay guy that allowed his mom to read his Grindr messages.

A fun video, and it ended up going viral and being seen by thousands of people. One of those was Shirley Phelps-Roper, the Westboro Baptist Chruch's longterm spokesperson.

'This is what happens when fag enablers turn the country to the fags,' she commented. 'These people are going to hell.'