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October 14, 2014

Organizers hope the event will change perceptions of LGBTI people

Burma's first LGBTI film festival will be held next month in Rangoon to celebrate the sexual and gender diversity of the region.

The &Proud LGBT Film Festival will run from 12-14 November at the French Institute and is organized by Colors Rainbow, YG Event, Equality Myanmar and several other LGBTI groups.

Hla Myat Tun, program officer at Colors Rainbow, told the Irrawaddy magazine that he hopes to change perceptions of LGBTI people in a country where media representations are often 'insensitive.'

October 1, 2014

The reports also estimate the number of LGBT people in the US and the number who are in same-sex marriages

Two new studies conducted by the Williams Institute have thrown light on the size of the LGBT community in the US, as well as the number of people in same-sex marriages and raising children.

The Williams Institute is a respected LGBTI think tank based at UCLA Law School, which is dedicated to carrying out independent research on sexuality, gender identity and public policy in the US.

September 27, 2014

Cast and show's creator hope groundbreaking TV series will help public acceptance of trans people

Jeffrey Tambor feels like he's landed the part of a lifetime.

The actor, best known for his roles on Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show, is now starring in Transparent as a father with three grown children who is transitioning from male to female.

To play transgender female Maura Pfefferman in the dramedy, which premieres tonight on Amazon Prime, Tambor did his homework.

September 26, 2014

Activists scored the three candidates on their gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues

LGBTI rights groups said yesterday all three Taipei mayoral candidates lack concrete policies on gay rights.

The candidates were scored on gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues, on a scale ranging from three to minus three points.

Independent candidate Neil Peng received the highest score with 1.5 points, followed by independent candidate Ko Wen-je with minus one.

Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Sean Lien came last with minus three points.

Neil Peng is the only candidate who openly supports gay marriage.

September 15, 2014

The national movement leader says young people in colored pants who hang out at malls should be tested

A Kazakh politician has said LGBTI people can be easily identified by blood testing for 'degeneracy.'

Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the Bolashak national movement, made the comments last week at a press conference calling for laws banning LGBTI people from spreading 'propaganda,' taking public office and serving in the military.

September 12, 2014

Joan Rivers was a champion for women and gay rights but her comedy recognized no no-go subjects

You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her.

Her stand-up red carpet catcalls, and colorful over-the-top humor –insult comedy, shock humor, ribaldry, just to name a few of her hallmark styles – was as lethal as it was legend.

For example, in commenting on a 2013 celebrity event about the German model Heidi Klum, Rivers – unfiltered and uninhibited – stated the following:

‘The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.’

Yes, you read that correctly.

September 8, 2014

In an exclusive piece for Gay Star News, UK Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan explains why the commitment to equality cannot end at Britain’s shores

It’s a source of great pride to me that the UK has been recognized by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) as being a European leader in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the fourth year running.

It’s thanks to the heroic work and unrelenting passion of campaigners and activists that LGBT young people growing up in Britain today can be confident that society is on their side.

August 16, 2014

Online petitioners and gay rights advocates want Facebook to speak out against bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes's opponent, Charles Stormont

Facebook made a US$10,000 donation to the re-election campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has been in the national spotlight for fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

August 8, 2014

A new study has found that gay friendliness pays a big part in Chinese LGBTI people’s purchasing choices, suggesting businesses who court them as customers will do well

The first ever China Pink Market Conference was held on Thursday in Shanghai and heard that LGBTI Chinese consumers vote with their feet when it comes to deciding which companies to do business with, with gay friendliness an important factor when it comes to choosing where to shop.

Market research company Community Marketing & Insights found that 53% of respondents in its First Annual China LGBT Community Survey indicated that ‘support [for] LGBT political causes and laws have the biggest impact on influencing their purchasing decisions.’

August 7, 2014

The National Diversity Awards returns to honor some of the most incredible names in the UK

The National Diversity Awards has revealed the nominees for the 2014 ceremony.

It celebrates the incredible work that people have done in the UK to fight for equal opportunities.

Sue Sanders, a teacher and advocate for over 40 years, is nominated for one of the lifetime achievement awards.

The nominees for LGBT Role Model are:

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 22, 2014

In GLAAD's new report, it shows there were only seven decent well-rounded characters out of 107 films studied

Hollywood is failing at the representation of LGBT people, according to a new report.

GLAAD has mapped the quantity, quality and diversity of the community in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during 2013.

Out of the 102 releases from the major studios, only 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.

The majority of these were minor roles or cameos. Many of these were also outright offensive and defamatory, such as in Pain & Gain and Riddick.

July 16, 2014

From Garbage Plates to foot-long subs, and from sassy queens to hot college boys, there’s nothing not to love about Rochester

As Rochester celebrates another year of Gay Pride, we look to what we know you love, and what we know you will love about the upstate New York City.

Foodies and flower lovers have plenty to celebrate, with Rochester’s selection of culinary indulgences and parks that reflect the region’s seasonal changes.

July 4, 2014

Mark Delacour, development and engagement manager at Broken Rainbow, is offering GSN readers exclusive discounted tickets to an incredible event

It was at Pride in London, and the sun was just peeking out of the dark clouds, as I marched with the volunteers at Broken Rainbow UK.

Among the many faces in the crowd, one woman, clear as day, mouthed ‘Thank you’.

When people talk about domestic violence, usually the first image that pops into your head is a man being physically aggressive towards a woman – likely his wife.

So it is hardly surprising many of us never really think about domestic abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans relationships.

July 1, 2014

This two-day luxury cruise sets sail in August, the same month as Viet Pride, and is hailed as the first gay cruise to tour the stunning waters and rock formations of the UNESCO World Heritage Site

A weekend luxury gay cruise is set to be ‘the first’ in Vietnam’s beautiful Halong Bay.

The Halong Gay Party Cruise program will include dining in candle-lit limestone caves, kayaking and swimming around Halong Bay’s islands and karaoke parties, all on a smaller boat with 17 air-conditioned cabins for a more intimate cruising experience.

June 29, 2014

Shai Piron says he is ‘truly sorry’ for his previous comments saying gay families are not proper families in his eyes

Israel’s Education Minister has apologized for offending gay families, after a comment saying same-sex couples are not proper families.

On 26 June, Shai Piron made the comments in an interview with news website INN.

‘I think it’s a Jewish state’s right, maybe even its duty, to say to same-sex couples who decide to live their lives together—that’s not a family,’ he said.

June 19, 2014

Gay group said they wanted to raise awareness of homophobia by convincing everyone they were helping to create a gated community just for LGBTI people only

Plans to build a Gay Village just for the LGBTI community was revealed as a PR stunt yesterday evening (18 June).

Even though building plans were filed, and the mayor and other local officials was backing it, the project organizers are now claiming it to be an elaborate hoax to raise awareness of homophobia.

June 7, 2014

Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner attacked the inequalities faced by LGBTI people, and criticized hypocritical attitudes over marriage

A Jamaican newspaper has published an editorial in support of gay marriage.

The Gleaner, a popular broadsheet published six days a week, ran the editorial on 5 June with the headline ‘Same-Sex Unions And The Marriage Contract’.

The beginning of the article highlighted statistics about marriage in Jamaica, such as rising divorce rates, and argued in favour of gay marriage, underlining the hypocrisy and inequality of the current climate in Jamaica.

May 31, 2014

US president Barack Obama has declared June to be gay pride month, calls for an end to the discrimination of gay people and remembers the Stonewall riots 45 years ago

US president Barack Obama has proclaimed the month of June to be LGBT Pride month in the US.

In a statement sent from the White House yesterday (30 May), Obama declared June to be gay pride month, called for an end to the discrimination of gay people at work and remembered the legacy of Stonewall.

May 24, 2014

A long-standing children's charity has been attacked by a conservative group for offering counseling to young people struggling with their sexuality, and supporting the inaugural Pink Dot Hong Kong rally to be held in June

A conservative group called the Justice Alliance has launched an attack on the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong – a long-standing charity that was established in 1936 to work with children and youths – for 'siding with sexual minorities' and 'brainwashing' children by offering counselling to young people struggling with their sexuality, according to a South China Morning Post report on Friday.

May 23, 2014

Irene Monroe looks back to a proud 10 year anniversary in Massachusetts and the quarrel which could have meant same-sex marriage didn’t happen

Marriage equality in Massachusetts hit its 10 year mark on 17 May.

With this 10th anniversary I’m proud of the indefatigable energy and genius that made it possible.

But, I didn’t always feel that way.

And my opinions, and those of LGBTI communities of color nationwide, were expressed weekly in my column The Religion Thang, for the now defunct Boston-based LGBTQ paper InNewsweekly.

May 21, 2014

The 6th annual ShanghaiPRIDE festival, from 13 to 21 June, is sure to out-do last year's epic turnout with film festivals, a Pride Run and loads of love from international supporters

ShanghaiPRIDE organizers are putting the power of the rainbow to the test this year.

Under the theme Better Together, ShanghaiPRIDE organizers are expecting to host their biggest and most publicized event yet, with parties and fundraising activities taking place from 13 to 21 June.

‘After five great years of development, we are really proud and appreciate the LGBT community and its allies coming out as one,’ said organizer Raymond Phang.

May 19, 2014

We knew Italy was gay, but who knew some regions are dedicating official tourism web pages for the LGBTI traveler? Things are looking up, belli and belle!

On paper, Italy may not come off as the most gay-friendly place.

In Italy, criminalizing discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and sexual orientation is currently under debate.

In September 2013 Amnesty International included reports from an Italian NGO (AGEDO) revealing LGBT people have been called 'sorcerers' or sexually abused by their relatives in order to 'fix' their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Yet Italy continues to rank as one of the most popular destinations with LGBTI tourists, with good reason.

May 18, 2014

'Wrong, shameful, and very sad,' say other gay activists who object to the rally for exploiting the deceased victims to gain media mileage

To mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), several dozen LGBT activists in Taipei erected 100 paper gravestones with the names of international and local lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender (LGBT) people who committed suicide after experiencing discrimination, bullying or violent attacks in front of the Presidential Office Building yesterday.

Each of the tombstones showed a QR code which is linked to a web page that tells the story of the person’s life, the China Times reported.