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September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

September 29, 2014

16 people were hospitalized after being gassed and police tried to force venues to shut the event down but that didn't stop them

Thugs stormed their events and released gas. Police and politicians tried to shut them down. But the LGBTI people of St Petersburg have shown they won't be silenced.

For 10 days, the LGBTI rights organization Coming Out St Petersburg has attempted - and succeeded - in holding an arts festival.

They faced repeat attacks from thugs, leaving 16 people hospitalized on opening night. They also allege the police pressured every single venue to cancel their events in an attempt to ruin the week.

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 23, 2014

Whether you’re flying solo, with your partner or rainbow family, the Gay European Tourism Association offers some advice to keep safe and have fun on your European adventure

The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has launched an information campaign to educate LGBTI travelers touring Europe.

GETA's new website explains the ‘difference in legal and social attitudes to homosexuality across Western, Central and Eastern Europe,’ so LGBTI travelers are aware of how homosexuality is treated throughout European countries.

September 23, 2014

Read the list of eight celebrities who ‘shocked the world’ with their sexuality – including Radcliffe, who is actually straight

A leading Arabic broadcaster has ‘named and shamed’ eight international celebrities for their ‘homosexuality’ – and got it wrong.

The Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) delivers news and entertainment to 150 million Arabic speakers around the world.

September 23, 2014

Thousands of political prisoners were 're-educated' in the island jail

The Croatian government has received a controversial proposal to turn a former gulag into a gay resort.

Only a few abandoned prison buildings stand on the uninhabited island of Goli Otok, which translates to the Barren Isle.

Between 1949 and 1956, 13,000 political prisoners were sent to the gulag for 're-education' when Croatia was part of Communist Yugoslavia. About 400 of them died there.

September 21, 2014

Interesting YouTube video gives you the history behind how the word evolved and all the different connotations the word has taken on

Do you know the history of the word homosexual?

Some may use this word frequently, where others prefer to use the word gay, so YouTube vlogger Cristen Conger decided to put a video together explaining the different definitions the word has had.

And it makes for a very interesting history lesson.

For example, did you know up until 1973 homosexuality was listed as a sociopathic personality disorder?

September 17, 2014

The US retailer appears to be working harder to assert its diversity and LGBTI-friendly credentials

US retail giant Target has not always stuck out its neck in support for LGBTI rights.

In 2010, it emerged that it had previously made financial donations to Republican politicians fiercely opposed to advancing gay rights, prompting a short-lived boycott by some customers.

September 15, 2014

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the agency to denounce 'gay cures'

A Chinese man suing a 'gay cure' clinic has secured a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to denounce 'gay cures.'

The WHO agreed to meet 30-year-old Xiao Zhen, a pseudonym, in China.

At the time of writing more than 108,000 members of LGBTI rights group All Out had signed the petition.

September 11, 2014

A group of Egyptian men who say they filmed a same-sex marriage video as a joke among friends have passed a medical examination intended to show whether they were homosexual or not

Seven Egyptian men have been given medical examinations to try to prove if they have ever had gay sex and have been given the all clear after a video from April which appeared to depict a same-sex marriage saw them arrested.

The seven were charged with ‘debauchery’ after authorities discovered a video of them on a Nile river party boat.

Homosexuality is not specifically outlawed in Egypt but ‘debauchery’ charges have often been used to harass gay men in Egypt none the less.

September 11, 2014

Police are investigating whether the 18-year-old’s death was a homophobic hate crime

An 18-year-old, openly gay man has been found murdered in Brazil after what is believed to be a homophobic attack.

It’s been reported the body of João Antônio Donati was discovered yesterday (10 September) in a vacant lot in the Brazilian city of Inhumas, in the state of Goiás. His neck had been broken and his mouth stuffed with paper.

Eighteen-year-old João Antônio Donati was gay and working at a local bar. Police are investigating the possibility that he was murdered in a homophobic hate crime.

September 9, 2014

When gays, lesbians and coal miners united 30 years ago, they changed Britain forever: GSN spoke with two of the ringleaders

The UK in 1984 was a divided country. But two very different groups of people were about to come together in one of the most unlikely alliances in political history. And in doing so, they would change hearts and minds around the nation and show the global LGBTI movement anything is possible.

This is the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners – a story which has just been turned into the critically acclaimed film, Pride, out in theaters in Britain on 12 September.

September 9, 2014

Activists fear the gay marriage bill has been shelved indefinitely

More than forty marriage equality and civil rights groups gathered outside the Taiwanese legislature in Taipei this morning calling on lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill they say has been deliberately set aside.

They also announced a larger protest that will see 99 civil rights groups surround the Legislative Yuan when it reopens on October 5.

September 8, 2014

Chetan Bhagat says Section 377 is a relic of India's colonial past

Bestselling Indian author Chetan Bhagat has blasted his country's anti-gay law as 'sinful' in a blog post published on the Times of India website.

He wrote, 'We make 100 million Indians criminals and go about our daily lives as if their concerns are irrelevant to us. To me, this is nothing short of a collective sin.

September 8, 2014

Some of Gaga’s Little Monsters in Russia performed a tightly choreographed routine in tribute to their heroine

St Petersburg is not one of the more gay friendly places in the world. It was the first city in Russia to introduce anti-gay laws forbidding the promotional of ‘non-traditional’ relationships to minors before similar laws were rolled out nationwide in 2013.

September 7, 2014

Some 300 people march in the first pride parade held in the eastern city of Osijek on Saturday to celebrate the country's first same-sex civil union

The staunchly Catholic Eastern European country registered the first civil partnership between two men on Friday, according to media reports.

The couple, who were not named in the media, held their ceremony in the capital city of Zagreb. Administration Minister Arsen Bauk reportedly attended the event and presented the two with ties.

Marko Jurcic of the Zagreb Pride gay rights group called the same-sex union laws a 'major step forward'.

September 5, 2014

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta are among the footballers participating in Stonewall's 2014 rainbow laces initiative

Soccer stars have stripped down and laced up for a new gay rights campaign.

Arsenal footballers Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain poke fun at themselves in the Stonewall advert.

The gay rights charity have paired up with Paddy Power to raise awareness of homophobia in sport.

September 3, 2014

A 32-year-old hopes to finally see justice after years of dealing with alleged sexual abuse

A gay man has claimed a male teacher at his Baptist school raped him weekly for three years to 'make him hate men'.

Jeff White, 32, has opened up about the horrific 'gay cure' he faced during the 1990s at a school in Walls, Mississippi.

His parents sent him to the school after he came out to them when he was 14 in 1996. The school's curriculum was and still is Bible based, with 'every student being taught the truths of God's word'.

August 17, 2014

The Mumbai chief of India’s ruling party, BJP, says his party is now against the misuse of section 377 and will raise the issue in Parliament

'Criminalizing the gay community by misusing section 377 of the IPC [Indian Penal Code] is not acceptable to the [ruling] BJP,' Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar told some 250 attendees at a special Independence Day event 'Acceptance Meet' On Friday. The meeting was organized by The Humsafar Trust, an NGO in Mumbai which promotes LGBTI rights, and other community organizations.

August 15, 2014

Gay Christian rock star says she wants to come out to help young people in the church who could be affected by extremist homophobic pastors

US pastor Scott Lively, who believes gay people can be ‘cured’, came to blows with lesbian Christian rock star Vicky Beeching yesterday (14 August).

He told her she had ‘given into a lie’ into believing there is any such thing as a ‘gay person’.

Beeching, a British theologian and musician who made her name in the US Bible Belt and came out this week, said she wants to become an advocate for gay rights within the church.

But Lively has called on Beeching to not succumb to the ‘temptations of the flesh’ and repent her ‘sins’.

August 10, 2014

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff says, 'Bigotry, in all its forms, is unacceptable in our community, and it certainly has no place in our school environment'

A school chaplain and youth outreach officer has been fired from his job after re-posting a comment on Facebook that said 'homosexuality is not normal' and 'no-one is born gay'.

Troy Williams, who works at Hobart College and is an employee of the Scripture Union, has since removed the post and issued an apology.

Scripture Union is Tasmania's main provider of school chaplaincy services which appoints and trains state and private school chaplains.

August 7, 2014

Openly gay Neil Tennant and band partner Chris Lowe will perform 13 August at Forum Karlin in support of LGBT communities in eastern countries

The British electro pop duo will be headlining a historic concert at this year’s Prague Pride.

Considered the most successful duo in UK music history, the Pet Shop Boys will be performing in the newly built Forum Karlin on 13 August in the midst of Prague Pride, marked by over 100 social and political events taking place from 11 to 17 August

The theme for the fourth annual Prague Pride has been decided: East Meets West.

August 5, 2014

A new vote by parliament could undo a ruling by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the law

Uganda lawmakers are gathering together to demand a swift vote to restore the anti-gay law.

A new vote by parliament could undo a ruling by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the law.

But now lawmaker Latif Sebagala has said the petition for a re-vote had already collected 100 signatures.

On Friday, he said he believed he would have signatures from a majority of parliament.

‘We want the speaker to allow us suspend our rules of procedure so we can have the Anti-Homosexuality Act back and passed in three days,’ he said.

August 1, 2014

Some of the leading figures in the global ‘ex-gay’ movement have signed a joint letter of apology and have now pledged to denounce attempts to ‘cure’ people of their same-sex attractions

Leading former figures from ‘ex-gay’ groups including Exodus International and Love In Action have today released a letter of apology and a pledge to work to undo the harm they have done.

The group includes Exodus International co-founder Michael Bussee, Courage UK founder Jeremy Marks, Coming Back founder Bill Prickett, Love In Action outreach director Tim Rymel and executive director John J Smid, Paraklete Ministries founder Darlene Bogle and Yvette Schnieder who earlier this week announced her support for the banning of so-called reparative therapies on minors.