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October 20, 2014

City government says his words were misinterpreted by foreign media

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has backtracked on comments he made in support of gay marriage to foreign media after a backlash in his home country.

Park told the San Francisco Examiner earlier this month that he hoped Korea would be the first country in Asia to allow gay marriage, making him the first mainstream Korean politician to come out in support of same-sex unions.

He added that gay rights faced strong from the church.

October 19, 2014

'Personally I would have been very worried and saddened if there hadn't been these ... animated discussions ... or if everyone had been in agreement or silent in a false and acquiescent peace'

Catholic bishops failed to pass paragraphs supporting a more tolerant attitude toward gays.

Senior church officials were in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The softer stance toward LGBTI Catholics could not gain the required two-thirds majority to pass.

October 18, 2014

Matt Stolhandske, a member of a pro-marriage equality Christian group, is appealing to the LGBTI community to help pay the fine two Portland-based Christian bakery owners received for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple

In 2013 Melissa and Aaron Klein, who own a bakery in Portland, Oregon, refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding.

They now face a fine in excess of US$150,000 after the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found ‘substantial evidence’ that they had discriminated against the lesbian couple.

October 14, 2014

'We all know actors who are [gay] who don't want to talk about it or bring it up, or who deny it'

Although more and more make actors are coming out publicly as gay, none so far have been stars whose names go above the title of a major movie.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays a gay man in his latest film, thinks he knows why.

'I think if you’re going to sell yourself as a leading man in Hollywood to say "I’m gay," sadly, is still a huge obstacle,' he tells Out magazine.

October 11, 2014

Opera singer Tamar Iveri was let go by Opera Australia and La Monnaie opera company of Brussels after a homophobic post appeared on her Facebook account

Georgian opera star Tamar Iveri, who described Pride as for the 'fecal masses', has cancelled her apology performance to the LGBTI community planned for today (11 October).

Earlier this year, the singer was dropped from a performance at Opera Australia after a homophobic rant appeared on her official Facebook page.

The rant praised Georgians for spitting at a LGBTI Pride parade and compared gay rights advances to cancer.

October 7, 2014

Similar to Russia's own anti-gay laws, the European Union has described Kyrgyzstan's new gay propaganda bill as one of the most sweeping homophobic draft laws in the world

A Central Asian country has taken just four minutes to agree on an anti-gay bill that makes Russia look tame.

A key education committee in Kyrgyzstan, which used to be in the Soviet block and is still influenced by Russian politics, has approved the language of their 'gay propaganda' legislation.

On Thursday, the bill will receive its first reading. If the lawmakers approve it, then it will be signed into law by the president.

Now it has emerged that it has taken just four minutes for the committee to decide to approve the bill.

October 7, 2014

The gay icon is a long-standing supporter of LGBTI rights

Taiwanese diva A-mei voiced her support for gay marriage on Sunday at a concert in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

At the appropriately named Rainbow Bay Festival, she came onstage wearing a sticker saying 'legalize gay marriage' on her arm.

Before singing gay anthem Rainbow, A-mei said, 'Today in Taipei there is an extremely meaningful activity, gay marriage equality.

'Although I'm in Kaohsiung, on stage I hope to use this song to support.'

October 4, 2014

The former world champion, who appeared in Mark Wahlberg's No Mercy music video in 1995 as himself, is said to be a 'surprising' but 'perfect' person to emerge as a gay rights advocate in conservative Poland

'I am an ally of LGBT people, because I want to live in a country where my gay friends are not discriminated against,' declared Dariusz Michalczewski, a world-famous pugilist, in a photo to support a prominent gay rights group, Shoulder to Shoulder on Equality — LGBT and Friends in Poland.

October 1, 2014

Homophobia is not a crime in the country even though it has the highest LGBTI murder rate in the world

At least 216 LGBTI people have been murdered this year in Brazil where homophobia is not a crime.

The data was collected by the Gay Group of Bahia from January to 29 September and is based on police records and news reports as there are no official statistics.

The region with the most cases was the Northeast (43%) and the city with more cases per capita was Cuiabá, with 0.03 homicides per 1,000 inhabitants.

Gay men are the most affected (59%), followed by transvestites (35%) and lesbians (4%).

October 1, 2014

Hulk star refuses to keep supporting a Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva over her views on LGBTI rights

Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo has announced he has withdrawn support for Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva over her views on gay marriage.

On his Tumblr account, the Avengers star said he could not in good conscience support someone with such views on LGBTI rights - even if they do have a good approach to environmental isues.

Ruffalo had previously posted a video backing Silva, who is running on the Brazilian Socialist Party ticket.

September 30, 2014

Tens of thousands of people denounced his comments on social media

A minor character in the Brazilian presidential race overshadowed a nationally televised debate on Sunday night after saying gay people needed psychological care far away from the general population.

Levy Fidelix drew no reaction from the other candidates but tens of thousands of people took to social media to denounce his comments as homophobic and hateful.

The Brazilian Labor Renewal Party founder said, 'Those people who have those problems should receive psychological help. And very far away from us, because here it is not acceptable.'

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.