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December 18, 2014

Prosecutors refer the case to trial unusually quickly

Twenty-six men arrested in a much publicized raid on an alleged gay bathhouse in Cairo will stand trial for 'debauchery' on Sunday.

Prosecutors refered the case to trial yesterday, less than two weeks after the raid. This is unusually quick as some wait up to a year to go to trial in Egypt's backlogged judicial system.

Police raided the bathhouse on 7 December after a tip-off from a journalist.

December 18, 2014

Some of Australia’s leading politicians, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster, have offered to have lunch with donors to a campaign to raise $50,000 for Australian Marriage Equality

Leading Australian political figures are offering to get up close and personal with members of the public as part of a campaign to raise $50,000 for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

The fundraising campaign is being run by the group Australian Marriage Equality and has already raised $33,000 of a goal of $50,000 through crowdfunding website Pozible.

December 18, 2014

Poll finds significant change in attitudes over the past decade

The majority of South Korea still opposes gay marriage although there has been a significant changes in attitude over the past decade, according to a new survey.

A Gallup poll released last week (12 December) found that 35% of respondents were in favor of legalizing gay marriage, more than double the proportion 13 years ago.

In the same period, opposition to gay marriage fell from 67% from to 56%.

An overwhelming 85% of respondents said they were in favor of equal opportunities for gay people in the workplace.

December 17, 2014

Hackers behind the Sony cyber attack vow to carry out 9/11-style attacks on theaters that show the Franco-Seth Rogen comedy

Don't expect to see Rosie O'Donnell standing in line to buy tickets to the new James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy The Interview which opens in theaters on 24 December.

Threats of 9/11-type attacks have been made against theaters that show the film - threats from the hackers behind a major cyber attack against Sony, the studio releasing the movie.

O'Donnell said on The View today that she's too scared to go to a theater.

December 15, 2014

'I'll do whatever I can to help people. And I've had enough'

After spending 17 years as a National Football League employee, Rob Brakel is tired of being in the closet. He's come out to the league and his team, the Arizona Cardinals.

In a Outports profile, the video director explains why he decided to be out.

'I don't care anymore,' Brakel said in the 11 December Outsports article.

December 12, 2014

Former boyfriend of Marc Jacobs says he was 'humiliated'

Gay Brazilian model Harry Louis has claimed he was the target of discrimination in a Starbucks, when a worker told him to 'become a man'.

The former boyfriend of designer Marc Jacobs, he says he intends to sue the coffee company over the 'humiliating' incident.

Louis said he went to grab a hot drink while he was waiting for a connecting flight at the São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport on Wednesday morning (10 December).

But as the Starbucks wasn't open at 7am, the model asked a worker setting up when he would be able to get a coffee.

December 12, 2014

Recriminalization of homosexuality leads to an increase in anti-gay violence

More than 500 LGBTI activists yesterday attended a hearing in New Delhi on the consequences of India's recriminalization of gay sex.

The Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the penal code on 11 December 2013, which organizers India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India) said has led to an increase in anti-gay violence, stigma and discrimination and adversely affected the uptake of HIV services.

December 11, 2014

''The circuit courts of appeal are split as to whether a law restricting what counselors or health-care providers may say and what clients or patients may hear in the privacy of the counselor-client or doctor-patient relationship is speech protected by the First Amendment'

Conversion therapy advocates are taking the battle to the US Supreme Court.

Lawyers for two counselors, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and the American Association of Christian Counselors filed a petition requesting the highest court to review New Jersey's 'ex-gay' therapy ban for minors.

December 11, 2014

Andrew Barr says he will campaign to marry his partner of 15 years

Andrew Barr today became the first gay government leader after he was sworn in as chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

He won yesterday's leadership ballot unopposed after the incumbent leader quit last week and said he would use his position to advocate for gay marriage.

During his emotional acceptance speech at the ACT legislative assembly, the Labor politician turned to his partner in the gallery and said, 'Anthony, I love you.

'I look forward to the day when we can legally marry in this country.'

December 10, 2014

Activists call on the international community to pressure Mayor Park into passing his scrapped human rights charter

The occupation of Seoul city hall by LGBTI activists enters day five as the mayor remains silent on a human rights charter he indefinitely postponed last week.

Today is World Aids Day and was the scheduled date for the enactment of the charter, which includes provisions banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A coalition of 20 LGBTI groups started the sit-in on Saturday 'out of rage' that Mayor Park Won-soon nullified the charter after anti-gay protests, despite a citizens committee passing the measure.

December 9, 2014

Three transgender residents sue the city for discrimination

Transgender people in New York City will no longer be required to undergo sex reassignment surgery to change the gender on their birth certificates.

The city council yesterday (8 December) passed a bill that eliminated the 'antiquated' requirement by 39 votes to four, with three absentations.

The legislation was introduced by councilman Corey Johnson in October and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

December 9, 2014

Charity says 'genitally expressed' same-sex relationships are unacceptable

The Salvation Army is trying to rebrand itself as a gay-friendly charity ahead of its annual Christmas fundraising campaign.

The Christian homeless charity said accusations of anti-gay discrimination were a 'myth' despite reports to the contrary.

'For years, Facebook posts, forwarded emails and rumors have been leading some people to believe that the Salvation Army does not serve members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,' it said in a statement.

'These accusations simply aren't true.'

December 7, 2014

Following a landslide victory by the Labor Party, the new Victorian state government has appointed Australia’s first ever Minister for LGBTI Equality in Martin Foley

Albert Park MP Martin Foley has become the first government minister at a state or federal level in Australia to be given an LGBTI Equality portfolio as the new Victorian Labor state government moves quickly to fulfill one of its election promises to the LGBTI community.

Incoming Premier Daniel Andrews promised that he would allow same-sex couples to adopt if he won government, alongside creating the equality portfolio and a government ministerial advisory committee which would identify issues of inequality in Victorian state law.

December 6, 2014

Some of the attitudes about the LGBTI community expressed in this documentary might shock you, or perhaps more worryingly, they may seem all too familiar

In 1967, US TV network CBS aired an episode of their CBS Reports program entitled ‘The Homosexuals.’

The program aimed to decipher and discover more about homosexual lifestyles, what people knew about them and how people felt towards them.

The documentary opens with the results of a survey into what the average American thought about gay people.

‘Homosexuality is an enigma,’ says presenter Mike Wallace.

‘We discovered that Americans consider homosexuality more harmful to society than adultery, abortion or prostitution.’

November 28, 2014

Brenda was raped to ‘cure’ her of being lesbian, leaving her with HIV which she passed on to her female partner

In Kenya, where same sex relationships are illegal, sexual minorities, especially lesbians, are marginalized and often lack access to HIV prevention.

‘It’s as if we don't exist!’ laments Brenda, 23, who is a lesbian living with HIV. ‘There’s no data or specialized HIV programs that address lesbians which has led to our receiving poor HIV health care services.’

On World AIDS Day (1 December), take a moment to consider this fact: currently there are five million young people (15 to 24) living with HIV, the majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa.

November 28, 2014

Magic anti-HIV pill or just an excuse for bareback sex?

PrEP is the new buzzword in HIV. It’s a pill to reduce your chance of getting the virus.

But the treatment is still in trials and public information is patchy at best.

So as we prepare for World AIDS Day on 1 December, here’s what every gay and bisexual man needs to know about PrEP.

What is PrEP?

It means ‘pre-exposure prophylaxis’ and is a medical term for providing ‘treatment’ to prevent you getting something.

November 27, 2014

Makers of Battlefield and the Mass Effect series of video games, Electronic Arts has yet again been given a perfect LGBTI workplace equality score by the Human Rights Campaign - cementing its place as one of the most inclusive employers in the work

Electronic Arts (EA), one of the world’s top producers of video games has solidified its reputation as one of the most LGBTI friendly companies, being awarded a perfect score by the Human Rights Campaign for the third year in a row when it comes to LGBTI inclusion.

The Human Rights Campaign chose four main criteria for how it determined LGBTI workplace inclusiveness this year.

November 27, 2014

Senior sexual health nurse tells it like it is

There are many reasons why people put off having an HIV test, from fear of stigma and rejection, denial, misconceptions about life with HIV to a lack of awareness of how it can be transmitted.

This World AIDS Day (1 December) take the opportunity to test and take control of your health and your future.

Here are my five reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to have an HIV test:

1 Knowing your status can save your life

As many as one in 4 people living with HIV do not know they are infected.

November 25, 2014

Faith-based book equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality'

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for a month without pay for distributing a self-published anti-gay book to his subordinates.

In the book Who Told You That You Were Naked, he identified himself as a 'devout Christian man' whose first priority as Atlanta Fire Department (AFD) chief was 'to cultivate its culture to the glory of God.'

One passage equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality' and another describes gay sex as one of several 'vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.'

November 25, 2014

A Facebook message has gone viral in Ireland and abroad, proving there are still wonderful people in the world

A gay man wandered into a Dublin store, dressed in a wooly sweater and short shorts.

When the man, who only wants to be identified as Colm, was called an anti-gay slur by another customer, the cashier then reacted in the best way possible.

This is a story that has gone viral in Ireland and now abroad.

Drag queen Panti Bliss shared the story, which reads in full:

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 24, 2014

'We live ordinary lives, just like everybody else,' one of the women said. 'Now it looks like I'm being a target.'

A lesbian couple is upset after their address on Google Maps had been changed to say that 'Faggots live here'.

Jennifer Mann and Jodi McDaniel have lived together in their small home in Canton, a town in North Carolina for the past four years.

Mann's son, Dakota Bonham said he discovered the slur when he was googling the address at Pisgah High School.

The couple, their three children and one grandchild, have described it as a 'hate crime'.

November 22, 2014

His government employer initially offered him only four days leave following the birth of his child via a surrogate

A gay man in Durban, South Africa, has launched a legal bid to claim the same length of maternity leave that a woman who gives birth is entitled to receiving.

The man is in a civil union with another man. They became parents to a child through surrogacy.

Currently, a woman who gives birth to a child is entitled to four months maternity leave in South Africa.

November 22, 2014

Mark Carter, former Mr Gay UK, has been suspended from duty in West Yorkshire after the attack on another gay man in the toilets of a popular bar in Manchester 

A former Mr Gay UK turned police officer has been suspended after being convicted of attacking a man in a gay club.

Mark Carter, a police constable for West Yorkshire Police, was convicted of assault by beating by Manchester Magistrates court.

Carter attacked another man in the toilets of The Thompsons Arms in Manchester’s gay village.

He was made the subject of a 12-month community order, told to do 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £100 compensation to his victim.