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December 19, 2014

'To Chileans, this is perversion'

A pastor insulted and shoved Chilean lawmakers after congress voted in favor of a bill that gives legal protections to gay couples.

Javier Soto on Wednesday (17 December) stormed a congress session, holding a poster protesting the bill and shouted, 'Record, gentlemen... This is the filth they are offering up? To Chileans, this is perversion.'

'This half-naked man… look at this and film it, gentlemen. This is what Mr Rolando Jimenez (spokesperson for gay rights group Homosexual Movement of Integration and Liberation) does. Just look. Tell me otherwise.'

December 9, 2014

Blossom Hill, Moët and more

Christmas is around the corner – which means Dry January is barely three weeks away! Fill your boots in the meantime with our whip round of the festive season's most fabulous beverages.

Bottoms up!

December 9, 2014

A 25-year-old man was arrested in Warsaw Sunday morning after setting fire to a rainbow arch built by Polish artist Julita Wojcik as a symbol of tolerance for the LGBTI community

Warsaw’s Tolerance Rainbow in Savior Square has been torched again in the latest arson attack on the symbol of LGBTI tolerance in the city.

A drunk 25-year-old set fire to the rainbow arch, near the Church of the Holiest Savior, around 1am on Sunday.

However police quickly intervened and put out the fire, so only a small section of the installation, which is made of artificial flowers, was damaged this time.

This incident is only the latest attempt to burn the installation since it was erected in Warsaw in 2012.

December 8, 2014

Whether it's glamour in Glasgow or dirt in Dalston – welcome 2015 in style...

New Year's Eve may be falling on a weekday this month but that's no reason to hold back on the biggest party night of the year.

Here, we count down seven of the best gay and gay-friendly parties to check out this December 31...

November 19, 2014

One was just eight years old, murdered by her father after she told him she was trans

Trans people have been stoned to death, burned alive and had their eyes plucked out by their murderer, a new report says.

It highlights the tragedies of 226 trans people murdered in the last 12 months. 11 of the victims were 18 years old or younger.

But even these harrowing stories are likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Brazil and Mexico, once again, lead the list in the most reported killings of trans men and woman, according to a new report released by Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project.

November 10, 2014

Statue was labled 'homosexual propaganda' after Jobs' successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay

Elton John performed in St. Petersburg over the weekend and had a few things to say about the anti-propaganda laws that discriminate against LGBTI people in Russia.

John blasted the government for their recent removal of a statue of Apple founder Steve Jobs because his successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay last month.

November 9, 2014

The mayor of the Ukranian capital was asked to support the fight for human rights after a man threw a smoke grenade into a theatre that was screening a LGBT film last month

Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kiev and who is described as a 'dedicated social activist' by the Eurocities2014 website, has said that he considers human rights to be a good thing but he is not going to speak up for the rights of gays and lesbians, according to a statement by UPO Gay Aliance Ukraine.

October 25, 2014

Two people were reportedly injured as masked attackers stormed the cafe, and threw rocks and bottles at party attendees

A mob attacked attendees celebrating the second anniversary of the LGBTI Support Centre at the Damar cafe in the Old Bazaar area of Skopje, the capital of the East European country, on Friday.

Media reports say some 20 to 30 people in masks and hoods entered the cafe, and threw rocks and bottles at the people inside. Two were wounded, according to an AFP report. Details of their injuries were not reported.

October 24, 2014

And meet the other selfless animal heroes who picked up IFAW awards this week

Imagine sharing your home with 20 dogs, many of them maimed by horrific injuries. That’s daily life for a lesbian couple from Manchester, north-west England, who save dogs from Bulgaria and Cyprus who would otherwise be killed.

Emma Billington (pictured below) started as a dog walker and set up her dog crèche, Daycare4dogs, seven years ago.

Her dream was to use the profits to rescue and rehome injured and cruelly-treated dogs from overseas.

October 20, 2014

The wave of US states with marriage equality could spread across the entirety of the country in one go

President Barack Obama has said he believes same-sex couples should be able to marry in all 50 US states under the Constitution.

The president of the US says he believes gay marriage should come under the Equal Protection Clause.

Speaking to The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decisions since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeals from five states.

He described it as a 'consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up'.

October 16, 2014

'This horrible act has two reasons: the animalistic bestiality of an obviously sick and retarded bloodthirsty American soldier and your own society and corrupt politics'

The German fiancé of transgender murder victim Jennifer Laude has broken his silence.

ABS-CBN News published a statement from Marc Suselbeck, who said he had been engaged to Laude since December 2012 and was trying to move her to his home country.

Laude was found dead with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo, northwest of Manila.

October 5, 2014

Founder of mosque says petrol and oil were used, claims vandals are to blame for the attack

A gay-friendly mosque, which opened in South Africa's Cape Town two weeks ago amid fierce criticism from the local Muslim community, was damaged by a fire shortly after midnight on Saturday.

September 24, 2014

The last three marches were banned for security reasons

The head of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned the upcoming Belgrade Pride as 'shameless' and 'selfish.'

Patriarch Irinej said in a statement yesterday that the 'great majority' of people in the conservative Balkan country opposed Sunday's march.

He said, 'Organizers of such parading and their mentors from Europe refuse to draw conclusions from what previous parades caused.'

In 2010 marchers clashed with thousands of attackers. Dozens were arrested but none were convicted.

September 15, 2014

Officials are surprised by the backlash to the country's now-overturned anti-gay law

Ugandan tourism officials have said the African country still welcomes gay tourists despite repeated attempts to pass an anti-gay law.

The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country's reputation among both gay and straight tourists.

September 12, 2014

Despite the best efforts of firefighters, the building was quickly destroyed by fire just days before it hosted the same-sex ceremony

A cultural center in Brazil that was due to host a gay wedding this weekend has been almost completely destroyed by a fire.

It’s believed that the cause of the blaze was an arson attack and is likely to have been linked to the fact that the CTG Sentinelas do Planalto, in the city of Santana do Livramento, was due to host the same-sex ceremony.

The boss of the center, Gilbert Gisler, received an anonymous phone call a month ago from someone threatening to destroy the building because of its plans to host a gay wedding. He reported the call to the civil police.

July 31, 2014

From Burning Man to Conchita Wurst, from Austria to New Zealand, August serves you some sizzling LGBTI parties, cruises and Prides

It’s that time of the month again.

Time to download away the selfies from last month’s parties and make some hard drive space for the festivities coming up in August. What’s on offer, you ask?

Iceland celebrates its 16th annual Gay Pride

Ireland welcomes Pride goers to the country’s largest LGBTI pride event.

The Czech Republic celebrates its fourth Gay Pride parade, after last year’s event drew a reported 25,000 people.

And that's just three of the dozens we're going to show you...

July 25, 2014

Some of our greatest LGBTI citizens have sharply different approaches to conflict between Israel and Palestine

A protest rally in Boston around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict saw members of the LGBTI community at each other’s throats.

It proved we’re not a monolith when it comes to passion and politics, and demonstrated how LGBTIs are inextricably tied to world events.

‘You’re a traitor to your people,’ Malkah Feldman of Cambridge shouted in a heated exchange with a Jewish Zionist protester at a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Boston Public Library that the Boston Herald captured both in a photo and on video.

July 14, 2014

76-year-old former social studies teacher Jim Gaylord, fired as a teacher for being gay in 1972, finally got an apology from Washington’s Tacoma School Board on Sunday

76-year-old Jim Gaylord has received an apology for the termination that ended his teaching career 42 years ago.

Gaylord was fired from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, in 1972 after the local school board learned that he was gay after 12 years of teaching social studies at the school.

The school found out after a gay student at the school who knew an adult friend of Gaylord’s had sought out his counsel about his sexual orientation.

Gaylord did not confirm his sexual orientation to the student but gave him advice.

July 9, 2014

Show is first scripted series from network best known for Real Housewives franchise

Bravo, the network best known for its Real Housewives franchise, is launching its first scripted series and has lined up Laverne Cox as a guest star.

Cox, who last month was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, will appear in an episode of Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce which stars Lisa Edelstein as a recently divorced self-help writer.

Cox will portray a character by the name of Adele Northrop who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning war journalist and LGBT advocate. Northrop will be presenting who presents an award at a marriage equality gala.

June 23, 2014

Victim was misgendered by the police report and her own family even after her death

Police are trying to find the killer who burned a transgender woman to death and hid her body behind a garbage bin.

The victim was identified as Yaz'min Shancez, 31, from Fort Myers, in Florida. The police report misgendered her and gave her birth given name.

The police are not treating it as a hate crime.

‘We have no indication at this time to say this was specifically done because it was a male living as a female or anything like that,’ Fort Myers Police's Jay Rodriguez said.

June 18, 2014

Lower prices and more entertainment options are being promised in the Pines as the Pavilion gets a face lift for the summer and additional venues are constructed to cater to a new generation of LGBTI travelers

The Fire Island of old is gone.

The face of the East Coast’s prime gay getaway (not counting P-Town) has changed dramatically in recent years.

Be it the 2011 fire that took away the old Pavilion, 2012’s Hurricane Sandy that battered the beautiful shoreline, or the ever changing faces and demands of LGBTI travelers who make their way to Fire Island every summer... Fire Island will never be the same.

May 27, 2014

From Fire Island to Costa Rica, let us tickle you with a roundup of the sands, decks and shores you should plan to see and be seen

Budgets and diets are planned around summer's beach holidays.

Nothing beats the prospect of sunbathing with old friends or new acquaintances, enjoying some local refreshment and taking in the scenery, hopefully inclusive of some attractive fellow sun-worshippers.

Every year thousands of LGBTI travelers flock to the gay and lesbian beaches of the world. What makes them gay or lesbian?

May 24, 2014

US trans punk singer Laura Jane Grace is unhappy about the casting of Andrew Garfield in the video for ‘We Exist’, saying it perpetuates negative stereotypes of trans people

US transgender rock star Laura Jane Grace has hit out at Arcade Fire for using a Hollywood actor to portray a trans person in their new video.

Canadian rock band Arcade Fire recently released their video for new single ‘We Exist’, starring Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield playing a trans woman.

May 22, 2014

'We have an obligation as a state to defend those laws'

Utah Governor Gary Herbert chided politicians, in other US states, for not defending laws blocking gay marriage.

'For elected officials, governors or attorney generals, to pick and choose what laws (they) will enforce I think is a tragedy, and is the next step to anarchy,' the Republican said at a 22 May news conference, according to the Associated Press.