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February 1, 2015

His participation as a premier is a first in the event's 20-year history

It's the first time a state premier has taken part or led a gay pride march in the Australian state of Victoria.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, who was accompanied by his wife Catherine, led the march as it celebrated its 20th anniversary today with 141 groups participating and 4,000 people marching down Fitzroy Street in St Kilda today.

The parade is part of Melbourne's annual Midsumma gay and lesbian festival which attracts up to 50,000 people a year.

January 31, 2015

Source close to family tells People: 'He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he's doing'

Bruce Jenner is transitioning to female, according to People Magazine.

'He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he’s doing,' says a source close to Jenner's family which includes the Kardashian reality show clan. 'He’s in such a great space. That’s why it’s the perfect time to do something like this.'

January 31, 2015

Cabbie: 'You can't do that in here, get out and get another taxi if you want to do that!'

A gay couple in Chicago has filed a disrimination complaint after they were allegedly kicked out of a taxi by a driver upset that they had shared a kiss.

One of the men, Stephen Murphy, says boyfriend Daniel Costa reached over 'and just gave me a close peck kiss on the cheek. ... obviously we were shocked.'

Costa tells ABC 7 Chicago: 'The taxi cab driver said to us we could not do that in his cab.'

January 31, 2015

The proposed ‘conscience clause’ would allow people to refuse goods or services to LGBTI people on the grounds of strongly-held religious beliefs 

LGBTI activists are rallying against a new bill proposal which they fear could legitimise anti-gay discrimination in Northern Ireland.

The proposed ‘conscience clause’ is a measure which could allow people to refuse goods or services to gay and lesbian people on the ground of their strongly-held religious beliefs.

January 31, 2015

'I am a strong believer in traditional marriage and I do not construe homosexual rights as human rights'

A US lawmaker sees no connection between human rights and LGBTI equality.

On 27 January, during hearing on Nigeria, Representative Chris Smith separated gay and human rights.

'I am a strong believer in traditional marriage and I do not construe homosexual rights as human rights,' the New Jersey Republican said, according PolitickerNJ.

January 31, 2015

The bill would have allowed any business or professional including doctors in Virginia to discriminate against LGBTI people without any legal consequences

A House subcommittee in Virginia on Thursday vetoed a proposed 'conscience clause' bill that would allow anyone holding a state license, including business owners, lawyers and doctors, to legally deny services to gay men and lesbians, even those who are legally married as well as people who are perceived to be gay.

January 30, 2015

Slovaks will go to the polls on 7 February in a referendum called by family groups on same-sex marriage and gay adoption but there are hopes that not enough people will bother to vote for it to be considered valid

Slovaks will vote in a referendum on Saturday 7 February that is designed to show lawmakers how they feel about recognizing same-sex relationships and adoption by gay couples in the EU member state.

The referendum was brought on after a coalition of chruch groups and ‘family values’ groups managed to convince 400,000 people to sign a petition in favor of the referendum – 50,000 more than was needed to force a popular vote on the issue.

Slovaks will be asked three questions in the referendum:

January 30, 2015

Survey finds coming out to family remains difficult

Nearly 80% of LGBTI Vietnamese say society had changed positively toward them over the last five years, according to a new survey.

The survey released Tuesday (27 January) found that 44% of respondents had witnessed 'much' positive change from 2009 to 2013.

The most voted changes were confidence to be themselves, government recognition and LGBTI activities.

ICS Center surveyed 3,214 LGBTI Vietnamese citizens aged 16 and above in online forums between July and August 2014
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January 30, 2015

Moore had vowed not to succumb to the 'tyranny' of the federal court that struck down state's gay marriage ban

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed an ethics complaint against Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice alleging he put his personal views against gay marriage ahead of his job as a judge.

Earlier this week, Roy Moore vowed to 'stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority' after US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade declared the state's ban unconstitutional.

January 30, 2015

Top court breaks a long-standing agreement between the two countries

France's highest appeals court Wednesday (28 January) allowed a gay man to marry his Moroccan partner, despite the North African kingdom's refusal to recognize same-sex marriage.

France legalized gay marriage in 2013. However, a 1981 agreement said marriages between French and Moroccan nationals were subject to the laws of their respective countries.

Dominique and Mohammed first took the case to court after a city hall in France had refused to wed them, citing the 1981 convention.

January 30, 2015

Lawmakers side with religious freedom supporters

Idaho Republicans have effectively killed a bill that seeks to add 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' to the state's anti-discrimination law, after more than 20 hours of emotional testimony from LGBTI residents.

The Republican-led House State Affairs Committee voted 13 to 4 to hold the 'Add the Words' bill in committee. Democrats voted in favor of the bill.

Republican lawmakers said they feared the measure would lead to lawsuits against those who refused services to LGBTI people because of their religious beliefs. 

January 30, 2015

State Rep. Patricia Todd: 'My friends are worried about my safety'

First Alabama State Representative Patricia Todd was the one making the threats - now she's getting them.

This week, the openly gay Todd said she would expose the affairs of her colleagues who oppose gay marriage in response to negative comments made after the state's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by a federal judge.

January 30, 2015

'I would like equal rights for both my sons'

A powerful letter from a mother fighting for same-sex marriages rights for her gay son is going viral in Ireland.

Mary Knox O'Brien, writing from the small village Rathgar outside Dublin, has given a simple argument before May's referendum on the issue.

Published in the Irish Times, she said she would love to see both sons have equal rights under the law.

'Sir, - I also share a concern for "the children". I am especially concerned for my own children.

January 30, 2015

'The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was...My death needs to mean something'

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for Leelah's Law, the proposed legislation that could end LGBTI 'cure' therapy in the US.

The White House petition has gained the necessary amount of signatures required needed for a response from President Barack Obama.

January 30, 2015

UK department store will no longer have men's and women's sections

UK department store Selfridges has announced that it will do away with men's and women's sections and instead offer three floors of unisex fashion.

Male and female mannequins will be removed from the shop floor, and beauty products and accessories will also be rearranged when the six-week 'agender' project launches in March.

'We want to take our customers on a journey where they can shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes,' the store said in a statement.

January 30, 2015

He was also fined £15,000

Soccer star Robert Huth will serve a two match ban after posting transphobic messages on Twitter.

The Stoke City defender admitted he breached Football Association rules after comments he made on social media.

In January earlier this year, he responded to a Twitter account 'Cock Or No Cock' which posts sexual images of individuals and asks users to guess their gender.

The 30-year-old German apologized, saying: 'Clearly no offence was meant or directed to anyone, but apologies if I've offended anyone.'

January 30, 2015

A 24-year-old male and 23-year-old female could face life imprisonment

A straight couple could be charged with homosexuality in Tanzania.

Maua Sadick, a 24-year-old trans man, and his partner Lucy Fred, 23, were detained for two days after their arrest in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in east Africa. 

The couple's pictures were plastered across the pages of a local tabloid Uwazi with the headline 'Beautiful Girls Arrested For Homosexuality'.

January 30, 2015

Legislation creates a special LGBTI envoy in the State Department

US lawmakers in both of houses of congress yesterday (29 January) introduced a bill to promote and protect LGBTI rights globally.

The International Human Rights Defense Act would create a special envoy in the State Department to coordinate efforts to prevent and respond to discrimination and violence against LGBTI people worldwide.

January 29, 2015

New marketing director role would have run campaign on tolerance

A newly appointed head of marketing for a Belarus soccer club was fired after fans told the club they didn't want 'fags' as part of the team.

Valentin Sereda, a radio host in the former Soviet republic, was sacked from Dinamo Minsk FC over 'unprofessional' actions that damaged the 'reputation' of the club.

When press reported he was hired, homophobic fans started a campaign calling on the club to have him fired.

They released screenshots of pictures he had posted on dating websites, even though he did not appear nude or even shirtless in them.

January 29, 2015

AFA reportedly fired him for connecting Nazism with homosexuality

Bryan Fischer is practically a real-life caricature of a right-wing, religious radical spouting homophobia at every chance he gets.

But now, he is no longer serving as the spokesman for the American Family Association.

Rachel Maddow, speaking on her show, said: 'Fischer has been their director of issue analysis, the director of issue analysis for the American Family Association forever. He’s basically quoted everywhere for years now as the organization’s spokesman...

January 29, 2015

Bill gives civil partners nearly all the rights of married couples

Lawmakers in socially conservative Chile have given final approval to gay civil unions after more than four years of legislative wrangling.

The senate yesterday (January) passed the Civil Union Accord bill by a 25 to 6 vote margin with three abstentions, a week after the lower house approved the measure.

The bill now heads back to President Michelle Bachelet to sign into law.

January 29, 2015

Daily Dish blogger Andrew Sullivan has announced his retirement from blogging, saying he wants to concentrate on writing books and essays and spending more time with his husband and family

Openly gay conservative political blogger Andrew Sullivan announced yesterday he will retire from blogging to concentrate on other forms of writing.

A former editor of The New Republic, Sullivan founded his The Daily Dish blog in 2000 and it quickly became one of the most popular political blogs in the United States.

Sullivan moved the blog between a number of websites including Time, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast before switching to an independent, subscription-based format in 2013.

January 29, 2015

They're going to use it for LGBTI advocacy instead

A gay bear couple own JebBushForPresident.com, and they're not giving it up without a fight.

Domain owners CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater, from Oregon, purchased the site name in 2008, ready for the former Florida governor to enter the race.

Instead of promoting the Republican politician, however, they're planning on using it for LGBTI advocacy.

'This page is intended to prompt understanding, insight, and healthy dialogue in the ever changing landscape of civil rights and social justice,' they said.

January 29, 2015

Court deems the 'eccentric' kiss provacative

A gay couple who posted a picture of them kissing on Facebook is being told to not complain about death threats as they were asking for it.

A Lithuania court has dismissed a formal complaint after a series of online comments threatened two students who posted the same-sex kiss picture.

The District Court of Klaipėda City claims a person who posts a photo such as this 'has to anticipate that such an eccentric act would clearly discourage the common understanding and tolerance amongst people in our society who have different views and opinions.'