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March 20, 2015

As long as it can choose priests 'even on the basis of sexual orientation'

The Philippines church has stated its support for an anti-gay discrimination bill, as long as it does not infringe on its 'exclusive right' to choose priests – 'even on the basis of sexual orientation.'

Earlier this month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) clarified its stance on LGBTI issues as Congress is set to approve the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Bill.

March 20, 2015

Historic city's first LGBTI group talks to Gay Star News about Asia's young LGBTI movement

Macau tops the world in terms of GDP but on many social issues the city is still very backward, says Anthony Lam, the co-founder of the city's first LGBTI group.

The director-general of Rainbow of Macau said that he views the progress of LGBTI rights as an index of how internationalized the former Portuguese colony actually is.

Right now, the fight for LGBTI rights centers around the Domestic Violence Bill, and is one of the reasons why Rainbow was founded two years ago.

March 19, 2015

Immigration rules in both countries bar 'undesirable' persons from entering

A prominent gay rights activist Wednesday (18 March) challenged laws barring LGBTI people from entering Belize and Trinidad and Tabago at the region's top court.

Maurice Tomlinson argued that obscure immigration rules barring entry to LGBTI people violated his freedom of movement rights, enshrined in a key Caribbean Community treaty.

The Jamaican testified before the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice via video link so as not to break the country's immigration laws.

March 18, 2015

Committee wants to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts

Japanese lawmakers Tuesday (17 March) formed a cross-party group to stamp out anti-gay discrimination in the country by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hiroshi Hase, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member and leader of the committee, said they wanted to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts over Russia's anti-gay law.

'As it hosts the Olympic Games, there is no doubt that Japanese society will be questioned on how it treats its sexual minorities,' he said.

'We must substantiate the principles described in the basic plan of the Games.'

March 18, 2015

‘It was like when you’re going to have a fight. Then he just leaned forward and kissed me'

Liam Payne has revealed he once kiss his One Direction band mate Zayn Malik.

Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are the favourite couple in One Direction fan fiction but it was Payne, 21, who admitted to locking lips with Malik, 22.

‘I ended up kissing Zayn once! Zayn was like, “Come on then, come on,” putting his head close to me,’ he told We Love Pop magazine.

‘It was like when you’re going to have a fight. Then he just leaned forward and kissed me.’

Styles could not decide which member he would kiss in a life or death situation.

March 17, 2015

Prosecutor says the murder was a 'vigilante attack' to rid the area of gay men

A gay man was brutally beaten to death with a metal pole after he was caught having sex in a park toilet in Perth, a murder trial has heard.

Daniel Jones and Mark Taylor are accused of killing Warren Batchelor, 48, at a cruising site in Middle Swan Reserve, Caversham in November 2013.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim when two attackers burst in testified in court on Tuesday (17 March).

March 16, 2015

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A medical student has become an internet sensation in China after photos of him selling sanitary napkins in drag went viral.

Liu Dengjun, 20, a third-year sudent at Luzhou Medical College in Sichuan province, said dressing as a woman allowed him to get closer to his customers and experience the many inconveniences in a girl's life.

He wears a dress, simple make-up and high-heel shoes to promote his online sanitary napkins delivery service, which he said makes RMB10,000 to 20,000 a month.

March 16, 2015

Official proposes gay 'rehabs' to eradicate homosexuality in the country

Indonesia's Islamic authority has proposed the introduction of the death penalty for gay sex.

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) on 3 March issued a fatwa calling for a range of punishments, from caning to the death penalty, for homosexual acts.

Hasanuddin AF, chairman of the MUI’s fatwa commission, said the edict was issued because sexual deviance was on the rise and had even infiltrated schools.

'Sodomy, homosexuals, gays and lesbians in Islamic law are forbidden and [sodomy] is a vile act that is punishable by the death penalty,' he said.

March 12, 2015

Michigan school says the LGBTI charity 'conflicts' with its mission

A Christian university in Michigan has canceled a bake sale in aid of homeless LGBTI youth.

Andrews University (AU) said the charity Project Fierce Chicago 'conflicts' with the private Seventh Day Adventist school's mission.

The organizer of the sale, Eliel Cruz, said AU excluded the school's unofficial LGBTI group Aull4One 'on all channels.'

March 10, 2015

Documentary calls to Vatican to embrace LGBTI people

A heartwarming film released today (10 March) aims to achieve full acceptance of LGBTI persons in the Catholic Church.

It has already reached thousands of people and aims to be seen by Pope Francis and the Vatican clergy.

The 15 minute documentary includes touching personal accounts from Catholic LGBTI people and their family's acceptance of them.

March 10, 2015

Catholic bishop says LGBTI people with children 'are not parents'

An Irish Catholic bishop said on Monday (9 March) that homosexuality was not part of God’s plan — like Down syndrome or spina bifida.

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran made the comments on NewsTalk Breakfast radio while urging his countrymen to vote against the upcoming referendum on gay marriage.

When asked whether God had intended for homosexuality, he replied: 'That would be to suggest that some people are born with Down’s syndrome or spina bifida, that that was what God intended.'

'The thing about it is, I can’t see it in the mind of God.'

March 6, 2015

National Award-winner says he 'will go to any extent' to get his film about a gay professor past censors

An acclaimed Indian actor, who is playing a university professor who was suspended for being gay in an upcoming film, has said he 'accepts homosexuals the way they are.'

The first photo of Manoj Bajpayee as the professor was released earlier this week amid speculation over whether the film will pass censors.

Aligarh, directed by Hansal Mehta, is based on the true story of a 64-year-old professor who was suspended after a TV crew secretly filmed him having sex with a rickshaw puller.

March 6, 2015

Cruisers in their 80s shock a passing family

Three elderly men in tennis skirts shocked a young family who caught them having sex in a public park in England.

Dean Smallhatch stumbled across the trio in Desborough Island, Surrey on 1 February while out for a Sunday afternoon stroll with his children aged four, five and seven.

March 5, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful later apologizes 'unreservedly'

Ben Carson has said homosexuality is 'absolutely' a choice and prison sex proves this.

The potential Republican presidential candidate made the comments Wednesday (4 February) during an interview on CNN.

'A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,' he said.

The retired doctor then said he supported partnership rights for gay couples but not marriage.

March 5, 2015

Touching video, which features a pair of kissing skeletons, has gone viral with millions of views

A heartwarming video has hit 13 million views after being uploaded only days ago.

The three minute clip shows confused bystanders watching two skeletons hugging and kissing, who then reveal themselves as a female couple. Many more then choose to join in the frolics behind the screen which digitizes them to skeletons.

The ad is promoting the Diversity and Inclusion- Love Has No Labels campaign by the non-profit website which aims to raise awareness about the truth of prejudice and bias in America.

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March 4, 2015

City reaching out to LGBTI travellers with the help of Miss Richfield 1981

Atlantic City has revealed its new LGBTI tourism ambassador – the fabulous Miss Richfield 1981.

The scantily-clad star will represent the popular destination as she travels America and beyond with her riotous act.

Miss Richfield 1981 – the alter ego of Russ King – has appeared on shows including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Today, and commonly takes her show on various gay and lesbian cruises and to various vacation hotspots.

March 4, 2015

Teachers are told to listen to the worries and anxieties of LGBTI students

The Japanese education ministry has issued a document to schools and the education board requiring educational institutions give attention and support to LGBTI students.

Local media reports that LGBTI students are often abused and bullied on Japanese campuses, while experts and scholars are recommending schools carry out effective responses earlier to prevent suicide.

But current measures are limited to laws on 'homosexual disorder.'

March 3, 2015

CPPCC member says measure would help prevent the spread of HIV

A political advisor will propose a ban on group sex between men at the country's annual legislative sessions which begin tomorrow (4 March).

Professor Sun Jianfang from the Institute of Dermatology at Peking Union Medical College said the measure would help prevent the spread of HIV.

The member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said current laws on prostitution and group sex were limited to heterosexuals and should be amended to explicitly criminalize gay sex, the state-run Xinhua Daily reported.

February 27, 2015

Complainant says he is not against homosexuality but wants to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law

India's largest online shopping site has been sued for 'abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.'

Snapdeal.com sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law.

February 27, 2015

Regulator is investigating whether the smooch violates broadcast policy

The first lesbian kiss on South Korean TV aired on Wednesday (February 25) night, and it was epic.

Two two female students on drama Seonam Girls High School Investigators shared a passionate kiss in the library – but then broke up out of fear of being judged.

But not everyone was happy with having the display of same-sex affection broadcast into their homes.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) said Friday (27 February) it had received complaints and were looking in the matter.

February 26, 2015

'Can they marry one of the same sex and one of the opposite sex?'

Alabama's Chief Justice has suggested that bisexual and transgender people want to marry two different partners. 

In an interview with Associated Press on Monday, Moore claimed that if the Supreme Court vote to legalize gay marriage nationwide, it will open up the door for bisexual and transgender people to marry two different partners, one male and one female. 

'You're taking any definition of a family away,' said Moore. 

February 26, 2015

'I was hungry, I was cold, so I did it'

Homeless LGBTI youth in New York City are engaging in 'survival sex' to their meet basic needs such as food and shelter, a federally funded study has found.

Many of the 283 young people interviewed by the Urban Institute were forced onto the street after being kicked out of their homes or aging out of foster care.

February 26, 2015

Forbidden words also include 'obese,' 'palm oil' and 'Muslim'

Nutella on Tuesday (24 February) launched an online marketing campaign in France inviting consumers to customize a jar of the chocolate spread with a personalized message.

'Here you can create your custom messages and share them with those you love!' the campaign website reads.

That is, as long as the person you love is not a 'lesbian.'

Internet users quickly discovered that they were not allowed to certain words in their messages, including the word 'lesbienne.'

February 26, 2015

Research found that LGBTI homeless youths are significantly more likely to experience sexual exploitation than their non-LGBTI peers

A groundbreaking new study has found that almost one quarter of homeless youths in the UK are LGBTI. 

The research, carried out by The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), aimed to explore the experiences of homeless youths – aged 16-25 – who identify as LGBTI living in the UK. 

A survey, consisting of 36 questions, was distributed to 473 housing providers across England, Scotland and Wales.