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May 28, 2015

One gay boy was made to eat banana held in front of classmate's groin

Around 65% of student teachers in Hong Kong harbor moderate and extremely negative attitudes toward LGBTI people, a new study by the city's Institute of Education shows.

Researchers also found that more than 80% of trainee teachers in the city have never received any education about sexuality or gender diversity.

The institute interviewed 332 trainee teachers between May 2014 and April and 42 LGBTI sttudents aged 14 to 25, as well as 13 parents of LGBTI children and seven community service workers.

May 28, 2015

But gay activists hope Ugandans will see them for enjoying life as human beings

A Ugandan tabloid has published pictures of LGBTI Ugandans celebrating Pride on its front page, branding it a 'sex fest' today (28 May).

Activists from the Out and Proud Diamond Group attended Birmingham Pride last weekend, kissing their loved ones and celebrating in a way they cannot do in the country they once called home.

The knowledge they can never go back was heightened when Hello Daily newspaper published their full photos, making clear they would risk violence if they return.

May 27, 2015

We love you Greenland

Greenland has become the latest country to pass same-sex marriage equality and offer adoption to gay and lesbian couples.

Parliament agreed 27-0 to the new measures yesterday (26 May) and the law will come into effect on 1 October.

It’s just another reason why this vast wilderness nation of just 57,000 people is one of the most amazing places on Earth. Congratulations Greenland!

May 27, 2015

Parliament unanimously approves gay marriage and adoption

Greenland's parliament Tuesday (26 May) voted unanimously to adopt Danish laws legalizing gay marriage and adoption.

Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark and has been self-governing since 2009.

The Arctic nation adopted Denmark’s civil union law in 1996. But it did not do the same when Denmark legalized gay marriage in 2012.

In February, it was announced that a bill to remedy this would be introduced in spring, which parliament passed by a vote of 27-0 with two absentations.

May 25, 2015

Says he will bypass legislature and 'directly enforce' marriage equality

Taiwanese presidential hopeful Shih Ming-teh on Sunday (24 May) said he will allow gay couples to marry and give them the same rights as straight couples if he is elected.

The 74-year-old said posted an article about the Irish referendum on Facebook with the comment, 'If only I was elected president, in fact the Legislative Yuan wouldn't need to pass any new bills.'

May 25, 2015

City's only gay lawmaker proposed the motion

Hong Kong's parliament could debate same-sex unions by the end of the year.

The city's first openly gay lawmaker Ray Chan said Sunday (24 May) that he had proposed a motion to discuss the legalization of same-sex civil partnerships earlier this year.

'In January this year, I submitted a motion to the Legislative Council urging the government to conclude a civil union law, and legislate to protect the rights of same-sex couples who enter a relationship,' he wrote on Facebook.

'The earliest it will be debated is later this year.'

May 22, 2015

Haters using police admin to stop Pride parade

Hate-filled Christians are camping outside police stations for weeks to block LGBTI events in Korea.

Now the country’s largest LGBTI celebration, Korea Queer Culture Festival and its parade, is under threat.

The Christians are using an administrative loophole to stop it.

Police will grant permission to hold rallies and events on a first-come, first served basis after applications are submitted one month in advance.

May 18, 2015

Another is found burnt and mutilated near a bus stop

Four transgender women have been murdered within weeks of each other in Pakistan.

Three transgender women were shot dead in a drive-by on the night of  8 May.

The two motorcycle riders opened fire on a group transgender women who were standing on the corner of a busy street in Rawalpindi.

Billi and Shah Zaib died at the scene and Saima Shahzadi died the next morning in hospital. Four others, including two transgender women, were injured.

May 17, 2015

The men, all under the age of 25, were caught with 122 condoms between them

Twenty-one young men under the age of 25 have been arrested in Nigeria for being in a 'gay cult'.

The young men, who were caught with 122 condoms between them, were held in an Ibadan police station last week.

The arrest comes after Nigerian state governor Emmanuel Uduaghan said he would crack down on 'gay cults', saying 'these are our young boys and men come to sleep with them'.

May 16, 2015

#IDAHOT

Londoners, Ugandans and Gambians came together this week to protest against Yayha Jammeh who has threatened to slit the throats of gay people.

As the world marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia tomorrow (17 May), activists have made clear how horrific it is to be LGBTI in certain countries.

May 15, 2015

Unsurprisingly, Uganda is at the bottom of the list

Iceland has topped the first Gay Happiness Index with a score of 79 out of 100.

Gay dating network PlanetRomeo ranked countries on three criteria: public opinion, public behavior and life satisfaction.

Three other Nordic countries rounded off the top four – Norway (77), Denmark (76) and Sweden (73) – followed by Uruguay (73), Canada (72) and Israel (71).

May 15, 2015

City welcomes women in polygamous marriages but not same-sex partners

A British lesbian Thursday (14 May ) launched a landmark challenge against the Hong Kong government after she was refused a dependent visa to live in the Chinese city with her partner.

The woman in the 40s, who can only be identified as QT, entered into a civil partnership in 2011. She moved to Hong Kong later that year after her partner SS was offered a tech job in the territory with a global firm.

QT applied for a dependent visa – in 2012 and 2014 – but was refused both times.

May 13, 2015

'And no white person can do anything about it'

The Gambia's notoriously anti-gay President Yahya Jammeh has threatened to slit the throats of gay men in the small West African nation and said there was nothing the West could do to stop him.

The dictator, who seized power in a bloody coup in 1994, made the inflammatory comments last week during a stop on a nationwide agricultural tour.

VICE News obtained a translation of Jammeh's speech, which was about fostering a healthy atmosphere for the country's youth.

May 7, 2015

Bill has been two years in the making

The Cypriot Cabinet Wednesday (6 April) approved a long-awaited civil partnership bill that would allow gay couples to register their relationships and grant them all marriage rights except joint adoption.

The legislation will now be sent to parliament, where it will be discussed and put to a vote.

Interior Minister Socrates Hasikos, who helped prepare the bill, said Cyprus was ready for same-sex unions.

May 6, 2015

One of Europe's biggest LGBT pride events is celebrating a major milestone in style

Brussels has always been a city where you get a real sense of the world coming together, a place where anything is possible, that sparks could fly with the tremendous mix of ideas, identities, and cultures.

In just a few days time the city will host a massive parade and party to close out the 2015 Pride.be, and it promises to be an event to remember.

May 6, 2015

The lawsuit was brought after the Costa Rican Doctors and Surgeons Association wouldn’t let the same-sex partner of one of their members use the group’s recreational facilities because they weren’t married

The Supreme Court of Costa Rica has upheld a ruling that professional associations may not discriminate against people who are in same-sex relationships.

The lawsuit was brought after the same-sex partner of a member of Costa Rica’s Doctors and Surgeons Association was refused membership at recreational facilities owned by the association for the benefit of their members and their families.

May 2, 2015

The High Court has ordered the government to officially recognize the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission after the group was rejected five times

It's an unexpected and landmark victory for LGBT Kenyans.

The High Court has ordered a government agency that regulates non-governmental organizations to recognize and register a human rights group seeking to protect the rights of gay people in the country.

April 23, 2015

Extends marital leave to gay employees

Gamania has become the first listed company in Taiwan to recognize same-sex marriage by extending marital leave to gay employees.

The computer game developer Wednesday (22 April) announced that the policy had taken effect on 1 April.

Gay employees can now apply for eight days of paid marital leave by presenting their wedding invitations, marriage certificate or other evidence.

April 23, 2015

Pope Francis reportedly met with openly gay French diplomat Laurent Stefanini over the weekend to tell him that he could not accept his appointment to become an ambassador to the Vatican City

France’s openly gay pick to become its next ambassador to the Holy See has met with Pope Francis only to be told he is unacceptable for the job, according to new reports.

Laurent Stefanini met with Pope Francis for a 15 minute audience over the weekend, according to the Le Canard Enchâiné newspaper, and was told that France’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2013 was part of the reason he could not accept him into the Vatican’s diplomatic community.

April 20, 2015

If made legal, any group that 'engages in activity contrary to the people of Uganda' will be outlawed

The lives of Uganda's LGBTI people and their allies could be about to get that much harder if a proposed bill is made legal.

The suggested law would effectively make it illegal for LGBTI people to freely associate and to help others in the community.

It would allow lawmakers to ban any group or charity that is critical of the government or that 'engages in activity...which is contrary to the dignity of the people of Uganda'.

Published last week, it is expected to be debated in parliament soon.

April 16, 2015

The French Government says it will not back down on its choice of senior diplomat and openly gay man Laurent Stefanini as its next ambassador to the Holy See but officially the Vatican is giving him the silent treatment

Vatican City is continuing to refuse the appointment of an openly gay man as the French ambassador to the world’s smallest country.

Vatican City, home of the Holy See and headquarters of the global Catholic Church, is only 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of 842 is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

April 13, 2015

Homophobic attacks have increased since parliament registered an anti-gay law

An LGBTI organization was targeted in an attempted arson attack earlier this month in Kyrgyzstan.

CCTV cameras caught two unknown persons throwing three bottles of explosives into the yard of Labrys' headquarters in Bishek around 10.30pm on 3 April.

Two bottles caused an open fire but the office building remained untouched.

'The nature of the attack shows that the attackers were planning arson,' the group said.

April 7, 2015

The Holy See is to receive its first ever openly gay ambassador in the form of France’s Laurent Stefanini and not everybody’s sure they’re too thrilled about that

The smallest country in Europe and its only remaining absolute monarchy is about to get its first ever openly gay ambassador from another country.

Vatican City, home of the Holy See and headquarters of the global Catholic Church, is only 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of 842 is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

April 3, 2015

Proceeds go to a gay marriage advocacy group

Taiwanese pop diva and gay icon A-mei has launched two 'rainbow products' to raise money for gay rights ahead of her April concert marathon in Taipei.

One of the products is a rainbow towel printed with the word 'Utopia,' and the other is a hand fan.

Some 12,000 fans, each priced at NT$100 (US$3.20), will be sold and all proceeds will be donated to the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, according to her label EMI.

The towels are priced at NT$500 (US$16) and NT$10 (US$0.32) will be donated for every one sold.