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December 8, 2014

First time in a decade Nikolay Alexeyev is compensated for his activism

A prominent LGBTI activist has been awarded a paltry $55 in damages after the west Russian city of Kostroma banned a pride parade he organized and two protests against the country's anti-gay law.

A district court Wednesday (3 November) ordered local authorities pay 3,000 rubles ($55) in moral damages to Nikolai Alexeyev, the first time in a decade of activism he has been compensated for moral damages.

December 4, 2014

'Why don't you just become un-gay?'

Despite protesting India's anti-gay law, marchers at New Delhi Pride managed to keep their sense of humour.

SORTEDD TV asked attendees some of the worst questions about being gay but got some of the best responses.

December 1, 2014

India’s LGBTI community have shown they are not prepared to just disappear quietly since the country’s colonial era sodomy law was reinstated by the Supreme Court, with hundreds marching yesterday in the capital, New Delhi

Hundreds of LGBTI Indians and their allies took to the streets of New Delhi on Sunday – the first time the capital city has seen a gay pride march since the 1861 colonial era Section 377 anti-sodomy law was reinstated.

Reports estimate that between 400 and 700 marched in the city of 22 million people, waving garlands of multi-colored balloons and rainbow flags, chanting ‘freedom!’ and ‘I’m gay, that’s OK!’

November 27, 2014

Protesters say the anti-trans 'purge' is unconstitutional

Hundreds of transgender women yesterday (26 November) protested outside Bangalore town hall after scores of hijras were arrested and sent to a beggars colony on the outskirts of the city.

Police detained 167 transgender women in a crackdown on begging that started on Monday, a day after hundreds marched against an anti-trans law in the third largest Indian city's pride parade.

November 24, 2014

India recriminalized homosexuality last year

Up to 2,000 people yesterday (23 November) protested India's anti-gay laws at Bangalore pride, the first since the country recriminalized homosexuality in December last year.

After an hour delay, hundreds of people set off from the city railway station for the sixth Bengaluru Pride March and Karnataka Queer Habba in India's third largest city, in Karnataka state.

Unlike previous years, the parade was redirected through the conservative Malleswaram district and most marchers decided not to wear eye masks or cover their faces, despite the law.

November 21, 2014

Harvey Milk the Opera in Concert gets Australian premiere at epic gay culture fest

Melbourne's gay culture extravaganza Midsumma Festival has announced a stellar line up for its January 2015 outing – including the hotly-anticipated Australian premiere of Harvey Milk the Opera in Concert.

Taking place between 18 January to 8 February, the festival will include everything from fringe theatre and film screenings to club nights and panel debates.

November 18, 2014

For many in the Middle East, Turkey is a safe haven for LGBTI people. But the gay and trans population still faces great hatred and real danger

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTI population.

On one hand, Turkey is the first country in the Muslim world to hold a Pride march. Now, 11 years on, 2014 Istanbul Pride is widely lauded. It surpassed last year’s LGBTQI pride attendance that drew nearly 100,000 revelers and onlookers.

It is the ‘go-to’ country for LGBTI Muslims fleeing other Islamic countries for their safety.

The country’s Supreme Court acknowledged in July that calling LGBTI citizens ‘perverts’ is hate speech.

November 17, 2014

The Bahamas are a surprise new entry on the hotlist, joining the likes of Tokyo and Las Vegas

Last week, we brought you numbers 20 to 16 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 15 to 11; check back tomorrow for numbers 10 to five!

November 9, 2014

Leaders of the Occupy movement backs call for equal rights for LGBTIs, however father of 18-year-old student leader Joshua Wong and himself the leader of an anti-gay group denounces the move

While the rain likely dampened the turnout of the territory's sixth annual Hong Kong Pride Parade, more people are said to have attended this year than in the last.

An estimated 3,000 people (according to AFP) to 9,000 participants (according to organizers) marched despite the rain to demand equal rights as well as legislation outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

According to the police, 4,700 people attended at the peak of the march, compared with 4,500 last year.

November 5, 2014

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

Legendary gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has some words of advice for students.

Well, at least one of his most famous characters does.

Speaking at Oxford University, he was saying what would happen to the students if they didn't revise for their exams.

'You shall not pass!'

A quote from McKellen's character Gandalf in the first Lord of the Rings film, he says it in the original as he battles a Balrog.

McKellen recently paid tribute to Pride in the UK and around the world in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

November 3, 2014

There were no attacks this year

The second Podgorica Pride took place without incident yesterday in the capital of the deeply conservative Montenegro despite fears of violence.

The 100 marchers were outnumbered 100 to one by 2,000 policemen, nearly half of the Balkan country's force.

Activists walked past the government buildings in central Podgorica, waving banners reading 'Traditionally Proud,' 'Silence = Death' and 'This is Just the Beginning.'

Human Rights Minister Suad Numanovic, Podgorica Mayor Slavoljub Stijepanovic and several EU ambassadors joined the march.

October 22, 2014

The umbrella is also an icon of the city's democracy movement

Hong Kong pride has taken the humble umbrella as this year's symbol in solidarity with the city's democratic movement.

Organizers said the sharing of the symbol was 'a beautiful coincidence' as they had ordered 500 rainbow umbrellas in early August, more than a month before Occupy Central began.

'We support civil society, and we hope it can support us in return, too,' pride spokeswoman Wei Siu-lik said.

'Mutual support is very important to Hongkongers now. We hope the rainbow umbrella will remind people to support us.'

October 11, 2014

Opera singer Tamar Iveri was let go by Opera Australia and La Monnaie opera company of Brussels after a homophobic post appeared on her Facebook account

Georgian opera star Tamar Iveri, who described Pride as for the 'fecal masses', has cancelled her apology performance to the LGBTI community planned for today (11 October).

Earlier this year, the singer was dropped from a performance at Opera Australia after a homophobic rant appeared on her official Facebook page.

The rant praised Georgians for spitting at a LGBTI Pride parade and compared gay rights advances to cancer.

October 7, 2014

The gay icon is a long-standing supporter of LGBTI rights

Taiwanese diva A-mei voiced her support for gay marriage on Sunday at a concert in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

At the appropriately named Rainbow Bay Festival, she came onstage wearing a sticker saying 'legalize gay marriage' on her arm.

Before singing gay anthem Rainbow, A-mei said, 'Today in Taipei there is an extremely meaningful activity, gay marriage equality.

'Although I'm in Kaohsiung, on stage I hope to use this song to support.'

September 29, 2014

Need a big gay night out? Check into these Marriott hotels before checking out 5 of the UK’s liveliest LGBTI enclaves

From London to Liverpool, the UK is home to a variety of LGBTI neighborhoods, each with their own character, climate and distinguishing accent.

Many people around the world might not know they’re already familiar with a few of them.

The opening to Kylie Minogue’s TimeBomb music video, as she irreverently stomps her way through back allies and secret clubs, was filmed on Wardour Street in London’s Soho.

September 28, 2014

'Belgrade is an open city, which means it is open to all and that everyone here is equal'

For the first time in four years, there was a gay pride parade in Belgrade.

The march for equality took place today, 28 September, after getting approval yesterday from Serbia Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic.

September 25, 2014

Gay film festivals in Sweden and Scotland, a pride parade in Japan and a few prides for LGBTI people of color in the US are just some of the October events you should know about

October is a great month for the global LGBTI movement.

In the USA, communities and allies will be celebrating LGBTI History Month, and marking 11 October as National Coming Out Day.

The states will also celebrate over a dozen gay pride parades, from pride events for LGBTI people of color in Texas to a gay wine event, a Gay Grape Stomp, in Napa Valley just outside San Francisco.

In Asia, we celebrate gay pride in Taiwan and Japan, and Europe sees the 25th anniversary of one of the biggest parties in Belgium.

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 19, 2014

Numbers were down but there were no anti-gay protests

Hundreds of people marched through the Israeli capital yesterday night for Jerusalem Pride despite two delays due to the war in Gaza.

Different media reports said 500-2,000 people took part in the 13th edition of the event, although numbers were down on previous years when several thousand people attended.

September 16, 2014

The German man is still in hospital with severe internal bleeding and head injuries

The Serbian prime minister and members of the European parliament have condemned Saturday's attack on a German LGBTI rights activist in Belgrade.

The 27-year-old man suffered severe internal bleeding and head injuries and is still in the hospital.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said in a statement that 'the state will do everything to protect and respect the right to non-discrimination.'

The attack has also turned the spotlight on the situation for LGBTI people in the candidate EU member state.

September 15, 2014

The national movement leader says young people in colored pants who hang out at malls should be tested

A Kazakh politician has said LGBTI people can be easily identified by blood testing for 'degeneracy.'

Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the Bolashak national movement, made the comments last week at a press conference calling for laws banning LGBTI people from spreading 'propaganda,' taking public office and serving in the military.

September 15, 2014

The men attacked a German activist after he attended an LGBTI rights conference

Three men arrested in connection to an attack on a gay rights activist in Belgrade have been caught on CCTV.

The 26-year-old German man, who has only been identified as DH, was hit over the head with a glass ashtray early on Saturday morning after he attended an LGBTI rights conference in the Serbian capital organised by lesbian group Labris.

His attackers shouted, 'We don't want foreigners in Belgrade!' 

September 14, 2014

Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through central Belgrade for the first time since 2010 in protest of the latest attack on Saturday

A German gay rights activist has been hospitalized with 'life-threatening' injuries after he was attacked by several assailants in downtown Belgrade early on Saturday morning, according to Deutsche Welle quoting AP and AFP.

The man is being hospitalized 'with severe head injuries and bleeding, so he has had surgery and been put in intensive care,' Dusan Jovanovic, of Belgrade's Emergency centre, was quoted by AFP as saying.

September 6, 2014

Principal says decision to have students march at the parade was to 'show solidarity with what is a marginalized group in our society, to show them compassion, dignity and respect'

The principal of St. Paul's High School in County Armagh – one of Ireland's largest Catholic secondary schools – has defended his decision to have a group of students represent the school at a gay pride parade in Newry last weekend.

The students were accompanied by their principal Jarlath Burns who is known to be a passionate defender of Catholic education.