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April 10, 2015

Find out what it takes to be shortlisted for an Asia LGBT Milestone Award

Business is at the heart of securing positive change for LGBTI people in Asia.

They sponsor pride parades and festivals, try to support their gay and trans staff, and even change hearts and minds.

Here are the 11 organizations shortlisted for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

100 judges are now choosing the final winners who will be announced at a ceremony in Bangkok on 14 April with tickets available here.

March 31, 2015

Great year for LGBTIs in Florida

The city of Tampa in Florida has celebrated its first pride festival in 13 years – following the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state in January.

The parade, which took place in the Ybor City district last weekend, follows an eight-year ban on gay pride events in Hillsborough County, since 2005.

This followed over 20 years of successful pride parades in the city.

Following years of campaigning Carrie West, President of Tampa Pride, was enthused at the return of the event – at last.

March 16, 2015

Drag shows, foam parties, a lesbian pirate cruise – and of course a pride parade

There’s no better time of year to visit Gran Canaria as an LGBTI tourist than Maspalomas Pride.

The 14 pride in the gay holiday resort from 8 to 17 May will see visitors and international performers fly in from all over Europe and beyond.

The week of events will feature pool and foam parties, drag performances, boat trips, fundraisers and even a cowboy dance off.

March 6, 2015

The bank is marking this weekend’s Mardi Gras festivities with rainbow flags at branches and messages on local ATMS

To mark its own commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion – and perhaps also to acknowledge the importance of Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to the local economy – HSBC Australia has decorated some of its branches in Sydney with rainbow flags.

It has also put messages promoting LGBT diversity on ATMs and display screens across New South Wales.

The campaign has been organized through the HSBC Pride Australia Network, which has also arranged events to raise LGBT issues among employees.

February 25, 2015

Likely parliamentary candidate says LGBTI people can be ‘abnormal’ at home but should not make demands of the state

A likely parliamentary candidate in Israel has declared himself a 'proud homophobe.'

Bezalel Smotrich made the comment Sunday (22 February) during an anti-gay rant at a high school in Tel Aviv.

'At home, everyone can be abnormal and people can form whatever family unit they want,' he said. 'But they can’t make demands from me, as the state.'

In 2006, Smotrich organized an anti-gay Beast Parade in Jerusalem in response to the city’s annual pride march, which he said he regretted last month.

February 25, 2015

Örebro Hockey organizes a 'pride match' in support of LGBTI rights

A Swedish hockey team Saturday (21 February) donned rainbow jerseys and danced to YMCA in a post-game celebration in support of LGBTI rights.

Örebro Hockey goalie Julius Hudacek is known for his post-game performances and has even earned himself the Twitter hastag #HudaShow.

After beating the Frölunda Indians 4-2 in a 'pride match,' Hudacek led his teammates and the entire audience in a dance to the 1978 Village People gay anthem YMCA.

February 23, 2015

The annual event took place over the weekend

Lapland's LGBTI community took to the streets over the weekend for the region's annual Pride celebrations. 

Arctic Pride, which takes place in Lapland's commercial centre, Rovaniemi, was set up to provide a safe place for sexual and gender minorities to meet in one of Europe's most northern cities, which lies just six miles from the Arctic Circle. 

February 22, 2015

The group says they targeted ANZ Bank's GAYTM to protest the company’s 'pinkwashing', 'commercialization' of the Auckland Pride Festival and treatment of their workers

What is thought to be a homophobic attack on an 'GAYTM' which was installed on Ponsonby Road by ANZ Bank to celebrate Auckland Pride Festival this month may not be homophobic after all.

The GAYTM was reportedly vandalized on Thursday night.

ANZ New Zealand twitted a photo early on Friday morning saying, 'We were sad to see our NZ-designed #gaytmnz has been vandalised overnight. Clean up is in progress.'

Many expressed their objection and disgust at the vandalism online calling it 'shocking, intolerant, disappointing.'

February 17, 2015

It's being described as the 'best and most diverse' screening

Student Pride is getting ready to host gay short film screening event Queer As Film in London this month.

The popular film showcase for aspiring LGBTI filmmakers is due to take place at legendary London club Heaven on 28 February.

Film topics include a drag mother dreaming of self mutilation to a Canadian movie star’s bum.

'The line up of short films are some of the best and most diverse we've ever screened,' Robert Gershinson, co-founder of the Queer As Film, said.

February 2, 2015

Israeli travel group Hebro Travel will visit WWII concentration camp in August

Israeli travel group Hebro Travel is to hold the first gay tour of WWII concentration camp Auschwitz, it's been revealed.

February 1, 2015

Some 5,000 people marched in the Indian city's eighth and one of the largest pride parades

'He's gay and I'm happy,' said Pradip Divgikar who marched with his son Sushant at the 5000-strong march in Mumbai on Saturday.

'I want all parents of LGBTQ children to be like him,' the son, who represented India at the Mr Gay World competition last year, said of his father in India's DNA newspaper.

According to DNA, parents of LGBTI children formed a substantial chunk of the marchers.

January 26, 2015

Royal household approves

King Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Spanish head of state to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday (23 January) and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

'The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside,' the publication said.

January 15, 2015

We've lived here since…
…2013. Our original plan was to move to Madrid for just 3-6 months to improve our Spanish, but we’ve been here ever since [David and Auston both grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to Chicago in 2008].

We've stayed because...
…we love big cities and Madrid has a big city vibe with a relaxed and laid back lifestyle. Spanish culture emphasizes 'working to live instead of living to work'. We love this approach to life and fit right in with our surroundings.

December 31, 2014

20% of visitors to Buenos Aires are LGBTI, says tourism institute

Gay tourism is booming in Argentina.

The pink pound brought in a whopping $1.2b to the country's economy in 2014, according to the Tourism Ministry's National Institute for Tourism Promotion.

More than 445,000 LGBTIs descended on the country this year, says the TMNITP.

Research shows there was an especially high concentration of queer travellers in Buenos Aires.

One in five visitors to the Argentine capital were gay this year, according to data collected by the organisation.

December 30, 2014

The two men argued that that they shouldn’t have been requested to drive the truck at the 2001 Rhode Island LGBT pride parade because they are Roman Catholics

Two firefighters from Providence, who complained after being requested to drive a fire truck at a gay pride parade, have had lawsuits thrown out by the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

The two men – Theodore Fabrizio and Stephen Deninno – said that their Roman Catholic faith meant they could not ‘support, encourage, nor condone homosexual behavior,’ and that they should have been able to decline taking part in the parade.

December 8, 2014

‘A beacon of our love for those who do not have freedom’

An enormous LGBTI rainbow flag is hoisted 60 meters up in the air to fly from South Africa’s tallest flagpole.

It’s appropriate the honor is paid in the municipality named after the father of the rainbow nation who argued put gay into the constitution – Nelson Mandela.

The 96 square meter or 1,033 square foot rainbow flag was raised for Nelson Mandela Bay Pride in Port Elizabeth at the end of November.

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!