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October 20, 2014

About 1.7 million people called in to protest the country's anti-gay law

Indian actor Aamir Khan's hit talk show Satyamev Jayate last night tackled the taboo subject of 'alternative sexualities,' with many viewers saying the program changed their perception of LGBTI people.

Guests included transgender woman Gazal Dhaliwal and her parents, popular psychologist Deepak Kashyap and LGBTI activists.

Khan listened sympathetically as his LGBTI guests told their coming out stories. Several stressed the importance of parental relationships in shaping their lives and fighting depression and suicidial thoughts.

October 14, 2014

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson return to Coronado where town pulls out all the stops

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson had a wedding to remember over the weekend - and this time for all the right reasons.

The Arizona couple returned to Coronado Island near San Diego where they had a lavish wedding hosted by a town that wanted to erase the memory of an August ceremony marred by anti-gay hecklers.

'This has been a bit of a roller coaster ride as you can well imagine and the outpouring of love and support after what happened I think shows that this touches something,' Jackson told the crowd at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

October 14, 2014

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson return to Coronado where town pulls out all the stops

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson had a wedding to remember over the weekend - and this time for all the right reasons.

The Arizona couple returned to Coronado Island near San Diego where they had a lavish wedding hosted by a town that wanted to erase the memory of an August ceremony marred by anti-gay hecklers.

'This has been a bit of a roller coaster ride as you can well imagine and the outpouring of love and support after what happened I think shows that this touches something,' Jackson told the crowd at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

September 30, 2014

For Richard Blanco, coming out was 'just a slow sort of easing into'

Richard Blanco was chosen in 2013 to do what such celebrated American poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelo had done in the past: write an original poem and recite it at the inauguration of a US president.

Blanco made all kinds of history at the second inaugural of US President Barack Obama with his poem One Today. He was first openly gay man chosen as inaugural poet, the first Latino, and at 44, the youngest.

Blanco has written a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, in which he writes about how, growing up in Miami as part of a Cuban family, he hid being gay.

September 22, 2014

From the first gay gathering in a beer tent, to modern-day oompah covers of Britney Spears songs, why we love Oktoberfest and the rest of Bavaria Germany

September has arrived, and that can only mean one thing on the global LGBT calendar - Oktoberfest - when thousands of gay men don leather lederhosen, gingham shirts, and head to Munich for the biggest drinking, singing and sausage-quaffing-fest of the year.

But hold on a minute. If it’s called Oktoberfest, then why isn’t the event held in October?

That is certainly a question I asked myself, especially considering that this is an event held in Germany, a country well known for its pragmatic, well-organized approach to life.

July 2, 2014

Can you guess which characters in the Netflix hit drama series have been replaced by which Disney princesses?

If you've seen Orange Is The New Black, you know there is no such thing as a 'happily ever after'.

Artist Maria Bayley, when thinking about a group of people who would never see themselves in jail, thought immediately about Disney princesses.

Throwing in a prince and a sea witch for good measure, she transformed the Netflix series cast into characters from Disney films.

The submission to a Photoshop contest on DesignCrowd won her $250 (€180).

May 30, 2014

'Satan is pleased with the narrative that Michael Sam is the new Jackie Robinson'

A US pastor thinks any connection between Michael Sam, the first out draft pick of the National Football League, and Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, is Satan's doing.

April 22, 2014

Was the Bard interested in men as well as women? From secret messages to love poems, we look at the possible arguments to the sexuality of William Shakespeare

We cannot have real proof about the sexuality of a man who was born 450 years ago on 23 April.

But like the entirety of William Shakespeare’s work, in books and blogs across the globe, it has never stopped anyone from voicing their interpretations.

1 ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’

Written to a man. Yes, the most famous of sonnets is a man writing to another man.

April 10, 2014

Says gay dad of William and Kate: 'We chatted about our experiences as first-time parents ... They are both very lovely and loving parents.'

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, better known as William and Kate, took their son on a playdate in New Zealand on Wednesday (9 April) that included the daughter of a gay couple.

Jared Mullen and Ryan Tunstall brought their daughter, Isabella, to play with Prince George.

April 8, 2014

Son of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will meet with nine other families during their visit to New Zealand

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son Prince George will have a playdate with a gay couple’s daughter.

Royal visitors Prince William and wife Kate are in New Zealand with their eight-month old son.

Tomorrow (9 April), they will meet with 10 families with babies who were all born around the same time as the future king.

Among the group chosen to meet the royals are gay dads Jared and Ryan Mullen and their daughter Isabella.

March 26, 2014

As England and Wales prepares for its first lesbian and gay weddings, educators are advising teachers what books to use to explain it all to children

Are you sitting comfortably? Here’s how to teach kids about gay marriage, and it all starts in a distant land with a prince who doesn’t care much for princesses.

Prince Bertie’s mother troops princesses past him from as far away as Mumbai, Texas and Greenland. He just isn’t interested.

But it all changes when Princess Madeleine arrives, escorted by her brother prince Lee. Both Bertie and Lee exclaim: ‘What a wonderful prince!’

They fall in love, marry, are declared King and King and the Queen can finally relax.

March 17, 2014

Wham singer slams EastEnders for its treatment of gay characters and reveals he has been off cannabis for at least a year-and-a-half

Gay singer George Michael has revealed how fame nearly sent him mad.

The British Wham singer also said he has stopped his drug-taking lifestyle and not used cannabis for ‘well over a year-and-a-half’.

The 50-year-old has said recent health scares and time spent in prison shocked him into changing his life.

Speaking to The Big Issue, Michael was asked about how he felt the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton – wife to Prince William – was doing as he was a good friend of the late Princess Diana.

March 4, 2014

James Wharton, a friend of Prince Harry, is receiving backlash after calling on saunas to be closed as it 'feeds the haters'

A gay British former soldier has said if LGBT people want equality and respect, gay saunas should be shut down.

James Wharton, a former army pal of Prince Harry's, have said saunas promote homophobia and undermine gains in equality.

Writing in Winq magazine, he said: ‘Sex saunas need to be history. The time has come to close them down.’

Wharton said if gay people want to be respected and accepted as ‘the new normal’, the community must stop supporting establishments that encourage promiscuity and sex.

February 27, 2014

Gay soldier James Wharton has withdrawn from a gay awards shortlist saying an openly gay Army major should be honored instead

A gay former soldier who chronicled his army career in best selling memoir Out In The Army has quit the shortlist of a glitzy awards ceremony.

James Wharton was hotly tipped to pick up the Diversity Champion of the Year accolade at the Out In The City Magazine Awards in a star-studded ceremony at London’s Landmark Hotel on 25 April.

But now he has pulled out and thrown his support to British Army Major Damian Jenkins.

February 23, 2014

700-year-old laws to be amended as Same-Sex Marriage Act comes into force next month

As England and Wales prepare for the new Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act to come into effect on 29 March, civil servants have identified a list of statutes and regulations dating as far back as 1285 to be amended.

February 20, 2014

LGBTI students are welcoming film lovers of any age to two screenings; the amazing documentary Call Me Kuchu and a sing-along Rocky Horror Show

Britain’s Student Pride is heading to the cinema for the first time – and is inviting you to enjoy two special screenings at a bargain rate.

Film lovers of any age can camp it up at a sing-along screening of the Rocky Horror Show on Sunday (23 February) at 1pm at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, central London.

Tickets cost just £3 ($5 €3.60).

And there’s an even bigger bargain tomorrow (21 February).

February 19, 2014

US actress Michelle Rodriguez has confirmed she is dating English model Cara Delevigne after the pair met through mutual friends

American action film actress Michelle Rodriguez is dating 21-year-old English supermodel Cara Delevigne and were spotted together at a Prince concert in London on Monday night.

Rodriguez, 35, came out as bisexual in November of last year and this is the first time she has been linked publicly to another woman since coming out.

December 1, 2013

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has announced the first events in its arts and entertainment program, with a range of cabaret shows, art exhibitions and community events

Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will feature a diverse performing arts line up, art exhibitions and a range of other community events in 2014.

Aussie international drag star Courtney Act will bring her hit cabaret show, Boys Like Me to Sydney for one night only on 25 February on the back of sold out seasons in New York and Los Angeles.

December 1, 2013

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has announced the first events in its arts and entertainment program, with a range of cabaret shows, art exhibitions and community events

Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will feature a diverse performing arts line up, art exhibitions and a range of other community events in 2014.

Aussie international drag star Courtney Act will bring her hit cabaret show, Boys Like Me to Sydney for one night only on 25 February on the back of sold out seasons in New York and Los Angeles.

November 27, 2013

A quick-fire tour of Japan’s three major cities is a full-blown sensory experience with stunning city landscapes and delicious meals

If you’ve only got limited time to explore a destination then a guided tour of some kind can be a useful way to discover and experience some of the key highlights - possibly giving you an appetite and the confidence to return at another time when you can travel at a more relaxed pace.

I was in Japan for a travel conference - this was taking place in Yokohama, Japan’s second-largest city and not far from the capital Tokyo. Helpfully the conference organizers had arranged a quick tour for those of us who wanted to see a bit more of Japan than just the airports and hotels.

November 27, 2013

'He’s not like your typical, skinny-legged jeans, Disney prince. He’s a little thicker'

It's just Jonathan Groff's voice that we hear in Disney's new film Frozen but the actor points out a similarity between he and his animated alter-ego: thick thighs.

'He’s not like your typical, skinny-legged jeans, Disney prince. He’s a little thicker, he’s got my thighs, and that was before they knew I was cast already,' Groff tells Out.com.

He adds with a laugh: 'Maybe that’s how I got cast?'

November 27, 2013

'He’s not like your typical, skinny-legged jeans, Disney prince. He’s a little thicker'

It's just Jonathan Groff's voice that we hear in Disney's new film Frozen but the actor points out a similarity between he and his animated alter-ego: thick thighs.

'He’s not like your typical, skinny-legged jeans, Disney prince. He’s a little thicker, he’s got my thighs, and that was before they knew I was cast already,' Groff tells Out.com.

He adds with a laugh: 'Maybe that’s how I got cast?'

November 7, 2013

Hotel owner demands victim’s mom pays for damage to car caused by men who threw rocks at her daughter in the Congo

A bar bouncer and five other men allegedly beat and stabbed a 25-year-old transgender woman in Bukavu, eastern Congo.

Francine Moweta was patronizing Parc de Prince, a bar in downtown Bukavu, a city in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

But she claims she was accosted by the bar’s doorman and five other men.

Moweta (née Madamu) and witnesses report a gang of six beat her, pelted her with stones, stole her high heels and clothes during the attack, and left her for dead in a gutter.

November 7, 2013

Hotel owner demands victim’s mom pays for damage to car caused by men who threw rocks at her daughter in the Congo

A bar bouncer and five other men allegedly beat and stabbed a 25-year-old transgender woman in Bukavu, eastern Congo.

Francine Moweta was patronizing Parc de Prince, a bar in downtown Bukavu, a city in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

But she claims she was accosted by the bar’s doorman and five other men.

Moweta (née Madamu) and witnesses report a gang of six beat her, pelted her with stones, stole her high heels and clothes during the attack, and left her for dead in a gutter.