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October 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam, who lead the Australian Government from 1972 to 1975 and was one of the first Labor Party leaders to champion the rights of gays and lesbians, passed away this morning aged 98

One of the first major Australian political figures to champion equal rights for gays and lesbians has passed away this morning, aged 98.

Gough Whitlam was leader of the Australian Labor Party from 1967 to 1977 and Australia’s prime minister from 1972 to 1975 – a period of incredible reform for Australia before his government was dismissed to end a constitutional crisis.

October 21, 2014

If prosciutto factories and wine lofts are your idea of heaven, check out the nine best up and coming wine destinations to experience in the New Year

There’s nothing wrong with booking a holiday solely for the sake of soaking up some booze, especially if it means exposing yourself to new wines and new destinations that weren't on your radar before.

Whether you prefer the taste of a robust red or enjoy a dry white vintage, the selection of wines available for purchasing these days is magnificent.

While specialty stores and super markets try to out do each other with sales and deals on the cheapest bottles, surely the best place to try your favorite wine is the source.

October 20, 2014

Hillsong founder Brian Houston had said same-sex unions were 'an ongoing conversation'

The founder of Hillsong megachurch Brian Houston has refuted media reports that suggested he supported gay marriage.

The founder of the Australia-based Pentecostal church said at a press conference in New York last week that gay marriage was 'an ongoing conversation' and refused to take a stance on the issue.

He said, 'The world we live in, whether we like it or not, is changing around and about us.

'The world’s changing, and we want to stay relevant as a church, so that’s a vexing thing.'

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 20, 2014

Former The View co-host and anti-vaccine activist also claimed she would love a gay son so 'he could do my hair'

Jenny McCarthy has claimed she feels 'trans inside' as she describes herself as 'one of the boys'.

The former playboy bunny and TV personality also said she would like a gay son so he could do her hair.

Speaking to Pride Source about her role in the 90s sitcom Just Shoot Me, where she played a transgender woman, she said: 'I feel like that inside.

'I always felt like one of the guys wearing, like, a Playboy bunny outfit.

October 20, 2014

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, pupils at Sheringham High School road tested a new 'Stop Homophobic Bullying' education pack

Pictured here are Year 8 pupils at Sheringham High School in Norfolk, England. To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the students took part in a pilot scheme last week for a new education pack to tackle homophobic bullying.

The resource, entitled Stop Homophobic Bullying, was created by the county’s BLAH LGBTI Youth group – which has been providing support for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the Norfolk area since 2007.

October 20, 2014

City government says his words were misinterpreted by foreign media

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has backtracked on comments he made in support of gay marriage to foreign media after a backlash in his home country.

Park told the San Francisco Examiner earlier this month that he hoped Korea would be the first country in Asia to allow gay marriage, making him the first mainstream Korean politician to come out in support of same-sex unions.

He added that gay rights faced strong from the church.

October 19, 2014

'When taken as prescribed by a knowledgeable healthcare provider, and paired with other safer sex practices, Truvada can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by upwards of 90 percent'

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the US, is endorsing the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Truvada is the only brand name anti-HIV drug approved for PrEP.

'When taken as prescribed by a knowledgeable healthcare provider, and paired with other safer sex practices, Truvada can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by upwards of 90 percent,' the organization said in a statement.

October 19, 2014

A Christian family from the US have daubed homophobic graffiti all over their car which they drive around to stop homosexuality ‘spreading like cancer’

US LGBTI citizens have had reason to celebrate this month as one of the most conservative states has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage.

Gay marriage came to Idaho on 15 October, and couples were lining up to get married by the very next day.

However, staunch ‘Christian’ homophobes have been appalled by this latest equality act.

October 19, 2014

'Personally I would have been very worried and saddened if there hadn't been these ... animated discussions ... or if everyone had been in agreement or silent in a false and acquiescent peace'

Catholic bishops failed to pass paragraphs supporting a more tolerant attitude toward gays.

Senior church officials were in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The softer stance toward LGBTI Catholics could not gain the required two-thirds majority to pass.

October 19, 2014

The transgender community in the Philippines held a community press conference for the first time yesterday to call for justice in the Jennifer Laude case

Transgender groups including the Association of Transgender People in the Philippines (ATP) have renewed their calls for the government to take more proactive steps to protect members of the LGBTI community.

The ATP and other LGBTI community groups held a press conference at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday following the brutal murder of Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman, last Saturday. She was found dead with her head in a toilet bowl in a motel.

October 18, 2014

Thinking of becoming a parent? Interested in co-parenting? If you don’t already know someone else that also wants to start a family then an introduction website may be able to help. We talk to Seyi Joseph, the creator of FeelingBroody.com

When gay men consider starting a family, surrogacy and adoption are often presented as the only routes to explore. For lesbians, sperm donations and treatment can be obtained at licensed clinics.

However, these aren’t the only options. It’s not uncommon for a gay man to come to an arrangement with a woman to create a child – either through IVF or self-insemination techniques.

October 17, 2014

Mia Freedman said neither gay people nor pedophiles can change who they are attracted to

Australian journalist Mia Freedman has 'unreservedly apologized' for comparing gay people to pedophiles on national TV.

The founder of women’s website Mamamia made the comment yesterday night during a debate about the Northern Territory’s plan to set up a public sex offender register on Channel 10's Project TV.

'We accept that gay people can’t change who they love and who they’re sexually attracted to, so why do we think that people who are sexually attracted to children can be rehabilitated,' she said.

October 17, 2014

'It’s usually me getting it — I’m biting Watson’s dog tags'

Benedict Cumberbatch won an Emmy last month for his performance as the title character in Sherlock, a contemporary adaptation the Sherlock Holmes detective stories.

The show, which has aired for three seasons, has attracted a rabid fan base and some of those fans have a creative imagination when it comes to Cumberbatch's Holmes and Martin Freeman's Doctor John Watson.

October 17, 2014

Filipina singing sensation Charice Pempengco says she would change her style but not her body

Filipina singing sensation Charice Pempengco has spoken candidly to Oprah about her sexuality and gender identity, six years after her first appearance on the show shot her to fame.

In 2008, a long-haired Charice was given a standing ovation for her performance of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing. Now 22, she has starred in Glee and has a bestselling album as well as a radically different look - short blonde hair, tattoos and a dress shirt.

October 17, 2014

Impoverished LGBTI people often can’t get jobs just for being LGBTI. Sebastian Rocca tells us why, and what you can do for your community

Imagine you can’t get a job because your neighborhood knows you’re a lesbian.

Or your apartment manager discovers you’re a trans man, and kicks you out of your home, which is legal because your government doesn’t protect LGBTI people from discrimination.

This is the experience of many gay, bi and trans people worldwide, individuals who are thrown into a poverty cycle with no escape because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

October 17, 2014

A new English version of a Vatican report on how it should approach gays and lesbians contains toned down language in an apparent concession to conservative bishops

The Vatican press office has released a new English translation of a report on how the Catholic Church should approach gays and lesbians and people in same-sex marriages which tones down the original supportive language.

The version of the report released on Monday spoke of ‘welcoming homosexual persons’ and providing them a ‘fraternal space.’

It also stated that people in same-sex relationships provided ‘precious support’ for each other.

October 17, 2014

Legislator Yu Mei-nu called the meeting before she submits her plans to legalize same-sex unions to the government

Christian groups yesterday protested a public hearing on gay marriage and adoption at the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei.

Democratic People's Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu consulted government official, academics and civic groups on both sides of the debate at the Legislative Yuan before preliminary plans to legalize gay marriage are submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

She said the hearing was 'an equal approach to encompass everybody into the constitution.'

October 17, 2014

While gay couples do have 'gifts', he claims homosexuality is still 'not the orientation God wants'

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said he knows some 'marvellous' gays.

Speaking to journalists yesterday (16 October), he was asked for an example of the 'gifts and qualities' gay people can offer the church as cited in a Vatican document this week.

He said he knew an Austrian gay couple who were 'marvellous human beings', as, shockingly, they supported each other when they were sick.

'The basic principle is that we first look at the person and not at their sexual inclination,' Schönborn said.

October 17, 2014

'This is potentially the most exciting development in HIV prevention in some years'

The UK is to be offered a pill that reduces risk of contracting HIV by up to 90%.

The daily tablet could soon be offered on the NHS and it is being described as the 'most exciting development in HIV prevention' in years.

A landmark trial in England is to be dramatically sped up after it was found taking a single dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the drug Truvada, provided unprecedented levels of protection.

October 16, 2014

And he calls gay people evil

A man who claims he can 'cure' gay people is facing charges he raped a teenage boy and threatened to kill him with his 'warlock powers' if he told.

Kentucky police have arrested Polly Ann Church of God youth pastor Rex Allen Murphy after the 16-year-old male came forward to say he was being sexually abused.

The abuse allegedly happened at the church and at the suspect's home for a period of at least six months.

Colin Hatfield, the chief of Eubank police, has described the accusations as 'very graphic and to the point'.

October 16, 2014

The 84 year old makes bizarre claim on his TV show The 700 Club

On today's edition of The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson told viewers they had to be careful when traveling to African countries like Kenya.

The reason?

'The towels could have AIDS,' the 84-year-old televangelist claimed.

A viewer email had asked Robertson for guidance on traveling to Kenya to a missionary trip - the viewer was concerned about the Ebola outbreak in some African countries.

'You might get AIDS in Kenya, people have AIDS, you’ve got to be careful,' he explained. 'I mean, the towels could have AIDS.'

October 16, 2014

This homoerotic 2015 calendar, intended as a ‘tribute to social acceptance,’ is already ruffling feathers and raising temperatures

A 2015 calendar featuring nude and semi-nude ‘priests’ is campaigning against homophobia in the Orthodox Church.

As the Catholic Church retracts its historic statements of support for the LGBTI community worldwide, some members of the Orthodox Church want to tackle gay hate in a ‘bold,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘ironic’ way.

October 16, 2014

Bam Aquino says the number of LGBTI murders will continue to rise if harsher punishments are not introduced

Philippine Senator Bam Aquino has called for harsher punishments for hate crimes against LGBTI people in the wake of the murder of transgender woman Jennifer Laude.

'We should impose heavier penalties so that these discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated,' Aquino said in a press statement.

Citing data from the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch, he there were 164 cases of LGBTI murders in the country between 1996 and June 2012.