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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 27, 2014

Lord Christopher Monckton, the former deputy leader of UK political party UKIP, has launched a no-holds barred attack on LGBTI people

In a piece entitled ‘Calling the non-heterosexual’s bluff’ on WorldNewDaily, the former political adviser mocked the LGBTI acronym and ‘deathstyle’ led by gay people.

November 27, 2014

'John Gielgud was obsessed with trousers, loved corduroy and leather. And so he wrote a film set in a menswear shop'

Shakespearean actor, Oscar winner and knight John Gielgud wrote a gay porn script that could go into production next year.

The English thespian penned the screenplay for Peter de Rome, who made gay porn in New York in the 60s when homosexuality was illegal, and was the subject of the recent documentary Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn.

November 27, 2014

The principal of a catholic school in Ottawa, Canada, has stepped in to halt a school project from two 11-year-old pupils on the topic of gay rights.

Grade 6 students Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton, who attend St. George’s Catholic School in Ottawa, were asked to complete a project on social justice and allowed to choose their own specific theme.

They chose gay rights, because, as Quinn told the Ottawa Citizen, ‘A lot of people, they don’t know they’re being rude, but they make being gay a bad thing.

‘They need to know that it’s not a bad thing.’

November 27, 2014

Prompted by pressure from conservative groups, the referendum could set back the cause of LGBT rights in the predominantly Roman Catholic country

Slovakian President Andrej Kiska has announced that the country will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in early 2015.

The referendum will take place despite the fact that the country approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in June 2014. However, it's believed that the vote could further halt advances in LGBT rights in the region.

November 27, 2014

Senior sexual health nurse tells it like it is

There are many reasons why people put off having an HIV test, from fear of stigma and rejection, denial, misconceptions about life with HIV to a lack of awareness of how it can be transmitted.

This World AIDS Day (1 December) take the opportunity to test and take control of your health and your future.

Here are my five reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to have an HIV test:

1 Knowing your status can save your life

As many as one in 4 people living with HIV do not know they are infected.

November 27, 2014

Canadian comedian Sabrina Jalees has posted a heartwarming video about coming out to her Muslim family, and how her dad showed her support when others rejected her

Sabrina Jalees confesses that before she came out, she was ‘kinda homophobic’. The reason? Her own fear in dealing with her sexuality.

Sabrina grew up in Toronto. She is the daughter of a Swiss mother, Ursula Frei, and Pakistani father, Sayed Jalees.

Having realized that she was attracted to women, she reached a stage when she says that she was ‘sick of lying’, which meant coming out to her family – a process she compares to ‘cliff diving’ in terms of scariness.

November 26, 2014

Killings are the militant group's first executions for alleged homosexuality

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) yesterday (25 November) stoned to death two allegedly gay men in Syria.

This is the first report of ISIS executing people for homosexuality.

'The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay,' said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The 20-year-old was killed in Mayadeen city in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq after ISIS allegedly found videos on his mobile phone showing him 'practising indecent acts with males.'

November 26, 2014

Tory candidate for Mayor of London also claims a straight man is unable to stop the London gay drug problem

Gay tycoon Ivan Massow has claimed gay men do not have a blueprint on how to behave in society.

The entrepeneur, who wants to London's next Conservative mayor, has said the UK capital's LGBTI community has a 'huge drug issue' and they need to 'grow up'.

The 47-year-old has also claimed a straight mayor would be unable to deal with the problem as it would be seen as homophobic.

November 26, 2014

'Treating lesbians and gays as second-class citizens is following old tradition'

Jason Mraz on Monday (24 November) spoke up for LGBTI rights while on tour in conservative Korea.

During an interview on the popular JTBC News Room telecast, conversation turned to human rights.

'You openly support for same-sex marriage. What would you say to the opposites?,' asked leading news anchor Sohn Suk-hee.

'We're always evolving, ever-changing, growing, expanding, and to treat lesbians and gays... as second-class citizens, as non-equals, is following old education, is following old tradition,' Mraz said.

November 26, 2014

His mother claims her son was 'embarrassed'

A 23-year-old British man is said to have killed himself days after coming out as gay to his family.

Darren Crotty's body was found near the River Severn after it appears he set a suicide date on his calendar and penned a detailed suicide note.

Police told the inquest Crotty had been reported missing on 5 March after his housemate found a suicide note under the pillow.

And on a calendar on a wall in the house he had written the letter 'S' on 31 January. The end of January was just a few days after he had come out to his friends and family.

November 26, 2014

There have been 300 violent homophobic attacks in London alone from January to October this year alone

Recorded instances of violent homophobic crimes have risen in the UK this year, according to new figures.

Hundreds of assaults on gay and lesbian people have been reported to police in 2014, including more than 300 in London alone.

Gay rights charities believe LGBTI people feel more encouraged to speak out if they have been victims of hate crime.

Some of the UK's biggest police forces reported the following to Press Association:

November 26, 2014

The United States Department of State has expressed its dismay that The Gambia has moved forward with a bill that punishes ‘aggravated homosexuality’ with life imprisonment and reports that security forces are actively hunting down LGBTI people

The United States Government has issued its strongest warning to date to the Government of The Gambia over its persecution of LGBTI people, with the Department of State issuing an official warning over the issue.

‘We are dismayed by President Jammeh’s decision to sign into law legislation that further restricts the rights of LGBT individuals and are deeply concerned about the reported arrests and detention of suspected LGBT individuals in The Gambia,’ State Department Bureau of Public Affairs director Jeff Rathke said in a statement on Monday.

November 25, 2014

Faith-based book equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality'

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for a month without pay for distributing a self-published anti-gay book to his subordinates.

In the book Who Told You That You Were Naked, he identified himself as a 'devout Christian man' whose first priority as Atlanta Fire Department (AFD) chief was 'to cultivate its culture to the glory of God.'

One passage equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality' and another describes gay sex as one of several 'vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.'

November 25, 2014

Grand jury does not charge police officer Darren Wilson for shooting the teen

LGBTI rights groups have condemned the lack of indictment in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

A St Louis grand jury has not charged police officer Darren Wilson for shooting the unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri three months ago.

The case sparked outrage in majority-black Ferguson and heightened longstanding tensions with the majority-white police force.

The National LGBTQ Task Force (NLTF) described the decision not to indict Wilson as 'shocking and painful for millions.'

November 25, 2014

Place of worship will need to be 're-sanctified', clerics say

Two teen boys have been brutally beaten after allegedly having sex in a Ghana mosque.

The two 14-year-olds, who we have chosen to not name, were reportedly caught having sex in the religious building in the Brong Ahafo region last week.

Homosexuality is taboo in Ghana, punishable by up to three years in prison.

It is believed the two teens, a Christian and a Muslim, snuck into the mosque late at in the evening, started kissing, where they were eventually stopped by an elderly man who was at prayer.

November 25, 2014

Policies include more devolution, pedestrianization and a Londoner's Card

Entrepreneur and gay rights activist Ivan Massow yesterday (24 November) launched his bid to be the next mayor of London in 2016.

Massow, 47, made a name for himself, and a fortune, in the early 1990s by setting up a specialist insurance company for gay men when others were penalizing them due to AIDS.

He is a long-serving Tory member although he briefly defected to Labour in protest of Section 28, which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

November 25, 2014

Stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as married couple pulled apart when one is fired from Catholic for being gay

The gay-themed drama Love is Strange received four Independent Spirit Award nominations today including one for Best Feature.

The film tells the story of Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) who are finally able to get legally married in New York after nearly 40 years together.

But not long after their joyful wedding, George is fired from his job teaching music at a Catholic school. Someone at the school saw their wedding photos posted in Facebook.

November 25, 2014

The trio reportedly have steamy scene in upcoming film Michael

We already know that James Franco and Zachary Quinto play lovers in the upcoming feature film Michael.

What we did not know is that at one point, they take part in a steamy threesome scene with Teen Wolf star Charlie Carver.

November 25, 2014

Unlock the ancient, enigmatic glamour of the Turkish metropolis with our guide

Pushed and pulled by the eastern and western worlds for centuries, absorbing influences and attitudes from both Europe and the Middle East, Turkey is astoundingly resilient.

And Istanbul, with 14 million people, has been the cosmopolitan centre of the region since it was founded as Constantinople in 330 AD. The Bosphorus Strait, a shipping lane that links the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea dividing Istanbul in two, is one of the boundaries between Europe and Asia.

November 25, 2014

New research shows homosexuality helps humans bond

Scientists have found a possible reason why homosexuality exists and does not die out with evolution.

Same sex desire helps us bond with people of the same gender.

Those who argue that homosexuality is a choice often argue that traits which stop us breeding successfully are eventually filtered out by evolution.

Dr Diana Fleischman, of the University of Portsmouth, and her colleagues have released their answer to that question today (25 November).

November 25, 2014

A video ad supporting LGBTI rights in Lithuania can only air after 11pm under the anti-gay law

Lithuania psychologists have claimed gay propaganda laws brought in to 'protect' children are actually harming them.

A social video ad about LGBTI rights on television was banned from airing before 11pm at night by broadcasters, saying it would violate the law 'protecting children'.

The Union of Lithuanian Psychologists have claimed censorship of this kind, seen in many countries including Russia, is what harms young people.

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 24, 2014

He was lured on a 'date' by a man, taken to a police station and held there as the authorities ruined his life

A Cameroon man is facing jail after police forcibly outed him as gay to his friends and family.

The 22-year-old, identified as A.H, was lured on an alleged 'date' by a Facebook friend who he had been talking to for around three months online.

Once he went to meet the other man, A.H was taken to the police station in the Ekounou district of Yaounde where he was arrested on accusations of sexual harassment.