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November 22, 2014

His government employer initially offered him only four days leave following the birth of his child via a surrogate

A gay man in Durban, South Africa, has launched a legal bid to claim the same length of maternity leave that a woman who gives birth is entitled to receiving.

The man is in a civil union with another man. They became parents to a child through surrogacy.

Currently, a woman who gives birth to a child is entitled to four months maternity leave in South Africa.

November 22, 2014

Mark Carter, former Mr Gay UK, has been suspended from duty in West Yorkshire after the attack on another gay man in the toilets of a popular bar in Manchester 

A former Mr Gay UK turned police officer has been suspended after being convicted of attacking a man in a gay club.

Mark Carter, a police constable for West Yorkshire Police, was convicted of assault by beating by Manchester Magistrates court.

Carter attacked another man in the toilets of The Thompsons Arms in Manchester’s gay village.

He was made the subject of a 12-month community order, told to do 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £100 compensation to his victim.

November 21, 2014

Partying with Mickey and Minnie, Elsa and Anna; we'd call it camp as Christmas but that would be too obvious

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there was a little boy who loved Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid a little too much…but he wasn't allowed a doll of her for Christmas.

November 21, 2014

'The extreme characters you used to see in the old days, you just don’t see them anymore, and I really do miss them'

Bette Midler, who got her start performing at a bathhouse in New York City, said this week that she misses the outrageousness of those days.

'The extreme characters you used to see in the Village in the old days, you just don’t see them anymore,' Midler tells Advocate.com.

November 21, 2014

The Church of God in Christ wants Caldwell to stop selling the melody, but he says it's his copyright

The 'I'm not gay no more' fellow refuses to leave the spotlight.

Andrew Caldwell, the star of a video where he announces he's 'delivered' from gay sexuality, is selling a version of his declaration on iTunes.

Called I'm Not Gay No More, the 3 minute song is a longer version of the original remix by YouTuber MusicManDre (see below).

November 21, 2014

Jin Tai has a girlfriend of four years

Jin Tai has become the first Taiwanese singer to publicly come out as gay after years of interest in her sexuality.

The androgynous artist told the China Times that since turning 32 at the beginning of the month, she 'wanted to honestly face her past and future, including her relationship status.'

Tai said she only found the courage to come out to her military father a few days ago but his response brought tears to her eyes.

'I hope you will be blessed and happy in the second half of your life,' he said.

November 21, 2014

Editor says love is 'not limited to between men and women'

The new edition of a leading Japanese dictionary has removed 'unnecessary references to heterosexuality' in its definitions of 'love' and 'sex.'

Editor Hiroaki Ima said the changes were made because love, romantic chemistry and carnal desire 'are not limited to between men and women.'

November 21, 2014

Mulled wine and mince pies at the ready!

Vienna has announced the first 'Rainbow Christmas Market' for LGBTI shoppers this December.

The market will launch in Europe's most Christmassy city on the 1 December to coincide with World AIDS Day.

November 21, 2014

'It doesn't wear underpants because it doesn't have a sex.'

A small town in Poland has banned the 'sexually dubious' Winnie the Pooh from a local playground.

Councilors denounced the bear as 'inappropriate' to be patron of a play area in Tuszyn, central Poland, at a meeting that was secretly taped and leaked to the press.

'The problem with that bear is it doesn’t have a complete wardrobe,' the Croatia Times quoted councilor Ryszard Cichy as saying.

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 21, 2014

Be gay, but no PDA

Does two men or two women kissing in public make you uncomfortable? If it does, you're not alone.

While gay rights might be sweeping across the western world, public displays of affection between two people of the same gender still gives people the ick.

A report published by the American Sociological Review suggests while Americans are happy for gay people to have rights, they are less happy to have that gayness shoved down their throats - figuratively speaking.

November 21, 2014

Reubs Walsh, the NUS LGBT Campaign’s Trans rep, speaks on what we all have to remember about the injustices trans people face

On 20 November every year the international transgender community gather together to remember our lost. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day when a people who are under attack from all sides in all nations, remember those who were lost to murder or suicide. We remember by name only those known to have been murdered in the year since the last TDoR.

November 21, 2014

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has warned the government of Gambia to stop persecuting LGBTIs after it passed laws that would see homosexual ‘serial offenders’ and people with HIV jailed for the rest of their lives

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned Gambia that it is failing its international human rights commitments by its continued persecution of LGBTI people, citing the passage of new laws that even further criminalize sexual minorities.

Homosexuality was already punishable with up to 14 years in prison in Gambia but earlier this year the government passed a vaguely defined law punishing ‘aggravated homosexuality.’

November 20, 2014

Report finds the government is 'complicit' in the rise of anti-gay violence

LGBTI Iraqis are at 'imminent risk of death' amid a breakdown in rule of law and the rise of sectarian militias, according to a new report.

The report released yesterday (19 November) said Iraqi security forces gave 'tacit blessing' to religious militias to target perceived 'sodomites' with impunity.

The report was conducted by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, MADRE and the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq over two years.

November 20, 2014

'I didn’t have the courage to do it, to break that lie'

Former Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe has said he is 'ashamed' he did not come out earlier after years of denying his sexuality.

The 32-year-old Olympian was named Man of Influence at last night's GQ Men Of The Year Awards in Sydney.

'I’m a little bit ashamed that I didn’t come out earlier, that I didn’t have the strength to do it,' he told the magazine.

'I didn’t have the courage to do it, to break that lie.'

November 20, 2014

State Islamic ban on cross-dressing was scrapped two weeks ago

A social sciences professor at a leading Malaysian university has said rape and 'environmental toxins' are among the factors that turn men transgender.

Dr Haslinda Abdullah from Universiti Putra Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur Haslinda made the comments at a forum on 'gender identity disorder,' which was held two weeks after a court scrapped a state ban on transgender Muslim women wearing female clothes.

November 20, 2014

Trans visibility and overcoming stereotypes

My children and I were involved in a discussion on Tuesday evening. My son was asked about what it was like growing up without a male role model.

‘Well,’ he replied, ‘it’s not as if there aren’t other men in the family, like uncles and grandfather and cousins.’

‘And there are hundreds of ways to be male,’ I chipped in, attempting to puncture the stereotype that was slowly emerging – not that I considered myself remotely capable of being a male role model, whatever that’s supposed to be.

November 20, 2014

Lawmakers want the anti-gay law back as soon as possible

Uganda's new anti-gay bill could be voted on in parliament before Christmas, lawmakers have said.

Lawmakers have drafted the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill intended to replace the Anti-Homosexuality Act that was struck down by the Constitutional Court in August.

Kawempe South MP Latif Ssebalgala has said a committee has finished a draft of the bill, and will be presented to the public before parliament retires in 11 sitting days. Other politicians have however said this could be unlikely.

November 20, 2014

Lola Olson, non-binary activist, shares who they will be thinking of when they look into the candleflame

In the reflection of candles, names are read out loud. This will be my third time.

My first time, I attended and didn't say or do much because I was overwhelmed with sadness. It's almost impossible not to be.

The second time, I tried to distract myself better by helping run an event and brushing off my rusty Spanish skills to read a few names.

This time, I'm attending again, but since last year, every 20 November, I remember the names that aren't read as much as the names that are.

November 19, 2014

The top gay travel destinations for 2015 revealed – including New York, Sydney and Amsterdam

We've already brought you numbers 15-6 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, count down the final five, with New York, Sydney and Amsterdam battling it out to be crowned destination king...

Click here for part one

November 19, 2014

African country has arrested five LGBTI men and three women this month

Amnesty International has demanded Gambia stop its crackdown on homosexuality amid reports that the west African country has arrested and tortured eight LGBTI people since 7 November.

They were told they were under investigation for 'homosexuality' but have not been formally charged, despite constitutional guarantees that require people to be charged within 72 hours of arrest.

November 19, 2014

Hollyoaks is working with Terrence Higgins Trust to ensure the story is told well

One of Britain's most favorite soap dramas will feature a gay character contracting HIV next year.

Ste Hay, played by Kieron Richardson in the soap Hollyoaks, will have unprotected sex with a stranger in January.

Channel 4 has worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust while planning the story. It is believed it will be the first gay character with HIV in British soap drama history.

November 19, 2014

Tongzhi can mean 'comrade' or 'gay' in Chinese

The Chinese Communist Party has told its members to continue calling each other 'comrade' despite the word's second meaning - 'gay.'

The party ruled that more than half of its discipline regulations were 'outdated' and no longer applicable after a two-year review, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Among the 487 regulations to remain is a 49-year-old diktat that members call each other 'comrade,' the egalitarian form of address preferred by Communists.

November 19, 2014

'Believe me: Gay players exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally.'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay basketball player, has retired.

The 35-year-old will announce his retirement from the game at the Barclays Center, New York City, later on today (19 November).

Following his coming out 18 months ago, he was signed with the Brooklyn Nets. When he did this, he made history by being the first active male athlete from any of the four major North American professional team sports to do so.