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October 24, 2014

A thriving gayborhood, east-facing beaches, the World AIDS museum and LGBTI-specific retirement homes are just a few reasons Fort Lauderdale deserves your attention

As we clutch our imaginary pearls every time we hear of a favorite gay bar closing in New York and Los Angeles, we also have reasons to throw our handbags in the air: New gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses are opening up in Fort Lauderdale every day, and with good reason.

Fort Lauderdale, a popular destination with LGBTI visitors since the 1970s for the region’s tropical climate and laid-back locals, is a city where the demand for LGBTI business is booming.

October 24, 2014

Hotel Hyatt Canberra was slammed for hosting the anti-gay Australian Christian Lobby

LGBTI activists will ‘gaycrash’ an anti-gay marriage event tonight after the venue came under for hosting the Christian group.

A new LGBTI group, the Australian People's Party, and Canberra GayCrash, which regularly holds events at straight venues, have invited both members to the party.

Hotel Hyatt Canberra came under sharp criticism this week for hosting the national conference of the anti-gay Australian Christian Lobby.

October 24, 2014

Conservative author and former Reagan White House aide Douglas MacKinnon wants South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to form their own country to protest the progress of LGBTI rights in the United States

A former aide to US presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr. has proposed that the southern states of the United States secede from America over LGBTI rights similarly to how they did over slavery before the Civil War.

Conservative author and columnist Douglas MacKinnon has suggested that South Carolina, Georgia and Florida become their own country, called ‘Reagan’ after his former boss, to escape what he terms America’s ‘fiscal insanity and moral decay.’

October 24, 2014

Police say their 'long and passionate' kisses 'disgusted' passersby

Six LGBTI rights activists have been charged with disturbing the peace because they kissed at an anti-gay protest in March.

The public prosecutor’s office notified the six of the charges earlier this month.

The three men and three women held a spontaneous, uncoordinated protest against an anti-gay group Sentinelle in Piedi, Standing Sentries, in Perugia, central Italy.

The Sentinelle stage demonstrations against gay marriage and efforts to extend hate crime protections to LGBTI people. Members stand silently in plazas, holding books or praying.

October 24, 2014

Churches blame the deadly virus on 'homosexualism'

LGBTI Liberians have gone into hiding after church leaders said Ebola was a punishment from God for homosexuality.

LGBTI people in the capital Monrovia have been harassed, beaten and a few have had their cars smashed.

‘Since church ministers declared Ebola was a plague sent by God to punish sodomy in Liberia, the violence toward gays has escalated. They're even asking for the death penalty. We're living in fear,’ LGBTI activist Leroy Ponpon told Reuters.

October 24, 2014

And meet the other selfless animal heroes who picked up IFAW awards this week

Imagine sharing your home with 20 dogs, many of them maimed by horrific injuries. That’s daily life for a lesbian couple from Manchester, north-west England, who save dogs from Bulgaria and Cyprus who would otherwise be killed.

Emma Billington (pictured below) started as a dog walker and set up her dog crèche, Daycare4dogs, seven years ago.

Her dream was to use the profits to rescue and rehome injured and cruelly-treated dogs from overseas.

October 24, 2014

'Families all over Utah are celebrating having their families united'

Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption.

This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents.

This past May Sean Reyes, the western state's attorney general, asked for the stay after a district judge called on state officials to explain why Utah refused to recognize the adoption of a same-sex couple.

October 23, 2014

They had been accused of being a gay couple 'posing' as a husband and wife

Charges against a gay man and a trans woman in Uganda accused of sexual activity going against ‘the order of nature’ have been dismissed.

Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman who reportedly identifies as gay, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, his alleged trans partner, had faced a potential life sentence in jail.

They were charged under Section 145 of the Penal Code that bans consensual same-sex relations, according to Sexual Minorities Uganda.

October 23, 2014

The current and former inmates claim that they are locked in their cells for longer than the general prison population, are denied access to rehab programs and are subject to derogatory comments from staff

A group of 15 current and former gay, bisexual and trans (GBT) inmates of the San Bernardino County Jail in California have filed a class action lawsuit against the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

They accuse the department of discrimination, saying that they were kept locked up for over 22 hours of the day – sometimes only being allowed 30 minutes outside their cells – and denied access to rehabilitation programs.

October 23, 2014

A report has been published into a ground-breaking summit that has taken place between gay dating app owners, health leaders and HIV organizations

Representatives of seven of the most popular gay dating websites and apps have collaborated with leading US AIDS organizations to discuss strategies to help promote HIV/STI testing and to reduce the stigma associated with HIV infection.

The results of a San Francisco summit between representatives of the dating sites and health leaders – including San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research – have been published in a new report.

October 23, 2014

Korea University council is the first student body to ban discrimination against LGBTI people

The student council of Korea University in Seoul has revised its rules to ban discrimination against LGBTI people after several homophobic incidents on campus.

It is the first student body of a South Korean university to do so.

Earlier this year, a placard welcoming new LGBTI students was torn down by unidentified individuals. A similar incident occured at Ewha Womans University, sparking concerns about homophobia on campuses.

October 22, 2014

The Australian Christian Lobby is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage

Hotel Hyatt Canberra has come under fire for hosting the national conference of a notoriously anti-gay group.

The Australia Christian Lobby's (ACL) two-day event will take place this weekend.

The ACL has said gay marriage would produce another 'stolen generation' - a reference to the aboriginal children who were forcibly placed in white homes, many of whom were physically and sexually abused.

October 21, 2014

Underbutler Thomas Barrow tries to change his sexuality with painful injections

The creator of Downton Abbey has revealed that gay underbutler Thomas Barrow will seek a 'cure' for his sexuality in the fifth season of the hit show.

Julian Fellowes said in an interview with ITV, 'He falls for the quackery that this can be cured, that he can get rid of this dumbbell he is dragging around with him. His fortitude takes him through a period of incredible physical discomfort.'

'The result he seeks is impossible – it’s not to be obtained by any medical treatment, it was just quackery.'

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.