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April 28, 2014

Mariela Castro Espín will welcome hundreds of delegates for International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) this May to champion LGBTI rights, including legal same-sex partnerships, on the island

Amidst global celebrations of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) 17 May, Cuba’s LGBTI community is holding a quiet revolution.

And Mariela Castro Espín, daughter of president Raul Castro, is so proud she’s welcoming over 400 delegates from London, South America and the Caribbean to look at the best strategies to eradicate discrimination and pave the way for gender equality in Cuba.

November 21, 2013

Astronaut Sally Ride and Bayard Rustin, the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington,  join 14 others who are honored in a White House ceremony

In a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the same-sex partners of NASA astronaut Sally Ride and human rights activist Bayard Rustin.

The honor, the highest for US civilians, was started 50 years ago by President John Kennedy.

October 21, 2013

After giving Havana a proper whirl, pick up hitchhikers, stray dogs and photos on the A1 National Highway and its subsidiary roads to visit graceful Trinidad and remote Baracoa at the extreme western tip of Cuba

Cuba will always have its admirers.

It overwhelms with modest authenticity, a proud culture, and a recent revolutionary history in a Caribbean region often known best for ghetto beach chain hotel tourism.

That stated Cuba still suffers from its own Jim Crow-style tourism… mainly holiday makers holed up in high-rise structures in the Varadero area of the north Atlantic shore where locals and vacationers are not encouraged to mix (some hotels even bar resident Cubans from entering).

October 2, 2013

Australian Workers Union boss Paul Howes will call tonight for the Australian Labor Party to vote as a block for gay marriage, making him the most prominent person in the party to do so

Australian Workers Union boss Paul Howes will tonight become the most prominent person within the Australian Labor Party (ALP) to call for his party to vote as a block in favor of same-sex couples being allowed to marry.

Howes released a speech he intends to give tonight at an Australian Marriage Equality (AME) event ‘The Future of Marriage Equality Forum’ at Sydney’s Beauchamp Hotel at 5.30pm today at which Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s sister and Liberal Party City of Sydney councilor Christine Forster will also speak.

October 2, 2013

Australian Workers Union boss Paul Howes told GSN he believes his party must vote as one to preserve the legislative independence of the Australian Capital Territory as it moves to become the first Australian jurisdiction to allow same-sex couples to wed

Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes, a key power broker in the right wing of the Australian Labor Party, has told GSN that it is vital that his party defend the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from any attempt by the Australian Government to interfere with it’s ability to pass its own laws.

‘Labor has always been the party that has supported self government in the territories,’ Howes said, taking a question from GSN.

September 30, 2013

The Australian Labor Party’s right wing faction’s Bill Shorten wants his party to adopt candidate quotas for minority groups to boost their involvement in the party but left wing faction leader Anthony Albanese doesn’t think that’s necessary

The candidate from the right wing of the Australian Labor Party to lead the party has again taken to LGBT issues to reach out to his party’s left, suggesting LGBTs and other minorities should be given quotas when the party picks its candidates.

August 10, 2013

Bayard Rustin's work as an activist and civil rights organizer 'challenged the evils of homophobia and racism'

The National Black Justice Coalition, a a black gay US civil rights organization, praised President Barack Obama for posthumously awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin, the  chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.

August 9, 2013

US President Barack Obama names 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees, including lesbian astronaut Sally Ride and gay civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin

Lesbian astronaut Sally Ride and Bayard Rustin, the gay organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, will posthumously be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

August 6, 2013

At the end of August, the National Black Justice Coalition will sponsor a tribute to the 1963 March on Washington and the out gay man behind it, Bayard Rustin

In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, the National Black Justice Coalition is sponsoring a petition to have the out gay man who was the rally's organizer, Bayard Rustin, honored with a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.

'The late Bayard Rustin was a proud Black gay man who was an indispensable architect of the Civil Rights Movement,' the gay rights organization said in a statement.

April 29, 2013

Gay comic has said the UK Prime Minister David Cameron steals from the poor to give to the rich

Gay chat show host and author Paul O'Grady has likened David Cameron to the 'Sheriff of Nottingham', as he robs from the poor to give to the rich.

The English comic said the British government was bleeding the people dry, attacking the much lambasted 'bedroom tax'.

The tax, aimed at cutting housing benefits for people with one spare bedroom in their property, has already triggered mass demonstrations across the country.

April 19, 2013

Huong Giang wears dress made of 2,000 condoms as part of publicity campaign funded by USAID

Transgender Vietnam Idol finalist Huong Giang is the latest celebrity to wear a dress made of 2,000 condoms for a safe sex campaign.

Giang told Tuoitre News Vietnam she is happy for her name to be associated with condom-use and wants to send the public, particularly young people, a message about safe sex.

March 13, 2013

Former presidential candidate Nelson Zavala is appealing after he violated the electoral code by discriminating against LGBT peopel

A former Ecuadorean presidential candidate Nelson Zavala is appealing his charges after he was fined for calling gay people ‘sinners’.

Nelson Zavala, an evangelical preacher who says he can ‘cure’ gay people, has had his political rights suspended for a year and fined for his homophobic fines.

The ruling bars Zavala from standing as a candidate, or being involved with a political party or movement.

He was also fined $3,000 (€2,300).

March 11, 2013

Sven Gerich, of the pro-same-sex marriage party Social Democratic Party, won with a small majority of 50.8%

An anti-gay German mayor has lost his seat to openly gay candidate Sven Gerich, of the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

In a nail-biting election deciding the mayor of Wiesbaden in Hesse, Gerich won with 50.8% of the vote over the incumbent Helmut Müller’s 49.2%.

Müller, of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party who opposes same-sex marriage, has been mayor of Wiesbaden since 2007. Just two weeks before, preliminary results showed Müller had been leading with the vote.

February 22, 2013

'Our commitment is to defend everyone's dignity and equality'

Rafael Correa, elected to a third term as president of Ecuador this week, made a public apology to his country's LGBT citizens for past comments he has made about them.

Correa had spoken out against gay marriage in the past and had used inappropriate words offensive to LGBT groups last summer.

February 22, 2013

Government steps in to stop local authority from reversing recognition of intersex person's gender

Vietnam's Ministry of Justice has ordered the local government in Binh Phuoc province to halt their decision to reverse their recognition of intersex teacher Pham Le Quynh Tram's gender.

The halt was demanded while the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health wait for Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's decision on the matter, Tuoitre News reports.

February 7, 2013

If elected, the 30 year-old LGBT rights activist and psychology student could become the first transgender individual in Ecuador's Congress, and South America's first trans lawmaker

Ecuador could receive its first transgender lawmaker this month.

Diane Rodriguez, a psychology student and trans rights activist in her home town of Guayaquil, is vying for a Congressional seat in the leftist Ruptura 25 party during the presidential and parliamentary elections held on 17 February (Sunday).

If elected, it is believed Rodriguez would be the first transgender individual to hold public office in Ecuador, where 85% of the population identifies as Catholic. It is thought she would also be the first openly transgender lawmaker in South America.

January 28, 2013

Pham Le Quynh Tram says she will appeal authorities' decision to revoke legal recognition of her female gender

An intersex woman in Vietnam who successfully lobbied authorities to change her legally recognized gender from male to female in 2009, is 'deeply shocked' over an announcement last week that the decision will be revoked.

January 11, 2013

Exhibition is latest success in equal rights group iSEE's work supporting LGBT people in Vietnam

A photography exhibition celebrating same-sex love has attracted thousands of visitors in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The exhibition entitled Open - Equal - Love features work by Vietnamese photographer Maika Elan (see some of her photographs on a New York Times blog) and was organized by Vietnamese LGBT rights campaigners Institute of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE).

December 27, 2012

Two men arrested for murder of 26-year-old in southern Dong Nai province, in a suspected money dispute

Two men have been arrested for the murder of a gay man in Vietnam who was reportedly killed and chopped into pieces.

According to the country's Tuổi Trẻ newspaper, 23-year-old Tran Tu Dien, of Bac Lieu province, and Ngo Van Tam, 20, of Tra Vinh province, were arrested by police in southern Dong Nai province yesterday (26 December).

May 22, 2012

Gay rights activist Mariela Castro has been granted a visa to visit the US, sparking fury among some Cuban-American lawmakers 

Mariela Castro will meet with leaders and members of the LGBT community in San Francisco this week.

The daughter of current president Raul Castro and niece of former president Fidel Castro is scheduled to be interviewed at the San Francisco LGBT Center at 1800 Market Street on Wednesday (23 May) from 6pm to 7:30pm Pacific Time.

March 13, 2012

Gay Grammy winner will portray ‘everyman’, not the revolutionary

Out Latin pop singer and actor Ricky Martin will play the role of Che in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita.

The production is scheduled began previews on 12 March with an official opening 5 April at the Marquis Theatre in New York City.

Last year, a group of Cuban exiles in Miami protested Martin’s casting for the role of Che. The group, Vigilia Mambisa, is known for boycotting any musical artists that would perform in Cuba.