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February 2, 2015

See more photos of Asia's most fabulous wedding inside

Vietnam has got its first gay showbiz wedding, just weeks after the southeast Asian country lifted its ban on same-sex marriage.

Fashion designer Adrian Anh Tuan marred his entrpreneur boyfriend Son Doan in a star-studded ceremony last week (24 January) to intense public interest.

Tuan and Doan, both 35 this year, tied the knot in front of 50 guests at a five-star beach resort in the coastal city of Nha Trang.

The couple have known each other for five years, and been together for three, and live together in Ho Chi Minh City.

January 31, 2015

The LGBT community has however protested against the slapstick comedy's camp central character for humiliating and smearing gay people through overacted actions and expressions

De Mai Tinh 2 (Let Hoi Decide), a slapstick comedy with a self-identified transgender woman in the central role, has become the top grossing film in the country.

It earned US$3.85 million – a huge sum for a Vietnamese feature – in over two weeks since it was released on December 12 and on 70 screens across the Southeast Asian country.

January 26, 2015

Ringleader owns the Vietnamese edition of UK publication Attitude

Vietnamese police Friday (23 January) arrested a gay magazine owner in Ho Chi Minh City for running an online gambling ring worth 1 trillion Vietnamese dong ($46.88m).

Nine others were arrested in connection to the Philippines-based website 12bet.com.

To Cong Hung, 33, allegedly managed operations in the south east Asian country for several months and is also the owner of the Vietnamese edition of Attitude, the leading gay magazine in the UK.

December 26, 2014

Distributors announce additional screenings in Ho Chi Minh City until Dec 28, screenings in Hanoi from Dec 29 to Jan 1

Described by a local newspaper as a 'respectful, true, and positive perspective on the LGBT community' in Vietnam, the 86-min documentary has had 16 screenings between Dec 13 and 21, and distributors have added another 12 from Dec 22 to 28.

December 10, 2014

'I'm running for parliament to represent disabled and transgender people'

Emily Brothers yesterday (9 December) came out as one of the first transgender politicians to run for the UK parliament.

The Labour candidate for Sutton and Cheam lost her sight to glaucoma as a child and is a long-time disability rights campaigner.

'I have today spoken publicly about my transgender background and hope that in some way this helps contribute to better understanding of diversity,' she wrote on her website.

Party leader Ed Miliband said he was 'so proud to have Emily Brothers as a Labour candidate.'

November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

November 18, 2014

Grant Robertson says he will not run again

Grant Robertson today (18 November) narrowly lost his bid to be the first gay leader of the New Zealand Labour Party by 1 per cent in the final round of voting.

Despite leading in party and caucus votes, the former deputy leader did not have the overwhelming support of the unions that winner Andrew Little had.

'I want to make clear that having put myself forward for the leadership on two occasions now that I will not do so again,' he told press after the results were announced.

November 10, 2014

Laotian runner-up sparks third gender debate in her Communist country

A 22-year-old Venezuelan on Saturday night was crowned Miss International Queen in Thailand at the world's biggest beauty pageant for transvestites and transgender women.

Isabella Santiago beat 21 other contestants from 18 countries to win the title and 440,000 baht (US$12,500) in prize money in the resort town of Pattaya. The winner can also opt for a free cosmetic procedure, including gender reassignment surgery.

November 3, 2014

Blued has 15 million users compared with Grindr's 5 million

Chinese gay dating app Blued has raised US$30 million from venture capital firm DCM in a Series B round of funding.

Earlier this year, the company received RMB10 million ($1.6 million) in Series A financing from Crystal Stream.

CEO of Blued Geng Le said, 'In 16 months, Blued has completed three rounds of financing and our valuation far exceeds that of some heterosexual social products.

'Our development can make more people to see the value of the gay internet, as well as the diversity and progress of Chinese society.'

September 29, 2014

Grant Robertson is downplaying suggestions his being gay will affect his chances

Gay politician Grant Robertson has downplayed suggestions his sexuality will affect his chances at the New Zealand Labour Party leadership.

The MP for Wellington Central announced his intention to run for leadership yesterday after Dan Cunliffe said on Saturday that he would resign tomorrow and seek a new mandate.

Robertson told the New Zealand Herald, 'There may well be some people who raise that. That's fine. But that's not where I think I'll be judged.

'I'll be judged, I'm sure, on my ability to reflect Labour values.'

August 24, 2014

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced on Saturday that his government would allow same-sex couples in committed relationships to register their relationships with the government in order to protect their rights and obligations

The South American nation of Ecuador has become the latest on the continent to enshrine the rights of committed same-sex couples, with President Rafael Correa announcing that same-sex de facto marriages would be registered by the state, while stopping short of allowing same-sex couples to officially marry.

Ecuador’s 2009 constitution bans same-sex marriage but also provides for the legal recognition of committed unmarried relationships and Correa has now announced that as of 15 September such couples will be able to register their relationships regardless of sexuality.

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.