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October 22, 2014

More than 80 others were detained at the unlicensed club

Thai Police detained more than 80 people on Sunday night in a raid on an unlicensed gay bar in Bangkok.

Hijack Sauna in Lat Yao district was operating a gay bar without a license and was raided after complaints about noise from local residents.

Police entered the venue at 4am, blocking the front and back exits and turning on all the lights.

October 22, 2014

Students and pupils are invited to bake a rainbow-themed cake to coincide with the upcoming Anti-Bullying Week in the UK this November

Educate and Celebrate, the UK-based organization that helps schools to become LGBT-friendly, is launching a special competition to coincide with Britain’s 2014 Anti-Bullying Week (17-21 Nov).

In conjunction with Gay Star News, it is asking pupils and students to take part in its ‘Edu-bake & Cel-a-cake’ Great Rainbow Bake Off. To do this, they will have to send in pictures of home-baked rainbow cakes.

The aim of the contest is to raise awareness around diversity issues during National Anti-Bullying Week.

October 21, 2014

His paper called for the 60 listed people to be fired

The editor-in-chief of Armenian newspaper the Iravnuk stood trial this week for publishing a blacklist of 60 LGBTI people and calling for them to be fired.

Hovhannes Galajyan wrote an online article in May that branded the listed individuals 'enemies of the nation' and said they 'serve the interests of international homosexual lobbying.'

The article also included links to the their Facebook accounts.

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

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

He slammed a government proposal to protect the rights of cohabiting gay couples

An unidentified man delivered an anti-gay rant after Saturday afternoon Mass at a cathedral in Hong Kong.

He also handed out sample letters that he encouraged people to send to the Equal Opportunities Commission to protest proposed revisions to the anti-discrimination law.

A note printed on top of the letter said it was also posted online 'for people to copy and paste' and reminds people to change some of the wording to reduce the risk of the EOC treating cloned letters the opinion of a single group.

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 18, 2014

Thinking of becoming a parent? Interested in co-parenting? If you don’t already know someone else that also wants to start a family then an introduction website may be able to help. We talk to Seyi Joseph, the creator of FeelingBroody.com

When gay men consider starting a family, surrogacy and adoption are often presented as the only routes to explore. For lesbians, sperm donations and treatment can be obtained at licensed clinics.

However, these aren’t the only options. It’s not uncommon for a gay man to come to an arrangement with a woman to create a child – either through IVF or self-insemination techniques.

October 18, 2014

Matt Stolhandske, a member of a pro-marriage equality Christian group, is appealing to the LGBTI community to help pay the fine two Portland-based Christian bakery owners received for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple

In 2013 Melissa and Aaron Klein, who own a bakery in Portland, Oregon, refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding.

They now face a fine in excess of US$150,000 after the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found ‘substantial evidence’ that they had discriminated against the lesbian couple.

October 17, 2014

Mia Freedman said neither gay people nor pedophiles can change who they are attracted to

Australian journalist Mia Freedman has 'unreservedly apologized' for comparing gay people to pedophiles on national TV.

The founder of women’s website Mamamia made the comment yesterday night during a debate about the Northern Territory’s plan to set up a public sex offender register on Channel 10's Project TV.

'We accept that gay people can’t change who they love and who they’re sexually attracted to, so why do we think that people who are sexually attracted to children can be rehabilitated,' she said.

October 17, 2014

Impoverished LGBTI people often can’t get jobs just for being LGBTI. Sebastian Rocca tells us why, and what you can do for your community

Imagine you can’t get a job because your neighborhood knows you’re a lesbian.

Or your apartment manager discovers you’re a trans man, and kicks you out of your home, which is legal because your government doesn’t protect LGBTI people from discrimination.

This is the experience of many gay, bi and trans people worldwide, individuals who are thrown into a poverty cycle with no escape because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

October 17, 2014

Legislator Yu Mei-nu called the meeting before she submits her plans to legalize same-sex unions to the government

Christian groups yesterday protested a public hearing on gay marriage and adoption at the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei.

Democratic People's Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu consulted government official, academics and civic groups on both sides of the debate at the Legislative Yuan before preliminary plans to legalize gay marriage are submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

She said the hearing was 'an equal approach to encompass everybody into the constitution.'

October 17, 2014

'This is potentially the most exciting development in HIV prevention in some years'

The UK is to be offered a pill that reduces risk of contracting HIV by up to 90%.

The daily tablet could soon be offered on the NHS and it is being described as the 'most exciting development in HIV prevention' in years.

A landmark trial in England is to be dramatically sped up after it was found taking a single dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the drug Truvada, provided unprecedented levels of protection.

October 16, 2014

In 2015 Dinah Shore celebrates a quarter century uniting women from around the world

Next year we celebrate 25 years of Dinah Shore, one of the world's leading lesbian parties.

Organizers have already kicked off celebrations six months in advance of star-studded pool parties and entertainment.

Officially known as the Club Skirt’s Dinah Shore weekend, or just Dinah, this weeklong festival has helped put Palm Spring on the map of LGBTI society and helped inspire many lesbian events around the globe.

October 16, 2014

The 84 year old makes bizarre claim on his TV show The 700 Club

On today's edition of The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson told viewers they had to be careful when traveling to African countries like Kenya.

The reason?

'The towels could have AIDS,' the 84-year-old televangelist claimed.

A viewer email had asked Robertson for guidance on traveling to Kenya to a missionary trip - the viewer was concerned about the Ebola outbreak in some African countries.

'You might get AIDS in Kenya, people have AIDS, you’ve got to be careful,' he explained. 'I mean, the towels could have AIDS.'

October 16, 2014

This homoerotic 2015 calendar, intended as a ‘tribute to social acceptance,’ is already ruffling feathers and raising temperatures

A 2015 calendar featuring nude and semi-nude ‘priests’ is campaigning against homophobia in the Orthodox Church.

As the Catholic Church retracts its historic statements of support for the LGBTI community worldwide, some members of the Orthodox Church want to tackle gay hate in a ‘bold,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘ironic’ way.

October 16, 2014

Stars of The Fosters and other TV series are showing their support for LGBTI youth by wearing purple

Today (16 October) is Spirit Day – an awareness-raising initiative that invites people to make a stand against bullying and show support for LGBTI youth.

Several celebrities have become involved with this year's event, which invites people to wear purple to show their backing for the campaign.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 14, 2014

One viewer called transgender panelist Cate McGregor a 'he/she'

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has defended transphobic tweets it aired on last night's Q&A panel show.

Group Captain Cate McGregor was the first transgender panellist on Q&A and the highest ranking transgender military officer in the world.

Tweets were displayed back the bottom as speakers were talking and while most were positive, two tweets upset viewers:

October 14, 2014

Are you a twin? Are you gay or bisexual and your sibling is straight? Then you might be able to help in a new study

Twins could hold the key to how our childhood experiences shape our sexual experiences and well-being.

Researchers at the University of Essex are seeking identical twins where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight. Twins where both are gay, bisexual or straight are also being asked to help with the study.

They hope by studying these sets of twins, they will be able to uncover what social experiences during childhood make us become the people we are and how satisfied we are in life.

October 14, 2014

The 10th annual event will feature a wealth of exhibitors and opportunities to ask questions of experts and gay men who have already become parents

Gay men in New York or the surrounding areas who are thinking about starting a family should mark Sunday 2 November 2014 down in their diaries.

That’s the date that the tenth, annual NY Men Having Babies expo returns to the Big Apple.

The event is organized by the New York-based nonprofit group Men Having Babies and it is being co-sponsored and hosted by the the JCC in Manhattan.

October 14, 2014

Police dragged the protesters away even though they had permits

Eight LGBTI activists were detained for 'disobedience' on Sunday at a National Coming Out Day protest in Moscow.

The activists were dragged to the ground and into police cars near Sokolniki metro station even though they had the necessary permits.

The Queer Russia website reported that police started checking the documents of the activists 10-15 minutes after the protest started. They said the real purpose of the protest did not match their declared one. 

October 13, 2014

Who needs a rainbow unicorn or a pussycat when you've got the snail?

A new species of snail was named in honor of same-sex marriage, it was announced today (13 October).

Scientists in Taiwan have paid tribute to marriage equality and diverse families by naming a new endemic land snail species after community, saying they believe this snail encapsulates everything in its shell that makes LGBTI people special.

The species was long assumed to be closely related to another species, the Aegista subchinensis.