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March 1, 2015

'The parade is an important way for Guinness to support the Irish community, and we look forward to celebrating with millions of New Yorkers on March 17'

Guinness is returning as a sponsor of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

February 28, 2015

Vice sends their cameras to Journey Into Manhood, a gay conversion program, where men pay more than US$600 to attend a weekend retreat to be 'cured' of their same-sex attractions

US-based Vice, known for its guerrilla-style and constroversial documentaries, has released a three-part documentary investigating gay conversion therapy – a practice that has been denounced by medical communities and partially banned by several states including California and New Jersey.

For the documentary, Vice sent their cameras to Journey Into Manhood, a gay conversion program, where men pay more than US$600 to attend a weekend retreat where they participate in exercises and activities to 'cure' themselves of their attraction to other men.

February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 27, 2015

New policy goes beyond previous list of more than 50 selectable genders

Facebook announced Thursday (25 February) that it has expended its gender options to include a free-form field.

This means of a user of the popular social media site doesn't identify with any of the gender options listed on Facebook, they can simply write in their own.

Facebook said in a statement: 'We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.'

February 27, 2015

The men claim they stabbed the man after he sexually propositioned them

Two men have been arrested near Saint Petersburg, Russia, over the murder of a gay man. 

The body of a 38-year-old man who had been stabbed 26 times was found on Monday night in a town in the Vsevolozhsk region of Russia. 

Police have arrested two men – aged 20 and 21 – this week in connection with the murder, which officials believe took place following a heavy night of drinking. 

February 27, 2015

Complainant says he is not against homosexuality but wants to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law

India's largest online shopping site has been sued for 'abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.'

Snapdeal.com sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law.

February 27, 2015

'What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination?'

Madonna has fired back at people who make degrading remarks about her age. 

The 56-year-old has been subject to intense media scrutiny since since she fell during her BRIT Awards performance of her new single Living For Love on Wednesday. 

Within minutes, the internet was inundated with cruel jokes and memes that poked fun at the Queen of Pop's age, some of which suggested that her tumble was a sign that she should retire. 

February 27, 2015

The club's management are being investigated after an anti-LGBTI group sent complaints about them to the local prosecutor's office

A lesbian nightclub in Russia is under investigation after a picture of its owner kissing another woman went viral.

Last month, the owner of the club, only identified as Kseniya, and her partner were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

Milonov, an outspoken critic of gay rights, was instrumental in the creation of Russia's infamous anti-gay propaganda law. 

February 27, 2015

Andrew Caldwell became an internet sensation after he declared in church ‘I don’t like mens no more’ but he has now admitted he still does

A Missouri gay man who became a viral hit on YouTube when he declared in church that ‘I’m not gay no more,’ has spoken about the negative attention he has received as a result but has also admitted he is still same-sex attracted.

Andrew Caldwell shot to internet fame in November after video of him declaring himself ‘delivered’ of his homosexuality at the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ was posted online.

'I’m not gay no more. I am delivered! I don’t like mens no more. I said I like women, women women women women!' he said in the video.

February 26, 2015

IGLTA praises Caribbean island's efforts to embrace LGBTI tourists

Curaçao is to be given a 'Destination Pioneer' award by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). 

February 26, 2015

Now working for World Bank as a Senior Country Officer for Maghreb, Houdart reflects on coming out at work and the journey that business has undertaken in respect to LGBTI workplace equality

In 2001, when I was 23 years old, I started my career at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

At the time I was in the process of coming out to my parents and friends. My father warned me that being gay would irrevocably hurt my career prospects, which fed my existing insecurities.

I was terrified that my colleagues and clients, who came from diverse cultural backgrounds and were often deeply religious, would discover the truth and take a dim view of me.

February 26, 2015

UK charity fundraiser slated for 13 March

He's known for his fabulous spectacle collection – but Gok Wan's outdone himself with his latest understated eyewearm, sure to make even Elton John green (or red) with envy.

The openly gay TV star has teamed up with Comic Relief to launch these bright red comedy specs to support the charitable cause Comic Relief, available at Specsavers store around the country.

Patrons are encouraged to purchase the garish glasses and upload pictures of themselves making funny faces on social media.

February 26, 2015

'I was hungry, I was cold, so I did it'

Homeless LGBTI youth in New York City are engaging in 'survival sex' to their meet basic needs such as food and shelter, a federally funded study has found.

Many of the 283 young people interviewed by the Urban Institute were forced onto the street after being kicked out of their homes or aging out of foster care.

February 26, 2015

Measure is approved 'for the protection of children from harmful information'

The Senate of Kazakhstan has passed a bill banning 'propaganda of a non-traditional sexual orientation.'

The upper house of the Kazakh parliament approved the measure on 19 February 'for the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development.'

Aldan Smayil, a member of the Majilis (the lower chamber of the Kazakh parliament), proposed prohibiting 'gay propaganda' in August 2013.

February 26, 2015

Student event returns to London this weekend

Former X Factor star Lucy Spraggan will judge the 'Voice X Talent Competition' at National Student Pride this weekend.

The star – who made her name on the 2011 series of the ITV show – will judge the singing competition, in association with Gaydio, alongside Mary Mac and Gaydio DJ Matt Crab.

The winner will get the chance to sing on the Gaydio airwaves, as well as Pride London this summer. Aspiring entrants can register online.

February 26, 2015

Forbidden words also include 'obese,' 'palm oil' and 'Muslim'

Nutella on Tuesday (24 February) launched an online marketing campaign in France inviting consumers to customize a jar of the chocolate spread with a personalized message.

'Here you can create your custom messages and share them with those you love!' the campaign website reads.

That is, as long as the person you love is not a 'lesbian.'

Internet users quickly discovered that they were not allowed to certain words in their messages, including the word 'lesbienne.'

February 26, 2015

The writer and editor recalls being fired after informing her boss that she was transitioning… and how she successfully fought the decision

In my life, there have been two memorable days labeled Tuesday, October 16. For the first, I was a naval officer on a ship crossing the Pacific Ocean from Hong Kong to Pearl Harbor. When crossing the International Date Line from west to east, a day has to be repeated. Aboard our ship, that Tuesday lasted for 48 hours.

February 25, 2015

The author and educator has seen tremendous changes in society and the workplace since he was fired for being gay in 1974

In the 40 years that I have been educating others, including corporate senior officers around the globe, on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, I have witnessed dramatic changes in the workplace.

In the early days of my work, individual audience members would linger after the presentation to whisper to me that they were gay, or that their child was, and they would ask if they might stay in touch with me.

February 25, 2015

An Inclusiveness Director for EY, Chris Crespo has come to realize the importance of confronting one’s fears

‘What if you weren't afraid?

I heard that question about a decade ago, and it was a turning point for me. Someone — I don’t recall who it was — came up with that question at a session I was attending.

It was right around the time I and others at EY were forming Beyond, our professional network supporting and promoting our LGBTA employees.

February 25, 2015

Tambe, an operations researcher in the aerospace and defense industry, talks about being a straight ally - and how it has given her a greater appreciate of the issues that many LGBT people face in the workplace

My role as a straight ally at the aerospace and defense firm where I worked started out fairly straightforward.

Since I supported an inclusive workspace, I figured attending periodic meetings and helping out at events every once in a while was, in some small way, helping my company become a better place to work.

What I didn’t realize then was that my journey as an ally was going to be less about what I could do for the LGBT community, and much more about what they were going to do for me.

February 25, 2015

A demonstration is set to take place in London tonight outside Tower Hamlets Town Hall

Tonight marks a pivotal moment in the battle to save London gay bar the Joiners Arms from demolition.

The management of the bar on Hackney Road, Shoreditch, were informed last year that its lease – which came to an end on 15 January – would not be renewed. David Pollard, who re-launched the venue as a gay bar in 1997, told GSN at the time that a development company is planning to build flats on the site.

February 25, 2015

Now a Member of the Maine House of Representatives, Chenette reflects on campaigning as an openly gay candidate

Choosing whether to come out and when to do so is a very personal decision. So many factors come into play.

For those past school age, how your employer might take it can weigh heavily on you. In my case, it was the voters in my legislative district.

At 20 years old, I decided to run for election for the Maine House of Representatives. I was still in college and openly gay. Well, open to my friends and my immediate family. It was never something I really had to think about. I never had an actual ‘coming out’. Most people who meet me just assume that I’m gay.

February 25, 2015

Director, Capital Management - Finance

"When looking for a job, be aware of the company’s values and culture"

I want to preface this by saying to everyone: it does get better. The journey can be a challenge at times, but through it all you will be stronger. If you are unsure of how people will react, first tell the people who you know love you unconditionally. The people you want in your life are the people who will love you no matter what. There are lots of those people out there…keep those ones in your life.

February 25, 2015

Wishes he'd been more open about being gay during his playing days

Jason Burch was a pitcher in the minor leagues for six seasons and played for four Major League Baseball franchises.

He did so as a gay man.

Burch confided in some teammates who asked but was still largely closeted when he left the sport in 2008 to pursue a law degree.

'Looking back, I wish I had told the whole world that I'm gay from day one,' he tells Outsports in a story published Tuesday (24 February).