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November 25, 2014

EastEnders actor Nina Wadia will introduce the London Gay Symphony Orchestra’s first Family Concert this December

The London Gay Symphony Orchestra (LGSO) always throws an annual Christmas concert, but this year’s event will be a little different as it will be the company’s first ever Family Concert.

The concert will take place on Sunday 14 December at 5pm at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate on Holborn Viaduct in central London.

November 25, 2014

New research shows homosexuality helps humans bond

Scientists have found a possible reason why homosexuality exists and does not die out with evolution.

Same sex desire helps us bond with people of the same gender.

Those who argue that homosexuality is a choice often argue that traits which stop us breeding successfully are eventually filtered out by evolution.

Dr Diana Fleischman, of the University of Portsmouth, and her colleagues have released their answer to that question today (25 November).

November 25, 2014

A video ad supporting LGBTI rights in Lithuania can only air after 11pm under the anti-gay law

Lithuania psychologists have claimed gay propaganda laws brought in to 'protect' children are actually harming them.

A social video ad about LGBTI rights on television was banned from airing before 11pm at night by broadcasters, saying it would violate the law 'protecting children'.

The Union of Lithuanian Psychologists have claimed censorship of this kind, seen in many countries including Russia, is what harms young people.

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 24, 2014

Richard Perrins is part of the team of specialists at fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. He explores issues around known donation and co-parenting arrangements with regards to UK law

For same-sex couples who are looking to start a family there are a variety of options available in order to do this.

For lesbian couples a common preference is to conceive a child through a licensed UK fertility clinic with the assistance of the sperm from an anonymous donor.

November 24, 2014

Pink Iceland founder and local DJ reveals she'd take a Reykjavik virgin to a geothermal pool!

This week Eva Maria Thorarinsdottir Lange, founder of LGBTI travel specialists and wedding planners Pink Iceland, takes us on a tour of her one-of-a-kind hometown – from outdoor art galleries to humbling natural beauty...

I moved here in…
…1996, when I moved from Naples, Italy. So I went from one volcano to a more active one!

November 23, 2014

A Tasmanian couple who were trying to rent out a room to straight couples only through accommodation website Airbnb have had their listing removed for discriminating against same-sex couples

Popular accommodation website Airbnb that connects ordinary people who want to rent out a room to strangers has removed a listing by a Hobart, Australia couple which stated, ‘We prefer not to host GLB couples.’

Complaints were made to the company about the listing’s exclusionary policy and the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group (TGLRG) made a public call for Airbnb to delete it as it contravened the state’s anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTI people.

November 23, 2014

Anti-gay pastor James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church posted a video to Twitter that had been reedited and set to animation to make him appear to come out with no explanation

Anti-gay New York preacher Pastor James David Manning, who made headlines with his claim that Starbucks puts semen in their coffee to attract gay men, has now appeared to out himself after a fashion.

On 19 November Manning posted an animated video to Twitter by Herd Mentality Podcast’s Adam Reakes which Reakes had selectively edited the audio of to make it seem that Manning was calling himself a ‘homosexual sodomite.’

November 21, 2014

She wishes she could turn back time

Cher has cancelled her Dressed to Kill Tour on doctors' orders.

The legendary gay icon said she was 'devastated' and has pledged to finish it next year.

The 68-year-old Dark Lady singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection.

A total of 29 dates were cancelled, including shows in New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto. Refunds will be given.

The singer began her 'D2K' tour in March, with a scheduled break in July. It was described as her 'farewell' tour.

November 21, 2014

City government is mulling an anti-gay hate law

The Seoul Municipal Government (SMG) yesterday (20 November) was forced to postpone a hearing on gay rights after 200 Christian protesters stormed city hall.

The hearing was called to gather opinions for the drafting of a Charter of Human Rights for Citizens in Seoul.

However, experts are divided on whether the law should include a ban on discrimination against LGBTI people.

November 21, 2014

Mulled wine and mince pies at the ready!

Vienna has announced the first 'Rainbow Christmas Market' for LGBTI shoppers this December.

The market will launch in Europe's most Christmassy city on the 1 December to coincide with World AIDS Day.

November 21, 2014

Harvey Milk the Opera in Concert gets Australian premiere at epic gay culture fest

Melbourne's gay culture extravaganza Midsumma Festival has announced a stellar line up for its January 2015 outing – including the hotly-anticipated Australian premiere of Harvey Milk the Opera in Concert.

Taking place between 18 January to 8 February, the festival will include everything from fringe theatre and film screenings to club nights and panel debates.

November 21, 2014

Reubs Walsh, the NUS LGBT Campaign’s Trans rep, speaks on what we all have to remember about the injustices trans people face

On 20 November every year the international transgender community gather together to remember our lost. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day when a people who are under attack from all sides in all nations, remember those who were lost to murder or suicide. We remember by name only those known to have been murdered in the year since the last TDoR.

November 20, 2014

After falling in love whilst in the British Army together, Tracey and Samantha Henry became moms to twin boys Finlay and Logan in 2011 through utilizing the IVF services at London Women’s Clinic. Tracey told GSN about the experience

‘Sam and I are both 34 years old and have been together almost seven years. We met whilst serving in the Army but got to know each other during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. We started a relationship in February 2008.

‘Sam has been in the army 16 years and is a Staff Sergeant with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. I left the Army after maternity leave and now work for BNP Paribas Rental Solutions in Basingstoke.

‘We first talked about starting a family in 2009 after we got engaged but wanted to wait as Sam was on an 18-month career course.

November 20, 2014

The Andes, the Sacred Valley – breathtaking vistas abound on Detours Travel's new route

Gay and adventure tour operator Detours Travel has announced its latest boutique trip for LGBTI travellers – the gorgeous Peru.

The travel specialists – who already host group trips for queer travellers to Greece, Thailand and Costa Rica – will begin visiting the destination, known for its abundance of exotic natural beauty, from June 2015.

November 20, 2014

Fleshy and juicy with a full-bodied density – and that's just the vintners

What happens when a bunch of queer wine-lovers board a train through Napa Valley to taste the region's gayest, sun-sweet grape juices? We're not entirely sure, but we'd love to find out!

The Big Gay Wine Train has announced details of its all-gay winemaker dinner event next spring: taking place on Saturday, March 28, oenophiles will be able to taste the fruit of four of California's most delectable gay wine merchants.

November 20, 2014

Lawmakers want the anti-gay law back as soon as possible

Uganda's new anti-gay bill could be voted on in parliament before Christmas, lawmakers have said.

Lawmakers have drafted the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill intended to replace the Anti-Homosexuality Act that was struck down by the Constitutional Court in August.

Kawempe South MP Latif Ssebalgala has said a committee has finished a draft of the bill, and will be presented to the public before parliament retires in 11 sitting days. Other politicians have however said this could be unlikely.

November 19, 2014

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man

Six years after resigning as executive director of the ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, former ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married another man in Oklahoma.

Smid married his partner Larry McQueen in Hugo, Oklahoma over the weekend, a 35 minute drive from their home across the border in Paris, Texas, and the couple held a wedding ceremony in Tulsa on Sunday.

November 19, 2014

Cruise specialist woos pink passengers with exclusive offers – and routes to Copenhagen, Key West and Gran Canaria

'My husband had never even entertained the idea of taking a holiday on a cruise until we met,' laughs Scott Anderson, General Manager of the Luxury Cruise Company. 'But since then that's the only type of holiday he wants to do!'

November 18, 2014

Beautiful both inside and out

No matter where you start from, you can be who you want to be.

These 11 guys are the epitome of this.

The men on this list jumped the hurdles, went through hard times and have come out as proud members of the trans community. No stealth.

You might not have heard of many of these guys on this list, but they're all notable in some way and have made strides in fighting for trans rights.

And they prove you don't have to conform to a certain body type to be sexy.

November 18, 2014

Gay travel operators Pink Iceland share their clients' awe-inspiring wedding snaps

As Iceland's go-to gay travel and event specialists, Pink Iceland have organised more than their fair share of heart-swellingly romantic same-sex weddings – and they have the pictures to prove it. Here, the founder of this fab organisation – the lovely Eva María Thorarinsdottir Lange – shares some of the most beautiful nuptial moments ever caught on camera. Probably. Tissues at the ready...

November 18, 2014

Once the leader of a Catholic Church, always a leader of a Catholic Church

Men and women are at the 'root of marriage', Pope Francis has said in a blow to gay rights.

In what is being seen as a huge step backward in the liberal pope's tenure, it looks unlikely that the Catholic Church will support same-sex marriage for years to come.

In an address at the opening of a three-day conference at the Vatican, he called family 'an anthropoligical fact...that cannot be qualified based on ideological notions or concepts important only at one time in history'.

November 18, 2014

For many in the Middle East, Turkey is a safe haven for LGBTI people. But the gay and trans population still faces great hatred and real danger

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTI population.

On one hand, Turkey is the first country in the Muslim world to hold a Pride march. Now, 11 years on, 2014 Istanbul Pride is widely lauded. It surpassed last year’s LGBTQI pride attendance that drew nearly 100,000 revelers and onlookers.

It is the ‘go-to’ country for LGBTI Muslims fleeing other Islamic countries for their safety.

The country’s Supreme Court acknowledged in July that calling LGBTI citizens ‘perverts’ is hate speech.

November 17, 2014

Germany's hidden star is an architectural marvel, rich in food, history and culture

Can a queen be as sweet as marzipan, as romantic as an old ship moored in a harbour, or as elegant and smart as an old and superb medieval church? Of course she can, and you’ll discover this 'queen' is Lübeck.