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December 20, 2014

Meanwhile, a Swiss film festival, which is represented in Egypt by the same journalist who filmed and broadcasted the raid, has come to her defense backing her claim that she was investigating sex trafficking

Several well-known organizations in the Middle East and North Africa have issued a joint statement to condemn the raid of a gay bathhouse in Cairo on Dec 7 in which 26 or 33 men, according to various media reports, have been arrested.

The men were arrested for the alleged 'group practice of deviance' in exchange for money inside the bathhouse.

December 19, 2014

'I am a human. Not a gay'

Here at GSN, we don't understand anyone who doesn't clap for Brendan Jordan.

He's the lad from Las Vegas whose diva moves, during a news story, made him a bit of a star.

Or, at the very least, more famous than anyone at GSN because American Apparel hasn't put us in an ad like Brendan.

December 19, 2014

Contribution will help to advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and his native Alabama

Openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a 'generous' personal donation to a gay rights initiative in the American South.

His contribution will go to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and Cook's native Alabama.

The advocacy organization did not disclose the amount but said it was 'generous.'

Cook said 'I'm in,' when he first learned about the One America Project.

December 19, 2014

Poachers kill one elephant every 15 minutes

Two of the largest animals that walk on land – elephants and rhinos – are in crisis. Their very existence in the latter part of the 21st century is in doubt.

In the past three years alone, more than 100,000 elephants have been killed. That’s an average of one dead elephant every 15 minutes due to poaching. This figure is in addition to unprecedented habitat loss due to increased human development. In the last century alone, elephants have completely disappeared from three countries in Africa.

December 18, 2014

Some of Australia’s leading politicians, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster, have offered to have lunch with donors to a campaign to raise $50,000 for Australian Marriage Equality

Leading Australian political figures are offering to get up close and personal with members of the public as part of a campaign to raise $50,000 for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

The fundraising campaign is being run by the group Australian Marriage Equality and has already raised $33,000 of a goal of $50,000 through crowdfunding website Pozible.

December 17, 2014

NGO completely relies on government funding

The Malaysian government has abruptly pulled funding of a transgender group amid a national uproar after a court found a state cross-dressing ban unconstitutional.

The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry informed Pusat Bantuan Khidmat Sosial (PBKS) it would not renew funding for 2015 earlier this month.

The ministry has given the group RM700,000 ($199,880) a year for the last seven years, directly from 2007 to 2013 and last year through the Malaysian AIDS Council. 

December 17, 2014

The OUT Adventures founder on life in Canada's supercity – from Woofstock to nude beaches...

Robert Sharp, founder of gay tour operator Out Adventures, shares his favourite things to do in Toronto; from dog festivals to abseiling down major landmarks!

I moved here in…
2003, and I stayed because I found love! We are no longer together, but remain great friends, and own our business OUT Adventures together.

December 17, 2014

From tarmac to hotel – walk through Terminal 4 into the arms of sanctuary

An air of style and calm neighboring the world’s third busiest airport – the Hilton hotel at Heathrow’s Terminal 4 leaves no stone unturned in providing its guests a home away from home.

The 398-room hotel blends the impression of a high-class, Central London landmark hotel with the hot modern chic highly desired by those appreciative of unique contemporary structures and style – the only difference is it’s adjacent to Heathrow Airport, which is actually one of its unique selling points.

December 17, 2014

Free app launches next week

A new 'mind-blowing' dating app for lesbians is set to launch next week.

Scissr was 'designed by lesbians for lesbians [and] is tailor-made for all – dyke, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and bi-curious.'

Creator Allison Ullrich, 36, said the free app was location-based gay like Grindr – 'only classier.'

The general manager of an indoor climbing facility said the app was borne out of her frustrations with dating after moving to Chicago one and a half years ago.

December 16, 2014

Some Christians aren't exactly pleased

Gay designer Tom Ford is being targeted online after launching a new range of penis shaped crucifix necklaces in time for Christmas.

Unsurprisingly, some Christians believe the $790 (£505, €635) charms available in silver and gold are somewhat offensive.

Touted as an alternative kinky gift, they are advertised as 'penis pendant necklaces' available in small, medium and large.

Taking to social media, angry religious people told the designer he is 'sick', he will 'rot in hell' and questioned his sanity.

December 16, 2014

Government also proposes scholarships and pensions for transgender people

Low income families with transgender could soon receive child support and study allowances under a new scheme drawn up by the Indian government.

The draft plan also includes skill-development aid and pensions for transgender people from the ages of 40 to 60.

To receive the Rs1,000 ($15.8) a month subsidy, parents have to certify their child shows 'gender non-conforming behavior.'

December 16, 2014

Rainbow Barcelona marketing guru on his hometown treasures

Allan Acho, marketing guru for queer tour operators Rainbow Barcelona, shows us around his blazingly cool home city – including the city's friendliest gay bar and the Spanish square unspoiled by tourists...

I've lived here since…
…2007. I moved here with my family when I was 17 years old. My dad was offered a job in the city after finishing his PhD. So it wasn’t really my choice, but I’m happy it was Barcelona. I think it's one of the best cities to land in!

December 16, 2014

The star and mom was offering advice to aspiring gay parents at Cyndi Lauper’s recent True Colors concert in New York

Rosie O’Donnell recently took the opportunity to share her thoughts on gay parenting in a video chat with GaysWithKids.com.

The website caught up with the TV star and actor ahead of her co-hosting stint at Cyndi Lauper’s recent fundraiser in New York in support of homeless LGBTI youth.

O’Donnell, who is mom to five children aged 19, 17, 15, 12 and two years, was asked what advice she would give to any gay people who aspired to become parents.

December 15, 2014

The UK government have been accused of being 'blind' to the needs of the trans community

Trans people are furious at the UK government's new electoral registration system, forcing them to provide a previous name in order to be eligible to vote.

The new online voter registration system means that trans individuals cannot register to vote unless they provide false information or they out themselves publicly with no guarantee their data will be protected under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

Rolled out in October of this year, the new system was implemented over concerns individuals not entitled to vote might register with the intention of doing so.

December 13, 2014

It pays to do your research when considering a fertility clinic and surrogacy agency; finding out about the experiences of those who have already undertaken the surrogacy journey is a good place to start

Thinking about surrogacy but have no idea where to begin when it comes to choosing an agency that will help you achieve your dreams of parenthood?

Choosing a country where surrogacy is legal and gay individuals or same-sex couples are welcome as prospective parents is always advisable.

December 12, 2014

Take Me To Church has been streamed more than 87 million times

A protest song against Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws is Spotify's most streamed single in 2014.

Take Me To Church by Irish singer Hozier has had more than 87 million streams to date on the music platform.

Also nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammys, the gay rights anthem has also logged more than 40 million views for the video version on YouTube.

The video shows a young gay couple fleeing an angry mob in Russia.

December 11, 2014

Sales fall in the last 11 quarters of Mike Jeffries' controversial leadership

The controversial CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch Mike Jeffries has retired after 11 consecutive quarters of falling sales.

The clothing brand Monday (9 December) announced his departure, 'effective immediately,' without a successor in place. He also stepped down from the board of directors.

Openly gay Jeffries, 70, helmed the company for more than 20 years.

In the 90s, he successfully turned the drab sportswear retailer into an sexualized teen brand with nightclub-like stores and topless male sales assistants.

December 11, 2014

'Identical twins. One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

Thousands of cars will drive past a billboard on a busy interstate highway in Virginia that claims, 'Nobody is born gay.'

The sign was erected on I-95 in Richmond by the 'ex-gay' group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

'Identical twins,' it reads. 'One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

PFOX was referring to a 2000 study of twins that found 80% of gay men had a straight twin, which the group said proved there was no gay gene. However, the main author of the study disagrees with this interpretation of his research.

December 10, 2014

'No homo is just a more evolved way of calling someone a faggot'

Alabama has issued a license plate with the anti-gay phrase 'no homo' to the owner of a black Ford Mustang.

The vanity plate reads 'N0H0M0,' with zeroes instead of letter o's, on a pink background.

Scott Johnson first discovered the plate on Monday (8 December) in his office parking lot in Atlanta.

He told the ThinkProgress website that he was 'first shocked, then angered' that Alabama had issued the plate.

December 10, 2014

Trans actress Laverne Cox also nominated for Orange is the New Black

The Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game picked up three Screen Actors Guild nominations on Wednesday (10 December).

The nominations are seen as providing crucial boosts for films hoping to score Oscar nods next month.

Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his performance as Turing and co-star Keira Knightly earned a supporting actress nod for her work as Joan Clarke in the film.

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.'

December 9, 2014

Charity says 'genitally expressed' same-sex relationships are unacceptable

The Salvation Army is trying to rebrand itself as a gay-friendly charity ahead of its annual Christmas fundraising campaign.

The Christian homeless charity said accusations of anti-gay discrimination were a 'myth' despite reports to the contrary.

'For years, Facebook posts, forwarded emails and rumors have been leading some people to believe that the Salvation Army does not serve members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,' it said in a statement.

'These accusations simply aren't true.'

December 8, 2014

The openly gay front man of The Feeling shares his traveller tales – from old American diners to wet weekends in Ireland...

Where were you going the last time you got on a plane?
My last flight was quite a while ago! It's unlike me to spend so long on the ground but I've been working on album five with the band. I took a flight to Edinburgh in August for the Fringe Festival.

What were your family holidays like as a child?
In a caravan travelling around a wet Ireland, with lots of music and lots of appalling weather – never a sun tan to be seen! It was perfect. We didn't have a lot of money, but we enjoyed our childhood a lot.

December 8, 2014

'If Taylor Lautner was coming out, I would have taken him home Thursday night'

Openly gay model Murray Swanby is now trying to diffuse a new wave of speculation over Taylor Lautner after posting a photo of himself and the Twilight star taken last week at a gay West Hollywood hotspot.