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September 22, 2014

From the first gay gathering in a beer tent, to modern-day oompah covers of Britney Spears songs, why we love Oktoberfest and the rest of Bavaria Germany

September has arrived, and that can only mean one thing on the global LGBT calendar - Oktoberfest - when thousands of gay men don leather lederhosen, gingham shirts, and head to Munich for the biggest drinking, singing and sausage-quaffing-fest of the year.

But hold on a minute. If it’s called Oktoberfest, then why isn’t the event held in October?

That is certainly a question I asked myself, especially considering that this is an event held in Germany, a country well known for its pragmatic, well-organized approach to life.

September 22, 2014

Tony winner to direct David Burtka in solo New York City cabaret show

When he won the Drama Desk Award in June for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris hinted that it would soon be husband David Burtka’s turn to shine.

‘Thank you so much for your love and for your patience and your sacrifice in all that you do,’ Harris said that night. ‘And I can’t wait for the opportunity soon when these roles get to be reversed and I get to cheer you on up here doing what you do so well.’

September 21, 2014

Thinking about adoption? Children will always have questions about being adopted, and knowing how to respond with honest answers is essential. We asked Beth Friedberg of New York’s Modern Family Center for advice

Beth Friedberg is the Associate Director of Parent Preparation and Education at the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin. The center provides services for parents of adopted children, adoptees, families formed through adoption, and families brought together through remarriage – including same-sex couples and LGBTI parents.

September 20, 2014

'It been really great to hear the response of the entire community. It’s not just gay people who are signing the petition'

A friend of the gay couple recently attacked in Philadelphia is now working to include sexual orientation in the state's hate crime laws.

Caryn Kunkle is a longtime friend of the pair and put up a petition, for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, on change.org.

September 19, 2014

Numbers were down but there were no anti-gay protests

Hundreds of people marched through the Israeli capital yesterday night for Jerusalem Pride despite two delays due to the war in Gaza.

Different media reports said 500-2,000 people took part in the 13th edition of the event, although numbers were down on previous years when several thousand people attended.

September 19, 2014

'Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian'

A suspect in the recent Philadelphia attack of two gay men has lost his job coaching high school students.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia released a statement today, 18 September, announcing the suspect in the crime no longer works as a basketball coach.

September 19, 2014

Unless dads Chad and Wayne strictly monitor everything that their son eats, they run the risk of him developing irreversible brain damage. They’ve now made a video to raise awareness about children with rare diseases

When husbands Chad Farquharson, age 39, and Wayne McGill, 48, decided to adopt a baby boy, they knew that being a parent would present them with challenges.

However, they had no idea quite what lay in store when they welcomed their son, Grayson, into the world.

Farquharson and McGill are both Canadian, and are based just outside of Vancouver. They met in 1998 and married in 2001.

September 18, 2014

Whoever you are, whomever you love, you will forever be fabulous in W Hong Kong’s eyes!

What makes a hotel fabulous?

A sexy bellhop? Michelin-star meals? A take-home moisturizer you will never be able to buy back home?

W Hotel Hong Kong is redefining what it means to have a fabulous hotel stay with its DARE TO BE FABULOUS package for couples.

‘W Hong Kong has always been supportive to all communities. This time, we’ll be taking our support even further with the DARE TO BE FABULOUS room package. Everything from rooms, food, romantic surprises and even spa treatments will be covered.’

September 18, 2014

From gay culture to hotels in Germany’s major cities, here’s a website to spark your imagination and wanderlust

The lovely people at the German National Tourist Office have re-launched a brand new website just for LGBTI readers to learn more about Germany and everything the country has to offer.

The country that gave us Adidas, Einstein and World Cup winning super-stud, Mario Gotze (move over Beckham) has now published the perfect resource to plan your next trip to Germany.

September 18, 2014

LGBTIs are planning to flee Lebanon if Islamic State fighters get in. Those who can’t get out will be targeted for execution, they warn

A militant allegedly associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has described gay people as the 'worst of creatures'.

In an eight-minute clip, a masked man holding a rifle calls upon recruits to leave their countries and join ISIS in a rogue Islamic state where they've enacted sharia law.

Sharia law punishes homosexuality with being stoned to death.

September 18, 2014

Report says tourism authority promotes the country as a gay-friendly destination but LGBTI acceptance is low

Thai LGBTI people face stigma and limited job opportunities despite high visibility in a generally tolerant society, according to a new report.

The report, conducted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), found that while the tourism authority actively promotes Thailand as a gay-friendly destination, acceptance of LGBTI people in society is still low.

September 18, 2014

Norman Fowler apologizes for the law that banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools

A long-serving member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet has apologized for the controversial Section 28 which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

Former health minister Lord Norman Fowler told the Evening Standard, ‘We have come a long way. It [Section 28] was a great mistake and I think it’s now recognized as a great mistake and I would apologize for it. It was totally misjudged.’

The law was repealed in 2003.

September 17, 2014

Grandmother demands libraries stock books that don’t exist to balance literature supporting LGBTI families

Laurie Higgins is a Christian grandmother with a limited professional background. She has worked as ‘cultural analyst’ for The Illinois ‘Family’ Institute for six years, and before that was employed in the ‘writing center’ for a high school. The Institute is one of 23 hate groups in Illinois tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

September 17, 2014

Legislation in the self-governing Australian territory of Norfolk Island has been put forward to allow same-sex couples to marry and the bill has been crafted with a view to surviving any constitutional challenge

At 10.30 today, Sydney time, a bill to create legal same-sex marriages was tabled in the parliamentary Assembly of the autonomous Australian territory of Norfolk Island – putting it on a course to become the first part of Australia where same-sex couples will be able to legally marry.

The bill was put forward by Norfolk Island Assembly member Hayden Evans and aims to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry on their home soil rather than having to travel overseas.

September 17, 2014

'Is this your faggot boyfriend'

The Philadelphia Police Department released a photo and video of suspects in the attack of two gay men.

According to police, on 11 September the victims, both in their late 20s, were on the 1600 block of Chancellor Street (located in the Center City neighborhood of the city).

A group of approximately 10-12 males and females, all in their early 20s, approached the couple.

September 17, 2014

An anonymous Twitter user may have identified the suspects through social media

September 16, 2014

The country's UN ambassador says LGBTI rights 'go against our values'

A top Bangladeshi diplomat has said the Muslim country will oppose any recommendations on LGBTI rights at an upcoming UN conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Dhaka Tribune, 'It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslims and Christian, we opposed it.'

September 16, 2014

The 42-year-old man hanged six 'slaves' he met online during sexually abusive choking games

A Chinese serial killer who hanged six men during sexually abusive choking games was executed last month, three years after his sentencing.

The media only reported his execution today.

Police found the victims naked and hanged to death in different hotels around Changsha city between 11 October and 26 November 2009.

Singer Zhou Youping, 42, was arrested on 28 November on suspicion of robbery and confessed to the killings.

September 16, 2014

Italian restaurant appeared to be putting itself out as an alternative to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop from across the road in the West Village, New York

A New York restaurant has decided to go down the rocky road of saying they serve 'straight' ice cream.

Italian venue Gallo Nero, which is located in New York's West Village neighborhood, put up the sign over the weekend as a direct response to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop from across the road.

And when the gay shop heard about the sign, they tweeted a photo of it.

'If you pass by @galloneronyc maybe you could pop in & let em know what you think of this advertising campaign,' they said.

September 16, 2014

Symantec, the software firm behind Norton AntiVirus, routinely allowed customers to filter out LGBTI websites

One of the biggest web filtering services in the world has announced they are scrapping a system that allows homophobes to block access to 'gay and lesbian' content.

Symantec, the online security firm behind Norton AntiVirus, has routinely been filtering out LGBTI websites offering news, charity and support as they consider them to be essentially the same thing as child porn.

The fourth-largest software company in the world, they say the 'lifestyle-sexual orientation' category will now be steadily removed from its databases.

September 15, 2014

'This amicus puts these corporations on record saying that in addition to this being an issue of civil rights, it complicates the running of our businesses'

It's easy to love Ben & Jerry's. Especially chocolate chip cookie dough.

The company just made its flavors more irresistible. According to the Human Rights Campaign, on 12 September, the ice cream maker announced it joined 30 other companies in an employers amicus brief to the Supreme Court.

September 15, 2014

The national movement leader says young people in colored pants who hang out at malls should be tested

A Kazakh politician has said LGBTI people can be easily identified by blood testing for 'degeneracy.'

Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the Bolashak national movement, made the comments last week at a press conference calling for laws banning LGBTI people from spreading 'propaganda,' taking public office and serving in the military.

September 15, 2014

Officials are surprised by the backlash to the country's now-overturned anti-gay law

Ugandan tourism officials have said the African country still welcomes gay tourists despite repeated attempts to pass an anti-gay law.

The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country's reputation among both gay and straight tourists.

September 14, 2014

'Is this your faggot boyfriend?'

This past week a gay couple in Philadelphia was attacked by a group of men and women.

According to the site Philly.com, on 11 September two victims, both in their late 20s, were walking near 16th and Chancellor Streets (located in the Center City neighborhood of the city).