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May 1, 2015

#Pizza4Equality was launched to help raise funds for Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund

A charitable initiative, inspired as a response to a pizza restaurant that said it would not make pizzas for a gay wedding, has raised over $160,000 in just 26 days.

The #Pizza4Equality campaign was launched by Brooklyn activist, Scott Wooledge.

It was created after news spread about Memories Pizza in Indiana, whose owners said last month that they would not cater for same-sex marriage ceremonies.

April 16, 2015

Winners include Jolin Tsai and IBM 

Transgender activist Nisha Ayub was named Hero of the Year at the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards & Diversity Leadership Forum (ALMA) on Wednesday (15 April) night in Bangkok.

The Malaysian, who was thrown into prison for being trans, won a landmark case to overturn an Islamic anti-cross-dressing law in the Muslim-majority country.

Entrepreneur of The Year went to Geng Le, a former policeman who made headlines the world over when his gay dating app Blued received US$30 million in mainstream capital investment.

April 16, 2015

Some 16,000 have signed the pledge so far

Thousands of transgender women in India have pledged to donate their eyes in celebration of the first anniversary of a landmark ruling recognizing them as third sex.

Members of the community gathered in New Delhi on Wednesday (15 April), exactly one year after the Supreme Court ordered the government to provide transgender citizens with quotas in employment, education and basic amenities.

The country's apex court also instructed states to build special toilets and set up departments to look into their peculiar medical needs.

April 13, 2015

Micro Rainbow International secures funding through the European Union for a three-year project to help lift LGBTI people in Brazil out of poverty

Not-for-profit social enterprise Micro Rainbow International (MRI) has announced that is has received funding from the European Union for a three-year project to help alleviate poverty among the LGBTI communities in Brazil.

A proportion of the funding will be used to help LGBTI individuals set up their own businesses.

April 12, 2015

The Media Research Center and Family Research Council said more than 21,000 postcards have been sent and over 4,000 telephone calls have been made to get ABC to abandon the series

Anti-gay conservative groups are trying to get ABC to kill a new sitcom which features a teenage son who comes out as gay, and his family life.

The sitcom is said to be marginally based on the life of sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage who is also an executive producer of the series, tentatively titled 'The Real O’Neals.'

Savage is the author of the wide known internationally syndicated 'Savage Love' relationship and sex advice column, and co-founder of the It Gets Better Project.

April 10, 2015

'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

BBC radio show Woman's Hour is being condemned for its debate on trans children.

Presenter Jenni Murray instigated the talk by referring to recent reports that said puberty blockers were being given to trans children under the age of 11.

She announced it by saying: 'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

Speaking to feminism activist Dr Finn Mackay and psychotherapist Michelle Bridgman, they were asked to agree or disagree whether trans children should be given medical treatment.

April 8, 2015

The Bible condemns both gay sex and shellfish as 'abominations'

A Californian activist has countered a ballot proposal calling for all LGBTI people in the state to be shot with his own – the Shellfish Suppression Act.

Joe Decker from San Jose filed the counter-initiative and a $200 cheque on 31 March.

Christian lawyer Matt McLaughlin filed the Sodomite Suppression Act in February, citing a verse from a book in the Bible that states: 'If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.'

April 6, 2015

Michael Musto writes: 'You haven’t said a word in public about him'

Trans activist Stephen Ira Beatty publicly defended his famous parents on Monday after a columnist published an open letter to Warren Beatty and Annette Bening suggesting they are not supportive of their child.

'I appreciate your kind words about me, but please leave my family alone,' the younger Beatty tweeted to columnist Michael Musto.

'We like our privacy. My parents and I are doing great.'

March 31, 2015

Shibuya will issue certificates recognizing gay unions as 'equal to marriage'

Shibuya ward in Tokyo has become the first locale in Japan to recognize gay couples, a major step forward for LGBTI rights in the conservative country.

The district assembly Tuesday (31 March) voted overwhelmingly in favor of issuing certificates recognizing same-sex unions as 'equivalent to marriage' and granting them housing and hospital visitation rights.

March 24, 2015

'Thirty four years is a long time for every president and every Congress to sit back and let us die'

Longtime AIDS activist Larry Kramer blasted the US government while accepting the inaugural Larry Kramer Activism Award from the Gay Men's Health Crisis on Monday night.

Kramer, who turns 80 in June, came to speak his mind.

He pointed out that around the world an estimated 78 million people have become infected - 39 million of whom have died - from AIDS in the past 34 years.

March 15, 2015

His American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) group was named to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) 'Hall of Shame' in 2013 for 'endangering the lives and dignity of LGBT people' around the world

Republican Jeb Bush, who is being watched closely by gay rights activists as he continues to publicly oppose marriage equality while saying that his view is evolving, is said to have surprised some observers with the appointment of prominent anti-gay activist Jordan Sekulow to his Right to Rise PAC (political action committee).

Sekulow is an attorney, radio show host and the right-wing Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

March 9, 2015

Activist defends 'vile' proposition: 'Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire'

Controversial sex columnist and LGBTI activist Dan Savage has told Ben Carson to put his money where his mouth is and 'suck my dick.'

The potential Republican presidential candidate said last week that prison sex proves homosexuality is 'absolutely' a choice.

'A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,' he said.

March 7, 2015

Time Magazine releases list that also includes President Obama,  Jimmy Fallon and Taylor Swift

The LGBTI community is represented on Time Magazine's newly-released  '30 Most Influential People on the Internet' list by transgender activist Janet Mock and YouTube star Tyler Oakley.

They are part of a list that includes such heavy-hitters as President Barack Obama, singers Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.

March 6, 2015

International community begged to help stop brutality in Syria

Gay rights activists in Syria have alleged they have been told 'they're not worth saving' from ISIS.

Nour, a gay man, lives near to where Islamic extremists are throwing gay men off buildings and then, if they survive, encouraging others to stone them to death.

During an interview with CNN, Nour alleged he and others have tried to reach out to international groups but have been told they are not a 'priority'.

January 28, 2015

LGBTI activist will also co-produce the show

ABC is making a pilot a new sitcom based on the life of It Get's Better founder Dan Savage.

The as yet untitled show will be 'a single-camera semi-autobiographical entry based on the LGBT activist/boundary-pushing columnist's life,' according to The Hollywood Reporter.

'It centers on a picture-perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet.

January 19, 2015

Queer travel event featured packed political debates and killer performances from La Voix and London Gay Big Band

The Gay Star Travel Expo returned to London's Heaven nightclub for the second time last Saturday – and the one-stop-travel-shop proved a huge success, with LGBTI travellers filling the venue throughout the day.

The event featured two packed afternoon debates, the first featuring political figures Lord Cashman, Baroness Barker and Crispin Blunt.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the most influential worldwide names in gay activism had to say

World leaders in LGBTI rights debated the biggest LGBTI issues at the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi and Ugandan gay rights campaigner Edwin Sesange discussed the question: ‘Are we winning or losing the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide.

National Aids Trust CEO Deborah Gold chaired the debate.

Alimi began by questioning what ‘success’ is, saying 14% of young LGBTI people are homeless in the UK.

January 14, 2015

His film Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas is up for Worst Picture

Former Growing Pains actor and anti-gay activist Kirk Cameron is nominated for a Razzie 'award'.

The 80s sitcom star turned religious mouthpiece is up for three accolades: Worst Picture for Saving Christmas, Worst Actor for the same film, and Worst Screen Combo where he and his ego have been nominated together.

Cameron has previously described homosexuality as 'unnatural', 'detrimental', and 'ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization'.

January 13, 2015

Exodus International past leader says he is 'gay with bisexual tendencies'

Former 'ex-gay' poster boy Randy Thomas has come out as gay.

In a blog post published yesterday (12 January), the former executive vice-president of the now defunct Exodus International disclosed that he was 'gay with some level of bisexual tendencies.'

'The truth is, that my primary sexual attraction is toward men,' he wrote.

'It is also true that to date the love of my life has been a woman. I was attracted to her in every way. Many people won’t believe me but what I just shared is true.'

January 2, 2015

'Your absence has broken our hearts. The love for you was in the world all along. It sat quiet, waiting'

I will never forget the stunning image of Matthew Shepard’s hate crime. A young beautiful human was beaten, tortured and left for dead in an unthinkable violation. It shocked me when I saw the images, and I was not alone. Matthew’s fate left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day.

December 1, 2014

UKIP wake up to World AIDS Day ‘present’ and a gay kiss

HIV activists embraced in a gay kiss as they dumped half a ton of cow dung outside the South London office of UKIP.

They were disgusted by UKIP leader Nigel Farage and other politicians in the party saying people living with HIV should be barred from coming to Britain.

The World AIDS Day (1 December) protest symbolizes a rebirth by the London chapter of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), a group which has had been less visible in the UK in the last decade.

November 28, 2014

Former Project Runway contestant and HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth, wants you to take shower selfies to demonstrate that – HIV positive or negative – we’re all ‘clean’

Despite advances in medication and treatment, there remains a huge amount of stigma around HIV.

Combatting this stigma has proved a consistent challenge, but a new social media campaign launched by HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth is attempting to tackle preconceptions head on and raise money for a good cause in the process.

November 27, 2014

Organizer is charged with publishing lewd content in a public space

LGBTI activists have slammed Cypriot police for seizing a transgender photographer's exhibition after receiving a single complaint.

The exhibition Correction by Greek activist Paola Revenioti was shown at Nicosia municipal market to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The photos were confiscated on Friday (21 November) following a single complaint about their content, which included nude men.

Organizers Accept-LGBT Cyprus said the photos were covered during the market's normal operating hours.

November 25, 2014

Policies include more devolution, pedestrianization and a Londoner's Card

Entrepreneur and gay rights activist Ivan Massow yesterday (24 November) launched his bid to be the next mayor of London in 2016.

Massow, 47, made a name for himself, and a fortune, in the early 1990s by setting up a specialist insurance company for gay men when others were penalizing them due to AIDS.

He is a long-serving Tory member although he briefly defected to Labour in protest of Section 28, which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.