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January 30, 2015

Survey finds coming out to family remains difficult

Nearly 80% of LGBTI Vietnamese say society had changed positively toward them over the last five years, according to a new survey.

The survey released Tuesday (27 January) found that 44% of respondents had witnessed 'much' positive change from 2009 to 2013.

The most voted changes were confidence to be themselves, government recognition and LGBTI activities.

ICS Center surveyed 3,214 LGBTI Vietnamese citizens aged 16 and above in online forums between July and August 2014
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January 30, 2015

Running as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, theatrical production Gaybies draws on real interviews with the children of LGBTI parents

At a time when some territories in Australia continue to deny gay couples the right to adopt and foster children, a new play coming to Sydney next week is set to shine an illuminating light on the issue of LGBTI parenthood.

Gaybies will be coming to the Eternity Playhouse in Sydney as part of the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

January 30, 2015

Break-Up is the opening track from Palmer's crowd-funded EP 'Stranger Than Fiction'

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Matt Palmer released his 2014 EP 'Stranger Than Fiction' in 2014, following a crowd-funding campaign to finance the project.

Since the EP's release, the track 'Snow' has won Best R&B Song of the Year at the 2014 USA Songwriting Competition and an extended version of the EP was released in Japan, hitting top five on the iTunes R&B charts there.

Now Palmer brings us the music video for Break-Up, the opening track from the EP.

January 29, 2015

AFA reportedly fired him for connecting Nazism with homosexuality

Bryan Fischer is practically a real-life caricature of a right-wing, religious radical spouting homophobia at every chance he gets.

But now, he is no longer serving as the spokesman for the American Family Association.

Rachel Maddow, speaking on her show, said: 'Fischer has been their director of issue analysis, the director of issue analysis for the American Family Association forever. He’s basically quoted everywhere for years now as the organization’s spokesman...

January 28, 2015

They were subject to torture in jail

Nine young gay men, who were attacked by a homophobic mob, were arrested by Uganda police and tortured while in jail.

They could face charges of sodomy, and could be punished with life imprisonment.

On 15 January, the Rainbow Health Foundation helped the nine men go to an STI screening and treatment visit to a rural area in western Uganda.

After being tested, some of the young men went to go visit a friend, but an anti-gay mob soon gathered with the intention of beating or killing them.

January 26, 2015

80-year-old ballet dancer and LGBTI and indigenous rights activist Noel Tovey received the Australian equivalent of a knighthood at yesterday’s Australia Day honors for his contribution to the community and the arts

One of Australia’s most prominent indigenous gay performing artists was honored this weekend by being named a Member of the Order of Australia – the Australian equivalent of receiving a knighthood.

Noel Tovey, 80, was a leading figure in the campaign to have historical convictions for homosexual acts expunged from people’s permanent records in the state of Victoria, having himself been convicted and jailed for consensual gay sex aged 17, and has contributed to the arts in Australia and abroad over 6 decades.

January 24, 2015

Star discusses sexy scene with X Files legend; says it prompted her to quit 'The Good Wife'

Actress Archie Panjabi has discussed her steamy lesbian kiss scene with Gillian Anderson in the second series of crime drama The Fall – revealing their director had to ask her to ‘hold back’.

Speaking in an interview with the Radio Times, the star said: ‘When I was kissing [Gillian], Allan Cubitt, the show’s creator and director, had to say “Archie, can you hold back?” because Gillian was supposed to take me by complete surprise!’

January 23, 2015

Cory Jobe is the (handsome) new face of tourism in the Midwestern state

The state of Illinois has a new director of tourism – the openly gay Springfield city council member Cory Jobe.

Jobe was formally the Deputy Chief of Staff for the state under both the late Judy Baar Topinka and Leslie Munger.

Jobe will juggle his commitments until May 31 before commencing his new job full-time in June, Governor Bruce Rauner announced earlier this week.

The 41-year-old politician was previously elected Ward 6 alderman in April 2011, with 95% of the total votes cast.

January 20, 2015

Director seeks police protection after a sit-in outside his home

An Indian film that humiliates a transgender character has sparked a weekend of protests in Chennai.

About 35 transgender activists yesterday (19 January) gathered outside Censor Board offices demanding an unconditional apology from director Shankar Shanmugham and the removal of the offending scenes.

Tamil blockbuster I has incurred the wrath of the LGBTI community since its release last week. Shankar sought police protection after the activists staged a sit-in outside his home for two successive days over the weekend.

January 20, 2015

Transparent dominates TV awards - The Normal Heart and Neil Patrick Harris also win

Oscar front-runners Boyhood, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore are among the winners of Dorian Awards announced Tuesday by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA).

Also among the winners was non-Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay who was voted best director for Selma.

The film Pride, the true-life story of how a group of gays and lesbians championed striking blue-collar miners in Thatcher-era England, earned LGBTQ Film of the Year as well as Unsung Film of the Year honors.

January 20, 2015

Openly gay director says men on the DL are 'killing African-American women'

Openly gay director Lee Daniels has said he wants to 'blow the lid off' homophobia in the African-American community in his new TV series Empire.

The Oscar-winning director of Precious said he was frightened by his own father's hostility towards homosexuality and the same attitude was depicted in the lead character's relationship with his gay son.

'Homophobia is rampant in the African American community, and men are on the DL,' he said at a press conference on Saturday (17 January).

January 19, 2015

Former Olympic wrestler tweets: 'I'm sorry I said I hated it. I love it'

Retired wrestler and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Mark Schultz is sorry he blew his stack on social media over the movie Foxcatcher which is based on his real-life story.

'I'm sorry I said I hated it. I love it,' Schultz has posted on Twitter.

Channing Tatum portrays Schultz in the film which also stars Oscar nominees Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo.

January 16, 2015

Execs from Google, Sky, Barclays, Tesco, Burberry and more make the cut

Britain’s top 50 LGBTI business people have been named in a new list out today.

Executives from household names like Barclays, IBM, EY all make the grade. And in poll position is Antonio Simoes, chief executive at HSBC UK.

All of them have helped increase visibility of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Appropriate list judges were all openly gay or lesbian.

January 16, 2015

Government grants funding for the Manchester academy

Plans have been unveiled for the UK's first school for LGBTI youth struggling in mainstream education.

The school will be located in the center of Manchester and initially take around 40 full-time pupils.

A feasibility study is underway after LGBT Youth North West, the group behind the initiative, was granted £63,000 in government funding to convert the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre into a school.

Amelia Lee, strategic director for the charity, said she hoped that the school would act as a 'trailblazer' for other areas to replicate.

January 15, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Alan Turing, is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role

The Imitation Game is nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Film.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the gay World War 2 genius and codebreaker Alan Turing, and Keira Knightley, who played his wife Joan Clarke, are up for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.

Morten Tyldum is also up for Best Director.

The film has also received nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Film Editing and Production Design.

January 13, 2015

Gay couple married in England are hoping to have their marriage recognized in Northern Ireland

A gay couple married in England could be the key in same-sex marriages being recognized in Northern Ireland.

In a court ruling this week, to be heard at Belfast high court, a decision could lead to the UK as a whole allowing gay couples to get legally married.

The couple, who have asked to remain anonymous, will call on Northern Ireland to make a declaration their marriage remains lawfully constituted where they are living now and should be recognized on Thursday (15 January).

John O'Doherty, director of The Rainbow Project, is backing the couple.

January 12, 2015

Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris, Jodie Foster also get Dorian Award nods - George Takei to get 'Timeless' award

The morning after the Golden Globe Awards were held, many of the night's winners and nominees nabbed Dorian Award nods.

The Gay and Lesbian Critics Association gave a leading five nominations to the film Birdman which was a surprising loser to The Grand Budapest Hotel at the Globes.

Also earning five nominations was the Amazon series Transparent which won Globes for TV comedy and best actor in a comedy (Jeffrey Tambor).

January 12, 2015

Neither bride wears a dress

New Zealand singer Ladyhawke and girlfriend Madeleine Sami tied the knot over the weekend.

Ladyhawke, real name Pip Brown, married the actress just outside her hometown Masterton on a sunny Saturday (10 January) afternoon.

Up to 200 guests attended the wedding, including Academy Award-nominated director Taika Waititi.

Over the years, Pip Brown has been tight-lipped about her relationship with Sami, whom she lives with in in Los Angeles.

January 12, 2015

Says in speech: 'To the generation that we lost and the people we continue to lose to this disease, I just want to say we love you, we remember you'

Matt Bomer won his first Golden Globe Award on Sunday for his performance as a man dying of AIDS in the HBO drama The Normal Heart.

Bomer portrayed New York Times reporter Felix Turner in the film based on the play by Larry Kramer about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City.

'Larry Kramer, thank you for your anger and your passion and writing this story that changed so many lives,' Bomer said.

January 9, 2015

Gay rights activists have applauded the decision

A health minister in Zimbabwe has said men who have sex with men in prison should be protected from HIV and AIDS.

Dr Owen Mugurungi, the HIV and TB Director in the Ministry of Health, said it would be ‘disastrous’ to ignore homosexuality was ‘rife in prisons’.

He said:  'We might want to deny that men have sex with men but we know that in prison that this thing does happen.’

This has been received well by the LGBTI community in the country who have applauded the minister.

January 6, 2015

'Straight-washing'?: Gay rights banner was removed from the American version of the DVD cover

Pride director Matthew Warchus has said he does not mind the removal of gay content from the US DVD cover of the film.

His Golden Globe-nominated film is about a group of London gay and lesbian activists in Margaret Thatcher's Britain who champion a group of striking miners.

On the back image of the DVD sleeve, 'London-based group of gay and lesbian activists' on the blurb was changed to 'London-based activists'. The gay rights banner was also removed.

January 6, 2015

Once a couple, they plan to raise Dashiell Julius William Clunie~Singer together

X-Men director Bryan Singer and Queer as Folk actress Michelle Clunie became parents on Monday (5 January) of a baby son.

Clunie made the announcement via Twitter by posting their first family portrait along with this message: 'Bryan Singer and I would like to welcome our beautiful son Dashiell Julius William Clunie~Singer into the world :)'

Last month, Clunie made clear that she was not serving as a surrogate for the bisexual Singer and they would be raising their child together.

January 5, 2015

Director announces next film Silencio

Openly gay director Pedro Almodóvar has said he passed up Brokeback Mountain because he felt the story was too 'physical' and that Hollywood would not let him make the film how he wanted.

The Spanish Oscar-winner also revealed the title of his next movie, Silencio, which he said would be 'a return to the cinema of women.'

'They offered me Brokeback Mountain but I had many doubts,' he told the Financial Times.

January 2, 2015

Former Olympic wrestler calls certain scenes between Channing Tatum and Steve Carell a 'sickening and insulting lie'

One person not happy with the movie Foxcatcher is the man whose real-life story the film starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo is based on.

Mark Schultz, a retired wrestler and 1984 Olympic gold medalist, takes issue with the film suggesting he (played by Tatum) might have had a sexual relationship with benefactor John du Pont(Carell).