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March 30, 2015

Parents are now helping to prove how 'ridiculous' anti-trans laws are

Mothers of trans kids are taking on 'ridiculous' bathroom bills by vowing to pee in men's toilets.

Fran Forsberg, from Saskatoon, Canada, is one of several parents who who will be protesting an amendment of a bill that will ban trans women from using female bathrooms trans men from using male bathrooms.

Put forward by Senator Don Plett, he claims the amendment will stop 'pedophiles from taking advantage of legislation that we have in place.'

'There's nothing that's wrong with my daughter,' Forsberg told CBC News.

March 26, 2015

A planned debate on a bill that would have legalized gay marriage in Australia did not take place after the Liberal Party of Prime Minister Tony Abbott yet again failed to give its MPs a free vote on the issue

The Australian Senate did not debate a bill to legalize same-sex marriage today because the ruling Liberal Party refused to let its members vote with their conscience.

Going into the last election Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that his MPs would be given a free vote on the issue if his party room decided it despite his personal opposition on the issue.

March 25, 2015

Country is accused of trying to export its domestic hostility to LGBTI rights

Russia has failed in its bid to block partner benefits for all gay UN staff.

The UN Budget Committee on Tuesday (24 March) voted against Russia's proposal by the by 80 to 43.

EU member countries and the US lobbied hard against the resolution while Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and Syria voted in favor.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the UN would recognize the marriages of all gay staff and extend benefits to their partners.

March 25, 2015

Cross-dressing and drag is banned as delegates use jazz hands instead of applause

UK's National Union of Students has passed a policy to stop gay men appropriating black female culture.

Delegates at the Women's Conference today, many of them self-identified feminists, have passed plenty of motions.

Just one of them was ensuring everyone at the conference understood that some behaviors were damaging.

On Twitter, they announced: 'Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping as it's triggering anxiety. Please be mindful!'

March 24, 2015

Senate has already passed legislation - Governor Mike Pence plans to sign into law

The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday (22 March) easily passed a bill that would allow anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

The bill was passed by the Indiana Senate last month and Republican Governor Mike Spence (pictured) has already vowed to sign it into law.

Spence said in a statement the bill 'is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact.

March 23, 2015

Senate will debate same-sex marriage again this week

More than one million emails today (23 March) were sent to federal MPs and senators in Australia's ruling coalition calling for a free vote on gay marriage.

After Senator David Leyonhjelm announced that he would bring forward his Freedom to Marry Bill for debate later this week, advocates for and against gay marriage launched unprecedented email campaigns.

March 23, 2015

Waratahs' Jacques Potgieter admits to calling two Brumbies players a 'faggot'

The Australia Rugby Union (ARU) has fined Jacques Potgieter A$20,000 ($15,560) for calling two opposing players a 'faggot.'

The New South Wales Waratahs forward admitted to using the anti-gay slur in Sunday's (22 March) match against the Australian Capital Territory Brumbies players in Sydney.

'I’m very sorry for any offense caused by what I said on the field during a heated encounter,' he said.

'It was an offhand remark made without thought for the hurt it could cause to those around me.'

March 20, 2015

Pope Francis accepts Scottish cardinal's resignation

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien has officially resigned today (20 March).

Pope Francis accepted the cleric's resignation of the rights and privileges of a cardinal after he admitted to 'inappropriate sexual misconduct' with four priests.

Prior to the revelation, he had launched a 'war' on same-sex marriage in the UK. He likened it to slavery, child abuse and moral degradation.

March 20, 2015

Two Republican lawmakers have argued that it is vital to protect ‘corporate conscience’ – and this includes allowing business owners to act according to how their faith dictates

A pair of Republican lawmakers in the US have compared a decision by restaurant chain Chipotle not to serve pork to the choice taken by some business owners with strong religious beliefs to refuse service to certain sections of society.

The argument has been put forward by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and in an op-ed column published in the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

March 18, 2015

Pride celebrations are heating up – where will you be flying the flag?

Prides often follow tried-and-tested formats (parade, party, etc.) – but each host city inevitably adds its own flavor.

Therefore, it's essential you experience one outside your home country at least once – so we've rounded up some of the best to look forward to in the months ahead. Passports at the ready!

Miami Gay Beach Pride: 10-12 April 2015

March 18, 2015

The musician shares his love of the American capital, from gay neighbourhoods to phallic-looking buildings!

I've lived here since… 2009, when I moved here to go to Georgetown University.
 
I've stayed because… I got back into music, and because of all the changes I’ve seen since I first moved here. The vibe of the city as a whole has changed a lot. It's become a lot more cultural and artsy – and it’s a really gay-friendly city.
 

March 17, 2015

To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, the Trinity College Dublin student shares her love of her buzzing hometown

I've lived here since… I was born – I'm a true 'Dub'!

March 12, 2015

The co-founder of LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs on his love of his hometown, the Californian capital (no, it's not LA!)

I've lived here since… 2003. My husband Mark and I were looking for a place where we could afford a bigger home and office. We started our LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs in 1998, and we quickly outgrew our two-bedroom condo! Sacramento was affordable, and offered a more relaxed lifestyle.
 

March 12, 2015

Members of Peru’s Congress will not get to vote on whether same-sex couples should be able to enter into civil unions for the second time in 5 years after a legal committee blocked the bill from moving forward

Same-sex couples in Peru will continue to lack legal recognition of their relationships after a bill to legalize civil unions was rejected by the Congress’ Justice and Human Rights Committee.

Members of the committee voted 7 against the Civil Union Bill, with 4 voting for the bill and 2 abstentions.

The same committee blocked a similar bill from going forward in 2011.

March 5, 2015

Conscience Clause Bill would allow businesses to defy the Equality Act

The Church of Ireland is split over whether to allow Christians and other religious people to refuse service to LGBTI people.

Paul Givan, of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland, has proposed the controversial Conscience Clause Bill that would allow businesses to defy the Equality Act and refuse service based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

March 5, 2015

Utah lawmakers have unveiled legislation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination while also protecting religious freedoms

Lawmakers in Utah are today discussing anti-discrimination legislation which they believe could keep both LGBTI campaigners happy and those with strongly held religious beliefs concerning homosexuality.

The proposed legislation, SB296, has receiving the backing of the Mormon church.

March 3, 2015

Will it become the first Central European country with marriage equality?

Slovenia could become the first Central European country with marriage equality following a vote tonight (3 March).

Parliamentarians will vote on the same-sex marriage bill, with a vote planned for around 7pm local time. If passed, it will be sent to President Borut Pahor to be signed into law. 

Suggested by the opposition party United Left (ZL), the sponsors of the bill said Slovenia's constitution calls for all members of society to be provided with equal rights, and the bill will extend those to rights to all groups.

March 2, 2015

 Lake Wörthersee goes gay for the 8th edition of the festival

Austria's Pink Lake International LGBT Festival will take place at the gorgeous Lake Wörthersee in Velden this September, from 3-6.

The 8th edition of the four-day party goes against the grain of other gay events commonly held in blockbuster cities, with its beautiful, intimate, unspoiled location.

March 1, 2015

'The parade is an important way for Guinness to support the Irish community, and we look forward to celebrating with millions of New Yorkers on March 17'

Guinness is returning as a sponsor of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

February 26, 2015

Measure is approved 'for the protection of children from harmful information'

The Senate of Kazakhstan has passed a bill banning 'propaganda of a non-traditional sexual orientation.'

The upper house of the Kazakh parliament approved the measure on 19 February 'for the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development.'

Aldan Smayil, a member of the Majilis (the lower chamber of the Kazakh parliament), proposed prohibiting 'gay propaganda' in August 2013.

February 26, 2015

Formerly a sales director in the printing industry, Lowe – now retired – decided to come out after a heart attack in his early 40s made him realize the importance of living life on his own terms

As a young man I followed a logic common among gay men back in the day. ‘Yes, I am gay. But in the corporate world there is no need to mention it. Just climb the greasy pole and keep a 'straight' face.’

I thought that was the best way to get by – no ripples, no fuss.

My outlook changed when I suffered a heart attack at age of 43. I started to live for the day, as I knew all too well that there may not be a tomorrow. At that point I came out – not loudly, but softly.

February 25, 2015

Al, who works in human resources with a US pharmaceuticals company, says that society still has a long way to go in full workplace equality

I selectively came out seven years ago, while working at a pharma-biotech company in New Jersey. My marriage to a woman was coming to an end and I had finally come to grips with my sexual orientation.

Selectively coming out? Yes. I was only comfortable coming out to those I thought would be supportive. The workplace was off limits.

February 25, 2015

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson allows automatic passage to be triggered without his signature

A bill in Arkansas that blocks cities and counties from passing anti-discrimination laws more expansive than the state's became law on Tuesday (24 February).

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson did not sign what critics see as an anti-LGBTI bill into law but allowed it to move forward without his signature.

In Arkansas, a bill can become a law with the governor’s signature or it can be passed following five days with no action made against it.

February 25, 2015

An Inclusiveness Director for EY, Chris Crespo has come to realize the importance of confronting one’s fears

‘What if you weren't afraid?

I heard that question about a decade ago, and it was a turning point for me. Someone — I don’t recall who it was — came up with that question at a session I was attending.

It was right around the time I and others at EY were forming Beyond, our professional network supporting and promoting our LGBTA employees.