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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 16, 2014

And they fail miserably

The 'gay cure' group behind the debunked billboard in Richmond, Virginia has attempted to defend themselves, and have of course failed miserably.

The erected billboard showed what it claimed was a photo of identical twins, one gay and one straight, to prove 'nobody is born gay'.

It was paid for by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

But then, the stock-photo model in the poster came forward, saying he doesn't actually have a twin sibling and he is openly - and proudly - gay.

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

A Melbourne gay couple have married in their city’s United Kingdom consulate, making them the first same-sex couple in the world to be legally married under Scottish law

Scottish citizen Douglas Pretsell has become the first of his countrymen to legally marry another man as Scotland’s marriage equality law comes into effect today.

Pretsell married Australian man Peter Gloster at the British consulate in Melbourne at 11.01am today at the exact moment when Scotland’s equal marriage legislation came into effect.

The couple had already entered into a civil partnership which allowed them to take advantage of the new law today.

December 15, 2014

See the best photos of the event inside

Hundreds of people on Saturday (13 December) celebrated sexual and gender diversity in Ho Chi Minh City.

About 1,000 LGBTI individuals and their allies gathered at the Labor Culture Palace in Saigon district for the Embrace Diversity Festival.

The annual event is organized by the ICS Center with the support of the Canadian embassy and also honors individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the community in the last year.

December 14, 2014

Praised by city officials and students when he came out in June, the gay principal's contract will not be renewed next school year

Peter Cahall, principal of Wilson High School in Washington DC, made national headlines last year when he came out as gay to his students during a lunchtime Pride Day rally in June this year.

In a letter to city council members, he has called the decision by John Davis, the chief of schools, to not renew his contract 'purely capricious and arbitrary.'

December 11, 2014

Edwin Sesange, gay rights activist, is pleading with the world to help send messages of hope to persecuted LGBTIs

Gay Ugandans are being promised a gift this Christmas, and it is definitely worse than coal.

Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Ugandan parliament, has promised once again to wrap up a legislation so horrific that it'll give the population of what is essentially a license to persecute, discriminate, torture, engage in mob violence and worse of all kill LGBTIs with impunity.

With the Anti-Homosexuality Act dead, lawmakers are hoping to pass the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill before the end of this year.

December 11, 2014

Andrew Barr says he will campaign to marry his partner of 15 years

Andrew Barr today became the first gay government leader after he was sworn in as chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

He won yesterday's leadership ballot unopposed after the incumbent leader quit last week and said he would use his position to advocate for gay marriage.

During his emotional acceptance speech at the ACT legislative assembly, the Labor politician turned to his partner in the gallery and said, 'Anthony, I love you.

'I look forward to the day when we can legally marry in this country.'

December 11, 2014

Church members, including his mother and brother, have turned against the young gay man

A gay Christian has claimed he was kidnapped and attacked by five fellow churchgoers to rid him of 'demons'.

Matthew Fenner has accused a group, who belong to The Word of Faith Fellowship church in Spindale, North Carolina, of beating and strangling him for being gay last year.

Sarah Covington Anderson, Adam Christopher Bartley, Brooke McFadden Covington, Justin Brock Covington and Robert Louis Walker Jr. have been indicted on simple assault and kidnapping charges.

December 11, 2014

The LGBTI film festival that takes place during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has announced the first of the films that cinema-goers will be able to enjoy in 2015

A sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.

December 9, 2014

Where are you going to be making your New Year’s resolutions?

Wherever you are in the world, there are lots of different ways in which you can celebrate New Year’s Eve – reflecting on the year that has come to an end and making some resolutions as you look forward to the year ahead.

Whether you are having a quiet dinner with friends or planning a big night out, this is an occasion where you need to put a bit of thought into your celebrations to make sure that you start the new year feeling good and looking great.

December 8, 2014

New rules imply that any host city will have to prove they do not actively discriminate against gay people

The Olympics has taken a huge step forward in protecting gay rights.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved Proposal 14 of the Olympic Agenda 2020 to include non-discrimination with regard to sexual orientation in Principle 6 at a vote in Monaco today (8 December).

Principle 6 originally read: 'Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.'

December 6, 2014

Pink Swastika author Scott Lively has claimed that being gay is worse than being a murderer as an appeals court declines to dismiss the lawsuit against him over his role in stirring up anti-LGBTI hatred in Uganda

The US anti-gay activist who is being sued over his role in encouraging Ugandans to further criminalize homosexuality is not shutting up any time soon.

Abiding Truth Ministries president and author of The Pink Swastika, Scott Lively told Christian ‘news ministry’ TruNews earlier this week that he believes that homosexuality is worse than murder and the worst possible sin a person can commit.

‘When you look in the Bible, there are sins that you would think of as worse, you know, murder or mass murder, but what does it come down to?’ Lively told TruNews.

December 2, 2014

It should be saved for LGBTIs

Sexual minorities have fought long and hard to win the positive use of words about them, including ‘coming out’.

But now ‘coming out’ is under a surprising attack.

Last week, British TV broadcaster Channel 4 aired an investigative documentary, The Paedophile Next Door.

Narrated by historian and filmmaker, Steve Humphries it claimed the UK must radically change the way we treat pedophiles and potential sex offenders.

November 24, 2014

The Nashville Grizzlies will host the world cup of gay rugby in May of 2016 after the member teams of International Gay Rugby voted on which team should host the next competition

The Nashville Grizzlies gay rugby club have beaten out the Chicago Dragons to win the right to host the 2016 world cup of gay rugby, the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, generally referred to as the Bingham Cup.

The International Gay Rugby (IGR) association made the announcement on Wednesday that the Bingham Cup will be returning to US in 2016 to be hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.

Both cities put forward strong bids for the right to host the competition but the final vote, was 53-40 in favor of Nashville.

November 23, 2014

The Los Angeles couple and their kids will feature on the annual show that raises awareness around fostering and adoption

CBS show Home for the Holidays is an annual TV institution that aims to highlight the fact that there are some 400,000 kids in foster care in the US who could benefit from finding adoptive families.

Now in its 16th year, the 2014 show – which will air on 19 December – will again look at several families that include adopted children. For the first time in the show’s history, a same-sex couple will head one of those families.

The couple in question are partners Rich Valenza, aged 55 and Jared Gee, 39, along with their kids, Zack and Emmary.

November 18, 2014

Grant Robertson says he will not run again

Grant Robertson today (18 November) narrowly lost his bid to be the first gay leader of the New Zealand Labour Party by 1 per cent in the final round of voting.

Despite leading in party and caucus votes, the former deputy leader did not have the overwhelming support of the unions that winner Andrew Little had.

'I want to make clear that having put myself forward for the leadership on two occasions now that I will not do so again,' he told press after the results were announced.

November 17, 2014

Are you born that way?

A study has taken a 'giant leap forward' in proving there is a genetic link to homosexuality.

The large study, which looked at gay brothers, has added to the view that genes influence a man's chances of being gay, but there's isn't enough concrete results to prove it yet.

Researchers looked at almost 800 gay male siblings. Dr Alan Sanders of the NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute in Evanston, Illinois, says his work 'is not proof but it's a pretty good indication' of genes on the X chromosome influencing sexual orientation.

November 6, 2014

Actress stands by her point that gay men do not fight for women's rights

Rose McGowan has taken to Twitter to apologize for saying that gay men are more misogynistic than straight men.

However, she said she stood by her point that the gay community did not 'pay it forward' by fighting for the human rights of others, specifically women.

The Charmed actress made the comments in a recent podcast with gay writer Bret Easton Ellis.

November 5, 2014

'I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly [MDMA]'

Charmed's Rose McGowan has claimed gay men are more misogynistic than straight men.

The US actress and singer, who was taken in by drag queens as a 13-year-old, has said she has an 'indictment' with the gay community.

'[Gay misogyny] is a huge problem,' she said on a recent podcast with controversial writer Bret Easton Ellis.

'I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly [MDMA].'

November 5, 2014

‘I am widower. My husband loved Halloween but unfortunately he passed away last May and never got to enjoy the babies first Halloween, so in his memory I'm trying to enjoy as much as we can.’

Jorge Goytizolo and his partner Philip Parrish always loved dressing up at Halloween.

The two met in 1998 and got married in New York in 2013.

They became parents to twins Santiago and Ella in February of this year, through the use of a surrogate mom in Guatemala.

Overjoyed with their children, the Fort Lauderdale couple looked forward to enjoying their first Halloween as a family.

November 5, 2014

An 18-year-old and 21-year-old were 'beaten to a pulp' by two men wearing pink tutus

Two men have been arrested in connection to a violent attack on a gay teen and his friend in London.

Earlier this week, the victims came forward to say they were attacked by two men in pink tutus near a KFC in Surbiton, a surburban area of south-west London, shortly after 1am on Saturday (1 November).

It is believed the two were walking along Victoria Road when they passed a group of men and women.

They were subjected to homophobic abuse by the men in the group.

October 30, 2014

Lesbian couple who overcame turbulent childhoods have now started a boutique catering company for when only the best will do

For some couples, working together as well as living together is their idea of hell. But for two lesbian caterers, it’s a dream come true and a chance to cook up first-class events for their clients.

Meet Nicole Richardson, 26, and Sheine Alexander, 27. Together they overcame troubled childhoods and now they are embarking on a new chapter in their lives, starting their boutique event catering company Hunter VIII Hunter and looking forward to a very special event of their own.

October 29, 2014

Nicky Morgan has revealed a £2 million package for charities to come up with ideas to tackle homophobia

The UK government has pledged to spend more on tackling homophobic bullying today (29 October).

Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, announced the government will be offering a £ 2 million ($3.23 million, €2.53 million) package.

The government is hoping for charitable and not-for-profit organizations to come forward with creative ideas to help stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in British schools.