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April 21, 2015

Landmark ruling makes transgender citizens eligible for food security benefits

In another landmark decision for India's transgender community, a court has ruled that members are entitled to head of household status, making them eligible them to food security benefits.

Allahabad High Court observed that the intended public good of the National Food Security Act 2013 would be furthered if transgender citizens were recognized as head of household.

The court said the 'law needs to travel beyond non-discrimination, by recognising an affirmative obligation of the state to provide access to social security.

April 21, 2015

He calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’. Find out why here

In one of Cakes Da Killa's new tracks, he calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’.

This is apparently accurate, according to him.

Otherwise known as Rashard Bradshaw, this 23-year-old New York City rapper and artist is ambitious. So ambitious, he says, he's going to take on the world.

His second mixtape, The Eulogy, was a massive hit. He's been compared to acts like Lil' Kim, Cam'ron and Mykki Blanco.

April 21, 2015

United Ramen on London's Upper Street will satisfy your hunger for quality Japanese food

I was in Islington to see a show at the King's Head Theatre. I needed some easy food but wasn't sure what I felt like – it had been a while since I'd been in this part of town so I wandered around to see what was new, what looked good, and what was taking my fancy.

April 20, 2015

Health official supports change in the law

Vietnam's ministry of health is finalizing draft amendments to the civil code that will likely acknowledge transgender people for the first time.

Nguyen Huy Quang, head of the ministry's legal department, said they were still collecting opinions on the issue but he personally preferred to 'address the fact and solve it.'

'This is the right to live with their true gender,' he told a news conference on 14 April.

Legislators will discuss the proposed changes next month.

April 13, 2015

American fell from cliff amid spate of gay-bashing attacks in the area

The New South Wales coroner has ordered an unprecedented third inquest into the death of an American gay man who fell from a cliff in Sydney nearly 30 years ago.

Scott Johnson's naked body was found at gay cruising site North Head in December 1988.

Police ruled his death a suicide but his family belive he was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime.

'The perpetrators are probably still alive and local,' the victim's brother, Steve Johnson, said outside Glebe coroner's court on Monday (13 April) morning.

April 10, 2015

Pop stars, entrepreneurs, film makers, TV celebrities and a current prisoner

From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.

So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.

They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.

Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.

But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

March 31, 2015

The sequel to the Rocky Horror Picture Show finally gets its stage debut

It is a general rule that the sequel is never as good as the original.

The Rocky Horror Show was a huge, if somewhat unlikely, worldwide smash hit. The original stage musical premiered in London in 1973, and was then made into a movie in 1975. Created by Richard O'Brien, it's hard to believe that this surreal cross-dressing re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend has become such a cult classic.

March 26, 2015

What happens when you decide to donate your eggs? One woman tells her life-changing story

Recent reports show that the number of women registering as egg donors has risen every year since 2006 with numbers increasing to 1,103 in 2013. Similarly, there has been an increase of more than 50% in the last five years of women having treatment with donor eggs.

Following its launch in 2013, the UK's London Egg Bank has seen hundreds of women come through the doors looking to donate their eggs. Here one of them tells her story:

March 23, 2015

'Cabaret of diversity' protest held inside one of the right-wing leader's favorite pubs

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has branded a group of LGBTI activists 'scum' after they interrupted him during his Sunday visit at the pub.

Around 100 people, claiming to represent everything loathed by the right-wing, Eurosceptic party, descended on the Kent pub in fancy dress as an act of protest.

Calling themselves a 'cabaret of diversity', the group included LGBTI people, HIV activists, migrants, disabled people and breastfeeding mothers.

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 20, 2015

Head of the Catholic Church will 'meet with every inmate individually'

Pope Francis will have a lunch date with 10 gay and trans prisoners this Saturday (21 March).

The head of the Catholic Church will visit a local prison in Naples, planning to break bread with 90 inmates including a contingent reserved for LGBTIs and those living with HIV and AIDS.

It is being reported the visit was not intended to include lunch, according to TV2000, but the pope apparently insisted on breaking bread with the prisoners.

March 20, 2015

Lord Browne speaks with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook

Organized in June 2014 by professional networking group, Outstanding, and hosted at the London headquarters of Facebook, Lord Browne of Madingley had a lengthy discussion with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook.

He talked about his career, why he had chosen to write his groundbreaking book, The Glass Closet, and what he had learned about coming out at work and being authentic with colleagues. He also took questions from the invited audience.

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 17, 2015

A 14-year-old helps debunk myths around being transgender: 'Gender is who you are, like your soul.'

It's the question every out teen dreads: 'Are you sure you're actually transgender?'

At best, it solicits an eye-roll and a well-rehearsed answer; at worst, further months of self-doubt and stress.

March 16, 2015

Official proposes gay 'rehabs' to eradicate homosexuality in the country

Indonesia's Islamic authority has proposed the introduction of the death penalty for gay sex.

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) on 3 March issued a fatwa calling for a range of punishments, from caning to the death penalty, for homosexual acts.

Hasanuddin AF, chairman of the MUI’s fatwa commission, said the edict was issued because sexual deviance was on the rise and had even infiltrated schools.

'Sodomy, homosexuals, gays and lesbians in Islamic law are forbidden and [sodomy] is a vile act that is punishable by the death penalty,' he said.

March 6, 2015

Leading LGBTI activist is urging the government to change
 

Zimbabwe cannot control HIV and AIDS if it continues to discriminate against LGBTI people, a leading activist has said. 

Director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) Chesterfield Samba has urged the government to revise the anti-gay laws that stop necessary discussion into urgent health issues.

‘We are saying that there must be a revision of laws that inhibit CSOs [Chief Security Officers] and the government from engaging on issues of key populations’ he said in an interview with The Zimbabwean.

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.

February 26, 2015

Marriage success 10 years ago made liberal Canada complacent while anti-gay forces marched on

A debate on changes to Ontario’s sexual education curriculum is shattering the myth of Canada as a role model for inclusivity and diversity and exposing our nasty side.

February 26, 2015

Singleton, a PhD holder and senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, appreciates working in an environment where diversity is welcomed and valued

I came out to my family in 1985, way back in the mists of time. The world did not collapse around my ears. Now I am a recently appointed ‘tenured’ (full-time, permanent) academic in a business school.

Two days ago I happened to bump into our Head of School. I was delighted to take this opportunity to introduce him to my civil partner, who was waiting for me outside the building. I was confident that he would be totally comfortable with it.

Unfortunately, I know that not everyone is as open-minded.

February 23, 2015

Tzipi Livni could become one of two rotating premiers if her coalition wins

An Israeli politician has made a campaign promise to legalize gay marriage if she becomes prime minister in the March elections.

Tzipi Livni made the pledge at a weekly gay party called Dreck in Tel Aviv on Saturday night (21 February).

The Hatnuah party leader will become one of two rotating prime ministers if her coalition with Labor wins.

'Good evening Dreck. There's a chance that on March 20 we'll come to celebrate the end of the period of darkness, racism and discrimination and we'll start a period of light, love and equality,' she said.

February 19, 2015

Head of the Catholic Church claims those who transition are opposing 'God's order of creation'

Pope Francis has appeared to compare trans and genderqueer people to nuclear weapons, saying both do not 'recognize the order of creation'.

The head of the Catholic Church has claimed people who 'manipulate' their bodies are similar to 'Herods' that 'destroy, that plot designs of death, that disfigure the face of man and woman, destroying creation.'

The comments were made in a new book published in Italy, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, calling on Christians to safeguard God's order of creation.

January 29, 2015

Oscar winning pair used scene to help them decide who to make the film with

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won a screenwriting Oscar back in 1998 for Good Will Hunting - a movie that did not contain a gay sex scene.

But the original script they sent to prospective film studios did.

Harvey Weinstein, head of Miramax at that time, beat out the competition for the highly-coveted script because he took exception to it with the young writers.

January 27, 2015

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell writes about the horrors gay people faced during World War 2

'We must exterminate these [homosexuals] root and branch...We can't permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated.'

With these chilling words, the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, set out the Nazi master plan for the sexual cleansing of the Aryan race.

January 26, 2015

Royal household approves

King Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Spanish head of state to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday (23 January) and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

'The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside,' the publication said.