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April 27, 2015

'It is a clear question. Do we support legal discrimination against one group in this country? Or do we not?'

The acting leader of Australia's ruling party has said she will push to make it compulsory that all Labor MPs vote for gay marriage.

Tanya Plibersek will argue for a binding vote on marriage equality at the Labor National Conference in July.

The party changed its policy to support gay marriage at the 2011 conference but allowed its parliamentarians a free vote on the issue.

'Labor has always been a party that is opposed to discrimination,' she told Fairfax Media.

April 20, 2015

The Australian division of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has pulled together local experts to help boost its diversity work in the region

PwC Australia has announced a number of appointments to a new external advisory board that will be charged with moving the firm towards greater diversity and inclusion.

The professional services company is already regarded as something of a market leader in this field.

It scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index in 2015 and 2014, and also regularly features in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index in the UK.

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).

April 8, 2015

National AIDS charity demands apology, calling the comment 'vulgar and defamatory'

Nicolas Sarkozy is being accused of making an offensive comment about a rival politician, claiming he is like AIDS and if you 'touch him, you die!'

The former president of France made the alleged comments about the leader of the Democratic Movement party François Bayrou.

As quoted by La Parisien, Sarkozy said: 'Bayrou is like AIDS...whoever touches him - dies!

Sarkozy, who is also the leader of the Union for a Popular Movement party, and his spokespeople have denied that he made this comment.

April 5, 2015

Cruz, an opponent to marriage rights, recently announced he's running for the White House

Two leaders in the US Republican Party filed briefs with the Supreme Court, asking the justices to uphold same-sex marriage bans.

April 3, 2015

'Here’s a fact, and I’m sure other people will be mortified that I dare to talk about it'

Nigel Farage has been criticised for his comments about the treatment of foreign patients with HIV on the NHS. 

The UKIP leader, who made the remarks during last night's leadership debate on ITV, labelled those who come to the UK to receive treatment 'health tourists'. 

'Here’s a fact, and I’m sure other people will be mortified that I dare to talk about it,' he said. 'There are 7000 diagnoses in this country every year for people who are HIV positive, but 60 percent of them are not for British nationals.'

March 25, 2015

Tony Perkins has claimed that the US Supreme Court issuing a definitive ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across America would result in insurrection by Christians who oppose it

Leader of perhaps the most extreme and outspoken anti-gay lobby group in the United States, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has implied that the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the country by the Supreme Court would provoke acts of violence by American Christians.

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

Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson replied 'Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?' to twitter troll calling her 'miserable cunt'

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has taken a clear stance against homophobia following an SNP member tweeting abuse at the homosexual leader of another Scottish party.     

Marc Hughes sent what was described as ‘vile and offensive’ homophobic tweets to Ruth Davidson MSP, the openly lesbian leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

March 19, 2015

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, could now face a longer time in jail

A Russian man who was jailed after torturing gay teens and driving them to suicide is facing new charges.

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, is being charged with robbery, hooliganism and causing property damage.

In addition the investigators have also charged the homophobic leader, also known as 'Machete', with 'inciting hatred'.

He was already carrying out a previous sentence in a labor camp, but will now be transported to a detention center until further notice.

March 18, 2015

Nichi Vendola said he dreams of getting married and having children

One of the only two gay regional leaders in Italy has said Dolce and Gabbana are in too 'lofty' position to understand homophobia kills.

Nichi Vendola, the president of Puglia and leader of the Left, Ecology and Freedom party, has said the fashion duo's comments about children of gay parents was offensive.

Vendola said it proved Dolce and Gabbana cannot possibly understand the damage they are doing to Italian LGBTI youth.

March 18, 2015

Committee wants to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts

Japanese lawmakers Tuesday (17 March) formed a cross-party group to stamp out anti-gay discrimination in the country by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hiroshi Hase, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member and leader of the committee, said they wanted to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts over Russia's anti-gay law.

'As it hosts the Olympic Games, there is no doubt that Japanese society will be questioned on how it treats its sexual minorities,' he said.

'We must substantiate the principles described in the basic plan of the Games.'

March 17, 2015

Ruben Condori Cusi says he was inspired by Hitler's Mein Kampf to block a bill that would have seen same-sex couples legally recognized for the first time in Peru

A Peru congressman has said he was inspired by Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf to block civil unions for same-sex couples.

Ruben Condori Cusi, a congressman for the right-wing Nationalist Party, made the comments to Arroba Radio saying that Hitler wasn’t wrong about everything.

‘I read Mein Kampf by Hitler ... and in some parts he's right, because some types of misconduct are generated by a certain kind of life,’ Cusi said.

‘Homosexuality is more or less a kind of misconduct.’

March 13, 2015

Outdated language banning same-sex parents from adopting in Florida is set to be removed from law

Republican-dominated Florida House of Representatives has supported a bill amendment removing a gay adoption ban from law, as part of wider changes to incentivise foster care in the state.

Same-sex parents in the state have been allowed to adopt since 2010 after an appeals court ruled Florida’s gay adoption ban to be unconstitutional – but the language of the law has remained the same.

March 12, 2015

The London theatre that champions contemporary dance continues to support emerging artists.

There is always a sense of excitement when you approach a production at Sadler's Wells - the theatre in London that is renowned for showcasing the best in contemporary dance from around the world.

March 3, 2015

Labour leader on the 49,000 men convicted of homosexuality: 'It’s a stain on our society, frankly'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has vowed if his party wins the UK election, all gay men convicted under historic laws will be pardoned.

He suggested 'Turing's Law', named in honor of Alan Turing, the World War 2 genius that broke the Enigma Code and has been immortalized in the recent film The Imitation Game.

Convicted of gross indecency in 1952, he committed suicide by cyanide poisoning two years later.

While he received a Royal Pardon in 2013, politicians are being urged to pardon all 49,000 men convicted under the law.

February 27, 2015

'I couldn't defend the party or convincingly campaign for it any more'

The leader of UKIP LGBT group has quit and left the party 'due to the leadership's failure of the leadership to set a gay-friendly tone.'

Tom Booker, who manages a hydrotherapy pool in Peterborough, led the group for three years.

'Last night I stepped down as Chairman of LGBT* in UKIP and gave up my membership of #ukip. I'll remain unaffiliated...for now,' he tweeted on 24 February.

February 26, 2015

Pontiff is not what he seems

Pope Francis is a complicated, confusing pontiff to the LGBTI community –especially its transgender members.

On the surface Francis displays a pastoral countenance to his papacy that extends to us all.

He set off global shock waves, when flying home after a weeklong visit to Brazil in 2013, when he was queried about the ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican.

February 24, 2015

'We shouldn’t demonize and dismiss and hate each other as that is so dangerous'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed that he has 'a lot' of gay friends. 

The leader of The Church of England, Justin Welby, made the comments when asked about his views on the LGBTI community and gay marriage by a group of Muslim sixth form students during a visit to St. Alban's Academy in Highgate, Birmingham on Monday (23 February). 

February 24, 2015

Graff, now a Senior Director for LinkedIn, EMEA, explains how his work performance improved after coming out

By the time I was 10, Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government had passed ‘Section 28’, a local Government Act which referred to gay relationships as ‘pretended family relationships’.

As a confused teenager in the 1980s, and with a public backdrop of homophobia, I was always intensely private about my personal life and fought hard to ensure that my sexuality remained a secret from family and friends.

February 24, 2015

Randy Berry will advocate for LGBTI rights globally

The US State Department Monday (23 February) named Randy Berry as its first LGBTI rights envoy.

The openly gay diplomat is currently the US consul general in Amsterdam and has served in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda, and South Africa.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he 'could not be more proud' to announce Berry as the first-ever special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons.

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 23, 2015

Lord Browne, former head of BP and author of The Glass Closet, comments on Apple's Tim Cook's decision to talk about his sexuality

By deciding publicly to disclose his sexuality, Tim Cook will accelerate change in the corporate world.

When you become chief executive of a multinational, you become a public figure, and you have the power to demonstrate that being LGBT need not get in the way of success. Cook has done just that.

When writing my book The Glass Closet, I spent a great deal of time talking to people who had come out in a good way, and people who had come out in a bad way.

February 19, 2015

New South Wales politician voted against same-sex marriage in 2013

The opposition leader in New South Wales has u-turned on gay marriage after voting against reform in the Australian state in 2013.

On becoming Labor leader in January, Luke Foley said he would keep 'an open mind' and 'continue to reflect' on the issue, which cynics saw as a non-commital halfway ground ahead of the March elections.

But today, the practising Catholic spoke in favor of overturning a federal ban on gay marriage.