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Thai LGBT people encounter great stigma, discrimination says UNDP-US report

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BANGKOK — The Thai LGBT community encounters great social stigma and limited job opportunities despite the country’s tourism authority actively promoting Thailand as a gay-friendly tourist destination, says a recent international report. According to GayAsiaNews.com, the ‘Being LGBT in Asia’ Thailand Country Report released Sept. 16,  “highlights a contradiction between Thailand’s public face of tolerance [...]

Pink Lake International LGBT Festival 2014: ‘A great success’ (VIDEO)

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More than 4,500 visitors from over 20 countries made ​​the seventh Pink Lake International LGBT Festival (Aug. 28-31) in Velden, Southern Austria a successful event for the LGBT community on Lake Woerthersee. “The most important thing for us is that the festival guests are happy, have a great time on Lake Woerthersee and return to [...]

HRC, Freedom to Marry ask AG Holder to ensure federal respect for marriages in three more states

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WASHINGTON – Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Freedom to Marry, on behalf of the Respect for Marriage Coalition, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the Department of Justice act to ensure federal respect for the marriages of same-sex couples in Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin, consistent with the approach taken [...]

HRC announces enhanced grassroots effort to advance LGBT equality in Wyoming

Dan Zwonitzer, Jeran Artery, AJ McDaniel, Cathy Connolly, Rodger McDaniel and HRC's Brad Clark at a press conference in Cheyenne | Photo: HRC

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has announced that it will have a continuously staffed presence in Wyoming to build on the tremendous momentum for equality in the state. Working closely and collaboratively with other local and state-based advocacy groups, HRC Wyoming will work to pass enduring legal protections for LGBT people in housing, [...]

The TV Showrunners: Creating LGBT characters, telling LGBT stories

Will & Grace

From XFINITY LGBT comes a feature on LGBT and LGBT-allied Showrunners and about what it’s like making inclusive television in the 21st century: The year was 1977 and even without the Internet to spread the word on controversy I knew that there was something freaking people out about with this new sitcom called “Soap.” The [...]

Los Angeles LGBT Center joins Clinton global initiative

Los Angeles LGBT Center

LOS ANGELES,  — The Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people, has announced that the organization has become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Center CEO Lorri L. Jean will represent the organization at CGI’s Annual Meeting in New York that begins on September 21. [...]

Ricky Martin set to release new single ‘Adiós’ Sept. 23, ‘Live in Mexico’ tour to follow Oct. 3

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin has returned to the airwaves following his international hit “Vida,” with a new single titled “Adiós” (Goodbye), whose exclusive premiere will be held Monday, Sept. 22nd on Uforia’s radio stations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.  The single will be available on all digital platforms the following day. “Adiós“, produced by Jesse Shatkin [...]

‘Paddle Fest’ returns to Mission Bay for the third year

Paddle Fest

Urban Surf 4 Kids has set Sunday, Oct. 12 for its 2014 Paddle Fest, an annual stand-up paddleboard (SUP) race and expo.  Proceeds from the event will to go to Urban Surf 4 Kids’ Dreaming of Aloha Achievement Program, which will take participating foster youths to Hawaii this December. Paddle Fest features three different courses [...]

Integrity matters most to voters in CA-52

Scott Peters

SAN DIEGO – In a recent SurveyUSA poll, voters in California’s 52nd Congressional District ranked “integrity” as the characteristic they most wanted in their Congressman, and on that issue, the poll revealed,  Rep. Scott Peters leads Carl DeMaio by a margin of 19 points, 56% to 37%. “Character counts and people want a Congressman they can [...]

YouTube sensation Steve Grand to headline ‘Orange Is Best With Black’ Halloween Eve Party in North Park

Steve Grand

SAN DIEGO – Thursday, Oct. 30, gay viral sensation and overnight YouTube celebrity, Steve Grand, returns to San Diego to headline the Orange Is Best With Black Halloween Party at Queen Bee’s, 3925 Ohio St. in North Park. This will be Grand’s first appearance in San Diego since October 2013. He will be promoting his upcoming new single, due [...]

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