Israeli Supreme Court rejects family petition to bury trans woman as a man

May Peleg

Israel’s Supreme Court has rejected a suit from the family of a transgender activist that was challenging instructions in her will that she be cremated. May Peleg, who was chair of the Jerusalem LGBT organization Open House, committed suicide earlier this month. She had been concerned that her ultra-orthodox parents, whose beliefs forbid cremation, would […]

Brazil’s first gay choir celebrates huge milestone

Gay Choir of Curitiba

Nov. 15, Brazil’s only gay choir celebrated its first anniversary. For the Gay Choir of Curitiba (Coral Gay de Curitiba) this was a huge milestone recognizing a year of creating musical experiences and strengthening their role among the LGBT community. The Gay Choir of Curitiba developed from a modest project into an institution that nowadays […]

First same-sex marriage takes place in Ireland

Ireland first same-sex marriage

Cormac Gollogly, a barrister from Terenure in Dublin and Richard Dowling, both 35, who works with AIB and is from Athlone became the first same-sex couple to tie the knot under Ireland’s new marriage equality legislation. “It’s great to be the first to do it,” said Gollogly as he gave his new husband a kiss […]

Same-sex marriage officially recognized in Ireland


Ireland’s new same-sex marriage law comes into force today, six months after the country voted to allow gay unions in a historic referendum. Existing same-sex marriages registered abroad will be immediately recognized in Ireland, while other couples can now submit their intention to marry, reports Yahoo News. “Today we celebrate the final legal step in […]

Russian lawmakers considering making ‘gay propaganda’ law even tougher

St. Petersburg

Conservative lawmakers in Russia are considering making the nationwide ban on gay propaganda even more punitive by adding additional fines and jail time to the law for those who dare to come out in public. The Advocate reports that the new bill is being drafted as an amendment to Russia’s infamous ban on “propaganda of […]

GLAAD comes to Great Britain as part of expanding global work for LGBT acceptance

Beautiful redhair woman holding United Kingdom flag in London

GLAAD has announced the launch of a UK operation as part of its growing global work to accelerate acceptance of the LGBT community. GLAAD UK officially launches this month and will be part of a series of announcements made at the group’s first-ever international board meeting, taking place at the House of Lords in central […]

Vatican: ‘Gay people are our sons and daughters’

Vatican spokesperson

As the world’s top bishops and cardinals meet at the Vatican for the next three weeks to talk about the church’s doctrine on the family, it seems that LGBT Catholics are still very much on the minds of the bishops, The Huffington Post reports. Rev. Thomas Rosica, one of the Holy See’s English press officers, said that several […]

Vatican fires priest who comes out as gay

Krzysztof Charamsa

A priest that came out as gay has been fired by the Vatican. Newsmax reports that on the eve of a synod of the world’s bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families, Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level official in the Vatican’s doctrine office, came out of the closet at a […]

Polish president vetoes Polish Gender Accordance act

President Andrzej Duda

Friday, Polish President Andrzej Duda vetoed the law on Gender Accordance, which had been previously approved by the Polish Parliament (Sejm).  The act will now return to the Sejm, where the veto can only be rejected with 3/5 of votes. According to ILGA Europe, the Gender Accordance Act is an attempt to codify the legal gender recognition […]

Alturi has launched: New non-profit to help improve the lives of LGBTI people worldwide


WASHINGTON D.C. —  Alturi, a new non-profit organization devoted to elevating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community globally, launched publicly today and announced the selection of its founding boards of directors. U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), who has introduced […]

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