HRC calls on US government to stand up for LGBT Gambians (VIDEO)

President Yahya Jammeh

Today, HRC delivered a petition with over 18,000 signatures to the White House that calls on the Administration to take action against Gambian President Yahya Jammeh as he continues to round up, torture, and oppress LGBT Gambians. The petition, signed by HRC members around the United States, called for the U.S. government to restrict entry [...]

Same-sex marriages begin in Scotland

Scotland same-sex marriage

The first same-sex marriages have taken place in Scotland following a change in the law by the Scottish government, reports the BBC. Those in civil partnerships can have their status converted to marriage after the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act came into force today. Couples who were not previously in a registered civil partnership [...]

Marine charged with murder in lurid death of Filipino transgender woman

Philippine Security

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines — U.S. Marine, Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, will be charged by Philippine prosecutors with murder in the brutal attack and slaying of Jennifer Laude, 26, a Filipino transgender woman, reports Floyd Whaley today in the New York Times. The young private was initially charged with homicide but prosecutors upped the charge [...]

School athletic officials debunk horror stories about transgender student athletes

Media Matters for America

Conservative media are criticizing the Minnesota State High School League for adopting a policy that will allow transgender student athletes to play on the sports teams that correspond with their gender identity, warning that the policy will cause gender confusion, inappropriate behavior in locker rooms, and unfairness for female athletes, reports Media Matters for America. [...]

American firm invests $30 million in Chinese gay dating app

Blued

Billing itself as the first of its kind in China, Blued, a popular gay dating app, is anything but with news that a group of American venture capitalists will be investing 30 million dollars in the start-up. The app combines the immediacy and locality-based functionality of similar applications like Grindr and Scruff, but also enables [...]

American company to sue Russian state TV over anti-gay redaction of their commercial (VIDEO)

Fathead

Fathead, a company famous for its life-like wall murals, plans to sue Rossia, the Russian state-run TV network, over the apparent doctoring of one of their commercials that, according to Mary Chastain over on Breitbart.com, “[manipulates] a commercial to use as evidence against the “erosion of morals” in the West with “sex education and tolerant [...]

Australian mom uses classified ad to show support for her transgender son

Yolanda Bogert Kai and Guy Kershaw  PHOTO MARC ROBERTSON

A mom in Queensland, Australia has taken out a classified ad to show of support for her son, who just a week ago was a daughter known as Beth. The Courier-Mail reports that in  the births section of the newspaper, Yolanda Bogert of Jimboomba placed a light-hearted birth retraction. “In 1995 we announced the arrival [...]

Poland elects first openly gay mayor

Robert Biedron

What a difference a decade makes. In 2004, Poland, a former Soviet bloc country, deeply conservative and deeply Roman Catholic, had just joined the European Union. Bans on gay pride marches were strictly enforced and homosexuality was a cultural taboo that dare not speak its name in public. Fast forward ten years and, as Poland [...]

Marriage equality coming to Finland

Finland

The government of Finland has passed legislation that will make it the 20th nation to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens. “Finland should strive to become a society where discrimination does not exist, human rights are respected and two adults can marry regardless of their sexual orientation,” the centre-right prime minister, Alexander [...]

For the Chinese LGBT community, a unique set of challenges (VIDEO)

LGBT China

As part of CNN’s ongoing series On China, reporter Kristie Lu Stout takes a look at the challenges – some familiar, some remote – that members of the LGBT community face on mainland China. While the report does note that consensual sex between members of the same gender was decriminalized in 1997, followed subsequently by [...]

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