Native son David Cruz urges Guam’s governor to allow same-sex marriage in an emotional plea

David Cruz

Bravo reality star, David Cruz III, of Millionaire Matchmaker, has inked a letter to Guam’s governor Eddie Calvo urging him to allow same-sex marriage on the tiny United States incorporated territory after Calvo declined to act on the matter. The missive came days after a lesbian couple – Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero, [...]

Russian Siri released with homophobia built in

Russian Siri

An iPad user tested Siri’s knowledge of gay nightlife in Russia after Apple’s rudimentary artificial-intelligence program learned to speak Russian. He found homophobia lurking in her code. The recently released Russian-speaking version of Apple Inc.’s voice-interactive personal assistant for iOS devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, was quite homophobic according to online media outlet, [...]

The breakthrough that could lead to a cure for HIV

Scanning electromicrograph of an HIV-infected H9 Tcell

The human immune system can handle large bursts of HIV activity and so it should be possible to cure HIV with a ‘kick and kill’ strategy, finds new research led by University College London, (UCL), the University of Oxford and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, according to a UCL news report. The [...]

Thaw in Cuban-American relations holds promise for island’s LGBT community

Dancers from the Divino project prep for a performance at Havana nightclub Karabali | Photo by Lisette Poole for MSNBC

Johnny Simon and Rebecca Sanchez, who have been focusing on Cuba’s shifting political, cultural and social sands for MSNBC, have taken a snapshot of LGBT life in an interesting, albeit truncated, piece this week. “Though same-sex relationships were technically decriminalized in 1979,” they write, “it wasn’t until 1993 that Fidel Castro publicly stated his opposition [...]

For one Colombian lesbian couple, adoption remains a conundrum

Veronica Botero (left) and Ana Leiderman (right) and their two children. Credit: BEA LEIDERMAN

It was supposed to be as much a day about celebration as it was one of unification: In a case being followed worldwide, Colombia’s Constitutional Court granted the partner of one couple, university professor Veronica Botero, the right to adopt the artificially inseminated children of Ana Leiderman, her spouse, in 2014. But seven months later, [...]

Prominent Nigerian gay-rights activist denied asylum in the UK

Anderonke Apata

LONDON — For years, Anderonke Apata has been a fixture of the British LGBT activist scene, agitating for change and pushing for a larger share of the minority community’s stake in civil society. But last week Apata had her lengthy legal tussle to claim asylum in the country thrown out of the highest court of [...]

Black pastors launch African tour to counteract Rick Warren’s anti-gay movement


NEW YORK, N.Y. – Spearheaded by The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (“TFAM”), its founder and presiding Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder and executive director, Bishop-Elect, Pastor Joseph Tolton, the organization’s international outreach ministry, The Fellowship Global (“TFG”), has launched a month long tour of key African nations where LGBTI communities continue to experience extreme discrimination and persecution. These countries [...]

Gay artist fined $90 for writing ‘LOVE’ on pavement in chalk! (VIDEO)


BELFAST — A gay artist in Belfast has been hit with a £60 (approx. $90) fine after protesting for same-sex marriage by chalking the word ‘love’ on sidewalks. Christoff Gillen was fined under a piece of legislation that is rarely (if ever) used. He was fined for “defacing” the streets of Belfast. He was doing [...]

Despite universal health care, Cuba’s reality is grossly lesbophobic


In addition to other forms of discrimination, lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba face unequal treatment from public health services. Their specific sexual and reproductive health needs are ignored, and they are invisible in prevention and treatment campaigns for women. Many lesbian and bisexual women are afraid of gynecological instruments and procedures which they experience [...]

Sweden settles third gender pronoun debate


After years of debate, some would argue centuries, the Swedish government plans to introduce a gender-neutral pronoun. The pronoun, “Hen,” will be used to refer to a person’s gender without revealing their gender either because, according to the, “It is unknown, because the person is transgender, or the speaker or writer deems the gender [...]

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