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International

Discrimination

St. Petersburg, Russia, Repeals Its Gay Propaganda Law

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:03 PM June 19, 2014
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One of the first communities in Russia to pass a “don’t say gay” law has repealed it ahead of a European Court of Human Rights decision.

Families

Twelve-Year Old Transgender Boy Is First Canadian To Get New Birth Certificate

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:49 PM June 17, 2014
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In an historic first, a twelve-year-old Canadian transgender boy was awarded a birth certificate reflecting his gender.

Civil Rights

CEO Whose Career Was Destroyed By Fear Of Anti-Gay Bias Writes Gay Business Manifesto

by Thomas Alberts ● 10:09 AM June 16, 2014
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One of the most powerful and celebrated CEOs in the world at the time became a victim of anti-gay bias in his company even though he was the Chief Executive Officer.

Civil Rights

Hong Kong Defies UK By Refusing To Allow Gay Weddings In British Consulate

by Thomas Alberts ● 12:14 PM June 11, 2014
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Hong Kong still operates under a very conservative culture that has decided to stand against British attempts to stand up for gay marriage.

Civil Rights

Eastern European Nation Bans Same-Sex Marriage

by Thomas Alberts ● 7:00 AM June 9, 2014
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Another Eastern European country has chosen to effectively kill any chance for the advancement of marriage equality by voting to place a gay marriage ban in its constitution.

International

John Kerry Asked To Refuse A Visa To Anti-Gay U.N. President-Elect, Sam Kutesa, From Uganda

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:07 PM June 3, 2014
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Secretary of State John Kerry is being asked to refuse a visa to Ugandan’s anti-gay foreign minister Sam Kutesa, who has been elected president of the U.N. General Assembly.

Discrimination

Former BP CEO Advocates Sending Gay Employees To Russia To Change Hearts And Minds

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:55 AM May 27, 2014
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Former BP CEO, Lord John Browne, thinks large corporations should make a point of sending gay employees to homophobic countries as a way to change closed minds.

Arts

On This International Day Against Homophobia And Transphobia – We’re All Human

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:32 AM May 17, 2014
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VIDEO: In the spirit of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, British lesbian group The L Project, has released a new song, to benefit LGBT groups.

International

Did European Soccer Just Have A Michael Sam Moment?

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:11 PM May 15, 2014
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Was it just the thrill of victory or was it manly passion? See the kiss that has Europe abuzz.

Discrimination

‘Homophobic Behavior’ Could Mean Three Years Jail Time Under New Cyprus Bill

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 4:50 PM May 8, 2014
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Cyprus is considering a bill that would subject anyone exhibiting “homophobic behavior” to a fine of up to $7000 or three years jail time.

Farce

Jodie Foster Marries Girlfriend: Pakistanis Go Nuts

by Guest Author ● 2:44 PM May 8, 2014
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Guest author Luavut Zahid takes a hilarious look at how Pakistanis fear Jodi Foster got married to her girlfriend in a plot to bring Pakistan down.

Celebrities

Jay Leno Joins LGBT Protest At Beverly Hills Hotel

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:41 AM May 6, 2014
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Jay Leno joined his wife Mavis yesterday in a protest of the Sultan of Brunei’s anti-gay policies, in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel which is owned by the Sultan.

Celebrities

Wife Of Japan’s Conservative Prime Minister Joins In Gay Pride Parade

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:34 AM April 28, 2014
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This weekend, the wife of Japan’s conservative prime minister happily shared a float with a flamboyant drag queen in Tokyo’s Gay Pride Parade.

Discrimination

Russian Police Raid Fails To Shut Down Screening Of Film About LGBT Youth

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 4:43 PM April 24, 2014
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Russian police raided the premiere of a film depicting the hardships endured by teenage members of the LGBT community, but were unable to shut it down.