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Gay Pride events go online to mark 50th anniversary

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The 24-hour online Global Pride event runs with the slogan 'Exist, persist, resist'

'WE'RE ALL HUMAN.' View of digital billboards at Times Square on June 26, 2020 in New York City. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year's pride march had to be canceled over health concerns. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Paris Gay Games a respite for oppressed athletes

Aug 11, 2018 - 9:55 PM

LGBT competitors from China to Uganda share their stories

GAY GAMES 2018. Ugandan swimmer Clare Byarugaba competes during the swimming competition at the 2018 Gay Games edition at The Georges-Vallerey swimming pool in Paris on August 9, 2018. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Celebrations as Australians back same-sex marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Thousands of marriage equality supporters take to parks and squares across the vast continent, hugging, dancing and singing under clouds of glitter when the results of the two-month-long postal survey are announced

JUST LOVE. Supporters of the same-sex marriage 'Yes' vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. William West/AFP

Australians say 'yes' to gay marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Same-sex couples could be able to marry by Christmas, but first parliament must adopt legislation giving the non-binding vote result the force of law

FOR EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Woman becomes first transgender elected official in Virginia

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Democrat Danica Roem prevails in her race against Republican Robert Marshall, who once referred to himself as Virginia's 'chief homophobe'

WINNER. This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows Danica Roem, a Democrat for Delegate in Virginia's district 13, a transgender, at her campaign office on September 22, 2017 in Manassas, Virginia. Paul J. Richards/AFP

U.S. court blocks Trump's military transgender ban

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:49 AM

US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly orders the government to 'revert to the status quo' that was in effect before Trump ordered the contentious ban

NOT A BURDEN. This file photo taken on July 26, 2017 shows protesters as they display placards against US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in front of the US Army career center in Times Square, New York. Jewel Samad/AFP

QC mayor Bautista orders listing of LGBT gov’t employees

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:39 AM

The purpose of the list is for registration profiling and inclusion in the city government s LGBT association

EQUALITY. A gay couple kisses while a man holds up a sign to celebrate a US Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. File photo by Mark Z. Saludes/

Australia same-sex marriage vote faces legal challenge

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:01 AM

UPDATED Same sex marriage advocates launch legal action in Australia s highest court against a controversial government plan for a postal vote on the issue calling it divisive and harmful

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Pentagon chief lets transgender troops remain in service

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says transgender troops will continue to serve in the military while he studies an order by President Donald Trump banning them from US forces

In this file photo, US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defense ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Australian PM slams gay slurs as marriage vote looms

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calls for respectful debate on an upcoming same sex marriage vote

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Transgender U.S. troops sue Trump over ban announcement

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:21 AM

The 5 plaintiffs from the Air Force Coast Guard and the Army say they face uncertainty about their futures including whether they would be fired or lose post military and retirement benefits

NOT A BURDEN. This file photo taken on July 26, 2017 shows protesters as they display placards against US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in front of the US Army career center in Times Square, New York. Jewel Samad/AFP

Gay marriage postal vote sparks fury, debate in Australia

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Polls indicate popular support in Australia for marriage equality but the issue has dragged on for more than a decade amid political wrangling over the best way to vote on the issue

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Australia plans postal vote on gay marriage

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Australia will hold a voluntary postal vote on whether to legalize gay marriage if parliament rejects plans for a plebiscite on the contentious issue Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says

EQUAL RIGHTS. Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Aaron Carter comes out as bisexual

Aug 07, 2017 - 12:00 AM

This doesn t bring me shame just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off of me Aaron tells fans on Twitter

CARSON, CA - MAY 13: Aaron Carter attends 102.7 KIIS FM's 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017 in Carson, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

Greyson Chance comes out as gay, pens message to fans

Jul 24, 2017 - 9:42 PM

I encourage anyone who is navigating their sexuality to devote as much time as they need to the process of finding self confidence self acceptance and self love

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WATCH: Can boys play with dolls?

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:47 AM

Meet Angelo an 8 year old boy who loves art books and dolls Here’s why children should be allowed to express themselves free from all forms of discrimination

Hundreds mark first anniversary of Orlando mass shooting

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:35 AM

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer: No matter how dark the night the sun is always going to shine

REMEMBERING. A crowd gathers at the makeshift memorial outside the Pulse nightclub one year after the massacre in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2017. Frank Weber/Pool/AFP

Posthumous wedding for gay French cop killed by jihadist

Jun 01, 2017 - 8:12 AM

The partner of a gay policeman gunned down by a jihadist on Paris s Champs Elysees avenue in April has married him posthumously

REMEMBERING XAVIER. In this file photo, Etienne Cardiles, the partner of Xavier Jugele, the policeman (portrait) killed by a jihadist in an attack on the Champs Elysees, gives a speech during a ceremony to pay tribute to him on April 25, 2017 at the Paris prefecture building. Bertrand Guay/AFP/File

Russia's Lavrov says 'no facts' on Chechnya gay persecution

May 31, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insists there are no facts in reports about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya

In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Moscow on October 3, 2016. Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova /AFP

Pulse nightclub in Florida to become museum after 2016 massacre

May 05, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The club will serve as a memorial and museum to help comfort those who lost someone in the attack and promote tolerance

MUSEUM. In this file photo, people look out at the Pulse nightclub on June 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

'Beauty and the Beast' to be shown uncut in Malaysia

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The film will be released in Malaysia on the 30th March rated PG13 with no cuts a spokeswoman for Disney in Southeast Asia says

HALT. In this file photo, Malaysian ticket-seller sits behind a notice displayed regarding the release of the film 'Beauty and the Beast' at a Golden Screen Cinemas theatre in Kuala Lumpur on March 14, 2017. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Disney scraps Malaysia 'Beauty and the Beast' release over censorship

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:27 AM

Disney says the film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia effectively shelving plans to release it in the Southeast Asian country

Disney shelves 'Beauty and the Beast' in Malaysia after cuts

Mar 14, 2017 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED Censors in the Muslim majority nation reportedly cut out a gay moment in the movie

LEFOU. director Bill Condon says that there will be an 'exclusively gay moment' involving Josh Gad's character LeFou in the upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast' live-action remake. The photo above shows Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou in the movie. Photo courtesy of Disney

White House overturns Obama-era protections for transgender students

Feb 23, 2017 - 9:14 AM

The Trump administration is now leaving it up to states and school districts to decide whether students should have access to bathrooms that do not reflect their biological sex

In this file photo, a gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

Gays cannot enter Catholic priesthood, insists Vatican

Dec 08, 2016 - 8:09 AM

A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests stresses the obligation of sexual abstinence as well as barring gays and those who support gay culture from holy orders

A bodyguard stands near priests and bishops during a canonization mass led by Pope Francis on October 16, 2016 at St Peter's square in Vatican. Andreas Solaro/AFP

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Lady Gaga reveals battle with post-traumatic stress disorder

Dec 06, 2016 - 11:45 PM

I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness – I suffer from PTSD says the singer in the Today Show

Trump firm on agenda but says Americans have nothing to fear

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:59 AM

US President elect Donald Trump vows to move aggressively on a conservative agenda but also sought to reassure worried Americans they have nothing to fear from his presidency

US President-elect Donald Trump during an interview with CBS News' '60 Minutes', taped November 11, 2016 and aired November 13, 2016. Photo courtesy CBS News

Australia gay marriage lobby to push for vote by MPs

Nov 08, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Advocates of gay marriage in Australia vow to keep fighting for a parliamentary decision on legalizing same sex unions after a planned referendum is blocked

In this file photo, pro-gay marriage supporters carry a rainbow banner and flags during a rally in Sydney on June 25, 2016. Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia's same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Oct 11, 2016 - 12:24 PM

Opposition leader Shorten: We could make marriage equality a reality today by having a free vote in the parliament and that is what should be done

SUPPORT. This file photo taken on June 25, 2016 shows pro-gay marriage supporters attending a rally in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Pope says teaching gender theory is 'indoctrination'

Oct 03, 2016 - 10:54 AM

Pope Francis also repeats his call that homosexuals and transsexuals should be welcomed accepted and integrated into society as much as possible

Pope Francis speaks with journalists aboard a plane during his flight back from Baku to Rome, on October 2, 2016. The pontiff achieved a three day visit in Georgia and Azerbaijan. Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

UN holds first leaders' meeting on LGBT rights

Sep 22, 2016 - 10:54 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon warns countries that criminalize homosexuality they are bucking the tide of history

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) speaks at the high-level side event of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Core Group 'Path2Equality: Global leaders discuss progress towards LGBT Equality,' at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 21, 2016. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Rappler Talk: Geraldine Roman on fighting discrimination

Sep 15, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Why is there a need for an anti discrimination bill? Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman explains

Australia looks to February vote on same-sex marriage

Sep 13, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Australia plans to hold a national vote on February 11 on whether to allow same sex marriage Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says

A file photo taken on June 25, 2016, shows pro-gay marriage supporters carrying a rainbow banner and flags during a rally in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Man put acid in Australian gay club lube – reports

Aug 29, 2016 - 2:11 PM

A 62 year old man who allegedly put highly corrosive acid inside a lubricant dispenser at a gay nightclub in Australia is arrested and charged

Hundreds protest in Istanbul over transgender woman's murder

Aug 22, 2016 - 8:28 AM

Hundreds protest peacefully in Istanbul calling for justice after the brutal murder of a transgender woman earlier this month

A LGBT member stands in front of a banner with make up on her face and a writing on her body 'I want to live' on August 21, 2016 in Istanbul during a demonstration for the murdering of a transgender activist Hande Kader, a 22-year-old transgender who was mutilated, burnt and murdered in Istanbul on last week. Ozan Kose/AFP

Indonesia says 'no room' for gay community

Aug 11, 2016 - 1:35 PM

This comes as activists blast officials for an unprecedented series of LGBT attacks

Trudeau becomes first Canadian PM to march in Toronto Pride parade

Jul 04, 2016 - 9:27 AM

Thunderous applause greeted Trudeau as he paraded down a main Toronto artery waving a Canadian maple leaf flag bordered with a rainbow

CANADA'S PRIDE. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (middle, holding flag) participates at the annual Pride Festival parade, July 3, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ian Willms/Getty Images/AFP

Gay Pride parade in Germany remembers Orlando victims

Jul 04, 2016 - 12:40 AM

The marchers pay tribute to the 49 people killed in the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando Florida

People celebrate the Christopher-Street-Day parade on July 3, 2016 in Cologne, Germany.   / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maja Hitij / Germany OUT

Joey Mead's husband Ian King comes out as a trans woman

Jul 03, 2016 - 10:31 AM

UPDATED Ian King is now known as Angelina Mead King

Christians should apologize to gay people – Pope Francis

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:23 AM

I think that the Church not only should apologize to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologize to the poor as well to the women who have been exploited to children who have been forced to work

Pope Francis talks to journalists on his flight back to Rome following a visit at Armenia on June 26, 2016. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Australia PM vows gay marriage vote despite homophobia fears

Jun 20, 2016 - 10:05 AM

Australia s prime minister insists a referendum on legalizing same sex marriage will be held this year if his government is re elected despite the Labor opposition calling it a taxpayer funded platform for homophobia

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference calling the next federal election at Parliament House in Canberra, Sunday May 8, 2016. Mark Graham/AFP

You cannot kill LGBTQ pride

Jun 16, 2016 - 11:17 AM

We are born who we are loving who we do fabulous and beautiful the way we were meant to We mind our own business yet it becomes our problem when our nature stirs in you a desire to see us die

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Grieving yet defiant: A shaken Orlando deals with attack

Jun 13, 2016 - 3:28 PM

This is devastating but it will not stop the love that Orlando has We love our LGBT community

Candles sit on the edge of Lake Eola, June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Orlando shooter homophobe and wife beater – reports

Jun 13, 2016 - 8:49 AM

The suspect 29 year old Omar Mateen is a Muslim American of Afghan descent and police are investigating whether he may have had a terrorist motive

SUSPECT. In this undated photo received by Agence France-Presse on June 12, 2016, shows Omar Mateen, 29, a US citizen of Afghani descent from Port St. Lucie, Florida, from his MySpace page, who has been named as the gunman in the mass shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. AFP/

Obama: Orlando attack an act of 'terror' and 'hate'

Jun 13, 2016 - 3:40 AM

This is an especially heartbreaking day for our friends and fellow Americans who are lesbian gay bisexual or transgender says US President Barack Obama

epa05360010 US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 12 June 2016. Fifty people were killed and fifty-three were injured in the Orlando nightclub shooting, the worst mass shooting in United States history. The incident is being investigated as an act of terrorism. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Pope Francis condemns 'senseless hatred' of US gay club massacre

Jun 13, 2016 - 2:30 AM

We all hope that ways may be found as soon as possible to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence says a statement from the Holy See

epa05359339 A bouquet of flowers is seen in front of the Orlando Health Center where some of the victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub, are being cured in Orlando, Florida, USA, 12 June 2016. At least 50 people were killed and many others injured in a shooting attack at an LGBT club in the early hours of 12 June, according to media reports. The shooter was killed in the police operation that followed. EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA

Club at center of shooting founded in honor of HIV victim

Jun 13, 2016 - 2:20 AM

Barbara Poma and her friend opened Pulse in 2004 to keep the memory of Barbara s brother alive

epa05359537 Police and rescue officers monitor the scene of a shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA, 12 June 2016. At least 50 people were killed and many others injured in a shooting attack at an LGBT club in the early hours of 12 June, according to media reports. The shooter was killed in the police operation that followed. EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA