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Ruth Pearce

Ruth is a writer, activist, rock DJ and wannabe musician. She gains a somewhat masochistic satisfaction from juggling these interests with several part-time jobs and an ongoing PhD in Sociology. Articles, setlists and ramblings from Ruth can be found at her 'meta-blog', Ruth's Corner.

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“Too many lesbian stories”? Tori Truslow on queer geeks and Nine Worlds

Lesbian and bisexual women have a somewhat paradoxical relationship with geek culture. The realms of science fiction, fantasy, comics and gaming are typically associated with a particular kind of reclusive heterosexual man. However, many LGBT people proudly describe themselves as [...]

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Pussy Riot attack “homophobic vermin” on tour of oil facilities

Whilst gay, lesbian and bisexual people across England and Wales celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage, authorities in Russia are cracking down on LGBT rights. A recent national ban on “homosexual propaganda” makes Britain’s Section 28 look positively tame by [...]

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Radfem 2013 cancelled: should we care?

Radfem 2013 – a women-only conference that aims to “rebuild a radical feminist movement” – appears to have been barred from the organisers’ preferred venue. Those who planned to attend the event are quite understandably unimpressed. However, others are celebrating [...]

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Who invited “ex-gay” activists to the House of Commons?

A debate on gay conversion therapy will be held in a Parliamentary committee room tomorrow. Entitled “Sexual reorientation therapy: Freedom to change?”, the event has been organised by two right-wing Christian organisations: Christian Concern and Core Issues (“God’s heart in [...]

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Gotta love that transsexual lobby

Transphobia in The Guardian: no excuse for hate speech

Julie Burchill’s bizarrely vitriolic attack on trans people raises a couple of important questions. Firstly, why is it that some lesbian and bisexual women find it so hard to comprehend the oppression of others? And secondly, why is it that [...]

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Who needs equality anyway?

The British Government don’t seem particularly keen on equality. And who can blame them? It’s an outdated concept that carries dangerous connotations of socialist conspiracy and time-wasting bureaucracy. You just need to glance at the news to see the latest [...]

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Speak out against rape with Slutwalk and Reclaim the Night

The news has been inundated with awful stories about rape recently. So why not take a stand against sexual violence this autumn?   One thing after another From the Julian Assange case to the bizarre proclamations of US Republicans, it’s  [...]

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Who is Manchester Pride really for?

Controversy has erupted following the announcement that  “bad boy actor” Danny Dyer – a man not shy of advocating violence against women – will be DJing at Manchester Pride. What were the organisers thinking? And what does this booking say [...]

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Pussy Riot trial isn’t just about Putin

Russian girl punks Pussy Riot have gained a great deal of media coverage following their brave stand against the autocratic Putin regime. But the group are also important because of their explicit support for LGBT rights. Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova [...]

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Queer zombies in court defeat

Last year, I wrote an article on Lesbilicious about the arrest and alleged sexual assault of individuals intending to participate in a “zombie flashmob” organised in part by anti-cuts group Queer Resistance.

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8 lesbilicious fictional characters we wish would come out

Gay comic book superheroes seem to be ten a penny these days. But who else is still lurking in the TV / book character closet? Which characters resonated with you as a child, and in hindsight it’s clear why?

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Scottish Conservative Party elects first lesbian leader

MSP Ruth Davidson became the first openly gay leader of a major British political party at the weekend when she was chosen to lead the Scottish Conservatives.

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Majority of women may be bisexual

New research from the United States suggests that the majority of women experience same-sex attraction.

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£10,000 for Reading LGBT centre

Councillors from all parties in Reading unanimously backed a motion to provide local charity Support U with accommodation and funding.

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US Senate narrowly confirms lesbian judge

The US Senate has confirmed out lesbian Alison Nathan as a federal judge in New York’s Southern District. A Republican backlash threatened the appointment just hours before it was due to take place.

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Tegan and Sara to release live album and DVD

Fey indie twins Tegan and Sara have announced the release of “Get Along”, a new CD/DVD live album due for release worldwide on 15th November.

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Government to cut aid for homophobic countries

Ministers have announced plans to slash aid for African countries with a poor LGBT rights record.

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Massive gains for LGBT-friendly party in Polish election

The Palikot Movement has gained 10% of the popular vote in Poland’s parliamentary elections. The new centre-left party, a supporter of LGBT rights, now includes the country’s first gay and trans MPs.

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Thousands occupy Westminster Bridge in NHS protest

Up to three thousand people joined a UK Uncut demonstration against the government’s plans for NHS reform yesterday. A spokesperson for the group described the protest as the “biggest act of mass civil disobedience against the cuts so far”.

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Four found guilty of murdering lesbian in South Africa

Four men have been found guilty of the murder of a gay woman in Cape Town. The conviction comes after a lengthy five-year court battle.

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Queer campaigners to block Westminster Bridge

LGBTQI activist group Queer Resistance are planning a “pink bloc” at the UK Uncut demonstration “Block the Bridge, Block the Bill” this weekend. Attendees plan to voice their opposition to the government’s proposed NHS reforms during the protest.

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Seychelles to decriminalise homosexuality

The government of Seychelles has indicated that it will take action to recognise lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights following pressure from the United Nations.

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Cameron: ‘I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative’

The Prime Minister urged fellow Tories to back gay marriage during his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference yesterday.

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Popular queer cafe to close

London’s First Out Cafe-Bar is due to close on the 29th of October following an increase in rent and other changes to the lease for the property.

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Passports to acknowledge same-sex parents

The Home Office has announced that same-sex parents in the United Kingdom will be recognised as such on their children’s passports from 2012.

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Unusual arrests follow LGBT rights clash in Moscow

Around 40 people were detained in the Russian capital at the weekend following a confrontation between LGBT demonstrators and a homophobic counter-protest.

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Theresa May would ‘like to see the Human Rights Act go’

The Home Secretary has called for the abolition of the Human Rights Act in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph.

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School inspectors to rate LGBT provisions

Inspection body Ofsted will examine how well schools provide for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans pupils following the introduction of new guidelines in January 2012.

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Religious groups back equal marriage in Scotland

A coalition of faith groups has emerged to back the Scottish Youth Parliament’s call for marriage equality.

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Airline boots ‘L Word’ star after lesbian kiss

Actress and musician Leisha Hailey is calling for a boycott of US company Southwest Air. She was unceremoniously ejected from a flight after sharing a kiss with her girlfriend.

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LGF announce Homo Hero Award winners

Sir Ian McKellen and Manchester Pride organiser Jackie Crozier were amongst the winners at the Lesbian and Gay Foundation 2011 Homo Hero Awards.

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Queer protesters picket European Diversity Awards

Around 50 people demonstrated outside an extravagant awards ceremony in London last night. The event attracted criticism after controversial gay journalist Julie Bindel and several organisations associated with tax-dodging were nominated for awards.

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Gay couples less likely to divorce

Newly released figures from the Office of National Statistics indicate that straight couples in England and Wales are more likely to divorce than same-sex partners. The findings come against a backdrop of growing public support for civil partnerships and gay marriage.

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Turkish minister backs LGBT rights

Turkey’s government looks set to consider protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination in a re-haul of the country’s constitution.

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Newlyweds to sue after Thompson honeymoon ‘nightmare’

A lesbian couple claim that they were treated in a “homophobic manner” during a Thompson holiday in the Dominican Republic.

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Gender-neutral passports a possibility

The Home Office is considering the introduction of passports that do not include a gender marker. The proposed change would benefit individuals who do not identify as female or male.

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Intersex advocates slam ‘corrective surgery’ conference

The IV World Congress on Hypospadias and Disorders of Sex Development (ISHID 2011) will be held in London this weekend. Intersex activists say that the event – which is to include a “live surgery” – will promote infant genital mutilation.

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Police record more incidents of homophobic hate crime

Police figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland show a rise in recorded incidents of homophobic, transphobic and disablist hate crime. However, overall levels of recorded hate crime have fallen.

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Activists hold first ever International Intersex Forum

Advocates from every continent met for the world’s first International Intersex Organising Forum in Brussels at the weekend. The new Forum vowed to oppose ‘normalising’ surgeries and other forms of discrimination.

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Heather Peace to star in Waterloo Road

Lip Service star Heather Peace will return to UK screens in September as a teacher in BBC1 school drama Waterloo Road.

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Lecturer criticises gendering of Scottish abuse law

An academic based at the University of Dundee has claimed that the Scottish Government’s definition of domestic violence renders lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people ‘invisible’.

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Primary school teachers report thousands of homophobic incidents

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that 20,400 primary school pupils were labelled as “homophobic” or “racist” by their teachers during the past academic year.

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Government tells councils to stop monitoring equality

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced an end to “unnecessary and intrusive” surveys that include questions about sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, race and religion.

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Scotland launches gay marriage consultation

The Scottish government has launched a consultation on marriage equality and religious civil partnerships.

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Organisers plan Moscow Pride in 2112

LGBT rights activists in Russia have applied to hold a Pride demonstration in Moscow every year for the next century, starting in 2012. The move is intended to highlight the “absurdity” of official bans on Pride.

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Amber Heard refuses to ‘label’ her sexuality

American actress Amber Heard has declared that she doesn’t “want to be labeled as one thing or another” following media attention for her relationship with another woman.

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Minister disappears after revealing lesbian relationship

A minister in the Church of Scotland has sparked controversy by announcing her same-sex relationship and desire to marry.

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Cameroon to equate gay sex with paedophilia

LGBT rights activists in Cameroon say that the government is preparing to toughen laws against homosexuality by blurring the line between gay sex and paedophilia.

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US census records dramatic increase in gay couples

The number of US census respondents who describe themselves as being in a same-sex relationship has risen by 52% in the last decade.

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Firework mob target Kentucky lesbians

A lesbian couple in the US state of Kentucky say that their family was attacked in a horrific hate crime on 4th July.

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Lesbian couple separated by force in Indonesia

Religious police in the Indonesian province of Aceh have released a lesbian couple from detention on the condition that they remain apart.

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Can Lady Gaga turn Marge Simpson bi?

Eccentric pop icon Lady Gaga claims that she is set for a lesbian kiss with Marge in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons.

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Gay Israeli soldiers report widespread abuse

A survey conducted by Israel Gay Youth Organisation has indicated that over 40% of gay and lesbian soldiers in the Israel Defence Forces experience homophobic harassment.

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Sperm donor removed from birth certificate in Australia

A court in the Australian state of New South Wales has ruled in favour of a lesbian mother who sought to remove the biological father from her daughter’s birth certificate.

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Zebra finches form lasting gay relationships

A new study reveals that zebra finches are capable of forming dedicated same-sex partnerships.

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Thousands ‘March for Marriage’ in Dublin

An estimated 4000 supporters of same-sex marriage marched to the Department of Justice in the Irish capital on Sunday.

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Figures show Scottish support for equal marriage

A major survey has revealed that almost two-thirds of the Scottish population believe that gay marriage should be legal.

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Chilean President pushes for same-sex civil unions

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has formally proposed legislation to legalise same-sex civil unions. The move is set to fulfil a campaign promise from the conservative politician.

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LGBT businesses hit in London as Birmingham’s Gay Village mostly escapes second night of rioting

The country’s only LGBT bookshop and a queer-friendly film distributor have both suffered losses during this week’s riots. However, the Gay Village in Birmingham was largely spared a second night of violence.

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GO.GO to curate women’s tent at Brighton Pride

GO.GO festival organisers have announced an eclectic line-up of solo artists, bands and DJs for the women’s area at Brighton Pride on Saturday 13th August.

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Riots spread to Birmingham’s Gay Village

Violence and looting took place in Birmingham’s Gay Village last night as riots hit the the UK’s second city.

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Groundbreaking lesbian drama airs in South Korea

South Korea’s first ever mainstream lesbian drama was aired by terrestrial channel KBS 2TV on Sunday. The show immediately generated controversy for its depiction of gay lives.

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SNP politicians attack gay marriage

A Member of the Scottish Parliament has drawn both support and criticism from his Nationalist colleagues after he tabled a motion stating that: “No person or organisation should be forced to be involved in or to approve of same-sex marriages.”

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Thieves target LGBTI groups in Uganda

Computers containing a member list were stolen from the office of LGBTI women’s group Freedom and Roam Uganda last weekend. The raid happened just four days after a failed break-in targeting Sexual Minorities Uganda.

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LBT women students at greater risk of sexual violence

New figures released by the National Union of Students indicate that over one third of women students who identify as lesbian, bisexual and/or trans (LBT) are the victims of a sexual assault.

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Dolly Parton apologises to lesbian couple following homophobia at theme park

Country music legend Dolly Parton has issued an apology to a woman who was ordered to turn her “marriage is so gay” t-shirt inside-out at the “Dollywood” theme park.

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Media silence on heroic couple who saved 40 lives

A lesbian couple saved the lives of 40 young people during the mass shooting committed by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway on 22 July. However, their bravery has been largely ignored by the English-language media.

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Australian school bans lesbian couples

Current students and alumni are seeking to overturn a ban on same-sex partners at an all-girls school in Perth.

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Italy rejects LGBT discrimination bill

The lower house of Italy’s parliament has rejected legislation designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination and hate crime.

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Uganda recognises LGBTI lobby

In a surprise move, the Ugandan government has appointed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex lobby group Uhspa-Uganda to a high-profile Ministry of Health committee. However, LGBTI people still face legislative threats in the country.

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LGBTI body wins UN recognition

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association has achieved United Nations accreditation. The group, which works to combat homophobia and transphobia throughout the world, spent many years campaigning for UN recognition.

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Campaign sees greatly increased uptake in cervical screenings

An awareness-raising campaign has greatly increased the number of lesbian and bisexual women accessing cervical screening services in the North West, with surveys suggesting a 49% rise in attendance.

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Minister orders arrest of all gay people in Ghana’s Western Region

A Ghanaian minister has told security services to arrest all people suspected of engaging in same-sex acts. Paul Evans Aidoo also asked ordinary people to inform upon those suspected of being lesbian or gay.

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Students slam ‘inaccurate’ Stonewall guide

LGBT student leaders and university societies from across the country have criticised Stonewall’s second annual guide to gay-friendly universities.

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Non-gendered titles see increased recognition

A number of banks, public bodies and other major organisations have begun to accept the titles “Mx” and “Misc”, which may be used as a non-gendered alternative to honorifics such as “Miss”, “Ms” and “Mr”.

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725,000 tune in to Candy Bar Girls

It has been revealed that almost three-quarters of a million people watched the second episode of Channel 5′s Candy Bar Girls last week.

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LGBT rights ‘will always be condemned’ in South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest country this week after 99% of voters backed independence in a referendum. However, the new country’s government looks set to actively oppose LGBT liberation.

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Commonwealth chief condemns homophobia

The chief executive of the Commonwealth of Nations condemned homophobia in a historic statement this week.

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Equality body’s U-turn on LGBT rights

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has announced a change in its approach to discrimination claims on the grounds of religion and belief, a shift that looks set to come at the expense of LGBT people.

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Lady Gaga mistakes Australian PM for lesbian

Lady Gaga branded Julia Gillard a “hypocrite” during a TV interview on Monday after assuming that the Australian Prime Minister was in a gay relationship.

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Microsoft withdraws from Christian Values Network

Computing giant Microsoft has withdrawn its online store from the Christian Values Network after a petition highlighted the latter organisation’s link to “anti-gay hate groups”.

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Lesbian couples more likely to marry

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that women in gay relationships are more likely to enter into a civil partnership than men.

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Significant HIV risk for lesbian and bisexual women in southern Africa

Ongoing research has suggested that lesbian and bisexual women in southern Africa are increasingly likely to be at risk of HIV infection.

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Birmingham Pride ‘should remain free’

A representative of Birmingham Pride has declared that the festival is likely to remain “free” in coming years. The revelation comes just weeks after organisers suggested that they may charge for future events.

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Chinese actress under fire for homophobic comments

An award-winning Chinese actress has been criticised by state broadcaster CCTV and banned from a high-profile awards show after she shared a homophobic message on Twitter.

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US Embassy hosts Pride celebrations in Pakistan

The US Embassy in Islamabad has attracted criticism from Pakistani religious leaders after holding an LGBT Pride celebration.

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Advocates call for equal marriage in India

LGBT activists in India are calling for the legalisation of gay marriage on the anniversary of a Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalised gay sex.

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Candy Bar Girls come under criticism

Ofcom has launched an investigation into a series of promos for the upcoming Channel 5 show “Candy Bar Girls” after the media regulator received ten complaints about the shorts.

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UNISON elects first black woman president and first lesbian vice-president

One of the UK’s largest unions has elected Maureen Le Marinel as its first ever lesbian vice-president. She replaces Eleanor Smith, who has become UNISON’s first black woman president.

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Poll reveals Muslim support for gay rights

A poll conducted by think-tank Demos has indicated that Muslims are particularly likely to be “proud” of gay rights in Britain.

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Mass wedding draws Catholic ire in the Philippines

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has condemned gay marriage following a mass wedding in Baguio City.

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David Cameron hosts second LGBT reception

The Prime Minister has hosted his second annual reception for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community at Number 10.

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Lesbians wed in Nepal as government considers gay marriage ban

An American couple tied the knot during Nepal’s first public gay wedding on Monday. However, the status of same-sex marriage is currently contested in the Himalayan country.

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Google goes gay

A rainbow has been added to one side of the Google search bar, appearing as users type in terms such as “lesbian”, “gay”, “bisexual”, “transgender” and “queer”.

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UN resolution condemns LGBT discrimination

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a historic resolution condemning discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Presidential candidate scapegoats gays in Ghana

A presidential candidate in Ghana has called for a national referendum on the legalisation of homosexuality.

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French parliament rejects gay marriage

The lower house of the French parliament has voted against a bill to legalise same-sex marriage.

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Thousands oppose Brian Souter’s knighthood

Over 4500 people have signed a petition opposing the knighthood of multi-millionaire Brian Souter. The co-founder of Stagecoach achieved notoriety in 2000 after donating £1 million to a Scottish campaign to keep Section 28.

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Prominent ‘lesbian’ netizens are actually straight men

The supposedly lesbian Syrian blogger responsible for “A Gay Girl in Damascus” was unveiled as a man over the weekend. Last night it emerged that the founder and editor of lesbian news site “Lez Get Real” is also a man.