Jun 052012
Singapore - Pink Dot launches new campaign video called, 'Someday'

With less than a month to go before the annual Pink Dot Singapore event slated to be held Jun 30, this year’s campaign video dubbed Someday, “invites Singaporeans to envision a future in which Singapore’s LGBT community will be able to openly celebrate their diversity, free of discrimination and prejudice.” Directed by well known Singaporean [...]

Jun 042012
USA - Gay rights groups to join others in condeming New York City's 'Stop-and-Frisk'

National gay rights advocates plan to join other civil rights leaders on Tuesday in calling on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to end the Police Department’s current stop-and-frisk policy, which they argue constitutes harassment of young black and Latino men. Coming two weeks after the board of the N.A.A.C.P. voted to endorse same-sex marriage, the gay [...]

Jun 012012
Canada - Some Crandall students against its anti-gay hiring policy of being "sexually pure"

The Student President at Crandall University is distancing himself from a policy that bans the hiring of gay staff members. Ian Pelkey said he’s received an overwhelming number of calls from students who agree that the personal lives of their professors shouldn’t affect the hiring process. “Just because we choose to go to Crandall doesn’t [...]

Jun 012012
USA - Larry Kramer's scalding 'THE NORMAL HEART' comes to Washington

If there was a road map for breakout theatrical success, “The Normal Heart” misplaced its copy. Larry Kramer’s much-admired, alarm-bell-ringing 1985 drama about the spread of AIDS through the gay community had already been revived many times — and off-Broadway as recently as 2004 — when a plan was hurriedly hatched last year to give [...]

May 312012
Russia - Gay protests fuel debates on country’s human rights record

Approximately 40 protesters were detained May 27 during yet another attempt to protest for LGBT rights in Moscow, according to the Russian Ministry of the Interior. The detentions came just three days after Amnesty International’s 2011 annual report on the state of human rights worldwide was issued, which included harsh words for Russia. The report [...]

May 302012
USA - Zach Wahls presents 275,000 petitions to Boy Scouts, demanding group allow gays and lesbians

Zach Wahls on Wednesday presented more than 275,000 signed petitions to the Boys Scouts of America, calling for the organization to allow gay and lesbian members and masters. Wahls also met with Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith, in Orlando for the scouts’ national meeting. “While today’s meeting was productive and thoughtful, the delivery of these [...]

May 272012
Indonesia - Promoter to refund Lady Gaga concert tickets citing 'security reasons'

Local concert promoter Big Daddy Entertainment has promised to issue full refunds for the 52,000 tickets purchased for Lady Gaga’s June 3 concert in Jakarta, after the US singer backed out early on Sunday morning. Big Daddy executive Michael Rusli told reporters in Jakarta that the tickets would be refunded “100 percent“, starting on June [...]

May 252012
USA - Federal judge rules DOMA, tax code force unconstitutional treatment for same-sex couples

On Thursday evening, a federal judge in California held that the Defense of Marriage Act and a provision of tax law unconstitutionally limit same-sex couples and domestic partners from participating in the long-term care plan offered by the California Public Employees Retirement System, or CalPERS. The May 24 decision in the class-action lawsuit came from [...]