Nov 102012
USA - The inside story behind victory in Maryland and Maine (Nathaniel Frank)

Four years ago, LGBT advocates were devastated by the voter approval of Proposition 8 in California, which reversed a state court ruling allowing same-sex marriage. In that fight, the political consultant Frank Schubert, who led the anti-gay forces there and in the four states that voted on marriage this week, created a deadly ad campaign that played on lingering [...]

Nov 092012
USA - San Francisco to become first U.S. city to cover cost of transgender surgeries

San Francisco is on its way to becoming the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents. The city’s Health Commission voted Tuesday to create a program for treating transgender people experiencing mental distress because of the mismatch between their bodies and their gender identities. San [...]

Nov 082012
USA - How gay marriage broke through the voting booth barrier

On Election Day, voters in Maine, Maryland, and (in a tight vote where mail ballots continue to be processed) Washington made history when they voted to allow same-sex couples to marry.These ballot measures were the first state-wide votes approving same-sex marriage, which had been enacted previously only through legislative or judicial actions. Minnesotans also changed [...]

Nov 072012
World celebrates Obama win

From his old school in Indonesia to a Japanese beach town that happens to share his name, people around the world have cheered Barack Obama’s re-election as US president today. The results of yesterday’s election were closely watched in many countries. Several US embassies held mock elections and threw parties as returns came in. At [...]

Nov 062012
Canada - Irshad Manji’s moral courage

At four, Irshad Manji arrived in Montreal with her family, wearing clothes so unsuitable for Canadian weather that the immigration agent sent the family to Vancouver. “The closest thing we have to a mild climate,” the agent explained. Manji’s family fled Uganda when military dictator General Idi Amin expelled thousands of Muslims from the country in 1972. [...]

Nov 032012
USA - Minnesota students at Gustavus initiate first-ever queer history course

This fall Gustavus has welcomed to its history department the special topics course Queer History and Culture, 1880-1980, taught by History and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Professor Kate Wittenstein. The idea for the class was first conceived by students in her Gender and Sexuality course last spring. In that course, Wittenstein devotes a couple [...]

Nov 012012
UK - Gay marriage, bigots and the effects of state funding on civilised debate

The fizz has been slightly taken out of tonight’s Stonewall awards,Barclays and Coutts having suggested they may withdraw their sponsorship next year if the charity continues its “bigot of the year” category. This year the shortlist includes two Catholic bishops and one of the architects of the Northern Ireland peace process. There’s something rather Animal Farm-like [...]

Oct 292012
Taiwan - 50,000 march in 10th annual Pride calling for marriage equality

Trouble viewing translation? Select your default language using Google Translate near top of page. Please be patient with machine translation as it is an evolving technology. Thousands of people took to Taipei’s streets Saturday to advocate for same-sex marriage, directing their frustration at politicians who have blocked the issue from a legislature vote. Anthony Wong, [...]

Oct 262012
Россия - В Петербурге не хватает судей для рассмотрения дела о гей-пропаганде

Губернатора и ЗакС Петербурга попросили назначить пятого судью Уставного суда для рассмотрения дела об оспаривании закона о пропаганде гомосексуализма. С соответствующим запросом в органы власти обратился адвокат гей-активиста Николая Алексеева Дмитрий Бартенев.