Laos held Monday its first gay pride under the auspices of the Embassy of the United States in Vientiane, an event still confidential but considered as a first step towards the recognition of the rights of homosexuals in a very conservative society.
Trouble viewing translation? Select your default language using Google Translate at top of page. A group of 84 United States Congressmen sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, asking that he urge the Government of Honduras to investigate and resolve a growing wave of crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual [...]
It’s Sunday morning, and Matt Nevels is at home again. From his front yard, he almost can see the white steeple of Red Bank Baptist Church. Less than a mile down the road, he knows, the church parking lot is clogged with members. Traffic backs up onto Dayton Boulevard. Crosses dangle from rearview mirrors. Bibles [...]
A pressure group that includes 6 former presidents called Tuesday, June 26, for the United Nations to acknowledge that “repressive drug law enforcement” was driving an HIV/AIDS pandemic. The global “war on drugs” was forcing users away from treatment and into environments where the risk of contracting HIV was high, the Global Commission on Drug [...]
OccuPride, the Occupy movement for Gay Pride, temporarily blocked the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade today, effectively slowing down the route for contingents while making their presence known in a peaceful manner. An estimated hundred or so protesters intercepted annual walk up Market Street. The group chanted such gems as, “Out of the sidewalks into [...]
The head of the RomaPride procession 2012 came in piazza Bocca della verità. "We want everything" is the banner that opens the long train. Freddy Mercury's voice, "I want it all" opens the parade. They go from piazza della Repubblica after 16. Twenty wagons they accompany the procession, including that of the Organizing Committee: a two-storey nglese autobusi, with the logo of the event. Gay center and Arcigay Rome asking to remove the homophobic posters of Militia Christi affixes in town.
Hindu-majority Nepal said today that it will start issuing identification cards with three categories for genders — a move hailed by gay activists, who said previous regulations had been discriminatory. Up until now, the government has issued the cards only to people who identified themselves as either male or female. People identified as transgender said [...]
“I was having lunch with Rufus Wainwright,” said Justin Vivian Bond, arriving home a few minutes behind schedule. “I’m going to be officiating at his wedding. I was just confirmed. I’m now officially a reverend!” “Reverend” may be one of the few titles that Bond, the shape-shifting chanteuse of the downtown cabaret scene, is comfortable with. [...]
This Sunday, as every fourth Sunday in June, the streets of New York will fill with prideful marchers celebrating Pride Month. There will be similar marches, too, in cities around the country. Sunday marks the forty-third year since the uprising in a Greenwich Village bar called Stonewall that supposedly started the modern gay revolution. The [...]
The power of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart lies not only in its incisive, witty and emotionally honest account of the birthing pains of New York City’s first AIDS activists, but in its universal truths. For when Kramer’s feisty (and largely autobiographical) protagonist Ned Weeks despairs, ”We’re all going to go crazy, living this epidemic every minute, while [...]
The HIV infection rate for heterosexual African American women in the District’s poorest neighborhoods nearly doubled in two years, from 6.3 percent to 12.1 percent, according to a study released Wednesday by the D.C. Department of Health. The large increase reflects wider testing of people who were previously unaware of their status and possibly a [...]
The stage is fairly empty, save for some scribbling on the white set – words, shadowy and illegible until the lights come up. Slowly, our eyes adjust and we make out some phrases published by the press in the early 1980s. The first one I can read is damning: “By our silence we have helped [...]
Last Friday went Stig Elling down the aisle in Frederiksberg Kirke, together with his partner through 27 years, Steen Andersen. Thus they became the first gay couple who were devoted and declared correct genuine people in a Danish Lutheran Church. Many gay celebrates these days that they can now go into the Church and be blessed as married couples just like any other couple who love each other.
When Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” appeared at New York’s Public Theatre more than 25 years ago, both critics and the viewing public saw that it was an important addition to the American dramatic canon. The play’s Broadway run last season, directed by George C. Wolfe, confirmed that realization. Now Wolfe’s production, which won a [...]
From 16 to 17 June 2012, the China Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Leader Conference successfully took place in Beijing. In a historic first, the conference managed to gather a varied selection of Chinese LGBT movement leaders. Emphasizing the participation of communities whose voice remains largely underrepresented in China’s LGBT movement, representatives of [...]