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May 142013
China - Shanghai celebrates Pride, June 14th to 22nd

This year’s Shanghai Pride Week, titled Pride5 in recognition of its fifth anniversary, will take place from 14th to 22nd June. A week-long string of events has been planned to boost the LGBT’s community position in China and raise awareness around LGBT themes including marriage equality, sexual health and societal acceptance. Run by volunteers from [...]

May 082013
New Zealand - “Shocked” university students stand by workers at McDonald’s in Queen Street

Auckland University Students’ Association stands in solidarity with workers at McDonalds in their fight against low-pay, casualisation, poor working conditions and discrimination such as homophobia and sexual harassment. On May 1st McDonald’s workers held a demonstration outside the company’s Queen St site. Our members who were at the demonstration were shocked by the accounts given [...]

May 082013
USA - Mathematical model by University of Delaware-led team measures hidden HIV

University of Delaware-led research team reports new evidence that hidden virus replication may be occurring within the body’s tissue, despite undetectable virus levels in the blood. The findings were reported in theJournal of the Royal Society Interfaceon May 8. The discovery came after the paper’s lead author, Ryan Zurakowski (pictured, left), assistant professor of electrical and [...]

Apr 172013
USA - Lambda Legal urges Senate to include all LGBT families in Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

Today, the Senate introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill that included many important provisions but did not include critically important protections for same-sex binational couples and their families. Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal: “We are pleased that Congress is moving forward on this vital issue. Reforming [...]

Mar 082013
USA - Approximately 900,000 immigrants identify as LGBT according to Williams Institute study

A new study estimates that there are approximately 267,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult undocumented immigrant population and an estimated 637,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult documented immigrant population. The study, led by Dr. Gary J. Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar and an expert in the demographic, geographic, and economic characteristics of the LGBT population, estimates [...]

Feb 212013
Ukraine - EU should raise LGBT rights at summit, condemn anti-gay bills, violence (Human Rights Watch)

The European Union should urge the Ukrainian government at the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit to end abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Ukraine, Human Rights Watch and 23 other groups said today in a letter to EU officials. The letter, signed by 22 Ukrainian nongovernmental organizations, and Equal Rights Trust as well as [...]

Feb 202013
USA - Anthem Blue Cross backs off mail order pharmacy mandate for Californians living with HIV

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, which currently provides medical care and/or services to over 200,000 individuals in 28 countries worldwide, today lauded California’s Anthem Blue Cross for its decision to reverse a recent company policy change that would have forced HIV/AIDS patients covered by the plan to utilize one out-of-state mail [...]

Feb 202013
Elton John AIDS Foundation announces $300 million milestone

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced that it has reached the historic milestone of having raised more than $300 million for HIV prevention, treatment, advocacy, and anti-stigma programs across the globe. Founded in 1992, EJAF is one of the largest HIV/AIDS grant-making organizations in the world. Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, has [...]

Feb 132013
USA - ACLU, L.A. Center, demand Los Angeles City Council end Sister City status with St. Petersburg

The ACLU of Southern California and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center are urging Los Angeles city leaders to sever sister city ties with St. Petersburg, Russia, following the passage there of increasingly repressive laws directed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The organizations made the request yesterday to Los Angeles city [...]

Feb 042013
Philippines - New HIV campaign: "The sexiest thing a man can do..."

LOVE YOURSELF, the country’s fastest-growing, 100%-volunteer HIV advocacy group, launched its 2013 visual campaign dubbed Project ‘Indulge’. It’s like no other HIV Awareness drive in the country and probably in the world. Collaborating on this project are multi-awarded advertising agency Campaigns and Grey, and top-ranked photographer Jeanne Young. “We wanted to contribute to HIV awareness [...]

Jan 312013
USA - Boys Scouts of America: Not good enough. Join petition. (HRC)

The Boy Scouts of America is considering ending its nationwide ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders. But the policy is not good enough – it would simply allow local units to decide on their own whims whether to turn members away just for being gay. That doesn’t sound friendly, courteous or kind. The Boy Scouts of America [...]

Jan 312013
USA - Send a message to the Boy Scouts before it's too late (GLAAD)

It’s been nearly a year since GLAAD first called on the Boy Scouts to end the ban on gay scouts and leaders. After hearing from GLAAD and seeing 1.4 million signatures on in support of equality, they’re considering changing the policy once and for all, but first they want to hear from you.

In just a few days, the Boy Scouts Board of Directors will vote on ending the discriminatory policy, and anti-gay activists are already doing everything they can to make sure that vote comes up short.

Jan 242013
USA - LGBT domestic violence victims protected in re-introduced Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Yesterday, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) re-introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The reauthorization bill, which was introduced in the Senate in a similar form last Congress, acknowledges and addresses the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) victims of domestic violence. The bill [...]