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African gays who often face persecution in the streets and sometimes prosecution in courts have a simple plea for Pope Francis ahead of his first visit to the continent: bring a message of tolerance even if you will not bless our sexuality. Francis travels to Kenya and Uganda, where many conservative Christians bristle at the...
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Vietnam lawmakers on Tuesday passed changes to a civil code that acknowledges transgender people and gives them rights to change gender in legal documents, reflecting a major advance in the Communist government’s viewpoint on gender issues. Under the new law, which will take effect from Jan. 1, 2017, people who underwent sex change would have...
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Social network giant Twitter has banned onsite blood drives in its offices worldwide where regulations do not permit blood donations from gay or bisexual men, a move that LGBT-rights advocates say is a first for a public technology company. The San Francisco-based company made the decision after one of its U.S. employees, a gay man,...
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On December 16, 17 and 18, at 7 PM, the Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s Chorus lights up the holidays with its very first concert, “Festival of Lights”! Wait a minute! Isn’t this the Chorus’s fourth annual holiday concert? Yes, it is. But we recently changed our name! We now proudly call ourselves the Puerto Vallarta...
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Eddie Redmayne said he finds the lack of progress on transgender rights in the past century ‘shocking’ after playing 1920s transsexual pioneer Lili Elbe in his new film “The Danish Girl”. “Some of the things that…Lili specifically has to go through of violence, discrimination, almost 100 years on from that story, those things haven’t necessarily...
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Ireland is celebrating its first gay marriages, six months after voters overwhelmingly chose to legalize the practice in the traditionally conservative Catholic nation. Dozens of couples nationwide planned to convert their existing civil partnerships into full marriages on Tuesday, the first day it has been legally permitted. Gay marriage became officially legal Monday but the...
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Luana grabs her sparkly blue dress with one hand and spins, using her other hand as a guide while a strand of tulle floats around her body. The 8-year-old has long brown curls, gold butterfly earrings and an amulet with a princess hanging from her neck. “I love it when my hair does this,” she...
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A new report from the U.S. government calls for an end to the discredited practice known as conversion therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youths. The report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) comes less than a year after the Obama administration endorsed efforts to ban the...
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The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes AIDS should be treated immediately. That guidance fits with what is already recommended in many developed nations, including the United States. The U.N. health agency had previously said doctors should wait to treat some...
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As a gay man, the Boston attorney thought he was doing the responsible thing when he asked his doctor to prescribe Truvada, a drug hailed as a way to halt the spread of AIDS. But when he tried to get long-term care insurance, Mutual of Omaha turned him down, saying it does not offer coverage...
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A Kentucky clerk’s office on Thursday again refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple, in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country two months ago. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses, citing her Christian faith and constitutional right to...
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A suburban Denver baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple cannot cite his religious beliefs in refusing them service because it would lead to discrimination, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The decision is the latest victory for gay couples, who have won similar cases in other states. Gay rights...
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‘La Santa’ club in Puerto Vallarta was sanctioned for removing two gay clients that had kissed and embraced in the club on July 19, 2014. A bouncer at the bar allegedly asked the couple to leave the bar because displays of affection were only allowed by heterosexual couples. The couple refused to leave the bar...
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Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a 2013 law in the southeastern state of Campeche that forbids same-sex couples from adopting children is unconstitutional and struck it down. The challenge to the ban was filed by the state’s human rights commission. Supreme Court Judge Margarita Luna announced her intention to present the motion on a federal level in early...
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The world’s largest gay dance music festival WHITE PARTY (WP) joins forces with Will Gorges and Latin Fever to launch WHITE PARTY PUERTO VALLARTA, Thanksgiving weekend November 27th thru November 30th, 2015. Jeffrey Sanker’s WHITE PARTY Palm Springs started as a small celebration with only a few hundred people in the desert in 1989. It...
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